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NJPW still not a competition for WWE, says former wrestler Mick Foley

New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) have been making major strides in the professional wrestling world in recent years, but they are still no match for the World Wrestling Federation (WWE), according to legendary wrestler Mick Foley.

other sports Updated: Jan 17, 2018 21:18 IST
Sayan Ghosh
Sayan Ghosh
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Mick Foley during his stint as general manager of WWE’s flagship show Raw. (

The last few years have been quite special for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). The Japan-based promotion, who are known for their hard-hitting style of matches, has made a name for themselves among the international audience and big names like Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho have further added to their global presence.

However, pro-wrestling legend Mick Folly believes that NJPW is still no where close to becoming a competitor to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

“I don’t think that NJPW is a competition for the WWE. They are an extremely good promotion and they produce brilliant matches, but WWE are a giant in the business. They are the biggest thing in the industry right now and I am sure even NJPW are aware of that,” Foley told Hindustan Times.

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Mick Folly was an integral part of the WWE roster in the 1990s and he was well known for his extreme matches which involved some of the most dangerous spots in the company’s history.

The company has changed a lot since then and although the extreme matches are few and far between, there are two wrestler in the current roster who reminds Foley of himself during the ‘Attitude Era’.

“I have said this a lot of times that Dean Ambrose reminds me of myself. He has that same passion and that same madness when it comes to the craft and he is someone I admire a lot.”

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“The other person is Becky Lynch. She really enjoys what she is doing and if you ask me, she is the favourite to win the first ever women’s Royal Rumble match,” Foley added.

WWE Raw will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on January 22 and Foley shares a very special relationship with the show.

He was a part of some of the most memorable moments on the show during his first stint with the company and later came back to serve as the general manager of the show.

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When asked about the occasion, he said, “WWE Raw literally changed my life. It was such a big part of my life. Not just from the time I was on it. I’m almost always watching on Monday night with my children, so it has been a big part of my life, whether I’m on the show or not.”

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 21:18 IST