Global Junior Heavyweight League

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The Global Junior Heavyweight League is a professional wrestling round-robin tournament held by Pro Wrestling Noah. The purpose of the tournament is to determine the promotion's top junior heavyweight wrestler. It was originally designed to be an annual event starting in 2009, but the second tournament did not take place until 2015. The tournament is a two-block round-robin tournament, much like New Japan Pro Wrestling's Best of the Super Juniors tournament, in which each block's two highest scorers face off in the semi finals. A victory is worth two points, a draw was worth one, and a loss zero; each match has a thirty-minute time limit. Being a professional wrestling tournament the outcome of the matches and the tournament itself are not determined through pure athletic competition but through pre-determined outcomes to matches.[1]

List of winners[edit]

2009[edit]

The first tournament, named simply Junior Heavyweight League, was held from October 15 to October 31 over nine shows, and featured two blocks of five. Foreign participation included Delirious from Ring of Honor and Jushin Thunder Liger from New Japan Pro Wrestling. The winner, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, also won the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. Delirious was awarded place in the semi final because original block A runner-up Kotaro Suzuki had to withdraw with a flu.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Katsuhiko Nakajima 6 Jushin Thunder Liger 5
Kotaro Suzuki 5 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 4
Delirious 4 Atsushi Aoki 3
Kenta 3 Taiji Ishimori 2
Ricky Marvin 2 Genba Hirayanagi 0
Block A Delirious Katsuhiko Nakajima Kenta Kotaro Suzuki Ricky Marvin
Delirious X Nakajima (15:05) Delirious (18:54) Suzuki (13:52) Delirious (14:20)
Katsuhiko Nakajima Nakajima (15:05) X Draw (30:00) Draw (30:00) Nakajima (12:07)
Kenta Delirious (18:54) Draw (30:00) X Suzuki (17:28) Kenta (1:59)
Kotaro Suzuki Suzuki (13:52) Draw (30:00) Suzuki (17:28) X Marvin (9:04)
Ricky Marvin Delirious (14:20) Nakajima(12:07) Kenta (1:59) Marvin (9:04) X
Block B Atsushi Aoki Genba Hirayanagi Jushin Thunder Liger Taiji Ishimori Yoshinobu Kanemaru
Atsushi Aoki X Aoki (13:11) Draw (30:00) Ishimori (13:54) Kanemaru (17:32)
Genba Hirayanagi Aoki (13:11) X Double Countout (9:19) Double Countout (7:09) Double Countout (7:45)
Jushin Thunder Liger Draw (30:00) Double Countout (9:19) X Liger (13:08) Liger (14:45)
Taiji Ishimori Ishimori (13:54) Double Countout (7:09) Liger (13:08) X Kanemaru (15:56)
Yoshinobu Kanemaru Kanemaru (17:32) Double Countout (7:45) Liger (14:45) Kanemaru (15:56) X
Semifinals Finals
           
A1 Katsuhiko Nakajima Pin
B2 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 10:17
B2 Yoshinobu Kanemaru Pin
B1 Jushin Thunder Liger 18:53
B1 Jushin Thunder Liger Pin
A2 Delirious 10:45

2015[edit]

The second tournament, now named Global Junior Heavyweight League, is scheduled to take place from July 18 to August 5, 2015.[1]

Current standings
Block A Block B
Daisuke Harada 0 Atsushi Kotoge 0
El Desperado 0 Bengala 0
Hitoshi Kumano 0 Genba Hirayanagi 0
Kenou 0 Hajime Ohara 0
Sho Tanaka 0 Super Crazy 0
Yoshinari Ogawa 0 Taiji Ishimori 0
Zack Sabre Jr. 0 Taka Michinoku 0
Block A Daisuke Harada El Desperado Hitoshi Kumano Kenou Sho Tanaka Yoshinari Ogawa Zack Sabre Jr.
Daisuke Harada X
El Desperado X
Hitoshi Kumano X
Kenou X
Sho Tanaka X
Yoshinari Ogawa X
Zack Sabre Jr. X
Block B Atsushi Kotoge Bengala Genba Hirayanagi Hajime Ohara Super Crazy Taiji Ishimori Taka Michinoku
Atsushi Kotoge X
Bengala X
Genba Hirayanagi X
Hajime Ohara X
Super Crazy X
Taiji Ishimori X
Taka Michinoku X
Final
     
A1  
B1  

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