Cody Rhodes, who is set to do battle with Kota Ibushi at NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 event tonight, spoke with Justin Barrasso ahead of the big Tokyo Dome show, and below are some interview highlights.
On facing Ibushi:
“This is really a dream match that is taking place on a dream card,” said Rhodes. “It’s one that I’ve wanted for a long time. I’m incredibly keyed up for the thought of wrestling Kota Ibushi. This match is incredibly important to me.
On fans upset over names like Chris Jericho overshadowing Japanese legends at Wrestle Kingdom:
“I know that in Japan there were actually some people upset that my match with Ibushi was profiled like it was even though it’s not an IWGP championship match. You’re hearing a lot of Kenny-Jericho, Okada-Naito, and Cody-Ibushi, but there are a lot of New Japan legends and stars you’re not hearing about. That upset some of the New Japan diehard fans, but I love what New Japan is doing and that we’re bringing over some new fans. There are ramifications of what will happen in Long Beach this March with what happens in my match against Ibushi.”