Funaki Talks About Teaming With TAKA, ‘Kung Fu Naki’ Origin & More In New Interview

Bill Pritchard

WWEWWE.com recently updated the 'Where Are They Now?' section of their website with a interview featuring former WWE star (and Smackdown's #1 Announcer) Funaki. The former Kaientai member, joined by his former teammate Taka Michinoku, talked about a number of topics including his WWE career, the different characters he played and more. You can read a few excerpts from the piece below:

On starting a team with Taka in Japan:
“Taka’s style was based around high-flying, but mine was very traditional mat wrestling. There was a little confusion at first, but our timing was good. It took a little while, but it eventually came together.”

How he got into WWE:
“Taka asked them if they were interested in any more Japanese wrestlers. They said a few more would be good, so he called me and asked me if I wanted to come to WWE. My dream, since I was a kid, was to wrestle in America; it was easier than I thought it would be. I got a phone call from Taka and my dream came true.”

On who pitched the 'Kung Fu Naki' character to him:
“It was Hurricane’s idea. He said he needed a partner, like Batman needed Robin. He said he needed Kung Fu Naki.”

You can read the intire interview at the following link.

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