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BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship
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Current Champion(s) Kazuki Hashimoto
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Date Won August 12, 2018
Promotion(s) Big Japan Pro Wrestling
Date Established July 17, 2017


The BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling title in Japanese promotion Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW), specifically for the junior heavyweight (<95 kg) workers.

The title was announced on May 7, 2017, when BJW announced that it was bringing back the BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship with a tournament set to take place between May 25 and July 17. Although the new title shares its name with the title retired in 2002, the winner of the tournament was considered the first BJW Junior Heavyweight Champion. Wrestlers over the weight limit will be eligible to challenge for the BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship.

The title is distinct from the previous BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship that was retired in 2002. The two titles share the name but not the title history

HistoryEdit

On April 28, 2017 Tatsuhiko Yoshino and Kazumi Kikuta defeated Kazuki Hashimoto and Yuya Aoki in a tag team match. After the match, Kazuki and Yoshino stated that they wanted to see the junior division and the junior belt revived in Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW). On May 2 BJW announced that a new champion would be crowned in July. On May 5 after six-man tag team match between the teams of Kazuki Hashimoto, Tatsuhiko Yoshino and Takuya Nomura and Shinobu, Kazumi Kikuta and Yuya Aoki. Kazuki mentioned that he aimed to be the first holder of the new BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship that is being introduced in July.

Afterwards two days later on May 7, BJW announced that it was bringing back the BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship with a tournament set to take place between May 25 and July 17 and Kazuki, Yoshino, Nomura, Shinobu, Kikuta and Aoki would take part of the tournament. Although the new title shares its name with the title retired in 2002, the winner of the tournament is considered the first BJW Junior Heavyweight Champion. The title has a weight limit of 95 kg (209 lb). Wrestlers over the weight limit will be eligible to challenge for the BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship. On July 17 Shinobu defeated Kazuki Hashimoto to become the first champion. After the match, the first BJW Junior Heavyweight Champion of the other lineage and japanese legend Tajiri putted the title around Shinobu's waist.

Inaugural Championship TournamentEdit

Final standings
Wrestlers Score
Kazuki Hashimoto 8
Shinobu 6
Tatsuhiko Yoshino 6
Toshiyuki Sakuda 4
Takuya Nomura 4
Yuya Aoki 2
Results Hashimoto Yoshino Shinobu Sakuda Nomura Aoki
Hashimoto X Yoshino
(11:57)
Hashimoto
(12:56)
Hashimoto
(11:24)
Hashimoto
(12:35)
Hashimoto
(8:09)
Yoshino Yoshino
(11:57)
X Shinobu
(11:55)
Yoshino
(9:26)
Nomura
(12:50)
Yoshino
(8:02)

Shinobu

Hashimoto
(12:56)
Shinobu
(11:55)
X Shinobu
(09:28)
Shinobu
(9:38)
Aoki
(7:11)
Sakuda Hashimoto
(11:24)
Yoshino
(9:26)
Shinobu
(09:28)
X Sakuda
(10:38)
Sakuda
(9:22)
Nomura Hashimoto
(12:35)
Nomura
(12:50)
Shinobu
(9:38)
Sakuda
(10:38)
X Nomura
(7:13)

Aoki

Hashimoto
(8:09)
Yoshino
(8:02)
Aoki
(7:11)
Sakuda
(9:22)
Nomura
(7:13)
X
Final
   
1 Kazuki Hashimoto Pin
2 Shinobu 13:18

Title historyEdit

# Wrestlers Reign Date Length Location Successful defenses Notes
1 Shinobu 1 July 17, 2017 391 Days Tokyo 6 Defeated Kazuki Hashimoto in a round-robin tournament final to become the first champion.
2 Kazuki Hashimoto 1 August 12, 2018 95+ Tokyo 2

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