Jon Moxley Talks About NJPW, G1 Climax, Shinsuke Nakamura & More
In the second part of Jon Moxley’s interview with New Japan Pro Wrestling, Moxley would talk about his decision to sign in NJPW, the G1 Climax, his thoughts on Shinsuke Nakamura and more.
When asked about the reaction he got for his NJPW debut and if he was happy with the reaction, Moxley would reply graciously.
“In the building, it couldn’t have been better. The buzz when I walked out, the reaction for the finish of the match and the respect the fans had for the fight in the ring was incredible, and I’m grateful for that.”
That would lead to the question about what prompted Moxley to join NJPW.
“I’ve always been a fan of NJPW. I loved their wrestlers and matches. When I was in Florida I was obsessed with watching Hiroshi Tanahashi and Minoru Suzuki. To me NJPW is pro-wrestling, and I knew I needed to be here.”
Moxley would eventually be asked what he personally feels sets him apart from the other wrestlers who are in the same age range as him. Wrestlers like Okada, Naito, SANADA, Ibushi and others.
“I like to think that there’s no man on planet Earth that can break my will, or make me quit. Can I be beaten? For sure. But it’s a long night for you to beat me. It’s going to take everything you have because I’m going to keep coming at you until I have nothing left. In terms of heart and unwillingness to back down, maybe some might be equal to me, but certainly nobody greater.
New Japan has a pecking order. Rankings. You lose, you fall down, you win you move up. The goal is to get where Okada is. For me, I have nothing to lose. What’s the worst that can happen? I feel like I’m 18 again in that regard. The US title is a piece of hardware I’m very proud to hold, but my approach is that I have nothing to lose and I can put it all on the line every night. I don’t think anybody else here has that mentality.”
Moxley would also be asked about his thoughts on the G1 Climax tournament that he’s set to take place in.
“I’ve watched a lot of matches from it. Lots of great matches, grueling fights. I’ve heard it’s the toughest, most grueling, most challenging tournament in all of sports. It’s a meat grinder, four weeks of hell. It’s got a hell of a reputation as being the toughest thing you can do as a professional wrestler. That’s intriguing to me as a fan, and it’s intriguing to me as a wrestler.”
When asked about if former NJPW stars that found their way to WWE talked to Moxley at all about their former promotion, Moxley would bring up Shinsuke Nakamura and how great he’s been doing in WWE.
“Well, Shinsuke Nakamura is in WWE and doing very well. I never got to wrestle him sadly, but he heard that I was likely going over to be in the G1 and he was very pleased, said it was a great life experience. Karl Anderson, who I’ve actually been friends with since I was 18, since we’re both from Cincinnati. I asked him about the G1, a few others as well, and everybody was great and said ‘yeah, go for it’.”
When asked about the parallels between Nakamura’s jump to WWE as a top star compared to his jump to AEW/NJPW, Moxley would continue to highlight just how great Nakamura has been.
“I think he’s doing great there. Fans love him. It’s a different style, but he fits in well because he is charismatic, he is flamboyant. He can go, so whether it’s a New Japan ring or a WWE one he can do well anywhere.”