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, took place from July 18 to August 5, 2015.[1]

Final standings
Block A Block B
Daisuke Harada 10 Atsushi Kotoge 8
El Desperado 8 Taiji Ishimori 8
Kenoh 8 Bengala 6
Zack Sabre Jr. 8 Hajime Ohara 6
Yoshinari Ogawa 6 Super Crazy 6
Sho Tanaka 2 Taka Michinoku 6
Hitoshi Kumano 0 Genba Hirayanagi 2
Block A Daisuke Harada El Desperado Hitoshi Kumano Kenoh Sho Tanaka Yoshinari Ogawa Zack Sabre Jr.
Daisuke Harada X Harada (5:23) Harada (10:06) Harada (13:29) Harada (8:33) Harada (11:58) Sabre (12:12)
El Desperado Harada (5:23) X Desperado (7:53) Desperado (13:31) Desperado (10:19) Ogawa (1:05) Desperado (11:06)
Hitoshi Kumano Harada (10:06) Desperado (7:53) X Kenoh (9:03) Tanaka (9:01) Ogawa (8:41) Sabre (9:47)
Kenoh Harada (13:29) Desperado (13:31) Kenoh (9:03) X Kenoh (13:50) Kenoh (13:28) Kenoh (7:33)
Sho Tanaka Harada (8:33) Desperado (10:19) Tanaka (9:01) Kenoh (13:50) X Ogawa (3:32) Sabre (10:07)
Yoshinari Ogawa Harada (11:58) Ogawa (1:05) Ogawa (8:41) Kenoh (13:28) Ogawa (3:32) X Sabre (11:46)
Zack Sabre Jr. Sabre (12:12) Desperado (11:06) Sabre (9:47) Kenoh (7:33) Sabre (10:07) Sabre (11:46) X
Block B Atsushi Kotoge Bengala Genba Hirayanagi Hajime Ohara Super Crazy Taiji Ishimori Taka Michinoku
Atsushi Kotoge X Kotoge (8:49) Kotoge (8:36) Ohara (12:41) Crazy (11:05) Kotoge (14:58) Kotoge (10:44)
Bengala Kotoge (8:49) X Hirayanagi (6:22) Bengala (6:15) Bengala (3:24) Ishimori (10:48) Bengala (7:40)
Genba Hirayanagi Kotoge (8:36) Hirayanagi (6:22) X Ohara (8:29) Crazy (5:29) Ishimori (7:44) Michinoku (7:33)
Hajime Ohara Ohara (12:41) Bengala (6:15) Ohara (8:29) X Crazy (10:16) Ishimori (7:15) Ohara (11:31)
Super Crazy Crazy (11:05) Bengala (3:24) Crazy (5:29) Crazy (10:16) X Ishimori (12:27) Michinoku (8:26)
Taiji Ishimori Kotoge (14:58) Ishimori (10:48) Ishimori (7:44) Ishimori (7:15) Ishimori (12:27) X Michinoku (9:07)
Taka Michinoku Kotoge (10:44) Bengala (7:40) Michinoku (7:33) Ohara (11:31) Michinoku (8:26) Michinoku (9:07) X
Final
     
A1 Daisuke Harada Pin
B1 Atsushi Kotoge 16:35

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