AEW star and WWE Hall of Famer Sting is set to compete in his first match in Japan in over a quarter of a century.
On AEW Grand Slam Rampage Sting and Darby Allin squared off once again with the remaining members of The House of Black, Buddy Matthews and Brody King in a tag team contest.
With things looking hopeless for The Icon as he had his hands tied behind his back on a chair while Matthews approached with chair in hand, help came from an unexpected source. Japanese legend and Sting’s former WCW rival The Great Muta made the save, spraying his poison mist in Matthews’ face.
Now Pro Wrestling NOAH in Japan has reported on social media that Sting will be a part of Muta’s retirement match in January 2023 at the Yokohama Arena.
#BREAKING 😈 @Sting will take part in The Great Muta’s RETIREMENT MATCH in Japan!
🌑 GREAT MUTA FINAL BYE-BYE
🗓 Sunday, January 22, 2023
🏢 Yokohama Arena
⇒ https://t.co/QOwls6LgJi#noah_ghc#AEW #byebyeMUTA#AEWRampagepic.twitter.com/eI3FtpKRhV
— Pro Wrestling NOAH Global (@noahglobal) September 24, 2022
The last time Sting competed in Japan was back in September 1996 as part of the cross-promotion between WCW and New Japan Pro Wrestling at the time. Inside the Yokohama Arena, The Stinger teamed with Lex Luger to defeat the duo of Arn Anderson and Lord Steven Regal.
The Japanese star also known as Keiji Muto recently spoke to Fightful about how he would sum up his career:
“I have fought with more wrestlers in the main event than any other wrestler in the world. Inoki-san, (Hulk) Hogan, Fujinami-san, (Ric) Flair, Choshu-san, Sting, Tenryu-san, Maeda san. This world is so big, but you can’t find anybody but me who has fought with such great wrestlers. I look forward to sharing the moment, the legacy I have with everyone for the rest of my final road. There is not much time left, but I hope all can enjoy Keiji Muto.”