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Tyson Smith (born October 16, 1983) is a Canadian-born Japanese professional wrestler better known by the ring name Kenny Omega. He is an executive vice president of All Elite Wrestling, where he also serves as an in-ring talent.
Omega is known for his tenure in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, where he was a one-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, one-time and inaugural IWGP United States Champion, and one-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion among other championships. He was a member of the stable Bullet Club, later serving as its fourth leader. He became the first and only non-Japanese professional wrestler to
win the G1 Climax, the promotion's premier tournament, when he defeated Hirooki Goto in the 2016 finals.
Omega has also performed as part of both American and Japanese independent promotions, such as DDT Pro-Wrestling, Jersey All Pro Wrestling, Ring of Honor, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. In 2017, Omega was named Sports Illustrated's Wrestler of the Year.
The following year, he topped Pro Wrestling Illustrated's list of top 500 male wrestlers. He has also attained the publication's Match of the Year distinction twice. One of those matches, in which Omega battled Kazuchika Okada in a two out of three falls match at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall in June 2018, received a seven-star rating from combat sports journalist Dave Meltzer, the highest rating Meltzer has ever awarded a professional wrestling match.
In 2001, Omega debuted in the Winnipeg-based promotion Premier Championship Wrestling (PCW). Omega went on to defeat Adam Knight for the PCW Heavyweight Championship on September 18, 2003. He dropped the title to Rawskillz on November 26. He regained the title from Rawskillz in January 2004, however, he was forced to vacate the title on March 18, 2004, due to an injury. In August, he teamed with his former rival Rawskillz and defeated the team of Shawn Houston and Chris Raine for the PCW Tag Team Championship, only to lose the title back to Houston and Raine the following month.
On October 17, Omega appeared at the National Wrestling Alliance's 56th Anniversary Show, where he unsuccessfully challenged Petey Williams for the TNA X Division Championship. In March 2005, Omega lost to Tommy Knoxville at Millennium Wrestling Federation's ULTRA card. He later won an eight-man tournament, defeating Nate Hardy, Chris Sabin, and Amazing Red, to win the Premier Cup and the NWA Canada X-Division Championship on June 2. Omega lost the title to Rawskillz on September 15. Nine days later, Omega made an appearance for Harley Race's World League Wrestling promotion in Eldon, Missouri, losing to Keith Walker in a match. After the match, he was invited to a week-long tryout by WWE.
In October 2005, Smith was sent to Deep South Wrestling (DSW), WWE's then-developmental territory for a tryout, after which he was offered a developmental contract and assigned to DSW full-time. He made his debut on October 27, 2005, losing to Mack Johnson.
On February 7, 2019, Omega signed a four-year contract with All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Along with Cody and Matt and Nick Jackson, Omega will serve as both an in-ring talent and an executive vice president of the promotion. He made his debut for the promotion at its inaugural pay-per-view, Double or Nothing, where he lost to Chris Jericho in the main event, after which both men were attacked by the debuting Jon Moxley.
In June, Omega teamed with the Young Bucks against the Lucha Brothers (Fénix and Pentagón Jr.) and Laredo Kid at Fyter Fest, with Omega securing the win for his team. After Moxley's main event match with Joey Janela, Omega attacked Moxley in retaliation for Moxley's previous assault. Two weeks later, Omega defeated Cima at Fight for the Fallen. A match between Omega and Moxley was scheduled for the All Out event. However, Moxley pulled out of the match due to contracting a MRSA infection; Pac was subsequently named as his replacement. At the event, Omega was defeated by Pac.
A fan of anime and video games, Smith incorporates ideas from the two into wrestling maneuvers, entrance music, and gimmick concepts. His ring name "Kenny Omega" was originally inspired by the character Omega Weapon from the Final Fantasy video game series. Other notable examples include naming one of his finishing maneuvers the One-Winged Angel, a reference to Final Fantasy VII's Sephiroth, making use of variations of Mega Man antagonist Dr. Wily's theme music as entrance themes, and utilizing the Hadouken attack from Street Fighter as a signature move.
For his final appearance for NJPW at Wrestle Kingdom 13, Smith collaborated with Undertale creator Toby Fox to create a custom entrance video in the style of the game, scored to a remix of the final boss theme "Hopes and Dreams". In addition to anime and video games, Smith also draws inspiration from the television show Star Trek: The Next Generation and superhero cartoons to develop elements of his in-ring persona.
As part of his villainous persona, Smith, who is fluent in Japanese, stopped talking in Japanese and instead did his interviews in English. In reality, he was told that his otaku gimmick was "too bubbly" for Bullet Club, which led to him adopting the "Cleaner" nickname, which was intended to be a reference to people who clean up crime scenes. His look as the "Cleaner" was inspired by Albert Wesker from the Resident Evil video game series as well as Marion "Cobra" Cobretti from the film Cobra. Although Smith originally intended to embody the gimmick straightforwardly, he later integrated comedy into the persona as a response to people who thought he was portraying a janitor, doing so by coming out for his matches holding a mop and a broom.
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