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Blue Justice Is Coming To AEW
It was announced on Wednesday night that the Forbidden Door was being kicked open once more, and legendary Japanese grappler.
Yuji Nagata would be making his way to All Elite Wrestling for the May 12th edition of DYNAMITE! .
But Blue Justice isn’t just coming to AEW to showcase the world class skills acquired over his nearly thirty year career,
Nagata is coming to reclaim New Japan Pro Wrestling’s IWGP United States Heavyweight Title from Jon Moxley!
It all came out of Moxley, reigning champion for 480+ days, issuing the following challenge to “Mr. IWGP”
Nagata would respond with the following:
With championship fight now officially made for DYNAMITE on May 12th, it seems appropriate to explore just who Yuji Nagata is and what he brings to the table for this bout with former AEW World Champion.
Yuji Nagata, at 53 years old and in his twenty-eighth year as a professional wrestler, began his training under the tutelage of Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki in the New Japan Dojo,
before kicking off his in-ring career in September of 1992. Nagata competed in the Young Lions Cup tournament from 1993-1996,
and although he was not able to win, Yuji made it to the finals in ‘both 95 as well as ’96.
It was in 1997 though that Nagata experienced the biggest international exposure of his career thus far when .
he traveled on excursion to the United States to compete for World Championship Wrestling.
For a year and a half, Nagata competed across the brand on every television show they presented, including on TNT,
and against opponents of all divisions, including a few faces quite familiar to the AEW fanbase such as Dean Malenko,
Chris Jericho, Diamond Dallas Page, and Curt Hennig.
And although he never became a champion in that organization, Nagata challenged for their TV Title,
the Cruiserweight Title, and the United States Championship. It was not a long tenure in the United States,
though certainly one that left an impact in the memories of fans, but it was merely prelude for the successes Yuji Nagata would achieve when he returned home to NJPW.
Nagata would capture the first championship of his career in August of 1999, the IWGP Tag Team Titles, alongside the man who bested him in the ’95 Young Lions Cup Manabu Nakanishi.
Their reign would last 327 days, the 7th longest reign in history for any team, but that would pail in comparison to Nagata’s first reign as the IWGP Heavyweight Champion.