On Sunday, Robbie Eagles defeated El Desperado to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Grand Slam. Eagles captured the victory when he gave Desperado no option other than to tap out to the Ron Miller Special submission in the middle of the ring. This is Eagles’ first reign as the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and first title win as a member of the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) roster since joining in 2018.
The Australian-born Robbie Eagles laid down the challenge to Desperado following the win by the now former champion at Summer Struggle when he defeated Taiji Ishimori. It was the mark of Eagles’ return to the promotion for the first time since COVID-19 forced him to leave Japan. The win for Eagles was a surprise for many seeing that Desperado had been rather dominant as champion since winning the title and was expected to hold the gold until Hiromu Takahashi made his return. Clearly, this was not the case as Eagles proved to have more than enough to take the title away.
It was revealed at the beginning of Wrestle Grand Slam that Takahashi was officially cleared from his injury. He laid down the challenge to whoever won the match at the event. Eagles versus Takahashi should be on the way soon enough.
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