NJPW Battle in the Valley notes: Ospreay talks growing up in NJPW, Chosen Bros reunite, Giulia retains, Kingston/Kidd

The headlining match of NJPW Battle in the Valley was former IWGP World Heavyweight Champions Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay going one-on-one. It was Ospreay’s last singles match in the company and he was bested by Okada who finished him off with a ‘Rainmaker’. As Okada and Ospreay were embracing one another post-match, BULLET CLUB War Dogs (David Finlay, Gabe Kidd, Clark Connors & Alex Coughlin) ran in and beat them both down. Making the save was Eddie Kingston, Jeff Cobb and TJP. When it was Ospreay, TJP and Cobb left in the ring, Ospreay spoke to the audience about growing up in NJPW and named Okada as the best wrestler ever. He promoted the United Empire versus BULLET CLUB War Dogs Steel Cage match that is taking place on February 11th at NJPW The New Beginning in Osaka which is going to be his last match in NJPW. 

The Chosen Bros (Jeff Cobb & Matt Riddle) reunited. Cobb was Riddle’s mystery partner and the former PWG World Tag Team Champions defeated TMDK’s Zack Sabre Jr. and Bad Dude Tito. 

Eddie Kingston put his AEW Continental Crown on the line against Gabe Kidd. Their match resulted in a count out. Kingston was about to get back in the ring before the 20-count, but Kidd called him a “fat b*tch” and Eddie proceeded to throw punches at Kidd on the outside. Clark Connors and Alex Coughlin helped Kidd take Eddie out. 

The eighth defense of the STRONG Women’s Championship was made when Giulia bested Trish Adora to retain. 

Hikuleo and El Phantasmo held onto their STRONG Openweight Tag Team Championships by beating Alex Coughlin and Clark Connors.

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