Champion Carnival

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The Champion Carnival (CC) is an annual professional wrestling tournament held by All Japan Pro Wrestling, established in 1973. Originally a single-elimination tournament, it is now held as a round-robin, with a victory worth two points, a time limit draw worth one and a loss, double countout or double disqualification worth zero. All matches have a 30-minute time limit. Since 1991, the winner of the tournament, assuming they do not already hold it, receives a shot at the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship.

The tournament was not held beginning in 1983 as AJPW was faltering behind New Japan Pro Wrestling, which emphasized junior heavyweight wrestling and its star Tiger Mask Satoru Sayama as a strong draw alongside Antonio Inoki's own quasi-martial arts heavyweight battles. After Genichiro Tenryu left All Japan in 1990, the tournament was brought back as a means of providing stronger challenges to the top star remaining, Jumbo Tsuruta. The tour from March to April, in the interim, maintained the "Champion Carnival" name without a tournament.

Results[edit]

In the below results, (C) signifies the reigning Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion at the time of the tournament. Titles prior to unification in 1989 will be denoted by (INT C) , (UN C), and (PWF C).

List of winners[edit]

1973[edit]

The inaugural Champion Carnival in 1973 was a 15-man single-elimination tournament, held from March 17 to April 21. Giant Baba, as a result of his position as PWF Heavyweight Champion, was given a bye to the quarterfinals.


  First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                                     
 Curtis Iaukea Pin  
 Thunder Sugiyama 11:40  
   Curtis Iaukea Pin  
     Moose Morowski 12:27  
 Moose Morowski Pin
 Motoshi Okuma 12:17  
   Curtis Iaukea Pin  
   Giant Baba 11:49  
 Calypso Hurricane Pin  
 Matty Suzuki 13:41  
   Calypso Hurricane Pin
     Giant Baba 18:45  
 Giant Baba (PWF C)
 Bye  
   Giant Baba Pin1
   Mark Lewin 19:20
 Mashio Koma Sub  
 Mark Lewin 17:31  
   Mark Lewin Pin
     Hiro Matsuda 21:55  
 Hiro Matsuda Sub
 Antonio Pugliese 16:07  
   Mark Lewin Pin
   The Destroyer 20:44  
 The Destroyer Sub  
 Mad Russian 20:48  
   The Destroyer Sub
     Baron Scicluna 19:22  
 Samson Kutsuwada Pin
 Baron Scicluna 14:49  

1This was a two out of three falls match, which Baba won 2-1, with all three falls being decided via pinfall.

1974[edit]

The 1974 Champion Carnival, held from April 13 to May 14, was another 15-man single-elimination tournament, with the PWF Heavyweight Champion, Giant Baba, being granted another bye to the quarterfinals.


  First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                                     
 Joe Soto Pin  
 Jumbo Tsuruta 10:28  
   Jumbo Tsuruta  
     BYE  
 Abdullah the Butcher NC
 The Destroyer 4:10  
   Jumbo Tsuruta Ref  
   Mr. Wrestling 28:32  
 Matty Suzuki Pin  
 Mr. Wrestling 14:50  
   Mr. Wrestling Pin
     Thunder Sugiyama 14:17  
 Thunder Sugiyama Pin
 Sailor White 12:04  
   Mr. Wrestling Pin1
   Giant Baba 14:20
 Curtis Iaukea Pin  
 Mashio Koma 5:08  
   Curtis Iaukea Pin
     Giant Baba (PWF C) 4:48  
 
   
   Giant Baba Pin
   Mark Lewin 17:28  
 Mark Lewin Pin  
 Akihisa Takachiho 14:50  
   Mark Lewin Pin
     Samson Kutsuwada 16:24  
 Rufus R. Jones Pin
 Samson Kutsuwada 14:15  

1This was a two out of three falls match, which Baba won 2-1, with all three falls being decided via pinfall.

1975[edit]

The 1975 Champion Carnival, held from April 5 to May 3, strayed slightly from the previous formula; it featured the usual single-elimination tournament, but one in which the four finalists would advance to a round-robin, the two top scorers of which would face off in the finals to decide the champion. Mr. Wrestling & Samson Kutsuwada received byes to the second round. Points awarded for the round-robin portion were 1 for a win, and 0 for a loss or draw.

Single-elimination brackets
  First round Second round League1 Finals
                                     
 Giant Baba (PWF C) CO  
 Mark Lewin 13:33  
   Giant Baba Pin  
     Killer Kowalski 26:39  
 The Great Kojika Pin
 Killer Kowalski 13:42  
   Giant Baba  
   Mr. Wrestling  
   
   
   Samson Kutsuwada Pin
     Mr. Wrestling 8:49  
 
   
   Giant Baba Pin2
   Gene Kiniski 18:39
 The Destroyer Sub  
 Steve Keirn 11:18  
   The Destroyer Pin
     Akihisa Takachiho 15:28  
 Mike George Pin
 Akihisa Takachiho 9:52  
   The Destroyer
   Gene Kiniski  
 Bob Orton, Jr. Pin  
 Jumbo Tsuruta 13:01  
   Jumbo Tsuruta Pin
     Gene Kiniski 21:25  
 Gene Kiniski Pin
 Motoshi Okuma 8:45  

1For detailed results, see below.
2This was a two out of three falls match, which Baba won 2-1, with all three falls being decided via pinfall.

Round-robin results
Final standings
Wrestler Score
Giant Baba 3
Gene Kiniski 2
The Destroyer 1
Mr. Wrestling 0
Results Giant Baba The Destroyer Gene Kiniski Mr. Wrestling
Giant Baba X Baba Baba Baba
The Destroyer Baba X Kiniski Destroyer
Gene Kiniski Baba Kiniski X Kiniski
Mr. Wrestling Baba Destroyer Kiniski X

1976[edit]

The 1976 Champion Carnival, held from April 2 to May 8, was a 14-man round-robin tournament, in which the two top scorers would advance to the final match to decide the champion. It introduced the modern round-robin points system, featuring two points for a victory, one for draws, and zero for a loss. Reigning NWA International champion Kintaro Ohki participated as a representative of his home promotion in South Korea.

Final standings
Wrestler Score
Abdullah the Butcher 18
Giant Baba (PWF C) 18
The Barracuda 17
Jumbo Tsuruta 17
Kintaro Ohki (INT C) 17
The Destroyer 16
Curtis Iaukea 16
The Beast 9
Samson Kutsuwada 9
The Great Kojika 7
Buddy Wolfe 6
Motoshi Okuma 6
Larry Lane 4
Larry Sharpe 0
Final
Abdullah the Butcher d. Giant Baba (9:53)

1977[edit]

The 1977 Champion Carnival, held from April 8 to May 16, was identical in format to the previous year, but with 15 entrants instead of 14. As a result of a tie for second place, there was also a semifinal playoff between Giant Baba and Abdullah the Butcher.

Final standings
Wrestler Score
Jumbo Tsuruta (UN C) 21
Giant Baba (PWF C) 20
Abdullah the Butcher 20
Kintaro Ohki (INT C) 18
The Destroyer 17
Super Destroyer 16
Bull Ramos 16
Akihisa Takachiho 12
Samson Kutsuwada 11
The Great Kojika 10
Motoshi Okuma 9
J.J. Dillon 6
Bill White 4
José González 2
Red Wolf 0
  Semifinal     Final
                 
    1  Jumbo Tsuruta Pin
  3  Abdullah the Butcher DQ     2  Giant Baba 10:39
  2  Giant Baba 9:15  

1978[edit]

The 1978 Champion Carnival was another round-robin tournament featuring 15 entrants, held from March 4 to April 7.

Final standings
Wrestler Score
Abdullah the Butcher 25
Giant Baba (PWF C) 24
Jumbo Tsuruta (UN C) 22
Kintaro Ohki (INT C) 20
Kim Duk 17
The Destroyer 16
Don Leo Jonathan 16
Curtis Iaukea 16
Black Terror 12
Ted DiBiase 10
Motoshi Okuma 4
The Great Kojika 4
Rocky Hata 4
Luke Graham 2
Frank Morell 0
Final
Giant Baba d. Abdullah the Butcher (11:59)

1979[edit]

The 1979 Champion Carnival was a 16-man league, held from March 3 to April 6.

Final standings
Wrestler Score
Abdullah the Butcher 24
Jumbo Tsuruta (UN C) 24
Giant Baba (PWF C) 23
The Destroyer 22
Dick Slater 21
Kintaro Ohki (INT C) 18
Dos Caras 18
Tor Kamata 16
Mario Milano 10
Takashi Ishikawa 8
Rocky Hata 6
The Great Kojika 6
Motoshi Okuma 6
Billy Francis 4
Don Milano 2
Big Red 0
Final
Abdullah the Butcher d. Jumbo Tsuruta (2:11)

1980[edit]

The 1980 Champion Carnival was a 13-man tournament, held from March 28 to May 1.

Final standings
Wrestler Score
Dick Slater 19
Jumbo Tsuruta (UN C) 19
Abdullah the Butcher 18
Terry Funk 18
Giant Baba (PWF C) 17
Tiger Toguchi 15
Ted DiBiase 12
Ray Candy 8
The Mysterious Assassin 6
Rocky Hata 4
The Great Kojika 4
Motoshi Okuma 2
Carl Fergie 0
Final
Jumbo Tsuruta d. Dick Slater (23:45)

1981[edit]

The 1981 Champion Carnival was a 14-man tournament held from March 27 to April 23.

Final standings
Wrestler Score
Giant Baba (PWF C) 21
Jumbo Tsuruta (UN C) 19
Abdullah the Butcher 18
Bruiser Brody 18
Jack Brisco 18
Tiger Toguchi 17
Tim Brooks 12
The Avenger 10
Takashi Ishikawa 8
Prince Tonga 6
Rocky Hata 6
The Great Kojika 6
Motoshi Okuma 4
Wayne Ferris 3

1982[edit]

The 1982 Champion Carnival was an 18-man tournament, which, unlike previous years, featured no final; the man with the most points at the end of the league would be the winner. It was held from March 19 to April 16.

