AEW Star Loses Title In Japan

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NJPW STRONG Independence Day night two took place in the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, and on a big night of action in the hallowed hall, it was a bad day at the office for one AEW star.

Willow Nightingale went into the event as the inaugural NJPW STRONG Women’s Champion after she defeated Mercedes Mone for the gold back in May. That in itself was a pivot after Mone, who had previously held the IWGP Women’s Title, was injured in the match with Nightingale so the finish was changed during the bout.

Nightingale carried her title into Forbidden Door as she had the chance to become a double champion as she challenged Toni Storm for the AEW Women’s Title but Storm was able to weather that challenge and escape with her championship.

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At NJPW STRONG Independence Day night 2, Nightingale defended her title against former World of Stardom Champion, Giulia. In the end, it was Giulia who picked up the victory, sending Nightingale back to AEW without her title. Fans will no doubt now be salivating at the prospect of a bout between Mercedes Mone and Giulia over that gold somewhere down the line.

While the night might not have gone well for Willow Nightingale, it was a banner night in the career of Eddie Kingston as he picked up NJPW gold for the first time in his career.