Former WWE superstar Yoshi Tatsu was a guest writer in the Extra Mustard section of Sports Illustrated, discussing many topics, including who influenced him in WWE, his new faction in NJPW, and more.
"I once wrestled for WWE. My biggest influence was Vince McMahon," wrote Tatsu. "He taught me 'how to show.' That's hard to explain, but it deals with expressing emotion, feelings, anger, frustration and triumph in the ring. Presentation is very important in WWE. That is the biggest difference between the WWE style of wrestling and New Japan's strong style. Vince McMahon made WWE a huge international company. He is a wrestling god. I also respect him as a businessman. When my son was born, I gave him Vincent as his middle name in honor of Vince McMahon."
Recently Tatsu has begun a new faction in New Japan, which he calls the Hunter Club, the antidote to the Bullet Club. The first member of the Hunter Club was introduced as Billy Gunn back in November, Tatsu's new tag team partner. He has some ideas about who else might be good additions to the stable:
"There are men from WWE who would make good additions to the Hunter Club," wrote Tatsu. "Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Zack Ryder all stand out to me as great wrestlers. Cesaro is a hard worker and honorable and respectful. When I broke my neck in 2014, he sent me a positive message. He is a very nice guy, and many WWE guys sent me messages of respect in one letter."
Regardless of who else joins the Hunter Club, Tatsu's quest is simple and will remain unchanged:
"My goal for 2017 is not complicated. I'm going to make the Hunter Club bigger and more famous in the world, and then I will terminate the Bullet Club. If you're not down with that, I've got two words for you— Hunter Club!"
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