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Semifinals set for New Japan Cup USA tournament

The two semifinal matches in the NJPW Cup USA tournament have been set.

KENTA and Jeff Cobb will square off in the first semifinal match. KENTA defeated Karl Fredericks to advance, while Jeff Cobb defeated Tanga Loa of the Guerillas of Destiny.

The second match is between David Finlay and Tama Tonga. Finlay defeated Chase Owens, while Tonga defeated Brody King of ROH.

The winners of both semifinal matches will face off on next week’s episode of Strong. The winners of those matches will advance to the finals of the tournament, which take place on August 21.

Whoever wins the NJPW Cup USA tournament will be eligible for a future IWGP United States title match. The title is currently held by AEW’s Jon Moxley, who won the championship back on January 4.

NJPW Strong, which focuses on NJPW of America talent, premiered tonight. It replaced Lion’s Break Collison, a show that aired in July that also highlighted NJPW USA talent, including Jeff Cobb and Karl Fredericks.