NJPW STRONG Preview: Rosser vs Kratos 【NJoA】

STRONG Openweight main event Christmas present



It’s the last NJPW STRONG episode of 2022 this Saturday, as the last matches of the year for NJPW will see final statements made, and the last championship defense on the calendar.

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Main event: STRONG Openweight Championship- Fred Rosser vs JR Kratos

Singles record: 1-0-1

‘Seasons beatings’ is the cliche, but Christmas Eve this year will certainly see a violent main event over the STRONG Openweight Championship. As a relationship between Team Filthy and BULLET CLUB has deepened over the last several months, Switchblade Jay White would work behind the scenes of STRONG to set JR Kratos up as Rosser’s challenger mere moments after a hard hitting champion versus champion match weeks ago. Rosser taking on Team Filthy has been a theme of STRONG since year one, but this is the first time the Most Feared gets a crack at the STRONG Openweight Championship. Will his power be too much for Mr. No Days Off to overcome on the holidays?

2nd Match: Kevin Blackwood vs Bobby Fish

Singles record: 1-0 Fish

Team Filthy’s newest recruit Bobby Fish looks to make a mark in his first singles match on STRONG, and his first NJPW match overall in over six years. The grappler and Tom Lawlor training partner Fish will be taking on rising star Kevin Blackwood, wo is more than skilled in his own right on the mat, but owns a losing record over Fish after a September meeting in the Black Label Pro promotion. Can Blackwood stop Fish’s STRONG momentum before it even gets going?

1st Match: Lince Dorado & Mascara Dorada vs C4 (Cody Chhun & Guillermo Rosas)

NJPW STRONG gets lucha lit in the opening bout this week, as Lince Dorado makes his STRONG debut alongside Mascara Dorada. Spectacular offense is sure to unfold as the two masked men take on C4. Cody Chhun and Guillermo Rosas are pairing up for the first time on STRONG this week, but have been making a name for themselves in the Pacific northwest for a long while, and could present some difficulty for Dorada and Dorado.