Fighting Spirit Unleashed: Night One Preview
A Nice Card
New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) will run tours through its new New Japan Strong weekly broadcast on the New Japan World streaming service. The first of which is the two-part Fighting Spirit Unleashed 2020 that will take place on September 4th and September 11th.
In the future, the New Japan of America (NJoA) branch will likely tour the United States while using the Friday show to host featured events while they build their portfolio to pitch to networks within the United States.
The marquee of the first night of Fighting Spirit Unleashed 2020 sees Bullet Club member Jay White face Flip Gordon after an altercation during the third episode of New Japan Strong several weeks ago set the foundation for the match.
Gordon recently made a stir posting a tweet that misconstrued scientific data concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus, 2019), causing fans to dampen on their previous excitement of seeing Flip back in an NJPW ring.
Jay White is the favorite to win a one on one bout against Gordon, having achieved far more in singles competition than Flip has to this point of his career.
In the headline match, which also has its origins rooted in the third New Japan Strong episode, Brody King takes on the recent NJPW Noge Dojo graduate Bullet Club member Hikuleo.
Hikuleo has potential far exceeding most young wrestlers due to his athleticism, size, and NJPW Dojo training pedigree. Brody King looks to make his name within NJPW and become a regular in both the NJoA brand and the main branch in Japan — once the borders reopen.
NJoA regular Misterioso wrestles his 12th NJPW match against recent NJPW Los Angeles (LA) Dojo graduate Karl Fredericks. The two came to blows after a multi-person match on the fourth New Japan Strong episode after they were already made aware of their singles match.
Misterioso, who will likely compete as a junior heavyweight on the main NJPW wrestler has the opportunity to show he can compete against natural heavyweights. Fredericks, who has the potential to hold an IWGP singles championship shortly is a blue-chip prospect with a wealth of potential.
“Mr. No Days Off” Fred Rosser makes his NJPW debut teaming alongside Alex Zayne against NJPW LA Dojo Young Lion Clark Connors and The DKC. Rosser, who is a former WWE Tag Team Champion (w/Titus O’Neil as the Prime Time Players) could become an NJoA regular with several solid performances.
His tag team partner Alex Zayne could become the same if he continues to impress inside of an NJPW ring. The DKC could become a student at the NJPW LA Dojo, while Clark Connors is drawing closer to graduating from the Young Lion system.