IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship

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IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
Young Bucks IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.JPG
The Young Bucks after winning the championship on November 9, 2013.
Details
Current champion(s) Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida)
Date won June 21, 2014
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)
Date established August 8, 1998
Other name(s) IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship owned by the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. "IWGP" is the acronym of NJPW's governing body, the International Wrestling Grand Prix. The title was introduced on August 8, 1998 at a NJPW live event.[1] The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is not the only tag team title contested for in NJPW; the IWGP Tag Team Championship is also sanctioned by NJPW.[2] According to NJPW's official website, the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is listed as an "IWGP Jr. Tag Class", while the IWGP Tag Team Championship is considered an "IWGP Heavy Weight Class".[2] The title is contested for by junior heavyweight wrestlers; the weight-limit for the title is 100 kg (220 lb) per partner.[3] Being a professional wrestling championship, the title is won as a result of a predetermined outcome.

Title changes happen mostly at NJPW-promoted events. The inaugural champions were Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa, who defeated Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Koji Kanemoto on August 8, 1998 in the finals of a tournament. Jushin Liger and Prince Devitt share the record for most reigns by an individual wrestler, with six. At four reigns, the teams of Gedo and Jado and Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) share the record for the most by a team. Gedo and Jado's combined four reign lengths add up to 960 days—the most of any team. Separately, Gedo and Jado are tied for most days as champion. NJPW keep track of all championship title defenses per reign, which is unlike most mainstream wrestling organizations. They also hold the most total defenses as champions, with 15. Gedo and Jado separately are tied for the record of total defenses by a single wrestler. Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) hold the record for most defenses during a single reign, with 7. The Great Sasuke and Jushin Liger's only reign, Minoru and Prince Devitt's first reign, El Samurai and Koji Kanemoto's only reign, Apollo 55's fourth reign and Jushin Liger and Tiger Mask IV's only reign share the record for the fewest successful defenses, with zero. At 348 days, Otani and Takaiwa's second reign is the longest in the title's history. Minoru and Prince Devitt's first reign is the shortest, at 21 days. Overall, there have been 38 reigns shared among 36 wrestlers, who made up 27 different teams.

The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin), a Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) tag team, defeated then-reigning champions No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro) on January 4, 2009 at Wrestle Kingdom III. Their reign lasted until July 5, 2009, when they were defeated by Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) at a live event. During that time, they had three successful defenses; two were held by TNA due to a pre-existing relationship and an agreement with NJPW.[4] Their first defense in TNA, a rematch against No Limit, occurred on March 31, 2009 at the tapings of their weekly television program TNA Impact!.[5] On April 19, 2009, they made their second, and last, defense in TNA at the Lockdown pay-per-view event in a Three Way Tornado Tag Team Six Sides of Steel cage match against No Limit and The Latin American Xchange (Hernandez and Homicide).[6] The current champions are Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida), who are in their second reign as a team. Individually, this is the third reign for Shelley and the second for Kushida.

Title history[edit]

