In the high energy world of pro wrestling, it’s always a whirlwind when plans for new championships, title defences, and the future of top-tier wrestlers begin to unfold. Will Ospreay, a dominant force in the industry, has been making headlines in recent weeks, particularly due to the uncertainty around the status of the IWGP US/UK Title. His reign as the IWGP US Champion took an interesting turn when he introduced a new title belt, self-proclaiming himself as the IWGP UK Champion.
However, there was notable confusion surrounding the status of these titles during Ospreay’s title defence against Shota Umino at the Power Struggle event held on November 4th. In an unexpected twister, David Finlay destroyed both the original US and UK title belts. Fans across the globe were left bewildered, anticipating what this could mean for the future of the championships.
Reflecting on the matter, NJPW chairman Naoki Sugabayashi announced significant changes during a press conference on November 6. The chairman confirmed the establishment of a completely new title to replace the IWGP US Championship. He even addressed the confusion that ensued over the US and UK belts stating, “It is true that fans were confused as to whether it was IWGP US or UK, so we have created a new championship. We will announce the details later.”
This intriguing development promises new dynamics in the wrestling circle. For instance, it was previously confirmed that Ospreay would be defending his gold against David Finlay and AEW’s Jon Moxley at Wrestle Kingdom 18 in January. Now, there are high chances that this blockbuster three-way bout will be for the new, yet-to-be-introduced title.
Ospreay’s reign as the IWGP US Champion has been impressive, having won the title from Kenny Omega at the AEW X NJPW Forbidden Door pay-per-view on June 25. And yet, rumors about his future have been rife. Word on the street is that Ospreay may be leaving NJPW when his current contract expires in February 2024. Could this mean yet another title change is on the horizon?
With all eyes on the evolution of the championship and Ospreay’s future direction, wrestling enthusiasts worldwide are keenly awaiting fresh updates. Stay tuned for the next big thing in the roller coaster ride that is professional wrestling.