Pro Wrestling NOAH
NOAH The New Year 2022
January 1, 2023
Nippon Budokan
Tokyo, Japan

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Meet Your Previewers

Paul Völsch: Is full of fatty food and wine from the Christmas holidays. Listen to his Pro Wrestling NOAH and All Japan Pro Wrestling podcast The Emerald FlowShow.

Liam Jones: Did you know that when Edward Pola and George Wyle wrote “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” in 1963, they were actually talking about that special season in Japan when all of the biggest pro wrestling companies put on their big shows? It’s true! 

Liam is never a bigger pro wrestling fan than in that special time period between December and January. The reason for the season. Listen to his TNA/Impact Wrestling retro podcast You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me.

(Am I the only one scared by how good the A.I. is at previewing these matches?? We are all screwed.) 

(We most certainly are, Liam. Rich told me we are all fired – Paul)

ChatGPT: is a bot 

(Took a few tries to get something usable out of it – Paul)

Yasutaka Yano vs. Taishi Ozawa

Paul: Developing genuine heavyweight talent has historically been one of Noah’s biggest issues. This goes all the way back to the start of the promotion, and there have been many prospects that have ultimately fallen short of expectations. 

With that said, I am genuinely excited about Taishi Ozawa’s future. His athleticism is incredibly obvious, and he is already one of the largest members of the NOAH roster. If NOAH plays their cards right, they could have a genuine main eventer on their hands in a few years. But we are a long way away from that.

Yano, meanwhile, is never going to be a heavyweight at just 166 cm, but it’s clear that NOAH thinks the kid has a big future in the junior division. He now holds two consecutive singles victories over NOSAWA Rongai and has been associating a lot with Stinger, who tend to be the strongest pushed junior faction in NOAH. All of that bodes well for the 22-year-old.

Seniority dictates that Yano gets the win here. Though the size difference is going to be something to behold. Prediction: Yasutaka Yano

Liam: Taishi Ozawa is the kind of rookie that you are happy to see NOAH get its hands on. He has size, athleticism and is emotive during his matches. If NOAH can expedite their young boy process, something they’ve struggled with, he could be a credible rival figure for Kaito Kiyomiya in a few years. Something Kaito desperately needs. 

Yatsutaka Yano is someone who I feel has been hurt by NOAH’s drip-feeding approach to elevating talent, but seniority says that he gets the win here. Prediction: Yasutaka Yano

ChatGPT: The opening match of the night at Budokan is sure to be an exciting one as two young and talented wrestlers take to the ring.

First up is Yasutaka Yano, a small but scrappy competitor with a quick and agile style. Despite his size, he has proven himself to be a formidable force in the ring, with a fierce determination that has carried him to victory in previous matches.

His opponent is Taishi Ozawa, a towering heavyweight with impressive athletic ability. He is known for his power moves and his ability to take control of a match with his size and strength.

This match-up pits the quick and agile wrestler against the powerful heavyweight, and it’s anyone’s guess as to who will come out on top. In the end, it is Taishi Ozawa who emerges victorious, using his size and strength to overpower his opponent and secure the win. Prediction: Taishi Ozawa

Masa Kitamiya, Daiki Inaba & Yoshiki Inamura vs. Mohamed Yone, Akitoshi Saito & Shuhei Taniguchi

Paul: Yoshiki Inamura is emblematic of the issues plaguing the development of Japanese men’s pro wrestling. Most of the time, I agree with the approach of building guys up slowly and allowing them to grow as workers and people first before elevating them to a higher position on the card. This makes sense for someone that starts training in your dojo in his late teens or early twenties

However, when you get someone like Yoshiki Inamura, strictly adhering to this process can be counterproductive. Inamura only started wrestling in 2018, but he also started at an older age than many, and he is 30 now. He does not need the same amount of growing mentally to be ready for a higher position on the card that a 22-year-old does. You compound that with him being a natural at wrestling, and he should be much higher on the card more consistently because otherwise, you risk wasting prime years of his.

The match itself should be pretty fun, though, as the Funky Express tends to excel in these kinds of undercard tags, and they have the perfect opponents to show off some hard-hitting action. Prediction: Masa Kitamiya, Daiki Inaba & Yoshiki Inamura

Liam: Kind of depressing to see Inamura in the pointless undercard six-man tag match coming off of his GHC National Championship match, but that’s just how it goes, I guess. 

