In an interview with SportingNews.com, Kenny Omega addressed claims that he has been “under-performing” in AEW:
“[Laughs] It’s funny because I feel like when people … I could compare it to when your favorite player perhaps gets traded to another team,” said Omega. “When your favorite player gets traded to another team, and he’s initially not the top scorer or leading in assists or playing the way that he used to play like he did for the home team, your team, it’s easy to criticize them and say that you made a big mistake, and that you’ll never be the same guy again and that it’s all downhill.
“Because I decided to take a different path in my career, because I’m not doing these long, drawn-out 45 [minute] to one-hour matches in singles competition, it doesn’t mean that I’m not the same guy. This isn’t about tooting my own horn, but it’s like I’m now helping run a company that has live television every Wednesday. I’m part of a very successful tag team with “Hangman” Adam Page, a guy that I have a lot of chemistrywith. And I’m existing within a division of guys that are amongst the top of all the tag teams on all of the planet and showing that it takes more than just having a good, long singles match to be called the best in the world.”
“You got to be a good tag team wrestler. You have to be a good six-man tag team wrestler. You have to be good at your gimmick matches. You have to be able to appeal to the non-wrestling fan,” stated Omega. “So, I’m not only proud of sure, ‘The Best Bout Machine’ version of Kenny Omega that had the 60-minute classics with Okada. I’m just as proud of that as I am with my mixed tag team with Riho as a tag team partner. I’m just as proud of those matches as I am as the lights out match with Jon Moxley.”