It was only a year and a half ago that Kenny Omega debuted in Ring of Honor, and I was lucky enough to be at that very show. He lost to Delirious in a fun undercard match, and even got some cheers right after.
Since then, Omega has...
- Pinned ROH World Champion Austin Aries (DBDH VII, Toronto, ON)
- Defeated Pro Wrestling NOAH Star Katsuhiko Nakajima (Title TBA, Novi, MI)
- Unsuccessfully challenged for the ROH World Title vs. Austin Aries in a fantastic match (Title TBA, Mississauga, ON)
And now this...
*SPOILERS FOR THOSE WAITING FOR A CERTAIN PWG DVD!*
BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES 2009 WINNER - AND PWG WORLD CHAMPION
(Okay so that's not the PWG Title, but let's just pretend!)
Omega won the 2009 Battle of Los Angeles, an annual tournament that is normally just for bragging rights (past winners: Davey Richards, CIMA, Low Ki). But this year, after Bryan Danielson won the belt in his last PWG, he vacated the title and declared that the winner of the 2009 BOLA would be the new champion.
Needless to say, whoever won the tourney would be a surefire star in the Indy scene.
Omega defeated three big PWG mainstays in Kevin Steen, Scott Lost and Joey Ryan (with Ryan and Steen being former PWG Champs), and in the finals defeated a man who's 2009 year has been filled with incredible matches (and has maybe been slightly overlooked because of Davey's great year of matches)... Roderick Strong.
But not only is he the PWG World Champion... he is also the Champion of Anywhere.