IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
|IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship|
Prince Devitt with the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship belt
|Date won||January 4, 2016|
|Date established||February 6, 1986|
|Promotion||New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)
Ring of Honor (ROH)
The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling junior heavweight championship owned by the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. "IWGP" is the acronym of NJPW's governing body, the International Wrestling Grand Prix. The title was introduced on February 6, 1986, at a NJPW show. Only wrestlers under the junior heavyweight weight-limit may hold the championship. NJPW currently controls two junior heavyweight championships: the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. The weight-limit for the tag team title is 100 kg (220 lb); it is assumed that this title has the same weight-limit. From August 5, 1996, until November 5, 1997, the title was part of the J-Crown, or J-Crown Octuple Unified Championship. The J-Crown was an assembly of eight different championships from several different promotions. It was created on August 5, 1996, when The Great Sasuke won an eight-man tournament. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, the British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Championship, the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship, the NWA World Welterweight Championship, the UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship, the WAR International Junior Heavyweight Championship, the WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship, and the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship were the eight championships that were involved. On November 5, 1997, then-champion Shinjiro Otani vacated all J-Crown belts but the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship after the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) retook control of its Light Heavyweight title, effectively ending the J-Crown. Being a professional wrestling championship, the title is won as a result of a predetermined outcome.
Overall, there have been 73 reigns shared among 33 wrestlers. Title changes happen mostly at NJPW-promoted events, as it has only changed hands at non-NJPW events twice. Reigns 36 and 37 occurred on World Championship Wrestling's Nitro television program, when Juventud Guerrera defeated Jushin Thunder Liger on November 29, 1999, and on December 6, 1999, when Liger retrieved the championship by defeating Guerrera's stand-in Psychosis. The inaugural champion was Shiro Koshinaka, who defeated The Cobra on February 6, 1986, in the finals of a tournament. Liger holds the record of most reigns, with 11. At 628 days, Liger's sixth reign is the longest in the title's history. Liger, with a combined 11 reigns, holds the record for most days as champion at 2,245. Guerrera's only reigns holds the record for shortest reign at one week. With 11 successful defenses, Minoru Tanaka's reign under the ring name "Heat" had the most during a single reign. Over his 11 reigns, Liger successfully defended the title 31 times, the most of any champion. With zero, El Samurai's second reign, Hiroshi Hase's second reign, Tiger Mask's fourth and sixth reigns, Liger's fourth reign, Guerrera's only reign, Pegasus Kid's only reign, Low Ki's third reign and Kushida's first reign are all tied for least successful defenses. Kushida is the current champion in his third reign, after defeating Kenny Omega on January 4, 2016, at NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome event to win the title.
|#||Order in reign history|
|Reign||The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed|
|Event||The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won|
|Successful defenses||The number of successful defenses the champion had during his reign|
|—||Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign|
|N/A||The information is not available or is unknown|
|+||Indicates the current reign is changing daily|
|1||Koshinaka, ShiroShiro Koshinaka||1||February 6, 1986||102||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||1||Koshinaka defeated The Cobra in a tournament final to become the first champion.|||
|2||Takada, NobuhikoNobuhiko Takada||1||May 19, 1986||123||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||6|
|3||Shiro Koshinaka||2||September 19, 1986||317||Fukuoka, Japan||Live event||2|
|—||Vacated||—||August 2, 1987||—||N/A||N/A||—||Koshinaka vacated the championship due to injuring his right ankle.|
