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AEW star competing for BRAND NEW NJPW title at Wrestle Kingdom

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In a groundbreaking announcement, New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) has revealed the introduction of a new championship title, the IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship. This development has set the stage for an electrifying match at the prestigious Wrestle Kingdom 18 event, scheduled for January 4. Among the competitors vying for this inaugural title is none other than Jon Moxley, a prominent star from All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

Jon Moxley AEW: Road to Wrestle Kingdom

Jon Moxley, a renowned figure in the world of professional wrestling, has been confirmed to compete in a triple threat match at NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 18.

His opponents include Will Ospreay and David Finlay, two formidable wrestlers in their own right. Initially, the match was to be contested for Ospreay’s IWGP United States and United Kingdom Championships.

However, following an unexpected turn of events where Finlay destroyed both titles, the stakes of the match were left uncertain until the recent announcement of the new championship.

The Birth of the IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship

The IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship represents a significant evolution in NJPW’s championship landscape.

According to NJPW Chairman Naoki Sugabayashi, the decision to introduce this title stems from the desire to consolidate and enhance the roles previously held by the US and UK Championships.

This move aligns with NJPW’s strategic expansion plans, aiming to increase its presence not just in the UK and the US, but across Europe, Asia, and Oceania.

AEW Star Moxley’s Potential Impact

Jon Moxley’s participation in the match for the IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship is not just a testament to his wrestling prowess but also signifies the growing collaboration between NJPW and AEW.

Moxley, known for his intense and unyielding style in the ring, brings a unique energy to the match, promising to make this championship bout one of the highlights of Wrestle Kingdom 18.

Will Ospreay’s Last NJPW Full-Time Appearance

Adding to the match’s significance, this event is likely to be Will Ospreay’s last appearance as a full-time performer for NJPW.

Ospreay, set to join AEW in February, will undoubtedly aim to leave a lasting impression in what could be his final major match in an NJPW ring.

The Significance of Wrestle Kingdom

Wrestle Kingdom, NJPW’s flagship event, is akin to the Super Bowl of professional wrestling in Japan. It has a storied history of showcasing some of the most memorable matches in the sport.

The introduction of the IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship at this event underscores NJPW’s commitment to innovation and global expansion.


  • What is the IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship?
    • It’s a new championship introduced by NJPW, combining the roles of the former US and UK Championships.
  • Who is competing for the IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship?
    • Jon Moxley, Will Ospreay, and David Finlay will compete for the title at Wrestle Kingdom 18.
  • When is Wrestle Kingdom 18 scheduled?
    • The event is set for January 4.
  • Why was the IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship introduced?
    • To streamline NJPW’s championship titles and align with their global expansion strategy.
  • Is this Jon Moxley’s first appearance at Wrestle Kingdom?
    • No, Moxley has competed at Wrestle Kingdom in the past.
  • Will this be Will Ospreay’s last match in NJPW?
    • It’s likely his last as a full-time NJPW performer, as he’s set to start with AEW in February.
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