In a new interview with Tokyo Sports, former IWGP Heavyweight champion Kenny Omega confirms that he will be stepping away from New Japan Pro Wrestling at this time. Omega didn’t specify whether he would be joining WWE or the newly formed AEW, but does state that he plans to go wherever makes him happy.
There is no real place for me to fit, so it’s best for me not to be in (NJPW). I can’t be there working under Tanahashi. I don’t think he’s surpassed me, don’t think he’s better. If we can, I want to face him again. But I need time away, and not just from New Japan. If I go to WWE, the fans there will be pleased. If I go to AEW, the fans there will be happy. I want to be in a place where I’m going to be happy.
This doesn’t entirely rule out a return for Omega to NJPW, especially with their upcoming sold-out Madison Square Garden show in April, and meetings regarding possible collaborations between AEW and NJPW taking place.