Tetsuya Naito Talks NJPW “Kissing Up To” Chris Jericho
Tetsuya Naito recently spoke with NJPW in an in-character interview before his upcoming IWGP Intercontinental Title Match against Chris Jericho at Wrestle Kingdom 13. Below are the highlights from the interview:
On Chris Jericho being part-time in NJPW: “Yeah. But I do believe that the winner is proven right. Even though he doesn’t wrestle a lot, and he’s pre-occupied with another career, I’m the one who lost to him in Osaka. It’s my fault that he’s got that chip on his shoulder. That’s on me.”
On NJPW expanding internationally without Jericho: “It’s all because he was able to take that title from me in Osaka. I know that New Japan wants to use his name for overseas expansion, but I want them to stop kissing up to him. That’ll happen once I take back that title. I’ve said this many times before, but they should focus on showing the pure New Japan style to the world, instead of altering it.”
On facing Jericho at Dominion back in June: “I could feel his intent, as if he was truly trying to kill me. He was different from what I expected, different from other American wrestlers. He was probably switching things up because he was in New Japan. Besides just his wrestling, I understood why he’s been a top start for many years. He has a nimble mind. He’s put it all together to get to the point he’s at now.”
On why he can’t lose again at Wrestle Kingdom 13: “I can’t lose. If he beats me again, he will have an even greater sense of entitlement in New Japan. And it’ll be a black mark on me. However, as much as I’d like to talk, we would still just be one and one, so I can’t say too much to that.”
You can check out the full interview by clicking here.
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