Champion Carnival

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The Champion Carnival (チャンピオン・カーニバル, Chanpion Kānibaru) is a professional wrestling tournament held by All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW). The tournament is also known by the nickname Haru no Saiten (春の祭典, "Spring Festival") and is sometimes abbreviated to CC.[1][2] Created by AJPW founder Giant Baba, the tournament has been held annually since 1973 and is the longest-running singles tournament in professional wrestling, while also ranking as the most prestigious event in the AJPW calendar.[3] It is considered a successor to the World League, held by Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance (JWA) between 1959 and 1972, predating the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) G1 Climax tournament by a year.[4]

The tournament is held in a round-robin format, where all participating wrestlers face each other once with the winner being awarded two points and the loser none. A draw results in both wrestlers being awarded a point. After all wrestlers have faced each other once, the top two wrestlers advance to the final to determine the tournament winner.[5]

Baba himself holds the record for most Champion Carnival wins, having won the tournament seven times.[6] Other notable winners include Abdullah the Butcher, Jumbo Tsuruta, Keiji Mutoh, Mitsuharu Misawa, Stan Hansen and Toshiaki Kawada.[6] Four wrestlers have won both the Champion Carnival and the G1 Climax: Mutoh, Satoshi Kojima, Kensuke Sasaki and Yuji Nagata.[4]

History[edit]

Rikidōzan, the creator of the original World League

From 1959 to 1972, the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance (JWA), run by Rikidōzan, held a tournament called World League (also known as the "World Big League"), which featured both Japanese and foreign professional wrestlers.[4] Rikidōzan himself dominated the annual tournament early on, however, after his death in 1963, the tournament was won six times by Giant Baba and once by Antonio Inoki.[4] JWA folded shortly after both Baba and Inoki left the promotion to create All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) and New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), respectively.[4] Both men took the concept of World League with them to their new promotions, with Baba creating the "Champion Carnival" in 1973 and Inoki creating the World League in 1974, later renaming it G1 Climax.[4]

The first Champion Carnival took place only six months after Baba had founded AJPW. The initial tournament was held in a single-elimination format and was intended for AJPW's heavyweight wrestlers such as Hiro Matsuda, Samson Kutsuwada and Thunder Sugiyama. For the tournament, Baba also recruited several foreign wrestlers, such as Baron Scicluna, The Destroyer, King Curtis Iaukea and Mark Lewin.[5] Baba himself won the inaugural tournament, defeating Lewin in the final.[4][5] A year later, AJPW presented the second Champion Carnival, which most notably introduced former Olympian Jumbo Tsuruta, who eventually went on to become one of the promotion's top names. Baba also won the second Champion Carnival, this time defeating Mr. Wrestling in the final.[5][7] Heading into the 1975 Champion Carnival, Baba changed the tournament's format. Now the four wrestlers who advanced to the semifinals in the single-elimination tournament were put into a round-robin tournament, where the wrestler with the best record would be declared the winner. Baba went on to win the tournament for the third year in a row, defeating Gene Kiniski in the final.[5][8] A year later, the single-elimination portion of the tournament was eliminated and the Champion Carnival was changed to a pure round-robin tournament, a format it holds to this day.[5] The 1976 tournament was the first Champion Carnival not won by Baba. It was instead won by Canadian Abdullah the Butcher, who defeated Baba in the final.[5] Baba went on to win the tournament four more times, winning a total of seven out of the ten first Champion Carnivals.[5] In early 1980s, AJPW loaded the Champion Carnival with some of the top foreign wrestlers in the world, including Billy Robinson, Bruiser Brody, Dick Slater, Jack Brisco, Stan Hansen, Ted DiBiase and Terry Funk.[5] However, after rival promotion NJPW took over as the number one promotion in Japan with a record-breaking business streak, AJPW decided to put the Champion Carnival on hiatus, not wanting the tournament to be overshadowed by their competitors. The hiatus lasted from 1983 to 1991.[5]

Mitsuharu Misawa, a two-time winner of the tournament, who took over its booking after Giant Baba's death

In 1991, AJPW had overtaken NJPW and was again the top promotion in Japan, boasting a roster of top foreign wrestlers mixed with top Japanese wrestlers.[5] The 1991 tournament showcased several younger wrestlers, including Kenta Kobashi, Mitsuharu Misawa and Toshiaki Kawada, who bypassed the promotion's aging veterans and went on to become the promotion's cornerstones for the next decade.[5] However, despite the emergence of the younger wrestlers and the participation of foreign wrestlers such as Doug Furnas, The Dynamite Kid, Johnny Ace, Johnny Smith and Mick Foley, the 1991 tournament was won by an AJPW veteran Jumbo Tsuruta, who defeated Stan Hansen in the final.[5] The 1992 tournament was booked around the storyline of the "young lions" challenging the veterans for AJPW supremacy. Stan Hansen went on to win his first Champion Carnival, defeating Mitsuharu Misawa in the final.[5][9] Despite losing in the final, the tournament made Misawa a star, someone earmarked to occupy the promotion's top spot.[5] A year later, Hansen again defeated Misawa in the final. The 1993 tournament was also noteworthy for introducing rookie Jun Akiyama.[5] In 1994, Toshiaki Kawada became the first of the "young lions" to win the Champion Carnival, defeating "Dr. Death" Steve Williams in the final, a match that has been called "arguably the greatest Carnival tournament match of all time".[5] For the next several years the tournament was dominated by AJPW's younger wrestlers with Kawada repeating his win, Mitsuharu Misawa winning two tournaments and Kenta Kobashi one tournament.[5] The 1997 tournament ended in a rare three-way draw between Kawada, Kobashi and Misawa, resulting in a round-robin playoff between the three, where Kawada emerged victorious.[5][10]

On January 31, 1999, Giant Baba died, leaving the promotion in the hands of Mitsuharu Misawa.[5] The 1999 Champion Carnival was the first one not booked by Baba. As the new booker, Misawa made a controversial decision to leave Stan Hansen out of the tournament, while giving Vader the win in the final over Kenta Kobashi.[5] Problems between Misawa and Giant Baba's widow Motoko Baba led to Misawa exiting AJPW in 2000, taking 26 out of the 28 Japanese AJPW wrestlers with him to form the new Pro Wrestling Noah promotion.[11] Struggling to cope with the loss of the majority of its roster, AJPW eventually hired NJPW wrestler Keiji Mutoh to lead the promotion.[12] Mutoh went on to win the Champion Carnival three times (2002, 2004 and 2007),[1] before leaving the promotion in 2013, after which he was replaced by Jun Akiyama.[13] 2013 also saw Akiyama finally win his first Champion Carnival, twenty years after his debut appearance in the tournament.[14]

In recent years, several outsiders have won the tournament, with freelancer Minoru Suzuki winning it in 2009 and 2010,[1] NJPW representative Yuji Nagata winning it in 2011,[15] Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW) representative Daisuke Sekimoto winning it in 2016,[2] freelancer Shuji Ishikawa winning it in 2017,[16] and Pro Wrestling Noah representative Naomichi Marufuji winning it in 2018.[17]

On April 2, 2020, AJPW held a press conference, delaying this year's Champion Carnival, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 28, they confirmed that the tournament has been moved to September.

List of winners[edit]

Abdullah the Butcher, a two-time and the first non-Japanese winner of the tournament
Toshiaki Kawada (top), a two-time winner of the tournament
Keiji Mutoh, a three-time winner of the tournament
Year Winner Total won Reference
1973 Giant Baba 1 [5][18]
1974 Giant Baba 2 [5]
1975 Giant Baba 3 [5]
1976 Abdullah the Butcher 1 [5]
1977 Giant Baba 4 [5]
1978 Giant Baba 5 [5]
1979 Abdullah the Butcher 2 [5]
1980 Jumbo Tsuruta 1 [5]
1981 Giant Baba 6 [5]
1982 Giant Baba 7 [5]
1991 Jumbo Tsuruta 2 [5]
1992 Stan Hansen 1 [5][19]
1993 Stan Hansen 2 [5]
1994 Toshiaki Kawada 1 [5]
1995 Mitsuharu Misawa 1 [5]
1996 Akira Taue 1 [5]
1997 Toshiaki Kawada 2 [5]
1998 Mitsuharu Misawa 2 [5]
1999 Vader 1 [5]
2000 Kenta Kobashi 1 [20]
2001 Genichiro Tenryu 1 [21]
2002 Keiji Mutoh 1 [6]
2003 Satoshi Kojima 1 [6]
2004 Keiji Mutoh 2 [6]
2005 Kensuke Sasaki 1 [1]
2006 Taiyō Kea 1 [1]
2007 Keiji Mutoh 3 [1]
2008 Suwama 1 [22]
2009 Minoru Suzuki 1 [23]
2010 Minoru Suzuki 2 [1]
2011 Yuji Nagata 1 [24]
2012 Taiyō Kea 2 [25]
2013 Jun Akiyama 1 [14]
2014 Takao Omori 1 [26]
2015 Akebono 1 [27]
2016 Daisuke Sekimoto 1 [2]
2017 Shuji Ishikawa 1 [28]
2018 Naomichi Marufuji 1 [17]
2019 Kento Miyahara 1
2020 Zeus 1
2021 Jake Lee 1

1973[edit]

The 1973 Champion Carnival is the first edition of the Champion Carnival. It took place from March 17 to April 21, featuring 15 wrestlers in a single-elimination format. Giant Baba received a first-round bye, and was the inaugural winner of the tournament.

Round 1
March 18 to April 4
Round 2
April 3 to April 10
Semifinals
April 10, 14 and 19
Final
April 21
            
Mammoth Suzuki Pin
Calypso Hurricane 13:41
Calypso Hurricane Pin
Giant Baba 18:45
Giant Baba Pin
King Curtis Iaukea 11:49
King Curtis Iaukea Pin
Thunder Sugiyama 11:40
King Curtis Iaukea Pin
Moose Morowski 12:27
Moose Morowski Pin
Motoshi Okuma 12:17
Giant Baba 22
Mark Lewin 1 (19:20)
Baron Mikel Scicluna Pin
Samson Kutsuwada 14:49
Baron Mikel Scicluna Sub
The Destroyer 19:22
The Mad Russian Sub
The Destroyer 20:48
The Destroyer Pin1
Mark Lewin 20:04
Hiro Matsuda Sub
Antonio Pugliese 16:07
Hiro Matsuda Sub
Mark Lewin 21:55
Mashio Koma Sub
Mark Lewin 17:31

1This match originally ended in a no-contest on April 10th, so a rematch was scheduled for April 14th to determine the 1st finalist with Mark Lewin winning.
2The finals were contested under best of 3 falls rules, with Baba winning the first fall at 12:49 and Lewin winning the second fall at 16:55. Baba won the third and decisive fall at 19:20, thus becoming the inaugural Champion Carnival winner.

1978[edit]

The 1978 Champion Carnival took place from March 4 to April 7, featuring 15 wrestlers in a round-robin format. The tournament was won by Giant Baba, who defeated Abdullah the Butcher via countout in the finals. It was Baba's fifth tournament win.

Final standings
Abdullah the Butcher 25
Giant Baba 24
Jumbo Tsuruta 22
Kintaro Oki 20
Kim Duk 17
The Destroyer 16
King Curtis Iaukea 16
Don Leo Jonathan 16
The Black Terror 12
Ted DiBiase 10
Rocky Hata 4
Great Kojika 4
Motoshi Okuma 2
Luke Graham 2
Frank Morrell 0
Abdullah Baba Destroyer DiBiase Duk Graham Hata Iaukea Jonathan Kojika Morrell Okuma Oki Terror Tsuruta
Abdullah Draw
(30:00)
Abdullah
(10:21)
Abdullah
(4:08)
Abdullah
(7:19)
Abdullah
(4:30)
Abdullah
(2:03)
Abdullah
(7:52)
Abdullah
(4:58)
Abdullah
(5:32)
Abdullah
(3:55)
Abdullah
(4:05)
Abdullah
(7:22)
DCO
(4:18)
Abdullah
(13:14)
Baba Draw
(30:00)
Baba
(19:27)
Baba
(7:02)
Baba
(7:04)
Baba
(7:06)
Baba
(8:09)
Baba
(5:14)
Baba
(11:33)
Baba
(9:08)
Baba
(1:16)
Baba
(5:53)
Oki
(7:45)
Baba
(4:36)
Draw
(30:00)
Destroyer Abdullah
(10:21)
Baba
(19:27)
Destroyer
(17:21)
DCO
(13:55)
Destroyer
(12:55)
Destroyer
(11:42)
Iaukea
(5:00)
DCO
(17:12)
Destroyer
(16:58)
Destroyer
(16:35)
Destroyer
(15:50)
Destroyer
(12:17)
Destroyer
(11:06)
Tsuruta
(29:50)
DiBiase Abdullah
(4:08)
Baba
(7:02)
Destroyer
(17:21)
Duk
(11:10)
DiBiase
(9:10)
DiBiase
(13:17)
Iaukea
(8:47)
Jonathan
(14:20)
DiBiase
(11:05)
DiBiase
(8:59)
DiBiase
(12:15)
Oki
(12:46)
Terror
(8:20)
Tsuruta
(14:16)
Duk Abdullah
(7:19)
Baba
(7:04)
DCO
(13:55)
Duk
(11:10)
Duk
(9:47)
Duk
(17:17)
Duk
(5:50)
Duk
(13:24)
Duk
(13:48)
Duk
(10:12)
Duk
(15:46)
Oki
(Forfeit)
DCO
(12:21)
Draw
(30:00)
Graham Abdullah
(4:30)
Baba
(7:06)
Destroyer
(12:55)
DiBiase
(9:10)
Duk
(9:47)
Hata
(7:40)
Iaukea
(6:05)
Jonathan
(14:19)
Kojika
(8:57)
DCO
(9:42)
Graham
(8:58)
Oki
(8:37)
Terror
(9:27)
Tsuruta
(11:25)
Hata Abdullah
(2:03)
Baba
(8:09)
Destroyer
(11:42)
DiBiase
(13:17)
Duk
(17:17)
Hata
(7:40)
Iaukea
(5:10)
Jonathan
(8:40)
DCO
(21:05)
Hata
(Forfeit)
Okuma
(16:23)
Oki
(13:10)
Terror
(9:41)
Tsuruta
(15:59)
Iaukea Abdullah
(7:52)
Baba
(5:14)
Iaukea
(5:00)
Iaukea
(8:47)
Duk
(5:50)
Iaukea
(6:05)
Iaukea
(5:10)
DCO
(4:21)
Iaukea
(5:49)
Iaukea
(7:42)
Iaukea
(4:46)
Oki
(3:46)
Iaukea
(5:35)
Tsuruta
(7:02)
Jonathan Abdullah
(4:58)
Baba
(11:33)
DCO
(17:12)
Jonathan
(14:20)
Duk
(13:24)
Jonathan
(14:19)
Jonathan
(8:40)
DCO
(4:21)
Jonathan
(12:00)
Jonathan
(13:29)
Jonathan
(5:15)
DCO
(8:35)
Jonathan
(8:33)
Jonathan
(13:56)
Kojika Abdullah
(5:32)
Baba
(9:08)
Destroyer
(16:58)
DiBiase
(11:05)
Duk
(13:48)
Kojika
(8:57)
DCO
(21:05)
Iaukea
(5:49)
Jonathan
(12:00)
Kojika
(7:58)
DCO
(14:19)
Oki
(12:02)
Terror
(Forfeit)
Tsuruta
(21:14)
Morrell Abdullah
(3:55)
Baba
(1:16)
Destroyer
(16:35)
DiBiase
(8:59)
Duk
(10:12)
DCO
(9:42)
Hata
(Forfeit)
Iaukea
(7:42)
Jonathan
(13:29)
Kojika
(7:58)
Okuma
(8:53)
Oki
(6:08)
Terror
(8:29)
Tsuruta
(8:24)
Okuma Abdullah
(4:05)
Baba
(5:53)
Destroyer
(15:50)
DiBiase
(12:15)
Duk
(15:46)
Graham
(8:58)
Okuma
(16:23)
Iaukea
(4:46)
Jonathan
(5:15)
DCO
(14:19)
Okuma
(8:53)
Oki
(11:11)
Terror
(10:30)
Tsuruta
(16:28)
Oki Abdullah
(7:22)
Oki
(7:45)
Destroyer
(12:17)
Oki
(12:46)
Oki
(Forfeit)
Oki
(8:37)
Oki
(13:10)
Oki
(3:46)
DCO
(8:35)
Oki
(12:02)
Oki
(6:08)
Oki
(11:11)
Oki
(4:05)
Tsuruta
(7:08)
Terror DCO
(4:18)
Baba
(4:36)
Destroyer
(11:06)
Terror
(8:20)
DCO
(12:21)
Terror
(9:27)
Terror
(9:41)
Iaukea
(5:35)
Jonathan
(8:33)
Terror
(Forfeit)
Terror
(8:29)
Terror
(10:30)
Oki
(4:05)
Tsuruta
(9:45)
Tsuruta Abdullah
(13:14)
Draw
(30:00)
Tsuruta
(29:50)
Tsuruta
(14:16)
Draw
(30:00)
Tsuruta
(11:25)
Tsuruta
(15:59)
Tsuruta
(7:02)
Jonathan
(13:56)
Tsuruta
(21:14)
Tsuruta
(8:24)
Tsuruta
(16:28)
Tsuruta
(7:08)
Tsuruta
(9:45)
Final
   
