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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
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Former World Champion reacts to Cody Rhodes winning the 2023 Men's Royal Rumble

Former World Champion reacts to Cody Rhodes winning the 2023 Men's Royal Rumble

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"I said there's only one thing" - 54-year-old WWE veteran discloses the advice he gave to Will Ospreay

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Tony Khan and AEW had their eye on former World Champion long before promotion's debut - Reports

Tony Khan and AEW had their eye on former World Champion long before promotion's debut - Reports

Mercedes Moné (fka Sasha Banks) in hot water with Japanese promotion over social media posts – Reports
Mercedes Moné (fka Sasha Banks) in hot water with Japanese promotion over social media posts – Reports

Mercedes Moné (fka Sasha Banks) in hot water with Japanese promotion over social media posts – Reports

"Worlds biggest lie" - Wrestling fans claim Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi's tag team is superior compared to former Bullet Club members 
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"Worlds biggest lie" - Wrestling fans claim Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi's tag team is superior compared to former Bullet Club members 

"Really applaud the ba**s of this woman" - Former WWE personality comments on Mercedes Monè's (fka Sasha Banks) RAW walkout
"Really applaud the ba**s of this woman" - Former WWE personality comments on Mercedes Monè's (fka Sasha Banks) RAW walkout

"Really applaud the ba**s of this woman" - Former WWE personality comments on Mercedes Monè's (fka Sasha Banks) RAW walkout

"10 years?" - 61-year-old veteran comments on Mercedes Mone's (fka Sasha Banks) potential struggles after WWE exit
"10 years?" - 61-year-old veteran comments on Mercedes Mone's (fka Sasha Banks) potential struggles after WWE exit

"10 years?" - 61-year-old veteran comments on Mercedes Mone's (fka Sasha Banks) potential struggles after WWE exit

"Was she drugged?" – WWE veteran blasts Mercedes Mone's (fka Sasha Banks) embarrassing botch spot during NJPW debut 
"Was she drugged?" – WWE veteran blasts Mercedes Mone's (fka Sasha Banks) embarrassing botch spot during NJPW debut 

"Was she drugged?" – WWE veteran blasts Mercedes Mone's (fka Sasha Banks) embarrassing botch spot during NJPW debut 

"He works harder" – WWE veteran says Kenny Omega treats NJPW deal more seriously than AEW 
"He works harder" – WWE veteran says Kenny Omega treats NJPW deal more seriously than AEW 

"He works harder" – WWE veteran says Kenny Omega treats NJPW deal more seriously than AEW 

"Did it fool people?" - Jim Cornette explains why former RAW Superstar received dead reaction from fans upon debut outside WWE 
"Did it fool people?" - Jim Cornette explains why former RAW Superstar received dead reaction from fans upon debut outside WWE 

"Did it fool people?" - Jim Cornette explains why former RAW Superstar received dead reaction from fans upon debut outside WWE 

Former World Champion won't be available for possible WWE Royal Rumble debut under Triple H's regime
Former World Champion won't be available for possible WWE Royal Rumble debut under Triple H's regime

Former World Champion won't be available for possible WWE Royal Rumble debut under Triple H's regime

Top superstar completes 10 years in WWE; Sasha Banks (Mercedes Monè) reacts
Top superstar completes 10 years in WWE; Sasha Banks (Mercedes Monè) reacts

Top superstar completes 10 years in WWE; Sasha Banks (Mercedes Monè) reacts

Photo: Top star spotted with Mercedes Mone (fka Sasha Banks) amid WWE return rumors 
Photo: Top star spotted with Mercedes Mone (fka Sasha Banks) amid WWE return rumors 

Photo: Top star spotted with Mercedes Mone (fka Sasha Banks) amid WWE return rumors 

"Still waiting for that match" - Twitter recalls AEW star Kenny Omega betraying former Bullet Club ally AJ Styles 7 years ago
"Still waiting for that match" - Twitter recalls AEW star Kenny Omega betraying former Bullet Club ally AJ Styles 7 years ago

"Still waiting for that match" - Twitter recalls AEW star Kenny Omega betraying former Bullet Club ally AJ Styles 7 years ago

WWE reportedly interested in signing 6ft 8in tall former Bullet Club star
WWE reportedly interested in signing 6ft 8in tall former Bullet Club star

WWE reportedly interested in signing 6ft 8in tall former Bullet Club star

Sasha Banks has already been replaced by surprising WWE Superstar on SmackDown advertisements
Sasha Banks has already been replaced by surprising WWE Superstar on SmackDown advertisements

Sasha Banks has already been replaced by surprising WWE Superstar on SmackDown advertisements

Sasha Banks (Mercedes Monè) sends a three-word message to 34-year-old WWE Superstar after her NJPW debut
Sasha Banks (Mercedes Monè) sends a three-word message to 34-year-old WWE Superstar after her NJPW debut

Sasha Banks (Mercedes Monè) sends a three-word message to 34-year-old WWE Superstar after her NJPW debut

Is the Bullet Club eyeing Sasha Banks?
Is the Bullet Club eyeing Sasha Banks?

