International Junior Heavyweight Championship (Zero1)

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International Junior Heavyweight Championship
Details
Promotion Pro Wrestling Zero1
Date established June 29, 2002
Current champion(s) Kotaro Suzuki
Date won February 3, 2017
Other name(s)
  • NWA/UPW/Zero-One International Junior Heavyweight Championship
  • Zero-One/UPW/World-1 International Junior Heavyweight Championship
  • AWA/Zero1-MAX/UPW/World-1 International Junior Heavyweight Championship
  • AWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship
  • Zero1-Max International Junior Heavyweight Championship

The International Junior Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling title in Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling Zero1 (formerly Pro Wrestling Zero-One and Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max) and formerly sanctioned by the Wrestling Superstars Live promotion, contested exclusively among junior heavyweight (<100 kg (220 lb)) wrestlers. It was originally created on June 29, 2002 as the NWA/UPW/Zero-One International Junior Heavyweight Championship, symbolizing Zero-One's relationship with the NWA and UPW; Leonardo Spanky defeated Smelly to become the first champion.[1] When Zero-One left the NWA on October 31, 2004, the title was renamed to incorporate Steve Corino's Pro Wrestling World-1; the name was further added to when the newly renamed Zero1-Max joined the AWA on February 28, 2005. On August 26, 2006, when Minoru Fujita won the annual Tenka-Ichi Junior Tournament, it was again renamed the AWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship. When Zero1-Max left the AWA on December 15, 2007, it was renamed again to the Zero1-Max International Junior Heavyweight Championship. Finally, when the company changed its name to Pro Wrestling Zero1 in 2008, the championship followed. There have been a total of 18 recognized champions, who have had a combined 27 official reigns.

The championship has been known as:[1][2]

  • NWA/UPW/Zero-One International Junior Heavyweight Championship
    (June 29, 2002 – October 31, 2004)
  • Zero-One/UPW/World-1 International Junior Heavyweight Championship
    (October 31, 2004 – February 28, 2005)
  • AWA/Zero1-Max/UPW/World-1 International Junior Heavyweight Championship
    (February 28, 2005 – August 26, 2006)
  • AWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship
    (August 26, 2006 – December 15, 2007)
  • Zero1-Max International Junior Heavyweight Championship
    (December 15, 2007 – 2008)
  • Zero1 International Junior Heavyweight Championship (Present)

Title history[edit]

