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Jon Moxley issues challenge to Hiroshi Tanahashi for NJPW Capital Collision

Moxley said he wanted Tanahashi at Capital Collision on May 14.

The end of tonight’s NJPW Windy City Riot show saw Jon Moxley challenge Hiroshi Tanahashi.

After a brutal victory over Will Ospreay, Moxley tonight ended the show praising Ospreay for accepting his challenge and offered a rematch. However, he said he couldn’t say the same for a certain NJPW legend, specifically calling out Hiroshi Tanahashi. He issued the challenge for May 14th in Washington D.C. at NJPW’s Capital Collision event, saying he will fight him even if he had to drag him to D.C. by his ponytail. He ended the show by saying that he is the new ace of New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Tanahashi is one of the names advertised for the upcoming show at D.C.’s Entertainment and Sports Arena. Others include Kazuchika Okada, Jay White, Will Ospreay, Jon Moxley, Minoru Suzuki, Jeff Cobb, Tom Lawlor, and Fred Rosser. Eddie Kingston appeared at Windy City Riot earlier in the show and issued a challenge to Tomohiro Ishii, who accepted.

The finish of tonight’s match between Moxley and Ospreay had Moxley deliver the death rider DDT to Ospreay, who kicked out after two. However, the referee counted to three and rang the bell, not seeing Moxley go for a rear naked choke and Ospreay submitting after the kickout. After the match, Moxley laid out the referee with the death rider.