Taichi comments on Suzuki-gun disbanding, wants to live up to post-stable expectations

At the end of 2022, NJPW's Suzuki-gun stable will disband. Their final match together will take place on December 23rd

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Suzuki-gun is disbanding at the end of this year. 

At the World Tag/Super Junior Tag League finals show, following Suzuki-gun’s victory, Minoru Suzuki had the ring to himself and made the announcement that Suzuki-gun will disband at the end of 2022.

The stable will have their last match together on December 23rd which will be an all Suzuki-gun match. 

Before that, Taichi is going to challenge Shingo Takagi for the KOPW 2022 Trophy. The match is taking place at TAKATaichiMania on 12/19. Taichi told Tokyo Sports he does not want to go into the final Suzuki-gun match empty-handed. He also stated that he wants to live up to the expectations from Minoru that the members will be fine post-stable. 

As for why I wanted to challenge him [Shingo Takagi] so badly, I had it in my mind that the Suzuki Army was going to disband. I had been approached about it from that stage, and I thought about it a lot… I thought about it a lot… I also felt that I couldn’t disband the stable empty-handed. We didn’t leave anything behind this year. If we break up like this, I won’t know where to go on a new journey.

I don’t want them to think that I’m glad we broke up, but I do want to live up to their feelings [that I’ll do well after this]. 

After the Road to Tokyo Dome shows conclude, NJPW will be heading towards Wrestle Kingdom 17 and the full match card can be viewed here.

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