The NJPW World Television Title will be defended at Battle In The Valley.
As seen below, NJPW has released a video that shows Clark Connors watching Zack Sabre Jr. become the inaugural NJPW World Television Champion at Wrestle Kingdom 17 in January, by defeating Ren Narita in the tournament finals. Connors said he was nothing but an afterthought in the tournament to crown the inaugural champion, but he’s studied Sabre and he’s ready for a fight. Connors then challenged ZSJ to the match for Battle In The Valley, and the match was officially announced.
ZSJ made his first title defense on February 5 at NJPW’s The New Beginning In Sapporo event, retaining over Tomohiro Ishii.
All NJPW World Television Title defenses will air on social media, and will have a time limit of 15 minutes.
NJPW Battle In the Valley will take place on Saturday, February 18 from the San Jose Civic Center in San Jose, CA. The pre-show will begin at 9:20pm ET, for free on FITE and YouTube, and the main card will begin at 10pm. Below is the updated card, along with the aforementioned vignette:
IWGP World Heavyweight Title Match
TBA vs. Shingo Takagi or Kazuchika Okada (c)
IWGP Women’s Title Match
Mercedes Moné vs. KAIRI (c)
NJPW World Television Title Match
Clark Connors vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (c)
NJPW Strong Openweight Title Match
KENTA vs. Fred Rosser (c)
NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Titles Match
The World Class Wrecking Crew vs. The Motor City Machine Guns (c)
Filthy Rules Match
Tom Lawlor vs. Homicide
Eddie Kingston vs. Jay White
Kushida, The DKC, Kevin Knight, and Volador Jr. vs. Impact World Champion Josh Alexander, CMLL’s NWA World Historic Welterweight Champion Rocky Romero, Mascara Dorada and Adrian Quest
Bobby Fish vs. David Finlay
JR Kratos vs. Alex Coughlin
A big time challenge!@clarkconnors has answered Zack sabre Jr.'s open challenge for the @njpwworld TV Championship at battle in the Valley!
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— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) February 9, 2023
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