AEW Superstar Kenny Omega Takes a Dig at Vince McMahon

Published 07/09/2020, 2:02 PM EDT

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WWE chairman Vince McMahon and Kota Ibushi were involved in an interesting incident, back in 2016. A few days back, AEW star and tag team champion Kenny Omega tweeted about the culture of the WWE, relating it to the Kota Ibushi incident.

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It’s no secret that WWE, which is a global giant, is micromanaged by one man.

Vince McMahon prefers to keep a very tight approach when it comes to decision making. If he feels that something is deviating from his standards, he doesn’t think twice before taking action.


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The recent firing of Paul Heyman from the WWE creative was an example.

Kenny Omega has always been open about his views regarding not joining the WWE.

He knows that the creative and in-ring freedom is minimal and the main event pushes are given only if the boss likes you.

According to rumors, Triple H tried multiple times to sign the AEW star. Maybe, the Kota Ibushi story would have made the decision easier for The Cleaner.

Kota Ibushi made his debut in 2016 as a participant in the Cruiserweight Classic. The Japanese talent made an impressive debut.

His second victory in the tournament against Cedric Alexander was critically acclaimed.

Post that, he signed a developmental contract with WWE and defeated Murphy on his debut. After this, the unthinkable happened.

At NXT Takeover: Dallas, Ibushi was backstage and gave a high-five to a “big man.”

That “big man” was none other than Vince McMahon.

Ibushi had no clue who Vince McMahon was, which obviously didn’t sit well with several staff members who allegedly became “upset.”

The Golden Star would go on to decline a contract with the WWE.

Unsurprisingly, not signing the contract meant Ibushi lost the semi-finals of the Cruiserweight tournament to the winner TJ Perkins.

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Kenny Omega comments on strict WWE culture

Kenny Omega on Twitter, showed his dislike about the work culture in WWE. He also gave clear hints about why many superstars don’t join the company.

Check out Kenny Omega’s response through the B/R wrestling Twitter account.


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The work culture in WWE has not only resulted in talent not joining the company but also talent leaving the company.

Athletes like Y2J, Jon Moxley, Ryback, RVD, and many more don’t have positive things to say post leaving the company.

At the same time, finding out about such experiences stops other worldwide superstars from coming to the company.

Vince McMahon is running the business for close to four decades and has developed a specific manner of running shop.

This involves a very deep degree of involvement in all departments that can rub some people the wrong way.

As times and generations change, people’s mindset also changes.


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Those days are no more when people took their boss’ wrath as a challenge to prove him wrong.

Nowadays, upcoming Superstars need their boss to be a guide, an elder brother, or a friend. This is a global change that can be seen in famous sports in the world like Soccer.

However, Vince McMahon doesn’t seem to be interested in changing his approach. One cannot blame him as this approach has made him the man he is today.


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