Vegas card gets more big matches confirmed
With CMLL’s estrella, together with STRONG Openweight and Women’s matches already announced, Fighting Spirit Unleashed is set to be a loaded night in Las Vegas’ Sam’s Town on October 28. Now four more huge bouts are set for this incredible Halloween weekend evening!
Destruction in Ryogoku made the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 18 official, as the Tokyo Dome on January 4 will see Tetsuya Naito challenging IWGP World Heavyweight Champion SANADA. Sumo Hall also saw the official introduction of Yuya Uemura to the Just Five Guys fold, and Uemura will be flying the J5G banner as he teams with SANADA Ocvtober 28 in Vegas. Opposite them will be Naito and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi for what is sure to be an explosive main event level tag match.
Speaking of tag matches, the NJPW STRONG Openweight Tag Team Championships will be on the line when new champions El Phantasmo and Hikuleo defend against the ‘Murder Sauce’ team of Lance Archer and Alex Zayne. Zayne and Archer first teamed together at Independence Day back in July, and though some trepidation existed between the two, especially when Archer was seen to use Zayne as a human weapon, they were quite successful and instantly made a mark, including on TMDK’s Bad Dude Tito and Kosei Fujita. Now they challenge for the STRONG Tag titles, in what should be a very interesting stylistic clash on paper between two teams of giants and dynamic athletes.
The STRONG Tag titles join matches for the STRONG Women’s and Openweight Championships on the card in Vegas, and when it comes to the title that Eddie Kingston and HENARE are vying for, whoever holds the gold coming out of October 28 will have their next challenger set by the end of the night. A four way match will pit former champion Fred Rosser, Imperial Unit Jeff Cobb, Satoshi Kojima and Alex Coughlin against one another- who will get next for the STRONG title?
Another former STRONG Openweight Champion will be in singles action when Filthy Tom Lawlor takes on the War Ready Gabe Kidd. Last October NJPW STRONG’s Autumn Action in Sam’s Town Live saw a loose connection formed between Lawlor’s Team Filthy and BULLET CLUB in the face of common foes. Yet that was the prior Jay White regime in BULLET CLUB, and the War Dogs era is a very different prospect. Gabe Kidd is wild enough to pick a fight with anyone anywhere, but willhe bite off more than he can chew when it comes to Lawlor?