Not much to say here. I expect it to be a tidy little undercard match. God bless the A.I. for finding a narrative in this. Prediction: Kitamiya, Inaba and Inamura 

ChatGPT: This is a six-man tag team match featuring some of the heaviest hitters in the wrestling world.

On one side, there’s a team made up of three dominant wrestlers known for their brute strength and powerful moves. These competitors are not afraid to get their hands dirty and will stop at nothing to secure a victory.

Their opponents are a trio of equally impressive wrestlers who are known for their size and strength, as well as their ability to work together as a cohesive unit. These competitors are no strangers to six-man tag team matches and will be looking to take down their opponents with a combination of power and strategy.

This match is sure to be a slugfest, with both teams looking to make a statement and come out on top. In the end, it is the team of Masa Kitamiya, Daiki Inaba & Yoshiki Inamura who emerges victorious, using their size and strength to overpower their opponents and secure the win. Prediction: Masa Kitamiya, Daiki Inaba & Yoshiki Inamura 

Ninja Mack, Dante Leon & Alejandro vs. Shuji Kondo, Tadasuke & Hi69

Paul: This should be pretty fun. Not much more to say on this. Whoever wins is likely getting a shot at the junior tag titles. Since Dante and Ninja are now out of the singles title picture, they would make sense as challengers for those titles, and NOAH loves giving Mack wins on big shows. Prediction: Ninja Mack, Dante Leon & Alejandro

Liam: Seeing Shuji Kondo throw around this trio of guys will add a lot of fire to this undercard six-man tag. 

Ninja Mack has grown on me during this NOAH run, and I hope he makes his way back to the Jr. Heavyweight Title soon.

Kongoh getting the win here is an easy setup for a Jr. Heavyweight title match, so that’s what I’ll go with. Prediction: Kongoh 

ChatGPT: This is a six-man tag team match featuring a unique mix of high-flying wrestlers and brawlers.

On one side, there’s a team made up of three wrestlers known for their aerial prowess and ability to execute impressive high-flying moves. These competitors are sure to put on a show and get the crowd on their feet with their acrobatic displays.

Their opponents are also a trio of wrestlers, but with a different style. These wrestlers are known for their brute strength and powerful moves, and are not afraid to get their hands dirty in the ring. They will be looking to use their size and strength advantage to take down their opponents.

This match will be a clash of styles, as the high-flyers look to use their speed and agility to outmaneuver the brawlers. In the end, the team of high-flyers emerge victorious after hitting a series of impressive aerial moves to secure the win. Prediction: Ninja Mack, Dante Leon & Alejandro

Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr., Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka vs. Masaaki Mochizuki, Susumu Mochizuki & Mochizuki Jr.

Paul: The NOAH and Dragongate relationship is still going strong. I am all for it as long as it means we get this level of talent coming over. Mochizuki the Elder is obviously a regular on NOAH shows, Susumu Mochizuki is one of my all-time favorite junior heavyweights, and Mochizuki the Younger is part of DG’s Golden Generation of amazing young talent.

Mochizuki the Elder would be a perfect candidate to challenge for Wagner’s national title next to pad his reign a bit further and give him a great opportunity to have another good title defense. Prediction: M3K

Liam: Maasaki Mochizuki using his infinite dad powers to get his son booked on the big Budokan show is a tremendous play. 

I’ve loved the M3K stuff, whenever Jr. is around, in Dragongate. Jr. is further proof of how stacked that future generation of Dragongate talent is, as he’s still roughly the fifth most important youngster on the roster, and he’s killer! 

Could go either way here, but I’d love an M3K Jr. Tag Title challenge at some point. So, I’ll go with them. Prediction: Mochizuki, Mochizuki and Mochizuki Jr.

ChatGPT: The middle of the card will see a six-man tag team match featuring some of the top wrestlers in the business.

On one side, there’s a team made up of the national champion and two junior heavyweights. The national champion is a seasoned veteran with years of experience and numerous titles under his belt. He is known for his technical prowess and ability to execute high-impact moves with precision. The junior heavyweights are also skilled wrestlers, known for their quick reflexes and high-energy style.

Their opponents are a trio known as Mochizuki, consisting of a father-and-son pair. Both father and son wrestlers are known for their impressive skills and strong teamwork, making them a formidable force in the ring.

