Stardom recently announced that they will be debuting a new IWGP Women’s Championship for the company at their co-promoted event with New Japan Pro Wrestling on November 20th in Tokyo, Japan.
It was also announced that this new championship will be defended on NJPW’s shows in Japan and the United States and it will not be replacing their World of Stardom or Wonder of Stardom championships.
Just announced in today’s Stardom 2022 Strategy Meeting:— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) July 29, 2022
✪ The IWGP Women’s Championship!
★ NJPW and Stardom are creating this title for defenses not only in Japan but also in the US on New Japan Pro Wrestling events, appealing to the world with the rich IWGP history!
✪The inaugural IWGP Women’s Champion will be crowned at the NJPW x Stardom joint show on November 20th at the Ariake Arena.— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) July 29, 2022
Please note, this belt does not usurp the Red and White Belts in any way. They are the main titles for Stardom events.
The IWGP Women’s championship is for NJPW events. It’s possible that it could be defended on big Stardom events though.— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) July 29, 2022
Stardom’s main title remains the World of Stardom title (the Red Belt) along with the Wonder of Stardom title (the White Belt).
Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that his sources stated that the current plans are for Stardom’s head booker Rossy Ogawa to be fully in charge of the booking and creative direction for this new belt for NJPW shows.