New Japan and Stardom to create IWGP Women's Championship later this year

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New Japan Pro Wrestling and Stardom will be creating an IWGP women’s championship to be introduced later this year.

Stardom made the announcement of the creation of the IWGP women’s championship with the first holder of the title to be crowned on the NJPW x Stardom event on November 20th at the Ariake Arena.

Just announced in today's Stardom 2022 Strategy Meeting:
✪ The IWGP Women's Championship!
★ NJPW and Stardom are creating this title for defenses not only in Japan but also in the US on New Japan Pro Wrestling events, appealing to the world with the rich IWGP history!

— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) July 29, 2022

✪The inaugural IWGP Women's Champion will be crowned at the NJPW x Stardom joint show on November 20th at the Ariake Arena.

Please note, this belt does not usurp the Red and White Belts in any way. They are the main titles for Stardom events.

— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) July 29, 2022

The IWGP Women's championship is for NJPW events. It's possible that it could be defended on big Stardom events though.

Stardom's main title remains the World of Stardom title (the Red Belt) along with the Wonder of Stardom title (the White Belt).

— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) July 29, 2022



The belt is going to be reserved for New Japan events but they stated it could be defended on major Stardom cards as well.

The championship will not replace the World of Stardom or Wonder of Stardom championships.

Stardom will kick off its annual 5-Star Grand Prix this weekend with two pay-per-view cards from Ota Ward City Gymnasium featuring matches in the Red and Blue blocks. New Japan’s G1 Climax tournament resumes Saturday & Sunday with cards at Dolphin’s Arena in Nagoya.

As long as this doesn’t lead to New Japan starting a women’s division, which it doesn’t need to given the Stardom partnership.