Match Point: Masakatsu Funaki vs Masaaki Mochizuki, NOAH STEP FORWARD 2022 (2/10/22)

Masakatsu Funaki vs Masaaki Mochizuki

Match Point is an ongoing series at Last Word on Pro Wrestling, where we look at intriguing matchups in indie wrestling and beyond. They may be dream matches, first-time matchups, or hotly anticipated rematches. Take a deep dive into this upcoming GHC National Championship bout, as Masakatsu Funaki defends the title for the first time against Masaaki Mochizuki.

Pro Wrestling NOAH is back with their second straight night at Korakuen Hall. Once again, they have a big marquee title match of epic proportions lined up. Masakatsu Funaki looks to make his first defense of the GHC National Championship against former fellow M’s Alliance member, Masaaki Mochizuki, who is aiming for a double recapture going into this match.

Masakatsu Funaki vs Masaaki Mochizuki – What to Know

Masakatsu Funaki Joins KONGO

Masakatsu Funaki was a member of the M’s Alliance alongside Masaaki Mochizuki, Masato Tanaka, Jurina Matsui, Yuko Miyamoto, Naomichi Marufuji, and Keiji Muto. They were supporting him heavily ahead of his challenge for the GHC National Championship. Funaki made his second attempt at Kenoh, and the red belt, and did not disappoint. Funaki defeated Kenoh in a matter of three minutes to become the GHC National Champion. This wasn’t a shock, as Funaki is no stranger to winning belts in quick fashion; he gets one opening and he strikes immediately.

The shocking portion of this came after the belt was wrapped around Funaki’s waist by his teammates. The new champion grabbed the microphone and expressed his desires to exit the M’s Alliance and enter KONGO. He wished to team up with Kenoh, to which Masato Tanaka and Naomichi Marufuji approved. Thus, Funaki was able to start a new chapter in his career.

Masaaki Mochizuki Strikes Back Against Funaki

In Masakatsu Funaki’s first outing in KONGO, Masaaki Mochizuki spoiled the occasion. The Ironman of Dragon Gate pinned Funaki before expressing his desires to take the GHC National Championship back and return it to the M’s Alliance. In a later interview, Mochizuki expressed that he wanted Masakatsu Funaki to also return to the M’s Alliance should he be victorious.


While the story of Mochizuki vanquishing Funaki and bringing him and the National Championship back to the M’s Alliance would be good, we think it’s too soon. Funaki will not only retain the belt but this will lead to something greater regarding challenges from other M’s Alliance members. Yet, the GHC National Championship is still searching for an identity. Another title change here wouldn’t be off-brand for the belt.

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