Current IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega was recently a guest on The Art Of Wrestling along with ROH's Young Bucks, Nick and Matt Jackson. The self-described special interest wrestler talked about getting heat within the professional wrestling industry, took a shot at his detractors, and divulged which WWE Superstar he used to bounce ideas off before the Young Bucks came around.
According to Omega, heat comes with the territory to an extent.
"I never purposely try to get heat with anyone. I try to just be a good human being, but with the way that we carry ourselves, just the way we run our show, our matches or whatever, heat's just going to come with it."
Moreover, Omega suggested that he is fine having heat with WWE because 'The Cleaner' has not said anything he does not stand by.
"If someone says to me, 'hey, you probably have heat with this guy, or this guy, or this guy, in The Fed or The E,' or whatever you want to call it, I don't really pay too much attention to it because I know I haven't done anything directly."
Omega continued, "I'm never actually directly trying to offend anyone from any other [pro wrestling] promotion. If someone says I have the greatest match of all time, that's great. I'm going to use that to make my next match mean something or make the rematch mean something more."
Omega went on to say that the pro wrestlers who criticize The Elite cannot perform on the level of The Elite.
"Maybe I'm going to catch a lot of heat for saying this right now, but I think what all these people need to understand is whether they like it or not, and whether they'd like to admit it or not, is all three of us, we could go where they are and do what they do and do it better, but they could never do what we do."
Notably, Omega shared that before confiding in the Bucks, he would bounce ideas off of Sami Zayn, also known as Rami Sebei.
"The live house opinion is going to mean a lot, of course, because you can feel it, you can hear it. But yeah, but, like, if I ask The Young Bucks' opinion that is pretty much the opinion that counts the most to me. Back in the day, like, before I was with The Young Bucks all the time and I was in DDT, it was always Rami, 'Rami, what did you think?' and if Rami gave it a stamp of approval."
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Source: The Art Of Wrestling