Kenny Omega concluded a two-part interview with Jim Ross for the Jim Ross Report. Kenny and Ross covered a variety of topics in their discussions but focused heavily on the recent classic Omega had at Dominion against Kazuchikia Okada. Many had suspected that Kenny shed weight and toned up rather quickly when he was once again placed in the main event title scene, and he confirms that theory by saying he dropped about 15lbs for the bout.
The preparation was, from a physical standpoint, I had sort of kind of done a complete 180. I was putting on size because I thought I was focusing on tags and they suddenly dropped it on me that, ‘hey, we’re going to go back to the single’s for this occasion.’ And so, I think I lost something like 14 lbs. or 15 lbs. just to make sure that I could go for what I knew was going to have to be a long point of time. And, yeah, the rest was mental and doing the story and the series justice.
Endurance and stamina aside, Kenny also spoke on how he wanted this fourth match of their epic series to stand-out and be a temporary feud closer for the time being.
The only thing that was set in stone was the date. We knew that we sort of had to perform this match at [Dominon 6.9 in] Osaka [Japan] and I just wanted all of the variables to make sense. And I was hoping that this match could kind of provide a piece of closure to our series because it is a match that we had to go back to it three times last year and I know that wasn’t the plan. It just kind of worked out that way. But I wanted maybe so that New Japan could kind of put it to rest for a little. I wanted this match to feel like it was going to be the last time you’d see it for at least a chunk of time. And it was really the only time where we could do something the way that we did it, with the best two out of three falls because one of us had a win, one of us had a loss, and one of the matches were a tie. So I was kind of like, ‘if you’re going to do something kind of outside of the box, for one of our matches, now is really the time’ and, yeah, of course, both of us were down with the idea.