NJPW STRONG Preview: Road to Showdown begins 【NJoA】

NJPW STRONG gets on the Road to Showdown Friday at 10e/9c


With the events of NEVER behind us, Friday night sees NJPW STRONG embark on the Road to Showdown, with some big matchups set to hit NJPW World through November. 

Watch NJPW STRONG Fridays at 10e/9c on NJPW World!

Main event: David Finlay, PJ Black, Alex Zayne & Misterioso vs BULLET CLUB (KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Hikuleo)

The main event of the evening sees David Finlay lead Misterioso, Alex Zayne and PJ Black into battle against KENTA, G.o.D and Hikuleo. 

After Finlay eliminated KENTA at the Lion’s Break Crown finals, and he and Jeff Cobb defeated KENTA and Chase Owens during NEVER, Finlay is desperate for a chance to go one on one against KENTA. But with the Tongan sibling trio of G.o.D and Hikuleo all victorious during the NEVER events, BULLET CLUB will remain determined to shut down any challenge to their dominance on Friday nights. 

2nd Match: Karl Fredericks vs Blake Christian 

The second match of the evening sees Karl Fredericks go toe to toe with Blake Christian. Christian’s run in Lion’s Break Crown was affected by an oblique muscle injury and rib damage, ‘all heart’ winning out as he made it past the first round over Adrian Quest, but falling at the hurdle of Danny Limelight in the semifinals. 

Now fully recovered, Christian looks toward his biggest singles test on NJPW STRONG to date opposite Karl Fredericks. With an impressive win over ACH to his credit last week on STRONG, Fredericks is testing himself against any competition that will come his way, and wants to make a statement here tonight. 

1st Match: Clark Connors & The DKC vs the Riegel Twins (Logan & Sterling Riegel)

Action kicks off with Lion’s Break Crown winner Clark Connors teaming with the DKC against the Riegel twins, Logan and Sterling. As travel restrictions persisted through the summer, the spectacular tag team of the Riegel twins was temporarily put on ice, Logan staying in the States, while Sterling was in the UK. In Sterling’s absence, Logan battled valiantly in Lion’s Break Crown, but was ultimately taken out by Clark Connors. Connors certainly will be intimidating in the opposite corner, teaming with a motivated and improving DKC, but the Riegels have a tag team experience edge and the effective communication only twins can share. Will that make the difference Friday?