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Kenny Omega has revealed why he hasn't made the jump from New Japan to WWE

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WWE and Vince McMahon have a knack of hoovering up the biggest and best talent nowadays, such is the pull of the company.

There's several wrestling promotions around the world, but the general thought is you're going to be the biggest star you can be when working under the WWE banner.

Just recently in 2016, WWE were able to snag AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson from successful careers in New Japan Pro Wrestling, and two years before that saw Prince Devitt brought in from the same promotion, and was re-christened Finn Balor.

The mould has been somewhat broken in recent times though - with Cody Rhodes being the first notable name to jump ship and sign for Ring of Honor and NJPW.

Following in his footsteps was WWE legend Chris Jericho, who not only risked angering his former boss McMahon by deciding to compete for the number one promotion in the Far East, but he's currently the IWGP Intercontinental Champion.

The number one star in Japan right now though is Kenny Omega, the former leader of the Bullet Club and now part of The Elite with the Bucks and Rhodes, and current IWGP Heavyweight champion.

Regarded by many as the best wrestler on the planet, Omega actually was in the WWE developmental system between 2005 and 2006, but has cultivated a name for himself across the globe for other entities.

Kenny Omega forms part of 'The Elite' faction in NJPW, alongside former WWE star Cody Rhodes.

Some fans are wishing that he will make the leap across the Pacific Ocean and back to the States - but Omega has now issued a lengthy response as to why he hasn't joined what many perceive as the 'big leagues'.

"I am sort of very much a part of representing an alternative. If my motivation was money, I would already be in the WWE," Omega told The Business Times, per NoDQ.

"I was down on the current product and I wanted to create a style and have matches that my friends, my family and other athletes could watch and enjoy.

"Everyone has a choice to watch whatever they want. It's okay to like both or other promotions too. When I was growing up, I thought there was only WWE. That's it. One promotion in the world.

Omega does have a close friendship with current WWE star Xavier Woods though, who could be used as pulling power down the line for a switch to WWE.

"And then as I grew up, I found that there's local wrestling. There's WCW, there's ECW. In Mexico, there are the luchadores. And then finally, I realized there's wrestling in Japan.

"I think for many people, they think there's one giant promotion and that's all that there is. It must be the best. But as they expand their palate and their horizons, they realize that, oh, there's other wrestling out there.

"They might not necessarily like it more but it's an option now. It's cool that there are so many options for people all over the planet."

Kenny is right, he has tons of options but he's treated like a mega-star over in Japan, he won't be guaranteed the same level of stardom or freedom in the WWE.

They've done good by Styles, but Balor has fallen by the wayside, Gallows and Anderson are doing nothing and Nakamura's momentum wasn't capitalised on last year.

So by the sounds of things, you may be waiting a while if you want to see The Cleaner in a WWE ring...

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