Juice Robinson has been one of the better surprises to walk away from the NXT brand. Since making his way to New Japan Pro Wrestling, the former CJ Parker has completely reinvigorated his career.
While in NJPW, Robinson has picked up huge victories over the likes of Hirooki Goto and Kenny Omega and has found his way into the hunt for the NJPW United States Championship. Robinson will challenge reigning champion Jay White at the upcoming G1 Special in San Francisco event at the Cow Palace on July 7.
Juice discussed his transition from the WWE to NJPW in a recent media call. Below are some of the highlights, courtesy of Wrestling Inc.
I was just talking to Kevin Owens [about his future goals]. Man, you fast-forward three years and everything turned out how I hoped they could. I was fingers crossed I would land on my feet when I left WWE, and damn, I did, thank goodness. That would’ve sucked if I didn’t.
I knew it would [work out], I just knew in my heart it would. I knew NXT wasn’t working out for me and I’d rather die trying than stay there any longer.
As far as the rest of my goals…I’m twenty-nine right now. I think I can wrestle…I know I can wrestle for another ten years barring any injury, any kind of severe injury, but I think I could stay here for another fifteen years and then I could go help the young lions once I get a little older in my forties.
I can come over here every once in awhile and help the new kids come along. And then, who knows? Maybe I’ll be a part of the LA Dojo one day in twenty years or longer? New Japan, I wanna work here for the rest of my wrestling career for sure.
Juice Robinson has really found his way in New Japan. He’s quickly become one of the most entertaining acts in the company. This is another case that proves the WWE isn’t the end all-be all of professional wrestling. It’s great to see Juice shining so bright now.