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NJPW announces details on Strong show, New Japan Cup USA tourney

New Japan Pro Wrestling announced details on NJPW Strong, as well as a tournament that will start on the new program.

NJPW aired a press conference this evening featuring Takami Ohbari, president of New Japan Pro Wrestling of America. He announced that NJPW Strong will be a weekly television series every Friday featuring talent from NJPW of America. The show be up at 10 p.m. EST.

The first show on August 7 will feature the opening round of a tournament called New Japan Cup USA. It will be a single elimination tournament featuring eight NJPW wrestlers currently in the United States. The opening round will feature the following matches:

  • Karl Fredericks vs. KENTA
  • Jeff Cobb vs. Tanga Loa
  • David Finlay vs. Chase Owens
  • Brody King vs. Tama Tonga

The semifinals will take on August 14, and the final match will take place on August 21. The winner of the tournament will be able to challenge for the IWGP United States title, which is currently held by Jon Moxley.

NJPW aired a short series in July called Lion’s Break Collision, which also featured NJPW of America talent. The show built to a singles match between Jeff Cobb and Karl Fredericks, a match that Cobb won.