AEW’s Jon Moxley is set to compete for the chance to become the inaugural champion for a brand new championship.
It was recently announced that AEW’s Jon Moxley is set to compete at NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 18 event on January 4, when he faces off against Will Ospreay and David Finlay.
The match was set to be for Ospreay’s IWGP United States and United Kingdom Championships, but with Finlay destroying both titles, exactly what was on the line was not known.
However, NJPW today announced that the match will be for a brand new championship, the IWGP Global Championship.
NJPW Chairman Naoki Sugabayashi said:
‘The IWGP US Heavyweight Championship came into being in July 2017 to mark NJPW’s first major event in the United States of America in Long Beach. After its introduction, it became the symbol of NJPW competition in the USA.
In the years that followed, the title would be defended in Japan, becoming familiar to Japanese fans as well. However, with the introduction of the IWGP UK Championship this summer, there was confusion among fans as to the status of the title.
With that in mind, this new championship combines and adds to the US and UK Championship roles, and will be called the IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship. As has already been discussed in a recent business strategy presentation, NJPW is working to ensure that 2024 sees our presence grow not just in the UK and the US, but throughout all of Europe, the rest of Asia and Oceania.
With a mindfulness on the international space, there was discussion of renewing the defunct IWGP Intercontinental Championship, but as we see an entirely new level of international involvement, the IWGP Global Heavyweight name was decided to be the most fitting. We hope fans look forward to seeing the brand new title and the matches contested for it.
As a result, January 4’s three way at Wrestle Kingdom between Will Ospreay, Jon Moxley and David Finlay will officially determine the first IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion. Thank you’
The three-way is likely set to be Ospreay’s last as a full-time NJPW performer, with him set to start with AEW in February.
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