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Chris Bey vs. Blake Christian, Team Filthy Bout Set For NJPW STRONG: Rivals, Updated Card

New Japan Pro-Wrestling has announced four more matches for its NJPW STRONG: Rivals taping on February 17.

In singles action, Chris Bey will face Blake Christian, and Brogan Finlay will take on TJP. In a six-man tag team bout, the Stray Dog Army will battle the DKC, Keita Murray, and Fred Yehi. Finally, in an elimination bout, Team Rosser will wage war with Team Filthy.

The preview, courtesy of the NJPW website, is as follows:

Elimination Match: Team Rosser vs. Team Filthy

Special 5 on 5 elimination warfare will see STRONG Openweight Champion Tom Lawlor lead Team Filthy against Fred Rosser’s hand picked side of Karl Fredericks, Clark Connors, Adrian Quest and Taylor Rust. Lawlor is still STRONG Openweight Champion at time of publication, but the title could be in possession of Rust as New Beginning USA continues to air on STRONG. That will shift the power dynamics in thsi matchup no doubt, and the outcome of this ten man tag could definitely shape things to come on Saturday nights.

Chris Bey vs. Blake Christian

After a year away, and having tested himself in WWE, IMPACT and PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles, Blake Christian is back in NJPW STRONG, and taking on BULLET CLUB’s Chris Bey at RIVALS. The Ultimate Finesser has continued to stir the pot on IMPACT in recent weeks, having facilitated the return of Jay White and the appearance of the Guerrillas of Destiny. At RIVALS though, he seeks to assert himself as the premiere junior heavyweight on STRONG opposite spectacular competition in ‘All Heart’.

Brogan Finlay vs. TJP

TJP will be taking on Brogan Finlay in Hollywood. The Public Enemy, and United Empire at large, has had a months long dispute with the LA Dojo of late, but TJP will be refocusing with a match against the currently unaffiliated younger Finlay tonight. Brogan will be seeking to make the most of his first singles opportunity in the cerulean blue; while he is an extreme underdog, can he rattle the veteran TJP in the Vermont?

Stray Dog Army vs. The DKC, Keita Murray, and Fred Yehi

Also at RIVALS, the Stray Dog Army will be in six-man action as they take on the DKC and the returning Keita Murray and Fred Yehi. The Stray Dog Army has not forgotten nor forgiven The DKC for his victory over the group alongside Kevin Knight at Nemesis. They seek revenge on February 17, but DKC has recruited some impressive teammates, as the Savageweight Yehi and a man who impressed on his debut a couple of weeks ago in Keita Murray will bring the fight in spades.

The updated card is as follows:

  • Daniel Garcia vs. Yuya Uemera
  • Hikuleo vs. Kevin Knight
  • Rocky Romero vs. Black Tiger
  • Ariya Daivari vs. Kevin Blackwood
  • Buddy Matthews vs. Ren Narita
  • Gabriel Kidd vs Christopher Daniels
  • FinJuice vs JONAH & Bad Dude Tito
  • “U-S-of-Jay” Open Challenge: Jay White vs. TBA
  • Brogan Finlay vs. TJP
  • Stray Dog Army vs. The DKC, Keita Murray, and Fred Yehi
  • Chris Bey vs. Blake Christian
  • Elimination Match: Team Rosser (Fred Rosser, Taylor Rust, Clark Connors, Karl Fredericks and Adrian Quest) vs. Team Filthy (Tom Lawlor, JR Kratos, Danny Limelight, Royce Isaacs, and Jorel Nelson)

WrestleZone will provide more details as they become available.

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