Saturday, March 23

Juice Robinson Thwarts ‘American Nightmare’ Cody Rhodes To Capture IWGP U.S. Title

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Two years to the date that the “American Nightmare” made his debut in a New Japan Pro-Wrestling ring, defeating a babyfaced Juice Robinson fresh out of the dojo, Cody Rhodes returned to the Tokyo Dome this Friday to bring his whirlwind of a run some much-needed closure.

After clawing and scrapping his way up from the undercard of minor New Japan tours for the past two years, rising and falling in several attempts to capture championship gold, the 29-year-old Chicagoan had his well-deserved “coming out” moment at Wrestle Kingdom 13, defeating one of the biggest names in pro wrestling today, but also — more importantly — regaining the IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship in the process.

After signing a multi-year contract with All Elite Wrestling as one of the organization’s Executive Vice Presidents (the Young Bucks being the other two), this may have been Cody’s final match in a New Japan ring for quite some time. He has already confirmed that he will not be working the upcoming Madison Square Garden event this April, and his future with the promotion will largely depend on his ability to foster a relationship between NJPW and AEW going forward.

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