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New Japan Cup USA 2021 tournament announced


New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced that the New Japan Cup USA tournament will be taking place next month on NJPW Strong.

The tournament will start on April 2, with the winner receiving a future championship match against IWGP United States champion Jon Moxley. Like last year, it will be an eight man single elimination tournament, with qualifying matches taking place on Strong during the month of March.

Two qualifying matches will take place on March 5. Tom Lawlor of Team Filthy will face The DKC, and Rocky Romero will square off against Lio Rush.

New Japan first held their New Japan Cup USA tournament last year. In the finals that aired on August 20, KENTA defeated David Finlay to win a briefcase with a IWGP United States title contract. It wasn’t until last week’s NJPW Strong that a match for the championship took place, with Moxley defeating KENTA to retain the title.