Former AEW World Champion Kenny Omega has been out of action since he lost the championship to Hangman Adam Page back at the Full Gear pay-per-view in 2021.
In an interview with Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful, Omega detailed his time away from action, as well as providing a new update on the timetable for his return.
“If I’m going to be honest, my timetable before all of this started, I wanted to be back for this show (Forbidden Door), being back for the show is incredibly important to me and I really really wanted to mix it up with somebody from New Japan, and it sucks that I couldn’t do it, and it’s to the point where I want to be on the show even if it’s just to do commentary, or I just want involvement, but I’m not there yet so I don’t want to give… I don’t wanna take a spot from anybody, I don’t wanna put a spotlight on myself, but it’s not going to lead to anything so I’m definitely very cool to sit in a chair on the sidelines for everyone to go out there and kill it and have a great show.
“In terms of timeline, I put myself back on the road to help out with some of the Owen Hart cup matches, and I felt that it was too soon – it was too difficult for me to miss three or four days of rehab, and I have to put myself into a position where I was flying again, and being very hands-on with talent, and when I’m trying to agent something or trying to show something and moving around from point A to point B backstage, I’m moving quicker than I thought that I would, and I’m doing more than I thought that I would, and I’m not eating properly, and I’m not resting properly, and I felt that it really started to set me back. I’m not saying that I would’ve been ready for Forbidden Door had I not done it, but, when I started to recognize that it was a detriment to my recovery, I kept myself home and I’m focusing more on what I can do remotely and I am kind of doing everything that I can for the (video) game now to make sure that we can make release.”
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Omega also detailed the production of the upcoming AEW Fight Forever video game, and the challenges he has faced.
You can see a full list of currently injured AEW stars and their expected return date at this link.