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Kenny Omega (born Tyson Smith; October 16, 1983) is a Canadian-born Japanese professional wrestler best known for his work in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and he's currently signed to All Elite Wrestling. Prior to NJPW, he also wrestled for the Japan-based promotion Dramatic Dream Team (DDT), Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerilla (PWG), and Premier Championship Wrestling (PCW). As a member of the infamous gaijin stable Bullet Club, he became its fourth leader at New Year's Dash 2016, after firing previous leader AJ Styles, in a reign that lasted over 2½ years before he and several other Bullet Club members broke off and formed their own faction called The Elite.

He's an IWGP Heavyweight Champion, two-time NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion (with The Young Bucks), a former one-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion, two-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, a one-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion (with Kota Ibushi), the first ever gaijin to win NJPW's annual G1 Climax tournament in 2016, and the inaugural IWGP United States Champion.


The Other Wiki has a rundown of his career and achievements.

I'm going to challenge you to the tropes list that never ends!

  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • And even the "ambiguously" part is debatable, and only in the sense that it's not exactly a major part of his identity or persona. But still, Kenny seems very comfortable around other guys, has liked tweets where he's referred to as bi, has also previously mentioned being so dedicated to his work that he has no time for a "boyfriend or girlfriend", oh, and then there's this little nugget.
      "Does he know I swing both ways?"
    • In (kayfabe?) interviews where he's asked about dating, Kenny has also made references to being bisexual. In NJPW On The Road: Kenny Omega #5, Kenny says "I need to start searching for a wife or a boyfriend." In another interview, he asks the interviewer "woman or a man?" He replies "Oh you mean a woman" after the interviewer clarifies her question.
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    • Exemplified best in his complicated relationship with Kota Ibushi. The two have not been a tag team for years, but they have managed to keep the hype for an eventual match at nuclear levels due to their mutual pining both in interviews and on social media.
    • When the two re-joined forces in 2018 it was very much framed as two former romantic partners re-uniting. Add on top of that Cody Rhodes kissing Kota to make Kenny jealous and the whole Bullet Club split looks more like Kenny being caught in a love triangle. Kenny even retweeted a thread on twitter calling the whole storyline "a happy gay romance." Kenny has also taken other opportunities to reference Kota as his lover/partner in the ring and out. The official Golden Lovers CD Album apparently has a picture of Kenny and Kota kissing behind the CD.
    • The "bi" part of it is brought up when Brandi, Cody's wife, kisses Kenny. She claims he likes it and is a fraud, but since he "swings both ways", it would make sense that Kenny might enjoy a kiss from a woman like Brandi. (Cody confirmed that the "fraud" thing was more about Kenny kissing his stablemate's wife despite his reunion with Ibushi, deliberately ignoring that it was Brandi who initiated the smooch as a distraction for Cody's attack.)
  • Audience Participation: Since becoming "The Cleaner" - and seeing fellow Elite members The Young Bucks do it at Wrestle Kingdom 11 - the crowd have started doing a five-note drum "chant" matching the Terminator 2 theme tune to cheer him on.
  • Badass Longcoat: As "The Cleaner", Omega wears one that feels very familiar...
  • Bastard Understudy: Became this to the Bullet Club leadership as AJ Styles' send-off from the company at New Year's Dash 2016. Despite being brought in as a mercenary and to fill the Junior Division hole left by original leader Prince Devitt, he never openly showed disloyalty to the club's senior members and leaders. However, as soon as he saw weakness in the club with every major member save The Young Bucks, who he considered his "Elite", losing at Wrestle Kingdom 10 the night before, he made sure he was the one to pick up the ball by pinning Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura in his and AJ Styles' tag match against Nakamura and Yoshi-Hashi, then attacked AJ and convinced the club in a brief argument to finish Styles off, essentially marking him as the new leader.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Part of his shtick is that he is essentially the (O)Mega Man of NJPW: After defeating an opponent in a high profile match, don't be surprised to see him start using the finishing move of his recently finished foe...Though he only uses those moves as a set-up to his finishing move, as if he doesn't truly respect the move itself. Highlights include nabbing Shinsuke Nakamura's Boma Ye knee strike, AJ Styles' Styles Clash, and, stemming from their epic trilogy of matches, the wrist-lock setup for Kazuchika Okada's finisher, combining it with his signature knee strike to create the Raintrigger.note 
  • Big Bad: Became this when he usurped control of Bullet Club, as Suzuki-gun are busy terrorizing Pro Wrestling NOAH and Chaos have effectively become tweeners out of popularity. He does have a rival for the role in Los Ingobernables de Japón leader Tetsuya Naito, however. Two after Suzuki-gun came back in 2017.
