Yuji Nagata and Jon Moxley 

Their Journey To Initially Crossing Paths

When Jon Moxley defended his IWGP United States Championship against  KENTA in February 2021, fans wondered who the next challenger would be.

After almost more than a month, Moxley appeared on New Japan Pro  Wrestling’s YouTube channel calling out the legend that is Yuji Nagata.

The two men come from completely different backgrounds with careers  that, although long, seem worlds apart. The title match set for May 12, 2021 on AEW Dynamite.

Like many professional wrestlers, like Minoru Suzuki, Nagata was a  successful amateur wrestler before joining the New Japan dojo in 1992.

Nagata eventually made his debut that year against a fellow young lion who  fans now know as Hiroyoshi Tenzan. Like many New Japan trainees, Nagata  went for his excursion in 1997.

On his return to New Japan in 1998, Nagata made his presence in the IWGP Heavyweight Champion  picture known straight away. However, his first taste of IWGP gold came  in August 1999..

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