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NJPW STRONG REPORT: FINLAY VERSUS KENTA FOR THE BRIEFCASE. . . AND MORE

By Richard Trionfo on 2020-11-21 11:23:00

We are in Los Angeles, California and your announcers are Shigeki Kiyono, Hirooki Goto, and Katsuyori Shibata (in Japanese) or Kevin Kelly and Alex Koslov (in English).

Match Number One: Logan Riegel and Sterling Riegel versus DKC and Clark Connors

Connors and Logan start things off and they lock up and Connors with a leg trip. They lock up and Logan with a waist lock and Connors with a standing switch and take down. They lock up again and Connors with a mount on Riegel but Logan escapes. Sterling tags in and he misses DKC. DKC with a waist lock take down but Sterling with a rollup for a near fall. DKC with a front face lock and he gets a near fall.

DKC with an arm drag and head scissors followed by a drop kick. DKC with a running forearm into the corner followed by more forearms. Sterling with a boot and blockbuster. Sterling with forearms and Logan with a forearm and then a head scissors to send DKC to the floor. Logan and Sterling with stereo pescados.

Logan gets a near fall when they return to the ring. Logan with forearms and punches. Sterling tags in and hits a suplex and then kicks DKC. Logan tags in and hits a suplex for a near fall. Sterling tags in and they go for a double suplex but DKC block it for a moment until they hit the double suplex. Sterling with kicks and punches. Sterling with shoulders in the corner and Logan tags in and he runs into boots.

Connors tags in and they push each other. Connors with a clothesline and running back elbow into the corner. Connors with chops and kicks. Connors knocks Sterling off the apron. Logan with a kick and Connors with a spear and he gets a near fall. Connors goes for the Boston Crab but Logan with a kick. Logan with a German suplex and both men are down.

Sterling tags in and he knocks DKC off the apron. Sterling with punches and then Logan and Sterling with a double flatliner for a near fall. DKC with a kick to Sterling. DKC tags in and hits a springboard clothesline while Sterling is on Connors’ shoulders. Connors is sent to the floor and Connors blocks a double team move. DKC with a reverse Samoan drop and Connors with a Boston Crab. DKC keeps Sterling from making the save and Logan taps out.

Winners: DKC and Clark Connors

Match Number Two: Rocky Romero versus Rust Taylor

Taylor with kicks to the leg before Romero grabs the leg. Taylor with a clean break. Romero gets a near fall. They lock up and Taylor wraps Romero’s arm in the ropes. Romero with a single leg take down and he works on the ankle. Romero with a knee drop to the leg and a leg whip. Romero with forearms and a chop.

Romero with an Irish whip and Inifnity Clotheslines. Taylor with an abdominal stretch. Taylor with elbows to the clavicle. Taylor gets a near fall. Taylor kicks the arm and he tries for an arm submission. Taylor with a boot to the shoulders and then he chops Romero against the ropes. Taylor with kicks to the chest but Romero with slaps. Taylor with an Irish whip but Romero with a boot and tornado DDT.

Romero with a shoulder in the corner and he puts Taylor on the turnbuckles. Taylor with a forearm to the back and chop to Romero. Taylor sets for a superplex but Romero blocks it and he connects with elbows and a knee drop to the arm. Romero with kicks to Taylor and he sends Taylor to the apron. Romero with a kick to the arm followed by a missile drop kick to the shoulder. Taylor avoids Sliced Bread #2 and connects with European uppercuts. Romero goes for an O’Connor Roll but Taylor counters into a sleeper. Romero with a cross arm breaker but Taylor gets to the ropes.

Taylor with a back heel kick and a second one and a kick to the head. Taylor with another kick to the head and he gets a near fall. Romero wit a rollup for a near fall. Romero with a backslide for a near fall. Romero with an Asai DDT for a near fall. Romero goes for a suplex but Taylor lands on his feet and he forces Romero to tap out.

Winner: Rust Taylor

We go to the cleaning and disinfecting break.

We are back and we are told that next week, we will start NJPW Strong Detonation.

