Matt Sydal has discussed teaming up with WWE Superstar Ricochet in Japan and why the tag team holds special meaning to him.
Speaking on AEW Unrestricted to hosts Aubrey Edwards and Tony Schiavone, Sydal discussed his time wrestling in Japan. During this time Sydal would regularly team with Ricochet against some tough competition.
“The moments we created in the match and the lead up to it, it really felt like I was out there doing my true purpose. That New Japan Junior Tag Championship run was sort of a four-way feud between myself and Ricochet, The Young Bucks, Rocky Romero and Trent Beretta and Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish. These were matches that I was proud of every single night. We were just smashing it. We were just busting each other up. Having wild shootout matches that we really believed in, we were really proud of.”
Sydal then elaborated on his time in Japan, which would be one of his wrestling homes after leaving WWE in 2014:
“We were all working really hard, and wrestling in Japan has always been special to me. It’s kind of where my career went from I was going to be a wrestler on the side. A weekend warrior, to a full-time pro wrestler when I started at Dragon Gate. And that’s kind of where I got my highest set of skills, and to go back with New Japan. There was a moment where after WWE, I was considering being kind of done with wrestling. I was questioning what I wanted to do, but I had this, I don’t want to call it a vision, but I had a moment where I saw myself going to the Tokyo Dome Hotel.”
“The Tokyo Dome Hotel is right next to Korakuen Hall, one of my favorite places to wrestle. And I just kind of held that image in my head for a really long time. And so going back with New Japan and getting to wrestle at Korakuen Hall, it’s not a goal you set. It’s a place that has an energy, a feeling that you want to be a part of. I got to return there, and when we had these matches, look them up my friends, me and Ricochet are a great tag team. The matches we had with The Bucks and those guys were fantastic.”
Matt Sydal and Ricochet would win NJPW’s Super Junior Tag Team Tournament in 2015. One year later they would twice capture the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships.
Credit: AEW Unrestricted
h/t Wrestling Inc. for the transcription