Robbie Eagles will be the next challenger for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
Eagles appeared via video message and issued his challenge at today's NJPW Summer Struggle in Sapporo event following the IWGP Jr. title match main event.
After champion El Desperado successfully defended his title against Taiji Ishimori, Desperado took the microphone to cut the customary post-match promo. Before he spoke, the arena lights briefly went out. A message from Eagles then played on the video wall.
Eagles said that the junior heavyweight division has become more like a committee of vultures than anything else. Eagles said he needs to push past the vultures and make a declaration. Eagles said he was declaring himself the next challenger for Desperado.
In backstage comments after the event, Desperado said that Eagles did well to assert himself. He said that NJPW should listen to its champions, and Desperado stated that he wanted to defend the title against Eagles at Wrestle Grand Slam in Tokyo Dome on July 25.
No official announcement from NJPW has been made regarding Desperado vs. Eagles.
Here is the announced card for July 25 so far:
NJPW Wrestle Grand Slam in Tokyo Dome, Sunday, July 25 --
- IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Shingo Takagi (c) vs. Kota Ibushi
- Pre-show New Japan Ranbo for the provisional KOPW 2021