NJPW star Clark Connors recently joined the Shining Wizards Podcast to discuss a wide range of topics, including his thoughts on replacing Tomohiro Ishii at Forbidden Door, and how his recovery is progressing from injury. Highlights from the interview are below.
How the recovery from his injury is going:
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 and yes the goal is to be back ASAP so I’m just sorting out this whole deal and doing PT every day so I’ll be back soon.
On Replacing Tomohiri Ishii At Forbidden By:
Then [Tomohiro Ishii’s injury], I heard nothing and then I got a call. They say, “Yeah, Ishii is hurt, so you have to get on this plane,” and I say, “Yeah, okay, sign me up.” So I found out I think maybe 20 minutes before they announced it. Yes, yes, I think so [Forbidden Door four-way is the biggest match of my career thus far]. I think I’ve had a lot of cool opportunities, but I think I’m just on that big stage in front of so many people and it’s a four-way street, so there’s a lot of really big names in it. So I thought, again, just like Ishii, I had to pick my spots to impress people, but it was pretty cool because I played with house money a little bit because I thought you know what? If they weren’t expecting me to come out anyway, most people don’t know who I am watching this so I’m just going to go out and just have fun and so yeah it turned out okay I guess and I mean I haven’t won, that sucks, but other than that I think it went well and it was definitely the biggest game of my career, but in terms of nervousness or anything, I’m never really nervous before competitions and this one was the same where I didn’t even thought – I wasn’t worried about the match at all. I was just concerned to make sure I got there on time. I’m getting on a plane and rushing through a lot of things, but I hope my luggage got through TSA. I only had time to process it afterwards. I was like, okay, that was pretty cool. That was a big game, so I’m glad I played in it.
(H/T and transcribed by Post Wrestling)