Chris Jericho sees a difference between being hurt in match and being injured.
At the NJPW G1 Special, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi sustained a neck injury in his match against Dragon Lee. On a recent episode of Busted Open Radio, IWGP Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho expressed concern for the younger talent at NJPW. He said when he was young he dismissed the advice of Nick Bockwinkel who told him he was doing "too much" in the ring. Jericho said wrestlers can beat each other up without putting each other in danger.
"There's nothing wrong with Strong Style. I like beating the shit out of somebody and getting the crap kicked out of me. The match I had with Naito, I was hurting for days after in a good way not in a dangerous way. Nothing was broken, no neck injuries. My mouth hurt, I had cuts all over, and my back was sore," said Jericho. "That's what wrestling should be. It should be stiff, it should be Strong Style but not dangerous. That's what I want to try and tell some of these guys in New Japan," he continued.
Jericho said he likes the style of the New Japan Pro Wrestling roster but as he put it the wrestlers need to remember they are human and not "action figures."
Jericho's comments can be heard in the video above or on Busted Open Radio.