Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship

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Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship
Kohei Suwama.jpg
Suwama holding the original Triple Crown Championship belts in 2010
Details
PromotionAll Japan Pro Wrestling
Date establishedApril 18, 1989
Current champion(s)Kento Miyahara
Date wonOctober 21, 2018

The Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship (三冠ヘビー級王座, Sankan Hebīkyū Ōza) is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship[1] in the Japanese All Japan Pro Wrestling promotion.

History[edit]

The championship was established after the unification of its then-flagship title the PWF World Heavyweight Championship, with the NWA United National Championship and the NWA International Heavyweight Championship. The titles were unified on April 18, 1989 when NWA International Heavyweight Champion Jumbo Tsuruta defeated the PWF World Heavyweight and NWA United National Champion Stan Hansen.[2]

Unlike most unified championships, the Triple Crown was originally represented through the continued use of the three individual championship belts. The original title belts were returned to All Japan founder Giant Baba's widow Motoko in August 2013 and a new single title belt incorporating designs from the three original belts was made.[3] The new title belt, which featured three plates representing the three original title belts, was unveiled on October 27.[4] One of the plates includes the text "Jumbo Tsuruta Apr. 18 1989", representing the crowning of the inaugural champion.[5] There have been a total of 28 recognized champions who have had a combined 62 official reigns.

Title history[edit]

