Juice Robinson might be in a position to challenge for Hirooki Goto’s NEVER Openweight Championship following the events at the New Japan Cup finale show today.
Robinson teamed up with David Finlay and the pair defeated CHAOS’ Goto and YOSHI-Hashi. Juice got the pin on Goto after delivering the Pulp Friction.
In the video below I mistakenly state its Juice’s 2nd ever shot at a single’s title. He challenged for both the NEVER and the IC title last year as well. Evidently, those matches slipped my memory.
Juice Robinson in 2018
In the 1st round of the New Japan Cup, Juice took on and defeated Yujiro Takahashi. He also faced and defeated Takahashi last year int he tournament. In 2017, Juice dropped his quarter-final match with eventual tournament winner, Katsuyori Shibata. This year, however, Juice picked up a victory over Michael Elgin to advance to the semi-finals.
After a 30 minute main event, Juice lost to Hiroshi Tanahashi in the semi-finals. Tanahashi is someone Juice says has been a mentor to him since he arrived in New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Should he challenge Goto for the NEVER Openweight title, it will be Juice’s second opportunity at a single’s belt in NJPW. His first came at 2017’s Destruction in Kobe show when he unsuccessfully challenged Kenny Omega for the IWGP United States Championship.
Juice Robinson on “Killin the Town”
Juice Robinson recently appeared on the “Killin the Town” podcast with Lance Storm and Don Callis. On the show, Juice talked about his frustration in NXT and the success he has found in NJPW.
By the sounds of it, Juice has no desire whatsoever to leave the company.
In addition to speaking on his own success, Juice also talked about why he believes New Japan Pro Wrestling is successful.
“I really believe why New Japan is successful is so because wins and losses matter,” Juice told Storm and Callis. “The fans get behind people because they see the journey. They saw me start from nothing, losing every single night. Now I win sometimes, now I don’t lose as much and they know it’s just a matter of time.”
It’s definitely an interview worth checking out. A link to the show can be found here.