NJPW New Japan Strong (High Alert Episode 1) Results – August 13, 2022

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Shane Haste vs. Jorel Nelson

A side headlock from Shane Haste starts things off, but Jorel Nelson rolled his way down as a headlock takedown of his own was quickly escaped before a dropkick took Nelson to the outside. Haste’s plancha misses Nelson but he’s able to knock Nelson into the railings as they trade chops and uppercuts before Haste got thrown into the railings.

A wild back body drop from Nelson popped Haste into the ropes and onto the apron from the floor, getting a two count after returning to the ring. Nelson adds a Dragon screw for good measure, before he worked over Haste’s leg by the ropes. Another back body drop followed from Nelson, before double knees squashed Haste in the corner.

Nelson pulls Haste out of the corner with a Cloverleaf but Haste powers out of the hold before a third back body drop was countered into a DDT. A low bridge takes Nelson outside ahead of a slingshot spear to the floor Haste quickly takes it back inside as a cannonball kept Nelson on the defensive while a powerbomb nearly won it.

Haste follows with kicks to the leg, then a Saito suplex but Nelson countered back with a superkick and a diving kick for a near fall. Nelson’s caught on the top rope with a dropkick as Haste then superplexed him to the mat while a chop block and a roll up and a big handful of tights gets Nelson the win.

Winner: Jorel Nelson (8:16) 

Rocky Romero’s outside, talking about how Roppongi Vice came up short against the United Empire & FTR for the IWGP Tag Team Titles at Forbidden Door. Rocky’s getting flashbacks to a near fall on Dax Harwood, and he’s got a chance to get a singles win over him

Big Damo vs. Hikuleo

Match starts off with a stare down before our opening lock up was thrown aside. Big Damo charges out of the corner with shoulder tackles, which staggered Hikuleo who then charged down Damo with one of his own. A clothesline sends Hikuleo over the top rope to the outside, where the pair fought with right hands and chops, before Damo got thrown into the ring post.

They tease a double count out as Hikuleo chopped Damo by the rails but Damo heads back inside and took a clothesline for a near fall. Damo held onto the ropes to avoid a powerslam, then came back with a crossbody, before a pair of splashes in the corner and a shotgun dropkick left Hikuleo laying.

Damo adds a cannonball to that for a near fall, before he hoisted up Hikuleo for a Fireman’s carry slam and a back senton. A Vader bomb misses, but Damo kicks away a chokeslam before the powerslam took Damo down while a chokeslam followed seconds later for the win.

Winner: Hikuleo (6:18)

We get a video package summarising the latter stages of the Strong Openweight Tag Team Title Tournament.

Finals Of The Strong Openweight Tag Team Titles Tournament
Christopher Daniels & Yuya Uemura vs. Aussie Open

Kyle Fletcher & Christopher Daniels start us off, as Kyle’s headlock takedown took things to the mat where Daniels looked to get an early upset with a roll up. Yuya Uemura tags in and hits a two handed chop to knock Fletcher down, before Daniels tagged in to hit a slingshot elbow drop after a Uemura slam.

Double back elbows knock Kyle down as double teams drew in Mark Davis only for Uemura to barge him out of the ring. A flapjack from Uemura dropped Daniels onto Fletcher for a two count, with a single leg lariat from the veteran Daniels following for another two-count. Davis again tries to interfere, but Daniels shrugs it off, lifting Fletcher to the outside before he missed a plancha, which allowed Aussie Open to drive Daniels & Uemura into each other on the floor.

Back inside, Davis tagged in as Aussie Open focused on Daniels, combining a PK and a back senton before Davis kneeled on Daniels for just a one count. Aussie Open play pass the parcel with Christopher Daniels in a stalling suplex, before Fletcher chopped Daniels in the ropes. Davis tagged in, but got cradled but Kyle Fletcher’s distracted the ref for long enough for Davis to kick out at two.

Daniels manages to make a comeback with a rana to Fletcher, before he made the tag out to Uemura, who cleared house on Kyle, then took Davis to the corner. A leaping forearm into the corner and a bulldog out of it gets Uemura a two count, as did a back suplex moments later. A headbutt from Davis gets him free as Fletcher returned but Uemura avoids a double team, low bridging Davis to the outside ahead of a capture suplex.

Uemura heads up top, but Fletcher stops him in the corner Daniels makes the save as instead Kyle took a Doomsday Bulldog for a near fall. Davis hiptosses Daniels to the outside, before Uemura ate the assisted the Dental Plan. An assisted Aussie Arrow out of the corner’s good for a near fall, before Daniels broke up a Coriolos, with Uemura almost snatching a win with a roll up.

A parade of moves broke out from there, before a flying ‘rana from Daniels was violently turned into a powerbomb by Davis. Uemura’s still legal, but his second roll up’s blocked as another Dental Plan’s blocked leading to a Frankensteiner by Uemura, who was getting agonisingly close to a marquee win. Uemura’s fighting off Aussie Open though, ducking another Coriolis, before he got cornered with a leaping clothesline and a sliding punch.

From there, Uemura’s hauled up for the Coriolis at the 3rd attempt and that’s enough for the win.

Winners & 1st Ever Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions: Aussie Open (11:57) (NEW CHAMPIONS!!!) 

After the match Aussie Open celebrate with the Strong Openweight Tag Team Titles to end the show.

Next week we’ve got Hiromu Takahashi vs. El Desperado vs. Blake Christian  in the main event.

After the show Aussie Open crowed about how they’d only been in New Japan for a few months and had already won some titles Jorel Nelson interrupts them and asked for a Strong Openweight Tag Team Title shot at Fighting Spirit Unleashed alongside Royce Isaacs.