Minoru Suzuki has discussed his decision to wrestle in the US, missing the 2021 NJPW G1 Climax tournament.
Suzuki has been wrestling in the US over the past month. Following his appearance at All Out on September 5, the former IWGP Intercontinental Champion has wrestled on Dynamite, and for several independent promotions.
During an interview shared on the NJPW website, Suzuki revealed that when he received an offer from a US promotion (he didn’t name the promotion), he wasn’t sure whether to take the deal.
Revealing that he’s not currently contracted to NJPW, Suzuki said:
“Well, I had an offer from a promotion over there, and I really wasn’t sure whether I should take it. There’s the whole quarantining for two weeks when you come back deal, and it would have meant missing the G1. But as I was mulling it over, more and more offers were coming in.
“It kept snowballing, so I took that as a sign. Well, someone looking down, maybe. I figured that this could turn into a real chance for me, so I told my agent that I didn’t need any time off, just fill my schedule with matches. And here we are.
“When it came down to it, going to America was the bigger challenge and adventure to me personally than the G1. That’s why I chose the US. It’s not a value judgement. I said before, right? I’m not contracted. I’m not a New Japan guy. I choose all my own paths, take responsibility for all my own actions and live the way I want.
“There might be some morons who want to analyse those choices I make for myself, but it’s all about making my own road. It isn’t about my interest in them. They want me. There’s a lot of companies in the US. If they want me there, and the conditions are right, well I’ll head there and tear apart anybody put in front of me.”
Following his match with Jon Moxley on the September 8 edition of Dynamite, Suzuki required 7 stitches after he getting busted open above the eye. He will team with Lance Archer to do battle with Moxley and Eddie Kingston in a Lights Out match on Rampage Grand Slam.
Suzuki is also scheduled to face Nick Gage at a GCW event next month.