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New IWGP US Champion crowned at NJPW King of Pro Wrestling


Lance Archer, who wasn’t even booked to be in this morning’s IWGP United States title match, is now the new champion.

Archer subbed for Jon Moxley at this morning’s King of Pro Wrestling event, defeating Juice Robinson for the newly-vacated United States championship. Moxley was unable to make it to the show due to travel issues associated with the typhoon that hit Japan this weekend, and was stripped of the title just hours before the show started.

Although it was announced as a singles match, Archer demanded the match become a no disqualification match like the title match that was previously advertised. Robinson agreed, and the two proceeded to have an all out brawl, with Archer getting the win following Blackout on a pile of chairs then the iron claw.

After the match, David Finlay returned to the promotion and laid out Archer with a couple of stunners. He had been out for most of the year following shoulder surgery, having last wrestled in February.