Following NJPW star Hiromu Takahashi suffering what appeared to be a broken neck at the G1 Special in San Francisco over the weekend, Chris Jericho appeared on Busted Open Radio this morning to address the injury and discuss pro wrestling safety amidst the Japanese Strong Style.
“I actually had a conversation with [Will] Ospreay,” explained Jericho, “and people were saying he’s gonna be the next Dynamite Kid, and I’m like ‘dude, you don’t want to be the next Dynamite Kid and this is what people are saying about you. So, these dangerous moves that you do, that you don’t need to do, stop it. You need to be working when you’re 47 like I am.’ Now, I had my share of crazy bumps, took my share of bad bumps, but as you get older, it’s the proverbial thing. I remember Nick Bockwinkle told me back in like 1992, at a TV taping in Winnipeg when he was there as a color commentator, ‘you do too much’.”
On Takahashi’s injury at G1, Jericho reacted to the current Japanese Strong Style by saying, “wrestling should be stiff. It should be ‘strong style.’ But not dangerous.”
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“Wrestling should be stiff. It should be ‘strong style.’ But not dangerous.” IWGP Intercontinental Champion on Hiromu Takahashi’s injury at the @njpwglobal #G1USA & the “New Japan” style. pic.twitter.com/jBFyzUF8gN
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