Minoru Suzuki is set to challenge Jon Moxley for the IWGP United States Championship at NJPW The New Beginning in Osaka on Feb. 9. Suzuki first confronted Moxley at Wrestle Kingdom 14 after Moxley successfully defended the IWGP US Title against Juice Robinson.
Speaking to NJPW, Suzuki was asked about his showdown with Moxley.
"He’s a guy who stepped in my house and didn’t take his shoes off at the front door. The “former WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose”. Changed his look up a bit and here he is. Look, I’ve been watching him for a while, yeah. Can he grapple? No. Is he strong? No. Tough? No. He can’t do s**t," said Suzuki. "Not. S**t. But that’s created a spot for him. Look at what makes a great wrestler. Tall, muscular, can kick, can throw hands, can suplex people, can tap them out, can fly, is charismatic. Get all that together and you have a cleanup hitter. That’s the kind of guy that makes hacks like you, or the fans in the crowd give them the nod. But make an all star team of guys like that, and they’re the most boring team in the league. These days, you can make your own characters in the videogames, right? So some kid with their video game goes and makes their dream promotion, and it’s full of those aces right? But a baseball team that’s full of cleanup hitters won’t go anywhere. It’s the same for wrestling promotions."
Suzuki continued, giving Moxley some praise by saying, "It’s a bit of a paradox, but it’s because of that he got chances in WWE. There’s nobody else like him, right? Nobody in the majors in America is like him. So he stands out. Nobody gets that. So you have this perfectly smooth, grey lump of boring trash. Fill in those holes on a wrestler and there’s no way in hell he’s filling seats with asses. It’s up to us to make people talk, to make them disagree. Make them argue. So Moxley? It’s because he can’t do s**t that he’s a good wrestler. He has something very special about him."
Suzuki and Moxley have been on opposite teams on the recent Road To events. You can find results from the events at Fightful's results section.
You can view the full card for The New Beginning in Osaka by clicking here.