Is the Bullet Club eyeing Sasha Banks?

Backstage reaction in WWE to Mercedes Monè's (FKA Sasha Banks) NJPW debut disclosed – Reports
Backstage reaction in WWE to Mercedes Monè's (FKA Sasha Banks) NJPW debut disclosed – Reports

Backstage reaction in WWE to Mercedes Monè's (FKA Sasha Banks) NJPW debut disclosed – Reports

"Papa H would be calling for him" - Wrestling world erupts with the possibility of Jay White going to WWE amid huge 'Loser Leaves Japan' Match
"Papa H would be calling for him" - Wrestling world erupts with the possibility of Jay White going to WWE amid huge 'Loser Leaves Japan' Match

"Papa H would be calling for him" - Wrestling world erupts with the possibility of Jay White going to WWE amid huge 'Loser Leaves Japan' Match

Jay White challenges former Bullet Club member to a 'Loser Leaves Japan' Match, set to depart for major promotion?
Jay White challenges former Bullet Club member to a 'Loser Leaves Japan' Match, set to depart for major promotion?

Jay White challenges former Bullet Club member to a 'Loser Leaves Japan' Match, set to depart for major promotion?

WWE star Karl Anderson reconciles with former Bullet Club stablemate after Wrestle Kingdom 17 loss
WWE star Karl Anderson reconciles with former Bullet Club stablemate after Wrestle Kingdom 17 loss

WWE star Karl Anderson reconciles with former Bullet Club stablemate after Wrestle Kingdom 17 loss

"This has always been the plan" - WWE star Bronson Reed reacts to current champion replacing him in a top faction
"This has always been the plan" - WWE star Bronson Reed reacts to current champion replacing him in a top faction

"This has always been the plan" - WWE star Bronson Reed reacts to current champion replacing him in a top faction

"Love love love" - The Bella Twins react to Mercedes Mone's (Sasha Banks) incredible Wrestle Kingdom 17 debut
"Love love love" - The Bella Twins react to Mercedes Mone's (Sasha Banks) incredible Wrestle Kingdom 17 debut

"Love love love" - The Bella Twins react to Mercedes Mone's (Sasha Banks) incredible Wrestle Kingdom 17 debut

Former WWE Intercontinental Champion tweets a six-word message to Jay White after his loss at Wrestle Kingdom 17
Former WWE Intercontinental Champion tweets a six-word message to Jay White after his loss at Wrestle Kingdom 17

Former WWE Intercontinental Champion tweets a six-word message to Jay White after his loss at Wrestle Kingdom 17

WWE Superstar labels Mercedes Mone (Sasha Banks) as the GOAT after Wrestle Kingdom 17 debut
WWE Superstar labels Mercedes Mone (Sasha Banks) as the GOAT after Wrestle Kingdom 17 debut

WWE Superstar labels Mercedes Mone (Sasha Banks) as the GOAT after Wrestle Kingdom 17 debut

Current SmackDown star hypes up Mercedes Mone's (fka Sasha Banks) blockbuster first match since WWE exit
Current SmackDown star hypes up Mercedes Mone's (fka Sasha Banks) blockbuster first match since WWE exit

Current SmackDown star hypes up Mercedes Mone's (fka Sasha Banks) blockbuster first match since WWE exit

WATCH: How Mercedes Mone fka Sasha Banks' botched move was supposed to look like
WATCH: How Mercedes Mone fka Sasha Banks' botched move was supposed to look like

WATCH: How Mercedes Mone fka Sasha Banks' botched move was supposed to look like

Mercedes Mone (fka Sasha Banks) breaks silence with three-word message after assaulting former WWE star at Wrestle Kingdom
Mercedes Mone (fka Sasha Banks) breaks silence with three-word message after assaulting former WWE star at Wrestle Kingdom

Mercedes Mone (fka Sasha Banks) breaks silence with three-word message after assaulting former WWE star at Wrestle Kingdom

Current WWE star has four-word reaction to Mercedes Mone's (fka Sasha Banks) confrontation with KAIRI at Wrestle Kingdom 17
Current WWE star has four-word reaction to Mercedes Mone's (fka Sasha Banks) confrontation with KAIRI at Wrestle Kingdom 17

Current WWE star has four-word reaction to Mercedes Mone's (fka Sasha Banks) confrontation with KAIRI at Wrestle Kingdom 17

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