NJPW star Clark Connors recently appeared on the Shining Wizards Podcast to discuss a wide range of topics, including an update on how he’s recovering from his injury, his thoughts on Forbidden Door’s longevity and how he felt about his AEW All Atlantic Championship qualifier. Highlights from the interview are below.
How the rehabilitation is progressing from his back injury:
“Rehabilitation is going well. We don’t necessarily have a window yet, for when I get back, but hopefully it will be sooner rather than later. The goal is to be back as soon as possible. I’m just sorting out this whole deal and doing PT every day.”
About the lifetime of the Forbidden Door:
“At first I was a little skeptical about it, but I think it’s mostly a return to what wrestling has always been. Like areas and people going to different countries and working for different promotions. I think it’s healthier for the business, so I’m glad that’s the case. It’s an extra payday for everyone. It’s great for the fans to get to see the new talent, and just the influx… even like the female Japanese wrestlers who have passed on AEW. Now that we’ve got Stardom working with us on a bigger capacity, coming to the States soon, I’m really excited for everyone to see what these Stardom girls can do, so I think, I hope it’s something that continues and always strengthens the company.”
On the Forbidden Door concept, possibly dilute the product:
“I think it all depends on the fans, right? I think it’s all different. The really hardcore fans, which I love, and I respect the grind. To me, they’re the ones who watch all these different shows, but most people just say, “If I’m just watching AEW, I’m just watching AEW. If I’m just watching IMPACT, I’m just watching IMPACT,” or New Japan, or whatever it is, it just gives the wider audience [a chance] to see Clark Connors, to see Chris Bey or Kazuchika Okada. There are people who still don’t know who he is who watch IMPACT all the time, you know? To me, it’s just a better chance to say, okay, if you look at it there, they’ll pull you back to the product as a home product, you know? And hopefully that will give more insight into everything, and more money in everyone’s pocket.”