Lio Rush And El Phantasmo To Headline 2/19 NJPW Strong: New Beginning USA Night One

The card is set for Friday's NJPW Strong.

It's the first night of NJPW New Beginning USA and Friday's event will be headlined by Lio Rush vs. El Phantasmo. The two battled in the first round of the 2020 Super J-Cup

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Also set for Friday's show is Hikuleo vs Fred Rosser and Rocky Romero, Adrian Quest & Misterioso vs Rey Horus, Barrett Brown & The DKC.

From NJPW:

Friday’s main event sees a rematch of the first round in Super J-Cup 2020 as Lio Rush takes on El Phantasmo. Rush and Phantasmo was the most hotly anticipated first round matchup in last year’s junior heavyweight tournament, and though it was a hard fought battle, it wasn’t an entirely cleanly fought one. Phantasmo got the edge that December night, sending Rush on a path to revenge. A win over ELP in tag action at Lion’s Break Contender has now set the stage for this rematch.

Having long wanted to compete in the cerulean blue, Rush is eager to really show his worth by polishing off the number one contender to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. Yet in Phantasmo’s corner is the significant weapon that is Sudden Death. ELP’s superkick has led to several victories, each one accompanied by cries of foul from his opponents; whether or not the Canadian is getting added assistance in the sole of his shoe, Rush needs to evade the kick to stand a chance.

Fightful will have full results from NJPW Strong following the conclusion of the event.

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