Abdullah the Butcher CO
Giant Baba 11:59

1979[edit]

The 1979 Champion Carnival took place from March 3 to April 6, featuring 16 wrestlers in a round-robin format. The tournament was won by Abdullah the Butcher, who defeated Jumbo Tsuruta in the second of two playoff matches after both men tied atop the standings. The first playoff match resulted in a double-countout, and a second match was held.

Final standings
Abdullah the Butcher 24
Jumbo Tsuruta 24
Giant Baba 23
The Destroyer 22
Dick Slater 21
Dos Caras 18
Kintaro Oki 18
Tor Kamata 18
Mario Milano 10
Takashi Ishikawa 8
Rocky Hata 6
Great Kojika 6
Motoshi Okuma 6
Billy Francis 4
Don Milano 2
Big Red 0
Abdullah Baba Big Red Caras Destroyer Francis Hata Ishikawa Kamata Kojika D. Milano M. Milano Oki Okuma Slater Tsuruta
Abdullah DCO
(10:47)
Abdullah
(3:43)
Abdullah
(2:05)
Abdullah
(14:50)
Abdullah
(1:13)
Abdullah
(2:45)
Abdullah
(1:46)
Abdullah
(8:46)
Abdullah
(4:18)
Abdullah
(2:14)
Abdullah
(2:13)
Abdullah
(4:26)
Abdullah
(2:13)
DCO
(8:55)
DCO
(5:15)
Baba DCO
(10:47)
Baba
(2:47)
Baba
(7:17)
DCO
(13:23)
Baba
(5:25)
Baba
(12:30)
Baba
(9:23)
Baba
(8:43)
Baba
(12:36)
Baba
(4:38)
Baba
(8:20)
DCO
(9:37)
Baba
(11:41)
Baba
(11:38)
Draw
(30:00)
Big Red Abdullah
(3:43)
Baba
(2:47)
Caras
(5:59)
Destroyer
(9:28)
Francis
(5:20)
Hata
(7:28)
Ishikawa
(9:59)
Kamata
(4:59)
Kojika
(7:45)
D. Milano
(1:26)
M. Milano
(4:12)
Oki
(5:50)
Okuma
(6:53)
Slater
(12:40)
Tsuruta
(7:18)
Caras Abdullah
(2:05)
Baba
(7:17)
Caras
(5:59)
Destroyer
(12:18)
Caras
(8:49)
Caras
(10:33)
Caras
(9:31)
Caras
(4:36)
Caras
(10:33)
Caras
(6:47)
Caras
(9:23)
Oki
(10:29)
Caras
(5:46)
Slater
(12:33)
Tsuruta
(15:18)
Destroyer Abdullah
(14:50)
DCO
(13:23)
Destroyer
(9:28)
Destroyer
(12:18)
Destroyer
(5:35)
Destroyer
(7:15)
Destroyer
(14:18)
Destroyer
(5:33)
Destroyer
(9:59)
Destroyer
(9:49)
Destroyer
(5:00)
DCO
(11:57)
Destroyer
(7:48)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Francis Abdullah
(1:13)
Baba
(5:25)
Francis
(5:20)
Caras
(8:49)
Destroyer
(5:35)
Hata
(8:13)
Ishikawa
(11:36)
Kamata
(9:08)
Kojika
(13:28)
Francis
(7:15)
M. Milano
(10:59)
Oki
(10:47)
Okuma
(11:21)
Slater
(9:43)
Tsuruta
(11:38)
Hata Abdullah
(2:45)
Baba
(12:30)
Hata
(7:28)
Caras
(10:33)
Destroyer
(7:15)
Hata
(8:13)
DCO
(16:57)
Kamata
(7:56)
DCO
(13:33)
Hata
(5:57)
M. Milano
(10:43)
Oki
(11:42)
DCO
(15:47)
Slater
(10:32)
Tsuruta
(15:55)
Ishikawa Abdullah
(1:46)
Baba
(9:23)
Ishikawa
(9:59)
Caras
(9:31)
Destroyer
(14:18)
Ishikawa
(11:36)
DCO
(16:57)
Kamata
(3:04)
DCO
(7:47)
Ishikawa
(9:59)
Ishikawa
(14:02)
Oki
(9:45)
DCO
(10:30)
Slater
(8:59)
Tsuruta
(20:47)
Kamata Abdullah
(8:46)
Baba
(8:43)
Kamata
(4:59)
Caras
(4:36)
Destroyer
(5:33)
Kamata
(9:08)
Kamata
(7:56)
Kamata
(3:04)
Kamata
(7:38)
Kamata
(2:28)
Kamata
(7:12)
DCO
(6:43)
Kamata
(9:35)
Slater
(5:56)
Tsuruta
(5:55)
Kojik Abdullah
(4:18)
Baba
(12:36)
Kojika
(7:45)
Caras
(10:33)
Destroyer
(9:59)
Kojika
(13:28)
DCO
(13:33)
DCO
(7:47)
Kamata
(7:38)
Kojika
(13:21)
M. Milano
(12:11)
Oki
(12:48)
DCO
(5:54)
Slater
(11:43)
Tsuruta
(24:04)
D. Milano Abdullah
(2:14)
Baba
(4:38)
D. Milano
(1:26)
Caras
(6:47)
Destroyer
(9:49)
Francis
(7:15)
Hata
(5:57)
Ishikawa
(9:59)
Kamata
(2:28)
Kojika
(13:21)
M. Milano
(5:52)
Oki
(6:24)
Okuma
(8:25)
Slater
(6:42)
Tsuruta
(12:03)
M. Milano Abdullah
(2:13)
Baba
(8:20)
M. Milano
(4:12)
Caras
(9:23)
Destroyer
(5:00)
M. Milano
(10:59)
M. Milano
(10:43)
Ishikawa
(14:02)
Kamata
(7:12)
M. Milano
(12:11)
M. Milano
(5:52)
Oki
(7:05)
DCO
(7:14)
Slater
(11:48)
Tsuruta
(14:11)
Oki Abdullah
(4:26)
DCO
(9:37)
Oki
(5:50)
Oki
(10:29)
DCO
(11:57)
Oki
(10:47)
Oki
(11:42)
Oki
(9:45)
DCO
(6:43)
Oki
(12:48)
Oki
(6:24)
Oki
(7:05)
Oki
(14:29)
DCO
(4:38)
DCO
(6:55)
Okuma Abdullah
(2:13)
Baba
(11:41)
Okuma
(6:53)
Caras
(5:46)
Destroyer
(7:48)
Okuma
(11:21)
DCO
(15:47)
DCO
(10:30)
Kamata
(9:35)
DCO
(5:54)
Okuma
(8:25)
DCO
(7:14)
Oki
(14:29)
Slater
(7:52)
Tsuruta
(19:50)
Slater DCO
(8:55)
Baba
(11:38)
Slater
(12:40)
Slater
(12:33)
Draw
(30:00)
Slater
(9:43)
Slater
(10:32)
Slater
(8:59)
Slater
(5:56)
Slater
(11:43)
Slater
(6:42)
Slater
(11:48)
DCO
(4:38)
Slater
(7:52)
Tsuruta
(18:55)
Tsuruta DCO
(5:15)
Draw
(30:00)
Tsuruta
(7:18)
Tsuruta
(15:18)
Draw
(30:00)
Tsuruta
(11:38)
Tsuruta
(15:55)
Tsuruta
(20:47)
Tsuruta
(5:55)
Tsuruta
(24:04)
Tsuruta
(12:03)
Tsuruta
(14:11)
DCO
(6:55)
Tsuruta
(19:50)
Tsuruta
(18:55)
  • Playoff matches:

1980[edit]

The 1980 Champion Carnival took place from March 28 to May 1, featuring 13 wrestlers in a round-robin format. The tournament was won by Jumbo Tsuruta, who defeated Dick Slater in the final.

Final standings
Dick Slater 19
Jumbo Tsuruta 19
Abdullah the Butcher 18
Terry Funk 18
Giant Baba 17
Tiger Toguchi 15
Ted DiBiase 12
Ray Candy 8
The Mysterious Assassin 6
Rocky Hata 4
Great Kojika 4
Motoshi Okuma 2
Carl Fergie 0
Abdullah Assassin Baba Candy DiBiase Fergie Funk Hata Kojika Okuma Slater Toguchi Tsuruta
Abdullah Abdullah
(0:35)
DCO
(7:57)
Abdullah
(5:45)
Abdullah
(4:10)
Abdullah
(1:15)
DCO
(13:21)
Abdullah
(2:45)
Abdullah
(5:20)
Abdullah
(4:30)
Abdullah
(13:15)
Abdullah
(5:35)
Tsuruta
(10:45)
Assassin Abdullah
(0:35)
Assassin
(6:50)
Candy
(10:44)
DiBiase
(7:55)
Assassin
(7:58)
Funk
(11:30)
Hata
(11:20)
DCO
(13:29)
Assassin
(10:50)
Slater
(6:43)
Toguchi
(12:17)
Tsuruta
(11:50)
Baba DCO
(7:57)
Assassin
(6:50)
Baba
(6:50)
Baba
(10:59)
Baba
(10:20)
Baba
(13:02)
Baba
(8:27)
Baba
(12:30)
Baba
(8:55)
Slater
(11:22)
Baba
(13:08)
Draw
(30:00)
Candy Abdullah
(5:45)
Candy
(10:44)
Baba
(6:50)
DCO
(16:40)
Candy
(5:10)
Funk
(8:44)
Candy
(10:21)
Kojika
(13:13)
Candy
(8:03)
Slater
(13:08)
Toguchi
(11:58)
Tsuruta
(11:58)
DiBiase Abdullah
(4:10)
DiBiase
(7:55)
Baba
(10:59)
DCO
(16:40)
DiBiase
(16:33)
Funk
(22:45)
DiBiase
(12:04)
DiBiase
(11:20)
DiBiase
(10:50)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Tsuruta
(18:01)
Fergie Abdullah
(1:15)
Assassin
(7:58)
Baba
(10:20)
Candy
(5:10)
DiBiase
(16:33)
Funk
(9:39)
Hata
(20:17)
Kojika
(12:14)
Okuma
(14:30)
Slater
(9:34)
Toguchi
(12:06)
Tsuruta
(8:35)
Funk DCO
(13:21)
Funk
(11:30)
Baba
(13:02)
Funk
(8:44)
Funk
(22:45)
Funk
(9:39)
Funk
(10:59)
Funk
(11:40)
Funk
(14:44)
Draw
(30:00)
Funk
(19:51)
Draw
(30:00)
Hata Abdullah
(2:45)
Hata
(11:20)
Baba
(8:27)
Candy
(10:21)
DiBiase
(12:04)
Hata
(20:17)
Funk
(10:59)
DCO
(19:26)
DCO
(20:14)
Slater
(13:50)
Toguchi
(20:18)
Tsuruta
(18:19)
Kojika Abdullah
(5:20)
DCO
(13:29)
Baba
(12:30)
Kojika
(13:13)
DiBiase
(11:20)
Kojika
(12:14)
Funk
(11:40)
DCO
(19:26)
DCO
(20:30)
Slater
(8:53)
Toguchi
(13:10)
Tsuruta
(14:08)
Okuma Abdullah
(4:30)
Assassin
(10:50)
Baba
(8:55)
Candy
(8:03)
DiBiase
(10:50)
Okuma
(14:30)
Funk
(14:44)
DCO
(20:14)
DCO
(20:30)
Slater
(8:31)
Toguchi
(18:03)
Tsuruta
(18:05)
Slater Abdullah
(13:15)
Slater
(6:43)
Slater
(11:22)
Slater
(13:08)
Draw
(30:00)
Slater
(9:34)
Draw
(30:00)
Slater
(13:50)
Slater
(8:53)
Slater
(8:31)
Draw
(30:00)
Slater
(22:40)
Toguchi Abdullah
(5:35)
Toguchi
(12:17)
Baba
(13:08)
Toguchi
(11:58)
Draw
(30:00)
Toguchi
(12:06)
Funk
(19:51)
Toguchi
(20:18)
Toguchi
(13:10)
Toguchi
(18:03)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Tsuruta Tsuruta
(10:45)
Tsuruta
(11:50)
Draw
(30:00)
Tsuruta
(11:58)
Tsuruta
(18:01)
Tsuruta
(8:35)
Draw
(30:00)
Tsuruta
(18:19)
Tsuruta
(14:08)
Tsuruta
(18:05)
Slater
(22:40)
Draw
(30:00)
Final
   
Dick Slater Pin
Jumbo Tsuruta 23:45

1981[edit]

The 1981 Champion Carnival took place from March 27 to April 23, featuring 14 wrestlers in a round-robin format. Giant Baba won the tournament for the sixth time.

