New Japan Pro Wrestling issued the following press release announcing another matchup for the February 9th New Beginning event from Osaka Jo Hall. IWGP United States champion Jon Moxley puts his title on the line against Minoru Suzuki in singles-action. After reclaiming the gold from Lance Archer at night one of WrestleKingdom and successfully defending in on night two against Juice Robinson, Moxley was confronted by the Suzuki-Gun leader, who dropped him with his signature Gotch-Style piledriver. Details are below.
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In the seventh match of the night, the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship is at stake as Jon Moxley defends against Minoru Suzuki. In a unique turn of events at Wrestle Kingdom 14, Moxley both won and defended his US gold in the span of one weekend, defeating Lance Archer in a Texas Deathmatch war on night one, and then retaining his title by narrowly defeating Juice Robinson the very next night. Before Moxley could soak in his success however, some familiar and sinister music played, and Minoru Suzuki headed to the ring to deliver a Gotch Style Piledriver. Then at New Year Dash, Moxley repaid the favour with the Deathrider on the King.
Moxley has been very public about respecting Minoru Suzuki and wanting to test himself against him. The old adage of one having to be careful for what they wish could come back to bite Moxley here, as Suzuki seeks to become the King of the United States of America.