New Japan Pro Wrestling debuted another new title on Friday.
During the April 2 episode of NJPW Strong the company showed off the new NJPW Strong Openweight Title.
The winner of the New Japan Cup USA will be crowned the first-ever NJPW Strong Openweight Champion.
This Friday saw the Road to New Japan Cup USA 2021, and the reveal of just what each of the eight competitors in single elimination competition this April will be fighting for.
While the 2020 tournament was contested for number one contendership status to the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship held by Jon Moxley, this year’s tournament will be different. In 2021, the tournament winner will not be a contender, but rather a champion; the Strong Openweight Champion.
As the name suggests, the title represents the pinnacle of competition on NJPW STRONG on Friday nights, and will be contested for by wrestlers of any weight class. Things are going to get even more exciting going forward on NJPW STRONG; who of the eight in this year’s tournament will become the first holder of the gold?
New Japan Cup USA begins next Friday, April 9. The following matches are set for the first round:
- Clark Connors vs. Lio Rush
- Brody King vs. Chris Dickinson
- Ren Narita vs. Tom Lawlor
- Hikuleo vs. Fred Rosser
You can find results from past episodes of NJPW Strong at Fightful's results section.