|4||Kobayashi, KuniakiKuniaki Kobayashi||1||August 20, 1987||129||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||1||Kuniaki Kobayashi defeated Nobuhiko Takada to win the vacant championship.|
|5||Hase, HiroshiHiroshi Hase||1||December 27, 1987||152||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||3|
|6||Hart, OwenOwen Hart||1||May 27, 1988||28||Sendai, Japan||Live event||1|
|7||Koshinaka, ShiroShiro Koshinaka||3||June 24, 1988||265||Osaka, Japan||Live event||6|
|8||Hase, HiroshiHiroshi Hase||2||March 16, 1989||70||Yokohama, Japan||Live event||0|
|9||Jushin Liger||1||May 25, 1989||77||Osaka, Japan||Live event||2|
|10||Sano, NaokiNaoki Sano||1||August 10, 1989||174||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||2|
|11||Jushin Thunder Liger||2||January 31, 1990||200||Osaka, Japan||Live event||1|
|12||Pegasus Kid||1||August 19, 1990||74||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||0|||
|13||Jushin Thunder Liger||3||November 1, 1990||165||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||2|
|—||Vacated||—||April 15, 1991||—||N/A||N/A||—||Liger vacated the championship so a new champion could be decided in the Top of the Super Juniors tournament.|
|14||Honaga, NorioNorio Honaga||1||April 30, 1991||43||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||2||Honaga defeated Jushin Thunder Liger in the finals of the Top of the Super Juniors tournament.|
|15||Jushin Thunder Liger||4||June 12, 1991||58||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||0|
|16||Nogami, AkiraAkira Nogami||1||August 9, 1991||88||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||1|
|17||Honaga, NorioNorio Honaga||2||November 5, 1991||95||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||1|
|18||Jushin Thunder Liger||5||February 8, 1992||139||Sapporo, Japan||Live event||3|
|19||Samurai, ElEl Samurai||1||June 26, 1992||149||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||3|
|20||Último Dragón||1||November 22, 1992||43||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||1|||
|21||Jushin Thunder Liger||6||January 4, 1993||628||Tokyo, Japan||Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome||5|
|—||Vacated||—||September 24, 1994||—||N/A||N/A||—||Liger vacated the championship due to fracturing his left ankle.|
|22||Honaga, NorioNorio Honaga||3||September 27, 1994||145||Osaka, Japan||Live event||6||Honaga defeated Wild Pegasus in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.|
|23||Kanemoto, KojiKoji Kanemoto||1||February 19, 1995||73||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||2|
|24||Sabu||1||May 3, 1995||42||Fukuoka, Japan||Wrestling Dontaku 1995||1|
|25||Kanemoto, KojiKoji Kanemoto||2||June 14, 1995||204||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||2||This match was also for Kanemoto's UWA World Welterweight Championship.|
|26||Jushin Thunder Liger||7||January 4, 1996||116||Tokyo, Japan||Wrestling World 1996||2|
|27||The Great Sasuke||1||April 29, 1996||165||Tokyo, Japan||Battle Formation||5||On August 5, 1996, Sasuke won an 8-man tournament to form the J-Crown, an octuple-belt championship that includes the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title; these titles were still considered separate, but were defended together.|
|28||Último Dragón||2||October 11, 1996||85||Osaka, Japan||Live event||7|
|29||Jushin Thunder Liger||8||January 4, 1997||183||Tokyo, Japan||Wrestling World 1997||4||Liger lost the WAR International Junior Heavyweight Championship from the J-Crown on June 6, 1997, but continued to defend the other 7 belts.|
|30||Samurai, ElEl Samurai||2||July 6, 1997||35||Sapporo, Japan||Live event||0|
|31||Otani, ShinjiroShinjiro Otani||1||August 10, 1997||181||Nagoya, Japan||The Four Heaven in Nagoya Dome||5||On November 5, 1997, Otani vacated all J-Crown belts but the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title after the WWF retook control of its Light Heavyweight title, effectively ending the J-Crown.|
|32||Jushin Thunder Liger||9||February 7, 1998||403||Sapporo, Japan||Live event||8|
|33||Kanemoto, KojiKoji Kanemoto||3||March 17, 1999||164||Hiroshima, Japan||Live event||3|
|34||Kashin, KendoKendo Kashin||1||August 28, 1999||44||Tokyo, Japan||Jingu Climax||1|
|35||Jushin Thunder Liger||10||October 11, 1999||49||Tokyo, Japan||Final Dome||1|
|36||Guerrera, JuventudJuventud Guerrera||1||November 29, 1999||7||Denver, United States||Nitro||0|
|37||Jushin Thunder Liger||11||December 6, 1999||227||Milwaukee, United States||Nitro||3||Psychosis replaced Guerrera in the match due to Guerrera suffering a fractured right arm.|
|38||Takaiwa, TatsuhitoTatsuhito Takaiwa||1||July 20, 2000||101||Sapporo, Japan||Summer Struggle 2000||2|||
