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NJPW New Japan Cup USA 2021 finals set


The finals are set for the 2021 New Japan Cup USA. 

Brody King and Tom Lawlor advanced to the finals with wins on tonight's episode of NJPW Strong. King defeated Lio Rush with a Gonzo Bomb in 7:38, while Lawlor pinned Hikuleo in 8:58 with an inside cradle to punch his ticket to the final round. 

King and Lawlor will meet on the Friday, April 23 episode of Strong to decide the 2021 New Japan Cup USA winner, and also to crown the first NJPW Strong Openweight Champion. 

King carved his path to the finals with wins over Rush and Chris Dickinson, while Lawlor defeated Hikuleo and Ren Narita. 

In 2020, Cup winner KENTA became number one contender to Jon Moxley's IWGP United States Championship and received a right to challenge briefcase. NJPW has gone in a different direction this year with the introduction of the Strong Openweight title, while Moxley has challenged Yuji Nagata for his next US title defense.