Tetsuya Naito will always give his best.
Fans don't have to worry about Tetsuya Naito taking any time off in the near future. While some wrestlers in New Japan will take a tour or two off in order to heal up and get ready for the next tour, Naito does not subscribe to that philosophy. In a new interview with NJPW, Naito discussed why he doesn't like sitting on the sidelines despite concerns of him breaking down.
"I’ve been called a ‘punch drunkard’, ‘beaten up’. To be honest, none of that’s anybody else’s business. If I’m honest, the best shape I’ve ever been in was for my debut. But if I were to really look out for myself, perhaps I should take a tour off and rest up," admitted Naito. "But I want to go to every arena in the country and show every fan the Tetsuya Naito that’s around right now. You can only see this Tetsuya Naito at this point in time. For the rest of my career, if it’s a choice of being a part timer for 10 years or going all out for three, I’m choosing the latter. I want to focus on the present. In fact I think anybody who doesn’t doesn’t have a future in this business. Tough as it may be physically, I everybody to know this Tetsuya Naito."
Naito is currently in the middle of the 2019 G1 Climax tournament, where he sits at 2-3 in the B Block. He has a chance to even his record on Aug. 1 when he meets Juice Robinson. You can view the updated G1 Climax standings by clicking here.