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NJPW rejected Kenny Omega on his idea for women’s match

Kenny Omega recently spoke with Tokyo-Sports in regards to leaving New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and transitioning to All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Wrestling Inc. reported this discussion, and highlighted a moment that involved his push for women in NJPW, where currently women are not involved in-ring.

Omega mentioned how AEW’s recently signed Aja Kong and Yuka Sakazaki were recommendations of his. He continued on the topic of women talent, and his request to have women on the card in NJPW.

The following quote was pulled from the Wrestling Inc. article, translated from the article at Tokyo-Sports.

“I think that one of the mistakes that New Japan makes in this era is that they do not have women’s wrestling. At CEO×NJPW, which I promoted last year, I proposed to New Japan to put on a women’s match. They refused saying, ‘It is not New Japan.’ It is already 2019 now. I think that women and men will be on the same stage. And most of the women who I think are good are in Japan.”

The former NJPW title holder is currently signed with AEW as both an in-ring talent and Executive Vice President.

Japan has typically kept their promotions gender specific. Where NJPW only promotes male talent, other promotions such as Stardom and All Japan’s Pro-Wrestling focuses on women’s wrestling.

See the entire article from Wrestling Inc. with highlights here. See the untranslated quote at the Tokyo-Sports piece here.

What are your thoughts on the separate gender promotions in Japan? Are you looking forward to Omega assisting Brandi Rhodes in scouting female talent for AEW? Let us know in the comment section!


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Nick Wilkinson is a self-proclaimed wrestling connoisseur. He has been a wrestling fan since the age of 15 years old when he attempted to fit in with the "cool kids." It only took his love for the Hardy Boyz and Lita to be hooked for the past 20 years. He graduated from Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD with a B.A. in Mass Communications. Besides wrestling, he loves Funko pops, horror movies, all types of music, and pizza a little too much.

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