Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship

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Not to be confused with Triple Crown (professional wrestling).
Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship
Details
Current champion(s) Kento Miyahara
Date won February 12, 2016
Date established April 18, 1989
Promotion All Japan Pro Wrestling

The Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship (三冠ヘビー級王座 Sankan Hebīkyū Ōza?) is the top professional wrestling title in Japanese promotion All Japan Pro Wrestling.

History[edit]

The championship was established after the unification of its then-flagship title the PWF Heavyweight Championship, with the NWA United National Championship and the NWA International Heavyweight Championship. The titles were unified on April 18, 1989 when International champion Jumbo Tsuruta defeated the PWF and UN champion Stan Hansen.[1]

Unlike most unified championships, the Triple Crown was originally represented by the three individual belts. 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] One of the plates includes the text "Jumbo Tsuruta Apr. 18 1989", representing the crowning of the inaugural champion.[4] There have been a total of 26 recognized champions who have had a combined 55 official reigns.

Title history[edit]

# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Successful defenses Notes Ref.
1 Tsuruta, JumboJumbo Tsuruta 1 April 18, 1989 48 Tokyo Champion Carnival tour 1 Tsuruta, the NWA International Heavyweight Champion, defeated Stan Hansen, the PWF Heavyweight and NWA United National Champion, to unify the titles. [1]
2 Tenryu, GenichiroGenichiro Tenryu 1 June 5, 1989 128 Tokyo Super Power Series tour 2   [1]
3 Tsuruta, JumboJumbo Tsuruta 2 October 11, 1989 237 Yokohama October Giant Series tour 2   [1]
4 Gordy, TerryTerry Gordy 1 June 5, 1990 3 Chiba Super Power Series tour 0   [1]
5 Hansen, StanStan Hansen 1 June 8, 1990 39 Tokyo Super Power Series tour 0   [1]
6 Gordy, TerryTerry Gordy 2 July 17, 1990 10 Kanazawa Summer Action Series tour 0   [1]
Vacated July 27, 1990 Gordy was hospitalized. The title is vacated as he is hospitalized during a scheduled title defense later that night. [5]
7 Hansen, StanStan Hansen 2 July 27, 1990 176 Matsudo Summer Action Series tour 1 Defeated Mitsuharu Misawa. [1]
8 Tsuruta, JumboJumbo Tsuruta 3 January 19, 1991 374 Matsumoto New Year Giant Series tour 3   [1]
9 Hansen, StanStan Hansen 3 January 28, 1992 207 Chiba New Year Giant Series tour 3   [1]
10 Misawa, MitsuharuMitsuharu Misawa 1 August 22, 1992 705 Tokyo Summer Action Series II tour 7   [1]
11 Williams, SteveSteve Williams 1 July 28, 1994 86 Tokyo Summer Action Series tour 1   [1]
12 Kawada, ToshiakiToshiaki Kawada 1 October 22, 1994 133 Tokyo October Giant Series tour 1   [1]
13 Hansen, StanStan Hansen 4 March 4, 1995 83 Tokyo Excite Series tour 0   [1]
14 Misawa, MitsuharuMitsuharu Misawa 2 May 26, 1995 364 Sapporo Super Power Series tour 4   [6]
15 Taue, AkiraAkira Taue 1 May 24, 1996 61 Sapporo Super Power Series tour 1   [7]
16 Kobashi, KentaKenta Kobashi 1 July 24, 1996 180 Tokyo Super Power Series tour 2   [8]
17 Misawa, MitsuharuMitsuharu Misawa 3 January 20, 1997 466 Osaka New Year Giant Series tour 8   [9]
18 Kawada, ToshiakiToshiaki Kawada 2 May 1, 1998 42 Tokyo 25th Anniversary 0   [10]
19 Kobashi, KentaKenta Kobashi 2 June 12, 1998 141 Tokyo Super Power Series tour 2   [10]
20 Misawa, MitsuharuMitsuharu Misawa 4 October 31, 1998 83 Tokyo October Giant Series tour 0   [10]
21 Kawada, ToshiakiToshiaki Kawada 3 January 22, 1999 7 Osaka New Year Giant Series tour 0   [5]
Vacated January 29, 1999 Vacated after Kawada fractured his right ulna in winning the title. [5]
22 Vader 1 March 6, 1999 57 Tokyo Excite Series tour 0 Defeated Akira Taue. [5]
23 Misawa, MitsuharuMitsuharu Misawa 5 May 2, 1999 181 Tokyo Giant Baba Memorial Show 2   [5]
24 Vader 2 October 30, 1999 120 Tokyo October Giant Series tour 1   [5]
25 Kobashi, KentaKenta Kobashi 3 February 27, 2000 110 Tokyo Excite Series tour 1   [11]
