[NJPW News] New Japan held a press conference for the upcoming IWGP Heavyweight Championship match between the champion Kazuchika Okada and the challenger Prince Devitt, who is also the reigning Jr. Heavyweight Champion.
Prince Devitt is so far one up in Okada after successfully defending the IWGP Jr. belt agaist Okada’s mouthpiece in Gedo on July 5th.
Prince Devitt opened the press conference by saying that he is glad to be the next challenger and for NJPW to give him the chance. Though after dominating the junior division for the last six years that he wants to get at a shot at the heavyweight belt. Devitt wants to show himself as the Real Rock N Roller.
Okada acknowledged that Devitt is the top of the junior division, but that Okada himself is on a whole other level.
Devitt replied that he thinks that there is no difference in any match, whethere heavy or junior. He has beat all the best to come in to Japan in recent times, and even noted the match between Tanahashi and NOAH’s Naomichi Marufuji for the IWGP Heavy belt.
Okada was asked about the possibly of BULLET CLUB intervening in the match, but it does not seem to phase Okada in the least. Okada will only have Gedo by his side in the match and as the champion he will overcome the odds. He will bring the fight to any member of BULLET CLUB.
Devitt is not aware of BULLET CLUB ever intervening in the past or at least he has never seen it.
Seiji Sakaguchi, who was present for the signing, was asked about the Heavyweight vs. Junior match-up and stated that this is not the first time this has happpened. He expects to see a good and strong match between Okada and Devitt, as they are both respected champions of their division. They both have earned their position.
Also announced today was the official matches for the ucpoming G1 CLIMAX tournament with Okada and Devitt facing off yet again on the opening day on August 1st.
Okada stated that it is only natural that he will defend his title against Devitt on July 20th then go over him yet again in the G1 CLIMAX. Okada will get revenge for Gedo’s recent loss and remain the champion heading into the G1.
NJPW Event Cards for July & August 2013
NJPW “Yoshinoya Presents KIZUNA ROAD 2013”, 7/20/2013 [Sat] 17:00 @ Akita City Gymnasium
(9) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Prince Devitt
~ 3rd title defense.