In an interview with New Japan Pro Wrestling’s official website, NJPW President Hiroshi Tanahashi revealed that the NJPW STRONG titles will become exclusive to events that are held in the United States.

“Taking into account the opinions of wrestlers and fans, we want to clarify the roles and concepts of each Championship belt, and raise the status of our Championships.

This will see various forms, but firstly, the NJPW STRONG Championships will be restored to their original roles of being defended only on American events. We want to make the STRONG titles American exclusive.

Additionally, there have been a lot of new titles of late, and it’s important I think for wrestlers to understand what Championships they want to aim toward, and for fans to understand that as well. Each title can have a role in different events, but we want the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship to consistently be the peak and have those roles take place after that.”

The interview is available at this link.