Former UFC Heavyweight Champion and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) on AXS TV color commentator Josh Barnett recently spoke with the folks from Instinct Culture while at the premiere of the new pro wrestling documentary, 350 Days. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On Ronda Rousey and his longtime student, Shayna Baszler in WWE: “I think [Ronda is] doing well because she had a big name, she’s a great athlete. She took to the training seriously and picked up on some of the important elements of it, but also anything she does everyone already respects. My student, Shayna Baszler, is someone that I trained from [the start] and she’s even more in the reality vein. I would say that in terms of the way that they work in the ring – if we’re speaking ‘behind the curtain’ – Ronda is more sports entertainment than Shayna is. Hey, there is more than one way to skin a cat, but Shayna is more down that narrow path of keeping it more realistic.”
On the ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden during WrestleMania 35 weekend next April: “I think now it’s really too early to say, but I think the possibilities that exist are pretty fantastic. And with just the potential that exists there it’s a step in the right direction. It also says a lot about New Japan’s expansion into the US. I’m sure it’s going to ruffle some feathers.”
On Jim Ross getting injured during the recent NJPW G1 Special: “Jim has an injured rib, that much is for sure. He’ll heal up, but it’s going to take some time. … The railings themselves, the guardrails down around the ring were not linked up and when these guys went hurling into it the first time they were all over the place. It looked like bowling pins going everywhere. “Switchblade” Jay White went and grabbed Juice Robinson in a half-hatch suplex, slung him into the railing. That railing careened into our table, knocked all our stuff down, disrupted our broadcast and sent the table right into Jim Ross – who was sitting there ringside – sending him backward into the railing behind him. It was an unavoidable circumstance, but at the same time what do you expect out of a heel like Jay White?”
Check out the complete Josh Barnett interview above, or at YouTube.com.