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New champion crowned at NJPW Wrestling Dontaku night one


Jay White defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the NEVER Openweight Championship at NJPW Wrestling Dontaku night one today in Fukuoka. 

White pinned Tanahashi with a Blade Runner in 39:01. White had tapped out to Tanahashi's Texas cloverleaf earlier in the match, but the referee missed the tap after interference from White's second, Gedo. 

After winning the match, White cut a promo and called himself "the real belt collector" and dared anyone who had a problem with that statement to come find him. 

The NEVER title victory makes White the only wrestler to have held the IWGP Heavyweight, IWGP Intercontinental, IWGP United States and NEVER Openweight Championships. White immediately took to calling himself the first-ever quadruple crown champion in NJPW history. 

In backstage comments after the show, White stated that he would like to avenge his New Japan Cup 2021 loss to David Finlay by making him his first challenger. He said he would then like to defend against junior heavyweight Ryusuke Taguchi. 

For Tanahashi, his NEVER title reign ends after just one successful defense. Tana beat Shingo Takagi at New Beginning in Nagoya on January to win the title, then defended it against Great-O-Khan at Castle Attack on February 28.