This match is sure to be an exciting showcase of talent, with experienced veterans going up against a skilled team of wrestlers. In the end, the team of the national champion and junior heavyweights emerge victorious, thanks to their superior teamwork and experience. Prediction: Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr., Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka

Masakatsu Funaki, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Manabu Soya & Hajime Ohara vs. “X,” Kazuyuki Fujita, Kendo Kashin & Nosawa RONGAI

Paul: Gerard and I have talked about our predictions for who X most likely is going to be plenty on the Emerald FlowShow. Satoshi Kojima has given me brain rot where I now expect him to be X every single time. However, I do not think that he is going to pull double duty on this show.

With Suzuki-gun recently disbanding and New Japan entering a period of roster turnover, Minoru Suzuki has to be the prime candidate for X here. He would fit perfectly in NOAH style-wise and also age-wise (hardy har har). Whoever X is, that team is going to win. It doesn’t make much sense to debut a mystery partner and then have that team lose. Prediction: Minoru Suzuki, NOSAWA Rongai, Kendo Kashin & Kazuyuki Fujita 

Liam: The bot is a scathing previewer! 

Those who know me, know that this match isn’t exactly my cup of tea on paper, and I wish that Nakajima were in a bigger position on the card. Although, is there a higher honor than working NOSAWA on his retirement tour? 

Kota Ibushi has been doing his best on social media to convince everyone that he could show up on any show at any time, so that adds some fire to the mix. However, I think that is a red herring and that he won’t be the “X” in this match (although, I won’t write him off from showing up on the show later)

If I had to guess the X for the match I’d say either Yoshiaki Fujiwara or, ideally, Minoru Suzuki. Prediction: X, NOSAWA, Kashin & Fujita 

ChatGPT: The mid card of the night will see an eight-man tag team match featuring a mix of seasoned veterans and up-and-coming wrestlers.

On one side, there’s a team made up of an old shooter, a failed main eventer, a heavyweight loss post, and a terrible person. These wrestlers have a lot of experience in the ring and are known for their skills and toughness.

Their opponents are an equally skilled team made up of another old shooter, two bad wrestlers, and a mystery partner. The identity of the mystery partner is unknown, adding an element of surprise to the match.

This match is sure to be an exciting showcase of talent, with experienced wrestlers going up against a mix of seasoned veterans and up-and-coming wrestlers. In the end, the team with the old shooter, failed main eventer, heavyweight loss post, and terrible person emerge victorious, thanks to their superior teamwork and experience. Prediction: Kongo

Timothy Thatcher vs. Jack Morris

Paul: If you had told me a year ago that I would be excited for a Tim Thatcher vs Jack Morris singles match on a NOAH show, I would have asked you who Jack Morris is. This man came out of absolutely nowhere and captured the hearts of NOAH fans everywhere.

Regarding Thatcher, I am very happy that he continues to be booked in NOAH. This year I willed a Thatcher and Suzuki tag title reign into existence. I would have preferred if it had gone on longer, but I am happy that it happened at all.

Morris has been getting a steady push from NOAH and has been doing belt motions for months now. This has to be building to a GHC title match because it was just one giant waste of time otherwise. Therefore it makes perfect sense for him to win here and challenge whoever wins the GHC Heavyweight title match. Prediction: Jack Morris

Liam: Jack Morris has come out of nowhere in the last year. A real diamond in the rough for NOAH. He’s shown out in singles matches and on his debut N-1 tour. 

I am hot and cold on Timothy Thatcher, but I tend to lean more on the side of enjoying his work. Especially when he’s beating the piss out of his opponents. This is a bit of a clash of styles, but I’m into it on paper. 

I think Jack Morris gets the win here and catapults him into a future GHC Title challenge. Prediction: Jack Morris

ChatGPT: A highly-anticipated singles match featuring two skilled wrestlers at the top of their game.

On one side of the ring is Timothy Thatcher, a seasoned veteran known for his technical prowess and ability to execute complex moves with precision. Despite his impressive track record, he recently fell short in his bid to capture the GHC Heavyweight Title.

His opponent is Jack Morris, a young and up-and-coming wrestler hailing from Scotland. Though relatively new to the scene, he has been making a name for himself with a steady string of victories and has been receiving a strong push from the promotion.

