“Switchblade” Jay White became the 29th IWGP Heavyweight Champion on Monday, defeating Hiroshi Tanahashi for the title in Osaka. White gave an interview to NJPW1972.com and addressed some criticism he’s heard regarding his title win.
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Jay White – 29th IWGP Heavyweight Champion – NJPW1972.com Interview Highlights
You can read the full interview with “Switchblade” Jay White here.
“Switchblade” Jay White On Fan Reaction To His Championship Win:
Everyone’s their own opinions about me winning this bout, whether that’s you, other wrestlers, NJPW executives, the fans… [sneering] The fans love to share their thoughts and opinions about us as wrestlers as if we were looking to be judged by them. I’m not looking to be judged by anyone, I don’t care about your opinions. The fans talk as if I owe them something.
White On Why He’s Not Popular With Some NJPW Fans:
I’m not jumping around doing death-defying moves, I’m smart, I’m the smartest. That’s why this belt is with me today. I’m going to walk into MSG champion and I’m going to walk out of MSG champion. I’m the champion Pro-Wrestling needs and despite each and every fan out there.”
The Champion also commented on statements he made following New Year’s Dash last year:
If you remember last year, January 6th last year when I joined Chaos, I put my necklace over this belt and everyone, especially Okada laughed at me. Just over a year later, this is real now [points at belt with necklace over it], this is Switchblade’s belt. Hearing that is so sweet – too sweet!