Final standings
Wrestler Score
Giant Baba (PWF C) 29
Bruiser Brody 28
Jumbo Tsuruta (UN C) 28
Genichiro Tenryu 26
Billy Robinson 25
Mongolian Stomper 20
Alexis Smirnoff 18
Buck Robley 16
Mighty Inoue 11
Rocky Hata 10
Prince Tonga 10
Motoshi Okuma 10
Akio Sato 10
Takashi Ishikawa 9
The Great Kojika 8
Bill Howard 2
Ashura Hara 0

1991[edit]

The 1991 Champion Carnival introduced the modern "dual-block" system, with seven wrestlers in two separate leagues, and the winners of each facing off in the final. It was held from March 23 to April 16. With his victory, Jumbo Tsuruta became the first man to not lose a single match in a round-robin style Champion Carnival.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Stan Hansen 12 Jumbo Tsuruta (C) 12
Mitsuharu Misawa 10 Dan Spivey 10
Dynamite Kid 8 Toshiaki Kawada 8
Kenta Kobashi 6 Akira Taue 6
Doug Furnas 4 Dan Kroffat 4
Texas Terminator Hoss 2 Johnny Smith 2
Johnny Ace 0 Cactus Jack 0
Final
Jumbo Tsuruta (B) d. Stan Hansen (A) (12:53)

1992[edit]

The 1992 Champion Carnival was another two-block round-robin tournament, this time with 10 wrestlers in each block. It was held from March 20 to April 17. Stan Hansen repeated Jumbo Tsuruta's feat the previous year, winning every match he participated in.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Mitsuharu Misawa 17 Stan Hansen (C) 18
Jumbo Tsuruta 16 Steve Williams 15
Terry Gordy 15 Toshiaki Kawada 12
Johnny Ace 14 Dan Spivey 12
Masanobu Fuchi 10 Kenta Kobashi 11
Doug Furnas 8 Akira Taue 8
Giant Kimala II 6 Dan Kroffat 8
Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 4 Yoshinari Ogawa 4
Master Blaster 2 David Isley 2
Joel Deaton 0 Billy Black 0
Final
Stan Hansen (B) d. Mitsuharu Misawa (A) (20:06)

1993[edit]

The 1993 Champion Carnival returned to the single-block round-robin format, this time with 13 men. It was held from March 25 to April 21.

Final standings
Wrestler Score
Stan Hansen 20
Mitsuharu Misawa (C) 20
Terry Gordy 19
Steve Williams 19
Toshiaki Kawada 18
Akira Taue 17
Kenta Kobashi 12
Davey Boy Smith 8
Johnny Ace 8
The Patriot 7
Dan Kroffat 4
Doug Furnas 4
Jun Akiyama 0
Final
Stan Hansen d. Mitsuharu Misawa (20:26)

1994[edit]

The 1994 Champion Carnival was another single-block round-robin tournament, featuring 12 men. It was held from March 19 to April 16.

Final standings
Wrestler Score
Toshiaki Kawada 19
Steve Williams 19
Stan Hansen 18
Kenta Kobashi 17
Akira Taue 17
Johnny Ace 11
Jun Akiyama 9
John Nord 6
The Eagle 4
Johnny Smith 4
Mitsuharu Misawa (C) 4
Doug Furnas 4
Final
Toshiaki Kawada d. Steve Williams (25:48)
Results Johnny
Ace
Jun
Akiyama
The
Eagle
Doug
Furnas
Stan
Hansen
Toshiaki
Kawada
Kenta
Kobashi
Mitsuharu
Misawa
John
Nord
Johnny
Smith
Akira
Taue
Steve
Williams
Johnny
Ace
X Draw
(30:00)
Ace
(15:11)
Ace
(14:41)
Hansen
(11:53)
Kawada
(15:47)
Kobashi
(21:22)
Ace
(Forf)
Ace
(15:01)
Ace
(14:00)
Taue
(12:06)
Williams
(14:33)
Jun
Akiyama
Draw
(30:00)
X Akiyama
(12:27)
Akiyama
(12:26)
Hansen
(11:49)
Kawada
(11:25)
Kobashi
(14:40)
Misawa
(13:57)
Akiyama
(8:00)
Akiyama
(15:11)
Taue
(11:50)
Williams
(12:26)
The
Eagle
Ace
(15:11)
Akiyama
(12:27)
X Eagle
(11:12)
Hansen
(6:21)
Kawada
(12:30)
Kobashi
(12:17)
Eagle
(Forf)
Nord
(11:17)
Smith
(17:01)
Taue
(10:35)
Williams
(4:13)
Doug
Furnas
Ace
(14:41)
Akiyama
(12:26)
Eagle
(11:12)
X Hansen
(16:24)
Kawada
(10:25)
Kobashi
(15:25)
Misawa
(12:15)
Furnas
(12:05)
Furnas
(14:28)
Taue
(12:29)
Williams
(14:38)
Stan
Hansen
Hansen
(11:53)
Hansen
(11:49)
Hansen
(6:21)
Hansen
(16:24)
X Hansen
(19:39)
Kobashi
(26:55)
Hansen
(Forf)
Hansen
(9:03)
Hansen
(8:12)
Taue
(17:31)
Hansen
(16:35)
Toshiaki
Kawada
Kawada
(15:47)
Kawada
(11:25)
Kawada
(12:30)
Kawada
(10:25)
Hansen
(19:39)
X Kawada
(23:06)
Kawada
(Forf)
Kawada
(10:02)
Kawada
(9:31)
Kawada
(20:20)
Draw
(30:00)
Kenta
Kobashi
Kobashi
(21:22)
Kobashi
(14:40)
Kobashi
(12:17)
Kobashi
(15:25)
Kobashi
(26:55)
Kawada
(23:06)
X Kobashi
(Forf)
Kobashi
(11:41)
Kobashi
(16:45)
Draw
(30:00)
Williams
(22:10)
Mitsuharu
Misawa
Ace
(Forf)
Misawa
(13:57)
Eagle
(Forf)
Misawa
(12:15)
Hansen
(Forf)
Kawada
(Forf)
Kobashi
(Forf)
X Nord
(Forf)
Smith
(Forf)
Taue
(Forf)
Williams
(Forf)
John
Nord
Ace
(15:01)
Akiyama
(8:00)
Nord
(11:17)
Furnas
(12:05)
Hansen
(9:03)
Kawada
(10:02)
Kobashi
(11:41)
Nord
(Forf)
X Nord
(7:29)
Taue
(10:34)
Williams
(10:16)
Johnny
Smith
Ace
(14:00)
Akiyama
(15:11)
Smith
(17:01)
Furnas
(14:28)
Hansen
(8:12)
Kawada
(9:31)
Kobashi
(16:45)
Smith
(Forf)
Nord
(7:29)
X Taue
(11:53)
Williams
(12:32)
Akira
Taue
Taue
(12:06)
Taue
(11:50)
Taue
(10:35)
Taue
(12:29)
Taue
(17:31)
Kawada
(20:20)
Draw
(30:00)
Taue
(Forf)
Taue
(10:34)
Taue
(11:53)
X Williams
(15:17)
Steve
Williams
Williams
(14:33)
Williams
(12:26)
Williams
(4:13)
Williams
(14:38)
Hansen
(16:35)
Draw
(30:00)
Williams
(22:10)
Williams
(Forf)
Williams
(10:16)
Williams
(12:32)
Williams
(15:17)
X

1995[edit]

The 1995 Champion Carnival contained 11 men, and was held from March 21 to April 15.

Final standings
Wrestler Score
Mitsuharu Misawa 17
Akira Taue 17
Toshiaki Kawada 16
Stan Hansen (C) 16
Kenta Kobashi 13
Johnny Ace 11
Jun Akiyama 6
Doug Furnas 6
Dan Spivey 4
Dan Kroffat 4
Takao Omori 0
Final
Mitsuharu Misawa d. Akira Taue (27:03)
Results Johnny
Ace
Jun
Akiyama
Doug
Furnas
Stan
Hansen
Toshiaki
Kawada
Kenta
Kobashi
Dan
Kroffat
Mitsuharu
Misawa
Takao
Omori
Dan
Spivey
Akira
Taue
Johnny
Ace
X Ace
(11:48)
Ace
(13:49)
Hansen
(15:17)
Kawada
(19:22)
Draw
(30:00)
Ace
(10:49)
Misawa
(19:03)
Ace
(12:35)
Ace
(9:33)
Taue
(14:56)
Jun
Akiyama
Ace
(11:48)
X Akiyama
(12:26)
Hansen
(10:46)
Kawada
(15:20)
Kobashi
(18:14)
Kroffat
(14:32)
Misawa
(12:28)
Akiyama
(13:41)
Akiyama
(8:12)
Taue
(10:26)
Doug
Furnas
Ace
(13:49)
Akiyama
(12:26)
X Hansen
(5:23)
Kawada
(11:37)
Kobashi
(14:48)
Furnas
(12:14)
Misawa
(11:25)
Furnas
(9:18)
Furnas
(9:38)
Taue
(10:19)
Stan
Hansen
Hansen
(15:17)
Hansen
(10:46)
Hansen
(5:23)
X Kawada
(21:04)
Draw
(30:00)
Hansen
(8:50)
Draw
(30:00)
Hansen
(4:22)
Hansen
(6:58)
Hansen
(16:04)
Toshiaki
Kawada
Kawada
(19:22)
Kawada
(15:20)
Kawada
(11:37)
Kawada
(21:04)
X Draw
(30:00)
Kawada
(10:16)
Draw
(30:00)
Kawada
(11:49)
Kawada
(14:55)
Taue
(23:51)
Kenta
Kobashi
Draw
(30:00)
Kobashi
(18:14)
Kobashi
(14:48)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
X Kobashi
(15:14)
Misawa
(22:31)
Kobashi
(14:46)
Kobashi
(5:57)
Taue
(25:22)
Dan
Kroffat
Ace
(10:49)
Kroffat
(14:32)
Furnas
(12:14)
Hansen
(8:50)
Kawada
(10:16)
Kobashi
(15:14)
X Misawa
(12:01)
Kroffat
(12:27)
Spivey
(4:17)
Taue
(10:24)
Mitsuharu
Misawa
Misawa
(19:03)
Misawa
(12:28)
Misawa
(11:25)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(22:31)
Misawa
(12:01)
X Misawa
(11:26)
Misawa
(8:42)
Draw
(30:00)
Takao
Omori
Ace
(12:35)
Akiyama
(13:41)
Furnas
(9:18)
Hansen
(4:22)
Kawada
(11:49)
Kobashi
(14:46)
Kroffat
(12:27)
Misawa
(11:26)
X Spivey
(11:41)
Taue
(8:40)
Dan
Spivey
Ace
(9:33)
Akiyama
(8:12)
Furnas
(9:38)
Hansen
(6:58)
Kawada
(14:55)
Kobashi
(5:57)
Spivey
(4:17)
Misawa
(8:42)
Spivey
(11:41)
X Taue
(9:00)
Akira
Taue
Taue
(14:56)
Taue
(10:26)
Taue
(10:19)
Hansen
(16:04)
Taue
(23:51)
Taue
(25:22)
Taue
(10:24)
Draw
(30:00)
Taue
(8:40)
Taue
(9:00)
X

1996[edit]

The 1996 Champion Carnival contained 12 men, and was held from March 22 to April 20. It contained the longest decisive match in the tournament's history, with Toshiaki Kawada defeating Kenta Kobashi in 29:38, just 22 seconds shy of the time limit.

