The “knife pervert” is now into belts. The show was called The New Beginning in Osaka, did you expect there to not be a new beginning?
In what some (most?) are considering a shocker, Bullet Club’s ‘Switchblade’ Jay White defeated IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi at today’s NJPW The New Beginning event in Osaka, Japan, becoming the 68th champion. Tana himself had just won New Japan Pro Wrestling’s top championship at their biggest event of the year, Wrestle Kingdom 13, back on January 4.
In case you missed it, White was able to counter a High Fly Flow into the Blade Runner to win the match.
You can read White’s comments on the win below.
“I just beat Tanahashi again. I am the champion in spite of each and every one of you. I said at a press conference I would take this and I would spit on your face and that’s exactly what I’m doing when I have this belt. I don’t play by your rules, I don’t show heart and compassion like Tana. It doesn’t matter, because I am the real IWGP Heavyweight Champion. I do not do this for any of you, I do this for me, I do this for Gedo, I do this for the Cutthroat Era Bullet Club. It is a new dawn, a new age, a new beginning. And Tana and all of you can only breathe with The Switchblade. Welcome to my new era.”
Best of luck to White and his IWGP Championship reign before Okada and his short bois come looking for a rematch.