Former WWE Tag Team Champion René Duprée, now a mainstay in Japan for several years before the pandemic, recently sat down with Chris Van Vliet where he revealed some possible details about NJPW and NOAH, who are about to collaborate for the special show Wrestle Kingdom 16 in Yokohama on January 8th.
Duprée believes that the show will lead to an angle: “I’m with Pro Wrestling NOAH and they are about to start a feud with New Japan Pro Wrestling. An inter-promotional feud. If it wasn’t for the lockdowns, I’d be there right now.” Dupree was working with NOAH before COVID-19 started and had previously worked with AJPW.
In NJPW there are many dream opponents for him, but also wrestlers he already met: “I’ve wrestled pretty much three-quarters of the roster already because I was in All Japan Pro Wrestling and was there with SANADA, BUSHI, Minoru Suzuki, Satoshi Kojima. I’ve wrestled those guys before. The guys I haven’t wrestled would be [Kazuchika] Okada, [Hiroshi] Tanahashi, [Tetsuya] Naito. No, (I haven’t worked Will Ospreay), I know exactly what I would do with him though. I’m not gong to divulge my secrets here, but I compare him to Paul London. I would have so much fun with those guys.”
H/T to Fightful for the transcription.