GHC Heavyweight Championship

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GHC Heavyweight Championship
KensukeSasaki.jpg
Kensuke Sasaki wearing the GHC Heavyweight Championship belt in September 2008.
Details
Current champion(s) Minoru Suzuki
Date won March 15, 2015
Date established April 15, 2001
Promotion Pro Wrestling Noah

The Global Honored Crown (GHC) Heavyweight Championship is the top professional wrestling title in Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling Noah. It was created on April 15, 2001 when Mitsuharu Misawa defeated Yoshihiro Takayama in a 16-man tournament final.[1] Though its name implies a particular weight class, it has been held by junior heavyweights in the past, including Yoshinari Ogawa, Kenta and Naomichi Marufuji. There have been a total of 15 recognized champions, who have had a combined 23 official reigns.

Tournament[edit]

NOAH held a 16-man tournament to crown the first champion, held over its month-long, 18-event Navigation for the Victory GHC tour. The tour was held from March 18 through April 15, 2001.[1]

First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                       
Mar. 18 Mitsuharu Misawa Pin
Tokyo Akitoshi Saito 12:26
Apr. 4 Mitsuharu Misawa Pin
Okayama Yoshinari Ogawa 19:44
Mar. 21 Masao Inoue Pin
Sagamihara Yoshinari Ogawa 14:18
Apr. 11 Mitsuharu Misawa Pin
Hiroshima Jun Akiyama 15:05†
Apr. 1 Jun Akiyama Pin
Fukuoka Takao Omori 22:49
Apr. 8 Jun Akiyama Pin
Tokyo Takeshi Rikio 4:02
Apr. 2 Takeshi Morishima Pin
Beppu Takeshi Rikio 14:33
Apr. 15 Mitsuharu Misawa Pin
Tokyo Yoshihiro Takayama 21:12
Mar. 22 Jun Izumida Pin
Tokyo Yoshihiro Takayama 8:22
Apr. 3 Yoshihiro Takayama Pin
Uwajima Kentaro Shiga 7:16
Mar. 30 Scorpio Pin
Kumamoto Kentaro Shiga 13:06
Apr. 12 Yoshihiro Takayama DQ
Osaka Vader 9:24
Mar. 25 Akira Taue Pin
Kyoto Vader 10:40
Apr. 6 Vader Pin
Ishikawa Daisuke Ikeda 7:15
Mar. 29 Tamon Honda Pin
Kagoshima Daisuke Ikeda 15:16

† Akiyama and Misawa were both counted out, but the match was restarted.

Title history[edit]

# Wrestler Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Successful
defenses
Notes Ref.
1
Mitsuharu Misawa
1
April 15, 2001
103
Tokyo, Japan Navigation for the Victory
1
Defeated Yoshihiro Takayama in a tournament final. [1]
2
Jun Akiyama
1
July 27, 2001
254
Tokyo, Japan Accomplish Our First Navigation
3
[2]
3
Yoshinari Ogawa
1
April 7, 2002
153
Tokyo, Japan Come and Watch in Ariake
2
[3]
4
Yoshihiro Takayama
1
September 7, 2002
16
Osaka, Japan Navigation Over the Date Line
0
[4]
5
Mitsuharu Misawa
2
September 23, 2002
159
Tokyo, Japan Great Voyage
1
[5]
6
Kenta Kobashi
1
March 1, 2003
735
Tokyo, Japan Navigate for Evolution
13
[6][7]
7
Takeshi Rikio
1
March 5, 2005
245
Tokyo, Japan Navigate for Evolution
3
[6]
8
Akira Taue
1
November 5, 2005
78
Tokyo, Japan Third Great Voyage
1
[8]
9
Jun Akiyama
2
January 22, 2006
230
Tokyo, Japan First Navigation
2
[9]
10
Naomichi Marufuji
1
September 9, 2006
92
Tokyo, Japan Great Voyage
2
[10]
11
Mitsuharu Misawa
3
December 10, 2006
448
Tokyo, Japan Great Voyage
7
[11]
12
Takeshi Morishima
1
March 2, 2008
188
Tokyo, Japan Second Navigation
2
13
Kensuke Sasaki
1
September 6, 2008
176
Tokyo, Japan Shiny Navigation
2
14
Jun Akiyama
3
March 1, 2009
105
Tokyo, Japan Second Navigation
1
Vacated
June 14, 2009
Vacated the title due to herniated discs in his back.
15
Go Shiozaki
1
June 14, 2009
175
Fukuoka, Japan Southern Navigation
1
Defeated Takeshi Rikio for the vacant title. [12]
16
Takashi Sugiura
1
December 6, 2009
581
Tokyo, Japan Winter Navigation
14
17
Go Shiozaki
2
July 10, 2011
196
Tokyo, Japan Great Voyage
3
18
Takeshi Morishima
2
January 22, 2012
371
Osaka, Japan Great Voyage 2012 in Osaka
8
19
Kenta
1
January 27, 2013
343
Osaka, Japan Great Voyage 2013 in Osaka
9
20
Takeshi Morishima
3
January 5, 2014
34
Tokyo, Japan New Year Navigation 2014
0
21
Yuji Nagata
1
February 8, 2014
147
Tokyo, Japan The Second Navig. 2014
4
22
Naomichi Marufuji
2
July 5, 2014
253
Tokyo, Japan Great Voyage 2014 in Tokyo Vol. 2
5
23
Minoru Suzuki
1
March 15, 2015
171+
Tokyo, Japan Great Voyage 2015 in Tokyo
4
[Note 1]

List of combined reigns[edit]

Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1. Kenta Kobashi 1 13 735
2. Mitsuharu Misawa 3 9 710
3. Takeshi Morishima 3 10 593
4. Jun Akiyama 3 6 589
5. Takashi Sugiura 1 14 581
6. Go Shiozaki 2 4 371
7. Naomichi Marufuji 2 7 345
8. Kenta 1 9 343
9. Takeshi Rikio 1 3 245
10. Kensuke Sasaki 1 2 176
11. Yoshinari Ogawa 1 2 153
12. Minoru Suzuki 1 4 171+
13. Yuji Nagata 1 4 147
14. Akira Taue 1 1 78
15. Yoshihiro Takayama 1 0 16

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ On August 9, 2015, Suzuki successfully defended the title against Mio Shirai at a Pro Wrestling Wave event. The defense was not recognized by Noah.

[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "NOAH Navigation for the Victory GHC tour results". Green Destiny. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  2. ^ "NOAH Accomplish Our First Navigation tour results". Green Destiny. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  3. ^ "NOAH Encountering Navigation tour results". Green Destiny. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  4. ^ "NOAH Navigation Over the Date Line tour results". Green Destiny. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  5. ^ "NOAH results, 2002". Green Destiny. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  6. ^ a b "NOAH Navigate for Evolution 2003 tour results". Green Destiny. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  7. ^ "We are the Champions (as of July 8)". Power Slam Magazine (Lancaster, Lancashire, England: SW Publishing LTD). August 2003. p. 15. 109. 
  8. ^ "NOAH results, 2005". Green Destiny. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  9. ^ "NOAH The First Navigation tour results". PuroLove.com (in German). Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  10. ^ "2006 Shiny Navigation tour results". PuroLove.com (in German). Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  11. ^ "2006 NOAH results". PuroLove.com (in German). Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  12. ^ Ayass, Dean (2009-06-17). "Misawa killed by spinal cord injury". The Sun. UK. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  13. ^ みのる暴挙!美央相手に勝手にGHC戦. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). 2015-08-10. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 

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