# Wrestlers Reign Date Days held Location Event Successful defenses Notes Ref(s).
1 Spanky, LeonardoLeonardo Spanky 1 June 29, 2002 79 Sapporo, Japan Creation Tour 3 Defeated Smelly.
2 Low Ki 1 September 16, 2002 349 Tokyo, Japan Genesis II 8
3 Sakata, WataruWataru Sakata 1 August 31, 2003 225 Gifu, Japan Summer Festival Tour 1 This was also for Sakata's World1 Junior Heavyweight Championship.
Vacated April 12, 2004 Vacated so that Sakata could focus on the World1 title.
4 Takaiwa, TatsuhitoTatsuhito Takaiwa 1 May 16, 2004 216 Tokyo, Japan Cashonor 5 Defeated Tony Stradlin.
5 Super Crazy 1 December 18, 2004 117 Chiba, Japan AWA Heavyweight Title Contender Tournament Tour 0
6 Hidaka, IkutoIkuto Hidaka 1 April 14, 2005 318 Tokyo, Japan Outburst Revolution Tour 4
7 Sugawara, TakuyaTakuya Sugawara 1 February 26, 2006 151 Tokyo, Japan Happening Tour 1
8 Takaiwa, TatsuhitoTatsuhito Takaiwa 2 July 27, 2006 <1 Osaka, Japan Fire Festival Tour 0 This match was also for Takaiwa's WWA World Welterweight Championship.
Vacated July 27, 2006 Vacated so that the title could be decided in the Tenkaichi Jr. tournament.
9 Fujita, MinoruMinoru Fujita 1 August 26, 2006 146 Kyoto, Japan Tenkaichi Jr. Tour 2 Defeated Takuya Sugawara in the final of the Tenkaichi Jr. tournament.
10 Hidaka, IkutoIkuto Hidaka 2 January 19, 2007 30 Tokyo, Japan Over the Max Tour 0
11 Takaiwa, TatsuhitoTatsuhito Takaiwa 3 February 18, 2007 77 Tokyo, Japan Make the Emotion Tour 0
Vacated May 6, 2007 Vacated due to Takaiwa suffering a knee injury.
12 Togo, DickDick Togo 1 June 20, 2007 128 Tokyo, Japan Dynamo Tour 1 Won a 9-man battle royal.
13 Hidaka, IkutoIkuto Hidaka 3 October 26, 2007 89 Tokyo, Japan Innovation Tour 1
14 Mochizuki, MasaakiMasaaki Mochizuki 1 January 23, 2008 155 Tokyo, Japan Zero1-Max 3rd Anniversary 3
15 Hidaka, IkutoIkuto Hidaka 4 June 26, 2008 262 Tokyo, Japan Dauntless Tour 5
16 Dutt, SonjaySonjay Dutt 1 March 15, 2009 259 Tokyo, Japan Wrestler's 1 0
Vacated November 29, 2009 Vacated so that the title could be decided in the Tenkaichi Jr. tournament.
17 Hidaka, IkutoIkuto Hidaka 5 November 29, 2009 540 Tokyo, Japan Wrestler's 7 ~ Grant Me My Wish! 6 Defeated Prince Devitt in the final of the Tenkaichi Jr. tournament.
18 Sugawara, TakuyaTakuya Sugawara 2 May 23, 2011 712 Tokyo, Japan 10
19 Gresham, JonathanJonathan Gresham 1 May 4, 2013 135 Tokyo, Japan Big Bang 1
Vacated September 16, 2013 Vacated so that the title could be decided in the Tenkaichi Jr. tournament.
20 Hub 1 September 16, 2013 174 Tokyo, Japan Tenkaichi Jr. Tour 3 Defeated Mineo Fujita in the final of the Tenkaichi Jr. tournament. Also won the vacant NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
21 Lee, JasonJason Lee 1 March 9, 2014 194 Tokyo, Japan Zero1_Thirteen 3 This match was also for Hub's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
22 Fujita, MineoMineo Fujita 1 September 19, 2014 45 Tokyo, Japan Tenkaichi Special 1 This match was also for Lee's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
23 Sugawara, TakuyaTakuya Sugawara 3 November 3, 2014 55 Kumamoto, Japan Honoka Big Fireworks ~ FMW 25th Anniversary Memorial 1 This match was also for Fujita's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
24 Lee, JasonJason Lee 2 December 28, 2014 63 Hong Kong Zero1 Hong Kong Winter Fever 1 This match was also for Sugawara's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
25 Tanaka, MinoruMinoru Tanaka 1 March 1, 2015 222 Tokyo, Japan Zero1_Fourteen 3 This match was also for Lee's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
26 Otani, ShinjiroShinjiro Otani 1 October 11, 2015 481 Tokyo, Japan Change the World 2 This match was also for Tanaka's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
27 Suzuki, KotaroKotaro Suzuki 1 February 3, 2017 174+ Tokyo, Japan New Year Dream Series Tour 2 This match was also for Otani's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.

Combined reigns[edit]

As of July 27, 2017.

Rank Wrestler # Of Reigns Combined Days
1. Ikuto Hidaka 5 1,239
2. Takuya Sugawara 3 918
3. Shinjiro Otani 1 481
4. Low Ki 1 349
5. Tatsuhito Takaiwa 3 293
6. Sonjay Dutt 1 259
6. Jason Lee 2 257
7. Wataru Sakata 2 225
8. Minoru Tanaka 1 224
10. Hub 1 174
11. Kotaro Suzuki 1 174+
12. Masaaki Mochizuki 1 155
13. Minoru Fujita 1 146
14. Jonathan Gresham 1 135
15. Dick Togo 1 127
16. Super Crazy 1 117
17. Leonardo Spanky 1 79
18. Minoru Fujita 1 45

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship official title history". ZEROONEUSA.com. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  2. ^ "ZERO1-MAX International Junior Heavyweight Championship title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 

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