Final standings
Giant Baba 21
Jumbo Tsuruta 19
Abdullah the Butcher 18
Jack Brisco 18
Bruiser Brody 18
Tiger Toguchi 17
Killer Brooks 12
The Avenger 10
Takashi Ishikawa 8
Rocky Hata 6
Great Kojika 6
Prince Tonga 6
Motoshi Okuma 4
Wayne Farris 3
Abdullah Avenger Baba Brisco Brody Brooks Farris Hata Ishikawa Kojika Okuma Toguchi Tonga Tsuruta
Abdullah Abdullah (4:44) DCO (9:10) DCO (2:44) DCO (4:29) Abdullah (2:58) Abdullah (0:49) Abdullah (3:07) Abdullah (4:15) Abdullah (5:08) Abdullah (2:18) Abdullah (5:40) Abdullah (8:37) DCO (10:02)
Avenger Abdullah (4:44) Avenger (4:38) Brisco (11:38) Brody (3:36) Brooks (10:58) Avenger (17:12) Avenger (12:11) Ishikawa (7:51) Kojika (16:29) Avenger (13:32) Toguchi (15:57) Avenger (16:41) Tsuruta (13:03)
Baba DCO (9:10) Avenger (4:38) Baba (11:25) Baba (8:11) Baba (4:41) Baba (5:43) Baba (8:20) Baba (7:38) Baba (17:35) Baba (13:43) Baba (7:28) Baba (9:18) Draw (30:00)
Brisco DCO (2:44) Brisco (11:38) Baba (11:25) DCO (2:25) Brisco (4:05) Draw (30:00) Brisco (15:12) Brisco (7:18) Brisco (11:22) Brisco (12:05) Brisco (13:53) Brisco (10:27) Draw (30:00)
Brody DCO (4:29) Brody (3:36) Baba (8:11) DCO (2:25) Brody (2:35) Brody (0:16) Brody (3:31) Brody (2:19) Brody (3:02) Brody (3:11) Brody (5:49) Brody (4:24) DCO (12:31)
Brooks Abdullah (2:58) Brooks (10:58) Baba (4:41) Brisco (4:05) Brody (2:35) Brooks (9:15) Brooks (15:17) Ishikawa (Forfeit) Brooks (14:09) Brooks (12:30) Toguchi (13:00) Brooks (9:10) Tsuruta (Forfeit)
Farris Abdullah (0:49) Avenger (17:12) Baba (5:43) Draw (30:00) Brody (0:16) Brooks (9:15) Hata (13:09) Ishikawa (10:38) Kojika (13:58) Ferris (12:16) Toguchi (14:59) Tonga (15:32) Tsuruta (2:55)
Hata Abdullah (3:07) Avenger (12:11) Baba (8:20) Brisco (15:12) Brody (3:31) Brooks (15:17) Hata (13:09) Hata (23:49) DCO (16:55) Hata (26:30) Toguchi (20:28) Tonga (18:19) Tsuruta (23:31)
Ishikawa Abdullah (4:15) Ishikawa (7:51) Baba (7:38) Brisco (7:18) Brody (2:19) Ishikawa (Forfeit) Ishikawa (10:38) Hata (23:49) Kojika (19:15) Ishikawa (17:02) Toguchi (16:18) DCO (12:57) Tsuruta (20:35)
Kojika Abdullah (5:08) Kojika (16:29) Baba (17:35) Brisco (11:22) Brody (3:02) Brooks (14:09) Kojika (13:58) DCO (16:55) Kojika (19:15) Okuma (19:17) Toguchi (21:37) Tonga (18:43) Tsuruta (21:57)
Okuma Abdullah (2:18) Avenger (13:32) Baba (13:43) Brisco (12:05) Brody (3:11) Brooks (12:30) Ferris (12:16) Hata (26:30) Ishikawa (17:02) Okuma (19:17) Toguchi (16:38) Okuma (26:55) Tsuruta (22:15)
Toguchi Abdullah (5:40) Toguchi (15:57) Baba (7:28) Brisco (13:53) Brody (5:49) Toguchi (13:00) Toguchi (14:59) Toguchi (20:28) Toguchi (16:18) Toguchi (21:37) Toguchi (16:38) Toguchi (21:13) Draw (30:00)
Tonga Abdullah (8:37) Avenger (16:41) Baba (9:18) Brisco (10:27) Brody (4:24) Brooks (9:10) Tonga (15:32) Tonga (18:19) DCO (12:57) Tonga (18:43) Okuma (26:55) Toguchi (21:13) Tsuruta (17:12)
Tsuruta DCO (10:02) Tsuruta (13:03) Draw (30:00) Draw (30:00) DCO (12:31) Tsuruta (Forfeit) Tsuruta (2:55) Tsuruta (23:31) Tsuruta (20:35) Tsuruta (21:57) Tsuruta (22:15) Draw (30:00) Tsuruta (17:12)

1982[edit]

The 1982 Champion Carnival took place from March 23 to April 18, featuring 18 wrestlers in a round-robin format. Giant Baba won the tournament for the seventh time.

Final standings
Giant Baba 29
Bruiser Brody 28
Ted DiBiase 28
Jumbo Tsuruta 28
Genichiro Tenryu 26
Billy Robinson 25
Mongolian Stomper 20
Alexis Smirnoff 18
Buck Robley 16
Mighty Inoue 11
Rocky Hata 10
Motoshi Okuma 10
Akio Sato 10
Prince Tonga 10
Takashi Ishikawa 9
Great Kojika 8
Bill Howard 2
Carl Fergie 0
Baba Brody DiBiase Fergie Hata Howard Inoue Ishikawa Kojika Okuma Robinson Robley Sato Smirnoff Stomper Tenryu Tonga Tsuruta
Baba Baba
(10:02)
Baba
(7:25)
Baba
(Forfeit)
Baba
(8:10)
Baba
(6:01)
Baba
(8:50)
Baba
(9:18)
Baba
(10:03)
Baba
(10:42)
DCO
(10:57)
Baba
(2:29)
Baba
(11:26)
Baba
(6:14)
DDQ
(5:19)
Baba
(16:09)
Baba
(11:41)
Draw
(30:00)
Brody Baba
(10:02)
Brody
(9:59)
Brody
(Forfeit)
Brody
(1:05)
Brody
(0:53)
Brody
(1:24)
Brody
(1:48)
Brody
(2:54)
Brody
(1:46)
Draw
(30:00)
Brody
(Forfeit)
Brody
(1:26)
Brody
(1:23)
Brody
(2:09)
Brody
(3:29)
Brody
(4:17)
DCO
(6:22)
DiBiase Baba
(7:25)
Brody
(9:59)
DiBiase
(Forfeit)
DiBiase
(11:47)
DiBiase
(9:16)
DiBiase
(6:55)
DiBiase
(14:22)
DiBiase
(11:01)
DiBiase
(8:05)
DiBiase
(Forfeit)
DiBiase
(7:15)
DiBiase
(8:29)
DiBiase
(3:02)
DiBiase
(7:39)
Draw
(30:00)
DiBiase
(15:02)
Draw
(30:00)
Fergie Baba
(Forfeit)
Brody
(Forfeit)
DiBiase
(Forfeit)
Hata
(Forfeit)
Howard
(Forfeit)
Inoue
(Forfeit)
Ishikawa
(Forfeit)
Kojika
(Forfeit)
Okuma
(Forfeit)
Robinson
(Forfeit)
Robley
(Forfeit)
Sato
(Forfeit)
Smirnoff
(Forfeit)
Stomper
(Forfeit)
Tenryu
(Forfeit)
Tonga
(Forfeit)
Tsuruta
(Forfeit)
Hata Baba
(8:10)
Brody
(1:05)
DiBiase
(11:47)
Hata
(Forfeit)
Hata
(14:57)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Hata
(21:58)
Okuma
(18:36)
Robinson
(6:00)
Robley
(10:13)
DCO
(10:11)
Smirnoff
(Forfeit)
Stomper
(7:29)
Tenryu
(12:43)
Hata
(10:51)
Tsuruta
(18:50)
Howard Baba
(6:01)
Brody
(0:53)
DiBiase
(9:16)
Howard
(Forfeit)
Hata
(14:57)
Inoue
(9:35)
Ishikawa
(6:51)
Kojika
(11:30)
Okuma
(10:36)
Robinson
(9:44)
Robley
(8:58)
Sato
(6:39)
Smirnoff
(Forfeit)
Stomper
(4:31)
Tenryu
(7:32)
Tonga
(1:47)
Tsuruta
(10:57)
Inoue Baba
(8:50)
Brody
(1:24)
DiBiase
(6:55)
Inoue
(Forfeit)
Draw
(30:00)
Inoue
(9:35)
Inoue
(12:02)
Kojika
(21:06)
Inoue
(10:33)
Robinson
(10:40)
Inoue
(Forfeit)
Sato
(11:31)
Smirnoff
(9:49)
Stomper
(7:35)
Tenryu
(10:08)
DCO
(10:52)
Tsuruta
(11:00)
Ishikawa Baba
(9:18)
Brody
(1:48)
DiBiase
(14:22)
Ishikawa
(Forfeit)
Draw
(30:00)
Ishikawa
(6:51)
Inoue
(12:02)
Kojika
(13:14)
Ishikawa
(16:59)
Robinson
(9:41)
Robley
(6:15)
Sato
(??:??)
Smirnoff
(8:30)
Stomper
(6:54)
Tenryu
(12:03)
Ishikawa
(9:03)
Tsuruta
(9:24)
Kojika Baba
(10:03)
Brody
(2:54)
DiBiase
(11:01)
Kojika
(Forfeit)
Hata
(21:58)
Kojika
(11:30)
Kojika
(21:06)
Kojika
(13:14)
Double Forfeit Robinson
(11:25)
Robley
(12:11)
Sato
(17:32)
Smirnoff
(9:28)
Stomper
(9:05)
Tenryu
(8:31)
Tonga
(15:27)
Tsuruta
(12:28)
Okuma Baba
(10:42)
Brody
(1:46)
DiBiase
(8:05)
Okuma
(Forfeit)
Okuma
(18:36)
Okuma
(10:36)
Inoue
(10:33)
Ishikawa
(16:59)
Double Forfeit Robinson
(8:33)
Robley
(9:10)
Okuma
(11:31)
Smirnoff
(8:50)
Stomper
(3:21)
Tenryu
(11:48)
Tonga
(16:19)
Tsuruta
(19:00)
Robinson DCO
(10:57)
Draw
(30:00)
DiBiase
(Forfeit)
Robinson
(Forfeit)
Robinson
(6:00)
Robinson
(9:44)
Robinson
(10:40)
Robinson
(9:41)
Robinson
(11:25)
Robinson
(8:33)
DCO
(8:03)
Robinson
(10:51)
Robinson
(13:19)
Robinson
(11:10)
Robinson
(19:39)
Robinson
(10:55)
Draw
(30:00)
Robley Baba
(2:29)
Brody
(Forfeit)
DiBiase
(7:15)
Robley
(Forfeit)
Robley
(10:13)
Robley
(8:58)
Inoue
(Forfeit)
Robley
(6:15)
Robley
(12:11)
Robley
(9:10)
DCO
(8:03)
Robley
(7:55)
DCO
(7:48)
DCO
(8:06)
Tenryu
(11:49)
Robley
(8:21)
Tsuruta
(7:54)
Sato Baba
(11:26)
Brody
(1:26)
DiBiase
(8:29)
Sato
(Forfeit)
DCO
(10:11)
Sato
(6:39)
Sato
(11:31)
Sato
(??:??)
Sato
(17:32)
Okuma
(11:31)
Robinson
(10:51)
Robley
(7:55)
Smirnoff
(5:12)
Stomper
(8:17)
Tenryu
(13:16)
Tonga
(7:45)
Tsuruta
(10:30)
Smirnoff Baba
(6:14)
Brody
(1:23)
DiBiase
(3:02)
Smirnoff
(Forfeit)
Smirnoff
(Forfeit)
Smirnoff
(Forfeit)
Smirnoff
(9:49)
Smirnoff
(8:30)
Smirnoff
(9:28)
Smirnoff
(8:50)
Robinson
(13:19)
DCO
(7:48)
Smirnoff
(5:12)
Stomper
(Forfeit)
Tenryu
(7:39)
Stomper
(11:19)
Tsuruta
(10:44)
Stomper DDQ
(5:19)
Brody
(2:09)
DiBiase
(7:39)
Stomper
(Forfeit)
Stomper
(7:29)
Stomper
(4:31)
Stomper
(7:35)
Stomper
(6:54)
Stomper
(9:05)
Stomper
(3:21)
Robinson
(11:10)
DCO
(8:06)
Stomper
(8:17)
Stomper
(Forfeit)
Tenryu
(7:44)
Stomper
(6:10)
Tsuruta
(7:54)
Tenryu Baba
(16:09)
Brody
(3:29)
Draw
(30:00)
Tenryu
(Forfeit)
Tenryu
(12:43)
Tenryu
(7:32)
Tenryu
(10:08)
Tenryu
(12:03)
Tenryu
(8:31)
Tenryu
(11:48)
Robinson
(19:39)
Tenryu
(11:49)
Tenryu
(13:16)
Tenryu
(7:39)
Tenryu
(7:44)
Tenryu
(12:19)
Draw
(30:00)
Tonga Baba
(11:41)
Brody
(4:17)
DiBiase
(15:02)
Tonga
(Forfeit)
Hata
(10:51)
Tonga
(1:47)
DCO
(10:52)
Ishikawa
(9:03)
Tonga
(15:27)
Tonga
(16:19)
Robinson
(10:55)
Robley
(8:21)
Tonga
(7:45)
Stomper
(11:19)
Stomper
(6:10)
Tenryu
(12:19)
Tsuruta
(15:50)
Tsuruta Draw
(30:00)
DCO
(6:22)
Draw
(30:00)
Tsuruta
(Forfeit)
Tsuruta
(18:50)
Tsuruta
(10:57)
Tsuruta
(11:00)
Tsuruta
(9:24)
Tsuruta
(12:28)
Tsuruta
(19:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Tsuruta
(7:54)
Tsuruta
(10:30)
Tsuruta
(10:44)
Tsuruta
(7:54)
Draw
(30:00)
Tsuruta
(15:50)

1991[edit]

The 1991 Champion Carnival took place from March 23 to April 18, featuring 14 wrestlers participating in a two-block round-robin format. The two wrestlers who finished atop each block met in the final.

