NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING: KAIRI becomes the inaugural IWGP Women’s champion

Posted on 11/20/122 by Colin Vassallo

KAIRI, the former WWE star known as Kairi
Sane, became the first IWGP Women’s champion
after she defeated Mayu Iwantani in the main
event of NJPW x STARDOM: Historic X-Over
show held at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo,

The pirate princess won the match with her
Insane Elbow finishing move after a 25-
minute match. The match was the final of a
tournament which started on October 2.

KAIRI, who received a first-round bye,
defeated Jazzy Gabert in the semi final
match while Iwatani went through Mono
Watanabe in the first round and Utami
Hayashishita in the semi final.

The former NXT Women’s champion left WWE in
2020 and assumed an ambassadorial role for
WWE in Japan after she wanted to return
home. Her contract with WWE expired late
last year and in February of this year, she
returned to STARDOM.

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