A signing ceremony was held for the upcoming GHC Heavyweight Championship match between the champion Naomichi Marufuji and the challenger Katsuhiko Nakajima. Also Maru announced the next “GREAT VOYAGE” show will be held on September 23 at the Niigata City Gymnasium along with a first ever match to take place in the Noah ring.
This upcoming GHC Heavy defense will see the two BRAVE teammates going head-to-head which is also happens to be Nakajima’s hometown. Marufuji will be heading into the match with a current 2 win streak over Nakajima in singles matches as of this point. Nakajima’s last challenge or the GHC Heavy came just a little over 9 months when he lost against the then champion KENTA on October 5, 2013.
Marufuji stated that the first defense of the belt is very important and Nakajima is indeed the right guy as they have been both best friends and fierce rivals throughout the years. Maru noted that he has fallen short in recent times when it came to reclaiming the GHC Heavy belt and that he aims to make sure that this reign means something. Maru also stated that he won the GHC Heavyweight belt through his determination to defend Noah against the NJPW’s Yuji Nagata and he cannot let Nakajima win, who carries the DIAMOND RING banner.
Nakajima stated that he is honored that Marufuji wants to face him first, but with that said he knows how much is on the line at the same time. He mentioned that Maru might be the leader of BRAVE, but his goal is to defeat Marufuji in the ring. As noted earlier with the loss record that he current has hanging over himself against Maru, Nakajima stated that he does not wish to suffer defeat once more. He will do his best against Marufuji as it is his own goal to one day hold the GHC Heavyweight belt.