At the PWG Nineteen event on Sunday, Daniel Garcia retained his PWG World Championship by submitting Konosuke Takeshita. Garcia has since stated on Twitter that “Takeshita is one of the best I’ve been in the ring with. Maybe the.”
This is a huge compliment considering the level of opponents that Daniel Garcia has faced in singles competition. A talented list that includes CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley, and Jay White. Four names that many consider to be at the top of the industry right now. The former three already having had legendary careers prior to their current runs, and the latter not having even reached his first peak.
A compliment like this brings high expectations. But this is nothing new, Takeshita has faced high expectations his entire career. He debuted in 2012 for DDT in Japan while still in high school and won the Tokyo Sports 2013 Rookie of the Year award and came in second for the Wrestling Observer 2013 Rookie of the Year award by only four points. Referred to as the “Future of DDT,” he has built a very strong career in Japan. This included matches against the Golden Lovers tag team of Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi.
Takeshita has only recently been seen on American television. He faced Jay Lethal on the May 6th episode of AEW Rampage. Then came a non-title match against former AEW Champion “Hangman” Adam Page on the May 18th episode of AEW Dynamite. Although each of these matches ended in defeat for Takeshita, both were met with very positive reviews with many stating he stole the show on both nights.
The expectations for Takeshita appear to continue growing with every match. At only 26 years old, there is a long way for them to grow. But, Daniel Garcia’s strong statement is just another sign that these expectations are likely to keep being met and exceeded.
Takeshita is one of the best I’ve been in the ring with. Maybe the.
— Daniel Garcia (@GarciaWrestling) July 4, 2022