Canadian-born, Japanese-based professional wrestler Tyson Smith — better known by his ring name ‘Kenny Omega’ and named Sports Illustrated’s 2017 ‘Wrestler of the Year’ — discusses his career, shares behind-the-scenes stories and answers wrestling fan questions at his 2019 London Comic Con Q&A panel moderated by Jake from Shock Stock, Canada’s premiere horror and subculture event.
Kenny Omega, as of the date this video was posted, is an executive vice president of All Elite Wrestling where he is also signed as a performer. He is well known for his tenure in New Japan Pro-Wrestling during which he held the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, the IWGP United States Championship and the IWGP Intercontinental Championship among other titles. Omega was a member of the Bullet Club stable, later serving as the group’s leader. He became the first and only non-Japanese professional wrestler to win the G1 Climax, the promotion’s premier tournament, when he defeated Hirooki Goto in the 2016 finals. Omega has also performed as part of independent professional wrestling promotions worldwide, including DDT Pro-Wrestling, Jersey All Pro Wrestling, Ring of Honor and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.
In 2018, Omega topped Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s ‘Top 500 Male Wrestlers’ list. He has also attained the publication’s ‘Match of the Year’ distinction twice. One of those matches, in which Omega competed against Kazuchika Okada in a two out of three falls match at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall in June 2018, received a seven-star rating from combat sports journalist Dave Meltzer — the highest rating Meltzer has EVER awarded a professional wrestling match!