Vacated June 16, 2000 Kobashi jumped to Pro Wrestling Noah. [5]
26 Tenryu, GenichiroGenichiro Tenryu 2 October 28, 2000 223 Tokyo October Giant Series tour 1 Defeated Toshiaki Kawada in a tournament final. [12]
27 Mutoh, KeijiKeiji Mutoh 1 June 8, 2001 261 Tokyo Super Power Series tour 4   [13]
28 Kawada, ToshiakiToshiaki Kawada 4 February 24, 2002 32 Tokyo Excite Series tour 0   [5]
Vacated March 28, 2002 Kawada suffered a knee injury. [10]
29 Tenryu, GenichiroGenichiro Tenryu 3 April 13, 2002 197 Tokyo Champion Carnival tour 1 Defeated Keiji Mutoh. [14]
30 Great Muta, TheThe Great Muta 2 October 27, 2002 119 Tokyo Royal Road 30 Giant Battle Final 1 Formerly known as Keiji Mutoh. [15]
31 Hashimoto, ShinyaShinya Hashimoto 1 February 23, 2003 171 Tokyo Excite Series tour 2   [5][16]
Vacated August 13, 2003 Hashimoto dislocated his right shoulder. [17][18]
32 Kawada, ToshiakiToshiaki Kawada 5 September 6, 2003 529 Tokyo Summer Action Series II tour 10 Defeated Shinjiro Otani in a tournament final. [19][20]
33 Kojima, SatoshiSatoshi Kojima 1 February 16, 2005 502 Tokyo Realize tour 8   [21]
34 Kea, TaiyōTaiyō Kea 1 July 3, 2006 62 Tokyo Crossover tour 1   [10][22]
35 Suzuki, MinoruMinoru Suzuki 1 September 3, 2006 357 Sapporo Summer Impact tour 5   [10][23]
36 Sasaki, KensukeKensuke Sasaki 1 August 26, 2007 247 Tokyo Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 3 2   [10][24]
37 Suwama 1 April 29, 2008 152 Nagoya Growin' Up tour 2    
38 Great Muta, TheThe Great Muta 3 September 28, 2008 167 Yokohama Flashing tour 1   [25]
39 Takayama, YoshihiroYoshihiro Takayama 1 March 14, 2009 196 Tokyo Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 7 2    
40 Kojima, SatoshiSatoshi Kojima 2 September 26, 2009 176 Yokohama Flashing tour 1   [26]
41 Hama, RyotaRyota Hama 1 March 21, 2010 42 Tokyo Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 9 0   [27]
42 Suzuki, MinoruMinoru Suzuki 2 May 2, 2010 119 Nagoya Growin' Up tour 1   [10][28]
43 Suwama 2 August 29, 2010 420 Tokyo Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 10 5    
44 Akiyama, JunJun Akiyama 1 October 23, 2011 308 Tokyo Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 13 4    
45 Funaki, MasakatsuMasakatsu Funaki 1 August 26, 2012 203 Tokyo Summer Impact tour 4   [29]
46 Suwama 3 March 17, 2013 224 Tokyo 2013 Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku: Basic & Dynamic 2    
47 Akebono 1 October 27, 2013 215 Tokyo Anniversary Tour 4    
Vacated May 30, 2014 Vacated due to Akebono being sidelined with health issues.  
48 Omori, TakaoTakao Omori 1 June 15, 2014 14 Tokyo 2014 Dynamite Series 0 Defeated Jun Akiyama.  
49 Suwama 4 June 29, 2014 28 Sapporo 2014 Dynamite Series 0    
50 Doering, JoeJoe Doering 1 July 27, 2014 160 Tokyo 2014 Summer Action Series 3    
51 Shiozaki, GoGo Shiozaki 1 January 3, 2015 138 Tokyo New Year Wars 2015 2    
52 Akebono 2 May 21, 2015 164 Tokyo 2015 Super Power Series 2    
53 Akiyama, JunJun Akiyama 2 November 1, 2015 62 Hirosaki All Japan Pro Wrestling Charity Hirosaki Tournament 0   [30]
54 Suwama 5 January 2, 2016 10 Tokyo 2016 New Years Two Days 0  
Vacated January 12, 2016 Vacated due to Suwama rupturing his achilles tendon.  
55 Kento Miyahara 1 February 12, 2016 164+ Tokyo 2016 Excite Series 4 Defeated Zeus.

List of combined reigns[edit]

As of July 25, 2016.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Team No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Mitsuharu Misawa 5 1,799
2 Suwama 5 834
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 Akebono 2 379
12 Jun Akiyama 2 370
13 Kensuke Sasaki 1 247
14 Masakatsu Funaki 1 203
15 Yoshihiro Takayama 1 196
16 Vader 2 177
17 Shinya Hashimoto 1 171
18 Kento Miyahara 1 164+
19 Joe Doering 1 160
20 Go Shiozaki 1 138
21 Steve Williams 1 86
22 Taiyō Kea 1 62
23 Akira Taue 1 61
24 Ryota Hama 1 42
25 Takao Omori 1 14
26 Terry Gordy 2 13

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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