Tetsuya Naito recently took part in an interview with NJPW1972.com to hype his Wrestle Kingdom 13 match with Chris Jericho. At Wrestle Kingdom, Naito will attempt to take back the IWGP Intercontinental Championship which Jericho took from him in Osaka at Dominion.
During the course of the interview, Naito said New Japan management caters to Jericho in an effort to cater to international fans.
Tetsuya Naito On NJPW and Chris Jericho
“I know that New Japan wants to use (Chris Jericho’s) name for overseas expansion, but I want them to stop kissing up to him,” Naito said. “That’ll happen once I take back that title. I’ve said this many times before, but they should focus on showing the pure New Japan style to the world, instead of altering it.”
“I can see why New Japan kisses his ass because he’s a good marketer,” Naito continued. “Actually, that all works in my favor because it sets a bigger stage for me to kicks his ass on.”
Naito also responded to some comments Jericho made about him. Jericho said he didn’t think Naito was a star because he does not see anyone selling Naito-themed ice cream bars.
“I read that. It made me laugh, a little,” Naito responded. “Even though I’m extremely popular, he’s right, I don’t have an ice cream bar. He probably knows a lot about ice cream, that’s why his physique has changed so much since his Junior days.”
The full interview from NJPW1972.com can be found here.