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Former WWE Wrestler Wins The IWGP US Title At Today’s NJPW Power Struggle 2021 Event

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• Former WWE Wrestler Wins The IWGP US Title At Today’s NJPW Power Struggle 2021 Event

At today’s NJPW Power Struggle 2021 event, former WWE wrestler Kenta (fka Hideo Itami) defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.

Below are the complete results from the show:

– Suzuki-gun (Douki and Yoshinobu Kanemaru) def. Kosei Fujita and Ryohei Oiwa

– Bullet Club (Tanga Loa, Jado & Gedo) def. Tiger Mask IV & Great Bash Heel (Tomoaki Honma and Togi Makabe)

– Los Ingobernables de Japón (Hiromu Takahashi, Bushi & Sanada) def. Six or Nine (Master Wato & Ryusuke Taguchi) & Yuji Nagata

– House of Torture (Sho, Yujiro Takahashi & Evil) def. Chaos (Yoshi-Hashi, Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto) (c) to win the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship

– Toru Yano (c) def. Great-O-Khan in an Amateur Rules Match to retain the provisional KOPW 2021 Trophy

– El Desperado def. Robbie Eagles (c) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship

– Kenta def. Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) to win the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship

– Kazuchika Okada def. Tama Tonga to retain his Tokyo Dome IWGP World Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate

– Shingo Takagi (c) def. Zack Sabre Jr. to retain the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship

Okada will now challenge Takagi for the IWGP World Title at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 16 in January 2022.

Okada came to the ring after the main event and said the following (translated to English):

“Takagi, congratulations on your defense. And thanks for the hard work. From here on out, it’s time for the G1 Champion to take over from the world champ and carry this company. This belt is my contract. The G1 Champion. The IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. Who’s the real deal? Let’s find out. So come on, champ, or should I say the G1 dropout Shingo Takagi?”

Takagi then replied:

“I didn’t think you’d be out here, I thought I would have to call you out. Are you still carrying that toy around? You like that thing huh. But you are the G1 Champion. I do still have this belt. The G1 Champion and the World Champion? Let’s find out who the strongest is, and let’s do it January 4 in the Tokyo Dome!”

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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (November 6, 2018) – Old School WWF Manager Passed Away

On this day in 2018, we lost Old School Wrestling Legend José Lothario (Real name: Guadalupe Robledo) at the age of 83.

José Lothario wrestled for several National Wrestling Alliance territories during his professional wrestling career, which eventually made him an NWA Hall of Famer.

He trained Shawn Michaels in the early 80s and by 1996, he became Michaels’ manager in the World Wrestling Federation before the legendary WrestleMania 12 Iron Man match, where José led The Heartbreak Kid to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.

The last time Lothario was in Shawn’s corner was at the 1997 Royal Rumble PPV, where HBK won the WWF Title for the second time.

† REST IN PEACE

December 12, 1934 – November 6, 2018

        
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