— njpwworld (@njpwworld) February 26, 2017
- 5TH MATCH 30 MINUTES LIMIT
Match time: 11m46s
‘Punisher Martinez? You thought he'd be a pareja of ours. No. I don't even know the guy. Today was the first time I met him. Well, I saw enough today. We don't need his muscle. We don't want some foreign guy we’ve never met before. No hospitality? Don't put us with him. We don't have time to babysit some guy we don't get and who doesn't get us. We don't have that kind of time. You know why? Yep. We’re occupado. Cabron.’
‘If you didn’t know, now you know. I’m Punisher Martinez, and I’m bringing punishment and pain to New Japan. You stand in my way and you will fall. This is just the beginning. Goto- you’re next.’
‘Taguchi, do you hear what I said last time I was interviewed? Do you remember? If I may… Thank you. Me getting into this business, it was because of you. Tryouts, May 2009. You remember? That's when this started, me and you. That's when the threads of fate bound us. Me and you, destined to fight.
So I want to make you angry, Taguchi. What does an angry Taguchi even look like? Maybe you don't even know how to be angry. So I'll do it little by little. Little by little Taguchi until you're screaming… ARGH! (starts yelling) NIGHTMARES! NIGHTMARES! I had the same nightmare last night. That ankle lock. That ankle lock, I hate that ankle lock. I can't take that. Take nine, dish out ten. That's my style, man. That's how I wrestle. But I can't take one of those ankle locks. If I do it's over. I have to keep this belt, so I can't get in that ankle lock. (Smiles suddenly)Everything else though, Taguchi? Everything else you have? Oh, I'll take that. I look forward to it. Let's have more, more, more! More! MORE!! Fun together. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!’
Castle sits and Taguchi and Tanahashi fan him
‘You know, I’m not sure what happened out there. But I know how I feel right now. It looks like my neck hurts, my back hurts, but none of it hurts! I don’t need this! (throw down an ice pack). I don’t need to sit down! This is Japan! I’m supposed to be enjoying myself! But tonight wasn’t fun. Still, no problem with my Boys. Look at my beautiful Boys. Tonight was just mystique. We’re just getting started! Look at my eyes. Those are the eyes… Of a champion!’
-- You were here tonight not as part of Taguchi Japan, but as one of The Boys.
‘Yes. I thought it would be better to be a Boy today. So I was a Boy. I saw things I'd never seen before.’
-- And your match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship was signed for March 6.
‘Yes. I think today I felt that we gelled together. We suit each other well. I'm looking forward to March 6 now. And especially for it to be on the anniversary show, it's a big deal, and I'm going to really make sure I'm in top shape for it. Hiromu… I'm sorry, Hiromu Takahashi. I did see your interview. ‘Remember the tryout?’ How could I forget? When Coach (Takeshi) Misawa asked me ‘who stood out to you?’ that day, I said ‘Hiromu’. Sorry, Hiromu Takahashi. Stars in your eyes then, like you were Hope-romu. I wish I hadn't told Misawa how good I thought you were. I didn't think little Hoperomu would become such a formidable opponent.
But that was 2009. I'd already been wrestling seven years then. Already been a champion. You're on top now. I'm chasing, I'm looking up at you. But that's fine. I like it that way. I like being underneath and looking up. There's nothing to do but push upwards and onwards. That's all I can do. To have the best match. That's all I can do, and all you should hope for.’