This match pits the experienced technical wrestler against the rising star, and it’s sure to be a closely contested affair. In the end, it is Jack Morris who comes out on top, using his youth and energy to outlast his more experienced opponent and secure the win. Prediction: Jack Morris

GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship
AMAKUSA © vs. Junta Miyawaki 

Paul: Junta’s back, back again. Junta’s back, tell a friend. He spent half a year on an excursion in Mexico and often hung around with Takuma Fujiwara from Dragongate. That’s a tremendous excursion partner to have, as Takuma is a super rookie on a level comparable to Jun Akiyama.

I love AMAKUSA, and he has long been a favorite of mine in the NOAH junior division. He also recently completely reinvented himself and just won the title a few days ago. So all signs point to him defending the belt here. But I just love the idea of strapping a rocket to Junta and seeing what happens. It’s a new year for NOAH, and it’s time to see what the next generation can do. Prediction: Junta Miyawaki

Liam: Junta Miyawaki is back after scumming it around the Mexican indies with Takuma Fujiwara! I’m excited to see how he’s evolved his game after spending some time away, and hope he comes back with a new presentation and edge. 

AMAKUSA returned and almost immediately won the title, which makes this match hard to predict. You have two guys coming back to the company with a new look, and it kind of feels like a lose-lose scenario here.

I’d say AMAKUSA retains the title here. But it really depends on how gung-ho they feel about Miyawaki’s return. Prediction: AMAKUSA

ChatGPT: The GHC Junior Title is on the line as champion AMAKUSA defends his belt against challenger Junta Miyawaki.

AMAKUSA has had a successful reign as champion, but recently underwent a transformation, adopting a new gimmick that has breathed new life into his career. He will be looking to continue his momentum and retain his title in this match.

Junta Miyawaki is a young wrestler with a lot of potential. He recently returned from an excursion to Mexico, where he gained valuable experience and honed his skills. He is eager to make a name for himself and bring the GHC Junior Title back to Japan.

This match will be a battle between the champion’s experience and the challenger’s hunger for victory. In the end, it is AMAKUSA who emerges victorious, using his cunning and his newly adopted gimmick to outmaneuver his opponent and retain his GHC Junior Title. Prediction: AMAKUSA

GHC Tag Team Championship
Takashi Sugiura & Satoshi Kojima © vs. MaruKEN (Naomichi Marufuji & KENTA)

Paul: One of NOAH’s most legendary tag teams is back together. The last time they teamed was actually KENTA’s final NOAH match before his brief retirement in Florida. That match actually involved Sugiura as well, though he was teaming with Nakajima there.

I would love it if this signified a full return of MaruKEN, but I feel like this will be a one-off. Sugiura and Kojima are still having miscommunications in their matches, and eventually, that will lead to the breakdown of the team. But I believe that they will stay together for a little bit longer. Prediction: Takashi Sugiura & Satoshi Kojima

Liam: Now this is some MEAT. MaruKEN are back! 

I’m very excited about this. KENTA’s attitude in NOAH has been that perfect level of disrespect, Marufuji wants to kick off his 25th anniversary year with a bang, Sugiura has the interpersonal relationships, and Kojima, well Kojima is the biggest X of all time, and who could possibly doubt him. 

I think MaruKEN are winning the GHC Tag Team titles here and are defending them in a marquee match at the Tokyo Dome. Perhaps against Inamura and Kitamiya, I’d love to see Inamura and KENTA reignite their feud. Prediction: MaruKEN

ChatGPT: The GHC Tag Team Title is on the line in tonight’s main event as champions Satoshi Kojima and Takashi Sugiura defend their belts against challengers KENTA and Naomichi Marufuji.

Kojima and Sugiura are a well-oiled machine in the tag team division, with a strong track record and a long reign as champions. They will be looking to continue their dominance and retain their titles in this match.

KENTA and Marufuji, on the other hand, are a relatively new team but have already made a big impact in the division. They are determined to bring the GHC Tag Team Title back to the NOAH promotion and prove that they are the top team in the division.

