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PostSubject: The Bullet Club’s Tama Tonga Talks His Father Haku, Working With NJPW Legends Like Tanahashi and Nakamura, Japanese Crowds   Thu May 28, 2015 12:03 pm

In his first ever in depth interview conducted in the United States, The Bullet Club’s Badboy Tama Tonga joins the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast to talk about his career thus far and the success of the BizCliz in New Japan Pro Wrestling. From his family lineage in the wrestling business through his training and matches with some of the best workers in the world Tama takes us into his career and gives us access that nobody has received to date.

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Was his father Haku behind getting him into the wrestling business:

I wanted to wrestle right out of high school and he told me no. He told me to go do something else and get experience in life and do something, go to school or whatever just anything else. I ended up joining the Air-Force and he wanted me to do that first. I did that for about six years and when I came out I said “alright, I’m ready now”.

The change in the response from the Japanese crowds:

We are actually seeing it change. When I first got there, they were very reserved and not making a lot of noise, only when a big thing happened they would get up and clap. With the last couple of years and with the Bullet Club we changed the game and how it is in New Japan. You see a mixture of not just the strong style but you are actually watching entertainment. These guys are athletic, talented and now you are watching something different not just the one style. With the fans, you are hearing them more. They are more vocal but in a good way not in a derogatory way. It’s quite enjoyable.

The influence of Gedo & Jado:

They definitely have an American style in them. They like that style especially the older like 80s and 90s era. Gedo and them were in ECW so they have experienced it and actually they were also in Mexico with my Dad. Gedo is an absolute genius and it’s all working right now which you can see with him in charge and we (The Bullet Club) are at the front of the game.

Working with the superstars of New Japan Pro Wrestling:

Hiroshi Tanahashi:

He is number one in the world. I truly 100% believe that he is the number one wrestler in all of the world today. Seeing him in ring and outside of the ring, he’s a champion. Look at all of his matches, he can have great matches with everyone. All different styles of wrestling, he’s just a pro.

Kazuchika Okada:

He is good! He has so much more room to grow, he is that good right now, that can you imagine how that may be? I know he is going to feel it and he is going to be a superstar.

Shinsuke Nakamura:

I’ve learned a lot from him. I paired up a lot with him when I started in New Japan and he sets the bar. He makes you want to go and get it. He is also really tough and easy going. If you want to be in the big leagues, follow him. It’s been definitely a big learning experience with him and that’s actually my Dad’s favorite wrestler. He loves his wrestling. My Dad is unconventional and he loves that style, he loves Nakamura’s style.

How he gets his visual presentation and the influence on his appearance:

The artwork is actually from fans. I love to push it forward. The paint job is all me. My paint job is something that I picked up while growing up and playing video games. I owe a lot of it to Razor Ramon, I thought he was bad-ass and cool as hell and I wanted to portray that. You can tell as a character, I want to be scary but cool, appreciate that you can see the visual aspect.

Tama Tonga also discusses the success of the Bullet Club, the worldwide response to the faction, NJPW appearing on American television, growing up with Haku, the myths behind his father’s legendary stories and more.

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