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NJPW's Best of the Super Jr. 25 Night 2: Fan Interviews

As big fans of NJPW, we at BTJ take every chance we get to join the crowd at the variety of NJPW events every year. Recently, BTJ manager Nobuhiko took budding pro-wrestling fans and new BTJ staff Tsukasa and Michiyo along to the NJPW Best of the Super Jr. 25 event held on May 19th. Not only did they enjoy the matches, but they also got to know foreign NJPW fans and their fashion habits a bit better!


The Best of the Super Jr. 25 Tournament

The hall was abuzz with excitement, and you could feel the electricity of the fan’s enthusiasm in the air. Everywhere you looked fans were wearing the merchandise of their favorite NJPW factions, from Los Ingobernables de Japon through to Bullet Club, and there was no shortage of foreigners in the crowd.

NJPW Best of the Super Jr. 25 - BIG TALL JAPAN

As is always the case with NJPW, the matches themselves were undoubtedly entertaining as familiar faces were pitted against one another. The acrobatics of each move kept the audience at the edge of their seats, and the electricity that could be felt before the matches began had been amped up even more by the time they had come to an end.


NJPW Fan Interviews

At the heart of NJPW are its huge variety of fans that can be found all around the world. Curious to know more about what got them into Japanese pro-wrestling, we met with some friendly faces before the event to have a chat.


Peter (Florida, USA)

Peter - BIG TALL JAPAN

Why did you come to see NJPW?
I was originally a big fan of WWE, and as you may know recently Shinsuke Nakamura of NJPW has been wrestling for them. I wanted to know more about where he came from, and this is how I came to know about NJPW. It’s really entertaining! I was totally captivated from the get-go.

What brought you to Japan?
I'm traveling with some friends, but unfortunately I’m the only one interested in NJPW! I’m here to watch the event by myself.

Do you have any favorite brands? What are you wearing today?
Today I’m wearing UNIQLO jeans, but I can’t remember where I got the T-shirt. As I don’t really care about being fashionable, I usually wear sweats and clothes that are easy to move in and are comfortable.

Miriam (German living in Finland)

Miriam - BIG TALL JAPAN

Why did you come to see NJPW?
I became a fan of NJPW after learning more about it from listening to wrestling podcasts. What I like most about NJPW are the stories they create. They’re really interesting! I really like Kenny Omega as well.

What brought you to Japan?
I am just visiting right now. But I actually will be attending a few different NJPW events while I’m here. I’ve become a big fan!

Do you have any favorite brands? What are you wearing today?
I’m wearing a Minoru Suzuki T-shirt I bought today from a shop in Harajuku called Pile Driver! He’s one of my favorite wrestlers, but it can be hard to choose just one favorite. I think it makes it even more fun to cheer them on.

Terrence & Brianna (Victoria, Australia)

Terrence & Brianna - BIG TALL JAPAN

Why did you come to see NJPW?
Compared to other kinds of pro-wrestling, NJPW has a lot of character, and the stories they tell are interesting and fun. We wanted to see the action in person, and so we came here to watch today!

What brought you to Japan?
We are traveling together around Japan for about 10 days, and so we also decided to came to watch NJPW while we had the chance.

Do you have favorite brands?
Usually Nike or Adidas. I would like to buy NJPW shirts, but there aren’t any places in Australia where you can buy them easily.

Aaron (American living in Tokyo)

Aaron - BIG TALL JAPAN

Why did you come to see NJPW?
I’m a huge wrestling fan, and NJPW is one of my favorite kinds. I keep track of as much NJPW news as I can, mainly through Twitter and Facebook groups.

What brought you to Japan?
I’m living in Sagamihara at the moment, which is close to Yokohama. We came to Tokyo especially for the NJPW event today. We’re really excited!

Do you have favorite brands?
I don’t have many favorite brands in particular, but as you can see from my Bullet Club shirt I’m into collecting wrestling merch!

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