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NJPW News: Jon Moxley wins back the IWGP US Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 14

Soumik Datta
Published 04 Jan 2020, 16:15 IST
04 Jan 2020, 16:15 IST

Jon Moxley prevails!
Jon Moxley prevails!

In his Wrestle Kingdom debut, Jon Moxley put up another classic performance at the Tokyo Dome, as The Death Rider won back the IWGP United States Championship from Lance Archer following a brutal Texas Deathmatch between the two former WWE Superstars.

Follow the Wrestle Kingdom 14 live commentary here.

How did Jon Moxley lose the IWGP US Championship?

Having won the IWGP US Championship in his first-ever match for New Japan Pro Wrestling at the 2019 Best of Super Junior Finals, Jon Moxley was forced to vacate the title after having failed to travel to Japan due to Typhoon Hagibis before the King of Pro Wrestling event.

Instead, Moxley was replaced by Lance Archer in the title match, as The American Psycho defeated Juice Robinson to win his first singles title in New Japan by capturing the IWGP US Championship.

Jon Moxley wins back the IWGP US Championship

On the first night of Wrestle Kingdom 14 and in the first singles title match of the evening, Jon Moxley won back the IWGP US Title from Lance Archer in one of the most brutal matches of the year (and its just the fourth day of the year!).

The two men hit each other with brutal chair and trash can lid shots throughout the match, and Archer even choke-slammed a young lion into Moxley at one point in the encounter.

The finish to the contest saw Moxley hit Archer a Death Rider DDT through two tables that were placed on the outside, as the AEW star became a two-time IWGP US Champion. Following the match, Moxley took to the microphone and sent a message to Juice Robinson, against whom the former will defend the IWGP US Championship on Night 2.

Modified 04 Jan 2020, 16:15 IST
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