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Top NJPW Star Openly Critical Of Brock Lesnar For Being Money-Hungry

If you ask Hiroshi Tanahashi, the only thing on the mind of Brock Lesnar during his short-lived run in New Japan Pro Wrestling was a pay-day.

The NJPW veteran spoke at length about the run of “The Beast Incarnate” in the top Japanese pro wrestling promotion during the latest installment of his “Ace’s High Series” on the official New Japan website.

Featured below are some of the highlights of comments Hiroshi Tanahashi made about Brock Lesnar during the new edition of his “Ace’s High Series.”

On how Brock Lesnar had a special money deal in NJPW: “I go in there and (Riki Choshu) says ‘Lesnar’s not coming’. I was just stunned, like the world had gone into darkness in front of me. I never knew the real ins and outs of the contract issue, but I do know he had a really special money situation going on, and I would imagine that was what was at the heart of it. It was really an unprecedented set of circumstances when it comes to IWGP title matches. Back in those days, we would have this big lion mark flag at the venues for fans to write messages of support on. Going into this match, we ran out of space on the first flag and had to get a second. That was how hyped the match was with the fans in the venues, but all of a sudden it was gone.”

On the type of match he thinks he would have with Lesnar: “Technical, I think. It would have to be; you certainly couldn’t match him for power. To be brutally honest, I could never get into any of what I saw of Lesnar. It was all one sided, a completely selfish way of wrestling. I saw him come up in the early 2000s, and he was just pounding people, you never got to see anything from his opponents. I just didn’t understand his deal at all.”

On how he feels Lesnar was more worried about a pay-day than anything else in wrestling: “I think to be honest Lesnar didn’t really care where he was wrestling as long as he got his payoff. That wasn’t the case with Bernard and other foreign guys like that. It really took me aback that there was someone who cared absolutely nothing for the place they were working. That was part of my motivation for that match.”

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