Jumbo Tsuruta, the reigning Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, defeated Stan Hansen in the final.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Stan Hansen 12 Jumbo Tsuruta 12
Mitsuharu Misawa 10 Danny 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
Block A Ace Dynamite Furnas Hansen Kobashi Misawa Terminator
Ace Dynamite
(Forfeit)
Furnas
(Forfeit)
Hansen
(10:20)
Kobashi
(18:22)
Misawa
(12:30)
Terminator
(Forfeit)
Dynamite Dynamite
(Forfeit)
Dynamite
(8:40)
Hansen
(6:59)
Dynamite
(10:33)
Misawa
(8:18)
Dynamite
(7:32)
Furnas Furnas
(Forfeit)
Dynamite
(8:40)
Hansen
(7:23)
Kobashi
(15:04)
Misawa
(10:27)
Furnas
(7:46)
Hansen Hansen
(10:20)
Hansen
(6:59)
Hansen
(7:23)
Hansen
(13:41)
Hansen
(17:15)
Hansen
(8:03)
Kobashi Kobashi
(18:22)
Dynamite
(10:33)
Kobashi
(15:04)
Hansen
(13:41)
Misawa
(13:26)
Kobashi
(5:02)
Misawa Misawa
(12:30)
Misawa
(8:18)
Misawa
(10:27)
Hansen
(17:15)
Misawa
(13:26)
Misawa
(7:53)
Terminator Terminator
(Forfeit)
Dynamite
(7:32)
Furnas
(7:46)
Hansen
(8:03)
Kobashi
(5:02)
Misawa
(7:53)
Block B Cactus Kawada Kroffat Smith Spivey Taue Tsuruta
Cactus Kawada
(7:01)
Kroffat
(12:52)
Smith
(9:58)
Spivey
(7:50)
Taue
(8:10)
Tsuruta
(4:58)
Kawada Kawada
(7:01)
Kawada
(12:53)
Kawada
(15:26)
Spivey
(13:22)
Kawada
(15:43)
Tsuruta
(17:13)
Kroffat Kroffat
(12:52)
Kawada
(12:53)
Kroffat
(11:55)
Spivey
(9:47)
Taue
(8:55)
Tsuruta
(8:02)
Smith Smith
(9:58)
Kawada
(15:26)
Kroffat
(11:55)
Spivey
(11:05)
Taue
(10:41)
Tsuruta
(8:20)
Spivey Spivey
(7:50)
Spivey
(13:22)
Spivey
(9:47)
Spivey
(11:05)
Spivey
(10:09)
Tsuruta
(12:35)
Taue Taue
(8:10)
Kawada
(15:43)
Taue
(8:55)
Taue
(10:41)
Spivey
(10:09)
Tsuruta
(12:38)
Tsuruta Tsuruta
(4:58)
Tsuruta
(17:13)
Tsuruta
(8:02)
Tsuruta
(8:20)
Tsuruta
(12:35)
Tsuruta
(12:38)
Final
   
A1 Stan Hansen Pin
B1 Jumbo Tsuruta 12:53

1992[edit]

The 1992 Champion Carnival took place from March 20 to April 17, featuring 20 wrestlers participating in a two-block round-robin format. The two wrestlers who finished atop each block met in the final.

Stan Hansen, the reigning Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, defeated Mitsuharu Misawa in the final.[19]

Final standings
Block A Block B
Mitsuharu Misawa 17 Stan Hansen 18
Jumbo Tsuruta 16 Steve Williams 15
Terry Gordy 15 Toshiaki Kawada 12
Johnny Ace 12 Danny Spivey 12
Masanobu Fuchi 10 Kenta Kobashi 11
Doug Furnas 8 Dan Kroffat 8
Kimala II 6 Akira Taue 8
Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 4 Yoshinari Ogawa 4
Master Blaster 2 David Isley 2
Joel Deaton 0 Billy Black 0
Block A Ace Blaster Deaton Fuchi Furnas Gordy Kikuchi Kimala Misawa Tsuruta
Ace Ace
(9:51)
Ace
(Forfeit)
Ace
(13:54)
Ace
(11:49)
Gordy
(9:30)
Ace
(9:24)
Ace
(9:45)
Misawa
(17:04)
Tsuruta
(9:21)
Blaster Ace
(9:51)
Blaster
(Forfeit)
Fuchi
(9:42)
Furnas
(9:43)
Gordy
(7:27)
Kikuchi
(8:19)
Kimala
(6:31)
Misawa
(1:26)
Tsuruta
(6:06)
Deaton Ace
(Forfeit)
Blaster
(Forfeit)
Fuchi
(Forfeit)
Furnas
(Forfeit)
Gordy
(8:03)
Kikuchi
(Forfeit)
Kimala
(Forfeit)
Misawa
(Forfeit)
Tsuruta
(Forfeit)
Fuchi Ace
(13:54)
Fuchi
(9:42)
Fuchi
(Forfeit)
Fuchi
(12:23)
Gordy
(7:21)
Fuchi
(20:26)
Fuchi
(11:46)
Misawa
(18:11)
Tsuruta
(14:35)
Furnas Ace
(11:49)
Furnas
(9:43)
Furnas
(Forfeit)
Fuchi
(12:23)
Gordy
(12:51)
Furnas
(11:09)
Furnas
(8:36)
Misawa
(11:20)
Tsuruta
(8:15)
Gordy Gordy
(9:30)
Gordy
(7:27)
Gordy
(8:03)
Gordy
(7:21)
Gordy
(12:51)
Gordy
(6:25)
Gordy
(7:27)
Misawa
(17:27)
Draw
(30:00)
Kikuchi Ace
(9:24)
Kikuchi
(8:19)
Kikuchi
(Forfeit)
Fuchi
(20:26)
Furnas
(11:09)
Gordy
(6:25)
Kimala
(8:41)
Misawa
(10:28)
Tsuruta
(15:03
Kimala Ace
(9:45)
Kimala
(6:31)
Kimala
(Forfeit)
Fuchi
(11:46)
Furnas
(8:36)
Gordy
(7:27)
Kimala
(8:41)
Misawa
(6:29)
Tsuruta
(7:13)
Misawa Misawa
(17:04)
Misawa
(1:26)
Misawa
(Forfeit)
Misawa
(18:11)
Misawa
(11:20)
Misawa
(17:27)
Misawa
(10:28)
Misawa
(6:29)
Draw
(30:00)
Tsuruta Tsuruta
(9:21)
Tsuruta
(6:06)
Tsuruta
(Forfeit)
Tsuruta
(14:35)
Tsuruta
(8:15)
Draw
(30:00)
Tsuruta
(15:03)
Tsuruta
(7:13)
Draw
(30:00)
Block B Black Hansen Isley Kawada Kobashi Kroffat Ogawa Spivey Taue Williams
Black Hansen
(Forfeit)
Isley
(Forfeit)
Kawada
(Forfeit)
Kobashi
(Forfeit)
Kroffat
(Forfeit)
Ogawa
(Forfeit)
Spivey
(Forfeit)
Taue
(Forfeit)
Williams
(Forfeit)
Hansen Hansen
(Forfeit)
Hansen
(9:26)
Hansen
(17:59)
Hansen
(14:43)
Hansen
(8:55)
Hansen
(2:22)
Hansen
(9:29)
Hansen
(11:43)
Hansen
(19:16)
Isley Isley
(Forfeit)
Hansen
(9:26)
Kawada
(0:41)
Kobashi
(7:49)
Kroffat
(7:21)
Ogawa
(6:39)
Spivey
(1:20)
Taue
(5:53)
Williams
(3:03)
Kawada Kawada
(Forfeit)
Hansen
(17:59)
Kawada
(0:41)
Kawada
(20:40)
Kawada
(9:55)
Kawada
(10:08)
Kawada
(12:50)
Taue
(17:03)
Williams
(22:45)
Kobashi Kobashi
(Forfeit)
Hansen
(14:43)
Kobashi
(7:49)
Kawada
(20:40)
Kobashi
(12:43)
Kobashi
(11:48)
Spivey
(16:16)
Kobashi
(Forfeit)
Draw
(30:00)
Kroffat Kroffat
(Forfeit)
Hansen
(8:55)
Kroffat
(7:21)
Kawada
(9:55)
Kobashi
(12:43)
Kroffat
(10:10)
Spivey
(11:06)
Kroffat
(Forfeit)
Williams
(13:04)
Ogawa Ogawa
(Forfeit)
Hansen
(2:22)
Ogawa
(6:39)
Kawada
(10:08)
Kobashi
(11:48)
Kroffat
(10:10)
Spivey
(1:40)
Taue
(7:09)
Williams
(2:19)
Spivey Spivey
(Forfeit)
Hansen
(9:29)
Spivey
(1:20)
Kawada
(12:50)
Spivey
(16:16)
Spivey
(11:06)
Spivey
(1:40)
Spivey
(10:44)
Williams
(14:30)
Taue Taue
(Forfeit)
Hansen
(11:43)
Taue
(5:53)
Taue
(17:03)
Kobashi
(Forfeit)
Kroffat
(Forfeit)
Taue
(7:09)
Spivey
(10:44)
Williams
(11:35)
Williams Williams
(Forfeit)
Hansen
(19:16)
Williams
(3:03)
Williams
(22:45)
Draw
(30:00)
Williams
(13:04)
Williams
(2:19)
Williams
(14:30)
Williams
(11:35)
Final
   
A1 Mitsuharu Misawa Pin
B1 Stan Hansen 20:06

1993[edit]

The 1993 Champion Carnival took place from March 25 to April 21, featuring 13 wrestlers participating in a single-block round-robin format. Stan Hansen repeated as tournament champion, a feat that had only been achieved by Giant Baba.

Jun Akiyama suffered an arm injury in a tag team match on the first event of the tournament, partnered with Takao Omori against Satoru Asako and Masao Inoue (their first match as a team). Akiyama was unable to participate in the tournament as a result.

Final standings
Stan Hansen 20
Mitsuharu Misawa 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
Philip LaFon 4
Doug Furnas 4
Jun Akiyama 0
Ace Akiyama Furnas Gordy Hansen Kawada Kobashi LaFon Misawa Patriot Smith Taue Williams
Ace Ace
(Forfeit)
Ace
(12:50)
Gordy
(18:03)
Hansen
(21:20)
Kawada
(11:25)
Kobashi
(20:19)
Ace
(10:51)
Misawa
(22:39)
Ace
(13:03)
Smith
(18:23)
Taue
(15:42)
Williams
(12:01)
Akiyama Ace
(Forfeit)
Furnas
(Forfeit)
Gordy
(Forfeit)
Hansen
(Forfeit)
Kawada
(Forfeit)
Kobashi
(Forfeit)
LaFon
(Forfeit)
Misawa
(Forfeit)
Patriot
(Forfeit)
Smith
(Forfeit)
Taue
(Forfeit)
Williams
(Forfeit)
Furnas Ace
(12:50)
Furnas
(Forfeit)
Gordy
(14:38)
Hansen
(12:31)
Kawada
(16:02)
Kobashi
(13:50)
LaFon
(13:43)
Misawa
(11:19)
Furnas
(13:59)
Smith
(12:54)
Taue
(9:05)
Williams
(13:51)
Gordy Gordy
(18:03)
Gordy
(Forfeit)
Gordy
(14:38)
Hansen
(15:56)
Gordy
(20:17)
Draw
(30:00)
Gordy
(7:52)
Gordy
(20:29)
Gordy
(18:13)
Gordy
(16:42)
Taue
(17:52)
Gordy
(24:14)
Hansen Hansen
(21:20)
Hansen
(Forfeit)
Hansen
(12:31)
Hansen
(15:56)
Kawada
(20:50)
Hansen
(24:45)
Hansen
(6:38)
Hansen
(20:23)
Hansen
(11:16)
Hansen
(6:02)
Hansen
(18:38)
Williams
(21:22)
Kawada Kawada
(11:25)
Kawada
(Forfeit)
Kawada
(16:02)
Gordy
(20:17)
Kawada
(20:50)
Kawada
(23:44)
Kawada
(10:33)
Misawa
(22:00)
Kawada
(12:25)
Kawada
(12:07)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Kobashi Kobashi
(20:19)
Kobashi
(Forfeit)
Kobashi
(13:50)
Draw
(30:00)
Hansen
(24:45)
Kawada
(23:44)
Kobashi
(14:17)
Misawa
(21:16)
Draw
(30:00)
Kobashi
(13:53)
Taue
(22:43)
Williams
(20:04)
LaFon Ace
(10:51)
LaFon
(Forfeit)
LaFon
(13:43)
Gordy
(7:52)
Hansen
(6:38)
Kawada
(10:33)
Kobashi
(14:17)
Misawa
(9:54)
Patriot
(13:36)
Smith
(11:59)
Taue
(9:41)
Williams
(10:33)
Misawa Misawa
(22:39)
Misawa
(Forfeit)
Misawa
(11:19)
Gordy
(20:29)
Hansen
(20:23)
Misawa
(22:00)
Misawa
(21:16)
Misawa
(9:54)
Misawa
(12:20)
Misawa
(9:39)
Misawa
(19:11)
Misawa
(13:54)
Patriot Ace
(13:03)
Patriot
(Forfeit)
Furnas
(13:59)
Gordy
(18:13)
Hansen
(11:16)
Kawada
(12:25)
Draw
(30:00)
Patriot
(13:36)
Misawa
(12:20)
Patriot
(10:20)
Taue
(12:41)
Williams
(13:36)
Smith Smith
(18:23)
Smith
(Forfeit)
Smith
(12:54)
Gordy
(16:42)
Hansen
(6:02)
Kawada
(12:07)
Kobashi
(13:53)
Smith
(11:59)
Misawa
(9:39)
Patriot
(10:20)
Taue
(12:01)
Williams
(13:16)
Taue Taue
(15:42)
Taue
(Forfeit)
Taue
(9:05)
Taue
(17:52)
Hansen
(18:38)
Draw
(30:00)
Taue
(22:43)
Taue
(9:41)
Misawa
(19:11)
Taue
(12:41)
Taue
(12:01)
Williams
(16:47)
Williams Williams
(12:01)
Williams
(Forfeit)
Williams
(13:51)
Gordy
(24:14)
Williams
(21:22)
Draw
(30:00)
Williams
(20:04)
Williams
(10:33)
Misawa
(13:54)
Williams
(13:36)
Williams
(13:16)
Williams
(16:47)
Final
   
Stan Hansen Pin
Mitsuharu Misawa 20:26

1994[edit]

The 1994 Champion Carnival took place from March 19 to April 16, featuring 12 wrestlers participating in a single-block round-robin format. Toshiaki Kawada won the tournament in his fourth appearance.

