NJPW unveils IWGP World Heavyweight Title design

New Japan Pro-Wrestling unveiled the design for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. The first champion is Kota Ibushi

At today’s Road to Sakura Genesis show at Korakuen Hall, New Japan Pro-Wrestling revealed the design for the IWGP World Heavyweight Title belt.

The IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Titles were unified after Kota Ibushi defeated Tetsuya Naito at the Castle Attack show in February to retain the Intercontinental Title. Ibushi is the first holder of the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.

In the main event of the show, Ibushi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima defeated Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb and Great-O-Khan.

Ibushi is scheduled to defend his title against Will Ospreay at Sakura Genesis on April 4th. Ospreay won the 2021 New Japan Cup tournament to earn that title match.

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