Kenny Omega recently sat down with Chris Hayner at the GameSpot Base Station at E3 2019 and spoke about AEW and his match against Jon Moxley that’s set to take place at “All Out” on Aug. 31 in Chicago.
This is a dream match of sorts as Omega is widely considered to be the best wrestler on the planet, competing directly with the likes of Kazuchika Okada and AJ Styles for the distinction in recent years. On the flip side, Moxley is a new addition to the AEW roster after spending years in WWE as Dean Ambrose. Though Ambrose may have been stale, Moxley is the most popular wrestler on the planet and matching him up with Omega makes all the sense in the world given the timing.
When speaking about the match, Omega wouldn’t hold back on how exciting it is and how big of a test it’ll be for Moxley who now has to re-acclimatize himself to the world of wrestling outside of WWE.
“Yeah, it’s crazy because I remember seeing him on TV. I saw something there. I knew that there was something magnetic about him, something special about him. WWE never showed it. And then when I see him nowadays, when I see these backstage promos, when I see the stuff that he’s done in Japan, when I see the stuff that he’s doing around the world, I see this new enthusiasm. I see the spark. I even see the physical condition that he’s in. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
This is not the Moxley that came from that other place. This is a Jon Moxley that’s reborn. I have to assume that this is a new entity, that this is a new person, and he has a type of enthusiasm and that sort of never-say-die attitude. And, with the skillset that he has, that magnetic charisma, with that ability to sell a match with this promo skills, with that ability to be incredibly physical, he’s kind of like a new-age Terry Funk. You know what I mean? He brings something very new to the table that people clearly enjoy.
But the problem is, is that he’s kind of coming into my world. And, I don’t want him to think that it’s going to be easy for him. I don’t want him to think that he’s going to get a free ride.
You can talk the best game in the world. You can. You can brawl like the best of them. But the fact of the matter is, I made my name by being the best. I made my name by having the greatest 20-minute matches, 30-minute matches, 60-minute matches, and I’ve shown that I can do it in all styles of professional wrestling.
Now, finally, he has the platform to show if he can be that multifaceted tool. So this is going to be the grandest stage for him, and this is going to be the biggest test for him as well. Yes, he can brawl. Yes, he can talk. But now, can he wrestle? Now, can he win? Now, can he fight? Now, can he have the type of performances that AEW is going to command from him? This is the real test.”
While Moxley may not feel like he hasn’t anything to prove, Omega is doing a good job at building this match in a way that makes people question whether or not Moxley can handle this world after his time in WWE. While the answer appears to be “yes,” this is still good story-building by Omega, who prides himself on blurring the lines between fiction and reality in wrestling.