SANADA felt audience was hesitant to support him after he left LIJ

The IWGP World Heavyweight Champion said he did not feel that support after he opted to step away from LIJ

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SANADA did not initially feel that support. 

After SANADA opted to step back from Los Ingobernables de Japon and align with Taichi, DOUKI, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and TAKA Michinoku to form ‘Just 5 Guys’, he went on to win the New Japan Cup and become IWGP World Heavyweight Championship

His first title defense is scheduled for May 3rd at Wrestling Dontaku against Hiromu Takahashi. Heading into the bout, NJPW1972.com released their chat with SANADA

He told the site there was quite a bit of negativity after he left Los Ingobernables de Japon. He felt fans were initially hesitant to support him when he embarked on this new venture. 

There was quite a lot of negativity after I left L.I.J., so at first, I didn’t feel a lot of that support wherever we went, especially during the New Japan Cup. Then even in the April tour, there was a bit of, is it OK to get behind this guy? Kind of thing.

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