This match will be a clash of two talented and experienced tag teams, with both sides looking to come out on top. In the end, it is Kojima and Sugiura who emerge victorious, using their teamwork and experience to overcome their challengers and retain their GHC Tag Team Titles. Prediction: Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura

GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
YO-HEY & Kzy © vs. Yoshinari Ogawa & Eita

Paul: Just recently on the Emerald FlowShow I talked about how I wouldn’t get excited for Eita matches in NOAH anymore. He just burned me too many times and clearly just wants to be a grimy cheating lucha brawler in NOAH. But I am willing to give him one more chance. 

The potential of his team with Ogawa is too intriguing for me not to be hopeful. They battled each other for months as part of the Stinger vs Los Perros del Mal de Japon feud, and even if the way they ultimately came together was messy, it still meant we got some sort of outcome from that feud besides just endless no contests.

The layout of the match should be fairly obvious. YO-HEY & Kzy excel as underdog babyfaces, and Ogawa & Eita excel as dastardly heels dismantling their opponents. This match has a ton of potential to be very fun and set up the direction of the junior division for the rest of the year. Picking this match is actually very hard, as I would like to see both teams hold these belts. There have been many title changes in the junior tag title scene recently so keeping it on Kzy and YO-HEY would make sense. But ultimately, both men are stronger as title chasers than as champions. So instead, give me the grumpiest junior tag team going right now, and let’s see if they can coexist. Also curious to see this being put higher on the card than both the Junior singles title and the heavyweight tag titles. Prediction: Eita & Ogawa

Liam: I don’t care about the messy lead-up to this match. Although, it is funny that the NOAH Jr. division did return to its chaotic nature right after Gerard and Paul gave them credit for the stability. 

Personally, I just think that this match kicks ass. Kzy and Eita are two of my favorite Dragongate talents, and this match feels like an opportunity to showcase that style. Although it’s possible that Eita is still feeling that lucha brawler energy, and this gets dirty and grimy real quick. 

Just as an aside, I’m still blown away by how good Ogawa is whenever I see him. 

I’d love to see YO-HEY and Kzy retain here as I prefer stability with my champions but I think it’s more likely that Eita and Ogawa become your new GHC Jr. Tag Champions. Unless there’s another betrayal. Prediction: Ogawa and Eita

ChatGPT: The GHC Junior Tag Team Titles are on the line as champions YO-HEY and Kzy defend their belts against challengers Yoshinari Ogawa and Eita.

YO-HEY and Kzy have had a successful reign as champions, with a series of impressive victories under their belts. They will be looking to continue their momentum and retain their titles in this match.

Ogawa and Eita, on the other hand, have recently joined forces after having been enemies for months. They are a formidable team with a strong chemistry and are determined to bring the GHC Junior Tag Team Titles back to their promotion.

This match will be a clash of two talented and experienced tag teams, with both sides looking to come out on top. In the end, it is YO-HEY and Kzy who emerge victorious, using their teamwork and experience to overcome their challengers and retain their GHC Junior Tag Team Titles. Prediction: YO-HEY & Kzy

~Double Main Event Pt. I~ GHC Heavyweight Championship
Kaito Kiyomiya © vs. Kenoh

Paul: Now, first of all, this match should have been the main event, and by that, I mean not just on the labeling but also by its position on the card. I get why NOAH gave in to the temptation to put Muta vs Nakamura last because it is the match with the most buzz and contributed heavily to whatever number this show is going to draw. However, we are now entering the home stretch of the Keiji Muto retirement tour. There are now very few chances left to convince whatever eyeballs were drawn to the promotion by Muto to stick around beyond his retirement. Positioning everyone else below him on the card gives the impression that they are less important than him.

Now with that out of the way, this match should be excellent. Every match between these two has been an absolute war. With the exception of their most recent match just a few weeks ago. But at this point, this is likely due to both of them holding things back a bit since they knew they would run this back shortly. I fully expect them both to pull out all stops this time to outdo the main event

With the way matches between these two tend to go a knockout finish is a very likely possibility. In fact, that is exactly how their match at NOAH The New Year 2022 ended. That time Kenoh knocked out Kaito, but I expect the reverse to happen here. 2023 is going to be the year of Kaito Kiyomia, and it starts here. Prediction: Kaito Kiyomiya

Liam: I don’t know how I feel about the bot perfectly summarizing my thoughts about this being the “””””Double””””” main event. 

