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NJPW announce creation of IWGP United States Championship

Before War of the Worlds: New York City kicked off, Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling were ready with a big announcement for July’s G1 Special shows in Long Beach, California.

Yep! In a tournament over those two nights (July 1-2), an IWGP United States Champion will be crowned. It’s the first time New Japan has introduced a new singles championship since the NEVER Openweight Championship was created in the fall of 2012.

However, it’s not the first time NJPW has promoted a title branded for the western hemisphere, with the NWF North American, NWA North American Tag Team, and WWF North American Heavyweight Championships all having a home in New Japan in the 70s and 80s.

And before we get out of here, let’s take a closer look at this bad boy—

There you have it, folks

Excited for the United States to have a seat the International Wrestling Grand Prix’s table?

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