Tama Tonga has continued his war of words on All Elite Wrestling, accusing the Jacksonville-based company of being petty.
Wrestling’s ‘forbidden door’ was opened when a working relationship was established between AEW and New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Since then, NJPW’s Tonga has been outspoken about some of his former Bullet Club stablemates and the companies they now work for.
Speaking on his ‘Tama’s Island’ podcast, Tonga took issue with new trademarks AEW has applied for in recent weeks.
“I saw AEW trademarked [Forbidden Door]. Y’all getting real petty with that. Trademarking ‘too sweet’ and ‘forbidden door.’ Y’all playing a stupid game that WWE is playing. Come on man, I thought y’all were trying to be different. Come on AEW. Tony Khan, you mark, you been in business two years? Where were you four or five years ago? Shut up. You grab the losers to boost the ratings. That’s why you failed at business.”
The ‘losers’ Tonga was alluding to are FinJuice – David Finlay and Juice Robinson who debuted in IMPACT Wrestling. Tonga and his brother Tanga Loa defeated FinJuice in 2020’s World Tag League final.
Tama Tonga would then go on to claim only one company is responsible for this opportunity through co-operation in wrestling:
“New Japan is responsible for all of this. If it wasn’t for New Japan, there would be no forbidden door, no KENTA, no FinJuice. Everyone is looking for help and looking towards New Japan. Then they take, take, take, and not a ‘thank you.'”
Finally, Tonga commented on recent reports that former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada may be appearing in IMPACT or AEW:
“Okada ain’t going nowhere. Why would he degrade himself to that standard?”
Tama Tonga recently had more strong words for All Elite Wrestling – calling them a ‘mid-card company.’
Credit: Tama’s Island
h/t Fightful for the transcription