Shinsuke Nakamura became a household name in NJPW, where he was the King Of Strong Style and touted as one of the best pro wrestlers in the world. He is also set to face another Japanese legend in The Great Muta’s final singles match. However, WWE is placing restrictions on the match as well.

It was recently announced that Shinsuke Nakamura will square off against The Great Muta at the NOAH The New Year show on January 1st, 2023. Fans are very excited about this match as well. This is something Vince McMahon rejected months ago, but things changed when Triple H took over the company’s creative direction.

According to Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it was reported that WWE will be placing restrictions on Nakamura’s upcoming huge match.

WWE is allowing Shinsuke Nakamura to wrestle Muta on the 1/1 Pro Wrestling NOAH show at Budokan Hall. It’s notable they are allowing him not only to wrestle but for NOAH to stream the show live on Abema. There is a precedent in the sense that WWE allowed KENTA to compete on a NOAH show on September 1, 2018, while under contract with them, but generally this hasn’t been allowed.


Although they are allowed to air the match, that doesn’t mean WWE is letting NOAH go all out with things. It was also noted that, “There are restrictions made regarding NOAH promoting the event outside Japan and in English. NOAH is allowed to do the promo video and match graphic which was released, and press releases with his name in it, but there are other restrictions in place including not being allowed to mention WWE anywhere else.”

Triple H also reached out to NOAH about the match. We will have to wait and see how the match will turn out to be.

What’s your take on Nakamura facing Muta? Sound off in the comments!

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