Final standings
Wrestler Score
Akira Taue 17
Steve Williams 17
Stan Hansen 16
Kenta Kobashi 16
Mitsuharu Misawa (C) 16
Toshiaki Kawada 15
Gary Albright 12
Johnny Ace 10
The Patriot 6
Jun Akiyama 5
Takao Omori 2
Tamon Honda 1
Final
Akira Taue d. Steve Williams (21:41)
Results Johnny
Ace
Jun
Akiyama
Gary
Albright
Stan
Hansen
Tamon
Honda
Toshiaki
Kawada
Kenta
Kobashi
Mitsuharu
Misawa
Takao
Omori
The
Patriot
Akira
Taue
Steve
Williams
Johnny
Ace
X Ace
(16:18)
Ace
(30:00)
Hansen
(10:04)
Ace
(12:31)
Kawada
(21:54)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Ace
(13:43)
Patriot
(14:24)
Taue
(19:42)
Williams
(18:14)
Jun
Akiyama
Ace
(16:18)
X Albright
(8:19)
Hansen
(7:02)
Draw
(30:00)
Kawada
(1:45)
Kobashi
(18:34)
Misawa
(17:56)
Akiyama
(3:15)
Akiyama
(14:05)
Taue
(13:26)
Williams
(8:15)
Gary
Albright
Draw
(30:00)
Albright
(8:19)
X Hansen
(11:26)
Albright
(8:26)
Albright
(17:38)
Kobashi
(14:09)
Misawa
(18:14)
Albright
(6:56)
Albright
(10:49)
Taue
(15:15)
Draw
(30:00)
Stan
Hansen
Hansen
(10:04)
Hansen
(7:02)
Hansen
(11:26)
X Hansen
(4:59)
Draw
(30:00)
Kobashi
(22:15)
Hansen
(17:31)
Hansen
(5:15)
Hansen
(12:44)
Taue
(15:08)
Draw
(30:00)
Tamon
Honda
Ace
(12:31)
Draw
(30:00)
Albright
(8:26)
Hansen
(4:59)
X Kawada
(9:30)
Kobashi
(16:31)
Misawa
(10:10)
Omori
(14:16)
Patriot
(10:04)
Taue
(10:40)
Williams
(4:57)
Toshiaki
Kawada
Kawada
(21:54)
Kawada
(1:45)
Albright
(17:38)
Draw
(30:00)
Kawada
(9:30)
X Kawada
(29:38)
Draw
(30:00)
Kawada
(7:19)
Kawada
(7:51)
Draw
(30:00)
Williams
(17:30)
Kenta
Kobashi
Draw
(30:00)
Kobashi
(18:34)
Kobashi
(14:09)
Kobashi
(22:15)
Kobashi
(16:31)
Kawada
(29:38)
X Misawa
(24:07)
Kobashi
(14:29)
Kobashi
(18:07)
Draw
(30:00)
Kobashi
(27:53)
Mitsuharu
Misawa
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(17:56)
Misawa
(18:14)
Hansen
(17:31)
Misawa
(10:10)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(24:07)
X Misawa
(10:23)
Misawa
(14:42)
Misawa
(18:18)
Williams
(19:59)
Takao
Omori
Ace
(13:43)
Akiyama
(3:15)
Albright
(6:56)
Hansen
(5:15)
Omori
(14:16)
Kawada
(7:19)
Kobashi
(14:29)
Misawa
(10:23)
X Patriot
(11:34)
Taue
(8:55)
Williams
(6:34)
The
Patriot
Patriot
(14:24)
Akiyama
(14:05)
Albright
(10:49)
Hansen
(12:44)
Patriot
(10:04)
Kawada
(7:51)
Kobashi
(18:07)
Misawa
(14:42)
Patriot
(11:34)
X Taue
(15:38)
Williams
(16:07)
Akira
Taue
Taue
(19:42)
Taue
(13:26)
Taue
(15:15)
Taue
(15:08)
Taue
(10:40)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(18:18)
Taue
(8:55)
Taue
(15:38)
X Draw
(30:00)
Steve
Williams
Williams
(18:14)
Williams
(8:15)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Williams
(4:57)
Williams
(17:30)
Kobashi
(27:53)
Williams
(19:59)
Williams
(6:34)
Williams
(16:07)
Draw
(30:00)
X

1997[edit]

The 1997 Champion Carnival contained 13 men, and was held from March 22 to April 19. Due to a three-way tie for first place between Toshiaki Kawada, Kenta Kobashi and Mitsuharu Misawa, a one-night round-robin playoff was contested among them, with the winner claiming the tournament.

Final standings
Wrestler Score
Toshiaki Kawada 19
Kenta Kobashi 19
Mitsuharu Misawa (C) 19
Stan Hansen 18
Akira Taue 18
Steve Williams 18
Gary Albright 12
Johnny Ace 10
Jun Akiyama 9
Giant Kimala (II) 6
Tamon Honda 4
Takao Omori 4
Jun Izumida 0
Final
Kenta Kobashi dr. Mitsuharu Misawa (30:00)
Toshiaki Kawada d. Mitsuharu Misawa (6:09)
Toshiaki Kawada d. Kenta Kobashi (21:27)
Results Johnny
Ace
Jun
Akiyama
Gary
Albright
Stan
Hansen
Tamon
Honda
Jun
Izumida
Toshiaki
Kawada
Giant
Kimala
Kenta
Kobashi
Mitsuharu
Misawa
Takao
Omori
Akira
Taue
Steve
Williams
Johnny
Ace
X Akiyama
(2:29)
Ace
(11:17)
Hansen
(14:08)
Ace
(14:52)
Ace
(Forf)
Kawada
(22:37)
Ace
(14:19)
Kobashi
(16:39)
Misawa
(26:27)
Ace
(18:23)
Taue
(16:38)
Williams
(20:44)
Jun
Akiyama
Akiyama
(2:29)
X Albright
(6:50)
Draw
(30:00)
Akiyama
(14:46)
Akiyama
(Forf)
Kawada
(17:16)
Kimala
(12:39)
Kobashi
(20:13)
Misawa
(20:33)
Akiyama
(11:25)
Taue
(11:25)
Williams
(14:12)
Gary
Albright
Ace
(11:17)
Albright
(6:50)
X Hansen
(9:47)
Albright
(8:08)
Albright
(Forf)
Kawada
(7:27)
Albright
(6:51)
Kobashi
(12:39)
Misawa
(13:06)
Albright
(4:58)
Taue
(8:18)
Albright
(11:21)
Stan
Hansen
Hansen
(14:08)
Draw
(30:00)
Hansen
(9:47)
X Hansen
(8:05)
Hansen
(Forf)
Hansen
(10:45)
Hansen
(7:17)
Kobashi
(19:51)
Misawa
(17:59)
Hansen
(10:18)
Hansen
(15:06)
Draw
(30:00)
Tamon
Honda
Ace
(14:52)
Akiyama
(14:46)
Albright
(8:08)
Hansen
(8:05)
X Honda
(Forf)
Kawada
(7:32)
Kimala
(10:09)
Kobashi
(13:00)
Misawa
(10:15)
Honda
(13:38)
Taue
(9:45)
Williams
(8:45)
Jun
Izumida
Ace
(Forf)
Akiyama
(Forf)
Albright
(Forf)
Hansen
(Forf)
Honda
(Forf)
X Kawada
(Forf)
Kimala
(Forf)
Kobashi
(Forf)
Misawa
(Forf)
Omori
(Forf)
Taue
(Forf)
Williams
(Forf)
Toshiaki
Kawada
Kawada
(22:37)
Kawada
(17:16)
Kawada
(7:27)
Hansen
(10:45)
Kawada
(7:32)
Kawada
(Forf)
X Kawada
(7:07)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Kawada
(9:38)
Kawada
(14:17)
Draw
(30:00)
Giant
Kimala
Ace
(14:19)
Kimala
(12:39)
Albright
(6:51)
Hansen
(7:17)
Kimala
(10:09)
Kimala
(Forf)
Kawada
(7:07)
X Kobashi
(13:23)
Misawa
(9:48)
Omori
(12:38)
Taue
(6:50)
Williams
(9:43)
Kenta
Kobashi
Kobashi
(16:39)
Kobashi
(20:13)
Kobashi
(12:39)
Kobashi
(19:51)
Kobashi
(13:00)
Kobashi
(Forf)
Draw
(30:00)
Kobashi
(13:23)
X Kobashi
(24:09)
Kobashi
(13:53)
Taue
(21:22)
Williams
(23:50)
Mitsuharu
Misawa
Misawa
(26:27)
Misawa
(20:33)
Misawa
(13:06)
Misawa
(17:59)
Misawa
(10:15)
Misawa
(Forf)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(9:48)
Kobashi
(24:09)
X Misawa
(12:53)
Misawa
(12:14)
Williams
(18:21)
Takao
Omori
Ace
(18:23)
Akiyama
(11:25)
Albright
(4:58)
Hansen
(10:18)
Honda
(13:38)
Omori
(Forf)
Kawada
(9:38)
Omori
(12:38)
Kobashi
(13:53)
Misawa
(12:53)
X Taue
(8:31)
Williams
(16:27)
Akira
Taue
Taue
(16:38)
Taue
(11:25)
Taue
(8:18)
Hansen
(15:06)
Taue
(9:45)
Taue
(Forf)
Kawada
(14:17)
Taue
(6:50)
Taue
(21:22)
Misawa
(12:14)
Taue
(8:31)
X Taue
(18:30)
Steve
Williams
Williams
(20:44)
Williams
(14:12)
Albright
(11:21)
Draw
(30:00)
Williams
(8:45)
Williams
(Forf)
Draw
(30:00)
Williams
(9:43)
Williams
(23:50)
Williams
(18:21)
Williams
(16:27)
Taue
(18:30)
X

1998[edit]

The 1998 Champion Carnival also contained 13 men, and was held from March 21 to April 18.

