Tonight, Pro Wrestling NOAH made their return to the historic Budokan Hall with a huge main event. It was current ace of the company GO Shiozaki, who was well over 400 days as champion. His opponent was an absolute legend in Keiji Muto, better known to some as The Great Muta due to his time in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he’s a former NWA World Heavyweight Champion.
After a thrilling 25 minute match, Mutoh would be able to defeat the champion, ending a historic reign and making history. Shiozaki was rightfully heartbroken that his reign had ended, but it will go down in history alongside the reign of Kenta Kobashi as one of the best in company history, and will not be his last.
Keiji Muto Joins Kensuke Sasaki & Yoshihiro Takayama In A Unique Club Of Champions With This Win
At this event, Muto has a chance to join fellow legends in Kensuke Sasaki & Yoshihiro Takayama to join the very prestigious group of men who have held the major titles of NJPW, AJPW and Pro Wrestling-NOAH. Mutoh was already a four time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, and three time Triple Crown Champion, just needing the GHC Championship to complete this achievement. It was fate, and he was able to defeat Shiozaki despite being in the twilight years of his career at 58 years old.
His Reign Is Not Expected To Be Long
Given his age alone, we can’t expect another reign that goes over a year from the GHC Championship. Instead, it’s been predicted that Muto will drop the belt in his first defense, which someone has already laid out the challenge for. Kaito Kiyomiya is a former GHC Champion in his own right, and is viewed as the future of Pro Wrestling NOAH, much like how Kazuchika Okada was viewed as the future of New Japan Pro Wrestling back in 2012.
Due to strict curfews in Japan, all NOAH had time for following this main event was a run in from Kiyomiya to challenge Muto to a championship match. Their previous encounter saw Muto come out on top, but with the top prize in the company on the line, Kiyomiya will stop at nothing to claim the title.
Do you expect Kaito Kiyomiya to become the next GHC Champion? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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