Showdown rounds up in style
Saturday night, NJPW STRONG sees the end of the Showdown tour with a spectacular card, headlined by a wild Philadelphia Streetfight.
Main event: Philadelphia Streetfight- Eddie Kingston & Jon Moxley vs Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer)
Tag record: 1-0 Kingston & Moxley
The iconic home of hardcore that is the 2300 Arena gets a fitting main event this week as Minoru Suzuki and Lance Archer take on Eddie Kingston and Jon Moxley. It was early in the autumn when Suzuki arrived in the USA, and started his American sojourn by resuming a feud with Jon Moxley. Reconnecting with AEW’s Lance Archer in the process, the two took on Mox and Kingston in New York, only for the sudden appearance of NY native Homicide to lead to a Suzuki-Gun defeat. Demanding a rematch on NJPW turf, now the four are set to collide in a violent war with no disqualifications or countouts, and where the referee’s only job is to render a decision by pinfall, submission or knock out.
3rd Match: Daniel Garcia, Brody King & Chris Dickinson vs Stray Dog Army (Bateman, Barrett Brown & Misterioso)
The third match of the evening sees Red Death Daniel Garcia link up with Brody King and Chris Dickinson to take on the Stray Dog Army. Bateman, Brown and Misterioso are one big decisive win away from being a major faction of players on Saturday night, but Death and Violence stand in their path this week.
2nd Match: Team Fred (Fred Rosser, Rocky Romero, Ren Narita, Karl Fredericks & The DKC) vs Team Filthy (Tom Lawlor, JR Kratos, Royce Isaacs, Jorel Nelson & Danny Limelight)
Two weeks removed from Tom Lawlor and Team Filthy’s demeaning forced haircut on Fred Rosser, the number one contender to the STRONG Openweight Championship will be leading a team to war tonight in Philadelphia. These ten man tag contests have been a highlight of STRONG for weeks. This time though there is a deeply personal issue at play, and much more than a notch in the win column at stake.
1st Match Alex Coughlin’s Challenge Match Series: Alex Coughlin vs Jonathan Gresham
The night’s action will start with the latest of Alex Coughlin’s Challenge Match Series. This time, Coughlin’s technical prowess will be put to the ultimate test against one of the world’s foremost practitioners of the style. The former ROH Pure Champion Jonathan Gresham makes his return to NJPW action this Saturday; after swimming with sharks, can Coughlin outlast the Octopus?