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Buddy Matthews confirmed to make his NJPW debut in a huge match against former IWGP Heavyweight Champion

Buddy Matthews will face Kazuchika Okada at NJPW Battle in the Valley
Buddy Matthews will face Kazuchika Okada at NJPW Battle in the Valley
Soumik Datta
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Kazuchika Okada is set to face Buddy Matthews at NJPW Battle in the Valley in the US. Following his big win at NJPW's recent Power Struggle event, The Rainmaker called Matthews out for a match.

The former WWE Superstar will face Okada in what will be Matthews' debut match for New Japan Pro Wrestling. A few weeks ago, NJPW aired an incredible promo to hype up the debut of Buddy Matthews. Shortly afterward, the former WWE star himself took to Twitter to hint towards a match against Okada.

As things turned out, a match between the two was eventually confirmed, as Okada is set to make his way to the US for the first time in years:

It's official!After Kazuchika Okada's comments to Buddy Matthews backstage after Power Struggle, Okada vs Matthews is ON for Battle in the Valley!Details: njpw1972.com/107837Tickets: ticketmaster.com/event/1C005B0A…#njpw #njValley https://t.co/0SEYFUA9PB

NJPW's Battle in the Valley will feature a handful of other matches including Buddy Matthews vs. Kazuchika Okada

Kazuchika Okada 'Hey Buddy Matthews! See you in San Jose'BREAKING: @rainmakerXokada officially challenges @SNM_Buddy for Battle in the Valley:njpw1972.com/108011#njpst #njValley https://t.co/ADZApzI54g

In addition to Buddy Matthews vs. Kazuchika Okada, NJPW's Battle in the Valley will feature Jay White defending his NEVER Openweight Championship against Tomohiro Ishii. Will Ospreay will face Ren Narita in a singles match, as well.

IMPACT Wrestling Champion Moose will also be in action against Juice Robinson. The United Empire's Jeff Cobb and TJP will team up for a match against Karl Fredericks & Clark Connors.

Here's the full match card for NJPW Battle in the Valley:

  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Jay White (c) vs. Tomohiro Ishii
  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Buddy Matthews
  • Will Ospreay vs. Ren Narita
  • Juice Robinson vs. Moose
  • Jeff Cobb & TJP vs. Karl Fredericks & Clark Connors
  • Tom Lawlor, JR Kratos, Danny Limelight, Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson vs. Fred Rosser, David Finlay, Rocky Romero, Alex Coughlin & Alex Zayne
  • Brody King & Chris Dickinson vs. Bateman & Misterioso
  • Josh Alexander vs. Yuya Uemura

NJPW has already lined up quite the stacked card for Battle in the Valley. The show will air on NJPW World and will go head-to-head against AEW's Full Gear pay-per-view.


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Edited by Arjun
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