  • Black Comedy Rape: During his and Chuck Taylor's feud with El Generico in PWG, the duo spiked Generico's drink and gave him stomach trouble. While Generico was holed up in the bathroom Omega and Taylor ambush him. The sounds of the resulting ambush imply that the duo is sexually assaulting poor Generico and the whole thing is Played for Laughs.
  • Blatant Lies: His entire heel gimmick as "The Cleaner" is (or at least originally was) based on this; the specific lie being that he's a Boomerang Bigot towards his adopted home. He speaks English to a Japanese crowd, pretends not to know any Japanese, claims not to care at all about the Japanese culture and people and to only be out for money and titles. Except the way that he does this clearly tells you it's all bullshit—the English he speaks contains deliberately Japanese inflections, his new aesthetic is almost entirely based around three characters from Japanese video gamesnote , and much of his trash talk and mannerisms comes across like those of a stock anime supervillain. With the later reveal of his vision to make NJPW a global successnote  and the gratuitous outright Japanese he throws into his speeches from time to time, this aspect of his gimmick has been slowly phased out in favor of him being a true Visionary Villain.
  • Broomstick Quarterstaff: He took to enter the ring carrying a broom as part of his "The Cleaner" persona, saying that he's going to "sweep" all the "trash" out of New Japan's junior heavyweight ranks.
  • Catchphrase: "Goodbye and—" *kisses finger gun* "—good night. BANG!"
  • Combination Attack: His and Kota Ibushi's "Golden Shower", where they both perform 450 splashes at the same time off of the same turnbuckle.
  • Cool Shades: Part of his look as "The Cleaner."
  • Crossover: Fought WWE wrestler Xavier Woods in Street Fighter V during CEO 2016 and won.
  • Crowd Pleaser: Frequently states in interviews that he performs for the crowd's enjoyment, and to show everyone that wrestling can (and should be) fun.
  • Dark Is Evil: As the leader of mostly-gaijin heel stable Bullet Club, he enters the ring dressed in an all-black trenchcoat, shades, and black boots. He's mostly forsaken this now, opting to come to the ring with at just a t-shirt.
  • Ditto Fighter: Since AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura's departures from NJPW to WWE, he has occasionally used their finishing moves. He also copied Kota Ibushi and Prince Devitt's finishers during his G1 Climax victory against Hirooki Goto. A more friendly example is his one-man variant of the Young Bucks' More Bang For Your Buck.
  • Fanboy: For Capcom.
  • Finishing Move:
    • An electric chair into a bridging German suplex called Croyt's Wrath.
    • A cross-legged Fisherman buster called Aoi Shoudou (meaning "Blue Impulse").
    • More recently, a one-handed electric chair driver called the One Winged Angel (or Katayoku no Tenshi if you're listening to Japanese commentary).
    • A running knee strike based on Shinsuke Nakamura's Boma Ye, called the V-Trigger.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: The story of his reign at Bullet Club. After initaly having dismissed the idea of joining the villainous foreign stable, claiming that he did not consider himself a gaijin, Omega later claimed he had lied and was only interested in money and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. As part of his new persona, Omega, who is fluent in Japanese, stopped talking in Japanese and instead did his interviews in English.
