Lio Rush Set To Challenge Tom Lawlor For The NJPW Strong Openweight Championship

Tom Lawlor will defend his Strong Openweight Championship at the next set of NJPW Strong tapings.

On August 16, New Japan Pro Wrestling will film Fighting Spirit Unleashed, the first Strong matches to take place in front of a live crowd. On that day, Tom Lawlor will face Lio Rush, who confronted the Team Filthy leader after his last title defence against Satoshi Kojima.

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Rush heads into the match with momentum as he and Rush Karl Fredericks scored a victory over Lawlor and Danny Limelight on the most recent edition of Strong.


Filthy Tom Lawlor’s fourth defence of the STRONG Openweight Championship will take place in Thunder Studios, at Fighting Spirit Unleashed and NJPW STRONG’s first matches in front of a live crowd.

After Tom Lawlor recently logged his third successful defence of the STRONG Openweight Championship against Satoshi Kojima, he was confronted backstage by Lio Rush. The Man of the Hour declared that he was not going to wait for any more championship opportunities to come his way, and that he would be calling his shot. Lawlor laughed off Rush, but this week on STRONG, Rush and Karl Fredericks scored a convincing victory against Lawlor and his Team Filthy partner Danny Limelight.

Can Rush be the Man of the Hour and claim his first NJPW Championship? Fighting Spirit Unleashed tapings are SOLD OUT August 16, but get set to watch the championship action in the coming weeks on NJPW STRONG!

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