I grew up watching wrestling, and even remember going to a WWE house show vividly, but as an adult the stories didn’t connect with me and I stopped watching for many years.
In 2019 I watched an episode of Engraved on a Nation, a TSN show featuring Canadian athletes, that focused on the work of Kenny Omega. This was the start of loving wrestling again. In the documentary, the incredible performances and storytelling of Omega are highlighted and contextualized brilliantly. The story of The Golden Lovers (Omega’s team with the venerable Kota Ibushi) is full of nuance and superb craft beyond the stunning in-ring work, and I was impressed that stories were being told in wrestling that I had never expected. I was won over and started watching AEW (where Kenny Omega currently performs) every week. I was hooked.
It has been a wonderful few years falling in love with wrestling again, and even though it’s an artform that doesn’t always work perfectly, I’ve been able to trust the parts Omega has shaped to deliver in time. I owe it all to this exceptional documentary.
The documentary is available for purchase through Google Play.
The most famous wrestler you’ve never heard of, Kenny Omega has broken records and stereotypes to bring inclusivity and acceptance into the sport of wrestling.Engraved on a Nation S1 E4 – Omega Man