REPORT: NJPW Holds Secret U.S. Television Taping; Major MLW Name Debuts


According to a new report from Mike Johnson of, New Japan Pro-Wrestling held a secret television taping this weekend in Los Angeles.

The taping event, entitled “Lion’s Break Collision” reportedly saw 9-10 matches tapped in total at a closed set – likely the promotion’s L.A. Dojo – and all recommended social distancing practices were implemented.

“Lion’s Break” is the branding that New Japan traditional uses for its Young Lion projects in the U.S., as they have run multiple events under the name.

Johnson reports that former MLW Champion “Filthy” Tom Lawlor made his New Japan debut at the taping, and other names that worked the show include Jeff Cobb, TJP, Rocky Romero and L.A. Dojo Young Lions Clark Connors, Alex Coughlin and Karl Fredericks.

The deal with Tom Lawlor will be an interesting one to watch. MLW announced in November last year that the former MMA fighter had signed a multi-year agreement. Their official website also teased just earlier this week that he would be representing them in an “inter-promotional” match with an undisclosed Japanese company.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling officially returns to action on Monday, June 14 at 6AM ET with a mystery show previewing the 2020 New Japan Cup, with tournament matches starting the next day. The entire tour will be broadcast live on NJPW World.