Hulk Hogan was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated and had high praise for IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kenny Omega. Below are interview highlights.
Hogan on Omega being a special talent and a worldwide star:
“Kenny Omega is a different animal, he’s just such a special talent. He’s already a worldwide star. You have to know how to switch gears, and Kenny understands how to work the Japanese style, the American-Japanese style, and the American style.”
Hulk Hogan on Omega potentially having an easier transition in the US:
“Speaking from my own experience, when I wrestled there, I could have just stayed in Japan, never came to the United States, and my career would have been fine. Kenny can do the same thing, though I think the transition is going to be a little easier with him. People in America can pretty much watch, in real time, see his matches in Tokyo. The momentum he is building in Japan only adds to how big a star he could be here in the States. He is built up to headline Wrestle Kingdom, which he’s already done, or WrestleMania. He already has years of TV exposure, so he’s familiar to the domestic audiences here in the States, and you could put him in the main event of next year’s WrestleMania.”
Hulk Hogan on Omega possibly going to WWE:
“Would I love to see him go to the WWE? Yes. Would I love to see him be used correctly? Yes. If he ever got lost in the mix, it would be a sad, sad story. But if there is a chance to sign him, Vince McMahon could be the guy to take him to the next level. If you don’t touch on the WWE, your story is not complete. But rules are made to be broken, and Kenny is such a big star that he could be the one to change all that. Kenny is such a big star that he doesn’t need to sign in New York, but it would complete the story if he went and dominated and had a hell of a run in WWE.”