Hiroshi Tanahashi was the first NJPW star named to participate in the joint show, Multiverse United 2: For Whom the Bell Tolls, with Impact. When the Ace comes calling, top opponents step up for the challenge.
Alex Shelley wants to test himself, so he requested the match. Stakes will be high against Tanahashi with the Impact World Championship on the line. Shelley aims to show why he is now the best in the world.
BREAKING: @fakekinkade has laid out a HUGE challenge to @tanahashi1_100 for an IMPACT World Championship match at #MultiverseUnited2 on August 20 in the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA! @njpwglobal— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 26, 2023
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Tanahashi accepted the bout, and Impact made it official for Multiverse United 2 on August 20 in Philadelphia, PA.
BREAKING: The match is OFFICIAL! @fakekinkade will defend the IMPACT World Championship against @tanahashi1_100 at #MultiverseUnited2 on August 20 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. @njpwglobal— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 28, 2023
Get tickets HERE: https://t.co/QqMDilHgin pic.twitter.com/V6sQHEyu6c
Shelley and Tanahashi have been partners and opponents over the years in tag team matches ranging from standard to 10-man, but they have never wrestled one-on-one. Tanahashi has momentum in the Multiverse series by picking up a win over “Speedball” Mike Bailey back in March.
The card to date for Multiverse United 2: For Whom the Bell Tolls includes:
- Impact World Championship: Alex Shelley (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
- Lio Rush & Trey Miguel vs. Hiromu Takahashi & “Speedball” Mike Bailey”
Multiverse 2 will be available for streaming through Fite TV.
What are your thoughts on Shelley versus Tanahashi for the Impact World Championship?