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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.

Videos
Former WWE Superstar Buddy Matthews calls out five-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion for a blockbuster match
Former WWE Superstar Buddy Matthews calls out five-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion for a blockbuster match

Former WWE Superstar Buddy Matthews calls out five-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion for a blockbuster match

NJPW announces a stacked match card for Power Struggle 2021 featuring Shingo Takagi, Kazuchika Okada, and major title matches
NJPW announces a stacked match card for Power Struggle 2021 featuring Shingo Takagi, Kazuchika Okada, and major title matches

NJPW announces a stacked match card for Power Struggle 2021 featuring Shingo Takagi, Kazuchika Okada, and major title matches

5 dream opponents for Katsuyori Shibata in WWE
5 dream opponents for Katsuyori Shibata in WWE

5 dream opponents for Katsuyori Shibata in WWE

5 dream opponents for Katsuyori Shibata in AEW
5 dream opponents for Katsuyori Shibata in AEW

5 dream opponents for Katsuyori Shibata in AEW

Katsuyori Shibata returns to in-ring action in a special exhibition match at the G1 Climax 31 finals
Katsuyori Shibata returns to in-ring action in a special exhibition match at the G1 Climax 31 finals

Katsuyori Shibata returns to in-ring action in a special exhibition match at the G1 Climax 31 finals

"I like to push myself physically" - Bryan Danielson admits that he would like to compete in NJPW's historic tournament

"I like to push myself physically" - Bryan Danielson admits that he would like to compete in NJPW's historic tournament

Kazuchika Okada wins G1 Climax 31 after former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion suffers broken arm
Kazuchika Okada wins G1 Climax 31 after former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion suffers broken arm

Kazuchika Okada wins G1 Climax 31 after former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion suffers broken arm

Lio Rush opens up about NJPW reaching out to him after WWE release
Lio Rush opens up about NJPW reaching out to him after WWE release

Lio Rush opens up about NJPW reaching out to him after WWE release

Buddy Matthews fka Buddy Murphy set to make his NJPW debut months after WWE release
Buddy Matthews fka Buddy Murphy set to make his NJPW debut months after WWE release

Buddy Matthews fka Buddy Murphy set to make his NJPW debut months after WWE release

"Don't give a cr**" - Wrestling veteran on why Minoru Suzuki is not a draw for AEW (Exclusive)

"Don't give a cr**" - Wrestling veteran on why Minoru Suzuki is not a draw for AEW (Exclusive)

Jeff Cobb provides an update on his AEW status
Jeff Cobb provides an update on his AEW status

Jeff Cobb provides an update on his AEW status

"I would love the idea" - AEW star Adam Cole picks multi-time World Champion as his dream opponent 

"I would love the idea" - AEW star Adam Cole picks multi-time World Champion as his dream opponent 

AEW star makes a bold comment ahead of match against Japanese legend Minoru Suzuki
AEW star makes a bold comment ahead of match against Japanese legend Minoru Suzuki

AEW star makes a bold comment ahead of match against Japanese legend Minoru Suzuki

"Was he the best of a bad bunch?" - NJPW star takes a big shot at AEW's CM Punk

"Was he the best of a bad bunch?" - NJPW star takes a big shot at AEW's CM Punk

"I'd embarrass him" - Top champion takes a major shot at Kenny Omega and other AEW stars

"I'd embarrass him" - Top champion takes a major shot at Kenny Omega and other AEW stars

"That will probably happen" - Chris Jericho hints at former IWGP Heavyweight Champion signing with AEW 

"That will probably happen" - Chris Jericho hints at former IWGP Heavyweight Champion signing with AEW 

AEW star Jon Moxley to battle it out against two long-time rivals in a Street Fight 
AEW star Jon Moxley to battle it out against two long-time rivals in a Street Fight 

AEW star Jon Moxley to battle it out against two long-time rivals in a Street Fight 

Former IWGP US Heavyweight Champion warns Kenny Omega and claims he's coming after the AEW World Championship
Former IWGP US Heavyweight Champion warns Kenny Omega and claims he's coming after the AEW World Championship

Former IWGP US Heavyweight Champion warns Kenny Omega and claims he's coming after the AEW World Championship

Photo: WWE Superstar Toni Storm gets engaged
Photo: WWE Superstar Toni Storm gets engaged

Photo: WWE Superstar Toni Storm gets engaged

Bullet Club OG warns Jay White, teases another split within the faction
Bullet Club OG warns Jay White, teases another split within the faction

Bullet Club OG warns Jay White, teases another split within the faction

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