New Japan Pro Wrestling Will Introduce A New Championship At Wrestle Kingdom

Just as an update, we here at With Spandex will absolutely be devoting time to cover NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10 once it gets closer. It’s the flagship event of New Japan Pro Wrestling, we’d be fools not to break down the card for you in excruciatingly nerdy detail. But as it stands right now, I figure you were all owed an update, considering that New Japan just broke some unexpected news.

NJPW announced yesterday that they will crown the inaugural NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team champions at Wrestle Kingdom. This brings the number of New Japan championships to seven, all of which will be defended at WK10. Also consider that the Ring of Honor World Championship will be defended by Jay Lethal, which means that the lone non-title contest of the night will be a singles match between Hirooki Goto and Tetsuya Naito.

I don’t know if this will turn out to be championship overkill, but for the moment, it’s pretty cool. New Japan is getting a trios title, tell me you ever saw that coming. The match at Wrestle Kingdom to crown the first champions will see the Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, and Yujiro Takahashi) taking on Toru Yano and his newly-announced partners, Ring of Honor’s very own Jay and Mark Briscoe. If this is handled right, maybe we could see the importance of stables reemphasized in NJPW. I want to see YOSHI-HASHI get sick of being an afterthought and join up with Roppongi Vice for some glory. Or, you know, maybe just have The New Day show up and gyrate their way to victory. I’m cool with either of those scenarios.