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Foundation of NJPW


NJPW was founded back in 1972. Antonio Inoki was the founder of the promotion

and served as President until 1989. While it started off as a member of the National

Wrestling Alliance or NWA, NJPW soon left. The promotion would be affiliated with

them once more in the early 90s and late 2000s for brief periods of time.

NJPW might be one of WWE’s biggest competitors in the present day, but they have

also worked with WWE in the past, as well as with TNA, WCW, GFW, and others.


Events:


The biggest event of NJPW takes place at the very beginning of the year at the

Tokyo Dome. It is known as Wrestle Kingdom and has often been known as the

WrestleMania of NJPW. Wrestle Kingdom has seen some of the best matches to

ever be hosted by the company, including last year’s debut for Chris Jericho in a

match against Kenny Omega. The event acts as an end or beginning to the year’s

biggest feuds.

There are several other competitions as well, but a tournament they host called the

G1 Climax, is possibly their second biggest event in the whole year. The tournament

is contested in two blocks in a round robin format, and takes place of the course of

two whole weeks. The winner then gets the chance to compete for the IWGP

Heavyweight Championship at the next year’s Wrestle Kingdom.


NJPW Hall of Fame and Top Superstars:


The NJPW Hall of Fame is the called NJPW Greatest Wrestlers. The list includes the

likes of Antonio Inoki, Kuniaki Kobayashi, Seiji Sakaguchi, Animal Hamaguchi to

name but a few.

However, over the years it has seen many great wrestlers compete from all around

the world, with the likes of Kenny Omega, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada,


Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, The Young Bucks, Tetsuya Naito, Tomohiro Ishii,

Will Ospreay and Minoru Suzuki coming to mind among the more recent

competitors.

NJPW Championships:

NJPW has a number of Championships under it currently.

The IWGP Heavyweight Championship is considered to be the most important and

prestigious. This is accompanied by the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, the

IWGP Tag Team Championship, the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, the

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, the NEVER Openweight

Championship and the NEVER Openweight 6-man Tag Team Championship.

The IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship was introduced in 2017 as the

company began to expand in the United States as well.

NJPW Divisions:

NJPW divides its roster up into two divisions – Heavyweight Division and Junior

Heavyweight Division. The Heavyweights have no weight limit, while the Junior

Heavyweights cannot weigh more than 220 lbs.

One of the controversies surrounding NJPW is their lack of a division for Women.

They do not have women’s wrestlers and women usually only work as valets in the

division.

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Lance Archer set to defend the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship at NJPW Resurgence against multi-time champion

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Jon Moxley warns former IWGP Heavyweight Champion for stepping through The Forbidden Door

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Tama Tonga vows revenge after Hikuleo's loss at AEW Fight For The Fallen

Tama Tonga vows revenge after Hikuleo's loss at AEW Fight For The Fallen

NJPW confirms the lineup for Super Jr. Tag League 2021 featuring two Bullet Club teams, Suzuki Gun and more

NJPW confirms the lineup for Super Jr. Tag League 2021 featuring two Bullet Club teams, Suzuki Gun and more

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Shingo Takagi to defend the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship against Bullet Club star at Wrestle Grand Slam in MetLife Dome

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AEW star Malakai Black vows to have NJPW run

AEW star Malakai Black vows to have NJPW run

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6 Daniel Bryan forbidden door matches possible in AEW

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Dangerous Tekkers become three-time IWGP Tag Team Champions at Wrestle Grand Slam

Dangerous Tekkers become three-time IWGP Tag Team Champions at Wrestle Grand Slam

Robbie Eagles makes history by winning the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Grand Slam

Robbie Eagles makes history by winning the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Grand Slam

Chase Owens becomes the provisional KOPW 2021 Champion at Wrestle Grand Slam

Chase Owens becomes the provisional KOPW 2021 Champion at Wrestle Grand Slam

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Kota Ibushi set to miss Wrestle Grand Slam; officially replaced by former IWGP Heavyweight Champion for title match

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5 dream matches for the Bullet Club in IMPACT Wrestling/AEW

5 dream matches for the Bullet Club in IMPACT Wrestling/AEW

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6 CM Punk forbidden door matches that are possible with AEW

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Kota Ibushi's Wrestle Grand Slam status in question after being diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia

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5 more NJPW stars we'd love to see in IMPACT Wrestling

Top 10 best NJPW matches of 2021 so far

Top 10 best NJPW matches of 2021 so far

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Chris Jericho says facing NJPW legend reminded him of working with The Undertaker

Chris Jericho says facing NJPW legend reminded him of working with The Undertaker

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Jon Moxley to return from hiatus at AEW: Fyter Fest 2021 

Jon Moxley to return from hiatus at AEW: Fyter Fest 2021 

Jay White set to defend the NEVER Openweight Championship against top contender at NJPW Resurgence

Jay White set to defend the NEVER Openweight Championship against top contender at NJPW Resurgence

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