NJPW STRONG Preview: Homicide vs Lawlor

Bitter singles battle at the top of this week’s card




NJPW STRONG sees the penultimate week of the Showdown series, as aseemingly unlikely pairing of Homicide and Tom Lawlor take to the ring in our main event.

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Main event: Homicide vs Tom Lawlor

The main event sees the Notorious 187 Homicide go one on one with Tom Lawlor for the first time. A never before seen clash would come about at Autumn Action in Las Vegas. There a tag match for Wheeler Yuta and homicide opposite BULLET CLUB’s Jay White and Karl Anderson saw Lawlor ringside at the announce desk; when Homicide was run into his announce position, an indignant former STRONG Champion would interject himself into the match, and into a post match attack. 

Things only escalated in New York as Team Filthy worked to humiliate Homicide and his allies, to little avail. Unsuccessful in a six man environment at Rumble on 44th Street, Lawlor seeks to take down Homicide in a singles affair from Hollywood, but can the Team Filthy leader survive Homicide’s vastly contrasting style?

2nd Match: Mascara Dorada & Blake Christian vs BULLET CLUB (El Phantasmo & Chris Bey)

Having teamed together in the Autumn Action series, Blake Christian and Mascara Dorada combine again in Hollywood to take on El Phantasmo and Chris Bey. Bey will be heading to Japan for the first time to be a part of the Super Jr. Tag league alongside Ace Austin as they represent both BULLET CLUB and IMPACT wrestling; Christian and Dorada are certainly worthy of making the tag league cut themselves, making this more than a simplistic tune up alongside ‘Bey-F-F’ Phantasmo. 

1st Match: KEITA vs Peter Avalon

Action will kick off with Keita going head to head with peter Avalon. NJPW STRONG continues to be a melting pot for talent and competition for spots is fierce. As success, and consistent success is crucial to a sustained Saturday night presence, Peter Avalon looks to build on a victory in his STRONG debut two months ago over Adrian Quest opposite Keita, who suffered a loss on his last outing against another AEW representative in QT Marshall, and wants to get back in the win column.