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Jon Moxley Attacks KENTA In First Ever Appearance On NJPW STRONG

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It’s been a long time coming, but it would appear Jon Moxley’s next defense of the IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship is right around the corner.

The All Elite Wrestling star made a surprise appearance on NJPW STRONG this Friday evening following the main event — a six-man tag team match featuring Fred Rosser, Lio Rush and TJP scoring a hard-earned victory over El Phantasmo, KENTA and Hikuleo.


The Bullet Club stars tried to attack the winners after the match, but Moxley emerged out of the darkness to even the odds, blasting ELP and Hikuleo with his title belt. After a tense face-to-face confrontation, the U.S. champion and number one contender began teeing off on each other with wild rights and lefts. KENTA attempted his patented GTS, but fell to the Death Rider.

KENTA won a tournament that ran in August and September 2020 to earn a briefcase with a contract for a future U.S. title shot. He defeated Karl Fredericks in the first round, Jeff Cobb in the semifinals, and David Finlay in the fans. Each match took place exclusively on STRONG.

Since then the briefcase has essentially become the defacto title while Moxley remained unable to appear on New Japan programming. KENTA has successfully defended his prize on five occasions, including a match against Satoshi Kojima at Wrestle Kingdom 15.

“You thought there would always be an ocean between us; political lines between us, but I don’t play those games,” Moxley said after the attack. “As of this moment, my foot is officially up your ass. Your dream of becoming United States champion just became a nightmare.”

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NJPW New Japan Cup Results (3/6): Kazuchika Okada vs Shingo Takagi, KENTA vs Juice Robinson

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NJPW New Japan Cup 2021

NJPW New Japan Cup Results
March 6, 2021

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Six-Man Tag Team Match
Bullet Club (Chase Owens & Jay White & Taiji Ishimori) def. David Finlay & Toa Henare & Yuya Uemura

Six-Man Tag Team Match
The Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay) def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & SANADA & Tetsuya Naito)

New Japan Cup Match
Minoru Suzuki def. Tomoaki Honma

New Japan Cup Match
KENTA def. Juice Robinson

New Japan Cup Match
Shingo Takagi def. Kazuchika Okada

The left side of the bracket is now through the first round. Second round matches so far include EVIL vs. Jeff Cobb and Great O-Khan vs. Toru Yano on 3/11, and Hirooki Goto vs. Shingo Takagi and Minoru Suzuki vs. KENTA on 3/13.

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NJPW Announces Major Tokyo Dome & Baseball Stadium Shows For This May

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling has announced a set of major events set to take place this May, including their first Tokyo Dome show outside of January in 16 years.

NJPW Wrestle Grand Slam will take place across two nights, starting with their May 15 debut at Yokohama Stadium, the 34,000 capacity baseball stadium and home of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.


This will be the second year in a row the promotion runs a big show at a baseball stadium, following the success of last year’s Summer Struggle in Jingu. With COVID-19 precautions in place they still drew 4,710 fans to see Tetsuya Naito win back the IWGP Double Gold from EVIL.

The second night of NJPW Wrestle Grand Slam will take place at the Tokyo Dome on May 29. This will be their first show at the Dome outside of their annual January 4 show since NJPW Toukon Souzou New Chapter in 2005. That night, Brock Lesnar won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat match.

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NJPW Anniversary Event Results: The Final IWGP Double Gold Defense, New Japan Cup Begins!

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NJPW Anniversary Event Results
March 4, 2021
Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan

Kota Ibushi will go down in history as the final IWGP Intercontinental and IWGP Heavyweight Champion after defeating El Desperado in the traditional champion vs champion main event of NJPW’s annual anniversary event.


NJPW will be unifying the two top singles titles, which have been defended together for more than a year. Both physical belts will be retired and a brand new IWGP World Heavyweight Championship will be created and given to Ibushi.

The anniversary event also saw the start of the 2021 New Japan Cup. Jeff Cobb defeated Satoshi Kojima to advance to the second round, while the Great O-Khan took advantage of an exhausted Tetsuya Naito’s arrogance to score a massive upset.


— Gabriel Kidd & Hirooki Goto & Master Wato & Tomoaki Honma def. Suzuki-Gun (DOUKI & Minoru Suzuki & Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.) in an 8-man tag team match. Goto pinned DOUKI with the GTR.

— Chase & EVIL & Jay White & KENTA & Taiji Ishimori def. David Finlay & Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson & Toa Henare & Ryusuke Taguchi in a 10-man tag team match. EVIL pinned Taguchi with the STO.

— Kazuchika Okada & SHO & Tomohiro Ishii def. BUSHI & SANADA & Shingo Takagi in a 6-man tag team match. SHO pinned BUSHI with the Shock Arrow.

— Jeff Cobb def. Satoshi Kojima in 11:50 with Tour of the Islands to advance to the second round of the New Japan Cup.

— Great O-Khan def. Tetsuya Naito in 20:20 via referee stoppage to advance to the second round of the New Japan Cup.

— Kota Ibushi (c) def. El Desperado to retain the IWGP Heavyweight & IWGP Intercontinental Championships in 20:36 with the Kamigoye.

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