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Two title matches announced for NJPW Battle Autumn in Osaka

Ospreay vs. Naito and Anderson vs. Hikuleo are set for the November 5 event.
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A pair of title matches have been made official for NJPW Battle Autumn in Osaka.

NJPW has announced that IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay will defend his title against Tetsuya Naito at Battle Autumn in Osaka on Saturday, November 5. Also set for that event is a NEVER Openweight Championship match with Karl Anderson defending against Hikuleo.

Naito is getting the title shot against Ospreay as a result of defeating Zack Sabre Jr. at NJPW Royal Quest II night two this past weekend. At Burning Spirit in Kobe last month, both Naito and Sabre confronted Ospreay and wanted to be his next challenger.

Before being confronted by Naito and Sabre, Ospreay retained the IWGP US Heavyweight title against David Finlay at Burning Spirit in Kobe.

Burning Spirit in Kobe also saw Anderson retain the NEVER Openweight Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi. A post-match angle set up Hikuleo as Anderson's next opponent.

The November 5 event in Osaka will be the final show of the Battle Autumn tour. The tour starts at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on Friday, October 14.

NJPW still has one major event set to take place before Battle Autumn begins. Declaration of Power is being held on Monday, October 10.

Ospreay vs. Naito and Anderson vs. Hikuleo are the first two matches to be confirmed for Battle Autumn.

NJPW Battle Autumn in Osaka (Saturday, November 5) --

  • IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay defends against Tetsuya Naito
  • NEVER Openweight Champion Karl Anderson defends against Hikuleo