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OMEGA TEASES EXITING NEW JAPAN, FANTASTICAMANIA LINEUPS RELEASED

By Mike Johnson & Matthew Macklin on 2017-01-06 12:49:00

Just days after he main evented New Japan's Wrestle Kingdom and faced Kazuchika Okada in a match that will discussed for years to come, Kenny Omega took to Twitter to tease the idea that he was exploring his options and taking time off.  "I will be stepping away from Japan to reassess my future," Omega wrote this morning. "The path of my journey may change, but my goals will not. There is no plan. My schedule is cleared and I'm weighing all options. I've a lot to consider. Thx for the patience/support "

Mike here: Omega's major goal was to headline a Tokyo Dome event, which he has now accomplished.  It's entirely possible he will just be sitting out the FantasticaMania events, which use primarily CMLL talents as the only outsiders.   it makes sense from a storyline perspective that after his loss at the Dome, he would need a time out.  If he's not back by the New Beginnings events, then it will be time to really sit up and take notice.  Obviously, Omega means more now than at any previous point in his career and can write his own ticket anywhere, but he's always been driven by competing in Japan (even asking out of a WWE developmental deal to go to Japan), so unless his goals have changed by virtue of having pretty much a perfect match at the Dome, expect him back eventually in a NJPW ring.   If he is seeking to see what else is out there for him on the market, his tweet was a smart way to open the doors for that communication.

The annual joint NJPW & CMLL Fantasticamania tour will kick off on January 13th. The full cards have been announced with three live shows on NJPWWorld.com from Korakuen Hall:

1/20/17

1. Ephesto & Will Ospreay vs. Blue Panther Jr. & Henare 
2. Soberano Jr., Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Raziel, Gedo & Jado 
3. Maximo Sexy & Stuka Jr. vs. Hechicero & OKUMURA 
4. Tetsuya Naito, Rush, SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs. Atlantis, Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi & David Finlay 
5. Ultimo Guerrero, Kazuchika Okada & Euphoria vs. Mistico, Volador Jr. & Juice Robinson 
6. Special Singles Match: Hiromu Takahashi vs. Titan 
7. CMLL World Lightweight Title: Dragon Lee (c) vs. Barbaro Cavernario 

1/21/17

1. Ephesto, Raziel, Jado & Gedo vs. Blue Panther Jr., Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV & Henare 
2. Stuka Jr. vs. OKUMURA 
3. Barbaro Cavernario, Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay vs. Soberano, KUSHIDA & Ryusuke Taguchi 
4. Tetsuya Naito, Rush, SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs. Dragon Lee, Titan, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson & David Finlay 
5. Special Tag Match: Mistico & Volador Jr. vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Euphoria 
6. Special Singles Match: Atlantis vs. Rush 
7. CMLL World Heavyweight Title: Maximo Sexy (c) vs. Hechicero 

1/22/17

1. Barbaro Cavernario, Gedo & Jado vs. Blue Panther Jr., Soberano Jr. & Henare 
2. Stuka Jr., Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Hechicero, OKUMURA & Raziel 
3. Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI vs. Dragon Lee & Titan 
4. Maximo Sexy, Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Ephesto, Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay 
5. RUSH, Tetsuya Naito, SANADA & EVIL vs. Atlantis, Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA & David Finlay 
6. Special Singles Match: Mistico vs. Euphoria 
7. Special Singles Match: Ultimo Guerrero vs. Volador Jr.

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