KENTA defeated Hikuleo to regain the NJPW STRONG Openweight Championship at NJPW Resurgence in Long Beach, California on May 21st.
It was a wild match in which they fought all over the Walter Pyramid Arena including backstage. The match spilled into the crowd as KENTA, who gained the advantage, pushed Hikuleo over a barricade, which was about 10 feet off the ground, and through a table.
Another look at the terrifying spill that granted KENTA the STRONG Openweight title!
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) May 22, 2023
KENTA returned to the ring but Hikuleo was unable to beat the 20 count and KENTA was declared the new NJPW STRONG Openweight Champion. KENTA is the first two time NJPW STRONG Openweight Champion.
After his victory, Eddie Kingston appeared on screen to cut a video promo. Kingston indicated he is coming for KENTA and NJPW STRONG Openweight Title once he is fully healed from recent hernia surgery.
— 👆K.S.P 👆 (@KSP20629823) May 22, 2023
KENTA responded to Eddie Kingston’s challenge by stating “Anytime, Anyplace because I’m (expletive) KENTA!”
In response to Eddie Kingston’s challenge for the #njpwSTRONG Openweight Title?
— Monthly Puroresu (@MonthlyPuroresu) May 22, 2023