|39||Minoru Tanaka||1||October 29, 2000||264||Kobe, Japan||Get a Right!!||2|||
|40||Naruse, MasayukiMasayuki Naruse||1||July 20, 2001||80||Sapporo, Japan||Dome Quake||1|
|41||Kashin, KendoKendo Kashin||2||October 8, 2001||131||Tokyo, Japan||Indicate of Next||2|
|42||Minoru Tanaka||2||February 16, 2002||153||Tokyo, Japan||Fighting Spirit 2002||3|||
|43||Kanemoto, KojiKoji Kanemoto||4||July 19, 2002||278||Sapporo, Japan||Summer Fight Series 2002||6|||
|44||Tiger Mask||1||April 23, 2003||153||Hiroshima, Japan||Strong Energy 2003||4|||
|—||Vacated||—||September 23, 2003||—||N/A||N/A||—||The championship was vacated so it could be contested for in a battle royal.|
|45||Jado||1||October 13, 2003||62||Tokyo, Japan||Ultimate Crush||1||Jado defeated Dick Togo, El Samurai, Gedo, Heat, Jushin Thunder Liger, Katsushi Takemura, Koji Kanemoto, Masahito Kakihara, Masayuki Naruse and Tiger Mask in a battle royal to win the vacant championship.|||
|46||Heat||3||December 14, 2003||387||Nagoya, Japan||Battle Final 2003||11||Previously known as Minoru Tanaka.|||
|47||Tiger Mask||2||January 4, 2005||277||Tokyo, Japan||Toukon Festival: Wrestling World||3|
|48||Black Tiger||1||October 8, 2005||134||Tokyo, Japan||Toukon Souzou New Chapter||1||This match was also for Black Tiger's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.|
|49||Tiger Mask||3||February 19, 2006||73||Tokyo, Japan||Acceleration||1||This match was also for Black Tiger's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.|||
|50||Kanemoto, KojiKoji Kanemoto||5||May 3, 2006||235||Fukuoka, Japan||New Japan Cup 2006 Special||1|||
|51||Minoru||4||December 24, 2006||194||Tokyo, Japan||Battle Xmas! Catch the Victory||4||Previously known as Minoru Tanaka/Heat.|
|52||Taguchi, RyusukeRyusuke Taguchi||1||July 6, 2007||155||Tokyo, Japan||New Japan Soul C.T.U Farewell Tour||4|||
|53||Inoue, WataruWataru Inoue||1||December 8, 2007||191||Osaka, Japan||New Japan Alive||3|||
|—||Vacated||—||June 16, 2008||—||N/A||N/A||—||The championship was vacated when Inoue moved to the heavyweight division.|
|54||Tiger Mask||4||July 8, 2008||75||Tokyo, Japan||New Japan Trill||0||Tiger Mask defeated Prince Devitt in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.|||
|55||Low Ki||1||September 21, 2008||105||Kobe, Japan||New Japan Generation||1|||
|56||Tiger Mask||5||January 4, 2009||223||Tokyo, Japan||Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome||4||
|57||Místico||1||August 15, 2009||85||Tokyo, Japan||G1 Climax 2009: New Lords, New Laws||2||
|58||Tiger Mask||6||November 8, 2009||57||Tokyo, Japan||Destruction '09||0|||
|59||Marufuji, NaomichiNaomichi Marufuji||1||January 4, 2010||166||Tokyo, Japan||Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome||5|||
|60||Devitt, PrincePrince Devitt||1||June 19, 2010||364||Osaka, Japan||Dominion 6.19||7|
|61||Ibushi, KotaKota Ibushi||1||June 18, 2011||85||Osaka, Japan||Dominion 6.18||2|
|—||Vacated||—||September 12, 2011||—||N/A||N/A||—||The championship was vacated after Ibushi was sidelined with a shoulder injury.|||
|62||Devitt, PrincePrince Devitt||2||September 19, 2011||227||Kobe, Japan||Kantaro Hoshino Memorial Show||4||Devitt defeated Kushida to win the vacant championship.|
|63||Low Ki||2||May 3, 2012||87||Fukuoka, Japan||Wrestling Dontaku 2012||1|
|64||Ibushi, KotaKota Ibushi||2||July 29, 2012||71||Tokyo, Japan||Last Rebellion||2|
|65||Low Ki||3||October 8, 2012||34||Tokyo, Japan||King of Pro-Wrestling (2012)||0|
|66||Devitt, PrincePrince Devitt||3||November 11, 2012||419||Osaka, Japan||Power Struggle||4|
|67||Ibushi, KotaKota Ibushi||3||January 4, 2014||181||Tokyo, Japan||Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome||4|
|68||Kushida||1||July 4, 2014||79||Tokyo, Japan||Kizuna Road 2014||0|
|69||Taguchi, RyusukeRyusuke Taguchi||2||September 21, 2014||105||Kobe, Japan||Destruction in Kobe||2|
|70||Omega, KennyKenny Omega||1||January 4, 2015||182||Tokyo, Japan||Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome||3|
|71||Kushida||2||July 5, 2015||80||Osaka, Japan||Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall||1|
|72||Omega, KennyKenny Omega||2||September 23, 2015||103||Okayama, Japan||Destruction in Okayama||1|
|73||Kushida||3||January 4, 2016||205+||Tokyo, Japan||Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome||5|
As of July 27, 2016.
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|1||Jushin Liger/Jushin Thunder Liger||11||31||2,245|
|20||The Great Sasuke||1||5||165|
- A. ^ Each wrestler's total number of days as champion is ranked highest to lowest; wrestlers with the same number are tied for that certain rank.
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