New Japan Pro-Wrestling Announces NJPW Strong, New Japan Cup USA, & More

NJPW Strong Set To Feature New Japan Cup USA

New Japan Pro-Wrestling announced two big tournaments on Friday. Following Lion’s Break Collision, NJPW announced that the oft-teased NJPW Strong will debut on August 7th, and that it will feature the first ever New Japan Cup USA. The tournament will answer on of NJPW’s biggest questions post-pandemic, what happens with the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship?

The winner of the 8-man New Japan Cup USA will be crowned on August 21st and receive a title shot against IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion (and AEW World Champion) Jon Moxley.


NJPW Strong

Episode 1

  • New Japan Cup USA First Round Match: KENTA vs. Karl Fredericks
  • New Japan Cup USA First Round Match: Tanga Loa vs. Jeff Cobb
  • New Japan Cup USA First Round Match: David Finlay vs. Chase Owens
  • New Japan Cup USA First Round Match: Tama Tonga vs. Brody King

6-Man Tag Title Tournament Set For Summer Struggle Tour

With EVIL defecting from Los Ingobernables de Japon, the status of the NEVER 6-Man Tag Championship was thrown into chaos. NJPW announced on Friday that EVIL & his former tag partners are stripped of the titles, which comes as a relief to the new IWGP Double Champ, who showed no interest in defending the multi-man tag belt.

New champions will be crowned on August 9th, with an 8-team tournament taking place from Aug. 6th-9th in Korakuen Hall. The first round will take place on the 6th & 7th, with the semi finals taking place on the 8th. Here is the first round schedule:


NJPW Summer Struggle

  • Los Ingobernables de Japon (SANADA, BUSHI & Shingo Takagi) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & DOUKI)
  • CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, SHO & Toru Yano) vs. Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi, Gedo & Jado)


NJPW Summer Struggle

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi & Master Wato vs. Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
  • Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI, Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto)