Kenny Omega says Jon Moxley challenges and inspires him as he explains why they’ll have exploding barbwire deathmatch
On March 7, Kenny Omega will defend the AEW championship against Jon Moxley in an exploding barb wire deathmatch at AEW Revolution.
Yes, it’s as mad as it sounds! Although these kinds of matches have been famed in Japan, this is probably the biggest stage it’s ever seen in North America.
Moxley and Omega have an intense past in AEW. Moxley made his debut in the company by attacking Omega after he main evented the first ever show – Double or Nothing – against Chris Jericho.
They had an unsanctioned lights out match at Full Gear that same year and Omega defeated Moxley to begin his reign as champion on December 2, 2020.
Now, they’re going to take things up a notch and talkSPORT had the chance to ask Omega the motivation behind this match type – is it a case of wanting to beat a violent man at his own game?
“That’s absolutely correct. Before we went into this thing with Jon Moxley, you want to bring out the best not only in your opponent, but yourself.
“The name of the game for me when AEW started was I wanted to shoulder some new challenges. Whether that be my tasks inside the ring or outside of the ring, I wanted to take on a whole new bunch of projects and Jon Moxley is someone who challenges me in exactly that kind of way.
“I never thought I’d end up doing what I’m doing right now [laughs]. I never thought I would have done what I did on the first Full Gear pay-per-view [Unsanctioned Lights Out match].
“But, Moxley challenges me and sort of inspires me to bring that part out of me that I never knew that I had. For me, it’s exciting.
“I’m not very violent or physical, really. I’m a sportsmen, a competitor. But it allows me to explore other avenues in professional wrestling that I never would have otherwise, so it’s exciting for me,” Omega explained.
When alerted to the fact that hardcore legend Terry Funk had tweeted his support of Omega and Moxley having a deathmatch, Omega was pleased.
“I didn’t see that, that’s fantastic! There’s a lot of war veterans of this very match and of course, AEW is going to go about it in it’s own unique way.
“But the basic principles stay the same. There will be sharp objects, there will be pyrotechnics and there’s no two ways about it – it’s going to be brutal.”
When speaking to the creative process behind a match like this, Omega opened up on how Moxley is pushing him.
“As much as this is about bringing out another layer of Kenny Omega, I hope it brings out the best in Jon Moxley too. I want to see that real violent side of Jon Moxley.
“I only ever knew of Dean Ambrose. So I’ve only seen what they showed me on their TV programming. I don’t know about CZW Jon Moxley. I never saw any of that stuff.
“And I got a little taste of it at Full Gear about how his mind works and about what he’s willing to put himself through, but I kind of want to push the envelope further. I want to see more.
“I want to see that version and I want to see what put him on the map originally and I want to see if I can keep up with that,” said Omega.
Watch AEW Revolution on March 8 from 1am in the UK with FITE TV. Kenny Omega defends the AEW title against Jon Moxley in an exploding barb wire match!