Spoiler: New Japan Championship Changes Hands at STRONG Taping

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Following on from NJPW Capital Collision the U.S. arm of New Japan headed to the 2300 Arena for a taping that will fill out NJPW STRONG cards in the coming weeks. The major story coming out of the taping is that a New Japan Championship changed hands when Fred Rosser defeated “FIlthy” Tom Lawlor to become the second NJPW STRONG Openweight Champion in company history.

Fred Rosser Wins New Japan Championship

Fred Rosser, known for his time in WWE as Darren Young, has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of NJPW STRONG. From early on Rosser has been a focal point of the show with his feud against Team Filthy being one of the major stories of the brand. During his time on STRONG he has been able to refine his in-ring skills and become one of the stronger workers on the weekly show.

Not many ever could have predicted that Darren Young of the Prime Time Players would one day hold a New Japan Championship but the trailblazing Rosser has put in the work to become a big part of NJPW STRONG. It also shouldn’t be overlooked that Fred Rosser is likely one of the first, if not the very first, openly gay men to ever win a title in New Japan Pro Wrestling. Fred Rosser continues to break down barriers and inspire a whole generation, long may he reign.

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