Kenny Omega lobbied for Shingo Takagi to break out of NJPW’s junior division

While promoting 'Forbidden Door', Kenny Omega touched on a number of subjects concerning the event and his recovery

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Omega chats Forbidden Door and his recovery.

Tonight, All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling are coming together to present the ‘Forbidden Door’ event. The match card is set and the most recent change to it was that yesterday, it was announced that Hiromu Takahashi could not compete due to a fever.

On the lead up to the show, AEW’s Kenny Omega made the media rounds and one of the outlets he spoke with was Sports Illustrated. Omega spoke about some of the New Japan performers on the Forbidden Door card and mentioned that when Shingo was starting in New Japan, Omega was lobbying for him to break out of the junior heavyweight division.

I had a feeling Jay and Ospreay would be in a position where they would have to step up, and I felt like people in New Japan didn’t realize the talent they had in Shingo. His singles matches in Dragon Gate were outstanding. The man is a beast of a wrestler. I’d lobbied really hard for him to break out of the juniors, and when he did, he took his opportunity and ran with it.

Omega is sidelined with multiple injuries and is recovering from procedures he has undergone to repair those injuries. He did return to AEW to produce matches for the Owen Hart Foundation tournament, but said it was too much, too soon because he was missing a lot of rehab.

It was a little too much, too soon for me because I was missing so much of my rehab. It was cool to be backstage two or three times, but I really need this time at home.

The aforementioned Shingo Takagi is scheduled to team with Darby Allin and Sting to take on El Phantasmo and AEW World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson).

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