Katsuhiko Nakajima def. NXT’s Charlie Dempsey to retain AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Title

The Triple Crown remains in Nakajima’s possession. 

Closing out All Japan Pro Wrestling’s 1/3 show was the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship match between the champion Katsuhiko Nakajima and WWE NXT talent Charlie Dempsey. 

On 12/31, Nakajima bested Kento Miyahara and retained the Triple Crown to set up the title defense against Dempsey. It was Nakajima defeating Dempsey to hold onto the championship and post-match, they shook hands. They are now 1-1 in victories over each other. Dempsey scored a win over Nakajima in a tag match.

After Dempsey exited the ring, Nakajima was approached by Shotaro Ashino. 

In May 2023, Ashino was sidelined with a fractured left forearm. He had previously won the Champion Carnival tournament and was going to get his shot at the Triple Crown. He made his return to in-ring action on 12/31 and is looking to get his championship match.

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