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Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb And More Set For NJPW STRONG United Empire: Rising

United Empire will take over NJPW STRONG on May 15.

The stable will produce the show when it comes to the 2300 Arena on May 15. This taping seems to be separate from NJPW‘s Collision in Philadelphia event, which is also set to emanate from the same venue on May 15.

In two buzzworthy singles bouts, Will Ospreay will face Homicide, and Jeff Cobb will battle Willie Mack. In an eight-man tag team contest, TMDK will face Great-O-Khan, Aaron Henare, Kyle Fletcher, and Mark Davis.

The announcement and preview, courtesy of NJPW’s official website, is as follows:

United Empire to produce an episode of NJPW STRONG during Collision

NJPW STRONG will see United Empire in force in the coming weeks. Not only will TJP be facing Mascara Dorada this Saturday, the Mutiny series starting in May will see the faction in full force, and when STRONG hits Philadelphia May 15 for Collision, they take over entirely. United Empire: Rising will see a whole episode of STRONG produced by the faction, with big time, first time matchups signed!

In a first time ever dream match, none other than Homicide makes his NJPW STRONG debut to face Will Ospreay. The independent legend Homicide has earned the respect of the wrestling world, and perhaps even the respect of the Commonwealth Kingpin. But in the wild, unpredictable and unforgiving environment of the 2300 Arena, might Ospreay have bitten off more than he can chew for this singles contest? From his ring name, to his attitude, Ospreay lays claim to a lifestyle and gangland mentality that Homicide has lived far more closely over the decades, and in the former ECW Arena, may show that in violent form to the former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.

Jeff Cobb will face former IMPACT X Division Champion Willie Mack. Mack and Cobb have met several times over the years on the independents, both as tag team partners and as opponents. They’re opponents tonight- will the normally jovial Mack be able to make his mark on the imposing brick wall that is the Imperial Unit?

Aaron Henare and Great-O-Khan will combine with Aussie Open, as they face a reunited Aussie trio in TMDK joining Bad Dude Tito. For the first time since 2019, Mikey Nicholls is in New Japan action, and he’s joining his brethren in Shane Haste and JONAH. As powerful and quickly growing as United Empire are, TMDK are looking for their own resurgence in both the US and Japan in the coming months, and may start that resurgence in the best possible way by defeating United Empire on their own show!

The card is as follows:

  • Will Ospreay vs. Homicide
  • Jeff Cobb vs. Willie Mack
  • Great-O-Khan, Aaron Henare, Kyle Fletcher, and Mark Davis vs. JONAH, Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls, and Bade Dude Tito

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