TJP, formerly known as TJ Perkins during his tenure in WWE, has undoubtedly established himself as a prominent figure in the world of professional wrestling. His exceptional in-ring skills have garnered him recognition and success in various promotions, including NJPW, where he achieved significant milestone at Wrestle Kingdom 18.

At this highly anticipated event, TJP, along with his tag team partner Francesco Akira, collectively known as Catch 22, secured a monumental victory by clinching the prestigious IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. Their triumph came at the expense of the formidable Bullet Club War Dogs, Drilla Moloney, and Clark Connors. Prior to this career-defining match, TJP and Akira underwent a transformation, unveiling new personas. Akira adorned himself with striking body paint, while TJP adopted the persona of The Aswang. This rebranding followed their defeat in a coffin match against the Bullet Club War Dogs on December 22 during the NJPW Road to Tokyo Dome.

TJP took to social media to share a memorable moment from his post-match celebrations. He uploaded a photograph featuring himself alongside the legendary boxing icon, Manny Pacquiao. For TJP, meeting the iconic boxer served as the perfect culmination to an unforgettable day.

In his tweet, TJP expressed his gratitude and joy, commemorating his third IWGP Junior Tag Championship win:


“Tonight celebrating winning 3X IWGP Jr Tag Championship and visiting the greatest of all time. The Aswang 🦇 and The GOAT 🥊 Thank you @MannyPacquiao 🙏”

Catch 22’s triumph at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 18 marks their third reign as IWGP Tag Team Champions, leaving fans eagerly awaiting their future bookings and challenges in the weeks to come.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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