Match Number Three: Jeff Cobb versus JR Kratos

They lock up and Kratos with a side head lock. Cobb with a drop kick and forearm. Cobb with a chop and European uppercut. Cobb with a forearm and Kratos with a rollup for a near fall. Kratos with a punch and forearms to the back. Kratos with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Kratos with an Irish whip but he misses a splash into the corner. Cobb gets a near fall.

Cobb with knees to the back and he follows with a forearm and gets a near fall. Cobb with a head butt and Kratos with a kick. Cobb with a head butt and chop followed by a punch in the corner. Cobb goes for a suplex but Kratos blocks it. Cobb with a punch and Irish whip. Cobb misses an elbow intot eh corner and Kratos does not miss a splash. Kratos with a suplex and he gets a near fall.

Kratos punches Cobb and he gets a near fall. Kratos gets Cobb up for a slam but Cobb gets to his feet and he hits an Olympic Slam followed by a moonsault for a near fall. Kratos with an elbow and Cobb tries for a slam but Kratos gets to his feet and he tries for a sleeper. Cobb escapes and Kratos with a jumping knee and Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Cobb with an inside cradle for a near fall. Both men with clotheslines at the same time. Cobb with a German suplex and then he hits Tour of the Islands for the three count.

Winner: Jeff Cobb

After the match, Rust Taylor attacks Cobb but Cobb with forearms. Tom Lawlor also attacks Cobb and chokes him. Fred Rosser with a crossface chicken wing to Lawlor. Kratos takes care of Rosser. Rocky Romero comes out and so does Danny Limelight. Limelight attacks Romero with a clothesline. PJ Black sends Limelight to the floor.

Match Number Four: KENTA versus David Finlay in an IWGP United States Championship Briefcase Opportunity Match

The bell rings and KENTA backs into the ropes. They lock up and Finlay backs KENTA into the ropes and gives a clean break. They lock up and Finlay with a side head lock and KENTA with a rollup for a near fall. Finlay with a side head lock take down. Finlay with a shoulder tackle and hip toss. KENTA with an Irish whip. Finlay gets a near fall.

Finlay kicks KENTA. Finlay with forearms and kicks to the back. KENTA goes to the floor and Finlay follows with a double sledge off the apron. Finlay kicks KENTA on the floor. Finlay sends KENTA back into the ring but KENTA rolls to the other side. KENTA hits Finlay in the head with a chair when the referee is not looking. KENTA with punches.

KENTA with a neck breaker for a near fall. KENTA works on the neck and follows with a knee to the back. KENTA with a snap mare and kick to the back. KENTA with kicks to the chest. KENTA chokes Finlay in the corner. KENTA with an elbow to the back of the neck and he applies a reverse chin lock. Finlay gets to the ropes and KENTA releases the hold. KENTA with a knee drop. Finlay with punches but KENTA with elbows. Finlay with a belly-to-back suplex.

Finlay with forearms and a flying back elbow. Finlay with a running European uppercut into the corner followed by a back elbow off the turnbuckles. KENTA with elbows to block a uranage. Finlay with a back senton for a near fall. Finlay goes for a suplex but KENTA blocks it. KENTA kicks Finlay and goes to the turnbuckles and hits a tornado drop onto the top rope. KENTA with a clothesline off the turnbuckles for a near fall.

KENTA kicks Finlay in the ribs. KENTA with a hanging DDT in the ropes for a near fall. KENTA goes for Go 2 Sleep but Finlay gets to his feet. They exchange forearms. Finlay with a European uppercut and KENTA with a DDT. KENTA with a Yakuza Kick but Finlay with a forearm and clothesline for a near fall. Finlay with an ushigoroshi for a near fall. Inlay goes for an Acid Drop but KENTA avoids the move. Finlay with a flying shoulder but KENTA pulls the referee in the way. KENTA with a DDT and then he goes to get the briefcase. KENTA misses with the briefcase and Finlay with a stunner but the referee is still out. KENTA with a low blow and he hits Finlay with the briefcase just in time for the referee to wake up but KENTA can only get a near fall. KENTA with a kick to the chest and Go 2 Sleep for the three count.

Winner: KENTA (retains briefcase)

After the match, KENTA tells Finlay almost and you did a good job, but you are not on my level. Next time, same result.

We go to credits.

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