NJPW has released details on the upcoming IWGP Women’s Championship tournament.
It was announced during Tuesday’s press conference that the tournament will begin with the first quarterfinal matches at Royal Quest II night two in London, England on October 2. Quarterfinals will then continue at Stardom’s October 22 event. Semifinals will take place on a Stardom card in Tachikawa on October 23. The finals of the tournament will then take place at Stardom and New Japan's Historic X-over joint show on November 20 in Ariake.
NJPW also announced that the first title defense will take place at Wrestle Kingdom 17 on January 4.
The two companies announced on July 29 that they would be introducing the IWGP Women’s Championship, a title that will be defended in Japan and also in the US on New Japan Pro Wrestling events. It will be primarily a title for NJPW, with Stardom’s main titles remaining the World of Stardom Championship (red belt) and the Wonder of Stardom Championship (white belt).
NJPW previously announced that Stardom wrestlers will begin to be featured on NJPW shows in the United States, with an eye of a “genderless and more integrated scene” in Japan.