That should say that he is not challenging for it yet, he said he was focusing on the GHC challenge first. That tweet was written as he was speaking before a translation came through and was based on the interview Maru had before the tourny when he said he may not challenge as he was more focused on the GHC, this has been misconstrued that he is never challenging for the belt. There is no way that AJPW let an outsider, from NOAH no less win the champions carnival and pinning their ace in the final without something coming from it.
sorry to be pedantic but was not Maru trained at AJ dojo
I never said he wasn't, but he is a representative of Noah and has worked there for 18 of his 20 years in wrestling.