Legendary Japanese star Satoshi Kojima made his in-ring return at Blue Justice VIII ‘Road To Destruction’, teaming with Yuji Nagata, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Manabu Nakanishi as they took on, and defeated, the team of Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Juice Robinson and David Finlay.
Following the match, Kojima took the mic and discussed his first in ring action since suffering an ACL injury back in January.
“These last 8 months, which I missed, were very long and tough for me” Kojima said. “But, at the same time there was joy and happiness too. I learned that there are always good things waiting for you if you keep going. For those who are struggling with issues in life, please watch us, and feel alive. Thank you.”
NJPW’s Harold Meij Comments on Departing Talent
With the departures of Cody Rhodes, the Young Bucks, Chris Jericho, and the likely forthcoming departure of Kenny Omega, New Japan Pro Wrestling has been reeling.
New Japan Pro Wrestling president Harold Meij commented on the departures of the The Elite members, and other talent, most of whom are moving to either WWE or AEW.
Meij: ‘Talent will come & go. That’s life. Half of Japanese people have had more than one occupation. More overseas. There are different life stages, priorities change. What counts is that while here, ppl shine as bright as possible & produce the best product possible for us’— chris charlton (@reasonjp) January 9, 2019
Chase Owens Re-Signs With NJPW
NJPW is expected to lose Kenny Omega at the end of the month, who announced he would be leaving when his contract expires at the end of the month, but they will not be losing Chase Owens.
“The Crown Jewel” Chase Owens has also officially re-signed with NJPW, making the official announcement on Twitter.
Chris Jericho Vows to End Tetsuya Naito’s Career
IWGP Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho is gearing up for his title defense against Naito at Wrestle Kingdom 13 on January 4th, and he is vowing to end Naito’s career when the two finally meet in the ring.
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