Hiroshi Tanahashi: ‘If I have the IMPACT title around my waist, it will open up a lot of doors’

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Hiroshi Tanahashi has said winning the IMPACT World Heavyweight Title at Multiverse United 2 would be a “great opportunity.”

Tanahashi was speaking with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated Fan Nation.

The NJPW legend is currently in the US, and wrestled at House of Glory’s High Intensity X show on Friday night.

After Friday’s win over Matt Cardona, he will face current IMPACT World Champion Alex Shelley on Sunday at IMPACT x NJPW Multiverse United 2: For Whom The Bell Tolls.

Through a translator, Tanahashi told Barrasso:

I’ve become a veteran wrestler in New Japan, but I still want to keep getting better. As a New Japan wrestler, if I have the IMPACT title around my waist, it will open up a lot of doors for myself and show a lot of new avenues for NJPW wrestlers to follow.

Tanahashi, who has been on a punishing schedule of late, including competing in the G1 Climax, is no stranger to Alex Shelley. He said:

Alex Shelly and I are good friends. We’ve known each other for a long time. When I first went to TNA for an excursion in 2005, Alex was already a star. He has a good and strong heart. I can see he takes this business very seriously. It is an honor to wrestle him.

The co-promoted show takes place at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The pay-per-view is available on FITE.

  • Tanahashi enjoyed a great Starbucks tradition earlier on Saturday:

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