Clark Connors discusses the launch of NJPW STRONG competing in the BOSJ tournament

Clark Connors discusses the launch of NJPW STRONG competing in the BOSJ tournament

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NJPW star Clark Connors recently appeared on the Shining Wizards Podcast to discuss a wide range of topics, including his thoughts on the launch of the US-based NJPW STRONG brand, what his role has been for the brand, and his return to Japan for the Best of the Super Juniors tournament . Highlights from the interview are below.

The start of New Japan Strong and its role:

“Honestly, it’s one of those things we’ll never know. I don’t know what New Japan Strong would have been or if there would have been a New Japan Strong so soon, because it’s that whole idea of ​​American expansion that we were talking about. They weren’t ready. So I don’t think they were necessarily ready to put together a product, but it was just a circumstance, and we pay guys who were in the States, so it came about. And I think it gave myself, it gave Karl, a lot of the guys that were stuck in America a great platform to show what they can do and that they could wear a product. And in my opinion it’s still the best hour of wrestling, solid wrestling. There isn’t necessarily the whole drama/storyline like you’d see in other companies, but in terms of the best wrestlers in the world, it’s insane the cards we put together. I can’t believe it, and I think it’s only going to get more popular, and I feel blessed to be a part of that beginning of it, and of course I want to continue with it, but I definitely need to go back to Japan a lot more like this back heals. And make some money there too.”

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His return to Japan for the Best of the Super Juniors:

“So for me that was the most important thing. I didn’t know when, or if we would ever go back to Japan with Covid protocols, but I felt so blessed to be back on that first wave. It just happened to coincide with the Best of the Super Juniors. That was the most important thing to me; like, if I didn’t come back for Best of the Super Juniors, it would have been a whole year before I had my first Best of the Super Juniors, and that would have been a lot more of a struggle for me because that’s why I’m here I’m here to lead the Junior Division I’m here to take it to the next level I’m here to take down Hiromu I’m here to take down Despi to fetch [El Desperado]. I’m here to take down Sho & Yo, and all those old hats. It’s my division up for grabs, so I needed that first base platform to do that. I was really excited to get back there, and I’ve had a great time, and it’s only going to get more open, especially now that the clapping crowds are kind of going away, thank goodness, and people bringing their voices back. I can’t wait in Korakuen (Hall) when everyone is cheering again, so I’m really looking forward to that next time.”

AEW All-Atlantic Qualifier:

“So the game was on Sunday, so I think I heard on Friday. After the game with me and Ishii, then I said “Tonya Harding’d his ass” After that I didn’t hear anything, but then I got a call and they said “Ishii is injured so you have to get on this plane. I’m like “ok, yeah, sign me up.” So I found out 20 minutes before they announced it. I’ve had a lot of cool opportunities I guess, but I think I’m just on that big stage in front of so many people, and it’s a four-way street, and there’s a lot of really big names in it, so once again, like Ishii, I had to pick my spots to impress people. It was pretty cool because I was playing with house money a little bit because I was like, “You know what? They didn’t expect me to get out anyway. Most people don’t know who I am watching this anyway, so I’m just going to go out and have fun.” I think it turned out well. I didn’t win – that sucks – but other than that I think it’s good It was definitely the biggest game of my career but in terms of nervousness or anything like that I’m never really nervous before games and this one was the same I wasn’t even worried about the game at all I was just worried about making sure make sure I got there on time you know what I mean I’m getting on the plane and rushing through a lot of stuff and hoping my luggage got through TSA so I didn’t really have time to process it until after “I was like, that was pretty cool. That was a big game, so I’m glad I performed in it.”

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