Kenny Omega says he will not be appearing at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door and is not Zack Sabre Jr.'s mystery opponent on the show.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Omega stated that while he isn't Bryan Danielson's handpicked opponent for ZSJ, fans will not be disappointed with who is.
“I can safely say there is zero chance it will be me,” Omega said. “But the replacement is going to leave people very happy. I can’t see people being disappointed by this legitimately handpicked replacement by Bryan Danielson.”
Omega has not wrestled since dropping the AEW World Championship to Hangman Page at Full Gear last November. During his time away, he has been addressing a slew of accumulated injuries.
“So far, five procedures have taken place to attempt to make me a better, healthier athlete,” Omega continued. “These are injuries that have compiled over years. They’re ones I can’t neglect, and I’ve needed this time to start to heal. That’s what I’ve been doing during this time off—I’m trying to buy time back onto my wrestling clock. I would like to have a longer career, so I’ve looked at this time after losing the belt as an opportunity to start to fix what’s hurting me."
AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door takes place Sunday, June 26 from the United Center in Chicago and will air live on pay-per-view.