Katsuyori Shibata vs Yuji Nagata
June 19, 2016
Osaka-jo Hall in Osaka, Japan
NJPW Dominion 6.19
NEVER Openweight Championship
Some of you will remember Yuji Nagata from the Monday night wars era, where he was a fixture on WCW undercards. He was good back then, but it’s still hard to believe he’s having matches this good at near 50 years old.
It doesn’t hurt that Katsuyori Shibata is in the ring with him. This was your typical Shibata match, with stiff kicks and well worked submissions, and the facial expressions of both (especially Nagata) were what made the match. Nagata took more punishment than someone of his age should be taking, but that’s par for the course in Japan. Great crowd heat throughout, and this was a great low-risk match (in terms of crazy aerial spots) that was still stiff and brutal as Hell.