Two title bouts are set for NJPW STRONG Independence Day.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling announced that Eddie Kingston will challenge KENTA for the NJPW STRONG World Title at NJPW STRONG Independence Day night two on July 5.
One night prior, on July 4, Catch 2/2 (TJP & Francesco Akira) will defend the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles against Clark Connors & Dan Moloney.
After Catch 2/2 regained the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships at Dominion, Clark Connors would stare down the new champions from the entrance ramp. Misdirecting Francesco Akira and TJP’s attention, he opened the door for Dan Moloney to attack them from behind. Mere weeks after coming to NJPW as part of the United Empire, the Drilla turned his back on the group to align himself with BULLET CLUB, and challenge for the tag titles. During Best of the Super Jr., Connors and Moloney engaged in a wild and brutal brawl that seemingly turned heads and earned respect from David Finlay and Gedo. Perfectly fitting the savage mindset pervading the group, Connors and Moloney will be intimidating power junior challengers to the new champs, but can they come away with the gold July 4?
On July 5, the STRONG Openweight Championship will be on the line when Eddie Kingston challenges KENTA. The Mad King will be making a long overdue Korakuen Hall debut for Independence Day, and he’s set his sights on KENTA. Yet after the BULLET CLUB member showed that he was willing to throw Hikuleo off bleachers in order to claim the STRONG Openweight gold, what lengths is he willing to go to to keep his title on home turf?
The list of international talent doing battle on both Independence Day nights has also been updated as follows!
- The DKC
- Rocky Romero
- Alex Zayne
- Tom Lawlor
- JR Kratos
- Royce Isaacs
- Jorel Nelson
- Bad Dude Tito
- Francesco Akira
- Clark Connors
- Alex Coughlin
- Gabriel Kidd
- Dan Moloney
- Lance Archer
- Eddie Kingston
Here are the current lineups for NJPW STRONG Independence Day:
NJPW STRONG Independence Day (7/4)
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Catch 2/2 (TJP & Francesco Akira) (c) vs. Clark Connors & Dan Moloney
NJPW STRONG Independence Day (7/5)
- NJPW STRONG Openweight Championship: KENTA (c) vs. Eddie Kingston
Fightful will have coverage of both events on July 4 & 5.