Final standings
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
Doug Furnas 4
Mitsuharu Misawa 4
Johnny Smith 4
Ace Akiyama Eagle Furnas Hansen Kawada Kobashi Misawa Nord Smith Taue Williams
Ace Draw
(30:00)
Ace
(15:11)
Ace
(14:41)
Hansen
(11:53)
Kawada
(15:47)
Kobashi
(21:22)
Ace
(Forfeit)
Ace
(15:01)
Ace
(14:00)
Taue
(12:06)
Williams
(14:33)
Akiyama Draw
(30:00)
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)
Eagle Ace
(15:11)
Akiyama
(12:27)
Eagle
(11:12)
Hansen
(6:21)
Kawada
(12:30)
Kobashi
(12:17)
Eagle
(Forfeit)
Nord
(11:17)
Smith
(17:01)
Taue
(10:35)
Williams
(4:13)
Furnas Ace
(14:41)
Akiyama
(12:26)
Eagle
(11:12)
Hansen
(16:24)
Kawada
(10:25)
Kobashi
(15:25)
Misawa
(12:15)
Furnas
(12:05)
Furnas
(14:28)
Taue
(12:29)
Williams
(14:38)
Hansen Hansen
(11:53)
Hansen
(11:49)
Hansen
(6:21)
Hansen
(16:24)
Hansen
(19:38)
Kobashi
(26:55)
Hansen
(Forfeit)
Hansen
(9:03)
Hansen
(8:12)
Taue
(17:31)
Hansen
(16:35)
Kawada Kawada
(15:47)
Kawada
(11:25)
Kawada
(12:30)
Kawada
(10:25)
Hansen
(19:38)
Kawada
(23:06)
Kawada
(Forfeit)
Kawada
(10:02)
Kawada
(9:31)
Kawada
(20:20)
Draw
(30:00)
Kobashi Kobashi
(21:22)
Kobashi
(14:40)
Kobashi
(12:17)
Kobashi
(15:25)
Kobashi
(26:55)
Kawada
(23:06)
Kobashi
(Forfeit)
Kobashi
(11:41)
Kobashi
(16:45)
Draw
(30:00)
Williams
(22:10)
Misawa Ace
(Forfeit)
Misawa
(13:57)
Eagle
(Forfeit)
Misawa
(12:15)
Hansen
(Forfeit)
Kawada
(Forfeit)
Kobashi
(Forfeit)
Nord
(Forfeit)
Smith
(Forfeit)
Taue
(Forfeit)
Williams
(Forfeit)
Nord Ace
(15:01)
Akiyama
(8:00)
Nord
(11:17)
Furnas
(12:05)
Hansen
(9:03)
Kawada
(10:02)
Kobashi
(11:41)
Nord
(Forfeit)
Nord
(7:29)
Taue
(10:34)
Williams
(10:16)
Smith Ace
(14:00)
Akiyama
(15:11)
Smith
(17:01)
Furnas
(14:28)
Hansen
(8:12)
Kawada
(9:31)
Kobashi
(16:45)
Smith
(Forfeit)
Nord
(7:29)
Taue
(11:53)
Williams
(12:32)
Taue Taue
(12:06)
Taue
(11:50)
Taue
(10:35)
Taue
(12:29)
Taue
(17:31)
Kawada
(20:20)
Draw
(30:00)
Taue
(Forfeit)
Taue
(10:34)
Taue
(11:53)
Williams
(15:17)
Williams Williams
(14:33)
Williams
(12:26)
Williams
(4:13)
Williams
(14:38)
Hansen
(16:35)
Draw
(30:00)
Williams
(22:10)
Williams
(Forfeit)
Williams
(10:16)
Williams
(12:32)
Williams
(15:17)
Final
   
Toshiaki Kawada Pin
Steve Williams 25:48

1995[edit]

The 1995 Champion Carnival took place from March 21 to April 15, featuring 11 wrestlers participating in a single-block round-robin format. Mitsuharu Misawa won the tournament.

There were originally 12 wrestlers scheduled for the tournament, but that number dropped to 11 on March 22 when Steve Williams was suspended from AJPW for one year after being found in possession of painkillers at the airport and returned to the United States.

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

1996[edit]

The 1996 Champion Carnival took place from March 22 to April 20, featuring 12 wrestlers in a single-block round-robin format. Akira Taue, one-half of the reigning AJPW World Tag Team Champions, won the tournament, after having fallen to Mitsuharu Misawa in the 1995 final.

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

1997[edit]

The 1997 Champion Carnival was held from March 22 to April 19, featuring 13 wrestlers in a single-block round-robin format. 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
Toshiaki Kawada 19
Kenta Kobashi 19
Mitsuharu Misawa 19
Stan Hansen 18
Akira Taue 18
Steve Williams 18
Gary Albright 12
Johnny Ace 10
Jun Akiyama 9
Kamala II 6
Tamon Honda 4
Takao Omori 4
Jun Izumida 0
Ace Akiyama Albright Hansen Honda Izumida Kamala Kawada Kobashi Misawa Omori Taue Williams
Ace Akiyama
(2:29)
Ace
(11:17)
Hansen
(14:08)
Ace
(14:52)
Ace
(Forfeit)
Ace
(14:19)
Kawada
(22:37)
Kobashi
(16:39)
Misawa
(26:27)
Ace
(18:23)
Taue
(16:38)
Williams
(20:44)
Akiyama Akiyama
(2:29)
Albright
(6:50)
Draw
(30:00)
Akiyama
(14:46)
Akiyama
(Forfeit)
Kamala
(12:39)
Kawada
(17:16)
Kobashi
(20:13)
Misawa
(20:33)
Akiyama
(11:25)
Taue
(11:25)
Williams
(14:12)
Albright Ace
(11:17)
Albright
(6:50)
Hansen
(9:47)
Albright
(8:08)
Albright
(Forfeit)
Albright
(6:51)
Kawada
(7:27)
Kobashi
(12:39)
Misawa
(13:06)
Albright
(4:58)
Taue
(8:18)
Albright
(11:21)
Hansen Hansen
(14:08)
Draw
(30:00)
Hansen
(9:47)
Hansen
(8:05)
Hansen
(Forfeit)
Hansen
(7:17)
Hansen
(10:45)
Kobashi
(19:51)
Misawa
(17:59)
Hansen
(10:18)
Hansen
(15:06)
Draw
(30:00)
Honda Ace
(14:52)
Akiyama
(14:46)
Albright
(8:08)
Hansen
(8:05)
Honda
(Forfeit)
Kamala
(10:09)
Kawada
(7:32)
Kobashi
(13:00)
Misawa
(10:15)
Honda
(13:38)
Taue
(9:45)
Williams
(8:45)
Izumida Ace
(Forfeit)
Akiyama
(Forfeit)
Albright
(Forfeit)
Hansen
(Forfeit)
Honda
(Forfeit)
Kamala
(Forfeit)
Kawada
(Forfeit)
Kobashi
(Forfeit)
Misawa
(Forfeit)
Omori
(Forfeit)
Taue
(Forfeit)
Williams
(Forfeit)
Kamala Ace
(14:19)
Kamala
(12:39)
Albright
(6:51)
Hansen
(7:17)
Kamala
(10:09)
Kamala
(Forfeit)
Kawada
(7:07)
Kobashi
(13:23)
Misawa
(9:48)
Omori
(12:38)
Taue
(6:50)
Williams
(9:43)
Kawada Kawada
(22:37)
Kawada
(17:16)
Kawada
(7:27)
Hansen
(10:45)
Kawada
(7:32)
Kawada
(Forfeit)
Kawada
(7:07)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Kawada
(9:38)
Kawada
(14:17)
Draw
(30:00)
Kobashi Kobashi
(16:39)
Kobashi
(20:13)
Kobashi
(12:39)
Kobashi
(19:51)
Kobashi
(13:00)
Kobashi
(Forfeit)
Kobashi
(13:23)
Draw
(30:00)
Kobashi
(24:09)
Kobashi
(13:53)
Taue
(21:22)
Williams
(23:50)
Misawa Misawa
(26:27)
Misawa
(20:33)
Misawa
(13:06)
Misawa
(17:59)
Misawa
(10:15)
Misawa
(Forfeit)
Misawa
(9:48)
Draw
(30:00)
Kobashi
(24:09)
Misawa
(12:53)
Misawa
(12:14)
Williams
(18:21)
Omori Ace
(18:23)
Akiyama
(11:25)
Albright
(4:58)
Hansen
(10:18)
Honda
(13:38)
Omori
(Forfeit)
Omori
(12:38)
Kawada
(9:38)
Kobashi
(13:53)
Misawa
(12:53)
Taue
(8:31)
Williams
(16:27)
Taue Taue
(16:38)
Taue
(11:25)
Taue
(8:18)
Hansen
(15:06)
Taue
(9:45)
Taue
(Forfeit)
Taue
(6:50)
Kawada
(14:17)
Taue
(21:22)
Misawa
(12:14)
Taue
(8:31)
Taue
(18:30)
Williams Williams
(20:44)
Williams
(14:12)
Albright
(11:21)
Draw
(30:00)
Williams
(8:45)
Williams
(Forfeit)
Williams
(9:43)
Draw
(30:00)
Williams
(23:50)
Williams
(18:21)
Williams
(16:27)
Taue
(18:30)
Playoff Final standings
Toshiaki Kawada 4
Kenta Kobashi 1
Mitsuharu Misawa 1
Kawada Kobashi Misawa
Kawada Kawada
(21:27)
Kawada
(6:09)
Kobashi Kawada
(21:27)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa Kawada
(6:09)
Draw
(30:00)

1998[edit]

The 1998 Champion Carnival was held from March 21 to April 18, featuring 13 wrestlers in a single-block round-robin format, with the top two finishers wrestling in the final.

Mitsuharu Misawa, reigning Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, won the tournament for the second time, also having won in 1995.

Final standings
Jun Akiyama 19
Mitsuharu Misawa 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
Kamala II 4
Wolf Hawkfield 4
Jun Izumida 0
Ace Akiyama Albright Hansen Hawkfield Izumida Kamala Kawada Kobashi Misawa Omori Taue Williams
Ace Akiyama
(11:13)
Ace
(9:48)
Hansen
(10:18)
Ace
(12:57)
Ace
(10:56)
Ace
(10:54)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(16:48)
Ace
(10:41)
Ace
(8:09)
Williams
(10:14)
Akiyama Akiyama
(11:13)
Akiyama
(6:02)
Akiyama
(15:01)
Akiyama
(12:42)
Akiyama
(17:10)
Akiyama
(10:43)
Kawada
(18:01)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Akiyama
(17:41)
Akiyama
(Forfeit)
Draw
(30:00)
Albright Ace
(9:48)
Akiyama
(6:02)
Hansen
(10:54)
Albright
(10:38)
Albright
(12:17)
Albright
(8:48)
Kawada
(9:17)
Albright
(13:58)
Misawa
(12:35)
Albright
(8:42)
Albright
(Forfeit)
Williams
(10:04)
Hansen Hansen
(10:18)
Akiyama
(15:01)
Hansen
(10:54)
Hansen
(8:00)
Hansen
(7:22)
Hansen
(4:10)
Kawada
(17:50)
Kobashi
(19:32)
Draw
(30:00)
Hansen
(10:52)
Hansen
(6:13)
Hansen
(18:58)
Hawkfield Ace
(12:57)
Akiyama
(12:42)
Albright
(10:38)
Hansen
(8:00)
Hawkfield
(12:00)
Kamala
(11:34)
Kawada
(12:05)
Kobashi
(9:09)
Misawa
(10:50)
Hawkfield
(12:04)
Taue
(6:23)
Williams
(15:19)
Izumida Ace
(10:56)
Akiyama
(17:10)
Albright
(12:17)
Hansen
(7:22)
Hawkfield
(12:00)
Kamala
(11:23)
Kawada
(3:59)
Kobashi
(12:29)
Misawa
(11:34)
Omori
(12:03)
Taue
(5:46)
Williams
(9:41)
Kamala Ace
(10:54)
Akiyama
(10:43)
Albright
(8:48)
Hansen
(4:10)
Kamala
(11:34)
Kamala
(11:23)
Kawada
(4:05)
Kobashi
(12:35)
Misawa
(7:22)
Omori
(12:44)
Taue
(9:41)
Williams
(11:50)
Kawada Draw
(30:00)
Kawada
(18:01)
Kawada
(9:17)
Kawada
(17:50)
Kawada
(12:05)
Kawada
(3:59)
Kawada
(4:05)
Kobashi
(19:34)
Draw
(30:00)
Kawada
(11:52)
Kawada
(9:17)
Williams
(16:29)
Kobashi Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Albright
(13:58)
Kobashi
(19:32)
Kobashi
(9:09)
Kobashi
(12:29)
Kobashi
(12:35)
Kobashi
(19:34)
Misawa
(25:00)
Kobashi
(12:42)
Kobashi
(Forfeit)
Kobashi
(20:06)
Misawa Misawa
(16:48)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(12:35)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(10:50)
Misawa
(11:34)
Misawa
(7:22)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(25:00)
Misawa
(13:56)
Taue
(15:39)
Misawa
(18:22)
Omori Ace
(10:41)
Akiyama
(17:41)
Albright
(8:42)
Hansen
(10:52)
Hawkfield
(12:04)
Omori
(12:03)
Omori
(12:44)
Kawada
(11:52)
Kobashi
(12:42)
Misawa
(13:56)
Omori
(Forfeit)
Williams
(16:26)
Taue Ace
(8:09)
Akiyama
(Forfeit)
Albright
(Forfeit)
Hansen
(6:13)
Taue
(6:23)
Taue
(5:46)
Taue
(9:41)
Kawada
(9:17)
Kobashi
(Forfeit)
Taue
(15:39)
Omori
(Forfeit)
Williams
(12:44)
Williams Williams
(10:14)
Draw
(30:00)
Williams
(10:04)
Hansen
(18:58)
Williams
(15:19)
Williams
(9:41)
Williams
(11:50)
Williams
(16:29)
Kobashi
(20:06)
Misawa
(18:22)
Williams
(16:26)
Williams
(12:44)
Final
   
Jun Akiyama Pin
Mitsuharu Misawa 22:05

1999[edit]

The 1999 Champion Carnival was held from March 24 to April 16, featuring 10 wrestlers in a single-block round-robin format, with the top two finishers wrestling in the final.

Vader, reigning Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, won the tournament in his first appearance.

Final standings
Kenta Kobashi 16
Vader 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
Ace Akiyama Albright Kobashi Misawa Omori Shinzaki Takayama Taue Vader
Ace 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)
Akiyama Ace
(10:23)
Akiyama
(8:11)
Kobashi
(24:37)
Draw
(30:00)
Akiyama
(22:03)
Akiyama
(18:19)
Akiyama
(9:12)
Akiyama
(12:48)
Vader
(9:22)
Albright Albright
(7:33)
Akiyama
(8:11)
Kobashi
(12:25)
Misawa
(10:37)
Albright
(9:27)
Albright
(12:36)
Albright
(7:19)
Taue
(9:44)
Vader
(7:23)
Kobashi Draw
(30:00)
Kobashi
(24:37)
Kobashi
(12:25)
Kobashi
(24:15)
Kobashi
(17:14)
Kobashi
(16:20)
Kobashi
(11:52)
Kobashi
(17:06)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa Misawa
(12:24)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(10:37)
Kobashi
(24:15)
Misawa
(12:16)
Misawa
(16:54)
Misawa
(12:47)
Draw
(30:00)
Misawa
(10:52)
Omori Ace
(13:58)
Akiyama
(22:03)
Albright
(9:27)
Kobashi
(17:14)
Misawa
(12:16)
Shinzaki
(19:35)
Draw
(30:00)
Taue
(15:36)
Vader
(2:10)
Shinzaki Ace
(12:47)
Akiyama
(18:19)
Albright
(12:36)
Kobashi
(16:20)
Misawa
(16:54)
Shinzaki
(19:35)
Takayama
(15:12)
Taue
(10:53)
Vader
(12:40)
Takayama Ace
(8:31)
Akiyama
(9:12)
Albright
(7:19)
Kobashi
(11:52)
Misawa
(12:47)
Draw
(30:00)
Takayama
(15:12)
Taue
(11:00)
Vader
(5:23)
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)
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)
Final
   
Kenta Kobashi Pin
Vader 19:11

2000[edit]

The 2000 Champion Carnival was held from March 24 to April 15, featuring 16 wrestlers in a single-elimination format.

