Jon Moxley put in not one, but two grueling performances at the Tokyo Dome this weekend to win back and retain the IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship – and now it looks like the King of Pro-Wrestling has come to collect.
Part one of Moxley’s Wrestle Kingdom double-header saw the “Death Rider” put his body on the line in a Texas Death Match, against the so-called “Murderhawk” of the Suzuki-Gun army, Lance Archer.
The two met along the road to the Dome back in December, when Mox invaded the World Tag League finals to send a message to Archer. Before leaving he happened to come face-to-face with the faction’s leader, Minoru Suzuki, who quickly got dropped on his head.
Suzuki then reemerged and surprised the retaining champion on night two of Wrestle Kingdom, appearing after Moxley’s match with rival Juice Robinson, delivering a receipt in the form of a Gotch-style piledriver.
A word of warning – this one is about to get violent. Mox actually credits Suzuki’s historic match with Hiroshi Tanahashi at King of Pro-Wrestling 2012 for making him a fan of NJPW in the first place (something a whole lot of people share, due to NJPW starting to arrive in the U.S. at that time via sites like uStream).
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) January 5, 2020