Major WWE Star Heading Through Forbidden Door

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A former WWE Champion is heading to Japan to compete at a NOAH show.

It was announced over the last week that a big name WWE superstar would be competing in a match for the NOAH promotion. There was a lot of speculation about who it might be and it turns out that it will be somebody who has had a lot of success wrestling in Japan.

At the NOAH show on Sunday, a video aired featuring former two-time WWE Champion AJ Styles. In the video, Styles announced that he would face Naomichi Marufuji at NOAH’s Budokan event on July 13. Styles told Naomichi that he wanted to tear the house down in their match.

AJ Styles is not a stranger to wrestling in Japan because he’s one of the most successful American wrestlers in New Japan Pro Wrestling history. Styles is a former two-time IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, which is rare for an American wrestler. Styles had those two title reigns before signing with World Wrestling Entertainment in January 2016.

On New Year’s Day 2023, WWE’s Shinsuke Nakamura competed at NOAH’s New Year show when he defeated The Great Muta, who retired a few months later.

AJ Styles Loses WWE Championship Match At Clash At The Castle PLE

At the WWE Clash at the Castle PLE in Glasgow, AJ Styles competed in the opening match as he challenged Cody Rhodes for the Undisputed WWE Championship in an I Quit Match. The two bitter rivals went on to have a terrific match where they used weapons and fought all around the arena.

There was a point in the match where Styles repeatedly taunted Cody Rhodes’ mom Michelle at ringside, which led to Michelle slapping Styles three times as well.

The finish of the match saw Cody threaten to hit Styles with the steel steps while Styles was handcuffed to the middle ropes. Styles quit at that point to give Cody the win. However, the WWE Champion Rhodes still threw the steel steps at Styles after the match.