The 2021 New Japan Cup USA semifinals are set.
On tonight’s episode of NJPW Strong, Brody King, Hikuleo, Tom Lawlor and Lio Rush advanced to the semifinals.
In the main event, King defeated Chris Dickinson in 10:42 after hitting a lariat. In the semi-main, Hikuleo defeated Fred Rosser with a Tongan Driller in 6:22 to advance. Lawlor used a rear naked choke to submit Ren Narita in 13:19 to move on. In the Strong opener, Lio Rush beat Clark Connors with a Rush Hour in 9:57 to stay alive in the tournament.
The semifinals will take place on the Friday, April 16 episode of Strong. Rush will face King, while Lawlor will take on Hikuleo.
The 2021 New Japan Cup USA finals will be held on the Friday, April 23 episode of Strong. In addition to winning the New Japan Cup USA, the winner of the tournament will also be crowned the first NJPW Strong Openweight Champion.
Here is the remaining tournament lineup:
New Japan Cup USA 2021 semifinals, Friday, April 16 on NJPW Strong —
Lio Rush vs. Brody King
Tom Lawlor vs. Hikuleo
New Japan Cup USA 2021 finals, Friday, April 23 on NJPW Strong —
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Lio Rush/Brody King vs. Tom Lawlor/Hikuleo