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July 4, 2004 / TJ Hawke

Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura from NJPW 2004

Recap from TJ Hawke:

Well, this will definitely be interesting.

Neither man could get an early advantage. They traded some strikes. Shibata knocked Nakamura down with a brutal slap. PENALTY KICK: 1…2…NO! Nakamura came right back after that. The action spilled to the floor. Shibata delivered some brutal kicks and hit Nakamura with a chair. Back in the ring, Nakamura came back after hitting a spear. They started brawling on the floor again. They made their way into the crowd. They were eventually counted out.

These guys clearly had pretty good chemistry at this point. The match itself is fairly unsatisfying obviously (but not bad at all), but it’s a cool look back to a much earlier time in each man’s career.

Match Rating: **1/2


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