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Lion's Break Project 1

Logo of the first Lion's Break Project show

Lion's Break is the developmental branch of professional wrestling promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), which holds events under the banner of Lion's Break Project. The branch was officially announced on July 6, 2018, and held its first show on November 10 and 11, 2018. In addition to NJPW wrestlers, the Lion's Break Project shows also feature wrestlers from other promotions, resulting in unique cards.

The first events were held in the United States in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center. Wrestlers from promotions such as Ring of Honor (ROH) and other independent promotions have also taken part in the project. NJPW rookies Alex Coughlin, Karl Fredericks and Clark Connors have made their official debuts at Lion's Break Project shows.

History

In April 2017, NJPW went public with their plan of an American expansion, which included establishing a subsidiary and running extended tours in the United States with California as the base, while also establishing a dojo for training Americans in Los Angeles, run by Rocky Romero. The full-scale running of the American market was set to launch in 2018. According to NJPW owner Takaaki Kidani, the plan was a direct response to WWE taking four wrestlers, including AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura, from NJPW in January 2016. In July 2, Takaaki Kidani stated that NJPW was going to open an office in Los Angeles before the end of 2017, with a dojo to be opened at the start of 2018.

On March 24, 2018 NJPW held "Strong Style Saturday" at the newly-opened NJPW LA Dojo, where they announced that Katsuyori Shibata serving as head trainer and ROH wrestler Scorpio Sky serving as an assistant trainer for the newly established dojo. In addition of the opening of the NJPW Dojo in USA, on July 6, NJPW announced a developmental branch similar to the Lion's Gate in Japan which is called Lion's Break would be holding its first show on November 10 and 11, 2018, in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center. NJPW had earlier attempted a developmental branch with a project named NEVER in Japan, which held shows between 2010 and 2012.

Events

Lion's Break Project 1

Lion's Break Project 1
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Brand(s) Lion's Break
Date November 10, 2018
November 11, 2018[1]
Venue Anaheim Convention Center[1]
City Anaheim, California, U.S.[1]
Event chronology

Power Struggle (2018) Lion's Break Project 1 World Tag League 2018
Lion's Break Project chronology

First Lion's Break Project 1 Lion's Break Project 2

The first Lion's Break Project event was held on November 10 and 11, 2018, in Anaheim, California at Anaheim Convention Center.[2] The event featured eight matches, with 4 matches in each night, in which including one match featuring the official debuts of Karl Fredericks and Alex Coughlin two new young lions from the US Dojo also debuting was Clark Connors losing against NJPW veteran Jushin Thunder Liger.[1]

Night 1
# Results[1][2] Stipulations Times
1 Karl Fredericks and Alex Coughlin wrestled to a time limit draw Singles match 10:00
2 Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Rocky Romero Singles match 09:24
3 David Finlay defeated Jushin Thunder Liger Singles match 08:40
4 Hirooki Goto defeated ACH Singles match 12:54
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match
Night 2
# Results[1][2] Stipulations Times
1 ACH defeated Karl Fredericks Singles match 05:08
2 Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Clark Connors Singles match 05:09
3 Jeff Cobb and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated CHAOS (Hirooki Goto and Rocky Romero) Tag team match 17:15
4 Kenny Omega defeated David Finlay Singles match 12:41
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match

Lion's Break Project 2

The second Lion's Break Project event will be held on December 7 and 8, 2019, in Anaheim, California at Anaheim Convention Center.[4]
Night 1
# Results Stipulations Times
1 Alex Coughlin defeated Barret Brown Singles match 6:47
2 Aaron Solow and Misterioso defeated Riegel Twins (Logan Riegel and Sterling Riegel) Tag Team match 10:11
3 Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Clark Connors Singles match 7:42
4 El Desperado defeated Ren Narita Singles match 11:29
5 Bullet Club (El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori) defeated Ryusuke Taguchi and Rocky Romero Tag Team match 15:41
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match
Night 2
# Results Stipulations Times
1 Aaron Solow defated Alex Coughlin Singles match 6:38
2 Riegel Twins (Logan Riegel and Sterling Riegel) defeated Barret Brown and Misterioso Tag Team match 8:03
3 El Phantasmo defeated Clark Connors Singles match 7:05
4 Taiji Ishimori defeated Ren Narita Singles match 10:59
5 Bullet Club (El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru) defeated Ryusuke Taguchi and Rocky Romero Tag Team match 10:59
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match
Lion's Break Project 3 The third Lion's Break Project event will be held on April 2, 2020, in Tampa, Florida at the Ritz Ybor.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 en:Full Card for Lion’s Break: Project 1 Released! (in English). New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2018-10-30). Retrieved on 2018-10-30.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 en:NJPW REVEALS CARDS FOR LION'S BREAK PROJECT 1 (in English). New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2018-10-30). Retrieved on 2018-10-30.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 en:NJPW and Lion’s Break returns to CharaExpo USA on December 7th and 8th!! (in English). New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2019-05-17). Retrieved on 2019-05-17.
  4. en:NJPW LION'S BREAK PROJECT 2 SET FOR ANAHEIM (in English). Wrestling Observer Newsletter (2019-05-17). Retrieved on 2019-05-17.
  5. 5.0 5.1 en:NJPW Lion's Gate Project 3 added to WrestleCon (in English). New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2019-01-14). Retrieved on 2019-01-16.

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