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NJPW reveals date for Strong Openweight Championship match


NJPW has revealed the main event for each Collision episode of NJPW Strong this month. 

Tom Lawlor will make his first defense of the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship against fellow Team Filthy member Chris Dickinson on the Friday, May 28 edition of the show. 

On the Friday, May 21 episode, Fred Rosser will take on Hikuleo in a no disqualification match.  The two also met in the New Japan Cup USA 2021 tournament, where Hikuleo came away with the victory. 

On the Friday, May 14 show, Lawlor, Dickinson, JR Kratos and Danny Limelight will face Karl Fredericks, Brody King, TJP & Clark Connors in an elimination match. Under NJPW rules, eliminations can occur by pinfall, submission, DQ or over the top rope with both feet hitting the floor. 

The main event for the Friday, May 7 episode had already been announced, as Jon Moxley and Dickinson will face Yuji Nagata and Ren Narita. Nagata will also challenge Moxley for the IWGP United States Championship on the Wednesday, May 12 edition of AEW Dynamite. 

Strong airs Fridays at 10 p.m. Eastern time on NJPW World and is available on demand shortly after airing. 

Here are the lineups announced for Collision so far:

Friday, May 7 --

  • Jon Moxley & Chris Dickinson vs. Yuji Nagata & Ren Narita
  • Misterioso vs. Jordan Clearwater vs. Royce Isaacs
  • Kevin Knight & The DKC vs. Barrett Brown & Adrian Quest

Friday, May 14 --

  • Elimination match: Karl Fredericks, Brody King, TJP & Clark Connors vs. Tom Lawlor, Chris Dickinson, JR Kratos & Danny Limelight

Friday, May 21 --

  • No disqualification match: Fred Rosser vs. Hikuleo

Friday, May 28 --

  • NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Tom Lawlor (c) vs. Chris Dickinson