Ever since Kota Ibushi announced that he wanted to unify the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles and fans waited for the new belt to be revealed. On their March 30 Road to Sakura Genesis show, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) reveals their new IWGP World Heavyweight title.
✨The IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.✨
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) March 30, 2021
Although people have had mixed reviews, the title has a lot of thought behind it! The company explained that they want the design to reflect the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships’ history.
The New Japan website explains that the four generations of the IWGP Heavyweight titles are represented. The upper part of the belt had a radial design like the original IWGP Heavyweight design and the second IWGP ‘crown’ motif.
NJPW Reveals Their New IWGP World Heavyweight Title
A pair of wings on the actual plate represents those seen on the third-generation title belt. The central Lion Mark represents the fourth generation Heavyweight belt. Even the side plates have meaning attempting to mimic the Intercontinental Championship’s design.
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