Wrestling legend and eight-time IWGP heavyweight champion Hiroshi Tanahashi attacked Brock Lesnar, claiming his wrestling style was selfish.
In the latest episode of the Ace’s High series, Hiroshi Tanahashi recalled how he was supposed to face Brock Lesnar in 2006 for the IWGP heavyweight champion. However, the match was canceled at the last minute due to Brock Lesnar’s visa problems. Tanahashi was stunned to learn that the match would not happen, especially since the fans were hyper.
“I go in there and (Riki Choshu) says ‘Lesnar isn’t coming.’ I was just stunned, as if the world in front of me had entered darkness. I never knew the real details about issuing the contract, but I know there was a really special financial situation going on and I would assume it was at the center. It was really an unprecedented case when it comes to IWGP title matches, ”Tanahashi said.
“At that time, we would have a big flag of lions in places where fans could write messages of support. Entering this match, we ran out of space on the first flag, and we had to get the second. It was such a hyper-match with the fans in places. But suddenly it disappeared. “
“He was just hitting people” – Hiroshi Tanahashi on Brock Lesnar’s wrestling style
Hiroshi Tanahashi went on to fall in love with former WWE champion Brock Lesnar for his “selfish way of wrestling,” claiming Lesnar didn’t care where he fought while they paid him.
“To be brutally honest, I could never get into anything I saw from Lesnar. It was all one-sided, completely selfish way of wrestling. I saw him show up in the early 2000s, and he was just beating people up, you never saw any of your opponents. I just didn’t understand his deal at all … To be honest, Lesnara didn’t really care where he wrestled until he got his payout, “Tanahashi said.
Brock Lesnar had a dominant series as an IWGP heavyweight champion. He even defended the title from current WWE Superstar Shinsuke Nakamura in January 2006.
Lesnar was eventually stripped of the IWGP heavyweight championship due to visa problems, and Hiroshi Tanahashi won the tournament held to win the vacant title.