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Hiroshi Tanahashi – ‘It’s Still A Long Time Before I Retire’

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In a recent interview with Proresu Today, Hiroshi Tanahashi discussed his appointment as the new President of NJPW, his retirement plans, and more.

You can check out some highlights from the interview below:

On if he was surprised by his new job: “In terms of timing… it’s 50/50. I was also surprised. As a wrestler, I challenged the IWGP world heavyweight title once, but lost and never won the title. As a wrestler, I aim to be the best. I think when it’s gone, it’s time to retire. When I asked myself, “Do I want to wear that belt?”, I thought, “I want to wear it,” so I think it’s still a long time before I retire.”

On his approach to any job: “My motto is to do my best, so I want to do my best as a wrestler and as president. My pride as a wrestler and ace is to feed all the other wrestlers, employees, and their families. That’s what I thought, but I thought that’s the natural thing to do as a company president. Furthermore, I didn’t just have to do my best in professional wrestling. In an extreme case, I just graduated from university and started a new company. Now that I’ve joined Japan Pro Wrestling, I feel like I’m a first-year member of society. Well, I don’t know if I’m a first-year student or not.”

On his goals for NJPW wrestlers working with other companies: “When I go to a promotion, the local wrestling fans are so supportive. I want them to experience the same success I have had. I hope it’s not just me, but three or four people. If we can do both at the same time, I have a feeling that professional wrestling will continue to spread at an accelerated pace.”

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