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Keiji Muto chose his final opponent


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Great Muta’s final match is tomorrow (January 22), when he teams with Sting & Darby Allin against Hakushi, Akira, and Naomichi Marufuji in the aptly named and groovy Pro Wrestling NOAH Muta Grand Final “Goodbye”. However, the man under Muta’s gimmick, Keiji Muto, at least has a little bit left in the tank. Post New Japan showdown today under the title NOAH Wrestling Kingdom 17 Show, Muto now has an opponent in his final match.

It happened after the main event at Yokohama Arena (the same building that will host final “goodbye”). Tetsuya Naito had just defeated Kino, winning the best of five series between his team Los Ingobernables de Japón and NOAH’s Kongo in the process. As he was preparing to exit the scene, Mutoh came out and challenged Naito to a match at his retirement show at the Tokyo Dome on February 21.

Los Ingobernables de Japón leader said he will keep his agenda open…

… But during his post-show interview, he made it clear he’d be there. Naito also warns the 60-year-old legend that he is not the same man who defeated Mutoh Wrestle Kingdom VI Over a decade ago (when Naito was the rejected “Stardust Genius” fan, rather than the fan favorite Tranquilo he had become).

Booking the final moto was the biggest news that came out Wrestling Kingdom 17 The second night, but it wasn’t the only news. We should get a match between the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada, and the GHC Champion Kaito Kiyomiya after their multi-man match ended in a no contest and brawl. Kiyomiya kicked Okada Square in the face while dispersing …

… which led to a one-on-one challenge from the NOAH title holder to NJPW. Nothing official yet, but it’s pretty clear that Rainmaker wants a chance to give the 25-year-old rising star a receipt.

Another scene backstage was the setup for a new future champion against NOAH Champion, as the King of GHC Junior Heavyweight AMAKUSA challenged IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi. Takahashi agreed, so we’ll see when that goes down.

In the meantime, here are the full results from the night of January 21st Wrestling Kingdom 17:

• NJPW’s Ryohei Oiwa and Kousei Fujita def. NOAH’s Taichi Ozawa and Yasutaka Yano (before the show)

• for Noah Masa Kitameya and Daiki Inaba def. NJPW’s Tomohiro Ishii and Oscar Leube (pre-show)

• All of Jay Briscoe’s tribute promotions joined to start PPV. Hopefully we’ll get more on this later when/if they release the video. It was very well done, with Hiroshi Tanahashi and Nomichi Marufuji holding up framed photos of Jamin Pugh as they led their locker rooms to the ring to salute ten bells before playing “Reach For The Sky.” Jay and Mark Briscoe were the tag champions in both promotions.

• NJPW’s Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano, Satoshi Kojima, and Takashi Sugiura def. Naomichi Marufuji from NOAH, KENTA, El Phantasmo, and Gedo

• NJPW’s El desperado def. YO-HEY for Noah

• for Noah Amakusa, Junta Miyawaki and Alejandro def. Tiger Mask from NJPW, Ryusuke Taguchi and Master Watto

• for Noah Kaito Kiyomiya and Yoshiki Inamura Against Kazuchika Okada and NJPW’s Togi Makabe it went to a no contest (see above)

• for Noah Tadasuke def. NJPW’s Bushi (Congo tops the top five with LIJ, 1-0)

• NJPW’s Hiromu Takahashi def. Noah’s Hajime Ohara (Congo vs Ligue 1 draw)

• for Noah Manabu soybeans def. NJPW’s SANADA (Congo tops the top five with LIJ, 2-1)

• NJPW’s Shingo Takagi def. NOAH’s Katsuhiko Nakajima (Kongo vs LIJ tied 2-2)

• NJPW’s Tetsuya Naito def. NOAH’s Kino (LIJ won Best of Five with Kongo, 3-2)

New Japan won the night overall with a record of 5-4-1. The Bushiroad-owned company also topped its Cyberfight-owned rival in Wrestling Kingdom 16NJPW vs. NOAH Night Three (last year’s final score was 6-4-1).

Dope for Muto vs. Naito and (maybe) Okada vs. Kiyomiya?




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