On the July 28th episode of AEW Dynamite, new IWGP United States Champion Lance Archer made the first defence of his title and then accepted a surprising challenge from one of New Japan’s biggest ever stars.
Before the title match between Archer and Hikuleo, Hiroshi Tanahashi appeared via video to challenge the winner to a future title bout.
Soon after Dynamite, New Japan announced that the match will take place at their Resurgence event set to broadcast on FITE on 14th August 2021 at the L.A Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.
A potential storyline was also set up for Jon Moxley to make his return to New Japan action. Later on Dynamite he cut a promo questioning why Tanahashi and others were quiet when he was champion. He suggested that the challengers are coming out of the woodwork now he has relinquished the title. Could this set up Moxley once again making his presence felt on the Japanese scene.