AJ Styles Wins IWGP Title, Becomes First American To Do So Since 2005

AJ Styles defeated Kazuchika Okada to capture the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at the New Japan Pro Wrestling Dontaku iPPV event on Saturday night. By winning the title, Styles became the first American wrestler to hold that particular belt since Brock Lesnar held it in 2005.

Ring Of Honor promoted the event on their official website and noted that the winner of the Styles vs. Okada match would defend the IWGP Championship against Michael Elgin at their “War of the Worlds” event on May 17th.

Styles tweeted the following photo of himself with the IWGP Championship backstage after the show: