Former IWGP Champ Manabu Nakanishi Reflects On His Career Prior To Retirement
Manabu Nakanishi recently sat down with New Japan Pro-Wrestling to discuss a handful of topics, including a reflection on his career prior to his retirement, his decision to step away, and more.
Check out some highlights below:
On his upcoming retirement:
Well, like I said at the time, I haven’t been able to perform how I’d like, and I think it’s time to draw a line in the sand. I still can’t say as I’ve decided what to do after, but once the idea came to me, I figured that’s what I should do right away. End of the day, I think it’s the coolest way to go out for a pro-wrestler, swinging ’til the end.
On his neck injury in 2011:
Well, yeah, but to tell the truth, I hadn’t been taking proper care of myself before I did get hurt. Because I didn’t take responsibility for myself, I put a lot of people through trouble. It was a hard lesson to learn, but an important one.
On not working as hard as he could in the past:
Not so much as, I was just lazy. Even if I had a title match suddenly come up, I wouldn’t work hard enough. And then, after those matches, I wasn’t disheartened so much as I just slacked off. I wasn’t taking the business serious enough, and it came back to get me.