GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship

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GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship
Details
Promotion Pro Wrestling Noah
Date established June 24, 2001
Current champion(s) Hajime Ohara
Date won January 7, 2017

The Global Honored Crown (GHC) Junior Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling title in Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling Noah, specifically for junior heavyweight (<100 kg) workers. It was created in 2001 when Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Juventud Guerrera in a 12-man tournament final. In addition to Japan, the title has also been defended in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. There have been a total of 18 recognized champions who have had a combined 33 official reigns.

Tournament[edit]

Noah held a 12-man tournament to crown the first champion, held over its month-long, 11-event Navigation for the Bright Destination tour. The tour was held from June 9 through June 24, 2001.[1]

  First round Second round Semifinals Final
                                     
    June 16  Path Finder 12:15  
June 9  Path Finder Pin     Miyagi  Yoshinobu Kanemaru Pin    
  June 23  Yoshinobu Kanemaru Pin  
Tokyo   Kenta Kobayashi 8:27    
  Tokyo Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 13:34    
June 21  Tsuyoshi Kikuchi Pin
   
  Toyama  BJ Whitmer 7:12  
    June 24  Yoshinobu Kanemaru Pin
  Aichi  Juventud Guerrera 17:17
  June 17  Makoto Hashi 15:02    
Oyama  Naomichi Marufuji Pin    
  June 23  Naomichi Marufuji 19:02
June 15  Satoru Asako Pin  
  Tokyo  Juventud Guerrera Pin  
Niigata  Matt Murphy 11:21     June 20 Satoru Asako 11:04
 
    Tokyo  Juventud Guerrera Pin  

Title history[edit]

