The first time the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship will be defended in Japan is just a few hours away from becoming a reality. In a year where ZERO1 reached land mark after land mark, presenting their 10th Anniversary Show and now for the first time since TNA Wrestling and the NWA have split ways the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship returns to Japan. The question is, will it come home?
Perhaps to cementing his legacy as NWA Worlds Champion early into his championship reign, The Sheik had planned early on to bring the fight to ZERO1 and to solidify his dominance on a grand scale. Prior to defeating Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship, the Sheik had held simultaneously. The Sheik would go on to lose the NWA FL title to Tommy Taylor and the NWA Midwest Title to the Sadist, but it was the North American Title that the Sheik would take to Puerto Rico, New Jersey, Texas, and anywhere he could showcase his brand of havoc. Once the Sheik captured the Legendary 10lbs of Gold, the North American Title was stripped.
Now the Sheik has a unique opportunity. The opportunity to add yet another trophy to his collection.
The last time the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship’s was consolidated with another Championship was back in 2003. It was Auckland, New Zealand when the World Wrestling All-Stars World Champion Sting would be defeated by NWA Worlds Champion Jeff Jarret. Will the NWA Worlds Champion be successful in defeating another champion?
ZERO1 Champion Ryouiji Sai has an opportunity to to join the ranks of Japanese born wrestlers who’ve held the NWA Worlds Championship. Giant Baba, Tatsumi Fujinami, Masahiro Chono, The Great Muta, Naoya Ogawa, and Shinya Hashimoto. If Sai were to capture the NWA Worlds Title from the Sheik, it surely would disrupt future NWA World Championship defenses in the United States.