Kenny Omega’s in-ring skills have brought him worldwide fame and acclaim as he is touted as the best bout machine for good reason. He had a solid run as the AEW World Champion for almost a year. He also ruled the roost in NJPW, being the IWGP Heavyweight Champion by beating Kazuchika Okada. Before he became such a huge name, Omega was rookie who once worked in WWE’s developmental system. However, it seems his time in WWE made Omega question his passion for pro wrestling.

Omega wrestled for Deep South Wrestling, a former WWE developmental territory. In October 2005, Omega was sent to Deep South Wrestling and was given a tryout. He was then given a full-time contract, but did not end up staying all that long.

In fact, Omega requested his release in August 2006. While speaking to Monthly Puroresu, Omega about his time in DSW, and what about it made him question his love for pro wrestling.

I never really did think that I had what it took. But the reason I went to the Harley Race camp in Elgin, Missouri was because it was for an opportunity to be implemented into the dojo system of Pro-Wrestling NOAH.


In the end, I was selected by Johnny Ace to go to WWE instead. And I thought, “Well, this is a different kind of opportunity, and maybe this is kind of where my destiny is guiding me towards, so I’m not going to ignore it.”

I did go into the WWE developmental system, Deep South Wrestling at the time, and it wasn’t for me. At that point I had thought maybe wrestling isn’t for me because I was thinking at the highest level, when it becomes more of a business rather than a passion. Maybe it isn’t what made me fall in love with wrestling to begin with.

Kenny Omega would also love to compete in DDT Pro Wrestling again. Omega is also set to challenge Will Ospreay for the IWGP United States Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 17 on January 4th. We’ll have to see whether Omega will be able to capture the title once again.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

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