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NJPW Strong (Episode 7: Road to Lion’s Break: Crown) Recap & Review

NJPW Strong
Episode 7
Road to Lion’s Break: Crown

Original Air Date: September 18, 2020
Event Date: ?
(uploaded to NJPW World)

City: Port Hueneme, CA (unconfirmed)
Venue: Oceanview Pavilion (empty arena) (unconfirmed)
Series: Lion’s Break: Crown

Commentary (English): Kevin Kelly, Alex Koslov
Ring Announcer: Adnan Kureishy (ringside)


Intro Video

Ring Area
Kevin Kelly and Alex Koslov welcome us to the show and introduce us to the upcoming Lion’s Break: Crown tournament.

A look at the competitors in Lion’s Break: Crown including Logan Riegel, The DKC, Clark Connors, Jordan Clearwater, Danny Limelight, Barrett Brown, Adrian Quest, and Blake Christian.


Match 1
The DKC & Blake Christian & Jordan Clearwater & Barrett Brown vs Adrian Quest & Logan Riegel & Clark Connors & Danny Limelight
(referee: Sparky Ballard)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Logan Riegel pins Jordan Clearwater after a jumping DDT
Time: 10:17

Match Thoughts
Good match. This was a preview of all four first round matches in the Lion’s Break: Crown tournament, and I believe everyone got a little time one on one with their first round opponent. Nobody really stayed in the ring for too long, so this was a fast and fun match. It broke down towards the end with a series of dives which was fine, but I did like the finish.


Match 2
Misterioso & Fred Rosser vs Rocky Romero & PJ Black
(referee: Justin Borden)

Show/Hide Results

Result: PJ Black pins Misterioso after the Placebo Effect
Time: 12:02

Match Thoughts
Very good match. I liked Fred Rosser’s attitude in this. Rosser was not happy, and he did not seem impressed at all with Rocky Romero’s antics. Rosser was aggressive, smart, and he called a lot of the shots for his team. Romero and Black probably had the better teamwork overall though. Romero and Black did a good job of dividing up their times in the ring, and they were smart about supporting each other from outside the ring. Overall, this was a very fun match, and I’d like to see any combination of these guys fight again.


The ring is cleaned and disinfected during a brief intermission.


Match 3
Guerrillas of Destiny vs Alex Zayne & ACH
(referee: Jeremy Marcus)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Tanga Loa pins Alex Zayne after Apeshit
Time: 13:08

Match Thoughts
Very good match. ACH started pretty well against GOD, but GOD started to dominate the match after a minute or so. Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa were supremely confident, and they managed to isolate ACH for a long time. Zayne eventually got a tag, and that surprisingly shifted the momentum away from GOD. Zayne start zipping all around the ring, and Loa and Tonga has a difficult time keeping up with him. ACH supported Zayne when he could, and that led to Zayne and ACH making a nice push to upset GOD. Everything built up to a nice and sudden finish.


Show Impressions
This was a nice show. It definitely felt like a preview show (because it was), but that’s not a bad thing.

Match of the Night
Fred Rosser & Misterioso vs Rocky Romero & PJ Black
I had the most fun with this match tonight.


Official Results: https://www.njpw1972.com/tornament/80704?showResult=1



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