KENTA just wants to enjoy wrestling.
This Saturday, KENTA will have his first match since January 29th as a part of New Japan Pro-Wrestling's G1 Climax 29 tournament. In KENTA's first match in six months, he'll be standing across the ring from former IWGP Intercontinental Champion Kota Ibushi in the semi-main event of the show inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
When KENTA arrived to WWE, he was bitten by the injury bug and could not escape injuries after his momentous debut at NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way in 2014. In 2017, KENTA was moved to the 205 Live brand and was a part of the Tuesday night show until his last day in the company. Come June 9th of 2019 at NJPW's Dominion show, KENTA, alongside Katsuyori Shibata declared that he was going to be in the G1. NJPW has released part two of their interview with KENTA and he minced no words when he stated that if this run does not work out, he is done because he simply just wants to enjoy wrestling.
"It took a lot of thought for me to decide to come here. Quite frankly, if this doesn’t pan out, I’m done. That’s the resolve I have going into this. I’ve deliberately chosen a situation for myself where I have no excuses, and that’s my mindset. That said, I want to enjoy wrestling. Plain and simple." He explained.
In part one of KENTA's interview with NJPW1972.com, he was asked about the "GTS" finishing maneuver that he invented and talked about how he was not allowed to use the move in WWE after Brian Kendrick broke his orbital bone and nose taking the move from KENTA.
"Well, it’s not like I invented the dropkick or anything. But when it comes to a move that I did make, that was another thing that got to me about WWE. A move I invented, I thought up, and I’m not allowed to use it? It’s crazy. Over here, well, nobody can say anything to stop me hitting it." He said.
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