NJPW STRONG Preview: Lion’s Break Crown final, Elimination main event

Clark Connors and Danny Limelight do battle in tournament final

After thrilling action for the last two Friday nights, the Lion’s Break Crown tournament reaches its conclusion this Friday on NJPW STRONG. Either Danny Limelight or Clark Connors will be making history as the very first tournament winner, and there’s plenty more action besides to come from the most thrilling hour of pure professional wrestling you can find anywhere!

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Main Event, Elimination Match: David Finlay, Jeff Cobb, Rocky Romero, TJP, ACH & Karl Fredericks vs BULLET CLUB (Jay White, KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Hikuleo & Chase Owens

A mammoth 12 man elimination match headlines the action this week on NJPW STRONG. 

A consistent factor since the start of NJPW STRONG in August has been the sheer dominance of BULLET CLUB. In singles action with KENTA, Jay White and the impressive young gun Hikuleo, or in tag team warfare with Guerrillas of Destiny, their record may at times have been controversial the last several Friday nights, but it has been undisputedly successful. 

Tonight they face off against ateam of NJPW hontai, CHAOS and freelance members who each have strong resumes in their own right, but are they able to be a cohesive six man unit? Either way, the rules of the elimination tag match, which incorporates over the top rope eliminations as well as pinfalls and submissions, makes for unpredictable action, and a match where all 12 competitors need eyes in the backs of their heads. 

2nd match, Lion’s Break Crown final: Clark Connors vs Danny Limelight

The second match of the evening will see un find the very first Lion’s Break Crown tournament winner when Clark Connors meets Danny Limelight. Connors has been the favourite of the tournament since day one, and has borne out that status with impressive wins over Logan Riegel and Jordan Clearwater. In both instances, the Boston Crab has been a formidable weapon for the LA Dojo captain, with near instant tapouts for both his opponents in the tournament. 

Yet Limelight has also taken things to another gear in the tournament. Defeating the well-rounded independent star Barrett Brown and the spectacular high flier Blake Christian, Limelight has brought an uncanny blend of high flying and technical know-how, with the gorgeous Symbiote DDT and a Small Package Driver earning him victory thus far. All eyes will be on these young men as they fight for the very future of Friday nights on STRONG, and NJPW at large!

1st Match: Fred Rosser, Adrian Quest & Barrett Brown vs Misterioso, Blake Christian & Logan Riegel

The night’s action will kick off with a six man tag team battle, two members eliminated from the Lion’s Break Crown tournament being captained by a more experienced heavyweight looking to make their own marks in the cerulean blue. Misterioso has been a long enduring name on the west coast, and Fred Rosser has plied his trade all over the world, but both men are poised to make a major impact in New Japan Pro-Wrestling rings, and are set to bring an aggressive approach to Friday night’s opener.