World Junior Heavyweight Championship (AJPW)

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World Junior Heavyweight Championship
Details
Current champion(s) Atsushi Aoki
Date won May 29, 2014
Date established July 31, 1986
Promotion All Japan Pro Wrestling

The World Junior Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling title in Japanese promotion All Japan Pro Wrestling, contested exclusively among junior heavyweight (<100 kg (220 lb)) wrestlers. It was created on July 31, 1986 when Hiro Saito defeated Brad Armstrong in a tournament final.[1] There have been a total of 26 recognized champions who have had a combined 37 official reigns.

Title history[edit]

No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Hiro Saito 1 July 31, 1986 115 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Brad Armstrong in a tournament final. [1]
2 Kuniaki Kobayashi 1 November 23, 1986 41 Tokyo, Japan [2]
3 Masanobu Fuchi 1 January 3, 1987 748 Tokyo, Japan [2]
4 Joe Malenko 1 January 20, 1989 5 Fukuoka, Japan [2]
5 Mighty Inoue 1 January 25, 1989 42 Osaka, Japan [2]
6 Masanobu Fuchi 2 March 8, 1989 39 Tokyo, Japan [2]
7 Shinichi Nakano 1 April 16, 1989 4 Tokyo, Japan [2]
8 Mitsuo Momota 1 April 20, 1989 72 Osaka, Japan [2]
9 Joe Malenko 2 July 1, 1989 111 Omiya, Japan [2]
10 Masanobu Fuchi 3 October 20, 1989 1,309 Nagoya, Japan [2]
11 Dan Kroffat 1 May 21, 1993 94 Sapporo, Japan [2]
12 Masanobu Fuchi 4 August 23, 1993 323 Shizuoka, Japan [2]
13 Dan Kroffat 2 July 12, 1994 425 Kagoshima, Japan [2]
14 Yoshinari Ogawa 1 September 10, 1995 294 Tokyo, Japan [2]
15 Masanobu Fuchi 5 June 30, 1996 24 Tokyo, Japan [2]
16 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 1 July 24, 1996 175 Tokyo, Japan [2]
17 Yoshinari Ogawa 2 January 15, 1997 219 Tokyo, Japan [2]
18 Maunakea Mossman 1 August 22, 1997 294 Tokyo, Japan [2]
Vacated on June 12, 1998 due to Mossman graduating to the heavyweight division.[1]
19 Yoshinari Ogawa 3 July 19, 1998 698 Niigata, Japan Defeated Satoru Asako in a tournament final. [1]
Vacated on June 16, 2000 due to Ogawa and several others leaving AJPW to form Pro Wrestling Noah.[2][3]
20 Kendo Kashin 1 April 13, 2002 670 Tokyo, Japan Grand Champion Carnival Defeated Masanobu Fuchi .[4][5]
Vacated on February 12, 2004 due to inactivity.[1][2]
21 Kaz Hayashi 1 February 22, 2004 323 Tokyo, Japan Excite Series tour Defeated Blue-K. [6]
22 Taka Michinoku 1 January 10, 2005 285 Tokyo, Japan Kaientai Dojo's CLUB-K SUPER kick This match was also for Hayashi's Strongest-K Championship. [7]
23 Shuji Kondo 1 October 22, 2005 483 Tokyo, Japan Shining Series tour. [8]
24 Katsuhiko Nakajima 1 February 17, 2007 378 Tokyo, Japan Puroresu Love in Ryogoku vol. 2. The title belt is held up on October 18, 2007 after a title defense against Silver King ended in a no contest, though Nakajima remains the official champion. [1][9]
25 Silver King 1 March 1, 2008 59 Tokyo, Japan Puroresu Love in Ryogoku vol. 4. [10]
26 Ryuji Hijikata 1 April 29, 2008 152 Nagoya, Japan Growin' Up tour. [11]
27 Naomichi Marufuji 1 September 28, 2008 131 Yokohama, Japan Flashing tour.
28 Kaz Hayashi 2 February 6, 2009 695 Tokyo, Japan Excite Series tour.
29 Minoru 1 January 2, 2011 152 Tokyo, Japan New Year Shining Series tour. [12]
Vacated on June 3, 2011, when All Japan Pro Wrestling suspends Minoru.
30 KAI 1 June 19, 2011 126 Tokyo, Japan 2011 Puroresu Love in Ryōgoku Defeated Shuji Kondo for the vacant title. [13]
31 Kenny Omega 1 October 23, 2011 217 Tokyo, Japan Puroresu Love in Ryōgoku Vol. 13
32 KAI 2 May 27, 2012 77 Tokyo, Japan Rise Up Tour 2012
33 Hiroshi Yamato 1 August 12, 2012 143 Tokyo, Japan Summer Impact 2012
34 Shuji Kondo 2 January 2, 2013 52 Tokyo, Japan 2013 New Year Shining Series: New Year 2Days This match was also contested for Kondo's GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship.
35 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 1 February 23, 2013 295 Tokyo, Japan 2013 Excite Series
36 Último Dragón 1 December 15, 2013 165 Tokyo, Japan 2013 Fan Appreciation Day
37 Atsushi Aoki 1 May 29, 2014 114+ Tokyo, Japan 2014 Super Power Series

List of reigns by combined length[edit]

Rank [1] Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 Masanobu Fuchi 5 2,443
2 Yoshinari Ogawa 3 1,211
3 Kaz Hayashi 2 1,018
4 Kendo Kashin 1 670
5 Shuji Kondo 2 535
6 Dan Kroffat 2 519
7 Katsuhiko Nakajima 1 378
8 Maunakea Mossman 1 294
9 Taka Michinoku 1 285
10 Kenny Omega 1 217
11 KAI 2 203
12 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 1 295
13 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 1 175
14 Último Dragón 1 165
15 Ryuji Hijikata 1 152
16 Minoru 1 152
17 Hiroshi Yamato 1 143
18 Naomichi Marufuji 1 131
19 Joe Malenko 2 116
20 Hiro Saito 1 115
21 Mitsuo Momota 1 72
22 Silver King 1 59
23 Mighty Inoue 1 42
24 Kuniaki Kobayashi 1 41
25 Shinichi Nakano 1 4
26 Atsushi Aoki 1 114+

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship". Wrestling-Titles.com. Archived from the original on 9 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Championship official title history" (in Japanese). All-Japan.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2008-04-03. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  3. ^ "AJPW Triple Crown Championship official title history" (in Japanese). All-Japan.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  4. ^ "AJPW Champion's Carnival tour results". Shining Road. Archived from the original on 2007-05-30. Retrieved 2007-07-10. 
  5. ^ "We are the Champions (as of July 8)". Power Slam Magazine (Lancaster, Lancashire, England: SW Publishing LTD). August 2003. p. 15. 109. 
  6. ^ "AJPW Excite Series tour results". Shining Road. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-07-10. 
  7. ^ "Kaientai Dojo results, 2005" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved 2007-07-10. 
  8. ^ "AJPW Shining Series tour results". Shining Road. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-07-10. 
  9. ^ "AJPW Excite Series 2007 tour results". Shining Road. Archived from the original on 2008-04-28. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  10. ^ "AJPW Excite Series 2008 tour results". Shining Road. Archived from the original on 26 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  11. ^ "AJPW Growin' Up tour results". Shining Road. Archived from the original on 14 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  12. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2011-01-02). "Complete Sunday update: Legendary feud, ratings, long time champ drops title today, Reaction to UFC". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  13. ^ http://www.puroresuspirit.com/2011/06/19/results-for-june-19th-2011/

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