Atsushi Onita, the legendary Japanese pro wrestler, was reported to have been invited to attend Sunday’s AEW Revolution but was unfortunately not able to accept the invite due to COVID-19 protocols.
Onita is famed for inventing the Japanese Death Match, therefore AEW thought it seemed fit to invite him to watch the Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch between Jon Moxley and AEW World Champion Kenny Omega, which is set to be the main event on the evening.
If he made the trip Onita would have had to go through a two-week quarantine period in the states and since he is committed to fighting on the 21st March in Japan this made the whole thing impossible.
Onita did say that he would consider it an honor to appear on AEW and further said that he is looking forward to seeing the main event on television. He further said that he is very much open to working with AEW either in the states or in Japan depending on how long these travel restrictions will be in place.
“In this match, once you trigger the switches, there will be huge explosions,” Onita said in the promo seen below. “Not only that, the barbed wire around the ring will cut you mercilessly. Kenny Omega, Jon Moxley, I think the rules you’ve added to this match are spectacular and very fitting for you two.”