Understanding New Japan Pro Wrestling

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So you want to watch Wrestle Kingdom but you don’t understand New Japan Pro Wrestling.

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Well let me help you with some basics. I will try to be a quick and simple as possible.

IWGP– International Wrestling Grand Prix

NEVER– acronym of “New Blood”, “Evolution”, “Valiantly”, “Eternal”, and “Radical” features up and coming talent and outside wrestlers not signed to the promotion.

Title Names:

  1. The IWGP Intercontinental Championship
  2. The IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship
  3. The NEVER Openweight Championship
  4. The IWGP Tag Team Championship
  5. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
  6. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
  7. The NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship

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Length of matches

Title Matches: 60 Minutes
Non-Title Matches: 20-30 MinutesROH/NJPW GLOBAL WARS
Preliminary Matches: 10 Minutes

Wrestlers can win via pin fall, submission, count out, or disqualification.

Draws and count outs can occur but it rarely happens.

Count out go to 20 instead of 10.

List of Tournaments

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G1 CLIMAX

Annual tournament held in the late summer. G1 last a month long. G1 Climax features 2 blocks of 10 opponents. The winner receives a title match contact with in a briefcase which can be cashed in at any time for a championship.

WORLD TAG LEAGUE

 G1 Tag League, this late autumn tournament usually gives the victors an IWGP Heavyweight Tag Title match at Wrestle Kingdom.

NEW JAPAN CUP

Elimination tournament for the New Japan Cup. NJPW selects 16 of the top contenders to decide a main event for April’s Invasion Attack PPV. The tournament winner can choose to compete for any of the titles listed.

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BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS

Summer Tournament with two groups, the winners of each group go on to wrestle each other in the final.

SUPER JUNIOR TAG TOURNAMENT

Tournament began in 2010 to determine which team will be the IWGP Junior Heavyweight tag champions.

SUPER J CUP

Junior Heavyweight, single-elimination tournament that was last held in 2009.

Main Events (10 main events a year)

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WRESTLE KINGDOM

NJPW’s biggest show of the year. The event has taken place in Tokyo Dome in January ever since 1992.

NEW BEGINNING

Split in two nights. Matches are usually between NJPW and CMLL wrestlers. The events aren’t shown on Pay Per View, and don’t effect the progress in main NJPW storylines.

INVASION ATTACK

Features the winner of New Japan Cup going up against the champion of his choosing.

WRESTLING DONTAKU

ROH/NJPW GLOBAL WARS

ROH/NJPW GLOBAL WARS

Most common in the US. Features NJPW and Ring of Honor wrestlers.

DOMINION

IWGP Heavyweight Championship is defended in the main event.

G1 CLIMAX FINAL

Final tournament match.

DESTRUCTION

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KING OF PRO-WRESTLING

My personal favorite. This sets the tone or stage for the next Wrestle Kingdom.

POWER STRUGGLE

Final PPV for the year. Often aired in November.  Where all of the championships are settled leading to Wrestle Kingdom.

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Active Roster

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Hope this helps on your journey of discovering New Japan Pro Wrestling.

 

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