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Spoilers in case you haven’t seen New Japan’s New Beginning from Sendai, but Shinsuke Nakamura came out in full swing and defeated the anti-aging Yuji Nagata to retain the IWGP IC title. Nagata swung for the fences, but couldn’t put Nakamura away in what was an excellent match that had the misfortune of having to follow the incredible Ishii vs. Honma war for the never title.
Nakamura didn’t hang around for long after the match, cutting a short promo to close out the show. Nobody swung by after the match to challenge for the title, probably to keep options open for the winner of the upcoming New Japan Cup.
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