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event in which the title was won
Successful defenses The number of successful defenses the champions had during their reign
Wrestler name (#) The number represents the individual reigns of a wrestler when this is distinct from the tag team's reign.
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
N/A The information is not available or is unknown
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
# Team Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Successful defenses Notes
1 Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa 1 August 8, 1998 149 Osaka, Japan Rising the Next Generations in Osaka Dome 2 Otani and Takaiwa defeated Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Koji Kanemoto in a tournament final to become the first champions.[1]
2 Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Kendo Kashin 1 January 4, 1999 96 Tokyo, Japan Wrestling World 2
3 The Great Sasuke and Jushin Liger 1 April 10, 1999 94 Tokyo, Japan Strong Style Symphony 0
4 Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa 2 July 13, 1999 348 Morioka, Japan Summer Struggle 1999 4
5 Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka 1 June 25, 2000 254 Tokyo, Japan Summer Struggle 2000 3
6 El Samurai and Jushin Liger (2) 1 March 6, 2001 136 Tokyo, Japan Hyper Battle 2001 1
7 Gedo and Jado 1 July 20, 2001 286 Sapporo, Japan Dome Quake 6
8 Jushin Liger (3) and Minoru Tanaka (2) 1 May 2, 2002 119 Tokyo, Japan Toukon Memorial Day 1
9 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru 1 August 29, 2002 150 Tokyo, Japan Cross Road 4
10 Jushin Liger (4) and Koji Kanemoto (2) 1 January 26, 2003 282 Kobe, Japan The First Navigation 2003 6 [7][8]
Vacated November 4, 2003 N/A N/A The championship was vacated due to Kanemoto fracturing his left cheekbone.[7]
11 Gedo and Jado 2 November 29, 2003 104 Miyagi, Japan Battle Final 2003 2 Gedo and Jado defeated Hirooki Goto and Ryusuke Taguchi to win the vacant championship.[9]
12 American Dragon and Curry Man 1 March 12, 2004 85 Tokyo, Japan Hyper Battle 2004 1 [10]
13 Gedo and Jado 3 June 5, 2004 272 Osaka, Japan Best of the Super Jr. XI 5
14 Koji Kanemoto (3) and Wataru Inoue 1 March 4, 2005 71 Tokyo, Japan Big Fight Series 2005 2
15 Hirooki Goto and Minoru (3) 1 May 14, 2005 281 Tokyo, Japan Nexess VI 2
16 El Samurai (2) and Ryusuke Taguchi 1 February 19, 2006 139 Tokyo, Japan Circuit2006 Acceleration 2
17 Gedo and Jado 4 July 8, 2006 298 Shizuoka, Japan Circuit2006 Turbulence 2
18 Dick Togo and Taka Michinoku 1 May 2, 2007 270 Tokyo, Japan New Japan Pro Wrestling 35th Anniversary Tour Brave New World: Hall2Days 3
19 RISE
(Minoru (4) and Prince Devitt)
1 January 27, 2008 21 Tokyo, Japan Circuit2008 New Japan Ism 0
20 Legend
(Akira and Jushin Liger (5))
1 February 17, 2008 155 Tokyo, Japan Circuit2008 New Japan Ism 1
21 RISE
(Minoru (5) and Prince Devitt (2))
2 July 21, 2008 84 Sapporo, Japan Circuit2008 New Japan Soul: Novello Sparks 1
22 No Limit
(Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro)
1 October 13, 2008 83 Tokyo, Japan Destruction '08 1
23 The Motor City Machine Guns
(Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin)
1 January 4, 2009 182 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome 3 The Motor City Machine Guns defended the championship twice in the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion during their reign, as part of an agreement between TNA and NJPW.[11]
24 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt (3) and Ryusuke Taguchi (2))
1 July 5, 2009 290 Tokyo, Japan Circuit2009 New Japan Soul 5 [12]
Vacated April 21, 2010 N/A N/A Title held up after the championship was not defended for 30 days.[13]
25 El Samurai (3) and Koji Kanemoto (4) 1 May 8, 2010 72 Tokyo, Japan Super J Tag Tournament 1st 0 El Samurai and Kanemoto defeated Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) in the finals of an eight-team tournament to win the vacant title.
26 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt (4) and Ryusuke Taguchi (3))
2 July 19, 2010 84 Sapporo, Japan Circuit2010 New Japan Soul 1
27 Golden☆Lovers
(Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi)
1 October 11, 2010 104 Tokyo, Japan Destruction '10 2
28 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt (5) and Ryusuke Taguchi (4))
3 January 23, 2011 260 Tokyo, Japan Fantasticamania 2011 7
29 No Remorse Corps
(Davey Richards and Rocky Romero)
1 October 10, 2011 86 Tokyo, Japan Destruction '11 1
30 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt (6) and Ryusuke Taguchi (5))
4 January 4, 2012 39 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome 0
31 No Remorse Corps
(Davey Richards and Rocky Romero)
2 February 12, 2012 80 Osaka, Japan The New Beginning 0
Vacated May 2, 2012 N/A N/A Title held up after Davey Richards was unable to attend Wrestling Dontaku 2012 due to travel issues.[14]
32 Jushin Liger (6) and Tiger Mask IV 1 June 16, 2012 36 Osaka, Japan Dominion 6.16 0 Liger and Tiger Mask IV defeated Suzukigun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) to win the vacant title.
33 Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero (3))
1 July 22, 2012 112 Yamagata, Japan Kizuna Road 2
34 Time Splitters
(Alex Shelley (2) and Kushida)
1 November 11, 2012 173 Osaka, Japan Power Struggle 3
35 Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov (2) and Rocky Romero (4))
2 May 3, 2013 164 Fukuoka, Japan Wrestling Dontaku 2013 3
36 Suzukigun
(Taichi and Taka Michinoku (2))
1 October 14, 2013 26 Tokyo, Japan King of Pro-Wrestling 1
37 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
1 November 9, 2013 224 Osaka, Japan Power Struggle 5
38 Time Splitters
(Alex Shelley (3) and Kushida (2))
2 June 21, 2014 19+ Osaka, Japan Dominion 6.21 0

List of combined reigns[edit]

As of July 10, 2014

Symbol Meaning
Indicates the current champions

By team[edit]

