Minoru Suzuki has been on a United States tour over the past month, making a surprise appearance at AEW All Out, wrestling on Dynamite, and working various Independent matches.
In being in the United States, Suzuki will miss the annual NJPW G1 Glimax tournament. With the schedule, he wasn't sure he was going to make the trip.
Speaking to NJPW's website, Suzuki discussed his tour of the US.
"Well, I had an offer from a promotion over there, and I really wasn’t sure whether I should take it. There’s the whole quarantining for two weeks when you come back deal, and it would have meant missing the G1. But as I was mulling it over, more and more offers were coming in. It kept snowballing, so I took that as a sign. Well, someone looking down, maybe. I figured that this could turn into a real chance for me, so I told my agent that I didn’t need any time off, just fill my schedule with matches. And here we are," he said.
Suzuki didn't name which US promotion gave him the initial offer.
Suzuki continued by saying, "When it came down to it, going to America was the bigger challenge and adventure to me personally than the G1. That’s why I chose the US. It’s not a value judgement. I said before, right? I’m not contracted. I’m not a New Japan guy. I choose all my own paths, take responsibility for all my own actions and live the way I want. There might be some morons who want to analyse those choices I make for myself, but it’s all about making my own road. It isn’t about my interest in them. They want me. There’s a lot of companies in the US. If they want me there, and the conditions are right, well I’ll head there and tear apart anybody put in front of me."
Suzuki is set to team with Lance Archer in a lights out match against Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston on AEW Rampage Grand Slam.
Fightful will have live coverage of AEW Rampage Grand Slam beginning at 10 p.m. ET on Friday.