Kenny Omega On Why He Wanted A 2 Out Of 3 Falls Match, What Is The Secret To Winning & What Ibushi Means To Him

Kenny Omega recently spoke with New Japan Pro Wrestling ahead of his highly anticipated Dominion match against Kazuchika Okada. Below are some highlights of the interview.

Why he wanted a 2 out of 3 falls match:

“First of all, you’ve got to think back, why is Okada asking for a no time limit match? To me, that’s an insult, Okada has come to the point where you know what, ‘I’m going t give myself a handicap.’ He’s challenging me to a match with no time limit even though he knows I have more stamina, now I am a  fair man and the last thing I want to hear are excuses. I don’t want Okada or any of his fans to say ‘Hey Kenny, you won, you’re the champ, but Okada allowed you to win it with that 60-minute time limit,’ so that’s why I wanted to make it fair.”

What is the secret to winning?

“I know the secret to this match, and the secret is in the first fall, I won’t let you take it. If you think it will be a 10 minutes here, 15 there and a 5-minute stretch and we are going home, it’s not going to happen. I won’t be giving you a first free fall if I need a little rest, I am going to take the first fall and control the pace. When that match gets long and we are coming near 40 minutes, 50 minutes and I need just one more fall, you are not going to have the energy to get your first fall. The secret is in the first fall, and if I take that first fall, Okada, you’re done.”

His feelings on Kota Ibushi:

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“I thought that he stood for everything that I hated and everything I wanted to destroy, both the man himself and what he was inside of me. Then I realized it wasn’t the feeling at all and it was something that I needed to embrace. All of my best performances have all been ones that have come from the heart, so why would I shut something away that is still so near and dear to me? Ibushi was that he is that and always will be, I have realized that moving forward I am much stronger as a person and as a human being with him by my side. For the first time in a long time, I have had a training partner and someone to help me formulate a game plan for Okada. I am not saying I am arriving at this arena with a bunch of new moves, but I am saying this version of Kenny Omega might be the most prepared and a big part of that is that I have let someone back into my life that I cared about and that I loved.”

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