A big part of New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s international expansion has been putting on live shows outside of Japan. NJPW talent recently performed in the US and Canada as part of New Japan/ROH crossover tour War of the Worlds and the next (and third ever) fully NJPW show in the States, the G1 Special In San Francisco, will take place on July 7. But before that NJPW talent will perform that Strong Style Evolved UK, a cross-promotional event with RevPro and the second event under the Strong Style Evolved brand.
SSE UK is a two night event, with Night 1 on June 30 in Milton Keynes and Night 2 on July 1 in Altrincham, Greater Manchester. RevPro announced the matches for both shows today via Twitter.
- Shota Umino vs. ????
- Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi and Taiji Ishimori) vs. Aussie Open (Kyle Fetcher and Mark Davis)
- Suzukigun (Takashi Iizuka, Taichi, El Desperado) vs. Chaos (Switchblade Jay White, Toru Yano, Gedo)
- Tiger Mask vs. David Starr
- WALTER vs. Yugi Nagata
- Chris Brookes vs. Yoshi-Hashi
- Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Will Ospreay
- British Tag Team Championship match: Suzukigun (Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr.) (c) vs. Chaos (Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii)
- Dan Duggan vs. ???? (the same TBD opponent from Umino’s match on Night 1)
- Shota Umino vs. Yugi Nagata
- El Phantasmo vs. Taiji Ishimori vs. David Star vs. Tiger Mask
- Suzukigun (Takashi Iizuka, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado) vs. Chaos (Yoshi-Hashi, Toru Yano, Gedo)
- WALTER vs. Yujiro Takahashi
- Switchblade Jay White vs. Chris Brookes
- Taichi vs. Will Ospreay
- Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Kazuchika Okada
- Undisputed British Championship match: Tomohiro Ishii (c) vs. Minoru Suzuki
Okada vs. ZSJ is a rematch from Sakura Genesis, where the then-IWGP Heavyweight Champion defeated the New Japan Cup winner. The Ishii vs. Suzuki feud has been simmering for a while and finally came to a boil at Dominion, with both men refusing to stop fighting each other after their tag match had ended. Those of us wondering where this feud would culminate now have our answer!
Besides veteran performers and current stars, SSE UK will interestingly feature singles matches for two standout trainees: Young Lion Shota Umino and “LA Dojo standout” Dan Duggan, who has previously wrestled for Progress and other indies.
You can check out Strong Style Evolved UK on Rev Pro On Demand, or (at least select matches, like with Epic Encounter 2018) on New Japan World later. More information about the event is on revolutionprowrestling.com.