Kenny Omega is no stranger to fan criticism. He’s heard every possible thing from praise to scrutiny when he went from being a top star in NJPW to a top star and EVP of AEW.
While speaking to Talk is Jericho, Kenny Omega discussed how fans should drop their preconceived notions of what pro wrestling is supposed to be. He continued and explained that fans should arrive to the situation with an “empty cup” ready to be filled rather than entering the situation with their proverbial cups already half full.
“It is the empty cup analogy. You don’t arrive to a lesson with the cup half full, come with an empty cup. That way you can learn everything that we’re about to teach. A lot of people have preconceived notions about how wrestling should be. They’re judging based on what they’ve seen in the years that they’ve watched professional wrestling. People that have the open mind that come to watch these shows are the ones that are going to benefit the most out of this. The wrestlers that watch what we do, that study what we do with an open mind, they’re the ones who may take our position when we’re about ready to pack it in. But it’s the ones that feel that wrestling has to be a certain way, that wrestling has to be the way that it was done by one man, Vince McMahon, who had the empty Cup, right? He was the one who paved the way for everything.”
“If they’re not like that, man, don’t expect to change anything! Just expect to be, you know, a cog in the machine of professional wrestling. Don’t expect just to be another fan, another number that everyone counts in the big ratings war. It’s not about numbers, it’s not about being a worker ant to the queen. This is about us doing what we think we’re capable of and that’s changing the way that you watch wrestling, the way you think about wrestling, the way that you’re emotionally invested in wrestling, and also to expect the unexpected, which people haven’t been able to do for a number of years now.”
Kenny Omega is involved in a storyline right now with Impact Wrestling that could be groundbreaking depending on how far the idea goes. 2021 could be a very interesting time for a lot of people. If fans approach the situation with an open mind then things could be better for everyone involved.
Thanks to Fightful for the quote