From high risk moves to a stage presence that is sure to get your off your seats, Hiroshi Tanahashi is one name that fans of New Japan Pro-Wrestling will definitely be familiar with. Debuting in 1999, Hiroshi Tanahashi is also no stranger to championship titles with seven IWGP Heavyweight Champion, one IWGP Intercontinental Champion and two IWGP Tag Team Champion to his name. We catch up with the 38 year old pro wrestler who was in Singapore recently for the inaugural CharaExpo 2015 as part of the New Japan Pro-Wrestling segment.
When asked why he pursued a career in wrestling, Tanahashi shared that part of his motivation was to be a stronger person back then. Looking up to pro-wrestlers Tatsumi Fujinami and Keiji Muto also probably helped too as Tanahashi did started his sports involvement in baseball before starting on wrestling while attending Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.
Tanahashi is also not shy when it comes to sharing how he also looks up to Shawn Michaels or also known as the Heart Break Kid from WWF (now known as WWE). Sharing that even though Shawn Michaels has now retired from pro-wrestling, there was just this something special about his matches, his appearances and overall his style that Tanahashi felt was cool.
Moving on to his career goals after winning so many titles, Tanahashi spoke of increasing his fame and fan base with an aim of making the New Japan Pro-Wrestling more exciting to everyone. He also looks forward to having more matches around the world and this would definitely help him achieve that.
Of course every wrestler has that one match which he would always considered the most memorial and for Tanahasi it would have to be the one with Hirooki Goto at the Ryogoku Kokugikan on 11th November 2007.
Ending off the interview, the wrestler had a message for all his fans here in Singapore:
Thank you all the fans in Singapore for supporting out event in CharaExpo 2015 recently.
NJPW will be going to Singapore again!
Wish to see you there and lastly, love you guys!
Thank you Hiroshi Tanahashi for your time and we look forward to seeing you in action again!
Photos by Ken Koh and Kenneth Wong
By Kenneth Wong
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