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JP11990

Not really, they’re just always competing with each other. Hiromu gave Naito the card he always brings out about whoever his opponent is and Naito threw it on the floor haha! Naito has talked a lot about everyone always wanting to beat the other, and he always treats Hiromu like a little brother. BUSHI doing what he would normally do is seen more as “I’m not pulling punches just because we’re in the same faction,” and my interpretation is that him NOT doing that would be an insult


Cris41

Naito and Hiromu are basically siblings, they tease each other but it's all love. Hiromu did seem a little upset about the whole black mist thing though.


JP11990

Remember when he was annoyed at Shingo for making the joke if he’s injured again? Just love that they’re always needling


KWIAS

It's also pretty common competition within factions. Suzuki-Gun works the same way. Taichi has said before in backstage comments that there is no clear leader in Suzuki-Gun (Even if they call Suzuki "Boss" sometimes), and they're just a group of assholes.


Ice-_-Nine

I plead ignorance here… I’ve been following NJPW closely for about two months, but I don’t quite understand how to keep up on the out-of-ring narrative.


Cris41

When Hiromu was a young lion training in the NJPW dojo he was struggling until Naito took a hand in his training and became his mentor. So their bond is pretty tight and familial. Everyone in LIJ has a really close connection actually, including EVIL which made his betrayal a gut punch. Shingo and Naito have known each other for pretty much their whole careers. That said LIJ have a thing about not interfering in each others matches unless the situation is really dire and that could lead someone less familiar to think they don't have each others backs. But they do. Way more than CHAOS. I'll never forget Okada just casually walking past Jay White while he's strangling Ishii with a towel like "none of my business lol."


EffingKENTA

Watching the [Backstage Comments](https://front.njpwworld.com/search/tag/other_26) videos (if you don’t already) is a big piece of the puzzle. English Commentary also helps, as they’ll frequently explain how people relate to/interact with each other; though they do occasionally interpret things wrong (Kevin more so than Chris). If you do Twitter then following the official NJPW accounts, Chris Charlton, the wrestlers you’re interested in, and even just other fans will help fill things in more. The more time you spend in fan spaces, the more you’ll learn.


Ice-_-Nine

Wow thank you so much. I feel like a rube, but I never knew about this… I watched yesterday’s and it made everything so much more transparent to me. You made this a lot better for me 😁


JP11990

Yeah, for sure this. Mostly English commentary and the official accounts alongside the backstage comments gets you where you need to be. It’s not like STARDOM where most of the legwork is done on Twitter and Instagram hahaha!


resolve028

This is normal stuff from them. Naito and Hiromu are like siblings. Naito always "big bros" him by breaking his stuff (BOSJ trophy), taking his things, etc. which annoys Hiromu, who then goes and annoys him back like little brothers do to their older siblings.


Alexcelsior

LIJ stands out as a faction of guys who are constantly trying to out do each other. So they’ll always bring it no matter what.