Former WWE superstar and current podcast host Sean Waltman chimed in on the rumors regarding NJPW talent being upset regarding the new management regime, and how many of them are planning a jump to WWE.
“Let morale go down in your company and see how quickly that forward momentum comes to a halt” Waltman said on the latest episode of his podcast. “There can be a mass exodus to WWE in a second. WWE will cherry pick every single one of the guys you have.”
“Vince will take every one of their guys,” Waltman warned. “And the climate that wrestling is in right now, yeah. Keep talking down to your talent and see what happens.”
Kenny Omega Talks How Wrestling AJ Styles Made Him Continue Wrestling
The Elite’s Kenny Omega, who is set to become one of the hottest free agents in professional wrestling over the next few months, recently appeared on Chris Jericho’s ‘Talk is Jericho’ podcast and talked about how he almost quit wrestling.
Then, Omega stepped into the ring with A.J. Styles.
“I found that my in-ring performance was suffering because you know there’s an aesthetic look you have to maintain in professional wrestling” Omega stated when describing his mindset back in 2006. “If I’m cutting 20 pounds for a tournament or a fight and then I have to go to the ring I’m going to look like I came out of a dryer and it just didn’t jive. So if I was going to concentrate on one, the other was going to suffer.”
Omega then described how he approached an upcoming match with Styles, the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
“[It was] after that AJ match when I thought, ‘Oh my goodness there’s this guy who’s so much better than me but we have this chemistry together.’ It kind of showed me my true potential and maybe something that I could grasp and something I could achieve that I hadn’t seen yet.”
“It really made me look in the mirror and say to myself: ‘Jeez, even when I do these all-time jiu-jitsu tournaments I’m always going for a finish, I’m always trying to have that exciting match when really you should just be concentrating on getting that gold medal or whatever. So I found that I was actually and entertainer, I was a performer. So I was going to give this wrestling thing one more shot.”
Don Callis Returning To NJPW Commentary
Don Callis is commenting on is newly finalized deal with NJPW that will see him return on commentary and the key member of the Impact Wrestling promotion is excited for the opportunity to return to the booth.
“I am going back to New Japan,” Callis said on his “Killin the Town Podcast”. “So, for all the people out there who were claiming I’d been fired and that they didn’t want to use me anymore, that sort of thing. There were some people who said that and had all sorts of reasons for it that they would speculate about. As I said before, I’m busy enough that it’s not that I didn’t notice I wasn’t going back but I hadn’t given it a lot of thought because I’d been so busy.”
Callis announced that he would return on November 17th and 18th for the upcoming shows in Tokyo.
“They reached out to me and we had a discussion, I don’t think I’m telling any tales out of school but they were quite intent on getting me back and I love the company and I love the boys in the back and I like the product. So, once we were able to resolve everything to mutual satisfaction I made a deal to go back.”
NJPW Announce New Matches For Wrestle Kingdom 13
New Japan Pro Wrestling is gearing up for Wrestle Kingdom 13, their annual marquee event, and have announced a number of matches to a card that already includes a main event featuring Kenny Omega vs Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match
Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado) (c) vs Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) vs Los Ingoberables de Japon (BUSHI & Shingo Takagi)
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match
KUSHIDA (c) vs Taiji Ishimori
“The Rainmaker” Kuzuchika Okada vs “Switchblade” Jay White
IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match
Chris Jericho (c) vs Tetsuya Naito
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