Final standings
Wrestler Score
Mitsuharu Misawa (C) 19
Jun Akiyama 19
Kenta Kobashi 18
Toshiaki Kawada 18
Stan Hansen 17
Steve Williams 17
Johnny Ace 14
Gary Albright 12
Akira Taue 8
Takao Omori 6
Giant Kimala (II) 4
Wolf Hawkfield 4
Jun Izumida 0
Final
Mitsuharu Misawa d. Jun Akiyama (22:05)
Results Ace Akiyama Albright Hansen Wolf Izumida Kawada Kimala Kobashi Misawa Omori Taue Williams
Ace X Akiyama
(11:13)
Ace
(9:48)
Hansen
(10:18)
Ace
(12:57)
Ace
(10:56)
Draw
(30:00)
Ace
(10:54)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(16:48)
Ace
(10:41)
Ace
(8:09)
Williams
(10:14)
Akiyama Akiyama
(11:13)
X Akiyama
(6:02)
Akiyama
(15:01)
Akiyama
(12:42)
Akiyama
(17:10)
Kawada
(18:01)
Akiyama
(10:43)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Akiyama
(17:41)
Akiyama
(Forf)
Draw
(30:00)
Albright Ace
(9:48)
Akiyama
(6:02)
X Hansen
(10:54)
Albright
(10:38)
Albright
(12:17)
Kawada
(9:17)
Albright
(8:48)
Albright
(13:58)
Misawa
(12:35)
Albright
(8:42)
Albright
(Forf)
Williams
(10:04)
Hansen Hansen
(10:18)
Akiyama
(15:01)
Hansen
(10:54)
X Hansen
(8:00)
Hansen
(7:22)
Kawada
(17:50)
Hansen
(4:10)
Kobashi
(19:32)
Draw
(30:00)
Hansen
(10:52)
Hansen
(6:13)
Hansen
(18:58)
Wolf Ace
(12:57)
Akiyama
(12:42)
Albright
(10:38)
Hansen
(8:00)
X Wolf
(12:00)
Kawada
(12:05)
Kimala
(11:34)
Kobashi
(9:09)
Misawa
(10:50)
Wolf
(12:04)
Taue
(6:23)
Williams
(15:19)
Izumida Ace
(10:56)
Akiyama
(17:10)
Albright
(12:17)
Hansen
(7:22)
Wolf
(12:00)
X Kawada
(3:59)
Kimala
(11:23)
Kobashi
(12:29)
Misawa
(11:34)
Omori
(12:03)
Taue
(5:46)
Williams
(9:41)
Kawada Draw
(30:00)
Kawada
(18:01)
Kawada
(9:17)
Kawada
(17:50)
Kawada
(12:05)
Kawada
(3:59)
X Kawada
(4:05)
Kobashi
(11:34)
Draw
(30:00)
Kawada
(11:52)
Kawada
(9:17)
Williams
(16:29)
Kimala Ace
(10:54)
Akiyama
(10:43)
Albright
(8:48)
Hansen
(4:10)
Kimala
(11:34)
Kimala
(11:23)
Kawada
(4:05)
X Kobashi
(12:35)
Misawa
(7:22)
Omori
(12:44)
Taue
(9:41)
Williams
(11:50)
Kobashi Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Albright
(13:58)
Kobashi
(19:32)
Kobashi
(9:09)
Kobashi
(12:29)
Kobashi
(11:34)
Kobashi
(12:35)
X Misawa
(25:00)
Kobashi
(12:42)
Kobashi
(Forf)
Kobashi
(20:06)
Misawa Misawa
(16:48)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(12:35)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(10:50)
Misawa
(11:34)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(7:22)
Misawa
(25:00)
X Misawa
(13:56)
Taue
(15:39)
Misawa
(18:22)
Omori Ace
(10:41)
Akiyama
(17:41)
Albright
(8:42)
Hansen
(10:52)
Wolf
(12:04)
Omori
(12:03)
Kawada
(11:52)
Omori
(12:44)
Kobashi
(12:42)
Misawa
(13:56)
X Omori
(Forf)
Williams
(16:26)
Taue Ace
(8:09)
Akiyama
(Forf)
Albright
(Forf)
Hansen
(6:13)
Taue
(6:23)
Taue
(5:46)
Kawada
(9:17)
Taue
(9:41)
Kobashi
(Forf)
Taue
(15:39)
Omori
(Forf)
X Williams
(12:44)
Williams Williams
(10:14)
Draw
(30:00)
Williams
(10:04)
Hansen
(18:58)
Williams
(15:19)
Williams
(9:41)
Williams
(16:29)
Williams
(11:50)
Kobashi
(20:06)
Misawa
(18:22)
Williams
(16:26)
Williams
(12:44)
X

1999[edit]

The 1999 Champion Carnival was a 10-man tournament, held from March 26 to April 16. The eventual winner, Vader, became the first man since the tournament's creation to win in his first attempt.

Final standings
Wrestler Score
Kenta Kobashi 16
Vader (C) 15
Mitsuharu Misawa 14
Jun Akiyama 11
Akira Taue 11
Johnny Ace 9
Gary Albright 8
Yoshihiro Takayama 3
Jinsei Shinzaki 2
Takao Omori 1
Final
Vader d. Kenta Kobashi (19:11)
Results Johnny
Ace
Jun
Akiyama
Gary
Albright
Kenta
Kobashi
Mitsuharu
Misawa
Takao
Omori
Jinsei
Shinzaki
Yoshihiro
Takayama
Akira
Taue
Vader
Johnny
Ace
X Ace
(10:23)
Albright
(7:33)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(12:24)
Ace
(13:58)
Ace
(12:47)
Ace
(8:31)
Taue
(11:58)
Vader
(9:19)
Jun
Akiyama
Ace
(10:23)
X Akiyama
(8:11)
Kobashi
(24:37)
Draw
(30:00)
Akiyama
(22:03)
Akiyama
(18:19)
Akiyama
(9:12)
Akiyama
(12:48)
Vader
(9:22)
Gary
Albright
Albright
(7:33)
Akiyama
(8:11)
X Kobashi
(12:25)
Misawa
(10:37)
Albright
(9:27)
Albright
(12:36)
Albright
(7:19)
Taue
(9:44)
Vader
(7:23)
Kenta
Kobashi
Draw
(30:00)
Kobashi
(24:37)
Kobashi
(12:25)
X Kobashi
(24:15)
Kobashi
(17:14)
Kobashi
(16:20)
Kobashi
(11:52)
Kobashi
(17:06)
Draw
(30:00)
Mitsuharu
Misawa
Misawa
(12:24)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(10:37)
Kobashi
(24:15)
X Misawa
(12:16)
Misawa
(16:54)
Misawa
(12:47)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(10:52)
Takao
Omori
Ace
(13:58)
Akiyama
(22:03)
Albright
(9:27)
Kobashi
(17:14)
Misawa
(12:16)
X Shinzaki
(19:35)
Draw
(30:00)
Taue
(15:36)
Vader
(2:10)
Jinsei
Shinzaki
Ace
(12:47)
Akiyama
(18:19)
Albright
(12:36)
Kobashi
(16:20)
Misawa
(16:54)
Shinzaki
(19:35)
X Takayama
(15:12)
Taue
(10:53)
Vader
(12:40)
Yoshihiro
Takayama
Ace
(8:31)
Akiyama
(9:12)
Albright
(7:19)
Kobashi
(11:52)
Misawa
(12:47)
Draw
(30:00)
Takayama
(15:12)
X Taue
(11:00)
Vader
(5:23)
Akira
Taue
Taue
(11:58)
Akiyama
(12:48)
Taue
(9:44)
Kobashi
(17:06)
Draw
(30:00)
Taue
(15:36)
Taue
(10:53)
Taue
(11:00)
X Vader
(7:41)
Vader Vader
(9:19)
Vader
(9:22)
Vader
(7:23)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(10:52)
Vader
(2:10)
Vader
(12:40)
Vader
(5:23)
Vader
(7:41)
X

2000[edit]

The 2000 Champion Carnival was a 16-man single-elimination tournament, the first to strictly use such a format since 1974, and was held from March 24 to April 15. It was the last Carnival before nearly all of AJPW's roster, including Kenta Kobashi, Jun Akiyama, Mitsuharu Misawa and Akira Taue, left to form Pro Wrestling NOAH. It also featured the shortest match in the tournament's history, with Takao Omori defeating Akiyama in seven seconds in the first round.

