Wonder of Stardom Championship

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Wonder of Stardom Championship
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Yuzuki Aikawa, the inaugural and longest-reigning Wonder of Stardom Champion
Details
PromotionWorld Wonder Ring Stardom
Date establishedJune 26, 2011[1]
Current champion(s)Momo Watanabe
Date wonMay 23, 2018

The Wonder of Stardom Championship (ワンダー・オブ・スターダム選手権, Wandā Obu Sutādamu Senshuken) is a women's professional wrestling championship owned by the World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion. The title, which in Stardom's championship hierarchy is situated as the secondary title behind the World of Stardom Championship, was introduced on June 26, 2011, and the inaugural champion was crowned on July 24, 2011, when Yuzuki Aikawa defeated Yoshiko in a decision match.[1] The title is often referred to simply as the "White Belt", a name famously used by All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling (AJW) to refer to its All Pacific Championship.[1][4][5] The title belt was crafted by American company Top Rope Belts based on designs sent by Stardom,[6] with a conscious decision to imitate the AJW title belt in terms of its color, with Stardom president Rossy Ogawa referring to the promotion's heyday as the "Golden Age of Joshi Puroresu".[7] The original title belt was awarded to undefeated inaugural champion Yuzuki Aikawa, when she retired from professional wrestling on April 29, 2013. It was replaced that same night by a second identical title belt.[8]

Originally, only wrestlers officially signed to Stardom were eligible to challenge for the title,[9] but this rule was abandoned in 2013, when Dark Angel and Yuhi were allowed to challenge for the title.[8][10] When Santana Garrett won the title in November 2015, she started defending it in the United States, alongside the NWA World Women's Championship.[11][12] Her six defenses on the American independent circuit were also recognized by Stardom.[13]

Like most professional wrestling championships, the title is won as a result of a scripted match. There have been twelve reigns shared among nine wrestlers. Momo Watanabe is the current champion in her first reign.

Title history[edit]

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 Yuzuki Aikawa July 24, 2011 Stardom × Stardom 2011 Tokyo 1 618 8[14] Aikawa defeated Yoshiko in a decision match to become the inaugural champion [1][15]
Vacated April 2, 2013 Tokyo Aikawa vacated the title due to retiring from professional wrestling on April 29, 2013 [16][17]
2 Dark Angel April 29, 2013 Ryōgoku Cinderella Tokyo 1 189 3[18] Dark Angel defeated Act Yasukawa in a decision match to win the vacant title [8][19]
3 Act Yasukawa November 4, 2013 Stardom 100th Commemorative Tournament Tokyo 1 234 4[20] [18][21]
Vacated June 26, 2014 Tokyo The title was vacated after Yasukawa was sidelined with various health issues brought on by thyroid deterioration [22]
4 Mayu Iwatani July 27, 2014 Shining Stars 2014 Nagoya 1 175 2[23] Iwatani defeated Miho Wakizawa in the finals of a four-woman tournament to win the vacant title [24]
5 Act Yasukawa January 18, 2015 Stardom 4th Anniversary Tokyo 2 103 0 [23]
Vacated May 1, 2015 Tokyo The title was vacated after Yasukawa was sidelined with facial fractures [25]
6 Io Shirai May 17, 2015 Gold May 2015 Tokyo 1 190 7[26] Shirai defeated Nikki Storm in a decision match to win the vacant title [27][28][29]
7 Santana Garrett November 23, 2015 Goddesses of Stars 2015 Fukuoka 1 174 9[30] This match was also contested for the NWA World Women's Championship [26][31]
8 Kairi Hojo May 15, 2016 Gold May 2016 Tokyo 1 364 8[32] [30][33]
9 Mayu Iwatani May 14, 2017 Gold May 2017 Tokyo 2 132 2[34] [32][35]
10 Yoko Bito September 23, 2017 5☆Star GP 2017 × Champions Osaka 1 57 2[36] [34][37][38]
11 Io Shirai November 19, 2017 Best of Goddesses 2017 Tokyo 2 185 11 [36][39]
12 Momo Watanabe May 23, 2018 Stardom Gold Star Tokyo 1 198+ 7 [40]

Combined reigns[edit]

Mayu Iwatani, one of three two-time Wonder of Stardom Champions

As of December 7, 2018

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Yuzuki Aikawa 1 8 618
2 Io Shirai 2 17 375
3 Kairi Hojo 1 8 364
4 Act Yasukawa 2 4 337
5 Mayu Iwatani 2 4 307
6 Dark Angel 1 3 189
7

Watanabe Momo +

1 7 185+
8 Garrett Santana 1 9 174
9 Yoko Bito 1 2 57

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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