    • Ironically enough, despite being more popular than ever in Japan, going back to speaking Japanese for the crowd and basically being a complete, consummate babyface...he's found a way to slide back into this. Ever since he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, he's been absolutely trashing the Japanese talent saying they lack any effort compared to Western talent. Admittedly, Kazuchika Okada didn't help this when he decided to go on a fishing trip after challenging Kenny, while Kenny basically lived in the gym. He's ESPECIALLY taken Tetsuya Naito to task for this.
  • Foreshadowing: During the entrance for the tag match where he took control of Bullet Club, Kenny told the camera "I've got a secret. You're gonna see some crazy shit today, it's going down. Just you wait!"
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Xavier Woods. They're from different promotions even (Woods being in WWE), and Omega is not exactly chummy with said promotion, but they're basically video game buddies.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from being a happy-go-lucky gaijin in NJPW to join the Bullet Club and becoming their personal hitman "The Cleaner." Then became one within the Bullet Club itself when, on the show following Wrestle Kingdom 10, Omega betrayed AJ Styles and usurped Styles' position, becoming the new head of the Bullet Club. Within his first year, he would then go on to win the Intercontinental title and then become the first Westerner to win the G1 Climax to solidify how much of a threat he was since turning heavyweight.
  • Funny Foreigner: When he wrestled in Japan before becoming part of the Bullet Club. One could argue that he still is, though a much more villainous variation.
  • Going Native: He was an Occidental Otaku even before he moved to Japan, speaks fluent Japanese and, unlike most western wrestlers who typically work for relatively short tours in Japan before going home, maintains a permanent residence in Tokyo and even successfully gained Japanese citizenship, which is really hard for a gaijin to do.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Good hair, natural dirty blonde. Evil hair, dyed black and gray.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Japanese pro wrestler Michael Nakazawa, who appears in Omega's "Cleaner's Corner" YouTube videos.
  • Hypocrite: At the start of his match against Hiroshi Tanahashi for the vacant IWGP Intercontinental Championship, he told fellow Bullet Club members Yujiro Takahashi and Cody Hall that he didn't want them interfering in his match, stating that he was sick of losing star ratings from the Smart Marks because of it and wanted to just fight on his own. Then it turned out The Young Bucks had been hiding under the ring the entire time on his behalf and interfered once things started looking bad for Omega.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Has begun wearing a Bullet Club shirt to tag matches and other bouts which he doesn't take seriously. When the shirt is off, run for your life.
  • I Have the High Ground: He can fly, although not as much since taking over the Bullet Club and moving to the heavyweight ranks.
  • I Lied: Stated in his contract signing interview with NJPW that he would not be joining the Bullet Club. The content of this page tells you how honest he was.
  • Large Ham: Fits this to a T. Everything about him, his entrance theme, his attire, his attitude, his facial expressions in the ring and his promos, is larger than life. He also claimed to be the "god" of the junior heavyweight division, and is known to occasionally bust out an "evil laugh". SOMEONE PLAY HIS MUSIC ALREADY.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Omega has enough raw power to conistently put people on his shoulders in order to perform the One Winged Angel, but the guy is also insanely agile and constantly does moves like hurricanranas and flip dives to the outside of the ring (and occasionally into the audience).
  • Mistaken for Racist: During a June 2018 interview, Omega stated that foreign wrestlers in New Japan were "hungrier and worked harder" than the native talent. Two fans misconstrued this and declared Omega a racist despite his being pro wrestling's greatest Occidental Otaku and the numerous examples that many hardcore NJPW fans of both Japanese and Western origins have noted to back up what he's saying.
  • The Napoleon: Michael Elgin didn't use the exact term, but made it clear he wasn't too impressed with Omega's attempts to graduate from the rank of junior to heavyweight.
  • Occidental Otaku: He’s a huge video game fan and his finishing moves (see above) and his theme music (first the official 20th Anniversary rock remix of Dr. Wily’s theme from Mega Man 2, then a Final Fantasy-inspired number called "Devil's Sky") reflect this. He learned how to speak Japanese because he wanted to know how the manga series Hajime no Ippo ended.
