Pro Wrestling Championship Belts: IWGP Intercontinental Championship
This is on New Japan Pro Wrestling’s newest belt, The IWGP Intercontinental Championship and it’s first holder, MVP. Not to be confused with the WWE Intercontinental Championship, which the titleholder is Wade Barrett.
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Image via Slam Sports (From Left to Right) IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Prince Devitt (Real Name: Fergal Devitt), IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi, and IWGP Intercontinental Champion MVP(Real Name:Alvin Burke Jr.)
I was on Slam Sports and checking out their photo galleries and see more of what they have and I just spot the New Japan Pro Wrestling invasion tour with Jersey All Pro Wrestling and their shows in Rahway, New Jersey, New York City, New York, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 13 through 15. The photo you see up on this article, is the first photo that I saw and it’s the three New Japan Pro Wrestling IWGP Champions and I am thinking, WHAT? MVP is a CHAMPION? Wow! I went to find out how by going onto Wikipedia and find out what title does MVP has. Well according to the New Japan Pro Wrestling Wikipedia page he is the IWGP Intercontinental Champion and you have got to be thinking Huh? Wait MVP is the Intercontinental Champion? I thought Wade Barrett is? There is a difference. The Intercontinental Championship belt that MVP has is called the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, like I mention earlier, and not to be confused with the WWE Intercontinental Championship that the title was created in 1973 by the first champion, WWE Hall of Famer, Pat Patterson and which the title is held right now by WWE Smackdown Superstar Wade Barrett. The IWGP Intercontinental Championship was created and introduce last month at a eight man tournament. The tournament had eight wrestlers. They were MVP, who won the tournament and is the current IWGP Intercontinental Champion, Kazuchika Okada, Hideo Saito, Tetsuya Naitō, Yujiro Takahashi, Toru Yano, Dan Maff, and Josh Daniels, who had to replace Tama Tonga, who got injured and pulled out. MVP defeated Toru Yano in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 15th.
This is MVP first international title. MVP has been United States Champion and Tag Team Champion with Matt Hardy during his time in the WWE. So, congrats to MVP.
And if you don’t believe me because of Wikipedia, then click here to see it by the New Japan Pro Wrestling official website.