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NJPW Cup USA tournament winner crowned

KENTA is the first NJPW Cup USA tournament winner.

He defeated David Finlay in the finals to win the tournament. He won after low blowing Finlay following a ref bump. Finlay kicked out of a cradle, but didn’t have any answers once KENTA struck with the GTS, picking up the win.

After the match, KENTA was given both the NJPW Cup USA trophy and a briefcase with the IWGP United States title match contract inside. On commentary, Kevin Kelly mentioned that KENTA would be defending the briefcase going forward, similar to the briefcase G1 Climax tournament winners carry prior to Wrestle Kingdom.

KENTA then cut a promo, calling out IWGP United States champion Jon Moxley in English. When he started to do a promo in Japanese, Jeff Cobb came out and attacked KENTA, who retreated to the stage area. Cobb indicated he wanted the first shot at the IWGP United States title briefcase.

NJPW announced that the start of the Fighting Spirit Unleashed tour would begin next week, though no matches were announced.