New Japan has been getting plenty of flack recently because of the fact they seem to have so many injuries in the ring. But people get injured in WWE as well. Therefore no matter where you look, pro wrestling is dangerous.
Chris Jericho knows about NJPW’s style well enough at this point where he can comment about how they work over there. He has seen a change in pro wrestling but also advises wrestlers not to overdo it in the ring if they want to have a successful career as well.
Jericho was recently on Busted Open Radio where he went into some detail about what he told Will Ospreay recently because he had some veteran advice for him.
“It’s up to the individual guys you know. I have had an individual conversation with somebody, with [Will] Ospreay. People were saying he’s the next Dynamite Kid, I’m like, ‘dude you don’t wanna be the next Dynamite Kid. This is what they’re saying about you so these dangerous moves that you’re doing, stop it! You need to be working with you’re forty-seven like I am.’
“Now I did my share of crazy bumps and took my share of bad bumps, but as you get older it’s the proverbial thing. I remember when Nick Bockwinkle told me like in 1992 at a TV taping in Winnipeg when he was there as a color commentator, ‘you do too much.’ I remember thinking — what an asshole thing to think but, ‘he was just jealous he can’t do these moves.’ That’s what you think when you’re a young buy — that’s Nick Bockwinkle! Now as I’m older, Nick Bockwinkle is one of the greatest. I’ve modeled characters after him and he’s right. So there’s nothing wrong with strong style. I like beating the sh*t outa somebody and getting the crap kicked out of me as well.”
It sounds like there are some young lions out there who could really beneft from some advice from the master of the Lionsault.
Thanks to WrestlingInc for the transcription