Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship

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Not to be confused with Triple Crown Championship.
Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship
Details
Current champion(s) Joe Doering
Date won July 27, 2014
Date established April 18, 1989
Promotion All Japan Pro Wrestling

The Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship is the top professional wrestling title in Japanese promotion All Japan Pro Wrestling. The championship was originally a unification of the NWA United National Championship, the PWF Heavyweight Championship and the NWA International Heavyweight Championship. Unlike most unified championships, the Triple Crown was originally represented by the three individual belts. The belts were unified on April 18, 1989 when International champion Jumbo Tsuruta defeated the PWF and UN champion Stan Hansen.[1] The original title belts were returned to All Japan founder Giant Baba's widow Motoko in August 2013 and a new single belt instead of three separate belts was made.[2] The new title belt, which featured three plates representing the three original belts, was unveiled on October 27.[3] There have been a total of 24 recognized champions who have had a combined 50 official reigns.

Title history[edit]

# Wrestlers Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Jumbo Tsuruta 1 April 18, 1989 48 Tokyo Champion Carnival tour Tsuruta, the NWA International Heavyweight Champion, defeated Stan Hansen, the PWF Heavyweight and NWA United National Champion, to unify the titles.[1]
2 Genichiro Tenryu 1 June 5, 1989 128 Tokyo Super Power Series tour [1]
3 Jumbo Tsuruta 2 October 11, 1989 237 Yokohama October Giant Series tour [1]
4 Terry Gordy 1 June 5, 1990 3 Chiba Super Power Series tour [1]
5 Stan Hansen 1 June 8, 1990 39 Tokyo Super Power Series tour [1]
6 Terry Gordy 2 July 17, 1990 10 Kanazawa Summer Action Series tour [1]
Vacated on July 27, 1990 due to Gordy having a sudden illness.[1]
7 Stan Hansen 2 July 27, 1990 176 Matsudo Summer Action Series tour Defeated Mitsuharu Misawa.[1]
8 Jumbo Tsuruta 3 January 19, 1991 374 Matsumoto New Year Giant Series tour [1]
9 Stan Hansen 3 January 28, 1992 207 Chiba New Year Giant Series tour [1]
10 Mitsuharu Misawa 1 August 22, 1992 705 Tokyo Summer Action Series II tour [1]
11 Steve Williams 1 July 28, 1994 86 Tokyo Summer Action Series tour [1]
12 Toshiaki Kawada 1 October 22, 1994 133 Tokyo October Giant Series tour [1]
13 Stan Hansen 4 March 4, 1995 83 Tokyo Excite Series tour [1]
14 Mitsuharu Misawa 2 May 26, 1995 364 Sapporo Super Power Series tour [4]
15 Akira Taue 1 May 24, 1996 61 Sapporo Super Power Series tour [5]
16 Kenta Kobashi 1 July 24, 1996 180 Tokyo Super Power Series tour [6]
17 Mitsuharu Misawa 3 January 20, 1997 466 Osaka New Year Giant Series tour [7]
18 Toshiaki Kawada 2 May 1, 1998 42 Tokyo 25th Anniversary [8]
19 Kenta Kobashi 2 June 12, 1998 141 Tokyo Super Power Series tour [8]
20 Mitsuharu Misawa 4 October 31, 1998 83 Tokyo October Giant Series tour [8]
21 Toshiaki Kawada 3 January 22, 1999 7 Osaka New Year Giant Series tour [9]
Vacated on January 29, 1999 due to Kawada fracturing his right ulna in winning the title.[9]
22 Vader 1 March 6, 1999 57 Tokyo Excite Series tour Defeated Akira Taue.[9]
