12 Biggest Stories From NJPW King Of Pro-Wrestling And What They Mean Going Forward

12. United States And Tag Team Titles Change Hands In Long Beach


Before Monday’s King Of Pro-Wrestling event in Tokyo, New Japan made a stop in Long Beach, CA for Fighting Spirit Unleashed on 30 September. The company’s third United States event in 2018 saw the return of high-paced and hard-hitting action to the Walter Pyramid, but the biggest news was that of two major title changes.

The Bullet Club OGs added the Heavyweight Tag belts to their collection as Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa defeated The Young Bucks after having already captured the NEVER Six-Man titles alongside Taiji Ishimori during the G1 Climax earlier this year. The Bullet Club civil war has raged for much of 2018 and as the OGs continue to rack up wins over their former comrades, it seems there is yet to be an end in sight.

Meanwhile, the Bullet Club Elite made up for the tag title loss when Cody conquered Juice Robinson for the IWGP United States belt later in the night. Cody's 2018 seemingly peaked at ALL IN when he captured the NWA Worlds title, but he would attempt to add a third title to his collection at King of Pro-Wrestling.


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