ACH & Alex Zayne Return, Blake Christian, PJ Black Make NJPW Debut

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The second week of NJPW Strong, the new Friday night show that features New Japan of America (NJoA) is bringing back familiar faces in indie superstar ACH, and Alex Zayne as well as featuring the New Japan debuts of Ring of Honor‘s PJ Black, indie darlings Blake Christian, and West Coast indie star Jordan Clearwater.

ACH makes his first appearance for NJPW since November of 2018, after competing in three straight NJPW Best of the Super Juniors (2016, 2017, 2018). The following year, he would sign with WWE and briefly compete in NXT as Jordan Myles. Following a controversial exit, ACH returned to the indies, where he’s recently become a new regular with Game Changer Wrestling (GCW).

Speaking of GCW, two of their 2019 “discoveries”, Alex Zayne and Blake Christian, while this is Christian’s debut for NJPW we have previously seen Zayne compete on US tours. It provides a huge platform for both men, who have become indie superstars in just over a year, competing for some of the most death-defying GIFs. Shortly before COVID shut ROH down, Alex Zayne made two appearances for the promotion, picking up wins over Bandido and Andrew Everett.

ROH star PJ Black (formerly Justin Gabriel of Nexus in WWE) is making his own long-awaited debut, outside of ROH/NJPW co-promotions such as the G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden or the War of the Worlds tour. Black joined Lucha Underground in 2015 following his WWE departure, then joined ROH in 2018. He recently re-signed a new deal with the company.

Jordan Clearwater from Dallas, Texas is only 23 years old, but he’s become a rising star on the West Coast indie scene. Originally trained in Ohio by Roger Ruffen, “The Golden Boy” debuted with Ruffen’s Northern Wrestling Federation (NWF) in 2016, before heading to the West Coast where he works for Championship Wrestling From Hollywood, Empire Wrestling Federation (EWF), and others. Last August, he competed on the IMPACT Wrestling co-promotion with CWFH, Wrestling Star Struck, where he faced off against AEW’s Peter Avalon.

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