Chris Hero Says Kenny Omega Vs. Will Ospreay Will Inspire New Wrestlers
Chris Hero talks about the long-term impact of Kenny Omega vs. Will Ospreay at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door.
Chris Hero was a recent guest on Fightful's The Wrestling Perspective Podcast. The star of the independent scene (also known as Kassius Ohno in WWE) now works in AEW as a coach. He spoke about how Kenny Omega and Will Ospreay's recent match at AEW and NJPW's cross-promotional Forbidden Door show will inspire a new generation of wrestlers. He also emphasised a recent surge of wrestling trainees:
"I do some of these seminars, and sometimes there are 35 to 40 people, and you're like, holy s***, is it like a gremlin situation? Did somebody pour water on a wrestler, and overnight they sprouted 20 new wrestlers? So, it's up to us to provide as much information and as much life experience and career experience that one of them, two of them, three of them can latch on to that [...] and not just them, the people that they influence."
On the Ospreay vs. Omega match specifically, Hero said:
"It's like you just had that Osprey vs. Omega match, right? There are polarizing thoughts in it, but I guarantee there will be wrestlers that broke into the business, you know, five years from now [...] that is the match that they saw that made them think, f***, I want to do this. We're not even talking about the wrestlers that are in the locker rooms now. We're talking about the wrestlers that are going to be in the locker rooms, that will be main eventing shows and opening shows, and coming up with new characters and concepts that we probably aren't hip enough to understand yet."
The Forbidden Door match saw Ospreay defeat Omega to regain the IWGP United States Championship. The pair also had a match at Wrestle Kingdom in January which Omega won, leading many to believe that we'll see a third, decisive bout in the near future.
H/T to Fightful.