NJPW Strong Episode 2: Headline And Marquee Review
New Japan Cup USA 2020 Semi-Finals
The marquee match of the second episode of New Japan Strong saw Jeff Cobb and Kenta battle over a spot in the New Japan Cup USA 2020 finals. The match had a more deliberate pace from the previous matches on the card as Kenta wanted to ensure he didn’t fall prey to Cobb’s Greco Roman suplexes and power advantage.
However, Cobb was up to the task and would take the upper hand over Kenta throughout the match, despite his opponent’s best efforts to freeze him out of his gameplan.
Kenta was able to avoid several of Cobb’s suplexes, but that didn’t deter the former Olympian from coming forward and bringing the match to Kenta. It wouldn’t be until Kenta hit Cobb with a low blow and rolled him up with a Horizontal Cradle at the 14 minute and 38-second mark that the Bullet Club member was able to steal a victory and move on to the New Japan Cup USA finals.
In defeat, Cobb came out of the match looking strong and remains a strong contender from the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship in the future.
In the headline match of the evening, David Finlay and Tama Tonga battled in the first New Japan Cup USA 2020 semi-final contest. Throughout the match, Finlay was able to keep Tama Tonga from being able to change direction.
Without Tama being able to settle into his comfort zone, Finlay was able to dictate the pace of the match. He would defeat Tama at the 7 minute and 10-second mark with his Prima Nocta technique to advance to the finals of the New Japan of America (NJoA) version of the New Japan Cup.
With Kenta’s victory immediately after the August 21st marquee main event is set to feature David Finlay against Kenta with the winner moving on to face IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Jon Moxley for the V3 challenge of his second reign as champion.