Rocky Romero Explains What Sets NJPW Apart From WWE

The multifaceted Rocky Romero shares his thoughts.

Former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Rocky Romero is taking a brief break from managing the former two-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Sho and Yoh to call the G1 Climax 28 tournament alongside Kevin Kelly and sometimes Don Callis. Romero being a 21-year veteran of the sport has competed in AAA, CMLL, ROH, NJPW but for right now he is content being the one calling the in-ring action. 

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Romero stated just that when he was interviewed by Jay Reddick of the Orlando Sentinel and shared that although the commentary table is good for him at the moment there is no telling what he will be doing a year from now and there are also a number of talents in NJPW who he has yet to work with.

“This is the right role for me at the moment,” Romero said. “It’s a different challenge for me, but who knows? I might wake up in a year and be bored. I’ve been a tag-team wrestler for so long, but the talent in the singles class, some guys I’ve never gotten to work with, has me curious. I can’t see the future, but it doesn’t mean I can’t be interested.”

There are constant comparisons between WWE and NJPW--most stemming from the respective fan-bases having their particular favorites between the two and at times wrestlers in both NJPW and WWE trade competitive jabs with one another which incite those comparisons. Rocky Romero weighed in on what makes New Japan different from WWE and his main point was that the Japanese mentality brings wrestlers together to make the company run smoothly.

“We’re not about selfishness,” Romero said. “It’s different with WWE. They’re telling wrestlers to reach for the brass ring and compete with each other for top spots. The Japanese mentality is to work together to make the ship run better. It’s been instilled in me for a long time and now I’m passing it on to Sho and Yoh to guide them, let them learn from mistakes and make them the best.”


The G1 Climax 28 has two weeks left until its conclusion on August 12th. To take a look at the current standings of the tournament, click here.

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