Welcome to Crossbody of Work, a show where we break down a wrestler’s career through five of their biggest matches.

This week, Evan’s New Japan education continues with Katsuyori Shibata. We start by watching an early tag match in Pro Wrestling NOAH alongside KENTA, f.k.a. Hideo Itami. Known for being the one of the Three Musketeers who left New Japan to carve his own path, Shibata came back in 2012 to have a tremendous run of matches. We see him clash with Ishii, Tanahashi, and Nakamura before viewing his final match against Kazuchika Okada. On top of all these matches, Evan & Javier also talk about: 

  • Wrestlers we think we could take in a fight
  • Early 2000’s fashion
  • The beauty of the G1
  • Mauro on commentary

And a lot more.

Listen to the podcast here, and check out the links to the matches below.

Match One:

Katsuyori Shibata & KENTA vs Takeshi Moroshima & Muhammad Yone (c) – GHC Tag Team Championships – Pro Wrestling NOAH 3rd Great Voyage 2005
Link to the match here.

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Match Two:

Katsuyori Shibata vs Tomohiro Ishii – G1 Climax 2013
Link to the match here.

Match Three:

Katsuyori Shibata vs Shinsuke Nakamura – G1 Climax 2014
Link to the match here.

Match Four:

Katsuyori Shibata vs Hiroshi Tanahashi – G1 Climax 2014
Link to the match here.

Match Five:

Katsuyori Shibata vs Kazuchika Okada (c) – IWGP Heavyweight Championship – Sakura Genesis 2017
Link to the match here.

Promo: KENTA Joins Bullet Club

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