Originally published at Tanahashi to meet winner of Archer vs. Hikuleo IWGP U.S. Title match
The next challenger to the U.S. Title has stepped forward.
As AEW Fight For The Fallen was underway, a video package aired which saw former 8-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi stake his claim to an IWGP U.S. Title match. It was confirmed that Tanahashi will be the next challenger to the title holder.
Later at Fight For The Fallen, the current champion Lance Archer is going to defend against Hikuleo. Archer became a two-time U.S. Champion by defeating Jon Moxley in a Texas Deathmatch on night two of Fyter Fest.
A new challenger has emerged! @njpw1972 ace Hiroshi Tanahashi (@tanahashi1_100) will challenge the winner of tonight’s #IWGP US Title match between @LanceHoyt and @Hiku_Leo.@njpwglobal @njpwworld @njpw1972 pic.twitter.com/VPj1YMgffD
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 29, 2021
The winner of the match is facing Tanahashi in Japan. Tanahashi was in action at NJPW Summer Struggle on 7/27.
He headlined Wrestle Grand Slam several days prior and challenged Shingo Takagi for the IWGP World Heavyweight Title.