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KING OF PRO-WRESTLING
MON. OCTOBER. 9. 2017 | BELL 17:00
1-3-28, Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
- 9TH MATCH 60 MINUTES LIMIT
IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH
Match time: 33m26s
Rainmaker → Pin
-- So, how are you feeling right now?
'If everyone’s excited, I'm excited. The main event for the Tokyo Dome is set. Every year at this time I get fired up. But apparently, if I don't keep telling people about it, nobody will know, so here it is, I'm fired up, and I want everyone to know it so they'll get fired up too.'
-- How was the match?
'Well, (EVIL) needs to work on more ways to beat super humans like me. He has the ability, that's not in doubt, he'll have another shot sometime, but the fact is, he can't beat a super man yet. Well, even if he could, he still wouldn't be able to beat me.'
-- And the standoff with Naito?
'The fans are everything. For them to make that much noise gets me excited. And.. I don't know why, but there were some boos toward me in there. I don't get it. He was droning on, and it was my time to talk. I won in the main event, I should talk. Why boo me?'
-- What about the Naito chants against the Okada chants?
'I think the Naito chants were louder. Look, I get it. People want to see something new. But that's what every challenger hopes to bring, and they always lose. Hey, it's fine. Pin those hopes for something new on him, give him energy to come at me with. Sorry though, it's going to be me on top in the end.'
-- What do you plan to bring in your matches as we head toward the Dome?
'It's a long road to the Tokyo Dome. There's no title defenses before then, but I'll still bring it to anyone that comes at me. In this game, I'm the final boss.'
-- Are you confident against Naito?
'Absolutely. It's not necessarily about Naito, but the fact I'm Champion and I've been champion this long. I've competed at a different level as a wrestler. That's where that confidence comes from.'
-- You defended the IWGP title, Ospreay won the junior title, and Roppongi 3K debuted and won the junior tag belts. CHAOS is really gathering the gold.
'I really don't know much about Roppongi 3K, but I'm happy for Ospreay. I wrestled him in England and saw enough in him that I wanted him in CHAOS, because I expected him to become a champion. From now, I really expect him to be the face of the junior division going forward, in New Japan and worldwide. As for RPG 3K, we’ll see. I don't know much about them yet. But I'm sure we’ll get on.'
-- How was it to wrestle a challenger younger than you?
'Honestly, I don't think of it like that, in those senpai/kohai terms. The cream rises to the top, that's all. I mean, I've been much younger than my challengers in some cases but come out on top, so senpai or not, doesn't matter, being the best does.'
-- That's how you came up.
'Right. I was 24 when I first held this belt. EVIL is, what? In human years? Nearly 30? Not any different to me. It’s not about saying I have this hugely different career to him, but that if you're good enough, come and take a shot. If you think you're the best, come and find out.'
-- During the match, some fans were chanting for EVIL, and some fans were booing you. How do you feel about that?
'It's not something I was all that aware of. When I wrestled Tanahashi, there were Tanahashi chants and Okada chants.. I don't know. Has there ever been a champion like me? Somebody so good, so dominant that he gets boos? I’m not sure. Maybe I've said this before, but I don't really care about the past. Boo me, cheer the other guy, all I can say is sorry, I'm just too damn good. You think you can stop me? Give it your best shot.'
-- You take it in your stride?
'I can't do anything about it; I really am too good. Everyone know that. That's why they want someone to stop me. I'm not going to think ‘oh, what am I going to do? They're booing me!’ It really is because I'm too good, and that's all. I hope somebody can take all that energy from the crowd and just try and stop me.'