  • One-Hit Kill: The One-Winged Angel itself. While many an opponent has managed to escape from its setup, nobody in his entire New Japan run has ever managed to kick out of it, making it this for all intents and purposes.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: In his "Devil's Sky" entrance theme.
  • Power Stable: Bullet Club.
  • Power Trio: Omega and the Young Bucks formed a sub-unit within the Bullet Club, "The Elite", after AJ Styles's ouster.
  • Product Placement: He's worn Young Bucks merchandise as entrance attire.
  • Put on a Bus: Wasn't seen in ROH between Death Before Dishonor VIII all the way up to Honor Rising Japan. A six year absence for a man who was a top contender for the world title, off a loss to Christopher Daniels.
  • Psycho for Hire: Bullet Club brought him in as a mercenary ace to fill their junior division vacancy left by Prince Devitt. The new heel role combined with his Funny Foreigner personality translated into this. Not surprisingly, he became Bullet Club's first-ever true Bastard Understudy, as well.
  • Red Baron: Since late 2014, "The Cleaner". Prior to that, he's been called things like "Canadian X", "The Destiny Flower", "King of the Anywhere Match", "The Master of the Dark Hadou", and "The Cornerstone".
    • He was introduced as the "Best Bout Machine" when the Golden Lovers reunited in early 2018; he had been wanting to retire "The Cleaner" for a while before that.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • Became this to all the other Bullet Club leaders, especially original leader Prince Devitt. All cocky and ambitious, all want money and championships, all talented enough to be successful on their own yet perfectly willing to flout puroresu tradition and use the help of their club mates when they have to in order to take it over the top. Yet where Devitt, Styles and Anderson valued all of their teammates and treated Bullet Club like a family, Kenny is flagrantly in love with himself and only considers The Young Bucks to be of any substantial importance, as seen by how quickly the three would adopt the "Elite" tag for themselves once they got rid of Styles. While he does still have some loyalty for Bullet Club itself, he would often leave the "heart of the team" stuff to the Bucks; however, even they became less focused on the Club as a whole and more about Being the Elite, leaving the NJPW-based Bullet Club members in the lurch. Furthermore, even with the Being the Elite crew, he spent all of 2017 having a bubbling feud with one member, first with Adam Cole (which was pre-empted with his leaving for WWE), then with Cody Rhodes which continued until July 7, 2018 when Kenny and Cody ended their feud with one last match.
    • This did not go unnoticed, either. When fellow Bullet Club member Tama Tonga faced off against Omega during their match in the 27th G1 Climax, he called his leader out on focusing too much on the Elite rather than representing Bullet Club as a whole. Although both showed due respect to each other afterwards, the issues are clearly there. At New Year's Dash 2018, Kenny first stopped Cody from leading an assault on Kota Ibushi, then offered Jay White a BC membership only to eat the mat; in the press interviews, Cody stressed the notion that Omega merely saw him as a subject to his own godhood, while Tama mocked Omega's miserable recruitment failure. Playing into both their sentiments, White accused Omega of only trying to invite him into the Club to turn a potential threat into a complacent thrall, and would join CHAOS the next day with Bullet Club's leader in his sights; his continued targeting of Bullet Club afterward focused exclusively on members tied to Kenny and/or Cody in the Being the Elite troupe. Finally, the night of Kenny's final match with Cody would end not with that match, but with Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and King Haku turning against Kenny and pretty much all the Bullet Club members who supported him, before declaring themselves Bullet Club Firing Squad aka the REAL Bullet Club. NJPW refers to them as Bullet Club OG, while the pro-Omega group call themselves Bullet Club Elite. Ironically, after a few months and some key victories over Omega's teammates, the Tongans and their supporters restocked their vision of Bullet Club with White defecting from CHAOS to take the helm of BC, bringing the enemy stable's longtime managers Gedo and Jado with him in the process — at which point The Elite gave up the Bullet Club name.
