“The God Of Pro Wrestling” Kenny Omega returned to an AEW ring following a 277-day hiatus on this week’s thrilling edition of AEW Dynamite on TBS.
Kenny Omega is BACK! The former All Elite Wrestling World Champion set foot in an AEW ring for the first time in 277 days when he was revealed as the mystery partner of The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) prior to the main event of this week’s edition of AEW Dynamite on TBS.
It all went down at the Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, West Virginia on Wednesday, August 17. Omega joined forces with his Elite teammates The Young Bucks to take on La Faccion Ingobernable (Andrade El Idolo, Dragon Lee & Rush) in trios tag team action. Omega sold his knee injury throughout the match, and was clearly showing signs of ring rust — although that was almost certainly exaggerated as an element of his comeback story.
The Elite got the win when Omega hit the One-Winged Angel on Dragon Lee. With the win, the trio advanced to the semi-finals of the AEW Trios Championship Tournament where they will face with The United Empire or Death Triangle.
Per Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Omega was recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery and was scheduled to undergo several more surgeries in the months that followed. The Cleaner’s health woes don’t stop there, sadly. Last year, he revealed that he has been experiencing bouts of vertigo during his matches since 2018.
Between 2018-2021, Omega had one of the most packed schedules of any professional wrestler outside WWE. He participated in numerous highly-praised matches and is one of the most consistently phenomenal wrestlers in the business. On top of that, Omega also serves as one of AEW’s executive vice presidents. Needless to say, the fact that he was able to work around his numerous health issues and regular bouts of vertigo for three years is extremely impressive.
Whether Omega returns to a full-time schedule remains to be seen, but it’s good to have him back.