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                       
Tamon Honda Pin
Johnny Smith 15:12
Johnny Smith Sub
Kenta Kobashi 17:43
Johnny Ace Pin
Kenta Kobashi (C) 20:56
Kenta Kobashi Pin
Mitsuharu Misawa 26:08
Yoshihiro Takayama Pin
Vader 6:04
Vader Sub
Mitsuharu Misawa 11:31
Toshiaki Kawada Pin
Mitsuharu Misawa 15:35
Kenta Kobashi Pin
Takao Omori 25:12
Mike Barton Pin
Masao Inoue 14:17
Mike Barton Pin
Takao Omori 15:55
Jun Akiyama Pin
Takao Omori 0:07
Takao Omori Pin
Steve Williams 10:33
Akira Taue Pin
Steve Williams 17:15
Steve Williams Forf
Jun Izumida
Wolf Hawkfield Pin
Jun Izumida 13:02

2001[edit]

The 2001 Champion Carnival returned to the round-robin format, with 10 men competing; it was held from March 23 to April 11. The winner, Genichiro Tenryu, made his first appearance in the tournament since 1982. This was also the last Carnival to use a single-block round-robin system, as all subsequent tournaments have used the dual-block formula.

Final standings
Wrestler Score
Genichiro Tenryu (C) 15
Taiyō Kea 15
Toshiaki Kawada 14
Mike Barton 13
Steve Williams 13
Yoshiaki Fujiwara 7
Johnny Smith 7
George Hines 2
Mitsuya Nagai 2
Jim Steele 2
Final
Genichiro Tenryu d. Taiyō Kea (17:08)
Results Mike
Barton
Yoshiaki
Fujiwara
George
Hines
Toshiaki
Kawada
Taiyō
Kea
Mitsuya
Nagai
Johnny
Smith
Jim
Steele
Genichiro
Tenryu
Steve
Williams
Mike
Barton
X Barton
(14:02)
Barton
(17:13)
Barton
(16:12)
Kea
(13:17)
Barton
(12:48)
Barton
(19:01)
Barton
(15:07)
Tenryu
(11:17)
Draw
(30:00)
Yoshiaki
Fujiwara
Barton
(14:02)
X Fujiwara
(10:34)
Kawada
(12:11)
Kea
(7:57)
Fujiwara
(10:31)
Draw
(30:00)
Fujiwara
(9:06)
Tenryu
(5:23)
Williams
(7:15)
George
Hines
Barton
(17:13)
Fujiwara
(10:34)
X Kawada
(2:24)
Kea
(14:41)
Hines
(11:56)
Smith
(17:25)
Steele
(14:36)
Tenryu
(4:38)
Williams
(14:08)
Toshiaki
Kawada
Barton
(16:12)
Kawada
(12:11)
Kawada
(2:24)
X Kawada
(20:59)
Kawada
(11:50)
Kawada
(22:39)
Kawada
(9:46)
Kawada
(8:17)
Williams
(16:59)
Taiyō
Kea
Kea
(13:17)
Kea
(7:57)
Kea
(14:41)
Kawada
(20:59)
X Kea
(16:15)
Kea
(20:18)
Kea
(14:46)
Draw
(30:00)
Kea
(18:35)
Mitsuya
Nagai
Barton
(12:48)
Fujiwara
(10:31)
Hines
(11:56)
Kawada
(11:50)
Kea
(16:15)
X Smith
(14:00)
Nagai
(9:12)
Tenryu
(3:08)
Williams
(4:13)
Johnny
Smith
Barton
(19:01)
Draw
(30:00)
Smith
(17:25)
Kawada
(22:39)
Kea
(20:18)
Smith
(14:00)
X Smith
(16:05)
Tenryu
(5:51)
Williams
(12:24)
Jim
Steele
Barton
(15:07)
Fujiwara
(9:06)
Steele
(14:36)
Kawada
(9:46)
Kea
(14:46)
Nagai
(9:12)
Smith
(16:05)
X Tenryu
(4:45)
Williams
(12:44)
Genichiro
Tenryu
Tenryu
(11:17)
Tenryu
(5:23)
Tenryu
(4:38)
Kawada
(8:17)
Draw
(30:00)
Tenryu
(3:08)
Tenryu
(5:51)
Tenryu
(4:45)
X Tenryu
(10:28)
Steve
Williams
Draw
(30:00)
Williams
(7:15)
Williams
(14:08)
Williams
(16:59)
Kea
(18:35)
Williams
(4:13)
Williams
(12:24)
Williams
(12:44)
Tenryu
(10:28)
X

2002[edit]

The 2002 Champion Carnival, held from March 23 to April 10, re-introduced the dual-block round-robin format used in 1991 and 1992, this time with 7 men in each block; the top two scorers in each would advance to a four-man tournament, with Block A's first place finalist facing Block B's runner-up, and vice versa, and the winners wrestling in the final. Ironically, both block winners, Satoshi Kojima and Genichiro Tenryu, were eliminated in the semifinals. Despite the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship being vacant as a result of Toshiaki Kawada injuring his knee after his match against Arashi (thereby forfeiting all his other scheduled matches), All Japan decided not to use the tournament to fill the vacancy, citing the time limit for tournament matches (30 minutes as opposed to 60 in championship bouts).

The winner, Keiji Mutoh, became the first man in history to win both the Champion Carnival and the G1 Climax, as well as the second man (after Vader) to win the Carnival in his first appearance.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Satoshi Kojima 11 Genichiro Tenryu 12
Mike Barton 10 Keiji Mutoh 8
Jim Steele 6 Taiyō Kea 7
Mitsuya Nagai 6 Steve Williams 7
Yoji Anjo 5 Mike Rotundo 3
Toshiaki Kawada 2 George Hines 3
Arashi 2 Nobutaka Araya 2
Block A Anjo Arashi Barton Kawada Kojima Nagai Steele
Anjo X Anjo (9:45) Barton (13:49) Anjo (Forf) Kojima (18:25) Draw (30:00) Steele (14:07)
Arashi Anjo (9:45) X Barton (9:55) Kawada (3:20) Kojima (13:05) Nagai (10:56) Arashi (11:10)
Barton Barton (13:49) Barton (9:55) X Barton (Forf) Draw (30:00) Draw (30:00) Barton (16:51)
Kawada Anjo (Forf) Kawada (3:20) Barton (Forf) X Kojima (Forf) Nagai (Forf) Steele (Forf)
Kojima Kojima (18:25) Kojima (13:05) Draw (30:00) Kojima (Forf) X Kojima (18:06) Kojima (17:00)
Nagai Draw (30:00) Nagai (10:56) Draw (30:00) Nagai (Forf) Kojima (18:06) X Steele (11:56)
Steele Steele (14:07) Arashi (11:10) Barton (16:51) Steele (Forf) Kojima (17:00) Steele (11:56) X
Block B Araya Hines Kea Mutoh Rotundo Tenryu Williams
Araya X Hines (16:15) Kea (15:27) Mutoh (5:13) Araya (9:19) Tenryu (7:05) Williams (5:11)
Hines Hines (16:15) X Kea (14:18) Mutoh (8:26) Rotundo (11:23) Tenryu (6:54) Draw (30:00)
Kea Kea (15:27) Kea (14:18) X Mutoh (24:04) Draw (30:00) Tenryu (15:17) Kea (13:54)
Mutoh Mutoh (5:13) Mutoh (8:26) Mutoh (24:04) X Mutoh (13:09) Tenryu (14:15) Williams (15:16)
Rotundo Araya (9:19) Rotundo (11:23) Draw (30:00) Mutoh (13:09) X Tenryu (2:09) Williams (10:28)
Tenryu Tenryu (7:05) Tenryu (6:54) Tenryu (15:17) Tenryu (14:15) Tenryu (2:09) X Tenryu (6:32)
Williams Williams (5:11) Draw (30:00) Kea (13:54) Williams (15:16) Williams (10:28) Tenryu (6:32) X
Semifinals Finals
           
A1 Satoshi Kojima Sub
B2 Keiji Mutoh 15:46
B2 Keiji Mutoh Pin
A2 Mike Barton 9:50
B1 Genichiro Tenryu Pin
A2 Mike Barton 5:38

2003[edit]

The 2003 Champion Carnival was a 10-man single-elimination tournament, held from March 22 to March 28. Keiji Mutoh, Satoshi Kojima, George Hines, Johnny Smith, Arashi and Nobutaka Araya received byes to the quarterfinals, leaving Yoji Anjo, Gigantes, The Gladiator and Big John Tenta to fight in the first round. Reigning Triple Crown champion Shinya Hashimoto did not participate, citing prior commitments to his Pro Wrestling ZERO1 promotion.


  First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                     
 Yoji Anjo Pin  
 Gigantes 9:18  
   Gigantes Pin  
     Satoshi Kojima 16:23  
 
   
   Satoshi Kojima Pin  
   George Hines 16:16  
   
   
   George Hines Pin
     Johnny Smith 25:02  
 
   
   Satoshi Kojima Pin
   Arashi 16:30
 The Gladiator Pin  
 Big John Tenta 13:04  
   Big John Tenta Pin
     Keiji Muto 12:21  
 
   
   Keiji Mutoh Pin
   Arashi 18:03  
   
   
   Arashi Pin
     Nobutaka Araya 12:34  
 

2004[edit]

The 2004 Champion Carnival was a round-robin tournament, featuring five men in each block. It was held from April 10 to April 20.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Kensuke Sasaki 7 Takao Omori 7
Keiji Mutoh 5 Satoshi Kojima 5
Jamal 4 Taiyō Kea 4
Kaz Hayashi 2 Toshiaki Kawada (C) 2
Arashi 2 Nobutaka Araya 2
Block A Arashi Kaz Hayashi Jamal Keiji Mutoh Kensuke Sasaki
Arashi X Hayashi (9:27) Arashi (11:13) Mutoh (10:34) Sasaki (5:41)
Kaz Hayashi Hayashi (9:27) X Jamal (10:56) Mutoh (13:31) Sasaki (14:41)
Jamal Arashi (11:13) Jamal (10:56) X Jamal (16:56) Sasaki (13:17)
Keiji Mutoh Mutoh (10:34) Mutoh (13:31) Jamal (16:56) X Draw (30:00)
Kensuke Sasaki Sasaki (5:41) Sasaki (14:41) Sasaki (13:17) Draw (30:00) X
Block B Nobutaka Araya Toshiaki Kawada Taiyō Kea Satoshi Kojima Takao Omori
Nobutaka Araya X Kawada (4:02) Kea (7:16) Araya (17:55) Omori (12:22)
Toshiaki Kawada Kawada (4:02) X Kea (Forf) Kojima (Forf) Omori (Forf)
Taiyō Kea Kea (7:16) Kea (Forf) X Kojima (18:44) Omori (14:02)
Satoshi Kojima Araya (17:55) Kojima (Forf) Kojima (18:44) X Draw (30:00)
Takao Omori Omori (12:22) Omori (Forf) Omori (14:02) Draw (30:00) X
Semifinals Finals
           