# Wrestler Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Successful
defenses
Notes Ref.
1 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 1 June 24, 2001 117 Nagoya, Japan Navigation for the Bright Destination tour 2 Defeated Juventud Guerrera in a tournament final. [1]
2 Tatsuhito Takaiwa 1 October 19, 2001 51 Yokohama, Japan Tug of War tour 1 [2]
3 Naomichi Marufuji 1 December 9, 2001 119 Tokyo, Japan Navigation in Raging Ocean tour 1 [3]
4 Makoto Hashi 1 April 7, 2002 1 Tokyo, Japan Come and Watch in Ariake 0 [4]
Vacated April 8, 2002 Hashi refused the title after winning by referee stoppage due to Marufuji injuring his knee. [5]
5 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 2 May 26, 2002 308 Sapporo, Japan Navigation with Breeze tour 3 Defeated Kenta in a tournament final. [6]
6 Michael Modest 1 March 30, 2003 166 Fukuoka, Japan Encountering Navigation tour 2 [7][8]
7 Takashi Sugiura 1 September 12, 2003 114 Tokyo, Japan Navigation Over the Date Line tour 2 [9]
8 Jushin Thunder Liger 1 January 4, 2004 188 Tokyo, Japan New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestling World 5 [10][11]
9 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 3 July 10, 2004 373 Tokyo, Japan Departure 5 [12]
10 Kenta 1 July 18, 2005 321 Tokyo, Japan Destiny 6 [13]
11 Takashi Sugiura 2 June 4, 2006 202 Sapporo, Japan Northern Navigation tour 1 [14]
12 Tatsuhito Takaiwa 2 December 23, 2006 126 Tokyo, Japan Pro Wrestling SEM's SEMful Gift in Differ 2 [15]
13 Mushiking Terry 1 April 28, 2007 182 Tokyo, Japan Spring Navigation tour 0 [16]
14 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 4 October 27, 2007 323 Tokyo, Japan Autumn Navigation tour 5
15 Bryan Danielson 1 September 14, 2008 29 Tokyo, Japan Ring of Honor's The Tokyo Summit 1
16 Kenta 2 October 13, 2008 121 Hiroshima, Japan Won the title on the Autumn Navigation tour 3
17 Katsuhiko Nakajima 1 February 11, 2009 18 Tokyo, Japan Kensuke Office's Take the Dream Vol. 7 0
18 Kenta 3 March 1, 2009 243 Tokyo, Japan Second Navigation tour 3
Vacated October 30, 2009 Vacated due to a knee injury.
19 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 5 October 31, 2009 400 Tokyo, Japan Autumn Navigation tour 6 Defeated Jushin Thunder Liger in the finals of the Junior Heavyweight League.
20 Kotaro Suzuki 2 December 5, 2010 292 Tokyo, Japan Winter Navigation tour 7 Suzuki was formerly known as Mushiking Terry.
21 Katsuhiko Nakajima 2 September 23, 2011 9 Tokyo, Japan Shiny Navigation tour 0
Vacated October 2, 2011 Nakajima was forced to vacate the title after undergoing surgery for acute appendicitis.
22 Ricky Marvin 1 October 16, 2011 <1 Tokyo, Japan Navigation Sunday 2011 in Korakuen 0 Defeated Satoshi Kajiwara.
Vacated October 16, 2011 Marvin vacated the title, declaring that he wanted to earn it by defeating Katsuhiko Nakajima.
23 Katsuhiko Nakajima 3 November 27, 2011 164 Tokyo, Japan Great Voyage 2011 in Tokyo Vol. 4 4 Defeated Ricky Marvin.
24 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 6 May 9, 2012 143 Tokyo, Japan The Navigation in May 2012 tour 3
25 Shuji Kondo 1 September 29, 2012 120 Tokyo, Japan The Navigation Saturday 2012 in Korakuen 3 [17]
26 Taiji Ishimori 1 January 27, 2013 405 Osaka, Japan Great Voyage 2013 in Osaka 10
27 Daisuke Harada 1 March 8, 2014 273 Tokyo, Japan Great Voyage 2014 in Tokyo 7
28 Atsushi Kotoge 1 December 6, 2014 99 Tokyo, Japan Great Voyage 2014 in Tokyo Vol. 3 1
29 Taichi 1 March 15, 2015 283 Tokyo, Japan Great Voyage 2015 in Tokyo 4
30 Taiji Ishimori 2 December 23, 2015 63 Tokyo, Japan Destiny 2015 1
31 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 7 February 24, 2016 212 Tokyo, Japan The Second Navigation 2016 4
32 Atsushi Kotoge 2 September 23, 2016 94 Tokyo, Japan Shiny Navig. 2016 3
Vacated December 26, 2016 Title vacated due to Kotoge moving to the heavyweight division.
33 Hajime Ohara 1 January 7, 2017 109+ Tokyo, Japan The First Navig. 2017 2 Defeated Taiji Ishimori in a decision match to win the vacant title.

Combined reigns[edit]

As of April 26, 2017.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 7 28 1,876
2 Kenta 3 12 685
3 Mushiking Terry/Kotaro Suzuki 2 7 474
4 Taiji Ishimori 2 11 468
5 Takashi Sugiura 2 3 316
6 Taichi 1 4 283
7 Daisuke Harada 1 7 273
8 Atsushi Kotoge 2 4 193
9 Katsuhiko Nakajima 3 4 191
10 Jushin Thunder Liger 1 5 188
11 Tatsuhito Takaiwa 2 3 177
12 Michael Modest 1 2 166
13 Shuji Kondo 1 3 120
14 Naomichi Marufuji 1 1 119
15 Hajime Ohara 1 2 109+
16 Bryan Danielson 1 1 29
17 Makoto Hashi 1 0 1
18 Ricky Marvin 1 0 <1

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "NOAH Navigation in Raging Ocean tour results". Green Destiny. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-10-27. [unreliable source?]
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  8. ^ "We are the Champions (as of July 8)". Power Slam Magazine. Lancaster, Lancashire, England: SW Publishing LTD. August 2003. p. 15. 109. 
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  15. ^ "SEM results" (in German). PuroLove.com. Archived from the original on January 15, 2008. Retrieved 2007-10-27. [unreliable source?]
  16. ^ "NOAH Spring Navigation tour results" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved 2007-10-27. [unreliable source?]
  17. ^ "NOAH, K-DOJO [Youth Cup Day 6], ZERO1 results for September 29, 2012". puroresuspirit. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 

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