The era of the Switchblade is upon us.
Just one year ago, New Zealand’s hottest rising star Jay White returned from his international excursion to officially shed the title of “Young Lion”, quickly reestablishing himself as an immediate top level player in New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
Over the past 14 months White has drastically alternated the New Japan landscape. In a short time he has defeated Kenny Omega to win the IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship, defeated both Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi in the 2018 G1 Climax, torn apart the very fabric of CHAOS, infiltrated Bullet Club and dethroned the “Rainmaker” on the grand stage of Wrestle Kingdom.
You can now officially add “IWGP Heavyweight Champion” to the 26-year-old star’s impressive and rapidly expanding list of accolades. White defeated Tanahashi once again at Monday’s NJPW New Beginning finale in Osaka, dropping the New Japan “Ace” with his signature Blade Runner maneuver after an incredible battle to win the coveted world title for the very first time.
It would appear that White will be the one to defend the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at the upcoming G1 Supercard event at Madison Square Garden, being co-produced by New Japan and Ring of Honor. The promotion’s next major tour will be the annual New Japan Cup, which will likely crown the #1 contender to face the champion at The Garden on April 6th.