Dolph Ziggler, now Nic Nemeth, secures IWGP Global Championship on NJPW debut.

Nic Nemeth

Nic Nemeth, once known as Dolph Ziggler in the WWE, has now claimed the mantle of IWGP Global Champion in New Japan Pro Wrestling.

His debut in NJPW occurred at Wrestle Kingdom 18, where he made quite the entrance alongside his brother Ryan Nemeth. The night kicked off with a heated altercation between Nic and David Finlay, which escalated into a Triple Threat Match involving Jon Moxley and Will Ospreay, all under the banner of the Bullet Club.

The backstage feud between Nemeth and Finlay persisted after Finlay emerged as the inaugural IWGP Global Champion, prompting NJPW to officially schedule a showdown between the two.

At NJPW New Beginning in Sapporo, Nemeth triumphed over Finlay in the main event, securing his position as the second-ever IWGP Global Champion. Following his victory, Nemeth addressed the Japanese crowd and expressed his desire to form a tag team with Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Leading up to his clash with David Finlay, Nemeth shared insights into the advice he received from NJPW legend Shinsuke Nakamura.

In an interview with njpw1972, the former WWE star reflected on his fortune in sharing the ring with the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Nemeth remarked:

“For the last six or seven years, as I contemplated my future with WWE, there was always another opponent I wanted to face or a young talent the company wanted me to assist. Each time, a new contract would materialize, and the cycle continued. During this period, I had the privilege of facing someone I initially knew little about: Shinsuke Nakamura.”

He continued:

“After exchanging blows for some time, I came to understand that he’s not only a formidable competitor but also a genuine person. Our relationship grew to the point where he offered assistance should I ever decide to move on. I kept his offer in mind as I began exploring opportunities in Japan. I delved not only into the matches but also sought out clips of individuals, like myself, transitioning to a new environment and making waves within the roster.”

Nemeth has vowed to defend the IWGP Global Championship against all comers who dare to challenge him.