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Entire New Japan Cup USA first round set for Friday's NJPW Strong

The entire first round of the 2021 New Japan Cup USA will air on this week's NJPW Strong. 

In the main event of Friday's show, Brody King will take on Chris Dickinson. 

In the semi-main, Fred Rosser will face Hikuleo. 

Ren Narita will take on "Filthy" Tom Lawlor in the second match of the night. 

In Friday's opener, Clark Connors will face Lio Rush. 

NJPW announced on last week's Strong that the winner of the 2021 New Japan Cup USA will also be crowned the first-ever NJPW Strong Openweight Champion. 

In 2020, the Cup winner became number one contender to Jon Moxley's IWGP United States Championship and received a right to challenge briefcase. KENTA won the 2020 edition of the tournament. 

Strong airs Fridays at 10 p.m. Eastern time on NJPW World and is available on demand shortly after airing. 

Here is Friday's full lineup: 

  • New Japan Cup USA first round match: Brody King vs. Chris Dickinson
  • New Japan Cup USA first round match: Fred Rosser vs. Hikuleo
  • New Japan Cup USA first round match: Ren Narita vs. Tom Lawlor
  • New Japan Cup USA first round match: Clark Connors vs. Lio Rush