NJPW STRONG preview: Lion’s Break Crown semifinals, 8 man main event 【NJoA】

Lion’s Break Crown final determined in big card Friday night

Lion’s Break Crown continues on NJPW STRONG this Friday, and in an NJPW of America hontai vs BULLET CLUB main event, G1 entrants are represented on NJPW STRONG as well. 

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Main event: David Finlay, Jeff Cobb, Rocky Romero & Misterioso vs BULLET CLUB (Jay White, KENTA, Chase Owens & Hikuleo)

Jeff Cobb, KENTA and Jay White are doing battle on NJPW STRONG and G1 Climax 30, as each join a team of four Friday night in eight man tag team action. BULLET CLUB’s dominance on Friday nights has gone unanswered ever since NJPW STRONG became a Friday night fxture back in August. By fair means or foul, they have been unbeatable, but they face a four man team, and Jeff Cobb in particular, hungry for vengeance. 

After Cobb’s dreams of heading into the G1 as the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship right to challenge holder were dashed in part thanks to the interference of Chase Owens and the ‘any means necessary’ approach of KENTA, Mr. Athletic will be looking to make a mark in what is sure to be a chaotic end to the evening Friday. 

3rd Match: TJP & Karl Fredericks vs Flip Gordon & Brody King

Tag team action sees Karl Fredericks team with TJP against Flip Gordon and Brody King in the third match of the night. It’s a winning reunion for Fredericks; back on Lion’s Break Collision, it was with TJP that the Alpha Wolf scored his first win out of Young Lion garb, when he faced Jeff Cobb and Rocky Romero. King and Gordon represent a similar combination of power and agility, and for Fredericks, King especially represents a test he’s been wanting to take for some time. On the ROH representing side of the ring however, Gordon and King are hungry for a statement win, and will happily attain it opposite the fast rising star and his young veteran partner. 

2nd Match, Lion’s Break Crown Semifinal: Clark Connors vs Logan Riegel

The second match of the night sees the second Lion’s Break Crown semifinal, Clark Connors and Logan Riegel facing off for the right to be in the decisive October 9 bout. In round one, Connors met a young star with a lot of size, strength and potential to match in Jordan Clearwater, but the independent star was no match for Connors’ superior grappling ability, and his submission work; Connors’ Boston Crab forcing an instant tap out for the LA Dojo representative. 

Riegel meanwhile had a harder route through the first round, aggressively worked over by The DKC before a flash roll-up saw him through. Traditionally a tag team wrestler, Riegel has had to refocus to be in singles competition, but he proved last week that three seconds is all it takes to make a huge difference. Can he get past the tournament favourite Friday?

1st Match, Lion’s Break Crown semifinal: Danny Limelight vs Blake Christian

NJPW STRONG kicks off this week with a spectacular semifinal in Lion’s Break Crown. Last week, Limelight was able to bring style and substance in equal measure to the hotly tipped Barrett Brown, advancing to the second round with a Symbiote DDT. Few have Blake Christian beat when it comes to spectacular moves, and it was a gorgeous Elia to Adrian Quest that booked Christian’s spot in the semis; but with lingering oblique muscle and rib issues, punished hard by the young Quest last week, does ‘All Heart’ have enough to reach the last two?