IWGP Intercontinental championship no more, Heavyweight Titles set to be Unified in NJPW

New title belt to be created and dubbed the "IWGP World Heavyweight Championship"

IWGP Intercontinental championship no more, Heavyweight Titles set to be Unified in NJPW
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It has been reported by Tokyosports, that the IWGP Intercontinental Championship is no more. The championship, which was created in 2011 as a secondary title in NJPW had been defended alongside the IWGP Heavyweight Championship since Wrestle Kingdom 14. 

On that night, the two Championships were merged and forced into a situation dubbed "IWGP Double Gold" where both belts would be defended at the same time. Now, we will see both Championships merged into one single IWGP World Heavyweight title belt. 

During Sunday's NJPW Castle Attack, Tetsuya Naito had a failed attempt in breaking the Intercontinental title away from double gold, by unsuccessfully challenging the current champion Kota Ibushi. Ibushi has been talking about unifying both titles for quite a while, but a spirited Naito wanted one last shot at the title, that he's almost literally tried to destroy on multiple occasions. 

NJPW are set to hold a press conference on their website NJPWworld.com at 1pm EST, where we will likely hear of the situation in further detail. Along with this, we will hear about the upcoming New Japan anniversary event, and the New Japan Cup tournament. This years New Japan Cup will likely decide a new and first challenger for the newly named Championship. 

Well, big news from New Japan. What do you make of this? Let us know in the comments below! 

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