Global Force Wrestling’s Eddie Edwards has become the first American wrestler to win Pro Wrestling NOAH’s GHC Heavyweight Championship.
Edwards defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima to win the title at this morning’s NOAH Summer Navigation 2017 event at Korakuen Hall. Edwards has been a semi-regular since GFW established a working relationship with NOAH back in February. Nakajima had been champion for 307 days, defeating Takashi Sugiura on October 23rd of last year.
Naomichi Marufuji came out after the match and challenged Edwards to a title match. That will take place in Yokohama on October 1st.
Since taking over GFW, Jeff Jarrett has established ties with a number of international promotions, including NOAH, to bring talent over to the US for Impact tapings. Both Taiji Ishimori and Marufuji have wrestled for the promotion in recent months. GFW has also set up relationships with Konnan’s The Crash promotion in Tijuana and AAA.
The Summer Navigation 2017 event featuring Edwards’ title win is set to air on G+ in Japan on September 3rd.