A1 Kensuke Sasaki Pin
B2 Satoshi Kojima 16:51
A1 Kensuke Sasaki Pin
A2 Keiji Mutoh 15:33
B1 Takao Omori Pin
A2 Keiji Mutoh 11:09

2005[edit]

The 2005 Champion Carnival was identical to that of 2004, but with six men in each block instead of five. It was held from April 9 to April 20. In a situation similar to the 2002 tournament, neither block winner, Toshiaki Kawada or Satoshi Kojima, were able to make it to the finals, instead losing to runners-up Jamal and, the eventual winner, Kensuke Sasaki.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Satoshi Kojima (C) 7 Toshiaki Kawada 7
Kensuke Sasaki 6 Jamal 6
Taiyō Kea 5 Chuck Palumbo 5
Arashi 4 Keiji Mutoh 5
Giant Bernard 4 Buchanan 5
Shuji Kondo 2 Kohei Suwama 2
Block A Arashi Giant Bernard Taiyō Kea Satoshi Kojima Shuji Kondo Kensuke Sasaki
Arashi X Arashi (2:38) Kea (4:01) Kojima (15:09) Kondo (10:33) Arashi (7:11)
Giant Bernard Arashi (2:38) X DCO (10:51) Kojima (8:56) Bernard (3:20) Bernard (7:50)
Taiyō Kea Kea (4:01) DCO (10:51) X Draw (30:00) Kea (10:34) Sasaki (21:01)
Satoshi Kojima Kojima (15:09) Kojima (8:56) Draw (30:00) X Kojima (15:44) Sasaki (29:29)
Shuji Kondo Kondo (10:33) Bernard (3:20) Kea (10:34) Kojima (15:44) X Sasaki (14:29)
Kensuke Sasaki Arashi (7:11) Bernard (7:50) Sasaki (21:01) Sasaki (29:29) Sasaki (14:29) X
Block B Buchanan Jamal Toshiaki Kawada Keiji Mutoh Chuck Palumbo Kohei Suwama
Buchanan X Buchanan (8:50) Kawada (7:06) Mutoh (9:13) Draw (30:00) Buchanan (8:34)
Jamal Buchanan (8:50) X Jamal (17:31) Mutoh (13:14) Jamal (14:27) Jamal (6:08)
Toshiaki Kawada Kawada (7:06) Jamal (17:31) X Draw (30:00) Kawada (9:32) Kawada (3:36)
Keiji Mutoh Mutoh (9:13) Mutoh (13:14) Draw (30:00) X Palumbo (14:39) Suwama (13:09)
Chuck Palumbo Draw (30:00) Jamal (14:27) Kawada (9:32) Palumbo (14:39) X Palumbo (9:18)
Kohei Suwama Buchanan (8:34) Jamal (6:08) Kawada (3:36) Suwama (13:09) Palumbo (9:18) X
Semifinals Finals
           
A1 Satoshi Kojima Pin
B2 Jamal 16:22
B2 Jamal Pin
A2 Kensuke Sasaki 17:32
B1 Toshiaki Kawada Pin
A2 Kensuke Sasaki 19:11

2006[edit]

The 2006 Champion Carnival was another 12-man, two-block round-robin tournament, held from April 7 to April 20.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Kohei Suwama 7 Minoru Suzuki 9
Taiyō Kea 6 Satoshi Kojima (C) 8
Kensuke Sasaki 5 D'Lo Brown 5
Keiji Mutoh 5 Arashi 4
Yutaka Yoshie 5 Matt Morgan 2
Buchanan 2 Katsuhiko Nakajima 2
Block A Buchanan Taiyō Kea Keiji Mutoh Kensuke Sasaki Kohei Suwama Yutaka Yoshie
Buchanan X Kea (12:53) Buchanan (11:54) Sasaki (12:20) Suwama (17:18) Yoshie (12:10)
Taiyō Kea Kea (12:53) X Draw (30:00) Kea (18:35) Suwama (10:15) Draw (30:00)
Keiji Mutoh Buchanan (11:54) Draw (30:00) X Draw (30:00) Draw (30:00) Mutoh (18:22)
Kensuke Sasaki Sasaki (12:20) Kea (18:35) Draw (30:00) X Suwama (12:28) Sasaki (10:35)
Kohei Suwama Suwama (17:18) Suwama (10:15) Draw (30:00) Suwama (12:28) X Yoshie (16:06)
Yutaka Yoshie Yoshie (12:10) Draw (30:00) Mutoh (18:22) Sasaki (10:35) Yoshie (16:06) X
Block B Arashi D'Lo Brown Satoshi Kojima Matt Morgan Katsuhiko Nakajima Minoru Suzuki
Arashi X Brown (4:28) Kojima (11:36) Arashi (7:46) Arashi (7:18) Suzuki (4:50)
D'Lo Brown Brown (4:28) X Draw (30:00) Brown (7:32) Nakajima (7:10) Suzuki (9:53)
Satoshi Kojima Kojima (11:36) Draw (30:00) X Kojima (10:30) Kojima (9:15) Draw (30:00)
Matt Morgan Arashi (7:46) Brown (7:32) Kojima (10:30) X Morgan (5:46) Suzuki (5:13)
Katsuhiko Nakajima Arashi (7:18) Nakajima (7:10) Kojima (9:15) Morgan (5:46) X Suzuki (8:13)
Minoru Suzuki Suzuki (4:50) Suzuki (9:53) Draw (30:00) Suzuki (5:13) Suzuki (8:13) X
Semifinals Finals
           
A1 Kohei Suwama CO
B2 Satoshi Kojima 15:12
A1 Kohei Suwama Pin
A2 Taiyō Kea 20:21
B1 Minoru Suzuki Pin
A2 Taiyō Kea 11:24

2007[edit]

The 2007 Champion Carnival was a 10-man, two-block round-robin tournament. Its schedule was somewhat unique, having been contested over five straight shows at Korakuen Hall, from March 26 to March 30. It also strayed from the usual formula of the four top scorers advancing to the semifinals; instead, the two block winners simply wrestled in the final to determine the champion. The eventual winner, Keiji Mutoh, became only the second person in history to win the Carnival three times, along with Giant Baba.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Keiji Mutoh 6 Toshiaki Kawada 5
Suwama 5 Satoshi Kojima 4
Kensuke Sasaki 5 TAJIRI 4
Taiyō Kea 4 Minoru Suzuki (C) 3
Toru Owashi 0 RO'Z 2
Block A Taiyō Kea Keiji Mutoh Toru Owashi Kensuke Sasaki Suwama
Taiyō Kea X Mutoh (19:21) Kea (14:24) Draw (30:00) Draw (30:00)
Keiji Mutoh Mutoh (19:21) X Mutoh (17:23) Sasaki (25:37) Mutoh (25:17)
Toru Owashi Kea (14:24) Mutoh (17:23) X Sasaki (5:57) Suwama (10:14)
Kensuke Sasaki Draw (30:00) Sasaki (25:37) Sasaki (5:57) X Suwama (0:16)
Suwama Draw (30:00) Muto (25:17) Suwama (10:14) Suwama (0:16) X
Block B Toshiaki Kawada Satoshi Kojima RO'Z Minoru Suzuki TAJIRI
Toshiaki Kawada X Kawada (15:24) RO'Z (6:15) Draw (30:00) Kawada (14:09)
Satoshi Kojima Kawada (15:24) X Kojima (10:53) Kojima (17:31) DCO (11:58)
RO'Z RO'Z (6:15) Kojima (10:53) X Suzuki (7:24) TAJIRI (5:04)
Minoru Suzuki Draw (30:00) Kojima (17:31) Suzuki (7:24) X TAJIRI (4:17)
TAJIRI Kawada (14:09) DCO (11:58) TAJIRI (5:04) TAJIRI (4:17) X
Final
     
A1 Keiji Mutoh Pin
B1 Toshiaki Kawada 22:28

2008[edit]

The 2008 Champion Carnival was held from April 5 to April 9 over five shows, and featured the following participants.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Hiroshi Tanahashi 6 Suwama 5
Toshiaki Kawada 5 Joe Doering 4
Keiji Mutoh 5 Kensuke Sasaki (C) 4
Satoshi Kojima 4 Minoru Suzuki 4
Taiyō Kea 0 Osamu Nishimura 3
Block A Toshiaki Kawada Taiyō Kea Satoshi Kojima Keiji Mutoh Hiroshi Tanahashi
Toshiaki Kawada X Kawada (13:35) Kojima (15:41) Kawada (10:32) Draw (30:00)
Taiyō Kea Kawada (13:35) X Kojima (14:53) Mutoh (16:41) Tanahashi (20:53)
Satoshi Kojima Kojima (15:41) Kojima (14:53) X Mutoh (17:36) Tanahashi (18:10)
Keiji Mutoh Kawada (10:32) Mutoh (16:41) Mutoh (17:36) X Draw (30:00)
Hiroshi Tanahashi Draw (30:00) Tanahashi (20:53) Tanahashi (18:10) Draw (30:00) X
Block B Joe Doering Osamu Nishimura Kensuke Sasaki Suwama Minoru Suzuki
Joe Doering X Doering (25:20) Sasaki (8:01) Suwama (9:18) Doering (10:55)
Osamu Nishimura Doering (25:20) X Draw (30:00) Suwama (15:13) Nishimura (3:58)
Kensuke Sasaki Sasaki (8:01) Draw (30:00) X Draw (30:00) Suzuki (12:22)
Suwama Suwama (9:18) Suwama (15:13) Draw (30:00) X Suzuki (9:31)
Minoru Suzuki Doering (10:55) Nishimura (3:58) Suzuki (12:22) Suzuki (9:31) X
Final
     