23 Mitsuharu Misawa 5 May 2, 1999 181 Tokyo Giant Baba Memorial Show [9]
24 Vader 2 October 30, 1999 120 Tokyo October Giant Series tour [9]
25 Kenta Kobashi 3 February 27, 2000 110 Tokyo Excite Series tour [10]
Vacant June 16, 2000 Kobashi leave AJPW to form Pro Wrestling Noah.[9]
26 Genichiro Tenryu 2 October 28, 2000 223 Tokyo October Giant Series tour Defeated Toshiaki Kawada in a tournament final.[11]
27 Keiji Mutoh 1 June 8, 2001 261 Tokyo Super Power Series tour [12]
28 Toshiaki Kawada 4 February 24, 2002 32 Tokyo Excite Series tour [9]
Vacant March 28, 2002 Kawada suffered a knee injury.[8]
29 Genichiro Tenryu 3 April 13, 2002 197 Tokyo Champion Carnival tour Defeated Keiji Muto.[13]
30 The Great Muta
(formerly Keiji Mutoh)
2 October 27, 2002 119 Tokyo Royal Road 30 Giant Battle Final [14]
31 Shinya Hashimoto 1 February 23, 2003 171 Tokyo Excite Series tour [9][15]
Vacant August 13, 2003 Hashimoto dislocated his right shoulder.[16][17]
32 Toshiaki Kawada 5 September 6, 2003 529 Tokyo Summer Action Series II tour Defeated Shinjiro Otani in a tournament final.[18][19]
33 Satoshi Kojima 1 February 16, 2005 502 Tokyo Realize tour [20]
34 Taiyō Kea 1 July 3, 2006 62 Tokyo Crossover tour [8][21]
35 Minoru Suzuki 1 September 3, 2006 357 Sapporo Summer Impact tour [8][22]
36 Kensuke Sasaki 1 August 26, 2007 247 Tokyo Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 3 [8][23]
37 Suwama 1 April 29, 2008 152 Nagoya Growin' Up tour
38 The Great Muta 3 September 28, 2008 167 Yokohama Flashing tour [24]
39 Yoshihiro Takayama 1 March 14, 2009 196 Tokyo Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 7
40 Satoshi Kojima 2 September 26, 2009 176 Yokohama Flashing tour [25]
41 Ryota Hama 1 March 21, 2010 42 Tokyo Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 9 [26]
42 Minoru Suzuki 2 May 2, 2010 119 Nagoya Growin' Up tour [8][27]
43 Suwama 2 August 29, 2010 420 Tokyo Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 10
44 Jun Akiyama 1 October 23, 2011 308 Tokyo Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 13
45 Masakatsu Funaki 1 August 26, 2012 203 Tokyo Summer Impact tour [28]
46 Suwama 3 March 17, 2013 224 Tokyo 2013 Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku: Basic & Dynamic
47 Akebono 1 October 27, 2013 215 Tokyo Anniversary Tour
Vacant May 30, 2014 Due to Akebono being sidelined with health issues.
48 Takao Ōmori 1 June 15, 2014 14 Tokyo 2014 Dynamite Series Defeated Jun Akiyama in a decision match to win the vacant title.
49 Suwama 4 June 29, 2014 28 Sapporo 2014 Dynamite Series
50 Joe Doering 1 July 27, 2014 25+ Tokyo 2014 Summer Action Series

List of combined reigns[edit]

As of August 21, 2014.

Rank Team No. of reigns Combined days
1 Mitsuharu Misawa 5 1,799
2 Suwama 4 824
3 Toshiaki Kawada 5 743
4 Satoshi Kojima 2 678
5 Jumbo Tsuruta 3 659
6 Genichiro Tenryu 3 548
7 Keiji Mutoh/The Great Muta 3 547
8 Stan Hansen 4 505
9 Minoru Suzuki 2 476
10 Kenta Kobashi 3 431
11 Jun Akiyama 1 308
12 Kensuke Sasaki 1 247
13 Akebono 1 215
14 Masakatsu Funaki 1 203
15 Yoshihiro Takayama 1 196
16 Vader 2 177
17 Shinya Hashimoto 1 171
18 Steve Williams 1 86
19 Taiyō Kea 1 62
20 Akira Taue 1 61
21 Ryota Hama 1 42
22 Joe Doering 1 25+
23 Takao Ōmori 1 14
24 Terry Gordy 2 13

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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