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It had to happen eventually. There are all kinds of titles in wrestling and some of the most well known are in WWE. Those are not all of the titles around the world though as other promotions have championships and honors of their own. You will occasionally see those paths cross though, and now one of the crossings that led to some interesting questions have been closed.

He’s Back: Former Champion Officially Returns To WWE After Leaving AEW

New Japan Pro Wrestling held its annual Wrestle Kingdom show earlier this week, featuring several title matches. One such match saw Tama Tonga defeat Karl Anderson to win the NEVER Openweight Title. Anderson currently works for WWE as part of the Monday Night Raw roster and was the reigning champion when he returned to WWE in November. The title reign was referenced on WWE programming but the title never appeared.

He has some better times. Check out what Anderson has done since returning to WWE:

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Opinion: This is something that makes a lot more sense as there was no real reason for New Japan to keep one of its titles on a different company’s wrestler. I’m not sure how much more work Anderson will do with New Japan but getting to wrestle on the biggest show outside of North America out of the year is one of the most unique stiuations anyone can have.

What do you think of the title change? Which New Japan wrestlers would you like to see in WWE? Let us know in the comments below.

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