Kevin Kelly On Calling Classic Omega vs. Okada Match, Not Knowing Outcomes & More
New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) announcer Kevin Kelly recently spoke with Brian Fritz of the Sporting News outlet. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.
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On calling the Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada on the best of three falls match at NJPW Dominion: “To be in that moment and to realize we’re witnessing history but, in that match, right at the end, if you go to the last minute of the match and the two men are completely spent and each of them is laying with their head on the bottom rope side-by-side, that was where I knew we are seeing one of the greatest matches of all time,” Kelly recalled. “And I knew, in that moment, the end was near. This was just the beginning of the final scene. Sure enough, it was. Omega gets up, hits the ropes, V-Trigger, One-Winged Angel, and we’ve got a new champ. I wanted to jump up and scream. I wanted to applaud.”
On he and Don Callis not knowing the outcomes of matches before they take place: “None of us know what’s going to happen. Let’s see how it unfolds. I do my best to weave in history and if there’s any opportunity to say this happened in a previous match and here was the outcome as a result. Those moments are made so much better because, it’s like, I know what I’m doing. I know how to call a wrestling match. Let’s see what’s going on.”
Check out the complete Kevin Kelly interview at SportingNews.com.