This week, New Japan Showdown continues as we present the NJPW STRONG Preview for 11/20/21. Not only does this episode of STRONG boast an excellent card, but fans will also see the showdown from the incredible Battle in the Valley. New Japan of America has been treating fans with great wrestling lately, and this week is no different. With several incredible talent in action including TJP, El Phantasmo, Chris Bey, Lio Rush, and former IWGP Tag Team Champions FinJuice, this week’s episode of STRONG is truly must-see tv. This is the NJPW STRONG preview for 11/20/21.
NJPW STRONG Preview for 11/20/21
LA Dojo (Yuya Uemura and Kevin Knight) vs. FinJuice (David Finlay and Juice Robinson)
In the opening match of the night, we see former World Tag League and IWGP Tag Team Champions FinJuice take on two of the most impressive students at the LA Dojo. Last week at Battle in the Valley, Uemura almost scored the biggest victory of his short career in a highly competitive match with Josh Alexander. Always seeming to come up just short, Yuya Uemura also very nearly defeated David Finlay in September.
Uemura will be teaming up with Kevin Knight, who has been equally impressive in his own right. Both Young Lions will be highly motivated to earn a win against the former champions, and if taken lightly, that is a real possibility. However, the experience of Finlay and Robinson may prove to be too much, as their accolades speak for themselves. Expect a highly competitive and clean match, as all four of these men have tremendous respect for each other.
NJPW STRONG Preview for 11/20/21
Since being recruited into BULLET CLUB, Chris Bey and El Phantasmo have cultivated quite the friendship. Calling themselves “Bey-f-fs,” they have also shown quite the chemistry as tag team partners. In the second match of the evening, they will take on the the team of recent AEW signee Lio Rush, and the recently debuted Ariya Daivari.
Ariya Daivari and Lio Rush vs. BULLET CLUB (Chris Bey and El Phantasmo)
Recently, the younger Daivari suffered a major defeat in an excellent contest against “The Sauce God” Alex Zayne. He will be looking to get into the win column for the first time on STRONG as he teams with the “Man of the Hour.” Speaking of the man himself, Lio Rush and El Phantasmo have had quite the history, dating back to Rush’s own debut with the company. Rush debuted during the Super J Cup tournament, and was eventually defeated by El Phantasmo. Both Daivari and Rush will surely have plenty of motivation coming into this match.
Clark Connors vs. TJPEver since Will Ospreay returned from his injury at Resurgence, he’s centered his crosshairs squarely on the LA Dojo. He has been looking to humiliate and brutalize the Stateside Young Lions at every possible chance he gets. To make matters even worse, he recruited one of the original LA Dojo graduates, TJP, into his United Empire.
This week, this feud between the UE and the Dojo continues with a singles match between Clark Connors and TJP. These two men are certainly no stranger to each other. They have competed in singles action twice, splitting the two matches. On top of that, they also competed as a team in the Super Junior Tag League. TJP eventually even took Connors under his wing as his protégé.
This match will be different, however. It is no longer an exhibition pitting student versus teacher. This will be a fight. Clark Connors is desperate to make TJP pay for his betrayal and defend the honor of the LA Dojo and its students. This is one of the most emotionally charged main events we’ve seen on STRONG yet and it is sure to be explosive.
As I’ve said before, if you haven’t been keeping up on STRONG you are truly doing yourself a disservice. With a sixty-minute runtime, it is very palatable, fast-paced, and wrestling-centric. In addition to that, with all the recent competitors coming through the “Forbidden Door,” you never know who you are going to see!
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