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NJPW announces Tanahashi and Ishii for August 16 Strong tapings

NJPW has added Hiroshi Tanahashi and Tomohiro Ishii to the lineup for their August 16 NJPW Strong taping in California.

The appearances will mark the first NJPW Strong appearances for Tanahashi and Ishii. Strong has primarily used a United States-based roster in its year of existence. Rare appearances from Satoshi Kojima and Yuji Nagata have been exceptions.

Two days earlier at NJPW Resurgence in Los Angeles, Tanahashi will challenge Lance Archer for the IWGP United States Championship, while Ishii will face Impact Wrestling's Moose on that show. 

The taping will be the first ticketed NJPW Strong taping in history and tickets for the events have sold out.

NJPW released a video message from Tanahashi to promote the Strong appearance. The video can be seen below.

Here is the full talent list advertised for the Fighting Spirit Unleashed episodes of NJPW Strong to be taped on August 16:

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • Jay White
  • Tomohiro Ishii
  • Tom Lawlor
  • Juice Robinson
  • Lio Rush
  • Ren Narita
  • Fred Rosser
  • Karl Fredericks
  • Clark Connors
  • Hikuleo