Current IWGP United States champion Juice Robinson was the latest guest on the Talk is Jericho podcast to talk about his transition from his NXT days as CJ Parker, to his more successful stint with NJPW. Robinson recalls hitting a glass ceiling of creative differences, and is grateful for Japanese booker Gedo for taking a chance on him.
Everybody’s just like, ‘Oh my God, he’s so much better now. He’s improved’. I really feel like I’m about the same that I’ve always been. I just think Gedo was the first guy that was like, ‘Just go wrestle’ and then he saw kind of how I was and then, he liked it and said, ‘You should do more of that’. He told me… he made the flamboyant, he’s the one, ‘Oh yeah, you should wear crazy costumes’. He loves when I just yell profanity. I mean we’re toning it down now but when I first got here I was just yelling…. Yeah and they don’t care because it’s like you can say the f-word as loud as you want in front of a 4-year old. They just laugh: ‘Ah, he’s being American’. The f-word is not a thing here. They don’t really have cuss words and like half of the Japanese dudes use the f-word too. But yeah, I think Gedo was just the first guy who gave me a chance and then was patient too because I just feel like in NXT it was like, ‘Alright, CJ Parker. You got dreads so you’re a hippy. We made this 70s light-up gimmick when you come out. This rip-off Jimi Hendrix song. Alright, we’re practicing your entrance. What? You’re just gonna walk to the ring? Why would you just walk to the ring?’ Michael Hayes[goes], ‘You gotta dance’. Well I can’t dance. I can’t sing or dance. Triple H, Pat Patterson, all these guys, ‘Ok I’ll dance’. I don’t know and why was I a hippie just because I had dreadlocks? I don’t know.
Robinson admits that he has no desire to return to the WWE, as he is very happy with what he can contribute in Japan.
I want to be in New Japan until I have that feeling that I had in WWE. But I don’t think I’m every gonna have that feeling. I don”t think I’m gonna sit the bench, I’m always gonna contribute here in some way. I don’t think I’ll ever have the feeling where I need to leave or like, hitting the ceiling here.
If I never walk through a WWE curtain again, I wont’ lose any sleep.
The episode, which was recorded prior to WrestleKingdom 13 back in January, is available below.