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Kenny Omega to make first IWGP US Heavyweight title defense at ‘Destruction in Kobe’



Inaugural IWGP United States Champion Kenny Omega will defend his shiny new title for the first time since winning the strap in a 2-day tournament last month in Long Beach. The first challenger for his title will be none other than Juice Robinson. Robinson made his case for a title shot by upsetting Omega on Night 14 of this year’s G1 Climax tournament.

‘Destruction in Kobe’ takes place on September 24th beginning at 3 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. local time. It’ll be the last of three Destruction cards to air live on NJPWWorld.

The first card, Destruction in Fukushima, will take place on September 10th beginning at 3 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. local time and will headlined by a NEVER Openweight title match between Minoru Suzuki (c) and Michael Elgin. The second card will take go down on September 16th at 5 a.m. ET, 6 p.m. local time and will see IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi putting his title on the line against Zack Sabre Jr.

You can find the full card for ‘Destruction in Kobe’ below.

IWGP United States Championship
Kenny Omega (c) vs. Juice Robinson

Tag Team Match
Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay (Chaos) vs. Evil & Hiromu Takahashi (L.I.J)

6-man Tag Team Match
Rocky Romero, Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano (Chaos) vs. Bushi, Sanada & Tetsuya Naito (L.I.J.)

IWGP Tag Team Championship (Three-Way)
War Machine (c) vs. Killer Elite Squad vs. G.O.D.

6-man Tag Team Match
Taichi, Takashi Iizuka & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (Suzuki-gun) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ricochet & Ryusuke Taguchi (Taguchi Japan)

6-man Tag Team Match
Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi (Bullet Club) vs. Beretta, Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi (Chaos)

Tag Team Match
David Finlay & Togi Makabe vs. Katsuya Kitamura & Michael Elgin

Tag Team Match
Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask vs. El Desperado & Taka Michinoku

Tag Team Match
Hirai Kawato & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Shota Umino & Tomoyuki Oka

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