Sting and The Great Muta Reunite at AEW Rampage Grand Slam, Sting to Japan for Muta’s Retirement

Sting and The Great Muta Reunite at AEW Rampage Grand Slam, Sting to Japan for Muta’s Retirement

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Legendary wrestlers Sting and The Great Muta reunited last night on the Grand Slam edition of AEW Rampage.

Rampage started with Sting and Darby Allin beating Brody King and Buddy Matthews in a No DQ match. Muta made his AEW debut by showing up towards the end of the match and helping Sting by spraying his fog on Matthews. Sting then won and stood next to Muta, shook his hand and hugged him.

Pro Wrestling NOAH then announced on Saturday morning that Sting will team up with Muta at the “Muta Final Bye-Bye” event on Sunday, January 22, 2023 in Yokohama, Japan. This will be Muta’s retirement match, the last fight for Keiji Mutoh under The Great Muta persona.

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β€œWe are pleased to announce the participation of AEW superstar and international pro wrestling legend Sting in the GREAT MUTA FINAL ‘BYE-BYE’ event, to be held in Yokohama on Sunday, January 22, 2023. It was The Great Muta who unexpectedly came to the rescue this week for Sting On AEW Rampage: Grand Slam. This incident prompted him to team up with Sting at the Yokohama Arena event,” NOAH said.

Sting and Muta were rivals for many years, dating back to 1989. They often wrestled each other, but also worked together in WCW and NJPW. Their legendary feud for the NWA World Television title in 1989 led Sting and longtime rival WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair to team up to defeat Muta and WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk in the main event of the inaugural WCW Halloween Havoc pay-per-game. view, in the Thunderdome Match with WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino as special guest referee.

Sting and Muta last wrestled in a pair of unaired WCW live events on September 22, 2000 in Amarillo, TX and September 23, 2000 in Lubbock, TX. Sting won both games. Their last time together on TV for last night’s Rampage was the 2000 WCW Fall Brawl pay-per-view, where Sting defeated Muta and Vampiro in a Triple Threat match. Two weeks earlier, Sting defeated Muta and Vampiro in a Handicap Match on the WCW Monday Nitro on September 4, 2000.

Sting and Muta have not teamed up since their win over WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page and Satoshi Kojima on April 21, 2004 for the indie promotion of HCW (Hawaiian Championship Wrestling) at their Battle Hawaii Supershow event in Honolulu, HI.

The January match will be Sting’s first game in Japan since September 23, 1996, when he and WWE Hall of Famer Lex Luger teamed up to defeat AEW’s William Regal and Arn Anderson at an NJPW show, which also took place at the Yokohama Arena.

Below is a video of Muta’s AEW debut on Rampage, along with NOAH’s announcement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVQ0sFRRNx8

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