Obviously, I’m not thrilled that Kaito and Kiyomiya aren’t main eventing this show with the GHC Title on the line. I do think this will fuel these two to absolutely kill it. Kaito and Kenoh have had a slew of tremendous matches together, and I’ve really enjoyed their feud centered around Kenoh’s insistence on big-brothering Kiyomiya.  

Kaito promised to put his life on the line in this match, and I believe that he and Kenoh will do exactly that. Expect big, dangerous spots and these two absolutely killing each other to prove that they should’ve been the main event of the show. 

I think going all in on Kiyomiya is the right direction for the company right now, and cutting his legs off here would be a major misstep in my eyes. Prediction: Kaito Kiyomiya 

ChatGPT: The GHC Heavyweight Title is on the line in tonight’s “main event” as Kaito Kiyomiya takes on Kenoh for the belt.

Kiyomiya is a skilled and experienced wrestler who has had a successful run as champion. He will be looking to continue his reign and retain his title in this match.

Kenoh is no slouch in the ring either, with a strong track record and a reputation for being a tough competitor. He is determined to capture the GHC Heavyweight Title and bring it back to his promotion.

This match promises to be a highly-anticipated and closely contested affair, with both wrestlers looking to come out on top.

However, it’s a shame that this match is only the semi main event, as it should rightfully be the true main event of the night. The true main event should be reserved for the GHC Heavyweight Title match, and it’s a disappointment that it is not being treated as such.

In the end, it is Kenoh who emerges victorious, using his strength and determination to overcome his opponent and capture the GHC Heavyweight Title. Prediction: Kenoh

Double Main Event Pt. II~Special Singles Match
The Great Muta vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Paul: This will be the first match between these two men since 2008. In that year, Muto beat Nakamura for the IWGP Heavyweight Title and then defended it against Nakamura a few months later, before he lost the belt to Hiroshi Tanahashi at Wrestle Kingdom 3. Both singles matches between Muto and Nakamura were great, but I wouldn’t expect the same level of match here. For one, both men are 14 years older than they were back then, and Nakamura is facing Muta and not Muto this time.

But regardless of match quality, this will be worth it just for the spectacle alone. These are two incredibly charismatic wrestlers, and hopefully, Nakamura is motivated in his return to Japan. Given NOAH’s current willingness to spend big and both men’s penchant for big entrances, we could be in for quite the show.

That’s really all this match needs to be. A big show with lots of effects where both men go through their biggest hits, and then everyone can go home happy. Prediction: Great Muta

Liam: The beginning incident in what may go down as one of, if not the, strangest years in pro wrestling. Shinsuke Nakamura is returning home to Japan. He’s wrestling The Great Muta in his “last” match, for Pro Wrestling-NOAH, and he’s doing all of this while still being contracted by WWE. 

What the hell is going on??

Shinsuke Nakamura’s return to Japan is the most exciting element of this match for me, as I assume it is for a number of fans. One of the biggest global stars in New Japan’s history-making his way back to Japan for a rival promotion is some tantalizing pro wrestling business. Nakamura has described this match as a “miracle.” A special mixture of wrestling both an idol and a rival. 

I’m not sure what this will end up looking like. I imagine more spectacle than anything, and I don’t expect it to be knocking on the doors of Match of the Night with Kiyomiya and Kenoh seemingly willing to destroy themselves in comparison. I will however say that I wouldn’t miss it – It’s The Great Muta vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, and of course, I’ll be glued to the screen. 

If this is what Mutoh has planned as the first major swansong. I can’t wait to see what insanity is brought to the Tokyo Dome. 

Professional Wrestling is CRAZY. Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura

ChatGPT: One of the most highly-anticipated matches of the night is the showdown between two of the biggest names in wrestling: Great Muta and Shinsuke Nakamura.

Great Muta is a legendary wrestler with a long and storied career, known for his unique and innovative style. He is a former IWGP Heavyweight Champion and is considered one of the all-time greats in the business.

Shinsuke Nakamura is a highly-respected wrestler in his own right, with a successful run as IWGP Heavyweight Champion and a reputation for being a formidable opponent. He is known for his hard-hitting strikes and his ability to connect with the crowd.

This match pits two of the biggest names in wrestling against each other, and it’s sure to be a highly-entertaining affair. In the end, it is Shinsuke Nakamura who emerges victorious, using his strength and technical prowess to outmaneuver Great Muta and secure the win. Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura

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