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KAIRI Announced for NJPW IWGP Women’s Championship Tournament

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KAIRI has been announced for NJPW’s IWGP Women’s Championship tournament.

Stardom revealed on Thursday that Carey, formerly Kairi Hojo in Japan and Kairi Sane in WWE, will be a semi-finalist in the tournament’s international bracket, and has received a first-round bye.

Kerry will face the winner of Alpha Female vs. Ava White at the Stardom Tag League event on October 23, with the winner advancing to the final of the NJPW X Stardom Historic X-Over on November 20. The winner of the tournament will be crowned. First IWGP Women’s Champion.

A total of seven participants will take part in the tournament. Gabert will face White in an international bracket first round match on Sunday 2 October at the NJPW Royal Quest in London. In the tournament’s Stardom bracket, the first round participants will be determined by the standings of Stardom’s 5 Star Grand Prix, and will end on October 22 on the Stardom Show.

The creation of the IWGP women’s title was announced at the NJPW press conference on 29 July. The company later revealed that after the first champion was crowned on November 20, the first title defense would take place on January 4, 2023, at Wrestle Kingdom 17.

While primarily an NJPW title, the IWGP women’s title is also expected to be defended at the big Stardom show.


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