Several noteworthy names will compete on this week’s episode of NJPW STRONG.
In the newest “US Of Jay Open Challenge,” Jay White will face Chris Sabin. Plus, IMPACT Wrestling star Josh Alexander will take on Karl Fredericks. Elsewhere in the show, Fred Rosser and AEW Eddie Kingston will battle Fred Yehi and Daniel Garcia. Finally, Andy Brown will battle Hikuleo.
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? @UpAndyBrown vs. @Hiku_Leo
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The preview from NJPW‘s website is as follows:
Main event: Jay White vs Chris Sabin
The U-S-of-Jay Open Challenge continues in our main event, as Jay White takes on IMPACT’s Chris Sabin. After starting his open challenge series with Christopher Daniels, King Switch’s open challenge opponents in Seattle and Hollywood were a mystery as he took on first Jay Lethal and then SW3RVE. After White’s actions over on IMPACT Wrestling of late however, Chris Sabin was angered into issuing a direct response to the Switchblade ahead of time.
White granted none of the respect owed to his one time mentor Alex Shelley on IMPACT, leading to a singles encounter with Shelley before a controversial tag team encounter with the reunited Motor City Machineguns. There, Sabin and Shelley picked up an upset win after White failed to break up a pinfall in time, a result the BULLET CLUB leader could not accept. Now Sabin is out to put some respect on the lips of Jay White, who is only focused on continuing to be the catalyst of controversy in professional wrestling by any means necessary.
3rd Match: Eddie Kingston & Fred Rosser vs Daniel Garcia & Fred Yehi
The adage of styles making fights will be put to the test in a hard hitting tag bout this week, as two of the most technically skilled talents in wrestling in the form of Fred Yehi and Daniel Garcia will take on two of the most bruising battlers on STRONG and AEW in Eddie Kingston and Fred Rosser. Kingston and Garcia have plenty of previous with one another, and with Rosser always ready for a fight, this is one not to miss.
2nd Match: Karl Fredericks vs Josh Alexander
IMPACT’s Walking Weapon, Josh Alexander returns to STRONG this week to take on Karl Fredericks. Last summer, Alexander was the first to take on Alex Coughlin in the LA Dojo member’s Open Challenge Series, and the former X Division and World Champion has gone on to battle the likes of Yuya Uemura at Battle in the Valley. This week though, he takes on not a rising prospect in the midst of their training, but rather the LA Dojo’s first graduate in Fredericks. Approaching his second anniversary, the Alpha Wolf is in need of a big win, and one over Alexander would certainly pave the way for a successful spring and summer. Nedless to say, this is easier said than done.
1st Match: Andy Brown vs Hikuleo
The night’s action kicks off with the debuting Andy Brown as he faces Hikuleo. BULLET CLUB’s Young Gun has run through every competition being placed in his path, but as he seeks to do the same tonight, questions must also be circling about his place within the faction. After his two older brothers were both forcibly split from the group, where do Hikuleo’s loyalties lie?
The card is as follows:
- Karl Fredericks vs. Josjh Alexander
- Fred Rosser and Eddie Kingston vs. Fred Yehi and Daniel Garcia
- Chris Sabin vs. Jay White
- Hikuleo vs. Andy Brown
NJPW STRONG airs Saturdays on NJPW World and FITE.