Luckily, Omega didn’t try to go back and turned down every opportunity because it probably wouldn’t look good for him. The fury was so much that nobody win, ending the match in a draw, thus 1-0-1. The most LOL-worthy things the Internet has to offer. With that, he shed his original gimmick, becoming the Cleaner, who’s goal was to clean the junior heavyweight division with some added humor. Okada would make his big return to NJPW at Wrestle Kingdom VI in 2012, defeating YOSHI-HASHI and challenging NJPW Ace Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. But where he ended up, he was in for a rude awakening. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It started off slow, but the pace increased as the match went on. To add, Okada’s time at TNA was just a major example of how TNA viewed NJPW and their wrestlers: they didn’t give a damn about em. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. From there, he managed to capture the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, and the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Championship, as well as becoming the first gaijin to ever win the G1 Climax. However, the fact that Omega and Okada were tied with a win each and one draw would jam in The Rainmaker’s craw. Every decade in pro wrestling is defined by a classic rivalry. Damn! Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. This would eventually lead to Omega working with NJPW in their junior heavyweight division, taking part in the Best of the Super Juniors Tournament and even winning the IWGP Junior Tag Team Titles. What followed was yet another epic, lasting a full hour to reach a time limit draw, yet somehow exceeding their Wrestle Kingdom 11 bout, forcing Dave Meltzer once again to break his rating system to give it 6.25 stars. That match, lasting over 45 minutes, was highly praised not only by fans, but also by other pro wrestlers. It was instantly hailed as one of the greatest pro wrestling matches of all time, with Dave Meltzer giving it an unprecedented seven stars. One main reason was their then head writer Vince Russo, who was known for not only being a reviled figure, but a huge racist. Both had changed their character when they joined their respective stables and both became the leader after the then leader left NJPW for WWE. Okada and Omega has had always someone backing them up in the corner. Okada Vs Omega 4 – Review (1 Year On) jheadey1995 Uncategorized June 9, 2019 June 10, 2019 16 Minutes. First fall was Okada, then the next one was Omega, and the final one was Omega, with him winning the title. This didn’t sit well with NJPW, who was serious about the excursion to improve Okada. This was not only an impact on Dave, but the wrestling world as many wrestling critics, fans, bloggers, YouTubers, and wrestlers themselves began talking about the match and how great the matches were. Amirite? ( Log Out / In 2008, his dreams of going to Japan became a reality. Their feud would be based on a philosophical battle of Japanese vs. Western wrestling, with the ace Tanahashi winning the title back. Kenny Omega was one of the best foreign wrestlers in Japan, starting off a huge name in the Japanese indie scene and coming off as an underrated junior heavyweight to a top guy in NJPW. Okada would successfully defend his title, but that wasn’t the end of their feud. He became a member of Chaos, being managed by Gedo and made it clear that he’s going after the big prize: The IWGP Heavyweight Title. This led to a match at Wrestle Kingdom 11, which was considered the high point of a great show. Eventually Hiroshi Tanahashi would earn a Wrestle Kingdom 13 title match by winning the 2018 G1 Climax, prompting Omega to adopt a foreign heel persona in the process. Change ), I flipping ❤️ wrestling Kenny Omega was chosen as Kazuchika Okada’s challenger for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall, the site of their draw match. However, Omega wouldn’t achieve notoriety until hooking up with Japan’s DDT Pro-Wrestling, forming a tag team with Kota Ibushi and establishing himself with a whole new set of fans. Okada’s time with TNA wasn’t all for naught, as he learned the value of developing a gimmick for oneself, rather than “just” being a pro wrestler. After he said he wasn’t a member, Omega joined the top foreign heel stable, the Bullet Club. As a result, he engineered a wrestling persona for himself, combining everything he learned in Japan, Mexico, and the US to become the swaggering Rainmaker. In 2014, after becoming a full time wrestler with NJPW, something changed about Omega. Okada had Gedo, while Omega had the Young Bucks (and later Ibushi). Shortly after, Omega would leave NJPW and join Cody and other ex-Bullet Club compatriots in the formation of All Elite Wrestling. There was going to be a winner, no matter what. “This match was incredible. Huge WWE Legends To Return For WrestleMania 37? Danny Djeljosevic is a writer and editor based in San Diego, CA. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. On June 9th, 2018, Omega and Okada would have what would be their last match as to date. Kenny Omega’s G1 Climax win earned him a title match against IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada at January 4, 2017’s Wrestle Kingdom 11. It was an incredible spectacle, and some have gone as far as saying it is the best wrestling match of all time, and that ‘some’ includes Mr. Dave Meltzer. Let’s take a look at the Omega/Okada series, which produced some of the most highly praised pro wrestling matches of the 21st Century.
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