Tony Khan introduced the Continental Classic tournament, which is a round-robin competition that features 12 stars competing weekly in matches. It’s been going on for three weeks already and now Tony Khan has confirmed he is willing to have NJPW’s newest title be defended in AEW and ROH.

In case you forgot, the winner of the AEW Continental Classic will be the new ROH World Champion, NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, and AEW Continental Champion. Tony Khan previously confirmed that the new Triple Crown Champion will actually defend the title in AEW, ROH and NJPW.

Jon Moxley, Will Ospreay, and David Finlay will be squaring off against each other in order to determine the first-ever IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion at the Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2024. This championship is set to replace the now-defunct IWGP United States/United Kingdom Heavyweight Championship.

While speaking during the ROH Final Battle media call, AEW President Tony Khan asked about the prospect of NJPW introducing a Global Championship and the likelihood of cross-promotional matches with AEW and ROH. Responding to these inquiries, Khan made it clear he is open to having the title defended in AEW as well as ROH.


The notion of inter-promotional competitions has become increasingly intriguing to wrestling fans, as it allows for dream matches and crossovers that keep fans on their toes. We’ll have to wait and see who will become the first-ever IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion next year.

What’s your opinion on what Tony Khan had to say? Who do you think will be be first IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion next year? Sound off in the comments section below!

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