IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Champion Juice Robinson was beaten down and bruised after his G1 tournament match with Kenny Omega this Thursday, but the young star still managed to pull himself together to deliver an extremely emotional promo backstage with members of the Japanese press.
Juice is making his debut in the G1 Climax this year, and in the midst of the most arduous and grueling round robin tournament in all of pro wrestling, the young star has already had to face the likes of Tetsuya Naito, Kota Ibushi and of course, the “Best Bout Machine” himself in very quick succession.
He is currently the only competitor in either block still sitting at zero points – meaning zero wins – with five more opportunities in from of him in the form of NEVER Openweight Champion Hirooki Goto, strong-style pitbull Tomohiro Ishii, the trickster king Toru Yano, LIJ’s Sanada and the greatest submission specialist on the planet today, Zack Sabre Jr.
In his promo, which you can check out in full below, Juice noted that he’s going to have a busy Fall and Winter, and that’s because traditionally if a champion competing in the G1 is defeated by anyone, the wrestler who defeated the champion is deserving of a future title opportunity. It makes a lot of sense, but it also means the former NXT Superstar has a really difficult road ahead of him. He even claimed that if goes winless in the G1, he would vacate his title and return home to Chicago, because he will have proved that he doesn’t belong in New Japan Pro Wrestling with the best wrestlers in the world.
“I sure don’t belong in the G1 next year if I can’t get at least 8 or 10 points. How can I think that I belong? How can I even think that I belong in NJPW. Yeah it’s the toughest, this is the toughest block, in the toughest G1, against three of the toughest opponents back-to-back-to-back. I should have beat Tama Tonga, that would have been two points. Two points ain’t gonna win this thing. Eventually I’m gonna have to get at the level of Naito. Eventually I’m gonna have to be at the level of Ibushi. Eventually I’m gonna have to be somewhere in the ballpark of the great Kenny Omega, the Best Bout Machine.”
Juice also commented on the critics and fans who attempt to discredit IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega, claiming that he truly is the best in the world today.
“He is the best. He is putting us all on the map. He’s the reason this ten pounds of gold and diamonds over my shoulder means something. It’s because Kenny Omega won in Long Beach last year. He won that tournament, and he won this title. Jay [White] caught him on a bad night. You can catch anybody on a bad night. But if you don’t wake up every single morning and you want to beat Kenny Omega – especially if you’re a gaijin – if you don’t want to be just like Kenny Omega, then don’t even book your damn airplane ticket. Please, stay in America if you think your s**t don’t stink. If you think think that he’s not the best, then you are so, so, so god damn stupid.”
“He is the best. I remember being in NXT and I watched a match in Buddokan – Kota Ibushi vs. Kenny Omega. I watched that damn thing over and over again, and I knew I couldn’t do that then. I knew I wasn’t on that level then, but I woke up today – what’s today? July 26, 2018? I woke up today knowing that I wasn’t on that level still. I’m still not in the ballpark. I’m gonna have to figure this out soon, because if I go [winless]in this G1 I’ll hand that god damn title in, and I’ll take a oneway ticket back to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. I’ll have my dad pick me, bring me back to the house and I will lay on the couch and stick my thumb in my ass. Because guess what, if I don’t start f**king winning soon, then I don’t belong here.”