Jon Moxley wins IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, Shota Umino saves Moxley from Ren Narita attack

Originally published at Jon Moxley wins IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, Shota Umino saves Moxley from Ren Narita attack

Moxley is now the man in New Japan. 

Headlining NJPW Windy City Riot was the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match between Jon Moxley and the champion Tetsuya Naito. 

It took three ‘Death Riders’, but the third was the one to put Naito away and for Moxley to become the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. It is the first time that this iteration of NJPW’s top title has changed hands in the USA. Moxley is now the first wrestler to win the WWE, AEW and IWGP World Championships. 

Moxley grabbed a microphone and stated that his first order of business is to nominate a challenger to his title and he called out Shota Umino. Before Umino could come out, Moxley was ambushed by HOUSE OF TORTURE’s Ren Narita, who stated that he’ll be the first challenger. 

Umino ran down and made the save. He then helped Moxley to the backstage area.

This is an amazing stat. And there is nobody even remotely close to coming in second. Maybe Omega if he goes to WWE? Maybe AJ in AEW? Jericho winning IWGP title? None of them seem remotely realistic.

What should Mox win next? The NWA belt? The TNA title?

Moxley has a brawler type style that doesn’t quite seem to get enough appreciation nowadays. You either need to be a technician or a speedy Luchador. But you can make the argument that Mox is the best at what he does.

Among those who have two out of three, it’s probably Punk or AJ that could conceivably get the third. But neither of them seem likely to me. Safe to assume Brock doesn’t have an AEW run in his future?

Other than that, there’s maybe MJF just because he’s (hopefully) got such a long career as a main event draw ahead of him.

To highlight how rare this is, no one man ever held the WWE, WCW and IWGP TItles. The closest was probably Vader, who by all accounts, wasn’t a WWF Champion solely because he hit Shawn Michaels too hard. Or maybe Flair, as it’s just hard to believe he didn’t win the IWGP title for a hot minute in the 90s (not even an “unrecognized” reign, as far as I know).