New Japan Pro Wrestling’s newest performer is Master Wato. The former Young Lion has made an inauspicious start to his career after debuting at the New Japan Cup semi-finals. A part of that is who he has been paired up against.
His first opponent was DOUKI of Suzuki-Gun, largely considered to be near the bottom of the company totem pole. Wato was able to get his first win over DOUKI at the New Japan Cup Final but now we know he wanted to challenge someone else.
In an interview with njpw1972.com, Wato revealed he was initially planning to challenge Hiromu Takahashi. Here is the quote:
“Yeah. I talked about reaching the very top in NJPW, and I had plans to challenge Hiromu Takahashi out the gate. But when DOUKI showed up it became ‘OK, first him, and then everybody else one by one.’
Well, looking at the landscape of the junior heavyweights, hontai was the place to be in my opinion. The biggest thing in my mind is Hiromu Takahashi and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. I don’t want to team with him, I want to be wrestling him for that title. Then, when it comes to the junior heavyweights in hontai, I felt I could really fill a gap there.”
Hiromu Takahashi is, of course, the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. He had been involved in a rivalry with EVIL over the IWGP Double Championship but now he has returned to competing within his weight class. Takahashi will be taking on Taiji Ishimori at Summer Struggle in Jingu.
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