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Squared Circle Pit #27 – NJPW's Kenny Omega Talks Favorite Power Metal Bands, BABYMETAL, Kota Ibushi, Learning Japanese, G1 Climax


One of the biggest stars of New Japan Pro Wrestling is my guest on the Squared Circle Pit this week, "The Cleaner" Kenny Omega. Omega is one of the most hyped wrestlers in the world right now, so I'm eternally grateful that he made some time to talk about his favorite power metal bands, namely Blind Guardian and Stratovarius. This interview occured on the morning of the first day of the grueling G1 tournament tour, so we also talk about that, his rivalry with Kota Ibushi, touring on buses, his thoughts on Dave Meltzer's ratings on his recent matches and what his faction, Bullet Club, would sound like if they were a band. Kenny also discusses how he learned to speak Japanese, his hopes for Wrestle Kingdom and more in this can't miss interview for metalheads and wrestling fans. Keep up with NJPW at

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Check out previous Squared Circle Pit interviews about wrestling with Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Cannibal Corpse's George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, Jamey JastaEvery Time I Die's Andy Williams, Zakk Wylde, Killswitch Engage's Mike D, Converge's Jacob Bannon, Neurosis' Scott Kelly, former WWE announcer Justin Roberts, and more.

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