New Japan Pro-Wrestling

Japanese professional wrestling promotion

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (新日本プロレス, Shin Nihon Puroresu), also known as NJPW, is Japanese professional wrestling promotion.[1]

New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Details
Acronym NJPW
Established June 1972
Style Strong Style
Location Japan
Founder(s) Antonio Inoki
Owner(s) Bushiroad Inc.

NJPW is the largest wrestling promoter in Japan. NJPW has working agreements with other promoters, including: World Wrestling Entertainment, World Championship Wrestling, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and PRIDE Fighting Championships.[1]

The "Best of the Super Juniors in 2007" at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

History

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NJPW was founded in 1972 by Kanji Inoki.[1]

Since 1999, Tatsumi Fujinami has been president.[1]

In 2012, Inoki continued to be known for innovation in the business.[1]

On December 23, 2023, former NJPW president Takami Ohbari stepped down from the role of president. It was then announced that Hiroshi Tanahashi would become the new President and Representative Director of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.[2]

Champions

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Current champions

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Championship Current champion(s) Date won Reign Notes
IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Jon Moxley April 12, 2024 1 Defeated Tetsuya Naito at Windy City Riot.
IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship David Finlay May 4, 2024 2 Defeated Nic Nemeth at Wrestling Dontaku: Night 2.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Sho February 23, 2024 1 Defeated El Desperado at The New Beginning in Sapporo.
NEVER Openweight Championship Shingo Takagi April 6, 2024 3 Defeated EVIL at Sakura Genesis.
Strong Openweight Championship Gabe Kidd May 11, 2024 1 Defeated Eddie Kingston at Resurgence.
KOPW 2024 Yuya Uemura April 27, 2024 1 (provisional) Defeated Great-O-Khan 2–1 in a Rural Revitalization in Hamamatsu two-out-of-three falls match on the Road to Wrestling Dontaku: Night 7.
NJPW World Television Championship Jeff Cobb May 4, 2024 1 Defeated Zack Sabre Jr. at Wrestling Dontaku: Night 1.

Women's

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Championship Current champion(s) Date won Reign Notes
IWGP Women's Championship Mayu Iwatani April 23, 2023 1 Defeated Mercedes Moné at All Star Grand Queendom.
NJPW World Television Championship Giulia July 5, 2023 1 Defeated Willow Nightingale at Independence Day.

Team's

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Championship Current champion(s) Date won Reign Notes
IWGP Tag Team Championship Guerrillas of Destiny
(Hikuleo and El Phantasmo)
January 4, 2024 1 Defeated Bishamon (Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi) at Wrestle Kingdom 18 in a Winner takes all match. The match was also for Guerrillas of Destiny's Strong Openweight Tag Team Championship.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Catch 2/2
(Francesco Akira and TJP)
January 4, 2024 3 Defeated Bullet Club War Dogs (Drilla Moloney and Clark Connors) at Wrestle Kingdom 18.
Strong Openweight Tag Team Championship Guerrillas of Destiny
(Hikuleo and El Phantasmo)
October 9, 2023 1
(1, 1)
Defeated Bullet Club War Dogs (Alex Coughlin and Gabriel Kidd) at Destruction in Ryōgoku.
NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Tomohiro Ishii May 3, 2023 1
(1, 4, 3)
Defeated Strong Style (Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, and Ren Narita) at Wrestling Dontaku 2023.

Tournaments

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Tournament Winner Date won Location Notes
G1 Climax Tetsuya Naito August 13, 2023 Tokyo Defeated Kazuchika Okada in the finals.
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References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Cagematch.de, New Japan Pro Wrestling (in German); retrieved 2012-2-29.
  2. "Hiroshi Tanahashi named President & Representative Director of NJPW". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved December 28, 2023.

Other websites

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