World Junior Heavyweight Championship (AJPW)

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World Junior Heavyweight Championship
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Soma Takao with the title belt in September 2016
Details
Promotion All Japan Pro Wrestling
Date established July 31, 1986
Current champion(s) Hikaru Sato
Date won April 28, 2017

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 30 recognized champions who have had a combined 43 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]
2 Kuniaki Kobayashi 1 November 23, 1986 41 Tokyo, Japan [3]
3 Masanobu Fuchi 1 January 3, 1987 748 Tokyo, Japan [3]
4 Joe Malenko 1 January 20, 1989 5 Fukuoka, Japan [3]
5 Mighty Inoue 1 January 25, 1989 42 Osaka, Japan [3]
6 Masanobu Fuchi 2 March 8, 1989 39 Tokyo, Japan [3]
7 Shinichi Nakano 1 April 16, 1989 4 Tokyo, Japan [3]
8 Mitsuo Momota 1 April 20, 1989 72 Osaka, Japan [3]
9 Joe Malenko 2 July 1, 1989 111 Omiya, Japan [3][4]
10 Masanobu Fuchi 3 October 20, 1989 1,309 Nagoya, Japan [3]
11 Dan Kroffat 1 May 21, 1993 94 Sapporo, Japan [3]
12 Masanobu Fuchi 4 August 23, 1993 323 Shizuoka, Japan [3]
13 Dan Kroffat 2 July 12, 1994 425 Kagoshima, Japan [3][5]
14 Yoshinari Ogawa 1 September 10, 1995 294 Tokyo, Japan [3]
15 Masanobu Fuchi 5 June 30, 1996 24 Tokyo, Japan [3]
16 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 1 July 24, 1996 175 Tokyo, Japan [3]
17 Yoshinari Ogawa 2 January 15, 1997 219 Tokyo, Japan [3]
18 Maunakea Mossman 1 August 22, 1997 294 Tokyo, Japan [3]
Vacated June 12, 1998 Vacated 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 June 16, 2000 Vacated due to Ogawa and several others leaving AJPW to form Pro Wrestling Noah. [3][6]
20 Kendo Kashin 1 April 13, 2002 670 Tokyo, Japan Grand Champion Carnival Defeated Masanobu Fuchi. [7][8]
Vacated February 12, 2004 Vacated on February 12, 2004 due to inactivity. [1][3]
21 Kaz Hayashi 1 February 22, 2004 323 Tokyo, Japan Excite Series tour Defeated Blue-K. [9][10]
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. [11]
23 Shuji Kondo 1 October 22, 2005 483 Tokyo, Japan Shining Series tour. [12]
24 Katsuhiko Nakajima 1 February 17, 2007 378 Tokyo, Japan Puroresu Love in Ryogoku vol. 2. The title was held up on October 18, 2007 after a title defense against Silver King ended in a no contest, though Nakajima remained the official champion. [1][13]
25 Silver King 1 March 1, 2008 59 Tokyo, Japan Puroresu Love in Ryogoku vol. 4. [14]
26 Ryuji Hijikata 1 April 29, 2008 152 Nagoya, Japan Growin' Up tour. [15]
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. [16]
Vacated June 3, 2011 Vacated after All Japan Pro Wrestling suspended Minoru.
30 Kai 1 June 19, 2011 126 Tokyo, Japan 2011 Puroresu Love in Ryōgoku Defeated Shuji Kondo for the vacant title. [17]
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 302 Tokyo, Japan 2014 Super Power Series
38 Kotaro Suzuki 1 March 27, 2015 234 Tokyo, Japan 2015 Dream Power Series
Vacated November 16, 2015 Vacated due to Suzuki leaving AJPW.
39 Atsushi Aoki 2 February 21, 2016 119 Tokyo, Japan 2016 Excite Series Defeated Hikaru Sato in the finals of the 2016 Jr. Battle of Glory.
40 Hikaru Sato 1 June 19, 2016 70 Tokyo, Japan 2016 Dynamite Series
41 Soma Takao 1 August 28, 2016 91 Tokyo, Japan Ryōgoku Peter Pan 2016 This match took place at an event held by DDT Pro-Wrestling.
42 Keisuke Ishii 1 November 27, 2016 152 Tokyo, Japan Zen Nihon Puroresu in Ryōgoku Kokugikan
43 Hikaru Sato 2 April 28, 2017 61+ Okayama, Japan 2017 Champion Carnival: 45th Anniversary Series

Combined reigns[edit]

As of June 28, 2017.

Indicates the current champion
Rank 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 Atsushi Aoki 2 421
8 Katsuhiko Nakajima 1 378
9 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 1 295
10 Maunakea Mossman 1 294
11 Taka Michinoku 1 285
12 Kotaro Suzuki 1 234
13 Kenny Omega 1 217
14 Kai 2 203
15 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 1 175
16 Último Dragón 1 165
17 Keisuke Ishii 1 152
Minoru 1 152
Ryuji Hijikata 1 152
20 Hiroshi Yamato 1 143
21 Hikaru Sato 2 131+
22 Naomichi Marufuji 1 131
23 Joe Malenko 2 116
24 Hiro Saito 1 115
25 Soma Takao 1 91
26 Mitsuo Momota 1 72
27 Silver King 1 59
28 Mighty Inoue 1 42
29 Kuniaki Kobayashi 1 41
30 Shinichi Nakano 1 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "AJPW Excite Series 2008 tour results". Shining Road. Archived from the original on 26 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  15. ^ "AJPW Growin' Up tour results". Shining Road. Archived from the original on 14 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
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