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 Jumbo Tsuruta April 18, 1989 Champion Carnival tour Tokyo 1 48 1 Tsuruta, the NWA International Heavyweight Champion, defeated Stan Hansen, the PWF Heavyweight and NWA United National Champion, to unify the titles. [2]
2 Genichiro Tenryu June 5, 1989 Super Power Series tour Tokyo 1 128 2   [2]
3 Jumbo Tsuruta October 11, 1989 October Giant Series tour Yokohama 2 237 2   [2]
4 Terry Gordy June 5, 1990 Super Power Series tour Chiba 1 3 0   [2]
5 Stan Hansen June 8, 1990 Super Power Series tour Tokyo 1 39 0   [2]
6 Terry Gordy July 17, 1990 Summer Action Series tour Kanazawa 2 10 0   [2][6]
Vacated July 27, 1990 Gordy was hospitalized. The title is vacated as he is hospitalized during a scheduled title defense later that night. [7]
7 Stan Hansen July 27, 1990 Summer Action Series tour Matsudo 2 176 1 Defeated Mitsuharu Misawa. [2]
8 Jumbo Tsuruta January 19, 1991 New Year Giant Series tour Matsumoto 3 374 3   [2]
9 Stan Hansen January 28, 1992 New Year Giant Series tour Chiba 3 207 3   [2]
10 Mitsuharu Misawa August 22, 1992 Summer Action Series II tour Tokyo 1 705 7   [2]
11 Steve Williams July 28, 1994 Summer Action Series tour Tokyo 1 86 1   [2]
12 Toshiaki Kawada October 22, 1994 October Giant Series tour Tokyo 1 133 1   [2]
13 Stan Hansen March 4, 1995 Excite Series tour Tokyo 4 83 0   [2][8]
14 Mitsuharu Misawa May 26, 1995 Super Power Series tour Sapporo 2 364 4   [9]
15 Akira Taue May 24, 1996 Super Power Series tour Sapporo 1 61 1   [10]
16 Kenta Kobashi July 24, 1996 Super Power Series tour Tokyo 1 180 2   [11]
17 Mitsuharu Misawa January 20, 1997 New Year Giant Series tour Osaka 3 466 8   [12]
18 Toshiaki Kawada May 1, 1998 25th Anniversary Tokyo 2 42 0   [13]
19 Kenta Kobashi June 12, 1998 Super Power Series tour Tokyo 2 141 2   [13][14]
20 Mitsuharu Misawa October 31, 1998 October Giant Series tour Tokyo 4 83 0   [13]
21 Toshiaki Kawada January 22, 1999 New Year Giant Series tour Osaka 3 7 0   [7]
Vacated January 29, 1999 Vacated after Kawada fractured his right ulna in winning the title. [7]
22 Vader March 6, 1999 Excite Series tour Tokyo 1 57 0 Defeated Akira Taue. [7]
23 Mitsuharu Misawa May 2, 1999 Giant Baba Memorial Show Tokyo 5 181 2   [7]
24 Vader October 30, 1999 October Giant Series tour Tokyo 2 120 1   [7]
25 Kenta Kobashi February 27, 2000 Excite Series tour Tokyo 3 110 1 [15]
Vacated June 16, 2000 Kobashi jumped to Pro Wrestling Noah. [7]
26 Genichiro Tenryu October 28, 2000 October Giant Series tour Tokyo 2 223 1 Defeated Toshiaki Kawada in a tournament final. [16]
27 Keiji Mutoh June 8, 2001 Super Power Series tour Tokyo 1 261 4   [17]
28 Toshiaki Kawada February 24, 2002 Excite Series tour Tokyo 4 32 0 [7]
Vacated March 28, 2002 Kawada suffered a knee injury. [13]
29 Genichiro Tenryu April 13, 2002 Champion Carnival tour Tokyo 3 197 1 Defeated Keiji Mutoh. [18]
30 The Great Muta October 27, 2002 Royal Road 30 Giant Battle Final Tokyo 2 119 1 Formerly known as Keiji Mutoh. [19]
31 Shinya Hashimoto February 23, 2003 Excite Series tour Tokyo 1 171 2 [7][20]
Vacated August 13, 2003 Hashimoto dislocated his right shoulder. [21][22]
32 Toshiaki Kawada September 6, 2003 Summer Action Series II tour Tokyo 5 529 10 Defeated Shinjiro Otani in a tournament final. [23][24]
33 Satoshi Kojima February 16, 2005 Realize tour Tokyo 1 502 8 [25]
34 Taiyō Kea July 3, 2006 Crossover tour Tokyo 1 62 1   [13][26]
35 Minoru Suzuki September 3, 2006 Summer Impact tour Sapporo 1 357 5 [13][27]
36 Kensuke Sasaki August 26, 2007 Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 3 Tokyo 1 247 2   [13][28]
37 Suwama April 29, 2008 Growin' Up tour Nagoya 1 152 2  
38 The Great Muta September 28, 2008 Flashing tour Yokohama 3 167 1   [29]
39 Yoshihiro Takayama March 14, 2009 Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 7 Tokyo 1 196 2  
40 Satoshi Kojima September 26, 2009 Flashing tour Yokohama 2 176 1   [30]
41 Ryota Hama March 21, 2010 Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 9 Tokyo 1 42 0 [31]
42 Minoru Suzuki May 2, 2010 Growin' Up tour Nagoya 2 119 1   [13][32]
43 Suwama August 29, 2010 Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 10 Tokyo 2 420 5  
44 Jun Akiyama October 23, 2011 Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 13 Tokyo 1 308 4    
45 Masakatsu Funaki August 26, 2012 Summer Impact tour Tokyo 1 203 4 [33]
46 Suwama March 17, 2013 2013 Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku: Basic & Dynamic Tokyo 3 224 2    
47 Akebono October 27, 2013 Anniversary Tour Tokyo 1 215 4
Vacated May 30, 2014 Vacated due to Akebono being sidelined with health issues.
48 Takao Omori June 15, 2014 2014 Dynamite Series Tokyo 1 14 0 Defeated Jun Akiyama.
49 Suwama June 29, 2014 2014 Dynamite Series Sapporo 4 28 0    
50 Joe Doering July 27, 2014 2014 Summer Action Series Tokyo 1 160 3  
51 Go Shiozaki January 3, 2015 New Year Wars 2015 Tokyo 1 138 2    
52 Akebono May 21, 2015 2015 Super Power Series Tokyo 2 164 2  
53 Jun Akiyama November 1, 2015 All Japan Pro Wrestling Charity Hirosaki Tournament Hirosaki 2 62 0   [34]
54 Suwama January 2, 2016 2016 New Years Two Days Tokyo 5 10 0
Vacated January 12, 2016 Vacated due to Suwama rupturing his achilles tendon.
55 Kento Miyahara February 12, 2016 2016 Excite Series Tokyo 1 464 8 Defeated Zeus.
56 Shuji Ishikawa May 21, 2017 2017 Super Power Series Tokyo 1 98 2
57 Kento Miyahara August 27, 2017 2017 Summer Explosion Tokyo 2 43 0
58 Suwama October 9, 2017 2017 Hataage Kinen Series Tokyo 6 12 0
59 Joe Doering October 21, 2017 Jun Akiyama and Takao Omori Debut 25th Anniversary Show Yokohama 2 155 3
60 Kento Miyahara March 25, 2018 2018 Power Dream Series Saitama 3 126 2
61 Zeus July 29, 2018 2018 Summer Action Series Osaka 1 84 1
62 Kento Miyahara October 21, 2018 2018 Raising An Army Memorial Series Yokohama 4 25+ 0

List of combined reigns[edit]

As of November 15, 2018.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Mitsuharu Misawa 5 21 1,799
2 Suwama 6 9 818
3 Toshiaki Kawada 5 11 743
4 Satoshi Kojima 2 9 678
5 Jumbo Tsuruta 3 6 659
6 Kento Miyahara 4 10 658+
7 Genichiro Tenryu 3 4 548
8 Keiji Mutoh/The Great Muta 3 6 547
9 Stan Hansen 4 4 505
10 Minoru Suzuki 2 6 476
11 Kenta Kobashi 3 5 431
12 Akebono 2 6 379
13 Jun Akiyama 2 4 370
14 Joe Doering 2 6 315
15 Kensuke Sasaki 1 2 247
16 Masakatsu Funaki 1 4 203
17 Yoshihiro Takayama 1 2 196
18 Vader 2 1 177
19 Shinya Hashimoto 1 2 171
20 Go Shiozaki 1 2 138
21 Shuji Ishikawa 1 2 98
22 Steve Williams 1 1 86
23 Zeus 1 1 84
24 Taiyō Kea 1 1 62
25 Akira Taue 1 1 61
26 Ryota Hama 1 0 42
27 Takao Omori 1 0 14
28 Terry Gordy 2 0 13

See also[edit]

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