NJPW STRONG returns on a new day and time this week.
On Monday, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced the lineup for the latest installment of the weekly NJPW STRONG series.
Featured below is the updated lineup for Saturday’s new episode, which premieres on NJPW World and FITE TV at 8/7c.
STRONG Preview: Fighting Spirit Unleashed, Season Premiere
New time for a new STRONG Saturdays at 8/7c
After a year of NJPW STRONG on Fridays, a new era begins on September 18, as we move to Saturdays at 8/7c on NJPW World and FITE. STRONG brings an appropriately epic season premiere next week with some big matches and big names!
Main event- Tables Match: Juice Robinson vs Hikuleo
Headlining this Saturday is a first for not just NJPW STRONG, but New Japan in general. A tables match will see Juice Robinson go up against Hikuleo, wherein the only way to win is to send your opponent through a table with an offensive maneuver.
Juice and Hikuleo’s issues stretch back one month to before Resurgence. There Hikuleo, upset at being snubbed in the Resurgence lineup, issued an open challenge that Robinson responded to. n ring at the LA Coliseum, Hikuleo’s power was undeniable as he set to work on Juice, but Robinson’s veteran instincts were enough for him to score a flash pinfall victory.
That wasn’t a loss Hikuleo took well, and a post match chokeslam was delivered as a parting shot. Yet Hikuleo hasn’t let go of this issue with Juice, driving him through a table backstage on STRONG, and then following Robinson to IMPACT, where he joined Chris Bey in a devastating steel chair assault this week. Now the two meet in their most violent encounter yet; who will survive?
2nd Match: Karl Fredericks, Clark Connors & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Stray Dog Army (Barrett Brown, Bateman & Misterioso)
Six man tag team action on night one of Fighting Spirit Unleashed will see the Stray Dog Army of Bateman, Misterioso and Barrett Brown take on LA Dojo graduates Clark Connors and Karl Fredericks as well as Hiroshi Tanahashi making his NJPW STRONG debut. The IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion will make solid backup indeed for Fredericks and Connors, but the trio also creates a massive opportunity for the Stray Dog Army. Could the new group score a landmark victory Saturday night?
1st Match- Alex Coughlin Open Challenge Series: Alex Coughlin vs Tomohiro Ishii
Kicking off Fighting Spirit Unleashed are two athletes who represent the very definition of the term. Alex Coughlin’s challenge match series has seen him face everyone from Josh Alexander to PJ Black, and now Tomohiro Ishii will put the LA Dojo captain to the test. Coughlin has fought harder and harder week in week out as he seeks a landmark victory, and there is no doubt that the Stone Pitbull represents the biggest opportunity for Coughlin yet.
It’s a new era of #njpwSTRONG and we are kicking it off with a bang!
Tables Match: Juice vs Hikuleo
Tanahashi/Fredericks/Connors vs Stray Dog Army
Ishii vs Coughlin
— NJPW of America (@NJPWofAmerica) September 14, 2021
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