Lio Rush looks back on his first-ever WrestleKingdom matchup.
The Man of the Hour teamed with YO against TJP and Francesco Akira at the 17th edition of WrestleKingdom earlier this year, a match that saw them lose the IWGP Junior Tag Team Titles. Speaking with MuscleManMalcom, Rush reflected on that experience.
Again, [I’m] literally [at] a loss for words. It doesn’t hit you until you watch it back a few times, but for me, I wanted to be a part of New Japan before I got signed to WWE. That was always an interest of mine, watching the guys who would wrestle over there and watching the Wrestle Kingdom pay-per-views every year and being excited to see what happens. It became the ultimate dream of mine.
Staying on the subject, the former NXT Cruiserweight Champion discussed how surreal of a moment it was for him to compete on such a grand stage, adding that the night became more memorable after he got cut open.
So for me to have been involved in a tournament that qualified me to go to Wrestle Kingdom, it was so surreal. Yeah, it was a huge moment that I’m proud of, a huge moment that I’ll never forget. I’ll definitely never forget it because I got split open pretty bad, I got some good scars on my face. Absolutely incredible, like I said, a moment that I’ll never forget.
Elsewhere in the interview, Rush spoke about potentially competing for IMPACT Wrestling after the promotion’s crossover event with NJPW. You can read about that here.
(H/T and transcribed by Fightful)