NJPW President On Why They Created The Strong Openweight Championship

NJPW President Takami Ohbari recently took part in an interview with NJPW1972.com, where he discussed why they decided to create the Strong Openweight Title for NJPW STRONG. Ohbari said when NJPW started STRONG, it was about standing up strong in tough times and looking forward and he thinks that was the message they had, and presented, and it worked to the point where there was this new style coming out of the program, and unique characters and personal issues playing out.

He also said they had tournaments like Super J-Cup or NJC USA that gave a focal point for that moment in time, but that they were lacking something to aim for consistently a real axis for everything else to revolve around.

Ohbari said, “Well, when we started STRONG, as I said, it was about standing up strong in tough times and looking forward.” “I think that was the message we had, and presented, and it worked to the point where there was this new style coming out of the program, and unique characters and personal issues playing out."

"We had tournaments like Super J-Cup or NJC USA that gave a focal point for that moment in time, but we were lacking something to aim for consistently a real axis for everything else to revolve around. At the same time, it’s its own ecosystem, it has its own independent identity, and it was around about time, we thought, to establish a hierarchy for STRONG itself. Now there’s someone that everyone is aiming for every week.”

Tom Lawlor is the inaugural NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, when he beat Brody King in the New Japan Cup USA 2021 Tournament Final. NJPW STRONG airs every Friday at 10PM on NJPW World as well as on FITE TV.