Aussie Open Vacates IWGP & NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Titles

Injury setback forces surprising title shake-up in NJPW.

by Noman Rasool
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Aussie Open Vacates IWGP & NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Titles

In a surprising turn of events during the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) Resurgence pay-per-view, Kyle Fletcher of the famous tag team Aussie Open announced that his partner Mark Davis is facing an injury setback. As a result, they must forfeit their NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Titles and the prestigious IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Titles.

This unanticipated development promises to add an exciting new dynamic to the forthcoming NJPW Dominion event on June 4 in Osaka, Japan. The matches scheduled for that night will now determine two new sets of champions following the titles' relinquishment by Aussie Open.

Instead of the planned initial Triple Threat, Aussie Open vs. Bishamon (featuring Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi) vs. House of Torture (comprising EVIL and Yujiro Takahashi) will transition into a traditional tag team matchup.

The victorious team in this clash between Bishamon and House of Torture will emerge as the new bearers of the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions.

Fletcher's Vow to Regain Titles

As Fletcher made his unexpected announcement, the passionate intensity of his promo was palpable.

He certainly conveyed Aussie Open's resolve to reclaim their titles, promising their journey to make history is far from over. The first chapter of this historic title run started on April 8 at NJPW Sakura Genesis, when Aussie Open triumphed over Bishamon to win the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Titles.

This initial reign lasted 43 recognized days. Their dominance didn't stop there; a week later, at NJPW Capital Collision on April 15, they secured their second reign as the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions. They clinched this title in a thrilling Triple Threat match against MCMG and the current NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Champions Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi.

This second reign spanned 36 recognized days. The professional wrestling world watches with bated breath as the Aussie Open's extraordinary saga takes a new turn. The shockwaves of their relinquishment will undoubtedly be felt at NJPW Dominion, leaving fans and competitors eagerly anticipating what's to come.

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