Pro Wrestling NOAH has announced that Sting will team with Muta at Muta Final Bye-Bye, the event featuring Keiji Mutoh’s final match under The Great Muta persona.
Sting and Muta go back several decades as they’ve been longtime rivals and tag team partners dating back to the late 80s in WCW and New Japan Pro Wrestling. In 1989, The Great Muta defeated Sting for the WCW Television Title.
“We are pleased to announce the participation of AEW superstar and international pro wrestling legend Sting at the GREAT MUTA FINAL "BYE-BYE" event, which will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2023 in Yokohama,” NOAH’s announcement read. “It was The Great Muta who came to the unexpected rescue of Sting On AEW Rampage: Grand Slam this week. This incident triggered him to partner with Sting at the Yokohama Arena event.”
Sting and Darby Allin wrestled Buddy Matthews and Brody King on Friday’s special two-hour AEW Rampage: Grand Slam episode. Muta appeared to help Sting and Allin win the match by misting Matthews. After the match, the two shook hands and hugged.