Kenny Omega appeared on Wrestling Observer Radio on Thursday to address his status.
"I will not be at the Royal Rumble," Omega said h/t WrestlingInc.com. "I don't want people to have this false hope of me showing up in the Royal Rumble and then not being there and being disappointed when there's a fantastic match happening with fantastic competitors. I don't want the lack of me being in that to disappoint people.”
Omega will head to Japan in mid-February to try and renegotiate his contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling and it’s looking positive. There is a chance the deal could fall through but it’s looking like he’ll be staying with NJPW for another year. He has unfinished business in Japan and feels he can make a bigger impact right now in New Japan, as opposed to WWE.