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Kenny Omega wins IWGP United States title at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17


Kenny Omega is once again the IWGP United States Champion.

Omega defeated Will Ospreay to win the title for a second time in an intense, bloody back and forth match. At one point, Omega gave Ospreay a DDT on the exposed ring turnbuckle, causing Ospreay to bleed heavily. Omega’s eye was also swollen shut near the end of the match. The finish saw Omega strike Ospreay with the kamigoye, Kota Ibushi’s finisher, then pinned Ospreay with the One Winged Angel.

This is Omega’s second run with the championship, becoming the inaugural champion back in 2017. Ospreay’s reign with the title ended after over 200 days, originally winning the vacant title by pinning SANADA at Dominion back on June 12.

Omega appeared via video at NJPW and Stardom’s Historic X-Over event back on November 20 and challenged Ospreay to a match at Wrestle Kingdom. Ospreay and the Untied Empire originally attacked The Elite back on the August 31 edition of AEW Dynamite.

The Elite are scheduled to face Death Triangle in the final match of the best of seven series, a Escalera de la Muerte (ladder) match.