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Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows returning to NJPW at Tag League finals

Anderson will finally defend his NEVER Openweight Championship.
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WWE's Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows are headed back to NJPW next month.

In a video posted to Anderson's Instagram account on Tuesday, The OC announced that Anderson and Gallows will be in Japan for the World Tag League/Super Junior Tag League finals on Wednesday, December 14. It was stated that Anderson will be defending his NEVER Openweight Championship.

Anderson was scheduled to defend the NEVER Openweight title against Hikuleo at NJPW's Battle Autumn event in Osaka on November 5, but that was the same day as WWE's Crown Jewel pay-per-view. Anderson instead took part in a six-man tag match at the WWE event in Saudi Arabia.

There was a storyline where NJPW threatened to strip Anderson of the NEVER Openweight title if he doesn't show up to Battle Autumn, but Hikuleo said he wanted to beat Anderson for the title instead.

Anderson has been NEVER Openweight Champion since winning the title from Tama Tonga at NJPW Dominion this June. This October, Gallows and Anderson returned to WWE, reuniting with AJ Styles and helping him even the odds against The Judgment Day.

Anderson & Gallows had been released by WWE during the company's April 2020 roster cuts.

The Tag League finals are being held at Sendai Sunplaza Hall in Sendai, Japan.