Minoru Suzuki made his AEW Dynamite debut on September 8, taking on Jon Moxley in Moxley's hometown of Cincinnati.
Suzuki's aura speaks for itself and while fans were excited to see Suzuki and Moxley punch each other in the face, part of the appeal of "The King" is his theme song. Before he enters the ring, Suzuki hypes up the crowd as they belt out "Kaze Ni Nare."
In Cincinnati, that didn't happen. Suzuki's entrance was cut short, leaving fans disappointed and questioning what happened.
The lack of "Kaze Ni Nare" was dubbed "The Suzuki Incident" leading to fans having fun on social media.
"My family knows what it's like for something to be cut off unexpectedly -- just as the federal government tried to cut off my father's unstoppable momentum in the 1990s"— Barrylad (@TheBarrylad) September 13, 2021
- Stephanie McMahon on The Suzuki Incident. https://t.co/oMaxmvlUN0 pic.twitter.com/3FAlcATwkI
"Ayo shoutout to all my homies in Eastern Block they heard what Tony Khan did to Suzuki and that disrespect and the MDK Gang don't play that shit around here.. best believe I'll have be bringing extra pizza cutters for you when I come thru".— Toru Yano Fan Account (@ToruYanoFanAcct) September 13, 2021
- Nick Gage on The Suzuki Incident pic.twitter.com/TPHcpPvl7N
“My bad”— Fiending For Followers (@Fiend4FolIows) September 13, 2021
- R Truth on the Suzuki Incident. pic.twitter.com/tb9A7IygoV
“And then Suzuki came to the ring and there was barely any time left and I was ready to go KAZE NI NARE but they cut it off and the match only went 8 minutes and I couldn’t believe it so I tweeted about it and called it the Suzuki Incident and now I think it’s gonna get sorted.” pic.twitter.com/wvGGjP3MMI— Simon Miller (@SimonMiller316) September 13, 2021
"I get why people are upset. I'm damn lucky to be an American who understands the sentiments of others. People have been hurt and as a proud father of an interracial baby, I promise you with all my being, I'll erase racism from this world"— The Wizard Of Wrestling (@wrasslinwizard) September 13, 2021
- Cody Rhodes on the Suzuki Incident pic.twitter.com/fvhEZ2Kuqp
Dark Side Of The Ring - The Suzuki Incident. pic.twitter.com/nsoYNFh3Pl— Bonafide (@ItzBonafide) September 13, 2021
“AEW, we have a problem.”— TJ Fritz (@Fritz094) September 13, 2021
- Mick Foley on the Suzuki incident pic.twitter.com/YUlL9NJQH6
"This incident is an example of the Woke Mob trying to suppress our freedoms like they do with masks and vaccinations. These God Loving people wanted to sing Kaze Ni Nare and they were muzzled by the tyranny of Tony Khan!"— Toru Yano Fan Account (@ToruYanoFanAcct) September 13, 2021
Former NXT Referee Drake Wuertz on The Suzuki Incident pic.twitter.com/UfjvhIHTHp
“When it happened, I immediately got an idea in my head, I called AEW creative and pitched a story where it would be revealed that I cut Kaze Ni Nare to anger Suzuki and then I have a lights out match with him to main event Full Gear”.— Manor (The Spy Who Loved You) (@HangmanSZN) September 13, 2021
-Chelsea Green on the Suzuki incident pic.twitter.com/FUmCooQoFb
"I talked to Vince, and he goes 'You have to cut off Kaze ni Nare in Cincinnati.' I can't do that, I can't. I described to Vince I'd just as soon blow my brains out, what you're asking me to do."— Andrew Rich (@AndrewTRich) September 13, 2021
- Bret Hart on The Suzuki Incident https://t.co/IIRBPyQ5s7 pic.twitter.com/nGfrSJqQTe
Wrestlers even mentioned The Suzuki Incident.
What a weekend to take off from wrestling. Catching up, apparently there was a Blade Runner fan-fic that blew up called "The Suzuki Incident," then @WWEBigE traded a briefcase for a belt & everyone was happy, including me— Excalibur (@ShutUpExcalibur) September 14, 2021
Watch #AEWDynamite Wednesday at 8/7c live from Newark!
I will address the Suzuki incident. You’re welcome. https://t.co/pFpcjS93fD— player/coach (@CMPunk) September 14, 2021
In announcing Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston vs. 2point0 for Wednesday's Dynamite, AEW also mentioned The Suzuki Incident.
Before Moxley & Kingston answer for The Suzuki Incident, what Suzuki-gun @suzuki_D_minoru + Lance Archer perceived as disrespect last week to the legend Suzuki, tomorrow night Mox & Eddie will try to settle the score for last month’s savage attack by 2point0 LIVE on #AEWDynamite! pic.twitter.com/bzeysVRF6u— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 14, 2021
The Suzuki Incident. It's real. It's part of AEW. And it will be addressed tonight on AEW Dynamite when Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki issue a challenge to Jon Moxley.
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