NJPW Star Kenta Mocks CM Punk for Stealing His Finishing Maneuver “GTS”

Published 03/27/2021, 11:31 AM EDT


Wrestling finishers are supposed to be the best move in a Superstar’s arsenal when going into the ring. This move is generally used, as the name suggests, to finish off the opponent. Although these moves are meant to be unique to each star, in recent times, they have been imitated or rather ‘ripped off’ by others. 

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One move that comes into question here is the Go To Sleep, or GTS in short, that has a lot of controversy around its usage. Kenta, the founder of this move, has made an issue with the fact that fans are naming CM Punk as the real founder of the move instead of him. 

In a recent post on Twitter, CM Punk asked a fan to mention ‘the other guy’ as well in a replay of the move, mocking Kenta’s sensitivity to the issue. 

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The NJPW Superstar was quick to reply and immediately explained how he had no issue with anyone else using the finisher but him. This tweet caught the eyes of a lot of fans as it marked the next episode of the altercation between these two over their finishing moves. 

Kenta invented the GTS finisher long before CM Punk

For clarification, Kenta invented the move in the early part of his career. Before NJPW, he tried to make things work in WWE and was known as Hideo Itami, but he never made it to the bigger leagues. 

In 2019, Kenta also took issue with the fact that Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston used the finisher on a WWE live show. When CM Punk chants were made by the fans, the two Superstars used the GTS on each other to please them. 

Kenta didn’t appreciate the fact that people attached the GTS to CM Punk and reminded them that he was in fact the true founder of the famous finisher. 

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Although CM Punk extensively used the GTS in WWE, the truth is he was never the founder of the move. Kenta and he will always have that point against each other, and it looks like they won’t meet eye to eye on any compromise. 

Apart from the GTS, the Stunner, Superkick, and DDT have become common moves rather than the finishers they used to be. Such moves are not unique anymore and are often re-used by other Superstars. 

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One really can’t find an issue with these, but it does play an important factor in the believability aspect of wrestling. What was once a finisher for Shawn Michaels is now a regular move. Doesn’t really make sense, does it? 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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