New Japan Pro Wrestling star Shingo Takagi worked the AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door pay-per-view event last month, teaming with Darby Allin and Sting to face off against the Bullet Club’s El Phantasmo and The Young Bucks.
During a recent interview with NJPW1972.com, Takagi gave some high praise to Sting for carrying the match, and more.
You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On Sting: “Well, I think the guys that I have wrestled before, or had near misses with. So Bryan (Danielson) (Samoa) Joe, Claudio (Castagnoli), PAC. But then Sting… Sting just entirely carried that match we had (laughs). From the entrance on, it was all Sting. That’s a legend for you. He was a real model for me going forward, that’s the kind of wrestler I need to be. One thing about that event was that Tanahashi and Okada had title matches, Ishii would have had a title match but for injury. I was running hard as IWGP World Champion for most of last year and I think people shouldn’t forget that. If I go over there again I should be in the title picture, I should be a main event guy there.”
On Forbidden Door motivating him for the G1 Climax: “I thought it would be good motivation, and it turned out to be the best motivation. From the cheers, to Sting to all the travel trouble I had coming back, it was definitely a wild weekend.”
On facing Juice Robinson for his first matchup in the tournament: “There’s no doubt that he’s tough. But I don’t really get why he joined BULLET CLUB, or what he wants to do now he’s there. Then he gets sick, doesn’t come to Japan, keeps hold of that belt, it really stinks of the hole Will Ospreay deal from last year. I just don’t know what he wants.”