FTR gets opponents for NJPW Battle Autumn.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling has announced that FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) will defend their IWGP Tag Team Titles against United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) at the November 5 NJPW Battle Autumn event.
FTR won the IWGP tag team titles from United Empire at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door in a triple threat match that also involved Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero and Trent Beretta).
FTR makes their long-awaited Japanese NJPW debut in Osaka to put the IWGP Tag Team Championships on the line against Jeff Cobb and Great-O-Khan. What arguably should have been an open and closed case for an FTR title defense ended with a few more twists in the story for the United Empire side. The former IWGP Tag Champions lost their titles unpinned as FTR took gold by defeating Roppongi Vice in a three-way match at Forbidden Door. Cobb and O-Khan were justified in demanding a rematch, but first faced other former champions, first Bad Luck Fale and Chase Owens, then Hirooki Goto and YOSHI-HASHI.
In the meantime, FTR defended their titles in London against the Aussie Open in what many have called the tag team match of the year. Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis came close to winning the titles in London, will O-Khan and Cobb finish the job in Osaka?
Here’s the current lineup for NJPW Battle Autumn on November 5.
NJPW Fall Battle (11/5)
- IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) (c) vs. United Empire (Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb)
- Kazuchika Okada and Tama Tonga vs. Jay White and KENTA
- Incredible Parejas: Master Wato, Taiji Ishimori, El Desperado & Hiromu Takahashi (couples to be determined)
- IWGP World Television Championship Semi-Finals: Zack Saber Jr vs EVIL
- IWGP World Television Championship Semi-Finals: SANADA vs. Ren Narita
- Hikuleo vs. Yujiro Takahashi
- Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano, David Finlay and Alex Zayne against United Empire (Aaron Henare, Gideon Gray, Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher)
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: TJP & Francesco Akira (c) vs. BUSHI & Titan
Fightful will have NJPW Battle Autumn coverage and results on November 5. Fans can find results from past NJPW events at Fightful’s results section.