Kenta Kobashi, reigning Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, won the tournament in his 10th consecutive appearance.

First Round
(March 24 to April 1)
Quarterfinals
(April 2 to 8)
Semifinals
(April 9 and 11)
Final
(April 15)
        
Akira Taue Pin
Steve Williams  17:15 
Steve Williams Forf
Jun Izumida
Wolf Hawkfield Pin
Jun Izumida 13:02
Steve Williams Pin
Takao Omori  10:33 
Mike Barton Pin
Masao Inoue 14:17
Mike Barton Pin
Takao Omori  15:55 
Jun Akiyama Pin
Takao Omori 0:07
Takao Omori Pin
Kenta Kobashi  25:12 
Toshiaki Kawada Pin
Mitsuharu Misawa 15:35
Mitsuharu Misawa Sub
Vader 11:31
Yoshihiro Takayama Pin
Vader 6:04
Mitsuharu Misawa Pin
Kenta Kobashi 26:08
Tamon Honda Pin
Johnny Smith 15:12
Johnny Smith Sub
Kenta Kobashi 17:43
Johnny Ace Pin
Kenta Kobashi 20:56

2001[edit]

The 2001 Champion Carnival was held from March 23 to April 11, featuring 10 wrestlers in a single-block round-robin format, with the top two finishers wrestling in the final.

Genichiro Tenryu, reigning Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, won the tournament in his second appearance, his first since 1982.

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

2002[edit]

The 2002 Champion Carnival was 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. 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 Anjo
(9:45)
Barton
(13:49)
Anjo
(Forfeit)
Kojima
(18:25)
Draw
(30:00)
Steele
(14:07)
Arashi Anjo
(9:45)
Barton
(9:55)
Kawada
(3:20)
Kojima
(13:05)
Nagai
(10:56)
Arashi
(11:10)
Barton Barton
(13:49)
Barton
(9:55)
Barton
(Forfeit)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Barton
(16:51)
Kawada Anjo
(Forfeit)
Kawada
(3:20)
Barton
(Forfeit)
Kojima
(Forfeit)
Nagai
(Forfeit)
Steele
(Forfeit)
Kojima Kojima
(18:25)
Kojima
(13:05)
Draw
(30:00)
Kojima
(Forfeit)
Kojima
(18:06)
Kojima
(17:00)
Nagai Draw
(30:00)
Nagai
(10:56)
Draw
(30:00)
Nagai
(Forfeit)
Kojima
(18:06)
Steele
(11:56)
Steele Steele
(14:07)
Arashi
(11:10)
Barton
(16:51)
Steele
(Forfeit)
Kojima
(17:00)
Steele
(11:56)
Block B Araya Hines Kea Mutoh Rotundo Tenryu Williams
Araya Hines
(16:15)
Kea
(15:27)
Mutoh
(5:13)
Araya
(9:19)
Tenryu
(7:05)
Williams
(5:11)
Hines Hines
(16:15)
Kea
(14:18)
Mutoh
(8:26)
Rotundo
(11:23)
Tenryu
(6:54)
Draw
(30:00)
Kea Kea
(15:27)
Kea
(14:18)
Mutoh
(24:04)
Draw
(30:00)
Tenryu
(15:17)
Kea
(13:54)
Mutoh Mutoh
(5:13)
Mutoh
(8:26)
Mutoh
(24:04)
Mutoh
(13:09)
Tenryu
(14:15)
Williams
(15:16)
Rotundo Araya
(9:19)
Rotundo
(11:23)
Draw
(30:00)
Mutoh
(13:09)
Tenryu
(2:09)
Williams
(10:28)
Tenryu Tenryu
(7:05)
Tenryu
(6:54)
Tenryu
(15:17)
Tenryu
(14:15)
Tenryu
(2:09)
Tenryu
(6:32)
Williams Williams
(5:11)
Draw
(30:00)
Kea
(13:54)
Williams
(15:16)
Williams
(10:28)
Tenryu
(6:32)
Semifinals Final
      
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 version of the Champion Carnival took place between March 22 and 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. Shinya Hashimoto, reigning Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, did not participate, citing prior commitments to his Pro Wrestling Zero1 promotion.

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
            
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 Mutoh 12:21
Keiji Mutoh Pin
Arashi 18:03
Arashi Pin
Nobutaka Araya 12:34

2004[edit]

The 2004 version of the Champion Carnival took between April 10 and 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 2
Arashi 2 Nobutaka Araya 2
Block A Arashi Hayashi Jamal Mutoh Sasaki
Arashi Hayashi
(9:27)
Arashi
(11:13)
Mutoh
(10:34)
Sasaki
(5:41)
Hayashi Hayashi
(9:27)
Jamal
(10:56)
Mutoh
(13:31)
Sasaki
(14:41)
Jamal Arashi
(11:13)
Jamal
(10:56)
Jamal
(16:56)
Sasaki
(13:17)
Mutoh Mutoh
(10:34)
Mutoh
(13:31)
Jamal
(16:56)
Draw
(30:00)
Sasaki Sasaki
(5:41)
Sasaki
(14:41)
Sasaki
(13:17)
Draw
(30:00)
Block B Araya Kawada Kea Kojima Omori
Araya Kawada
(4:02)
Kea
(7:16)
Araya
(17:55)
Omori
(12:22)
Kawada Kawada
(4:02)
Kea
(Forfeit)
Kojima
(Forfeit)
Omori
(Forfeit)
Kea Kea
(7:16)
Kea
(Forfeit)
Kojima
(18:44)
Omori
(14:02)
Kojima Araya
(17:55)
Kojima
(Forfeit)
Kojima
(18:44)
Draw
(30:00)
Omori Omori
(12:22)
Omori
(Forfeit)
Omori
(14:02)
Draw
(30:00)
Semifinals Final
      
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 version of the Champion Carnival took place between April 9 and April 20. Kensuke Sasaki, the winner of this edition, was the second man to win both Champion Carnival and G1 Climax tournaments, the first man being Keiji Mutoh.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Satoshi Kojima 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 Suwama 2
Block A Arashi Bernard Kea Kojima Kondo Sasaki
Arashi Arashi
(2:38)
Kea
(4:01)
Kojima
(15:09)
Kondo
(10:33)
Arashi
(7:11)
Bernard Arashi
(2:38)
DCO
(10:51)
Kojima
(8:56)
Bernard
(3:20)
Bernard
(7:50)
Kea Kea
(4:01)
DCO
(10:51)
Draw
(30:00)
Kea
(10:34)
Sasaki
(21:01)
Kojima Kojima
(15:09)
Kojima
(8:56)
Draw
(30:00)
Kojima
(15:44)
Sasaki
(29:29)
Kondo Kondo
(10:33)
Bernard
(3:20)
Kea
(10:34)
Kojima
(15:44)
Sasaki
(14:29)
Sasaki Arashi
(7:11)
Bernard
(7:50)
Sasaki
(21:01)
Sasaki
(29:29)
Sasaki
(14:29)
Block B Buchanan Jamal Kawada Mutoh Palumbo Suwama
Buchanan Buchanan
(8:50)
Kawada
(7:06)
Mutoh
(9:13)
Draw
(30:00)
Buchanan
(8:34)
Jamal Buchanan
(8:50)
Jamal
(17:31)
Mutoh
(13:14)
Jamal
(14:27)
Jamal
(6:08)
Kawada Kawada
(7:06)
Jamal
(17:31)
Draw
(30:00)
Kawada
(9:32)
Kawada
(3:36)
Mutoh Mutoh
(9:13)
Mutoh
(13:14)
Draw
(30:00)
Palumbo
(14:39)
Suwama
(13:09)
Palumbo Draw
(30:00)
Jamal
(14:27)
Kawada
(9:32)
Palumbo
(14:39)
Palumbo
(9:18)
Suwama Buchanan
(8:34)
Jamal
(6:08)
Kawada
(3:36)
Suwama
(13:09)
Palumbo
(9:18)
Semifinals Final
      
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 version of the Champion Carnival took place between April 7 and April 20.

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

2007[edit]

The 2007 version of the Champion Carnival took place between March 26 and March 30.

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

2008[edit]

The 2008 version of the Champion Carnival took place between April 5 and April 9.

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

2009[edit]

The 2009 version of the Champion Carnival tournament took place between April 5 and April 12.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Keiji Mutoh 8 Satoshi Kojima 8
Kaz Hayashi 7 Minoru Suzuki 6
Yoshihiro Takayama 6 Taiyō Kea 5
Osamu Nishimura 5 Suwama 5
Joe Doering 4 Ryota Hama 4
Seiya Sanada 0 Zodiac 2
Block A Doering Hayashi Mutoh Nishimura Sanada Takayama
Doering Hayashi
(11:54)
Mutoh
(14:03)
Doering
(15:17)
Doering
(9:06)
Takayama
(8:45)
Hayashi Hayashi
(11:54)
Hayashi
(19:08)
Draw
(30:00)
Hayashi
(10:57)
Takayama
(18:10)
Mutoh Mutoh
(14:03)
Hayashi
(19:08)
Mutoh
(11:06)
Mutoh
(13:57)
Mutoh
(18:10)
Nishimura Doering
(15:17)
Draw
(30:00)
Mutoh
(11:06)
Nishimura
(15:35)
Nishimura
(8:33)
Sanada Doering
(9:06)
Hayashi
(10:57)
Mutoh
(13:57)
Nishimura
(15:35)
Takayama
(9:41)
Takayama Takayama
(8:45)
Takayama
(18:10)
Mutoh
(18:10)
Nishimura
(8:33)
Takayama
(9:41)
Block B Hama Kea Kojima Suwama Suzuki Zodiac
Hama Hama
(9:08)
Kojima
(10:21)
Suwama
(11:22)
Suzuki
(12:27)
Hama
(7:30)
Kea Hama
(9:08)
Kea
(20:01)
Draw
(30:00)
Kea
(9:31)
Zodiac
(14:38)
Kojima Kojima
(10:21)
Kea
(20:01)
Kojima
(18:55)
Kojima
(21:08)
Kojima
(11:19)
Suwama Suwama
(11:22)
Draw
(30:00)
Kojima
(18:55)
Suzuki
(14:45)
Suwama
(9:07)
Suzuki Suzuki
(12:27)
Kea
(9:31)
Kojima
(21:08)
Suzuki
(14:45)
Suzuki
(13:43)
Zodiac Hama
(7:30)
Zodiac
(14:38)
Kojima
(11:19)
Suwama
(9:07)
Suzuki
(13:43)
Semifinals Final
      
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 version of the Champion Carnival took place between April 3 and April 11.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Minoru Suzuki 6 Masakatsu Funaki 7
Masayuki Kono 5 Suwama 5
Ryota Hama 4 Kiyoshi 4
Satoshi Kojima 4 René Duprée 2
Seiya Sanada 1 Taiyō Kea 2
Block A Hama Kojima Kono Sanada Suzuki
Hama Kojima
(12:47)
Kono
(11:14)
Hama
(11:01)
Hama
(18:30)
Kojima Kojima
(12:47)
Kono
(27:57)
Kojima
(13:54)
Suzuki
(17:57)
Kono Kono
(11:14)
Kono
(27:57)
Draw
(30:00)
Suzuki
(14:40)
Sanada Hama
(11:01)
Kojima
(13:54)
Draw
(30:00)
Suzuki
(12:28)
Suzuki Hama
(18:30)
Suzuki
(17:57)
Suzuki
(14:40)
Suzuki
(12:28)
Block B Duprée Funaki Kea Kiyoshi Suwama
Duprée Funaki
(9:12)
Duprée
(10:15)
Kiyoshi
(11:34)
Suwama
(11:18)
Funaki Funaki
(9:12)
Funaki
(14:40)
Funaki
(15:47)
Draw
(30:00)
Kea Duprée
(10:15)
Funaki
(14:40)
Kea
(15:02)
Suwama
(22:56)
Kiyoshi Kiyoshi
(11:34)
Funaki
(15:47)
Kea
(15:02)
Kiyoshi
(18:55)
Suwama Suwama
(11:18)
Draw
(30:00)
Suwama
(22:56)
Kiyoshi
(18:55)
Semifinals Final
      
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 version of the Champion Carnival tournament took place between April 8 and 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
Masakatsu Funaki 6 Jun Akiyama 7
Kono 6 Minoru Suzuki 6
Suwama 6 Taiyō Kea 5
Takao Omori 4 Joe Doering 4
Ryota Hama 0 Kenso 0
Block A Kono Funaki Hama Nagata Omori Suwama
Kono Kono
(12:44)
Kono
(12:07)
Nagata
(13:50)
Omori
(12:19)
Kono
(15:00)
Funaki Kono
(12:44)
Funaki
(8:43)
Funaki
(13:07)
Funaki
(14:01)
Suwama
(18:57)
Hama Kono
(12:07)
Funaki
(8:43)
Nagata
(11:18)
Omori
(8:53)
Suwama
(12:25)
Nagata Nagata
(13:50)
Funaki
(13:07)
Nagata
(11:18)
Nagata
(12:14)
Nagata
(23:13)
Omori Omori
(12:19)
Funaki
(14:01)
Omori
(8:53)
Nagata
(12:14)
Suwama
(16:56)
Suwama Kono
(15:00)
Suwama
(18:57)
Suwama
(12:25)
Nagata
(23:13)
Suwama
(16:56)
Block B Akiyama Doering Kea Kenso Sanada Suzuki
Akiyama Akiyama
(10:14)
Draw
(30:00)
Akiyama
(Forfeit)
Akiyama
(22:05)
Suzuki
(19:21)
Doering Akiyama
(10:14)
Doering
(8:44)
Doering
(Forfeit)
Sanada
(9:36)
Suzuki
(16:09)
Kea Draw
(30:00)
Doering
(8:44)
Kea
(Forfeit)
Sanada
(18:37)
Kea
(24:33)
Kenso Akiyama
(Forfeit)
Doering
(Forfeit)
Kea
(Forfeit)
Sanada
(Forfeit)
Suzuki
(14:25)
Sanada Akiyama
(22:05)
Sanada
(9:36)
Sanada
(18:37)
Sanada
(Forfeit)
Sanada
(16:06)
Suzuki Suzuki
(19:21)
Suzuki
(16:09)
Kea
(24:33)
Suzuki
(14:25)
Sanada
(16:06)
Final
   
A1 Yuji Nagata Pin
B1 Seiya Sanada 22:44

2012[edit]

The 2012 version of the Champion Carnival took place between April 21 and May 7. Yutaka Yoshie suffered an injury and was forced to forfeit the rest of his matches. Takumi Soya was injured after his fifth match and was pulled out of the tournament as well, forfeiting his final match. Jun Akiyama, the reigning Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, did not participate due to commitments with Pro Wrestling Noah.

