Stan Hansen shares advice to current AJPW roster after his 50th anniversary event appearance

Stan Hansen shares advice to current AJPW roster after his 50th anniversary event appearance

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The legendary Stan Hansen recently spoke with Tokyo Sports after his guest appearance on All Japan Pro Wrestling’s 50th Anniversary show, an event crowned by Kento Miyahara and Suwama who competed for the Triple Crown Heavyweight Title.

During his interview, Hansen shared some advice for the current AJPW roster, where the WWE Hall of Famer tells them to continue the tradition of Japanese-style wrestling. Highlights are below.

On his recent performance at AJPW’s 50th anniversary event and attending the show’s main event:

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It was a pleasure to come to Japan for the first time in three years and witness a great match at the Nippon Budokan, which I have fond memories of. I was honored that the fans remembered me and my signature pose. The longhorn pose is like my trademark. This was the first time I saw a match live [of Miyahara’s], and I felt he had a lot of potential and I was very impressed. I think he will become an even better wrestler if he takes in the good points of the four heavenly kings, such as Kenta Kobashi and Toshiaki Kawada, as well as several other wrestlers, and establishes his own style. Of course, his opponent Suwama was also a good wrestler.

What advice does he have for the current AJPW roster:

I want to tell them to respect their own wrestling style. It is important to keep up with the historical and traditional Japanese wrestling style without being influenced by American or other styles. The Japanese style that Antonio Inoki, Giant Baba and myself have done is the best in the world.

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