Former IWGP United States Champion Juice Robinson says he is no longer part of New Japan Pro Wrestling ahead of a huge appearance on AEW Dynamite.
Juice Robinson will be a part of a huge night of AEW Dynamite in Philadelphia as he does battle with AEW Champion Jon Moxley in a Title Eliminator match. Many thought this was another case of the Forbidden Door being opened with an NJPW wrestler taking part in an AEW match but that might not be the case after all.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso, Juice Robinson claims to no longer represent New Japan Pro Wrestling and says he and the company have gone their separate ways:
“I’m no longer representing New Japan, and I want that to be clear. I carried that New Japan flag for seven years. I’ve got no unfinished business there. I sang that song and I danced that dance, and we’ve gone our separate ways. That’s in the rearview mirror.”
“I’m totally free right now. I’ll fight whoever, wherever, and whenever I want as long as it’s the right match against the right opponent on the right night of the week. Dynamite is the hottest show, and I’m wrestling their champ on the hottest night of the week in wrestling. This is the biggest match of my career, and I’m ready for it.”
A word of caution however as Juice Robinson had many people believing back in April 2022 that he was set to retire from pro wrestling altogether before he returned to NJPW in May and joined Bullet Club. Not long after that Robinson stated that he had signed a new NJPW deal that was believed to run into 2023.