A former WWE superstar was seen with Shinsuke Nakamura at the Pro Wrestling Noah The New Year 2023 event featuring The Great Muta.
IWGP Women’s Champion KAIRI (formerly WWE’s Kairi Sane) had recently spoken about Nakamura’s match in Japan, stating:
“I know he’ll be in Japan on January 1 wrestling the Great Muta so I’d like to be there and take that in.”
The stars aligned on January 1 as KAIRI and Nakamura did indeed meet up.
KAIRI posted photos of the encounter on her official Twitter account.
She accompanied the post with photos from 2018.
奇跡を、心震える試合を本当にありがとうございました。#Backstage #respect pic.twitter.com/IXqxNfnw0C
— KAIRI /カイリ🏴☠️ (@KAIRI_official) January 1, 2023
The text of the Tweet translates as:
“2023 ⇆ 2018
“Thank you very much for the miracle, the heart-trembling match.”
The match formed part of The Great Muta’s retirement tour.
Nakamura had previously commented on the importance of facing Muta, saying:
“Of course, I take it special, it’s Great Muta that I’m having a match with.
“It might not be the last match of his career, but it’s a great pleasure that he chose me as one of his last opponents.
“‘Special’ is not enough for this match, but it is a miracle in the division of the generation.”
The Great Muta’s retirement tour is scheduled to end with “Great Muta Final Bye Bye” at Yokohama Arena on January 22 2023.
You can read WrestleTalk’s coverage of the match between Nakamura and The Great Muta here.
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