  • Shout-Out: He's a WALKING homage to Japanese video gaming culture with another reference or two thrown in.
    • As his typical fun-loving face persona he would come out to the Capcom official Rockman 20th Anniversary remix of Dr. Wily's theme from Mega Man 2. His official Twitter handle is a none-too-subtle reference to his favorite game, Mega Man X.
    • Has had several moves in his arsenal that were named after Japanese video game concepts, including a step-up enzuigiri called Flash Man's Time Stopper (another MM2 reference), a running double knee named after martial arts film legend Tony Jaa, and the actual Street Fighter HADOUKEN!! done as a palm strike. One of his finishing moves is called Aoi Shoudou, which is literally Japanese for "Blue Impulse", the same name as a popular Japan Air Force demonstration team that's been shouted out in anime as well as given their own video game.
    • The villainous Cleaner character is a powerhungry psycho with an almost entirely black outfit that includes a leather jacket and aviator-style sunglasses along with his wrestling gear. The only color other than black that he wears is white, and he also has unmistakable stylized graynote  hair. His stage screen graphic will often feature PlayStation 2-graphic-style fire burning behind a picture of him. His theme song, called "Devil's Sky", sounds like it belongs on a final boss or pivotal mid-boss character of an epic Eastern RPG. Oh, and his finisher is called the One-Winged Angel. Now where have we heard and seen all of that before? Then there's the late addition of the Bom…erm, V-Trigger to his arsenal.
    • Wrestle Kingdom 10 saw him mimic the entrance of The Terminator with an appropriately-remixed version of his theme playing in the background. Since then, he's copied the same thing for the occasional set of matches where the crowd claps along to the Terminator theme before he launches himself over the top rope. For Wrestle Kingdom 11, his pre-match video intro saw him copy the scene where the T-1000 attacks a bunch of thugs for their clothes, with the ending showing Omega's eyes glowing red before putting on a pair of shades. His walk to the ring was done with the same remix he came out to in the previous year, now wearing a half-mask of a T-1000, a biker jacket and hoisting around a sawed-off shotgun.
    • His entrance for Wrestle Kingdom 13 saw him enter the ring to Hopes and Dreams, dressed as Kris, backed by a custom video depicting an Undertale-style battle between him and Tanahashi made by developer Toby Fox himself.
  • Signature Move: Many, but none more eye-popping than HADOUKEN!!
  • Sinister Shades: Part of his heel look after his turn into "The Cleaner."
  • Smug Super: Even outside of kayfabe (or at least in semi-kayfabe), he pretty much admits he knows how much better he is than everyone else. From his January 2017 interview with Sports Illustrated, which is already infamous for calling out the entire WWE roster save for AJ Styles (as well as top guys in other major companies) on being complacent and happy with their position while he's putting on top quality matches, pushing the envelope, and trying to be a visionary for wrestling, comes this telling little line:
    Kenny Omega: That’s not just me saying that because I’m a cocky prick.
  • Surfer Dude: Omega's original gimmick when he was with Top Rope Championship Wrestling (TCW).
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Fluent in Japanese; he often cut promos in Japanese during his stint in DDT. He sticks with English as a heel in NJPW, but occasionally sneaks some Japanese in during promos and interviews.
  • Tag Team: With Mentallo and Rawskillz at PCW, with Kota Ibushi as Golden☆Lovers in DDT, and more recently with The Young Bucks. He forms the Bullet Club's Luxury Trio when paired alongside Cody Rhodes and Marty Scurll.
  • Take That!:
    • Crossing into Badass Boast; at NJPW Invasion Attack 2016, called out people who wasted their time on a certain wrestling promotion's massive annual event, claiming that he was going to show them what they should have been watching all along. The week before, WWE held WrestleMania 32, which received mixed-to-negative reviews and was ultimately voted "Worst Major Wrestling Show" of the year by The Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
    • After trying to convince Brandi Rhodes to throw in the towel during her husband (and Omega's Bullet Club stablemate) Cody's IWGP Heavyweight Championship match against Kazuchika Okada in the Los Angeles G1 Special in USA (itself a Take That! for the fact that Cody tried to do so out of concern for Omega during his second IWGP title shot at Okada at Dominion a month earlier), the two had a confrontation during the press conference in which Cody questioned Kenny's actions, with this exchange (minus all the "we don't need to have this discussion out here" stuff):
      Cody: You were going over 60 minutes!
