Brody King and ‘Filthy’ Tom Lawlor have emerged as finalists of the New Japan Cup USA 2021 tournament.
New Japan had previously announced that the winner of the eight-man tournament would be going into the history books as the promotion’s inaugural Strong Openweight Champion.
Lawlor and King both had to qualify to enter the competition, prior to facing two tournament opponents en route to the finals.
For King, who previously wrestled in Japan as part of the 2019 Best Of The Super Juniors tour, contrasting stylistic matchups against Chris Dickinson and Lio Rush respectively had punctuated his path to the finals.
Former UFC star Tom Lawlor wrestled similarly varied opponents, scoring wins over both Ren Narita and the imposing Hikuleo.
Both men have been key figures on New Japan’s fledgeling US brand, with King having featured on the debut episode in August of 2020.
The Openweight belt is set to mirror the NEVER Openweight Championship, established in the Japanese wing of the company, allowing for challengers of any weight class to compete.
New Japan Cup 2021 Final, STRONG Openweight Championship Tom Lawlor vs Brody King
Rocky Romero vs Wheeler Yuta
TJP and Clark Connors vs Team Filthy (Chris Dickinson and JR Kratos)
New Japan Strong airs every Friday on New Japan’s subscription streaming service, New Japan World.