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Jay White Beats Kota Ibushi For G1 Briefcase At Power Struggle

NJPW Power Struggle saw Jay White defeat Kota Ibushi for the G1 briefcase, marking the first time that the briefcase has ever changed hands.

After defeating the eventual G1 Climax victor during the third night of the competition, the charismatic leader of the Bullet Club was poised to challenge Ibushi for the right to challenge Tetsuya Naito at Wrestle Kingdom 15.

As it has never happened before, few could have expected Jay White to shock the world and successfully win the G1 briefcase. However, after countering Ibushi’s Kamigoye into a backslide, that is exactly what fans witnessed.

The match was not without controversy, as White pinned Ibushi with both feet on the top rope for added leverage.

It seems likely that the feud is far from over, but as things stand Wrestle Kingdom will see the leader of LIJ face off against the leader of the Bullet Club. As Naito is currently both the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion, White could potentially earn back two titles he won and lost last year simultaneously.

Power Struggle also saw a number of other key matchups, as Shingo Takagi dethroned Minoru Suzuki to win the NEVER Openweight title in their tiebreaker match.

In another crucial win for the Bullet Club, KENTA defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to retain his IWGP US Heavyweight Championship Right To Challenge Contract.

After defeating Great O-Khan, Kazuchika Okada was challenged to a Wrestle Kingdom 15 match by the man who turned on him during the G1 Climax, Will Ospreay.

Finally, a huge main event saw Tetsuya Naito defeat EVIL to retain his two titles.

As Wrestle Kingdom 15 is a two day event, White declared that he wants a ‘day off’ on January 4th. Instead, he will challenge for the titles on January 5th.