In a follow up to the article we posted earlier about the new IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, NJPW have made a statement explaining the new design.
You can read what they had said below:
"The key tenets behind the designs are reflecting the history of both the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championship, as well as taking flight in the world on the wings of Fighting Spirit."
"The history of the four generations of IWGP Heavyweight Championship are acknowledged through its center plate. The upper part of the belt has a radial design which recalls the original circular IWGP Heavyweight design, while the upper profile of the belt carries the second generation IWGP ‘crown’ motif."
"On the plate itself, we see a pair of wings which represent those on the third generation title belt, while the central Lion Mark brings to mind that on the fourth generation Heavyweight belt. Meanwhile, the title’s side plates evoke the IWGP Intercontinental Championship design."
"Going into more detail on the center plate we see the concept of flight into the world at large. The Lion Mark in the upper center represents the sun above the Earth below. Flames emanating from the sun are those of the Fighting Spirit, which is also represented by a sword piercing the world below from top to bottom. Five gems around the central globe represent the continents, as well as NJPW’s five decades of history. Each gem is set in a fang like position, bringing to mind a lion gripping the world in its teeth, while wings emanating from the globe represent taking flight into the world at large. The Lion Mark represents the sun above and Earth below."
With the unveiling of this new title, it's caused a mixed reaction amongst NJPW fans. Some compare the likeness to the retired Divas Championship, once a main title in the WWE, whereas other fans quite like the new design, calling it fresh and unique.
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