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 Hama Kenso Kono Nagata Omori Sekimoto Suwama
Hama Kenso
(11:11)
Hama
(9:00)
Nagata
(9:44)
Omori
(9:43)
Hama
(10:29)
Suwama
(13:47)
Kenso Kenso
(11:11)
Kono
(13:11)
Nagata
(15:37)
Kenso
(19:36)
Sekimoto
(13:22)
Suwama
(17:17)
Kono Hama
(9:00)
Kono
(13:11)
Kono
(13:40)
Omori
(15:23)
Sekimoto
(7:08)
Kono
(20:01)
Nagata Nagata
(9:44)
Nagata
(15:37)
Kono
(13:40)
Nagata
(16:25)
Nagata
(16:38)
Draw
(30:00)
Omori Omori
(9:43)
Kenso
(19:36)
Omori
(15:23)
Nagata
(16:25)
Sekimoto
(21:12)
Omori
(19:37)
Sekimoto Hama
(10:29)
Sekimoto
(13:22)
Sekimoto
(7:08)
Nagata
(16:38)
Sekimoto
(21:12)
Suwama
(21:03)
Suwama Suwama
(13:47)
Suwama
(17:17)
Kono
(20:01)
Draw
(30:00)
Omori
(19:37)
Suwama
(21:03)
Block B Akebono Kea Okabayashi Sanada M.Soya T.Soya Yoshie
Akebono Kea
(7:07)
Akebono
(5:50)
Akebono
(9:31)
Akebono
(8:41)
Akebono
(Forfeit)
Akebono
(Forfeit)
Kea Kea
(7:07)
Draw
(30:00)
Sanada
(14:42)
Kea
(14:04)
Kea
(10:31)
Kea
(Forfeit)
Okabayashi Akebono
(5:50)
Draw
(30:00)
Sanada
(15:45)
Okabayashi
(14:44)
Okabayashi
(13:28)
Yoshie
(10:48)
Sanada Akebono
(9:31)
Sanada
(14:42)
Sanada
(15:45)
M.Soya
(14:30)
Sanada
(11:08)
Sanada
(Forfeit)
M.Soya Akebono
(8:41)
Kea
(14:04)
Okabayashi
(14:44)
M.Soya
(14:30)
M.Soya
(16:24)
M.Soya
(Forfeit)
T.Soya Akebono
(Forfeit)
Kea
(10:31)
Okabayashi
(13:28)
Sanada
(11:08)
M.Soya
(16:24)
T.Soya
(Forfeit)
Yoshie Akebono
(Forfeit)
Kea
(Forfeit)
Yoshie
(10:48)
Sanada
(Forfeit)
M.Soya
(Forfeit)
T.Soya
(Forfeit)
Semifinals Final
      
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 version of the Champion Carnival tournament took place between April 18 to April 29.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Go Shiozaki 8 Jun Akiyama 8
Seiya Sanada 7 Kai 6
Suwama 5 Akebono 4
Masayuki Kono 4 Joe Doering 4
Takao Omori 4 Masakatsu Funaki 4
Ryota Hama 2 Kenso 4
Block A Hama Kono Omori Sanada Shiozaki Suwama
Hama Hama
(8:04)
Omori
(10:31)
Sanada
(9:40)
Shiozaki
(10:58)
Suwama
(14:01)
Kono Hama
(8:04)
Kono
(13:44)
Sanada
(10:22)
Shiozaki
(14:00)
Kono
(19:03)
Omori Omori
(10:31)
Kono
(13:44)
Sanada
(13:22)
Shiozaki
(19:02)
Omori
(14:18)
Sanada Sanada
(9:40)
Sanada
(10:22)
Sanada
(13:22)
Draw
(30:00)
Suwama
(17:28)
Shiozaki Shiozaki
(10:58)
Shiozaki
(14:00)
Shiozaki
(19:02)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Suwama Suwama
(14:01)
Kono
(19:03)
Omori
(14:18)
Suwama
(17:28)
Draw
(30:00)
Block B Akebono Akiyama Doering Funaki Kai Kenso
Akebono Akebono
(5:47)
Doering
(4:13)
Akebono
(6:20)
Kai
(8:44)
Kenso
(9:30)
Akiyama Akebono
(5:47)
Akiyama
(7:13)
Akiyama
(9:42)
Akiyama
(16:54)
Akiyama
(12:43)
Doering Doering
(4:13)
Akiyama
(7:13)
Doering
(8:18)
Kai
(4:55)
Kenso
(11:01)
Funaki Akebono
(6:20)
Akiyama
(9:42)
Doering
(8:18)
Funaki
(12:45)
Funaki
(13:17)
Kai Kai
(8:44)
Akiyama
(16:54)
Kai
(4:55)
Funaki
(12:45)
Kai
(16:26)
Kenso Kenso
(9:30)
Akiyama
(12:43)
Kenso
(11:01)
Funaki
(13:17)
Kai
(16:26)
Semifinals Final
      
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 version of the Champion Carnival tournament took place between April 13 and April 27. Akebono, reigning Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, 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, Go Shiozaki also withdrew 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 6 Go Shiozaki 7
Kendo Kashin 4 Zeus 3
Kento Miyahara 2 Yutaka Yoshie 2
Osamu Nishimura 0 Kenso 2
Block A Akebono Kashin Miyahara Nishimura Omori Suwama
Akebono Akebono
(5:25)
Akebono
(9:19)
Akebono
(8:18)
Omori
(Forfeit)
Suwama
(Forfeit)
Kashin Akebono
(5:25)
Draw
(10:01)
Kashin
(5:21)
Omori
(5:04)
Kashin
(9:44)
Miyahara Akebono
(9:19)
Draw
(10:01)
Miyahara
(8:47)
Omori
(18:16)
Suwama
(20:14)
Nishimura Akebono
(8:18)
Kashin
(5:21)
Miyahara
(8:47)
Omori
(12:08)
Suwama
(21:18)
Omori Omori
(Forfeit)
Omori
(5:04)
Omori
(18:16)
Omori
(12:08)
Suwama
(24:55)
Suwama Suwama
(Forfeit)
Kashin
(9:44)
Suwama
(20:14)
Suwama
(21:18)
Suwama
(24:55)
Block B Akiyama Doering Kenso Shiozaki Yoshie Zeus
Akiyama Doering
(14:26)
Akiyama
(9:45)
Akiyama
(Forfeit)
Akiyama
(13:34)
Akiyama
(15:27)
Doering Doering
(14:26)
Doering
(6:43)
Draw
(30:00)
Doering
(5:37)
Draw
(30:00)
Kenso Akiyama
(9:45)
Doering
(6:43)
Shiozaki
(13:15)
Kenso
(11:23)
Zeus
(8:02)
Shiozaki Akiyama
(Forfeit)
Draw
(30:00)
Shiozaki
(13:15)
Shiozaki
(17:46)
Shiozaki
(21:17)
Yoshie Akiyama
(13:34)
Doering
(5:37)
Kenso
(11:23)
Shiozaki
(17:46)
Yoshie
(14:35)
Zeus Akiyama
(15:27)
Draw
(30:00)
Zeus
(8:02)
Shiozaki
(21:17)
Yoshie
(14:35)
Decision Matches Final
      
A1 Suwama Pin
A2 Takao Omori 9:55
A2 Jun Akiyama Pin
B2 Takao Omori 17:14
B1 Joe Doering Pin
B2 Jun Akiyama 9:28

2015[edit]

The 2015 version of the Champion Carnival tournament took place between April 5 and April 25.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Go Shiozaki 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 Bodyguard Mashimo Omori Shiozaki Suwama Yoshie
Bodyguard Bodyguard
(12:00)
Omori
(14:25)
Shiozaki
(19:22)
Suwama
(11:17)
Yoshie
(11:59)
Mashimo Bodyguard
(12:00)
Mashimo
(14:05)
Shiozaki
(21:56)
No
Contest
(9:15)
Mashimo
(10:50)
Omori Omori
(14:25)
Mashimo
(14:05)
Omori
(19:11)
Suwama
(10:30)
Omori
(15:42)
Shiozaki Shiozaki
(19:22)
Shiozaki
(21:56)
Omori
(19:11)
Draw
(30:00)
Shiozaki
(14:33)
Suwama Suwama
(11:17)
No
Contest
(9:15)
Suwama
(10:30)
Draw
(30:00)
Suwama
(13:39)
Yoshie Yoshie
(11:59)
Mashimo
(10:50)
Omori
(15:42)
Shiozaki
(14:33)
Suwama
(13:39)
Block B Akebono Akiyama Doering Kenso Miyahara Zeus
Akebono Akebono
(10:07)
Akebono
(4:13)
Akebono
(11:20)
Miyahara
(10:34)
Akebono
(6:58)
Akiyama Akebono
(10:07)
Akiyama
(7:52)
Akiyama
(9:29)
Miyahara
(10:02)
Akiyama
(19:25)
Doering Akebono
(4:13)
Akiyama
(7:52)
Doering
(10:41)
Doering
(13:11)
Doering
(12:14)
Kenso Akebono
(11:20)
Akiyama
(9:29)
Doering
(10:41)
Miyahara
(14:08)
Zeus
(14:46)
Miyahara Miyahara
(10:34)
Miyahara
(10:02)
Doering
(13:11)
Miyahara
(14:08)
Draw
(30:00)
Zeus Akebono
(6:58)
Akiyama
(19:25)
Doering
(12:14)
Zeus
(14:46)
Draw
(30:00)
Block A Decision Final
      
A2 Suwama 16:25
B1 Akebono Pin
A1 Go Shiozaki 5:35
A2 Suwama Sub

2016[edit]

The 2016 version of the Champion Carnival tournament took place between April 9 and April 24.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Daisuke Sekimoto 8 Zeus 10
Kento Miyahara 7 Ryoji Sai 8
Kengo Mashimo 7 Yutaka Yoshie 8
The Bodyguard 6 Takao Omori 6
Super Tiger 6 Atsushi Aoki 6
Jun Akiyama 6 Hideyoshi Kamitani 2
Naoya Nomura 2 Jake Lee 2
Block A Akiyama Bodyguard Mashimo Miyahara Nomura Sekimoto Tiger
Akiyama Bodyguard
(5:43)
Akiyama
(17:19)
Akiyama
(9:48)
Akiyama
(11:23)
Sekimoto
(17:53)
Tiger
(7:52)
Bodyguard Bodyguard
(5:43)
Mashimo
(13:14)
Miyahara
(8:59)
Nomura
(9:54)
Bodyguard
(13:35)
Bodyguard
(9:12)
Mashimo Akiyama
(17:19)
Mashimo
(13:14)
Draw
(30:00)
Mashimo
(7:34)
Sekimoto
(13:01)
Mashimo
(9:22)
Miyahara Akiyama
(9:48)
Miyahara
(8:59)
Draw
(30:00)
Miyahara
(11:19)
Sekimoto
(8:40)
Miyahara
(9:42)
Nomura Akiyama
(11:23)
Nomura
(9:54)
Mashimo
(7:34)
Miyahara
(11:19)
Sekimoto
(14:09)
Tiger
(6:32)
Sekimoto Sekimoto
(17:53)
Bodyguard
(13:35)
Sekimoto
(13:01)
Sekimoto
(8:40)
Sekimoto
(14:09)
Tiger
(12:11)
Tiger Tiger
(7:52)
Bodyguard
(9:12)
Mashimo
(9:22)
Miyahara
(9:42)
Tiger
(6:32)
Tiger
(12:11)
Block B Aoki Kamitani Lee Omori Sai Yoshie Zeus
Aoki Aoki
(Forfeit)
Aoki
(8:38)
Omori
(9:10)
Aoki
(7:43)
Yoshie
(11:29)
Zeus
(6:55)
Kamitani Aoki
(Forfeit)
Kamitani
(8:53)
Omori
(Forfeit)
Sai
(17:41)
Yoshie
(Forfeit)
Zeus
(12:46)
Lee Aoki
(8:38)
Kamitani
(8:53)
Lee
(10:41)
Sai
(8:16)
Yoshie
(10:52)
Zeus
(9:22)
Omori Omori
(9:10)
Omori
(Forfeit)
Lee
(10:41)
Omori
(13:20)
Yoshie
(11:07)
Zeus
(12:47)
Sai Aoki
(7:43)
Sai
(17:41)
Sai
(8:16)
Omori
(13:20)
Sai
(9:43)
Sai
(17:50)
Yoshie Yoshie
(11:29)
Yoshie
(Forfeit)
Yoshie
(10:52)
Yoshie
(11:07)
Sai
(9:43)
Zeus
(13:09)
Zeus Zeus
(6:55)
Zeus
(12:46)
Zeus
(9:22)
Zeus
(12:47)
Sai
(17:50)
Zeus
(13:09)
Final
   
A1 Daisuke Sekimoto Pin
B1 Zeus 24:55

2017[edit]

The 2017 version of the Champion Carnival tournament took place between April 16 and April 30.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Joe Doering 8 Shuji Ishikawa 9
Kento Miyahara 7 Kengo Mashimo 8
Daisuke Sekimoto 7 Suwama 8
Ryoji Sai 6 The Bodyguard 6
Kai 6 Daichi Hashimoto 4
Zeus 6 Naoya Nomura 4
Jake Lee 2 Takao Omori 3
Block A Doering Kai Lee Miyahara Sai Sekimoto Zeus
Doering Doering
(8:21)
Doering
(8:17)
Miyahara
(13:12)
Doering
(6:22)
Doering
(6:42)
Zeus
(10:36)
Kai Doering
(8:21)
Kai
(15:04)
Miyahara
(26:42)
Kai
(9:55)
Sekimoto
(5:53)
Kai
(9:23)
Lee Doering
(8:17)
Kai
(15:04)
Miyahara
(13:55)
Sai
(6:14)
Sekimoto
(10:51)
Lee
(6:13)
Miyahara Miyahara
(13:12)
Miyahara
(26:42)
Miyahara
(13:55)
Sai
(13:55)
Draw
(30:00)
Zeus
(13:32)
Sai Doering
(6:22)
Kai
(9:55)
Sai
(6:14)
Sai
(13:55)
Sekimoto
(16:08)
Sai
(14:22)
Sekimoto Doering
(6:42)
Sekimoto
(5:53)
Sekimoto
(10:51)
Draw
(30:00)
Sekimoto
(16:08)
Zeus
(11:27)
Zeus Zeus
(10:36)
Kai
(9:23)
Lee
(6:13)
Zeus
(13:32)
Sai
(14:22)
Zeus
(11:27)
Block B Bodyguard Hashimoto Ishikawa Mashimo Nomura Omori Suwama
Bodyguard Hashimoto
(5:22)
Ishikawa
(5:56)
Bodyguard
(7:48)
Nomura
(8:21)
Bodyguard
(9:35)
Bodyguard
(5:42)
Hashimoto Hashimoto
(5:22)
Ishikawa
(6:28)
Mashimo
(9:37)
Hashimoto
(5:08)
Omori
(12:49)
Suwama
(6:14)
Ishikawa Ishikawa
(5:56)
Ishikawa
(6:28)
Draw
(30:00)
Ishikawa
(9:19)
Ishikawa
(16:37)
Suwama
(13:48)
Mashimo Bodyguard
(7:48)
Mashimo
(9:37)
Draw
(30:00)
Mashimo
(6:49)
Draw
(30:00)
Mashimo
(15:00)
Nomura Nomura
(8:21)
Hashimoto
(5:08)
Ishikawa
(9:19)
Mashimo
(6:49)
Nomura
(0:48)
Suwama
(10:04)
Omori Bodyguard
(9:35)
Omori
(12:49)
Ishikawa
(16:37)
Draw
(30:00)
Nomura
(0:48)
Suwama
(14:02)
Suwama Bodyguard
(5:42)
Suwama
(6:14)
Suwama
(13:48)
Mashimo
(15:00)
Suwama
(10:04)
Suwama
(14:02)
Final
   
