NJPW’s first show on US soil, Battle of the Valley took place on Saturday, February 18th at the San Jose Civic in San Jose, California.
The show featured several highly-anticipated match-ups such as Kazuchika Okada vs Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship and Mercedes Moné vs KIARI for the IWGP Women’s Championship.
The event saw several big names in attendance. WWE Superstar, Bayley was photographed backstage supporting her former tag team partner and former AEW World Champion CM Punk was spotted in the crowd.
His appearance in the stands caused quite a buzz around the wrestling world and especially caught the attention of one NJPW star.
During the show, KENTA took on Fred Rosser for the NJPW STRONG Openweight Championship. The former Hideo Itami defeated Rosser for the title and did so by dropping the former champion with his Go2Sleep finishing move.
Both KENTA and Punk use the same move, which has been a bone of contention between the two for years. After the match, the new champion took a shot at Punk on social media.
“I heard that my biggest fan in the world came to arena last night. I hope he enjoyed REAL Go2Sleep.”
KENTA Accused CM Punk Of Stealing His Move
KENTA is credited with inventing the GTS. During his time in Pro Wrestling NOAH, he perfected the move and used it across several other promotions, such as AAA and Ring of Honor.
Punk began using the move in the late-2000s during his WWE run, which kicked off the resentment between them. Back in 2011, the Japanese star stated in an interview with the Daily Star that Punk had stolen his move.
“Please list him up on the wanted list as he stole my move!”
Recently the debate included another AEW star, Danhausen. The very nice but very character also uses a version of the GTS, called kneevil. After using it on AEW television, Danhausen comically thanked Punk for the finisher on Twitter. In response, Punk endorsed the use of the move before stating that the “other guy” might be sensitive about it. The “other guy” who of course is KENTA then told Punk he was happy to see anyone use the move expect him.