First-Ever IWGP Global Champion Crowned At NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 18

NJPW Naoki Sugabayashi with IWGP Global title

The destiny of the IWGP Global Championship was decided at Wrestle Kingdom 18.

At Wrestle Kingdom 18, Will Ospreay, Jon Moxley, and David Finlay clashed to crown a new IWGP Global Champion. The championship was recently created following the chaos around Ospreay’s United Kingdom Championship — a rechristened version of the IWGP United States Title. During a press conference ahead of Wrestle Kingdom, the new IWGP Global Championship was officially unveiled.

When all was said and done in the ring after a chaotic 22-minute contest it was Finlay who emerged victorious, as the planned “ceasefire” between Ospreay and Moxley failed to get the job done. After the match, Finlay got into a confrontation with Dolph Ziggler who was seated at ringside.

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 18 Results

  • Great-O-Khan, Taiji Ishimori, Toru Yano, and Yoh won New Japan Ranbo
  • Catch 2/2 def Bullet Club War Dogs (c) – IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi def Zack Sabre Jr. (c) – NJPW World Television Title
  • Yuya Uemura def Yota Tsuji
  • House of Torture def Shota Umino Kaito Kiyomiya
  • Tama Tonga def Shingo Takagi (c) – NEVER Openweight Title
  • Guerrillas of Destiny def Bishamon – IWGP Tag Team Championship & STRONG Openweight Tag Team Championship
  • El Desperado def Hiromu Takahashi (c) – IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
  • David Finlay def Jon Moxley, Will Ospreay – IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship
  • Kazuchika Okada def Bryan Danielson
  • Tetsuya Naito def Sanada (c) – IWGP World Heavyweight Championship