New Japan Pro-Wrestling has announced four major bouts for the “Collision in Philadelphia” show on May 15.
Chris Dickinson will take on Hiroshi Tanahashi, Killer Kross will battle Yuya Uemera, and Tony Deppen will face Minoru Suzuki. In a six-man tag team bout, Alex Coughlin, Kevin Knight, and The DKC will face Team Filthy.
Four huge matches for Collision in Philadelphia 5/15!
Chris Dickinson vs Hiroshi Tanahashi!
Minoru Suzuki vs Tony Deppen!
Yuya Uemura vs Killer Kross!
Coughlin/Knight/DKC vs Team Filthy!
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) April 14, 2022
The official preview, courtesy of NJPW’s website, is as follows:
Chris Dickinson will be taking on Hiroshi Tanahashi in a first time ever matchup. After a protracted absence from the ring due to injury, the Dirty Daddy returned to action at Lonestar Shootout in Texas, and pushed Tomohiro Ishii to the limit. Soon after, the previously freelance Dickinson would declare that he has signed with New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and will be marking that new deal with an immense test. The Ace will be more than just evaluating Dickinson; after bringing Guerrillas of Destiny on the Hontai team recently in Ryogoku, might he make a similar offer in Philly? Plus, with Tanahashi set to face Will Ospreay for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship at Dontaku, could he be bringing the US gold to the 2300?
Another first will see Minoru Suzuki face Tony Deppen. A figure familiar to GCW and Ring Of Honor fans, Deppen makes his NJPW debut at Collision in Philadelphia, and gets thrown into the deep end with Suzuki. The former ROH Television Champion is certainly credentialed, but can he put away the man who as of this writing holds the title himself?
Yuya Uemura will take on Killer Kross in singles competition. Kross had a harder time than he planned on his NJPW debut when he went head to head with Minoru Suzuki in Dallas. On the way to Kross’ defeat against the King, the two barked insults of ‘young boy’, something that pricked the ears of Uemura. The LA Dojo transplant has battled hard against Suzuki in the past, and will be looking to show Kross exactly what the young talent in NJPW can do.
Also official for the 2300, the DKC, Kevin Knight and Alex Coughlin will take on Team Filthy’s West Coast Wrecking Crew and JR Kratos. Coughlin and Kratos seem to be on a collision course for another singles encounter somewhere down the line, but in the meantime, the two powerhouse rivals will face off in six man action. Can the LA Dojo trio have enough team unity to overcome the always intimidating Filthy side?
The announced card is as follows:
- Chris Dickinson vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
- Killer Kross vs. Yuya Uemera,
- Tony Deppen vs. Minoru Suzuki.
- Alex Coughlin, Kevin Knight, and The DKC vs. Team Filthy