In this situation, somebody doesn’t know it’s a work and is working a work and worked themselves into a shoot, but I don’t know if its KENTA, CM Punk, or us.
The sniping about the Go To Sleep, a finishing move KENTA definitely used before Punk began using it, goes all the way back to 2011, when the Japanese wrestler told the Daily Star: “Please list him on the wanted list as he stole my move.”
But the author of that story wrote that KENTA laughed when he said that, and the fact the two men began publicly talking about this ever since - when it would have been pretty easy to pick up a phone, or send word through mutual acquaintances - points to it being a running joke more than legit heat.
“@JCV1994: @CMPunk how did you come up with the GTS?”— player/coach (@CMPunk) March 11, 2012
Stole it from KENTA! That's right.
But if it is, it’s a joke neither of them have let die over the years. And since he stopped being WWE’s Hideo Itami, joined New Japan, and entered AEW through The Forbidden Door, KENTA’s turned the volume up on it. Danhausen got involved last spring...
Thank you @CMPunk for the finisher. Danhausen stole it. https://t.co/Dqyriub5By— Danhausen (@DanhausenAD) March 27, 2021
HEY This is “THE OTHER GUY”— KENTA aka Lil’K (@KENTAG2S) March 27, 2021
I’m super excited to see anyone use Go 2 Sleep EXCEPT FOR YOU.
GOOD NIGHT https://t.co/MUAcxiQuSa
And KENTA brought it up again as soon as the reports Punk was going to be All Elite started to swirl...
Give me CM Punk— KENTA aka Lil’K (@KENTAG2S) August 3, 2021
Now, he’s moving beyond social media and issuing the challenge on the microphone. That happened backstage after KENTA won the IWGP United States title from Hiroshi Tanahashi at Power Struggle last weekend:
"POWER STRUGGELE" November 6th, 2021 Backstage comments!— njpwworld (@njpwworld) November 7, 2021
WATCH FREE https://t.co/dLB4yxEwGp
11/6(土) POWER STRUGGELE のBSコメントを #新日本プロレスワールド で無料公開中！
.@KENTAG2S #njpst #njpw pic.twitter.com/jtTzGfjrfu
“I am the new IWGP United States champion. I don’t know if you guys remember what I said when I came to New Japan in 2019. I said I’m here to prove who I am. After two years, I finally prove who the fuck I am, baby. I’m the United States champion, it doesn’t matter [if] it’s gonna happen or not, but I just want [to] entertain you guys. I want to give you guys a hope. So — Hey CM Punk! I’m ready to put you [to] sleep.”
GTS on a pole match at Revolution, anyone?