Tetsuya Naito has not ventured to WWE yet and it seems that the Forbidden Door is keeping him out of NJPW for now. Still, he wanted to remain in NJPW so much that he took a pay cut.

Tetsuya Naito has decided to stay with NJPW, although at a reduced rate. Tokyo Sports revealed today that the top star’s contract was renewed on January 17th. Naito, on the other hand, indicated that he took a wage cut of 24%.

Due to the influence of COVID-19, the audience is decreasing, and I was expected to offer a salary cut, but I didn’t expect this much… Even I got nervous about this. When I saw the amount offered, I literally opened my right eye with my thumb and index finger. Next year, I want to take advantage of a higher salary than this cut. After all, it means that even if Okada won the G1, there was no rain of money in New Japan. If this happens, I have no choice but to make it come down on my own.

Since 2005, Naito has been a part of NJPW, where he has had great success as a three-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion and six-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion.


On February 20th, during the Golden Series tour, Naito will face Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Stay tuned on Ringside News for more NJPW updates.

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