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Hikuleo to challenge for IWGP U.S. title at AEW Fight for the Fallen

NJPW’s Hikuelo made an appearance on AEW Dynamite, where it was announced he would challenge for the IWGP United States title on next week’s show.

Hikuelo was shown in the crowd during tonight’s show. It was announced he would face the winner between Jon Moxley and Lance Archer for the United States title at Fight for the Fallen, which takes place on next week’s Dynamite. After Archer won the title in the main event, Hikuleo and Archer had a staredown as the show ended.

The son of Haku, Hikuleo started out in Japan as the Bullet Club’s young lion. When NJPW started to air Strong last year, he left his young lion status. His most recent high profile match was losing to Fred Rosser in a no disqualification match, but in recent episodes of Strong he has picked up wins over Alex Coughlin and Jordan Clearwater.

Archer won the IWGP United States title for the second time tonight in a Texas Death match, with Moxley unable to answer the ten count after being chokeslammed into a table with barbed wire set on top.