International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship

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International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
Details
PromotionWrestle Association R (1996–2000)
Dragon Gate (2006–2007)
Tenryu Project (2010–2015)
Date establishedFebruary 23, 1996
Date retiredNovember 15, 2015
Other name(s)
  • WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
  • Dragon Gate I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Championship

International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling tag team championship formerly contested for in the Japanese promotion Wrestle Association R, and later Dragon Gate and Tenryu Project. This title was the first tag team championship in Japan dedicated to junior heavyweight wrestlers.

Overview[edit]

It was created in WAR on February 23, 1996 when Gedo and Lionheart defeated Lance Storm and Yuji Yasuraoka in a tournament final.[1] It was deemed inactive in 2000 when WAR folded, and was later revived by Dragon Gate on August 8, 2006. The I-J belts would be unified with the new Dragon Gate Open the Twin Gate Championship, a tag title made specifically for Dragon Gate, on October 12, 2007. In September 2010, the championship was reactivated by Tenryu Project. During its existence, there have been 23 recognized individual champions and 14 recognized teams, who had a combined 16 official reigns.

Inaugural tournament[edit]

  Semifinals Final
                           
    Lance Storm and Yuji Yasuraoka    
  Gran Naniwa and Masaaki Mochizuki    
    Lance Storm and Yuji Yasuraoka  
      Gedo and Lion Do  
  Gedo and Lion Do  
    Negro Casas and Último Dragón    

Title history[edit]

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
Wrestle Association R
1 Gedo and Lionheart February 23, 1996 WAR Sendai, Japan 1 33 Defeated Lance Storm and Yuji Yasuraoka in a tournament final. [1]
2 Lance Storm and Yuji Yasuraoka March 27, 1996 WAR Nagoya, Japan 1 115 [1]
3 Jushin Thunder Liger and El Samurai July 20, 1996 4th Anniversary Show Tokyo, Japan 1 112 [2]
4 Lance Storm and Yuji Yasuraoka November 9, 1996 WAR Tokyo, Japan 2 95 [1]
5 Battle Ranger and Masaaki Mochizuki February 12, 1997 WAR Toyohashi, Japan 1 108 [1][3]
6 Masashi Aoyagi and Gokuaku Umibouzu May 13, 1997 WAR Tsu, Japan 1 134 [1]
7 Tomohiro Ishii and Yuji Yasuraoka (3) October 12, 1997 WAR Hachioji, Japan 1 6 [1]
Vacated October 18, 1997 [1]
8 Masakazu Fukuda and Hiroyoshi Kotsubo November 24, 1997 WAR Yokohama, Japan 1 253 Defeated Tomohiro Ishii and Yuji Yasuraoka in a tournament final. [1]
Vacated August 4, 1998 Vacated due to Fukuda graduating to the heavyweight division. [1]
9 Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa December 11, 1998 WAR Tokyo, Japan 1 80 Defeated Masaaki Mochizuki and Masao Orihara. [1]
10 Tomohiro Ishii (2) and Yuji Yasuraoka (4) March 1, 1999 WAR Tokyo, Japan 2 111 [1]
Deactivated June 20, 1999 7th Anniversary Show Tokyo, Japan Title becomes vacated when Yasuraoka retires. The title was later retired when WAR closes in 2000. [1]
Dragon Gate
11 Don Fujii and Masaaki Mochizuki (2) August 6, 2006 The Gate Of Adventure tour Nagoya, Japan 1 154 Defeated Gamma and Dr. Muscle in a tournament final to revive the title in Dragon Gate. [4]
12 Gedo (2) and Jado January 7, 2007 New Japan Pro-Wrestling's Battle Hall Live Vol. 1 Tokyo, Japan 1 175 This match was also for Gedo and Jado's IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. [5]
13 Typhoon
(Ryo Saito and Susumu Yokosuka)
July 1, 2007 Pro-Wrestling Festival in Kobe 2007 Kobe, Japan 1 83 [6]
14 Tozawa-Juku
(Kenichiro Arai and Taku Iwasa)
September 22, 2007 Storm Gate tour Tokyo, Japan 1 20 [7]
15 Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino October 12, 2007 The Gate of Victory tour Tokyo, Japan 1 <1 This match was to unify the I-J title into the new Open the Twin Gate title. [8]
Unified October 12, 2007 The Gate of Victory tour Tokyo, Japan Unified with the Open the Twin Gate title. [8]
Tenryu Project
16 Black Tiger V (2) and Masao Orihara September 29, 2010 N/A Tokyo, Japan 1 667 Defeat Madoka and Shinobu when the title is reinstated by Tenryu Project.
17 Diamond Ring
(Katsuhiko Nakajima and Satoshi Kajiwara)
July 27, 2012 R-2 Request Tenryu Project 8 Tokyo, Japan 1 266
18 HIROKI and Masao Orihara (2) April 19, 2013 Diamond Ring Toyama, Japan 1 165
Vacated October 1, 2013 Vacated when Orihara leaves the promotion.
19 Gamelas and Kuuga October 7, 2014 N/A Tokyo, Japan 1 404 Defeated The Kubota Brothers (Hide Kubota and Yasu Kubota) to win the vacant title.
Deactivated November 15, 2015 Genichiro Tenryu Retirement ~ Revolution Final Tokyo, Japan The title was retired due to Tenryu Project closing after the event.

