NJPW STRONG Synopsis for 11/12/22 (New Japan Showdown – Week 2!)

The young lions of the NJPW LA Dojo return to The Vermont Hollywood to prove their mettle against the stars as we present NJPW STRONG Synopsis for 11/12/22. Last week saw New Japan Showdown kick off with a victory by Christopher Daniels over Rocky Romero, Stray Dog Army capturing #1 Contendership to the NJPW STRONG Openweight Tag Team Championships, and “The Ace of New Japan” Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated the returning Gabriel Kidd.

However, there’s still much of New Japan Showdown to come, including a long-awaited debut and an NJPW STRONG dream match. Here’s your weekly breakdown in the NJPW STRONG Synopsis.

NJPW STRONG Synopsis for 11/12/22
Che Cabrera vs. Kenny King

NJPW STRONG Synopsis for 11/12/22
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NJPW fans last saw Kenny King during the G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden in 2019. That night, Kenny King entered the Honor Rumble at #1 and lasted to the very end, eliminating legendary Jushin Thunder Liger. The ROH mainstay has also recently seen a successful run in IMPACT Wrestling.

However, The K-I-N-G has never properly set foot in an NJPW ring. The wait comes to an end this Saturday night as Kenny King faces the recently debuted Che Cabrera. ‘Latino Meat’ debuted with NJPW STRONG at Fighting Spirit Unleashed and has been trying to prove himself against more established stars.

First, he failed to conquer Aaron Solo; then at Autumn Action, he faced the departing Doc Gallows in a losing effort. Che will be looking to get his all-important first win on STRONG this Saturday, but will Kenny King become the third man to use Cabrera as a stepping stone?

NJPW STRONG Synopsis for 11/12/22
Jordan Cruz & Adrian Quest vs. Team Filthy (JR Kratos & Danny Limelight)

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Reasoning they deserved a title shot for laying the foundation of the NJPW STRONG tag team division as we know it, JR Kratos and Danny Limelight challenged Aussie Open for the NJPW Openweight Tag Team Championship at Autumn Attack.

Though the Australian Jr Heavyweights were able to dispatch the Team Filthy contingent, they were unable to do the same with the legendary Motor City Machine guns at Rumble on 44th Street. Now, JR Kratos and Danny Limelight want to get back in the Tag Team Title chase.

Their first opponents since losing to Aussie Open are the duo of Jordan Cruz and Adrian Quest. While Danny Limelight and Adrian Quest have a storied rivalry in NJPW STRONG, it appears Cruz and Kratos are just getting started. Cruz is looking to get his win over Kratos after Team Filthy’s heavy took it upon himself to brutalize the newcomer.

Will the team of Cruz and Quest put a cap on Team Filthy’s championship ambitions or will they prove more of a speedbump on their rise to the top?

NJPW STRONG Synopsis for 11/12/22
Fred Yehi vs Minoru Suzuki

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“The Savageweight” Fred Yehi returns to NJPW STRONG after his defeat at the hands of NJPW STRONG Openweight Champion Fred Rosser this summer. Despite his powerful mat game and undeniable submission skill, Yehi must go back to the drawing board if he wants to earn another match with “Mr. No Days Off.”

To that end, Yehi has issued a challenge to another mat wrestling legend. That man is none other than Minoru Suzuki, returning to NJPW STRONG for the first time since Collision. A win over Minoru Suzuki would propel The Savageweight back into title contention. However, many have learned the hard way that defeating Minoru Suzuki is easier said than done.

Expect a mat classic on Saturday night when Fred Yehi tries to deal Minoru Suzuki his first loss on NJPW STRONG.


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