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KENTA vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi IWGP US title no DQ match set in NJPW


KENTA's first challenger for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship has been decided. 

At today's World Tag League and Best of the Super Juniors finals event, KENTA delivered a video message to Hiroshi Tanahashi, accepting the terms of a challenge issued by Tana. 

KENTA said that the match would only take place if NJPW's ace agreed to a no DQ match. KENTA said that he wanted vengeance after Tanahashi put him through a table in their US title match at Power Struggle on November 6. 

Tanahashi responded by accepting KENTA's terms. No date has been set for the match. 

Tanahashi won the United States title at NJPW Resurgence in Los Angeles in August. He successfully defended the title against Kota Ibushi at Wrestle Grand Slam in MetLife Dome in September, then dropped the belt to KENTA at Power Struggle. 

The no DQ match will be KENTA's first defense in his first reign with the title.