Tama Tonga further discusses his decision to depart NJPW

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His family played a big role in his decision. 

After a total of 14 years as a member of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Tama Tonga wrapped up with the company. He won the NEVER Openweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 18 and afterwards, Tama told the press that January would be his last month with the company. 

He dropped the NEVER Title to EVIL and his last match was on 1/24 as a part of The New Beginning tour. Tama was the latest guest on Midnight Wrestle & Kingdom and he further elaborated on his decision to depart NJPW. 

He cited his family as a big reason. Tama does not want to continue missing his kids grow older and he wants to be with his wife. 

You know, I came here for the G1 for one month and I went home and my kids grew up too fast. I missed their birthdays, I miss so many things and as I’m getting older, I don’t wanna miss my kids growing up. I love Japan, but I love my wife and my kids and I wanna be there. I wanna be a part of their life growing up.

Back in 2016, Tama Tonga verbally agreed to join WWE after a meeting with Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque. He informed NJPW of his intentions and the company presented him with a new deal which he accepted. 

If the quote in this article is used, please credit Midnight Wrestle & Kingdom with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription.

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