NJPW Strong continues to grow as the American branch of New Japan Pro Wrestling. These tag titles are the next part of that growth.
NJPW Strong is the American branch of New Japan Pro Wrestling. The brand takes NJPW-style wrestling on tours across the US. The roster mostly features American pro wrestlers, but big names from Japan occasionally make appearances on Strong, as well.
Since August 2020, NJPW has aired weekly episodes that are more akin to American wrestling TV shows. The show as a whole is part of NJPW’s expansion into the US, as is the creation of their LA Dojo and their working relationships with AEW and IMPACT.
As mentioned previously, NJPW Strong began running weekly episodes in August 2020. Once COVID-19 protocols allowed, the company started taking its show on tour. So far, they’ve visited numerous cities up and down the east and west coasts, along with a few cities in Texas.
At the present, the only championship title in the show is the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship, currently held by Fred Rosser. Occasionally, other NJPW titles are defended on Strong, but those are always painted as special appearances. The NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championship will then become the second championship of the Strong brand.
An 8-team tournament will kick off on June 19 at NJPW’s show, Ignition. The finals will take place on July 14 in Charlotte, North Carolina. No teams have been announced yet, and with the belts being openweight, the possibilities are truly limitless.
The ever-present Forbidden Door might even play a role; perhaps we’ll see names from IMPACT or AEW come over and take their shot at tag team gold in New Japan. One thing that’s for sure is that this is a period of growth for NJPW in terms of American expansion, and fans in the US are in for a treat with this tournament.