AEW Stars Featured In Opening Round STRONG Openweight Tag Title Tournament Bouts On 7/9 NJPW STRONG

The tag title tournament kicks off on the July 9 NJPW STRONG.

NJPW announced that the July 9 episode of NJPW STRONG will be sandwiched by two opening rounds bouts in the STRONG Openweight Tag Team Championship Tournament.

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In the main event, The West Coast Wrecking Crew of Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson will take on TMDK's Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls.

In the opener, AEW's Christopher Daniels teams with Yuya Uemura against The Factory duo of Aaron Solo & Nick Comoroto.

Plus, Taylor Rust battles JONAH.

From NJPW:

Main event: STRONG Openweight Tag Team Championship Tournament Round 1: West Coast Wrecking Crew (Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson) vs TMDK (Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls)

A pick ’em of a first round contest in the STRONG tag title tournament, West Coast Wrecking Crew will battle TMDK in our main event. Jorel Nelson and Royce Isaacs have gone from a semi final appearance in last year’s Tag Team Turmoil to come to define tag team wrestling on STRONG over the last year. As rumours of tag team championships began to circle, the Wrecking Crew was a shoo-in to be a part of the conversation. Yet they face in TMDK a highly decorated and well experienced team. While Haste and Nicholls have spent a significant period away from one another, their accolades, including a pair of GHC Tag Team Championship reigns in Pro-Wrestling NOAH, make them an impossible team to look past. This is a tough match to call, and it may well be that the winning team tonight goes on to be our first STRONG champions in Charlotte.

2nd Match: Taylor Rust vs JONAH

Singles action will see JONAH take on Taylor Rust. The Top Dog JONAH is preparing for his debut G1 Climax appearance starting next weekend in Hokkaido, and will be looking to make a statement win in this one on one contest. Yet Rust, having challenged for the STRONG Openweight Championship earlier this year, is no slouch. The Sultan of Submissions wants to get his 2022 back on track, and will be seeking to make a mark on the back end of the year with a massive win over the TMDK member, but that’s a huge mountain to try and climb.

1st Match: STRONG Openweight Tag Team Championship Tournament First Round: Christopher Daniels & Yuya Uemura vs The Factory (Aaron Solo & Nick Comoroto)

Kicking off the evening Christopher Daniels teams with Yuya Uemura to take on The Factory’s Nick Comoroto and Aaron Solo. Christopher Daniels would form an alliance with the LA Dojo during the Collision series, when he came to the aid of Karl Fredericks during a Factory attack. As Fredericks withdrew from the tag title tournament, the Fallen Angel has found a more than adequate replacement in Yuya Uemura, but can this combination of youth and experience get the edge over the agility of Solo and the size and brute strength of Comoroto?

NJPW STRONG airs at 8 p.m. ET on NJPW World. Fightful will have results from the show following its conclusion. Fans can find results from past NJPW STRONG episodes at Fightful's results section.

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