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Top NJPW star took a pay cut to stay with the promotion

Tetsuya Naito is sticking with NJPW but at a reduced price.

It was reported today by Tokyo Sports that the top star renewed his contract on January 17th. However, Naito stated that he took a 24% pay cut

Naito stated, “Due to the influence of COVID-19, the audience is decreasing, and I was expected to offer a salary cut, but I didn’t expect this much… Even I got nervous about this. When I saw the amount offered, I literally opened my right eye with my thumb and index finger. Next year, I want to take advantage of a higher salary than this cut. After all, it means that even if Okada won the G1, there was no rain of money in New Japan. If this happens, I have no choice but to make it come down on my own.”

Naito has been working for NJPW since 2005 where he has found a lot of success as he is a three-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion and a six-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion.

Naito is slated to Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship on February 20th during the Golden Series tour.


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