New Japan World, the streaming platform of New Japan Pro Wrestling released an interview with Kenny Omega where Omega discusses various topics, including why he wants to become a leader in the promotion.

“I wanted to have this IWGP Heavyweight belt, because I thought if I had it I could control the country of wrestling, that New Japan would be mine, and that I could do with it what I see fit. I want to defend in America? So be it. I want to defend it in Canada? So be it. I am the champion, he makes the rules. Now I have no belt, so essentially I have no power. I don’t like that.

People have seen me bleed. They’ve seen my cry. And they’re starting to like me… Why do you like me? I’m a bad person. You shouldn’t like me. I don’t care if you like me, but I will be the hero and the leader that this company needs to survive. You don’t think they’re coming for you? Do you think this continues, the way that we’re going, that we’ll be safe from the outside forces looking to invade? You are not. You need me. You need my success. Cheer for me if you want, boo me if you want. Hate me as a human being, if you want, but at the end of the day I will be the only one able to protect this country, and this promotion, from all the invaders looking to take New Japan away from you.”

The interview is available in full at this link.