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Two more title defenses set for NJPW Southern Showdown


The IWGP Tag Team titles and Revolution Pro Wrestling British Cruiserweight Championship will be on the line in matches at NJPW Southern Showdown in Melbourne, Australia this Saturday.

NJPW has announced that IWGP Tag Team Champions Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) will defend their titles against Juice Robinson & Mikey Nicholls in Melbourne. El Phantasmo will also defend the RevPro British Cruiserweight Championship against Rocky Romero.

Both matches were announced as non-title when the card for Southern Showdown was first revealed.

Robinson & Nicholls defeated Tonga & Loa in a non-title match at NJPW's Kizuna Road show this Tuesday. After the match, Robinson & Nicholls said they wanted the Tag Team titles.

Phantasmo retained his British Cruiserweight title against Ryusuke Taguchi at Tuesday's Kizuna Road show. In his post-match comments, Phantasmo said the British Cruiserweight title would be on the line against Romero.

Phantasmo vs. Romero is a rematch from this year's Best of the Super Juniors. Romero defeated Phantasmo in their tournament match.

Southern Showdown in Melbourne is airing live exclusively as an iPPV on Fite TV at 5 a.m. Eastern time on Saturday morning. It will then be uploaded to New Japan World 72 hours after the event.

Here's the card for the show:

  • Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White & Bad Luck Fale
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay defending against Robbie Eagles
  • IWGP Tag Team Champions Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa defending against Juice Robinson & Mikey Nicholls
  • RevPro British Cruiserweight Champion El Phantasmo defending against Rocky Romero
  • Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
  • Toru Yano, SHO & YOH vs. Taiji Ishimori, Gedo & Gino Gambino
  • Slex vs. Aaron Solow
  • Toa Henare, Shota Umino & Ren Narita vs. Mark Tui, Andrew Villalobos & Michael Richards