No big surprise here, as the first challenger to Testuya Naito’s IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight titles became clear minutes after he became the first man to hold them simultaneously.
But New Japan has confirmed KENTA will challenge for both belts at Feb. 9’s The New Beginning in Osaka.
Naito beat Jay White on night one of Wrestle Kingdom 14 to claim the Intercontinental championship, which earned him the chance to face Kazuchika Okada for the Heavyweight strap on night two. He beat The Rainmaker on Sunday, but only got a brief time to appreciate achieving his dream before KENTA attacked.
The former NOAH & NXT star lost his match - and with it, the NEVER Openweight title - at the Tokyo Dome. But that assault and a follow-up attack on the champ-champ with his Bullet Club mates on Monday at New Year’s Dash!! was enough to earn him the first shot at Naito Two Belts.