A1 Hiroshi Tanahashi Pin
B1 Suwama 29:49

2009[edit]

The 2009 Champion Carnival was held from April 5 to April 12 over six shows, and featured the following participants.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Keiji Mutoh 8 Satoshi Kojima 8
Kaz Hayashi 7 Minoru Suzuki 6
Yoshihiro Takayama (C) 6 Taiyō Kea 5
Osamu Nishimura 5 Suwama 5
Joe Doering 4 Ryota Hama 4
Seiya Sanada 0 ZODIAC 2
Block A Keiji Mutoh Osamu Nishimura Kaz Hayashi Seiya Sanada Yoshihiro Takayama Joe Doering
Keiji Mutoh X Mutoh (11:06) Hayashi (19:08) Mutoh (13:57) Mutoh (18:10) Mutoh (14:03)
Osamu Nishimura Mutoh (11:06) X Draw (30:00) Nishimura (15:35) Nishimura (8:33) Doering (15:17)
Kaz Hayashi Hayashi (19:08) Draw (30:00) X Hayashi (10:57) Takayama (18:10) Hayashi (11:54)
Seiya Sanada Mutoh (13:57) Nishimura (15:35) Hayashi (10:57) X Takayama (9:41) Doering (9:06)
Yoshihiro Takayama Mutoh (11:06) Nishimura (8:33) Takayama (18:10) Takayama (9:41) X Takayama (8:45)
Joe Doering Mutoh (14:03) Doering (15:17) Hayashi (11:54) Doering (9:06) Takayama (8:45) X
Block B Satoshi Kojima Suwama Ryota Hama Taiyō Kea Minoru Suzuki ZODIAC
Satoshi Kojima X Kojima (18:55) Kojima (10:21) Kea (20:01) Kojima (21:08) Kojima (11:19)
Suwama Kojima (18:55) X Suwama (11:22) Draw (30:00) Suzuki (14:45) Suwama (9:07)
Ryota Hama Kojima (10:21) Suwama (11:22) X Hama (9:08) Suzuki (12:27) Hama (7:30)
Taiyō Kea Kea (20:01) Draw (30:00) Hama (9:08) X Kea (9:31) ZODIAC (14:38)
Minoru Suzuki Kojima (21:08) Suzuki (14:45) Suzuki (12:27) Kea (9:31) X Suzuki (13:43)
ZODIAC Kojima (11:19) Suwama (9:07) Hama (7:30) ZODIAC (14:38) Suzuki (13:43) X
Semifinals Finals
           
A1 Keiji Mutoh CO
B2 Minoru Suzuki 15:13
B2 Minoru Suzuki Pin
A2 Kaz Hayashi 23:35
B1 Satoshi Kojima Pin
A2 Kaz Hayashi 16:30

2010[edit]

The 2010 Champion Carnival was a 10-man, two-block round-robin tournament held over seven events from April 3 to April 11.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Minoru Suzuki 6 Masakatsu Funaki 7
Masayuki Kono 5 Suwama 5
Ryota Hama (C) 4 Kiyoshi 4
Satoshi Kojima 4 René Duprée 2
Seiya Sanada 1 Taiyō Kea 2
Block A Ryota Hama Satoshi Kojima Masayuki Kono Seiya Sanada Minoru Suzuki
Ryota Hama X Kojima (12:47) Kono (11:14) Hama (11:01) Hama (18:30)
Satoshi Kojima Kojima (12:47) X Kono (27:57) Kojima (13:54) Suzuki (17:57)
Masayuki Kono Kono (11:14) Kono (27:57) X Draw (30:00) Suzuki (14:40)
Seiya Sanada Hama (11:01) Kojima (13:54) Draw (30:00) X Suzuki (12:28)
Minoru Suzuki Hama (18:30) Suzuki (17:57) Suzuki (14:40) Suzuki (12:28) X
Block B René Duprée Masakatsu Funaki Taiyō Kea Kiyoshi Suwama
René Duprée X Funaki (9:12) Duprée (10:15) Kiyoshi (11:34) Suwama (11:18)
Masakatsu Funaki Funaki (9:12) X Funaki (14:40) Funaki (15:47) Draw (30:00)
Taiyō Kea Duprée (10:15) Funaki (14:40) X Kea (15:02) Suwama (22:56)
Kiyoshi Kiyoshi (11:34) Funaki (15:47) Kea (15:02) X Kiyoshi (18:55)
Suwama Suwama (11:18) Draw (30:00) Suwama (22:56) Kiyoshi (18:55) X
Semifinals Finals
           
A1 Minoru Suzuki Pin
B2 Suwama 16:46
A1 Minoru Suzuki Sub
B1 Masakatsu Funaki 13:37
B1 Masakatsu Funaki Sub
A2 Masayuki Kono 13:12

2011[edit]

The 2011 Champion Carnival was a 12-man, two-block round-robin tournament held over five events from April 8 to April 13. KENSO suffered an injury and was forced to drop out of the tournament after his first match, forfeiting the rest of his matches.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Yuji Nagata 8 Seiya Sanada 8
KONO 6 Jun Akiyama 7
Suwama (C) 6 Minoru Suzuki 6
Masakatsu Funaki 6 Taiyō Kea 5
Takao Omori 4 Joe Doering 4
Ryota Hama 0 KENSO 0
Block A Masakatsu Funaki Ryota Hama Yuji Nagata KONO Takao Omori Suwama
Masakatsu Funaki X Funaki (8:43) Funaki (13:07) KONO (12:44) Funaki (14:01) Suwama (18:57)
Ryota Hama Funaki (8:43) X KONO (12:07) Omori (8:53) Suwama (12:25)
Yuji Nagata Funaki (13:07) Nagata (11:18) X Nagata (13:50) Nagata (12:14) Nagata (23:13)
KONO KONO (12:44) KONO (12:07) Nagata (13:50) X Omori (12:19) KONO (15:00)
Takao Omori Funaki (14:01) Omori (8:53) Nagata (12:14) Omori (12:19) X Suwama (16:56)
Suwama Suwama (18:57) Suwama (12:25) Nagata (23:13) KONO (15:00) Suwama (16:56) X
Block B Jun Akiyama Joe Doering Taiyō Kea KENSO Seiya Sanada Minoru Suzuki
Jun Akiyama X Akiyama (10:14) Draw (30:00) Akiyama (Forfeit) Akiyama (22:05) Suzuki (19:21)
Joe Doering Akiyama (10:14) X Doering (8:44) Doering (Forfeit) Sanada (9:36) Suzuki (16:09)
Taiyō Kea Draw (30:00) Doering (8:44) X Kea (Forfeit) Sanada (18:37) Kea (24:33)
KENSO Akiyama (Forfeit) Doering (Forfeit) Kea (Forfeit) X Sanada (Forfeit) Suzuki (14:25)
Seiya Sanada Akiyama (22:05) Sanada (9:36) Sanada (18:37) Sanada (Forfeit) X Sanada (16:06)
Minoru Suzuki Suzuki (19:21) Suzuki (16:09) Kea (24:33) Suzuki (14:25) Sanada (16:06) X
Final
     
A1 Yuji Nagata Pin
B1 Seiya Sanada 22:44

2012[edit]

The 2012 Champion Carnival was a 14-man, two-block round-robin tournament held over twelve events from April 21 to May 7. Yutaka Yoshie suffered an injury and was forced to drop out of the tournament after his second match, forfeiting the rest of his matches. Takumi Soya was injured after his fifth match and also pulled out of the tournament, forfeiting his final match. Reigning Triple Crown champion Jun Akiyama did not participate due to prior commitments with Pro Wrestling NOAH, his home promotion at the time.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Yuji Nagata 9 Akebono 10
Suwama 7 Taiyō Kea 9
Daisuke Sekimoto 6 Seiya Sanada 8
Takao Omori 6 Manabu Soya 6
Masayuki Kono 6 Yuji Okabayashi 5
KENSO 4 Takumi Soya 2
Ryota Hama 4 Yutaka Yoshie 2
Block A Ryota
Hama
KENSO Masayuki
Kono
Yuji
Nagata
Takao
Omori
Daisuke
Sekimoto
Suwama
Ryota
Hama
X KENSO
(11:11)
Hama
(9:00)
Nagata
(9:44)
Omori
(9:43)
Hama
(10:29)
Suwama
(13:47)
KENSO KENSO
(11:11)
X Kono
(13:11)
Nagata
(15:37)
KENSO
(19:36)
Sekimoto
(13:22)
Suwama
(17:17)
Masayuki
Kono
Hama
(9:00)
Kono
(13:11)
X Kono
(13:40)
Omori
(15:23)
Sekimoto
(7:08)
Kono
(20:01)
Yuji
Nagata
Nagata
(9:44)
Nagata
(15:37)
Kono
(13:40)
X Nagata
(16:25)
Nagata
(16:38)
Draw
(30:00)
Takao
Omori
Omori
(9:43)
KENSO
(19:36)
Omori
(15:23)
Nagata
(16:25)
X Sekimoto
(21:12)
Omori
(19:37)
Daisuke
Sekimoto
Hama
(10:29)
Sekimoto
(13:22)
Sekimoto
(7:08)
Nagata
(16:38)
Sekimoto
(21:12)
X Suwama
(21:03)
Suwama Suwama
(13:47)
Suwama
(17:17)
Kono
(20:01)
Draw
(30:00)
Omori
(19:37)
Suwama
(21:03)
X
Block B Akebono Taiyō
Kea
Yuji
Okabayashi
Seiya
Sanada
Manabu
Soya
Takumi
Soya
Yutaka
Yoshie
Akebono X Kea
(7:07)
Akebono
(5:50)
Akebono
(9:31)
Akebono
(8:41)
Akebono
(Forfeit)
Akebono
(Forfeit)
Taiyō
Kea
Kea
(7:07)
X Draw
(30:00)
Sanada
(14:42)
Kea
(14:04)
Kea
(10:31)
Kea
(Forfeit)
Yuji
Okabayashi
Akebono
(5:50)
Draw
(30:00)
X Sanada
(15:45)
Okabayashi
(14:44)
Okabayashi
(13:28)
Yoshie
(10:48)
Seiya
Sanada
Akebono
(9:31)
Sanada
(14:42)
Sanada
(15:45)
X M.Soya
(14:30)
Sanada
(11:08)
Sanada
(Forfeit)
Manabu
Soya
Akebono
(8:41)
Kea
(14:04)
Okabayashi
(14:44)
M.Soya
(14:30)
X M. Soya
(16:24)
M.Soya
(Forfeit)
Takumi
Soya
Akebono
(Forfeit)
Kea
(10:31)
Okabayashi
(13:28)
Sanada
(11:08)
M. Soya
(16:24)
X T.Soya
(Forfeit)
Yutaka
Yoshie
Akebono
(Forfeit)
Kea
(Forfeit)
Yoshie
(10:48)
Sanada
(Forfeit)
M.Soya
(Forfeit)
T.Soya
(Forfeit)
X
Semifinals Finals
           
