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Title shot contract changes hands at NJPW Power Struggle


Jay White has beaten Kota Ibushi to win the contract that will grant him a double title match at Wrestle Kingdom 15, challenging Naito for January 5.

White scored the shock win after he blocked a kamigoye attempt by Ibushi. He instead countered with a backslide and put his feet on the ropes to score the win. 

After the match, White openly taunted Ibushi with the briefcase. White celebrated on his way out, while a dejected Ibushi sulked to the back.

This is the first time that the Wrestle Kingdom contract briefcase has changed hands. Earlier on tonight’s show, KENTA defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, successfully defending his briefcase that will give him a title shot against the current champion, Jon Moxley.

After Tetsuya Natio retained both of the Intercontinental and Heavyweight titles in the main event, Jay White came out and raised Naito’s hand. He said on January 4, he would take the day off. He then said on January 5, he would challenge for both championships. 

Kota Ibushi then emerged. White reiterated that he had won the contract title briefcase and Ibushi had lost. Ibushi chased him and manager Gedo away, implying that their feud wasn't done.