Rank[N 1] Team No. of reigns Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Gedo and Jado 4 15 960
2 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi)
4 13 673
3 Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa 2 6 497
4 Jushin Liger and Koji Kanemoto 1 6 282
5 Hirooki Goto and Minoru 1 2 281
6 Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero)
2 4 276
7 Dick Togo and Taka Michinoku 1 3 270
8 Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka 1 3 254
9 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
1 5 224
10 Time Splitters
(Alex Shelley and Kushida)
2 3 192+
11 The Motor City Machine Guns
(Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin)
1 3 182
12 No Remorse Corps
(Davey Richards and Rocky Romero)
2 1 166
13 Legend
(Akira and Jushin Liger)
1 1 155
14 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru 1 4 150
15 El Samurai and Ryusuke Taguchi 1 2 139
16 El Samurai and Jushin Liger 1 1 136
17 Jushin Liger and Minoru Tanaka 1 1 119
18 RISE
(Minoru and Prince Devitt)
2 1 105
19 Golden☆Lovers
(Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi)
1 2 104
20 Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Kendo Kashin 1 2 96
21 The Great Sasuke and Jushin Liger 1 0 94
22 American Dragon and Curry Man 1 1 85
23 No Limit
(Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro)
1 1 83
24 El Samurai and Koji Kanemoto 1 0 72
25 Koji Kanemoto and Wataru Inoue 1 2 71
26 Jushin Liger and Tiger Mask IV 1 0 36
27 Suzukigun
(Taichi and Taka Michinoku)
1 1 26

By wrestler[edit]

Rank[N 1] Wrestler No. of reigns Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Gedo 4 15 960
1 Jado 4 15 960
3 Jushin Liger 6 9 822
4 Ryusuke Taguchi 5 14 812
5 Prince Devitt 6 13 778
6 Minoru/Minoru Tanaka 5 7 759
7 Koji Kanemoto 4 11 679
8 Shinjiro Otani 2 6 497
8 Tatsuhito Takaiwa 2 6 497
10 Rocky Romero 4 5 442
11 Alex Shelley 3 6 374+
12 El Samurai 3 3 347
13 Taka Michinoku 2 4 296
14 Hirooki Goto 1 2 281
15 Alex Koslov 2 4 276
16 Dick Togo 1 3 270
17 Matt Jackson 1 5 224
17 Nick Jackson 1 5 224
19 Kushida 2 3 192+
20 Chris Sabin 1 3 182
21 Davey Richards 2 1 166
22 Akira 1 1 155
23 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 1 4 150
23 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 1 4 150
25 Kenny Omega 1 2 104
25 Kota Ibushi 1 2 104
27 Dr. Wagner, Jr. 1 2 96
27 Kendo Kashin 1 2 96
29 The Great Sasuke 1 0 94
30 American Dragon 1 1 85
30 Curry Man 1 1 85
32 Tetsuya Naito 1 1 83
32 Yujiro 1 1 83
34 Wataru Inoue 1 2 71
35 Tiger Mask IV 1 0 36
36 Taichi 1 1 26

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Each reign is ranked highest to lowest; reigns with the same number mean that they are tied for that certain rank.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b "IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship history: Reign 1". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). NJPW.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  2. ^ a b "IWGP Tag Team Championship history". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). NJPW.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  3. ^ "No Limit、またしてもIWGP Jr.タッグ奪還ならず!/4月19日TNA「Lock Down」試合結果(1)". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). NJPW.co.jp. 2009-04-20. Archived from the original on 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-12-08. "Translated version shows that it was questioned if Hernandez weighed more than 100kg, the weight-limit." 
  4. ^ Martin, Adam (2009-01-15). ""Global Impact 2" and New Japan and TNA relations". Wrestleview. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  5. ^ Martin, Adam (2009-04-02). "Spoilers: Impact tapings for 4/9-16". Wrestleview. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  6. ^ Caldwell, James (2009-04-19). "Caldwell's TNA Lockdown PPV report 4/19: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of all-cage PPV - Sting vs. Foley". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
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  8. ^ Power Slam Staff (August 2003). "We are the Champions (as of July 8)". Power Slam Magazine (Lancaster, Lancashire, England: SW Publishing LTD). p. 15. 109. 
  9. ^ Power Slam Magazine Staff (March 2005). "We are the champions (as of February 11)". Power Slam Magazine (Lancaster, Lancashire, England: SW Publishing LTD). p. 15. 116. 
  10. ^ Milner, John M. "Christopher Daniels". Slam! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-12-03. "Curry Man returned to Japan and won a battle royale on January 31, 2004 and, on March 12th, teamed with American Dragon to win the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team titles." 
  11. ^ Martin, Adam (2009-01-01). "1/4 NJPW Wrestle Kingdom III Results: Tokyo, Japan". Wrestleview. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  12. ^ Golden, Hunter (2009-07-08). "Rising Sun Soliloquy Newsletter #32". Wrestleview. Retrieved 2009-12-03. "Ryosuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt, hot off solid performances at the Best of the Super Juniors Tournament last month, defeated TNA's Motor City Machine Guns for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship at the Korakuen Hall this past Sunday in front of a sell out crowd of 2,000 fans. The 'Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) won the titles on January 4th at the Tokyo Dome and made two successful title defenses, one in Japan and the other overseas in the United States." 
  13. ^ "IWGP Jr.タッグ王座を返上した田口隆祐選手が現在の心境をコメント!". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). NJPW.co.jp. 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  14. ^ "デイビー・リチャーズ選手が交通事故により来日中止【5・3福岡大会カード変更のお知らせ】". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). NJPW.co.jp. 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 

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