Omega says NXT wrestlers would be dark match guys on AEW show, side-by-side comparison of current rosters, you decide

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In the context of an era where you can walk up to someone and call them “fat, smelly, and ugly” and then when they get mad, laugh and say, “Dude, I was just trolling you, settle down,” Kenny Omega took some digs at NXT talent in a recent interview at Sportskeeda. The following are key excerpts:

•”You can call it a war if you want. It’s like, to me, we’re in a completely different kind of business. I mean what they’re doing is different from what we’re doing. It’s weird, because it’s hard to say you’re going to war with people that I call my friends.”

•”[W]hen I sit back and look at the grand picture, I’m going to war with these dudes that, if we were on the same show together, the same promotion… let’s pretend there were no borders. Let’s pretend there were no promotions. Let’s just pretend there’s just one big promotion. If these guys were in the same show as me, they’d be in the dark match. They’d be in the opening match of my main event match.”

•”You wanna call that a war, you wanna call that competition? Go ahead. Maybe it’s fun for you to do. That’s cool. But we’re different planets. And you’re going to see that right away, when you see 10000+ arenas sold out. You’re going to see smiles on fans’ faces. You’re going to see real stars. Not developmental talent, but real stars appearing on your television sets, every week.”

The following, for context, is a subjective roughly curated side-by-side list of the top 15 male wrestlers on each roster.

Kenny Omega

Chris Jericho

Cody

Jon Moxley (f/k/a Dean Ambrose)

Hangman Page


Pac (f/k/a Neville)

MJF

Shawn Spears

Matt Jackson

Nick Jackson


Dustin Rhodes

Pentagon Jr.

Rey Fenix

Darby Allin

Joey Janella

Adam Cole

Velveteen Dream

Matt Riddle

Johnny Gargano

Tomasso Ciampa


Kushida

Kyle O’Reilly

Bobby Fish

Roderick Strong

Keith Lee


Dominic Dijakovic

Killian Dane

Cameron Grimes

Pete Dunne

Walter

Hey @KennyOmegamanX remember when my match with @RealKeithLee embarrassed yours on your PWG homecoming weekend of BOLA 2017? Tune in this Wednesday to NXT TV on USA at 8pm so two developmental guys can show a real star how it’s done, again. https://t.co/EhNNG5mCL4

— Dominik Dijakovic (@DijakovicWWE) September 19, 2019