6-on-6 elimination match tops 2300 Arena card on the last night of Fighting Spirit Unleashed!
The full cards have been revealed for the Fighting Spirit Unleashed events, and our East Coast tour ends with a bang in the famous 2300 Arena on Sunday!
In the main event, a huge six man BULLET CLUB squad of Gedo, Chase Owens, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, KENTA and Jay White will take on an unprecedented team of heroes and legends in the shape of Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, YOSHI-HASHI, Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto and Hiroshi Tanahashi. At the time of this writing, the BULLET CLUB squad has all the gold, with the IWGP Intercontinental and Tag Team Champions and the NEVER Openweight Champion all represented. Yet GoD and KENTA may well be without gold after title matches in Lowell and New York this week, and Goto is trying to make sure White’s days with his newly won Intercontinental title are numbered. Plus, Owens will be looking to prove he knows more about effective wrestling team work than his mentor Ricky Morton ever told him, in a stacked matchup with a lot of personal issues at stake.
In the semi-main event, TJP and Kota Ibushi form the kind of tag team one never thought possible in NJPW, but that one now desperately wants to see. They face EVIL and BUSHI, with a preview for Ibushi’s up-coming singles bout against the King of Darkness at King of Pro Wrestling.
The remaining members of Los Ingobernables De Japon form a trio in the fifth match of the night, Shingo Takagi teaming with SANADA and Tetsuya Naito against SHO, YOH and Juice Robinson. All have different levels of connection to gold and glory; SHO and YOH may be the new IWGP Tag Team Champions after they challenge GoD in Lowell Friday, while Juice Robinson is set to face Jon Moxley in an IWGP United States Championship match at King of Pro Wrestling.
The main event of that Ryogoku card will see SANADA challenge Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, a belt Naito still believes is part of his ‘destino’ even after losing his Intercontinental gold in Kobe. Then there’s Shingo Takagi, who is seeking to get back on a championship track after his loss to Hirooki Goto on September 22. It all adds up to a fascinating six man bout.
The first four matches of the evening will see Young Lions from America and Japan each take on established names in singles competition.
Ren Narita will take on Amazing Red in what should be a fascinating singles bout. The new LA Dojo member Narita will be looking to impress himself on a veteran of the worldwide junior heavyweight scene.
Alex Coughlin will take on Lance Archer. Coughlin, who trainer Katsuyori Shibata described as the ‘world’s strongest baby’ before the Young Lion Cup, underwent a lot of growth within the tournament. Enough to survive Lance Archer?
Karl Fredericks will take on Mikey Nicholls. Fredericks became the jewel of the LA Dojo roster when he won the Young Lion Cup in Kobe on September 22, and now takes on a veteran of the original LA Dojo in ‘Mad’ Mikey.
In the opening match, Rocky Romero faces Clark Connors. Another battle of original LA DOjo graduate versus new LA Dojo prospect, Romero has worked closely with Connors, but after experience in the Young Lion Cup and the Super J-Cup, Connors will look to surprise Mr. Azucar with some new tricks.