A1 Joe Doering Pin
B1 Shuji Ishikawa 15:13

2018[edit]

The 2018 version of the Champion Carnival tournament took place between April 7 and April 30.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Kento Miyahara 10 Naomichi Marufuji 10
Yuji Hino 8 Zeus 8
Shuji Ishikawa 8 Suwama 8
Joe Doering 8 Jun Akiyama 8
Shingo Takagi 8 Yoshitatsu 6
Ryoji Sai 6 Kai 6
Naoya Nomura 4 Dylan James 6
The Bodyguard 4 Yutaka Yoshie 4
Block A Bodyguard Doering Hino Ishikawa Miyahara Nomura Sai Takagi
Bodyguard Doering
(6:29)
Bodyguard
(7:17)
Ishikawa
(4:26)
Miyahara
(Forfeit)
Nomura
(9:09)
Bodyguard
(11:43)
Takagi
(9:09)
Doering Doering
(6:29)
Hino
(8:47)
Ishikawa
(11:25)
Doering
(12:47)
Nomura
(4:28)
Doering
(5:53)
Doering
(9:48)
Hino Bodyguard
(7:17)
Hino
(8:47)
Hino
(12:48)
Miyahara
(19:32)
Hino
(7:28)
Sai
(9:54)
Hino
(16:25)
Ishikawa Ishikawa
(4:26)
Ishikawa
(11:25)
Hino
(12:48)
Miyahara
(16:57)
Ishikawa
(14:40)
Sai
(17:32)
Ishikawa
(18:37)
Miyahara Miyahara
(Forfeit)
Doering
(12:47)
Miyahara
(19:32)
Miyahara
(16:57)
Miyahara
(17:44)
Miyahara
(18:00)
Takagi
(14:28)
Nomura Nomura
(9:09)
Nomura
(4:28)
Hino
(7:28)
Ishikawa
(14:40)
Miyahara
(17:44)
Sai
(14:56)
Takagi
(10:41)
Sai Bodyguard
(11:43)
Doering
(5:53)
Sai
(9:54)
Sai
(17:32)
Miyahara
(18:00)
Sai
(14:56)
Takagi
(11:07)
Takagi Takagi
(9:09)
Doering
(9:48)
Hino
(16:25)
Ishikawa
(18:37)
Takagi
(14:28)
Takagi
(10:41)
Takagi
(11:07)
Block B Akiyama James Kai Marufuji Suwama Yoshie Yoshitatsu Zeus
Akiyama Akiyama
(3:57)
Akiyama
(15:05)
Marufuji
(20:53)
Suwama
(13:03)
Akiyama
(11:12)
Akiyama
(7:09)
Zeus
(18:50)
James Akiyama
(3:57)
Kai
(6:37)
Marufuji
(5:39)
James
(7:15)
James
(10:10)
Yoshitatsu
(14:40)
James
(4:12)
Kai Akiyama
(15:05)
Kai
(6:37)
Marufuji
(15:54)
Suwama
(13:29)
Kai
(10:00)
Yoshitatsu
(13:24)
Kai
(13:57)
Marufuji Marufuji
(20:53)
Marufuji
(5:39)
Marufuji
(15:54)
Suwama
(19:03)
Marufuji
(11:38)
Marufuji
(12:29)
Zeus
(17:33)
Suwama Suwama
(13:03)
James
(7:15)
Suwama
(13:29)
Suwama
(19:03)
Suwama
(11:05)
Yoshitatsu
(16:36)
Zeus
(15:45)
Yoshie Akiyama
(11:12)
James
(10:10)
Kai
(10:00)
Marufuji
(11:38)
Suwama
(11:05)
Yoshie
(11:43)
Yoshie
(13:32)
Yoshitatsu Akiyama
(7:09)
Yoshitatsu
(14:40)
Yoshitatsu
(13:24)
Marufuji
(12:29)
Yoshitatsu
(16:36)
Yoshie
(11:43)
Zeus
(15:52)
Zeus Zeus
(18:50)
James
(4:12)
Kai
(13:57)
Zeus
(17:33)
Zeus
(15:45)
Yoshie
(13:32)
Zeus
(15:52)
Final
   
A1 Kento Miyahara Pin
B1 Naomichi Marufuji 24:50

2019[edit]

The 2019 version of the Champion Carnival took place between April 4 and April 29. 18 wrestlers competed in this tournament with 9 men in each block. Kengo Mashimo was originally scheduled to compete, but was forced to withdraw due to injury. Atsushi Aoki took his place.

Kento Miyahara, reigning Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, won the tournament in his sixth consecutive appearance.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Kento Miyahara 10 Naoya Nomura 10
Dylan James 9 Jake Lee 10
Yuji Okabayashi 9 Suwama 8
Shuji Ishikawa 9 Joe Doering 8
Zeus 8 Takashi Yoshida 8
Atsushi Aoki 8 Yoshitatsu 8
Ryoji Sai 7 Daichi Hashimoto 8
Yuma Aoyagi 6 Joel Redman 6
Gianni Valletta 6 Sam Adonis 6
Block A Aoki Aoyagi Ishikawa James Miyahara Okabayashi Sai Valletta Zeus
Aoki Aoki
(10:00)
Ishikawa
(7:58)
Aoki
(9:07)
Miyahara
(13:30)
Okabayashi
(8:32)
Aoki
(8:33)
Aoki
(6:49)
Zeus
(10:46)
Aoyagi Aoki
(10:00)
Ishikawa
(13:38)
James
(4:58)
Miyahara
(17:55)
Okabayashi
(5:28)
Aoyagi
(11:43)
Aoyagi
(11:26)
Aoyagi
(11:02)
Ishikawa Ishikawa
(7:58)
Ishikawa
(13:38)
James
(15:20)
Ishikawa
(19:16)
Okabayashi
(22:36)
Draw
(30:00)
Valletta
(5:07)
Ishikawa
(17:49)
James Aoki
(9:07)
James
(4:58)
James
(15:20)
Miyahara
(20:39)
Draw
(30:00)
James
(8:20)
James
(10:30)
Zeus
(16:56)
Miyahara Miyahara
(13:30)
Miyahara
(17:55)
Ishikawa
(19:16)
Miyahara
(20:39)
Miyahara
(18:24)
Miyahara
(22:52)
Valletta
(14:02)
Zeus
(17:04)
Okabayashi Okabayashi
(8:32)
Okabayashi
(5:28)
Okabayashi
(22:36)
Draw
(30:00)
Miyahara
(18:24)
Sai
(10:06)
Valletta
(9:04)
Okabayashi
(16:28)
Sai Aoki
(8:33)
Aoyagi
(11:43)
Draw
(30:00)
James
(8:20)
Miyahara
(22:52)
Sai
(10:06)
Sai
(11:46)
Sai
(22:30)
Valletta Aoki
(6:49)
Aoyagi
(11:26)
Valletta
(5:07)
James
(10:30)
Valletta
(14:02)
Valletta
(9:04)
Sai
(11:46)
Zeus
(4:34)
Zeus Zeus
(10:46)
Aoyagi
(11:02)
Ishikawa
(17:49)
Zeus
(16:56)
Zeus
(17:04)
Okabayashi
(16:28)
Sai
(22:30)
Zeus
(4:34)
Block B Adonis Doering Hashimoto Lee Nomura Redman Suwama Yoshida Yoshitatsu
Adonis Adonis
(4:41)
Adonis
(8:03)
Lee
(10:12)
Nomura
(13:11)
Redman
(8:51)
Adonis
(12:20)
Yoshida
(9:23)
Yoshitatsu
(8:24)
Doering Adonis
(4:41)
Doering
(8:05)
Lee
(9:03)
Doering
(10:47)
Doering
(8:32)
Suwama
(9:14)
Doering
(9:25)
Yoshitatsu
(16:13)
Hashimoto Adonis
(8:03)
Doering
(8:05)
Hashimoto
(10:28)
Hashimoto
(12:57)
Hashimoto
(8:00)
Suwama
(22:01)
Yoshida
(7:52)
Hashimoto
(11:26)
Lee Lee
(10:12)
Lee
(9:03)
Hashimoto
(10:28)
Nomura
(12:14)
Lee
(12:47)
Suwama
(22:18)
Lee
(14:06)
Lee
(13:04)
Nomura Nomura
(13:11)
Doering
(10:47)
Hashimoto
(12:57)
Nomura
(12:14)
Redman
(10:18)
Nomura
(22:31)
Nomura
(17:43)
Nomura
(19:46)
Redman Redman
(8:51)
Doering
(8:32)
Hashimoto
(8:00)
Lee
(12:47)
Redman
(10:18)
Redman
(11:12)
Yoshida
(8:36)
Yoshitatsu
(10:44)
Suwama Adonis
(12:20)
Suwama
(9:14)
Suwama
(22:01)
Suwama
(22:18)
Nomura
(22:31)
Redman
(11:12)
Suwama
(15:14)
Yoshitatsu
(20:16)
Yoshida Yoshida
(9:23)
Doering
(9:25)
Yoshida
(7:52)
Lee
(14:06)
Nomura
(17:43)
Yoshida
(8:36)
Suwama
(15:14)
Yoshida
(10:39)
Yoshitatsu Yoshitatsu
(8:24)
Yoshitatsu
(16:13)
Hashimoto
(11:26)
Lee
(13:04)
Nomura
(19:46)
Yoshitatsu
(10:44)
Yoshitatsu
(20:16)
Yoshida
(10:39)
Block B Decision Final
      
A1 Kento Miyahara Pin
B2 Jake Lee 27:23
B1 Naoya Nomura Pin
B2 Jake Lee 12:25

2020[edit]

The 2020 Champion Carnival was a ten-man, two-block round-robin tournament that took place from September 12 until October 5, postponed from its original dates of April as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Zeus 8 Kento Miyahara 6
Jake Lee 6 Shuji Ishikawa 4
Jiro Kuroshio 2 Yuma Aoyagi 4
Suwama 2 Shotaro Ashino 4
Kuma Arashi 2 Yoshitatsu 2
Block A Suwama Zeus Lee

Arashi

Kuroshio
Suwama Zeus
(5:16)
Lee
(17:38)
Suwama
(3:54)
Kuroshio
(14:00)
Zeus Zeus
(5:16)
Zeus
(10:21)
Zeus
(8:34)
Zeus
(7:13)
Lee Lee
(17:38)
Zeus
(10:21)
Lee
(7:32)
Lee
(8:36)
Arashi Suwama
(3:54)
Zeus
(8:34)
Lee
(7:32)
Arashi
(20:56)
Kuroshio Kuroshio
(14:00)
Zeus
(7:13)
Lee
(8:36)
Arashi
(20:56)
Block B Miyahara Ishikawa Aoyagi Ashino Yoshitatsu
Miyahara Miyahara
(20:56)
Miyahara
(22:14)
Miyahara
(18:28)
Yoshitatsu
(21:52)
Ishikawa Miyahara
(20:56)
Ishikawa
(8:01)
Ashino
(22:14)
Ishikawa
(forfeit)
Aoyagi Miyahara
(22:14)
Ishikawa
(8:01)
Aoyagi
(10:21)
Aoyagi
(5:11)
Ashino Miyahara
(18:28)
Ashino
(22:14)
Aoyagi
(10:21)
Ashino
(10:13)
Yoshitatsu Yoshitatsu
(21:52)
Ishikawa
(forfeit)
Aoyagi
(5:11)
Ashino
(10:13)
Final
   
A1 Zeus Pin
B1 Kento Miyahara 31:05

2021[edit]

The 2021 edition of the Champion Carnival took place between April 9 and May 3, 2021. For the first time since 2001, the round-robin tournament was a single table, with 10 participants. Shinjiro Otani forfeited his final 2 matches due to injury.

Standings
Jake Lee 12
Kento Miyahara 10
Yuma Aoyagi 10
Kohei Sato 10
Zeus 10
Shuji Ishikawa 10
Suwama 10
Shotaro Ashino 8
Shinjiro Otani 4
Koji Doi 2
Aoyagi Ashino Doi Ishikawa Lee Miyahara Otani Sato Suwama Zeus
Aoyagi Aoyagi
(9:22)
Aoyagi
(10:21)
Ishikawa
(11:13)
Aoyagi
(17:23)
Miyahara
(26:59)
Otani
(9:51)
Aoyagi
(8:54)
Suwama
(17:44)
Aoyagi
(14:35)
Ashino Aoyagi
(9:22)
Ashino
(8:46)
Ashino
(7:08)
Lee
(3:44)
Ashino
(12:11)
Ashino
(11:08)
Sato
(9:48)
Suwama
(11:44)
Zeus
(8:22)
Doi Aoyagi
(10:21)
Ashino
(8:46)
Ishikawa
(9:09)
Lee
(8:10)
Miyahara
(9:20)
DCO
(6:39)
Doi
(4:52)
Suwama
(6:58)
DCO
(11:04)
Ishikawa Ishikawa
(11:13)
Ashino
(7:08)
Ishikawa
(9:09)
Ishikawa
(14:12)
Ishikawa
(19:16)
Otani
(10:49)
Sato
(11:06)
Ishikawa
(20:15)
Zeus
(10:41)
Lee Aoyagi
(17:23)
Lee
(3:44)
Lee
(8:10)
Ishikawa
(14:12)
Lee
(27:48)
Lee
(10:07)
Lee
(11:05)
Suwama
(18:23)
Lee
(15:50)
Miyahara Miyahara
(26:59)
Ashino
(12:11)
Miyahara
(9:20)
Ishikawa
(19:16)
Lee
(27:48)
Miyahara
(13:23)
Miyahara
(12:00)
Miyahara
(20:51)
Zeus
(18:16)
Otani Otani
(9:51)
Ashino
(11:08)
DCO
(6:39)
Otani
(10:49)
Lee
(10:07)
Miyahara
(13:23)
Sato
(Forfeit)
Suwama
(15:49)
Zeus
(Forfeit)
Sato Aoyagi
(8:54)
Sato
(9:48)
Doi
(4:52)
Sato
(11:06)
Lee
(11:05)
Miyahara
(12:00)
Sato
(Forfeit)
Sato
(10:49)
Sato
(11:21)
Suwama Suwama
(17:44)
Suwama
(11:44)
Suwama
(6:58)
Ishikawa
(20:15)
Suwama
(18:23)
Miyahara
(20:51)
Suwama
(15:49)
Sato
(10:49)
Zeus
(19:52)
Zeus Aoyagi
(14:35)
Zeus
(8:22)
DCO
(11:04)
Zeus
(10:41)
Lee
(15:50)
Zeus
(18:16)
Zeus
(Forfeit)
Sato
(11:21)
Zeus
(19:52)

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