The first ever NJPW Strong Openweight Champion was crowned after the finals of the 2021 New Japan Cup USA.
On the latest episode of NJPW Strong, Tom Lawlor and Brody King fought in a high-stakes encounter. Lawlor picked up the victory, not only winning the New Japan Cup USA, but also becoming the inaugural NJPW Strong Openweight Champion.
NJPW celebrated Lawlor’s win on Twitter, giving fans their first glimpse of their new champion. Captioning the image “#andFIRST”, NJPW Global tweeted:
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) April 24, 2021
The New Japan Cup USA was first contested in 2020, with KENTA defeating David Finlay in the finals. KENTA received a IWGP US Championship shot as a prize, which he defended numerous times last year.
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