Kazuchika Okada vs. Buddy Matthews Official For NJPW Battle In The Valley

After weeks of callouts, the match is official.

NJPW announced that Kazuchika Okada will indeed face Buddy Matthews (formerly Buddy Murphy in WWE) at NJPW Battle In The Valley on November 13.

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It was revealed on October 16 that Matthews would be making his NJPW STRONG debut at Battle in the Valley, but no opponent was announced. Matthews teased a match against Okada, and Okada was announced for the event on October 23, but it wasn't until after NJPW Power Struggle and Okada's victory over Tama Tonga that the match was made official.

From NJPW:

One of the biggest news stories surrounding Battle in the Valley on November 13 in the San Jose Civic has been the debut of former WWE star Buddy Matthews. Matthews will be making his first steps in an NJPW ring at the PPV spectacular, but despite hints issued on social media, no match had been signed.

At Power Struggle on November 6 however, Kazuchika Okada addressed Matthews in his backstage comments after he wrestled Tama Tonga. The victorious Okada simply stated: ‘Hey Buddy Matthews- see you in San Jose’.

The match has now been signed and is official, rounding out a massive eight match card. Make sure you watch as part of a stacked weekend of wrestling action November 13 and 14, with Battle in the Valley joining STRONG and Best of the Super Junior and World Tag League opening nights!

NJPW Battle in the Valley (11/13)

  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Jay White (c) vs. Tomohiro Ishii
  • Will Ospreay vs. Ren Narita
  • Clark Connors & Karl Fredericks vs. Jeff Cobb & TJP
  • Fred Rosser, David Finlay, Rocky Romero, Alex Zayne & Alex Coughlin vs. Team Filthy (Tom Lawlor, JR Kratos, Danny Limelight, Jorel nelson, & Royce Isaacs)
  • Moose vs. Juice Robinson
  • Josh Alexander vs. Yuya Uemura
  • Violence Unlimited (Chris Dickinson & Brody King) take on Stray Dog Army (Bateman & Misterioso)
  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Buddy Matthews

Fightful will have coverage of NJPW Battle in the Valley on November 13. The event will air on FITE TV.

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