List of combined reigns[edit]

Key
<1 The reign is shorter than one day.

By team[edit]

Rank Team No. of reigns Combined days
1. Black Tiger V and Masao Orihara 1 667
2. Gamelas and Kuuga 1 404
3. Diamond Ring
(Katsuhiko Nakajima and Satoshi Kajiwara)
1 266
4. Masakazu Fukuda and Hiroyoshi Kotsubo 1 253
5. Lance Storm and Yuji Yasuraoka 2 210
6. Gedo and Jado 1 175
7. Hiroki and Masao Orihara 1 165
8. Don Fujii and Masaaki Mochizuki 1 154
9. Masashi Aoyagi and Gokuaku Umibouzu 1 134
10. Tomohiro Ishii and Yuji Yasuraoka 2 117
11. Jushin Thunder Liger and El Samurai 1 112
12. Battle Ranger and Masaaki Mochizuki 1 108
13. Typhoon
(Ryo Saito and Susumu Yokosuka)
1 83
14. Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa 1 80
15. Gedo and Lionheart 1 33
16. Tozawa-Juku
(Kenichiro Arai and Taku Iwasa)
1 20
17. Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino 1 <1

By wrestler[edit]

Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1. Masao Orihara 2 832
2. Black Tiger V/Tatsuhito Takaiwa 2 747
3. Gamelas 1 404
Kuuga 1 404
4. Yuji Yasuraoka 4 327
5. Satoshi Kajiwara 1 266
6. Katsuhiko Nakajima 1 266
7. Masaaki Mochizuki 2 262
8. Masakazu Fukuda 1 253
Hiroyoshi Kotsubo 1 253
9. Lance Storm 2 210
10. Gedo 2 208
11. Jado 1 175
12. Hiroki 1 165
13. Don Fujii 1 154
14. Masashi Aoyagi 1 134
Gokuaku Umibouzu 1 134
15. Tomohiro Ishii 2 117
16. Jushin Thunder Liger 1 112
El Samurai 1 112
16. Battle Ranger 1 108
17. Ryo Saito 1 83
18. Susumu Yokosuka 1 83
19. Shinjiro Otani 1 80
20. Lionheart 1 33
21. Masato Yoshino 1 <1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Dragon Gate I-J Heavyweight Tag Team Championship title history". Solie's Title Histories. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
  2. ^ "WAR Sumo Hall event results". Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
  3. ^ Hoops, Brian (February 12, 2017). "On this day in pro wrestling history (Feb 12): Christian Cage wins gold in TNA". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "Dragon Gate The Gate of Adventure tour results" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
  5. ^ "NJPW results, 2007". Strong Style Spirit. Archived from the original on 2008-03-25. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
  6. ^ "Dragon Gate results, 2007" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
  7. ^ "Dragon Gate Storm Gate tour results" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
  8. ^ a b "Dragon Gate The Gate of Victory tour results" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved 2008-04-20.

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