October 16, 1983 (40)
Tyson Smith, better known by his ring name Kenny Omega, is a Canadian-born professional wrestler currently performing in All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where he also serves as an executive vice president. Prior to joining AEW in 2019, Omega was renowned for his tenure in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) from 2014 to 2019, where he held prestigious titles including the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship. A former member and leader of the influential Bullet Club stable, Omega is known for incorporating elements from video games into his wrestling persona. His career spans various independent promotions worldwide, including DDT Pro-Wrestling, Jersey All Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Ring of Honor, Impact Wrestling, and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide. In AEW, he has held the AEW World Championship, AEW World Tag Team Championship, and AEW World Trios Championship.
Omega’s career is distinguished by numerous achievements and accolades. He was named Sports Illustrated’s Wrestler of the Year in 2017 and topped Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s list of top 500 male wrestlers in 2018 and 2021. Omega is a three-time recipient of the publication’s Match of the Year award. Notably, his match against Kazuchika Okada in a two out of three falls match at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall in June 2018 received a seven-star rating from sports journalist Dave Meltzer, the highest rating Meltzer has ever awarded a professional wrestling match. In 2020, Omega was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.
Throughout his career, Omega has collaborated with several key figures in the wrestling world. His tenure in NJPW was marked by his leadership of the Bullet Club, where he worked alongside wrestlers like AJ Styles, the Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), and Cody Rhodes. His partnership with the Young Bucks continued in AEW, forming part of The Elite stable. Omega’s tag team partnership with Kota Ibushi, known as the Golden☆Lovers, was also significant in his career.