      Omega: Look, I thought you were done. You don't have the experience to work 60 minutes. You don't have the experience in main event matches. You, you lucked into this match!
      Cody: What do you know about my experience!? Just because I come from fuckin' WWE, and I left!?
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: He and the Young Bucks' excommunication of AJ Styles at the start of 2016 consisted of several double and triple superkicks in addition to Omega hitting AJ with his own Styles Clash.
  • Token Good Teammate: In mid-2017, he has become something of this as the leader of the Bullet Club to the point that several other members are increasingly questioning his motives and losing respect for him. This is not due to any inherent goodness on his part, but rather his big-match reputation and ambitions to be revered as a wrestling god preceding him to the point he focuses solely on that and doesn't personally engage in pro-Club villainy anymore. For this, he along with the rest of The Elite and their cohorts ultimately were exiled from Bullet Club by Tama Tonga and his allies, a condition which they seemed to challenge for a few months before conceding.
  • Tournament Arc: Became the first non-Japanese winner of NJPW's G1 Climax tournament in 2016 by defeating Hirooki Goto, ensuring his shot against IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada at Wrestle Kingdom 11. One of Styles and Devitt's first photos together ever posted was a Tweet of congratulations to Kenny.
    • In 2017, he won a massive single-elimination tournament to become the first-ever IWGP US Heavyweight Champion in Long Beach, marking a great stride towards New Japan's growing internation expansion.
  • Trash Talk: Since becoming "The Cleaner" he's transitioned from normal wrestling sports based trash talk to the insane ramblings of an anime or video game villain. Along with Breaking the Fourth Wall.
    Kenny Omega: [upon grabbing somebody in a hold] You can't escape!
  • Troll: His style of fighting as a member of the Bullet Club can count as this. Seating his opponent on a trolley, putting a garbage can over said opponent's head, and pushing the trolley into a high-speed superkick is within the realm of possibilities.
  • Visionary Villain: He actually has some noble goals - he intends to push for New Japan's success internationally, although in doing so he displays a complete lack of respect for the promotion's traditions. The final video which showed before his match at Wrestle Kingdom 11 showed that both him and Okada had the same goals, and they wanted to be the figurehead of that revolution.
  • Visual Pun: As part of his "The Cleaner" persona, will occasionally enter the ring carrying a broom (whose name is Kenny BroomMega). Word of God stated that when the "Cleaner" moniker was first pitched, the folks behind New Japan initially thought that Kenny was going to perform as a janitor, as opposed to "cleaner" being a term for hitmen used in Western criminal organizations. The final product had ideas of both.
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief: Has wrestled a blow-up doll. And a nine year-old girl named Haruka.
  • Worthy Opponent: Admitted in the post-Wrestle Kingdom 11 press conference that Kazuchika Okada was the best wrestler in Japan, and possibly the world. On his end, Okada praised him as the best foreign wrestler in New Japan's history. Further cemented at the end of the first night of the G1 Special in USA. Kenny gave Okada the spotlight, but not before saying he was going to win their match against each other in the G1 Climax.
  • Would Hit a Girl: And a child at that, once again referring to his match with Haruka. Although there was plenty of precedent in this case. Kenny was the "Summer Vacation" antagonist during the World Wonder Ring STARDOM "Kid's Fight" series.
  • Years Too Early: Claimed this about the late-January challenger to his United States Championship, "Switchblade" Jay White, just weeks after trying to induct White into the Bullet Club only get a Blade Runner for his troubles. When they fought at Sapporo, White promptly proved Omega was Tempting Fate.

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