As the wrestling world continues to grow and more shows continue to add to the weekly schedule, New Japan Pro Wrestling has decided to move its STRONG series from Friday to Saturday. It will start on Saturday, September 18.
September 18 will see a brand new era for NJPW STRONG. After growing consistently on Friday nights at 10/9c, September will see weekends get even STRONGer, with a new timeslot on NJPW World and FITE of Saturdays at 8PM eastern, and 5PM Pacific. With a new day, a new time, and new crowds, we can’t wait to have you join us for a new STRONG starting on September 17!
Also, New Japan Pro-Wrestling shared the following preview for this week's NJPW Strong three-match card:
STRONG Preview: Garcia vs Alexander, TJP vs Horus, Hikuleo vs Morris 【NJoA】
Big singles matches highlight a Labor Day celebration
Summer is coming to a close, but the action stays hot on Friday nights and NJPW STRONG. This week, we’re firing up the coals for a BBQ Brawl to celebrate the Labor Day weekend!
Watch NJPW STRONG Fridays at 10/9c on NJPW World!
Or watch on FITE!
Main event: Hikuleo vs Matt Morris
Tonight’s main event sees Matt Morris in his second in ring appearance on NJPW STRONG against Hikuleo. Matt Morris is a long time friend of Juice Robinson’s, and after Hikuleo brutlly attacked Juice last week, sending him crashing through a backstage table, Morris wants a piece of BULLET CLUB’s Young Gun. While the Drama King impressed in his NJPW in ring debut with a win over Alex Coughlin, Hikuleo presents bigger and angrier opposition. Will Hikuleo continue his campaign of violent revenge after being upset by Robinson at Resurgence, or will Morris find a weakness to exploit in the big man?
2nd Match: Rey Horus vs TJP
Singles record: 1-0 Horus
A stunning junior heavyweight battle takes place in the second match of the night as Rey Horus and TJP lock horns in a return match from New Beginning USA. Then it was Horus picking up the win over the Fil-Am Flash, and the ROH representative now seeks to further establish his dominance on STRONG. Will TJP be able to keep Horus grounded? Or can the luchador put the original LA Dojo graduate away in this spectacular showcase?
1st Match: Josh Alexander vs Daniel Garcia
The action on STRONG kicks off this week with a dream match caliber meeting between two of the most talked about and technically gifted professional wrestlers in the game today. IMPACT’s X Division Champion returns to STRONG to take on Daniel Garcia, who made his own STRONG debut a couple of weeks ago, and after competing before international TV audiences now wants to show what he can do in singles competition in the cerulean blue. Who picks up the win in our Labor Day celebration?
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