At Wrestle Kingdom 15, Kota Ibushi defeated Tetsuya Naito to become the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion. Since becoming a double champion, Ibushi retained his titles against Sanada and Tetsuya Naito. Although Ibushi holds both titles, things are about to change.
According to Tokyo Sports, New Japan Pro Wrestling is going to merge the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the Intercontinental Championship into the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.
After the report from Tokyo Sports, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced that the company will be holding a press conference on Monday at 3 PM Japanese Standard Time,
Since being introduced to New Japan in 2010, the IWGP Intercontinental Championship has been the mid-card championship of New Japan and has been held by the likes of Shinsuke Nakamura, Tetsuya Naito, Chris Jericho, and Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Since 1987, the IWGP Heavyweight Championship has quite honestly been the best title in Japan. The title has been held by some of the greatest to ever compete in New Japan like Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, The Great Muta, Shinya Hashimoto, and Yuji Nagata.
Photo Credit: New Japan Pro Wrestling.
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