Kenny Omega is the current AEW World Heavyweight Champion and is arguably one of the best pro wrestlers in the world currently.
Omega has been a huge fan of pro wrestling since he was a child, having watched various promotions including WWE, ECW, All Japan and more.
Omega recently spoke to Jacob of Pro Wrestling Junkies. During the interview, Omega discussed the various wrestlers who inspired him over the years. He certainly had many wrestlers to choose from.
Omega mentioned wrestlers from different companies whom he grew up watching.
“I would say that when I was growing up you know of course the big one was WWE just what they were doing what they had done so I was into, you know the the 90s style. You know, going into the Attitude Era I was really into that stuff and then when I became more of like a teenager – we had my friend via satellite was able to tune into a ECW so I was like what ‘What is this?’. And, you know, I was able to kind of first see Rob Van Dam. I remember being a huge fan of Taka Michinoku when I’d seen him at Canadian Stampede and what they did with a light heavyweight division. I saw that Taka was there with Super Crazy and Nunzio and all those guys, Tajiri. So I did whatever I could to watch a lot of ECW stuff.”
Kenny Omega then revealed which pro wrestler he took inspiration from, in order to create his own style of wrestling. Omega revealed that he took heavy inspiration from WWE Hall Of Famer Mr. Perfect.
“Mr. Perfect I would say was probably the first heavy inspiration for me as a wrestler. After that, It was probably Rob Van Dam, and then I got into like the Shinjiro Otani’s Taka Michinoku’s. You know that I would watch Kenta Kobashi Masala, you know like all of the All Japan greats and early 2000s was into a lot of Dragon Gate I was watching a lot of Marufuji and Kenta. Yeah, it was all over the place but I tried to always diversify my tastes because I never knew, I knew that there wasn’t going to be one right style of wrestling, I knew the best style of wrestling was always going to be this amalgamation of a bunch of styles. So I tried to always keep an open mind and even if I didn’t like a certain style, at its base. for example like I don’t think I could ever be strictly a lucha libre wrestler. But I know that what they do is such a joy to watch and such an incredible art form that I knew if I could incorporate some of what they do into what I do. That it would make me a better athlete.”
Omega is scheduled to defend his AEW World Heavyweight Title against Fenix on the upcoming episode of AEW Dynamite.