Juice Robinson Talks About New NJPW Contract, His Heel Turn & More


Juice Robinson recently spoke with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.

During the discussion, the wrestling veteran spoke about his new contract with NJPW, how it was contingent on him turning from babyface to heel, big four-way title showdown with Jon Moxley, Will Ospreay and Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview where he touches on these topics with his thoughts.

On his new NJPW contract extending through 2023: “I’m keeping the details private, but I’m here where I am supposed to be. I don’t want to work somewhere else. I was about to, and I was ready to, but I didn’t want to. New Japan is where I belong.”

On the new deal being contingent on him turning from babyface to heel: “If I was going to stay with New Japan, I needed to do it my way. That’s what you’re going to see. That’s what you’re going to hear. I now have the license to do this the way I want.”

On what to expect now that he has joined the Bullet Club: “You’re about to see the real Juice. I’m not cast in a new role or playing a part. You’re about to see the truest version of myself, and I don’t give a f— if people have a problem with it.”

On the upcoming Fatal-4-Way that includes Jon Moxley, Will Ospreay and Hiroshi Tanahashi: “I’m supremely confident that I’m going to win this match. I’m a two-time IWGP United States champion. It’s not like that’s a scrub title. Moxley’s had that belt. Kenny Omega’s had that belt. Cody Rhodes had that belt. Jay White had that belt. Tanahashi has that belt, at least for now. I’m shooting for my three-peat. When we step into the nation’s capital, you’re not going to see Day-One Juice or happy-to-be-here Juice. I’m not smiling just to be on a card at Korakuen Hall. I’m fucking coming for people.”

Check out the complete interview at SI.com.