Dave Meltzer notes that the reason the two women’s matches were announced today is because the visas for the Stardom wrestlers just came through. NJPW knew they were coming through but didn’t know if it was going to happen in time for Rumble on 44th Street, so it was a photo finish. They had stopped advertising the Stardom women because of that and were going under the impression the debuts would be on a later date.
Two women’s matches are set to take place at NJPW Rumble on 44th Street.
NJPW has announced that Stardom’s Mayu Iwatani will defend her SWA World Championship against KiLynn King at Rumble on 44th Street in New York City this Friday (October 28). The SWA World Championship is a title where the champion can only accept challenges from wrestlers who are from countries other than their own.
A kickoff match has also been announced for Rumble on 44th Street, with Waka Tsukiyama & Mina Shirakawa teaming against Kylie Rae & Tiara James to open the show. The kickoff match will air for free on Fite TV and NJPW World.
It was announced this July that Stardom wrestlers would be competing on NJPW cards in the United States going forward.
Rumble on 44th Street is being held at the Palladium Times Square. A Halloween-themed event titled The Night Before Rumble on 44th Street will also take place at the venue this Thursday. Both pay-per-views will be available live via Fite TV. The Night Before Rumble on 44th Street will have a mystery card with matches not announced until wrestlers make their way to the ring.
The updated card for Rumble on 44th Street is listed below:
NJPW Rumble on 44th Street (Friday, October 28) —
- Kazuchika Okada & Eddie Kingston vs. Jay White & Juice Robinson
- KOPW 2022 New York City Street Fight: Shingo Takagi defends against El Phantasmo
- SWA World Champion Mayu Iwatani defends against KiLynn King
- Minoru Suzuki vs. Clark Connors
- Wheeler Yuta, Homicide & Shota Umino vs. Tom Lawlor, Jorel Nelson & Royce Isaacs
- NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions Aussie Open defend against Motor City Machine Guns and Kevin Knight & The DKC in a three-way match
- Rocky Romero & YOH vs. Yujiro Takahashi & SHO
- Waka Tsukiyama & Mina Shirakawa vs. Kylie Rae & Tiara James (kickoff match)
- Two women’s matches added to NJPW Rumble on 44th Street – WON/F4W
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