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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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"I want the top dogs" - AEW's Lio Rush calls out multiple top NJPW stars

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Kazuchika Okada retains the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 16, gets challenged by 13-time champion

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Hiroshi Tanahashi beats former WWE star to win the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship in a brutal No DQ match at Wrestle Kingdom 16

Hiroshi Tanahashi beats former WWE star to win the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship in a brutal No DQ match at Wrestle Kingdom 16

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Hirooki Goto and YOSHI-HASHI win the IWGP Tag Team Championships at Wrestle Kingdom 16 

Hirooki Goto and YOSHI-HASHI win the IWGP Tag Team Championships at Wrestle Kingdom 16 

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"Come see me"- CM Punk teases blockbuster clash against legendary NJPW star

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Kazuchika Okada wins the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 16

Kazuchika Okada wins the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 16

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Top star wants AEW-NJPW crossover match with Hiroshi Tanahashi

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Katsuyori Shibata wins his first competitive match in 5 years at Wrestle Kingdom 16, beats rising superstar

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