NJPW’s Hiroshi Tanahashi spoke with Sports Illustrated and shared his thoughts on wrestling during the pandemic. NJPW has not been holding shows like AEW and WWE.
Does NJPW’s Ace agree with the decision?
“There isn’t a governing body for Japanese pro wrestling. As such, we can’t necessarily enforce cancelations. That’s been the responsibility of each company. But to run events in the middle of a pandemic presents the wrong image of professional wrestling to society and would deal a black eye to the industry that might still remain even after the pandemic ends.
“I thought it was important for us to come together, understand exactly what’s happening and do what’s right, even if that means returning to action after other pro sports.”
Obviously, Hiroshi Tanahashi comes from Japan which is a different culture than America. However, both cultures are very much into their entertainment. It’s interesting to see how folks each country has handled things very differently.
Whatever the case, all countries and the folks who live in them can use some positivity right now. Tanahashi made sure to offer a positive message for fans.
“Just imagine something for me. Imagine that this pandemic is behind us and wrestling is back. Imagine thousands of fans together, cheering on the wrestlers fighting in the ring. Imagine those wrestlers, giving it absolutely everything they have.
“That mental image alone is pretty motivating. So please everyone, take care of yourselves. Let’s get through this, and we’ll meet again with smiles on our faces someday soon.”
Tanahashi studied to be a lawyer. It’s easy to see why with his way with words.