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Inaugural IWGP Women’s Championship Match Set To Headline “Historic X-Over”

New Japan Pro-Wrestling and World Wonder Ring Stardom first announced their
co-produced wrestling event “Historic X-Over” back in August this year stating that the
the card would feature in-ring talent from both companies. Takaaki Kidani, owner of
Stardom would also announce that the inaugural IWGP Women’s Champion will be
crowned at the event in the finals of a seven-woman tournament that would begin in

After two competitive semi-final matches this past October 23rd, Mayu Iwatani and
KAIRI emerged victorious from their respective bouts and were set to clash in the finals
held at “Historic X-Over” for the inaugural title. This marks both women’s first matchup
against one another in singles competition since 2017 prior to KAIRI’s migration to the
United States for her participation in WWE’S Mae Young Classic Tournament which
would then lead to her working with the company until December 2021.

It was then announced on the New Japan Pro-Wrestling website this past Sunday,
November 6th, the Inaugural IWGP Women’s Championship Tournament Finals
Match between Mayu Iwatani and KAIRI is set to headline and close the show in the
main event. With the match’s historic significance in introducing NJPW’s first
championship available to women since its establishment in 1972, there is no doubt that
both competitors will look to deliver the performance of a lifetime to etch their names in
the history books.

“Historic X-Over” will take place at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo this Sunday, November
20th with the Kick-Off Show starting at 4:00 PM GMT+9. International fans can watch
the show live with English commentary on New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s online streaming
platform NJPW World PPV.


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Troy's love for women’s wrestling inspired him to launch his podcast “Turning Heel with Troy Gonzales” in September of 2022 as his platform to discuss women's wrestling. Outside his life as a wrestling enthusiast, he is currently taking up his undergraduate studies for a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of the Philippines Diliman.