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Hiroshi Tanahashi Predicts More US & Japan Crossovers Are Coming

New Japan star Hiroshi Tanahashi expects more ‘movement and exchanges’ between the US and Japan once COVID-19 subsides.

Speaking recently with Sports Illustrated ahead of his IWGP US Championship challenge against Lance Archer at NJPW Resurgence, ‘The Ace’ described how pro wrestling should ‘come together’ following the challenges of the global pandemic:

I think, now more than ever, it’s important for all of pro wrestling to come together and get past all the troubles COVID has presented. I think the best way we can do that is to bring the fans the best possible matches, and those dream-match scenarios. I think being able to wrestle in all these organisations can only be a good thing.

Speaking more directly on his forthcoming contest with Archer, Tana assigned additional importance to the US Championship and its role in unlocking the Forbidden Door:

I predict that once COVID is behind us, you’re going to see even more movement and exchanges between Japan and America. The U.S. Heavyweight title is the key to those doors being unlocked, and that’s what makes it extra important.

If you’re considering watching NJPW Resurgence, check out our handy guide on the event here.

With thanks to WrestleZone for the transcript.