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KOPW

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KOPW

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Current Season : 2020
Established : 2020
Sport : Fighting
Location : Japan
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KOPW

KOPW, short for King of Pro-Wrestling, is an upcoming championship created and promoted by the Japanese professional wrestling promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). KOPW follows a non-traditional formula: it has no title belt, and only one wrestler per year is recognized as champion. Instead, a "provisional champion" is first determined; during the year, the provisional champion must defend his provisional title, potentially losing it to another wrestler who must then similarly defend it. Eventually, a final title defense takes place at the end of the year, with the winner of the match being officially recognized at the year's KOPW and winning the KOPW Trophy. Furthermore, in contrast with NJPW's heavy focus on traditional matches, the title matches will be exclusively focused on non-regular stipulations. Each of the wrestlers involved in a title match will propose a stipulation, and the fans will vote to select which one the match will follow. Despite its unique concept, KOPW is recognized as an actual championship (and not a tournament or other non-conventional accolade) by NJPW. The name of the title changes based on the year, with the 2020 version of the title being named KOPW 2020. It is "reset" every year, restarting the process anew. The title was created by Kazuchika Okada, who introduced it during a press conference on July 28, 2020. The first provisional KOPW was be determined on August 29, 2020, with Toru Yano becoming the provisional champion. The inaugural champion is to be crowned later in the year.

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