Kenny Omega ‘wouldn’t mind’ teaming with Kazuchika Okada again

At NJPW New Year Dash this January, two of pro wrestling's greatest rivals teamed up for the first time ever.

Kenny Omega & Kazuchika Okada formed a dream team to defeat Jeff Cobb & Aaron Henare. It was the first time Omega and Okada have shared the ring together since 2018.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated that was published on Tuesday, Omega left the door open to team with Okada again. Omega said he had fun working with Okada at New Year Dash and wouldn't mind having his back in the future.

I wouldn’t be so quick to scratch his name off the list of guys I wouldn’t help. Our match together was a wild-card draft. It was a fun time. It felt to me like, ‘We had our thing. Our thing is done.'

I’ve said it before—Okada is very sharp. He is who he is for a reason. I had a lot of fun teaming with him at New Japan Dash, so I wouldn’t strike that off the list of potential people who I wouldn’t mind having their back.

Omega currently holds the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship in NJPW, while Okada lost the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship to SANADA this April. Omega told Sports Illustrated that them being in different divisions means he and Okada can be comrades for a change.

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“We’re in completely separate divisions right now,” Omega said. "I’m U.S. champion, and he’s competing for the IWGP heavy. It’s good to let us exist in our respective worlds and be comrades for a change.”

Okada used Omega's "goodbye and good night" catchphrase in a backstage promo last month, teasing that Omega could be one of his mystery partners at NJPW Wrestling Dontaku. Okada ended up teaming with Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomohiro Ishii at the event. They defeated Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & Ren Narita to win the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team titles.

Sports Illustrated asked Omega if Okada using the phrase caught his ear.

“Absolutely it did,” Omega said. “I checked my text messages right away to see if there was something I wasn’t privy to.”

At NJPW Resurgence in California this Sunday (May 21), Okada, Ishii & Rocky Romero are facing Jon Moxley, Wheeler Yuta & Shota Umino in a six-man tag match.

The Resurgence card also includes a match between Tanahashi and Will Ospreay. The winner will advance to face Lance Archer at NJPW Dominion to determine the number one contender for Omega's IWGP United States title.

Dominion is taking place on Sunday, June 4. Later in the month, NJPW and AEW will partner together for their co-promoted Forbidden Door pay-per-view in Toronto on Sunday, June 25.

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