Watch This Week’s MLW Fusion: ALPHA (Video), Hiroshi Tanahashi Speaks Out


During his latest “Ace’s High” interview for NJPW, Hiroshi Tanahashi looked back at his IWGP Heavyweight Championship win over Satoshi Kojima at the Wrestle Kingdom V event back in 2011, and more. You can check out some highlights from the interview below:

On beating Satoshi Kojima at Wrestle Kingdom V for the title: “To be honest, I don’t remember much of that match. I remember being incredibly nervous. Even though I’d been in the Tokyo Dome main a bunch of times, Kojima was much more relaxed than me that night.”


On feeling a different kind of pressure during that match: “I think there was a different kind of responsibility to the company, having lost to Kojima as an outsider in the G1. I think with Muto there was still this idea of pushing toward big celebrations with outside talent, but when we got into the 2010s it was about building within. Even with Kojima, although he was a freelancer, he would be effectively full time NJPW after that G1.”

On earning praise from Kojima for that match: “[My reaction was] just that he’s a real pro. You know, there was never much, or even any antagonism toward him when he came back in. I think really if you had to single out one thing that Kojima has always been great at, it’s people skills. I think in that sense, Hiroyoshi Tenzan was a big influence on him.”

You can check out this week’s edition of MLW Fusion: ALPHA below. This episode features the finals of the 2021 Opera Cup, and more. Here is the updated lineup:

* 2021 Opera Cup Finals: Davey Richards vs. TJP
* Sea Stars vs. Top Dogs
* KC Navarro vs. Warhorse

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