Part 2 of Jon Moxley's interview with NJPW.
Jon Moxley has already made an impact in New Japan Pro Wrestling, winning the IWGP United States Title in his first match and announcing himself for the G1 Climax tournament. Plenty of former WWE superstars have left the company and made roads in NJPW, but Moxley is the most prominent recent star to depart the empire to hone his craft elsewhere. On the flip side, NJPW stars have also left the company to join WWE. One such star, Shinsuke Nakamura, had a successful run in NXT before being called up to the main roster, where he has been hot and cold.
Speaking to NJPW, Moxley gave his thoughts on Nakamura in WWE.
"Well, Shinsuke Nakamura is in WWE and doing very well. I never got to wrestle him sadly, but he heard that I was likely going over to be in the G1 and he was very pleased, said it was a great life experience. Karl Anderson, who I’ve actually been friends with since I was 18, since we’re both from Cincinnati. I asked him about the G1, a few others as well, and everybody was great and said ‘yeah, go for it,'" said Moxley. "I think [Nakamura] is doing great there. Fans love him. It’s a different style, but he fits in well because he is charismatic, he is flamboyant. He can go, so whether it’s a New Japan ring or a WWE one he can do well anywhere."
Moxley is scheduled to be part of the G1 Climax but won't be there for opening night in Dallas due to his AEW contract.
On the subject of who he would like to face in NJPW, Moxley has made it no secret that he wants to step in the ring with Minoru Suzuki.
"I would love nothing more than to share a ring with him. He snaps my arm, cool, it was an honour. I snap his, and I’ve snapped the arm of the great Minoru Suzuki," Moxley said. "So either way it’s a good result for me and the fans. That idea, it’s just two dudes who… I feel I understand him. The pleasure he gets out of inflicting pain, and the pleasure he gets out of being in wars. I saw him at WrestleMania weekend live and in person at an independent show. It was a wild 20 minute brawl with sweat flying everywhere and I loved it. I’m a big fan of his. Maybe sometime this summer we can spend some time together and have him show me a few tricks of the trade to take with me back to America. I’ve got an open mind."
Moxley will make his debut for AEW this Saturday at Fyter Fest when he faces Joey Janela.