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Kenny Omega made a triumphant return to All Elite Wrestling on Wednesday night after missing significant time due to injuries.
Omega appeared on AEW Dynamite and was named the mystery partner for the Young Bucks against Los Ingobernables in the AEW World Trios Championship tournament. As soon as ring announcer Justin Roberts began reading Omega’s highlights and the music hit, the fans knew what was coming.
The former AEW World Champion hasn’t competed since Full Gear in 2021. That same year, he was ranked Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s No. 1 in the industry. 1 was named as a male wrestler.
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The Young Bucks, a tag-team of Matt and Nick Jackson, began the match before Omega got the tag. Andrade El Idolo, Rush and Dragon Lee performed some of their own acrobatic feats in the ring and took Omega into the crowd thanks to wild aerial maneuvers.
Omega has the last laugh, pulling the V-Trigger and finishing with the One-Winged Angel on Dragon Lee to get the pin and the win. The team continues in the tournament.
Omega addressed the crowd after the event. He admitted that the last few months of rehab have been “tough” and questioned whether he would ever be able to return.
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“It might be a while before I catch these guys,” he pointed to the young bucks. “It may be a while before I compete for a singles title again, but it’s a work in progress and I’m so glad you all are joining me on this journey.”
Omega said he and his partners are in the game to leave a legacy in the industry, adding that they are not doing it for money or match ratings.
“It’s changing the world by changing the world of wrestling and the way you consume it,” he said, vowing that fans will get a “smorgasbord of wrestling.”
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While he plans to be a heel, Omega ends his rant with a nod to the fans.