A1 Yuji Nagata Pin
B2 Taiyō Kea 11:51
B2 Taiyō Kea Pin
A2 Suwama 22:33
B1 Akebono Pin
A2 Suwama 8:18

2013[edit]

The 2013 Champion Carnival was a 12-man, two-block round-robin tournament held over eight events from April 18 to April 29.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Go Shiozaki 8 Jun Akiyama 8
Seiya Sanada 7 KAI 6
Suwama (C) 5 Akebono 4
Masayuki Kono 4 Joe Doering 4
Takao Omori 4 KENSO 4
Ryota Hama 2 Masakatsu Funaki 4
Block A Ryota
Hama
Masayuki
Kono
Takao
Omori
Seiya
Sanada
Go
Shiozaki
Suwama
Ryota
Hama
X Hama
(8:04)
Omori
(10:31)
Sanada
(9:40)
Shiozaki
(10:58)
Suwama
(14:01)
Masayuki
Kono
Hama
(8:04)
X Kono
(13:44)
Sanada
(10:22)
Shiozaki
(14:00)
Kono
(19:03)
Takao
Omori
Omori
(10:31)
Kono
(13:44)
X Sanada
(13:22)
Shiozaki
(19:02)
Omori
(14:18)
Seiya
Sanada
Sanada
(9:40)
Sanada
(10:22)
Sanada
(13:22)
X Draw
(30:00)
Suwama
(17:28)
Go
Shiozaki
Shiozaki
(10:58)
Shiozaki
(14:00)
Shiozaki
(19:02)
Draw
(30:00)
X Draw
(30:00)
Suwama Suwama
(14:01)
Kono
(19:03)
Omori
(14:18)
Suwama
(17:28)
Draw
(30:00)
X
Block B Akebono Jun
Akiyama
Joe
Doering
Masakatsu
Funaki
KAI KENSO
Akebono X Akebono
(5:47)
Doering
(4:13)
Akebono
(6:20)
KAI
(8:44)
KENSO
(9:30)
Jun
Akiyama
Akebono
(5:47)
X Akiyama
(7:13)
Akiyama
(9:42)
Akiyama
(16:54)
Akiyama
(12:43)
Joe
Doering
Doering
(4:13)
Akiyama
(7:13)
X Doering
(8:18)
KAI
(4:55)
KENSO
(11:01)
Masakatsu
Funaki
Akebono
(6:20)
Akiyama
(9:42)
Doering
(8:18)
X Funaki
(12:45)
Funaki
(13:17)
KAI KAI
(8:44)
Akiyama
(16:54)
KAI
(4:55)
Funaki
(12:45)
X KAI
(16:26)
KENSO KENSO
(9:30)
Akiyama
(12:43)
KENSO
(11:01)
Funaki
(13:17)
KAI
(16:26)
X
Semifinals Finals
           
A1 Go Shiozaki Sub
B2 KAI 16:09
B2 KAI Pin
B1 Jun Akiyama 18:57
B1 Jun Akiyama Pin
A2 Seiya Sanada 12:33

2014[edit]

The 2014 Champion Carnival was a 12-man, two-block round-robin tournament held over nine events from April 13 to April 27. Reigning Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion Akebono, who was leading his block at the time, was forced to pull out of the tournament on April 22 after being hospitalized with poor health, forfeiting his last two matches. (The title was eventually declared vacant on May 30, after the tournament was over.) On April 25 it was announced that Go Shiozaki had also withdrawn from the tournament due to a broken thumb, and forfeited his final match against Jun Akiyama.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Suwama 8 Joe Doering 8
Takao Omori 8 Jun Akiyama 8
Akebono (C) 6 Go Shiozaki 7
Kendo Kashin 4 Zeus 3
Kento Miyahara 2 Yutaka Yoshie 2
Osamu Nishimura 0 KENSO 2
Block A Akebono Kendo
Kashin
Kento
Miyahara
Osamu
Nishimura
Takao
Omori
Suwama
Akebono X Akebono
(5:25)
Akebono
(9:19)
Akebono
(8:18)
Omori
(forfeit)
Suwama
(forfeit)
Kendo
Kashin
Akebono
(5:25)
X Draw
(10:01)
Kashin
(5:21)
Omori
(5:04)
Kashin
(9:44)
Kento
Miyahara
Akebono
(9:19)
Draw
(10:01)
X Miyahara
(8:47)
Omori
(18:16)
Suwama
(20:14)
Osamu
Nishimura
Akebono
(8:18)
Kashin
(5:21)
Miyahara
(8:47)
X Omori
(12:08)
Suwama
(21:18)
Takao
Omori
Omori
(forfeit)
Omori
(5:04)
Omori
(18:16)
Omori
(12:08)
X Suwama
(24:55)
Suwama Suwama
(forfeit)
Kashin
(9:44)
Suwama
(20:14)
Suwama
(21:18)
Suwama
(24:55)
X
Block B Jun
Akiyama
Joe
Doering
KENSO Go
Shiozaki
Yutaka
Yoshie
Zeus
Jun
Akiyama
X Doering
(14:26)
Akiyama
(9:45)
Akiyama
(forfeit)
Akiyama
(13:34)
Akiyama
(15:27)
Joe
Doering
Doering
(14:26)
X Doering
(6:43)
Draw
(30:00)
Doering
(5:37)
Draw
(30:00)
KENSO Akiyama
(9:45)
Doering
(6:43)
X Shiozaki
(13:15)
KENSO
(11:23)
Zeus
(8:02)
Go
Shiozaki
Akiyama
(forfeit)
Draw
(30:00)
Shiozaki
(13:15)
X Shiozaki
(17:46)
Shiozaki
(21:17)
Yutaka
Yoshie
Akiyama
(13:34)
Doering
(5:37)
KENSO
(11:23)
Shiozaki
(17:46)
X Yoshie
(14:35)
Zeus Akiyama
(15:27)
Draw
(30:00)
Zeus
(8:02)
Shiozaki
(21:17)
Yoshie
(14:35)
X
Decision matches Finals
           
A1 Suwama Pin
A2 Takao Omori 9:55
A2 Takao Omori Pin
B2 Jun Akiyama 17:14
B1 Joe Doering Pin
B2 Jun Akiyama 9:28

2015[edit]

The 2015 Champion Carnival was a 12-man, two-block round-robin tournament that took place over ten events from April 5 to April 25.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Go Shiozaki (C) 7 Akebono 8
Suwama 7 Kento Miyahara 7
Takao Omori 6 Jun Akiyama 6
Kengo Mashimo 4 Joe Doering 6
Yutaka Yoshie 2 Zeus 3
The Bodyguard 2 KENSO 0
Block A The
Bodyguard
Kengo
Mashimo
Takao
Omori
Go
Shiozaki
Suwama Yutaka
Yoshie
The
Bodyguard
X Bodyguard
(12:00)
Omori
(14:25)
Shiozaki
(19:22)
Suwama
(11:17)
Yoshie
(11:59)
Kengo
Mashimo
Bodyguard
(12:00)
X Mashimo
(14:05)
Shiozaki
(21:56)
NC
(9:15)
Mashimo
(10:50)
Takao
Omori
Omori
(14:25)
Mashimo
(14:05)
X Omori
(19:11)
Suwama
(10:30)
Omori
(15:42)
Go
Shiozaki
Shiozaki
(19:22)
Shiozaki
(21:56)
Omori
(19:11)
X Draw
(30:00)
Shiozaki
(14:33)
Suwama Suwama
(11:17)
NC
(9:15)
Suwama
(10:30)
Draw
(30:00)
X Suwama
(13:39)
Yutaka
Yoshie
Yoshie
(11:59)
Mashimo
(10:50)
Shiozaki
(14:33)
Omori
(15:42)
Suwama
(13:39)
X
Block B Akebono Jun
Akiyama
Joe
Doering
KENSO Kento
Miyahara
Zeus
Akebono X Akebono
(10:07)
Akebono
(4:13)
Akebono
(11:20)
Miyahara
(10:34)
Akebono
(6:58)
Jun
Akiyama
Akebono
(10:07)
X Akiyama
(7:52)
Akiyama
(9:29)
Miyahara
(10:02)
Akiyama
(19:25)
Joe
Doering
Akebono
(4:13)
Akiyama
(7:52)
X Doering
(10:41)
Doering
(13:11)
Doering
(12:14)
KENSO Akebono
(11:20)
Akiyama
(9:29)
Doering
(10:41)
X Miyahara
(14:08)
Zeus
(14:46)
Kento
Miyahara
Miyahara
(10:34)
Miyahara
(10:02)
Doering
(13:11)
Miyahara
(14:08)
X Draw
(30:00)
Zeus Akebono
(6:58)
Akiyama
(19:25)
Doering
(12:14)
Zeus
(14:46)
Draw
(30:00)
X
  Playoff Finals
                           
  A1  Go Shiozaki Sub  
A1  Suwama 5:35  
  A1  Suwama Pin
    B1  Akebono 16:25
 

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