After a long, strenuous pandemic, things have started looking up for NJPW STRONG. This past week saw two major events announced, Tag Team Turbulence and Resurgence. The latter being the first show NJPW has held in front of fans on American soil since before the COVID-19 outbreak, and the former featuring the Good Brothers’ return to Japan. This is the NJPW STRONG Preview for 6/25/21.
Not to be lost in the shuffle; however, this week’s episode of STRONG boasts a very exciting card. “Filthy” Tom Lawlor makes his second defense of the STRONG Openweight Championship against a worthy adversary, Karl Fredericks. Clark Connors looks to keep his hot streak intact with a matchup against the highly respected veteran Rocky Romero.
Also featured is an exiting tag team match between two students of the LA Dojo (The DKC and Kevin Knight) and the newly founded team of Wheeler Yuta and Fred Yehi. This week is sure to have some exciting action, to say the least.
NJPW STRONG Preview for 6/25/21
The DKC and Kevin Knight vs. Wheeler Yuta and Fred Yehi
In the opening match of the evening, we’re treated to a preview of the upcoming Tag Team Turbulence tournament with a matchup between two of the teams involved. Both teams will want the momentum-building win to make their presence felt. Although The DKC and Knight are inexperienced, there is an obvious chemistry between the two. On the other hand, Yuta and Yehi have the overall experience advantage but are much less accustomed to being tag team partners. Either way, it goes, this match will surely be a great opener and should set the tone for the rest of the night.
Rocky Romero vs. Clark Connors
Since graduating from the Dojo and christening himself “Wild Rhino,” Clark Connors has been on an absolute tear. Along with the new moniker comes a new, ruthless attitude as well. He seems to be hellbent on proving to everyone in his path that he is here to stay as a dominant force on STRONG. Rocky Romero stands in his way this week. The wily ring veteran will use every bit of his experience to offset the sheer determination of his opponent. Not only that, but Romero already has two victories against Connors. Granted, the Connors that Romero previously bested isn’t the Connors we see today. With this newfound demeanor, Clark Connors will do everything he can to avenge his previous missteps against Romero.
NJPW STRONG Preview for 6/25/21
“Filthy” Tom Lawlor vs. Karl Fredericks
(STRONG Openweight Championship)
In his second defense of the STRONG Openweight Championship, the leader and namesake of Team Filthy, Tom Lawlor, takes on the white-hot Karl Fredericks. Just a few short weeks ago, the challenger eliminated the champion in an over-the-top-rope battle royal. This event prompted Fredericks to challenge Lawlor for the title. “Filthy” responded to the challenge with nothing but disrespect.
However, his condescending and lackadaisical attitude from Lawlor may come back to haunt him. The same thing happened with Team Filthy members JR Kratos and Danny limelight when Fredericks defeated them. Will Lawlor continue his run as the top guy in NJPW STRONG? Or will the young, promising Karl Fredericks establish himself as a star?
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