This week's episode of NJPW Strong will feature Josh Alexander, the current X-Division Champion of IMPACT Wrestling, making his return to the brand against Rocky Romero in the main event.
Also, PJ black, formerly known as Justin Gabriel in WWE will be in action.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling shared the following preview for this week's three-match card:
STRONG Preview: Road to Tag Team Turbulence 【NJoA】
STRONG counts down to major tag tournament this week
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With huge buzz surrounding Resurgence and Fighting Spirit Unleashed welcoming US fans back to NJPW, Tag Team Turbulence will see a hot summer truly arrive in earnest. Next week, eight teams will do battle in this major single elimination tournament, but before tag teams take center stage, three singles matches highlight Friday night.
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Main event: Rocky Romero vs Josh Alexander
IMPACT X Division Champion Josh Alexander made his NJPW STRONG a few weeks ago in a thriller against Alex Coughlin. Yet the Walking Weapon was not going to allow his time on Friday nights to be limited to Coughlin’s open challenge series. Alexander wants to show just how much of a threat he is to anyone in NJPW in Japan or Stateside, and will look to prove his point against one of NJPW’s most accomplished junior heavyweights.
As Rocky Romero continues his quest to be back in IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship contention, a significant bump in the road was encountered at Ignition with a defeat to Clark Connors. Now he seeks to get himself back on the winning path, in an incredible main event that will pit two phenomenal submission grapplers against one another.
2nd Match: Alex Coughlin vs PJ Black
Alex Coughlin’s open challenge match series continues in the second bout of the evening as he faces PJ Black. Coughlin came up just short against Josh Alexander in the first match of his open challenge series, but the defeat only motivated him to call out more competition from as far afield as possible. This week, ROH’s Darewolf PJ Black returns to STRONG after a seven month absence. Will he come right back with a win, or will the focused and powerful Coughlin pick up the W?
1st Match: The DKC vs Barrett Brown
Before the DKC joins LA Dojo Kevin Knight in Tag Team Turbulence next week, he’ll be going one on one against Barrett Brown. Some weeks ago, it was against the DKC and Knight that Quest and Brown picked up tag team victory, but egotistical outrage at not picking up the pinfall himself saw Brown turn his back on his tag team and instead align himself with Bateman. Will 50 Caliber’s ego be sated tonight with an opening match victory? Or, two weeks after showing impressive aggression and fire against difficult competition in Fred Yehi and Wheeler Yuta, will it be DKC showing his worth as a singles competitor?
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