On last week’s episode of Finish Strong, we learned the participants of this year’s Lion’s Break Collision will compete in a tournament. NJPW announces Lion’s Break will hold this single-elimination tournament at their dojo in Los Angeles. The tournament features eight competitors, who NJPW has described as “the hottest young talents that we can find anywhere.” The first-round matchups are as follows:
- Logan Reigel vs The DKC
- Clark Connors vs Jordan Clearwater
- Danny Limelight vs Barrett Brown
- Adrian Quest vs Blake Christian
All of these first-round matches will take place on next week’s edition of NJPW Strong. The semi-final matches will take place on October 1st and 8th, respectively. To kick off the tournament, Both sides of the bracket will compete in an 8-man tag match on Friday night’s NJPW Strong. These matches collectively represent the “Road To Lion’s Break Crown” event, taking place each week on NJPW Strong. Expect exciting, high flying, hard-hitting action from these young, hungry competitors.
Friday's #NJPWSTRONG sees us on the Road to Lion's Break Crown, with some huge matchups in store!https://t.co/UsCNJfziBq#njcrown pic.twitter.com/Vpq0UR6zon
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) September 15, 2020
What is Lion’s Break?
Lion’s Break began in 2018 as a test for trainees of the NJPW Dojo in Los Angeles. The first event, Lion’s Break Project 1, took place on November 10th and 11th in Anaheim, California. That event saw the debuts of Alex Coughlin, Karl Fredericks, and Clark Connors, along with NJPW stars like Hirooki Goto, Kenny Omega, and Jushin Thunder Liger. Lion’s Break Project 2 took place on December 7th and 8th, 2019, also in Anaheim. The event featured the debuts of The Reigel twins (Logan and Sterling) and Barrett Brown. NJPW had planned Lion’s Break Project 3 for WrestleCon this year in Tampa, Florida. However, they had to cancel the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In place of Lion’s Break Project 3, NJPW instead gave us Lion’s Break Collision back in July. The series ran on New Japan World from July 3rd-24th.
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