Kenny Omega Talks Time In WWE's Developmental System, Bob Holly Bullying Rumors, TNA-Japan

Kenny Omega, who now competes for New Japan Pro Wrestling, looked back at his time in WWE's developmental system during an interview with Under The Mat (airs live every Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at—Omega competed in Deep South Wrestling from October 2005 until September 2006, when he requested to be released from his WWE developmental contract. Highlights from the interview are as follows:

On his time in WWE developmental: "I went there and it was like really grueling physical training we were training to be MMA fighters not professional wrestlers (laughter). I liked it and enjoyed it because that's the kind of training that I like to do. The problem with Deep South to me is that there was a group that were tight with the boss and they would always go out and drink and have barbeques. Then when WWE would say who should we look at? Bill Demott would say oh look at this guy and this guy. Of course those were his buddies…."

On "Hardcore" Bob Holly being a bully: "We had guests come in at times like Benoit (Chris), William Regal, Dean Malenko, and Bob Holly would come and kick our ass. I don't know what the guy problem was he was always grumpy. I remember one time he (Holly) got mad at one of the guys and kept punching him in the face…"

On how he thinks the Japanese fan base wouldn't like TNA style of wrestling: "Not to knock TNA but there's too much hokey talking and segments that don't really involve wrestling. Of course everyone in TNA speaks English so if there's an angle going on they won't be able to understand it. TNA has a talented roster but when I looked at it seems as if everyone was rushing it's like the time is given to the talking and when it happens in the ring everyone rushes to the finish. In Japan it's the opposite when you talk make it quick and tell your story in the match."

The full interview is available here.


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