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GHC Heavyweight Championship
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Current Champion(s) Eddie Edwards
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Date Won August 26, 2017
Promotion(s) Pro Wrestling NOAH
Date Established April 15, 2001


The GHC Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling heavyweight championship owned by the Pro Wrestling NOAH (NOAH) promotion. "GHC" is the acronym of NOAH's governing body, the Global Honored Crown. The title was created on April 15, 2001 when Mitsuharu Misawa defeated Yoshihiro Takayama in a 16-man tournament final. Though its name implies a particular weight class, it has been held by junior heavyweights in the past, including Yoshinari Ogawa and former GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion Naomichi Marufuji. All GHC Heavyweight Title matches and contract signings were overseen and introduced by GHC title commissioner Joe Higuchi until October 2010 when Higuchi died, at which time he was replaced by Harley Race.

OverviewEdit

Throughout the history of the championship, the title as vacant one, due to the reigning champion Jun Akiyama was forced to forced to relinquish the title due to herniated discs in his back. Then it was held a decision match to determine the new champion.

Overall, there have been a total of 16 recognized champions, who have had a combined 28 official reigns. Title changes happen at NOAH-promoted events or tours. Mitsuharu Misawa, Jun Akiyama, Takeshi Morishima, Naomichi Marufuji, Go Shiozaki and Takashi Sugiura are tied with the record for most reigns, with 3. At 735 days, Kenta Kobashi's reign is the longest in the title's history. Sugiura, with a combined 3 reigns, holds the record for most days as champion at 784. Yoshihiro Takayama's reign holds the record for shortest reign at 16 days. With 14 successful defenses, Sugiura's first reign had the most during a single reign. Over his 3 reigns, Sugiura successfully defended the title 17 times, the most of any champion. With zero, Takayama's only reign, Morishima's third reign and Marufuji's third reign are all tied for least successful defenses. Go Shiozaki, who became the first freelancer to win the championship. Eddie Edwards is the current champion in his first reign, after defeating Katsuhiko Nakajima on August 26, 2017, at NOAH's Summer Navigation tour to win the title. Edwards became the first gaijin to hold the GHC Heavyweight Championship.

TournamentEdit

NOAH held a 16-man tournament to crown the first champion, held over its month-long, 18-event Navigation for the Victory GHC tour. The tour was held from March 18 through April 15, 2001.

  First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                                     
Mar. 18  Mitsuharu Misawa Pin  
Tokyo  Akitoshi Saito 12:26  
  Apr. 4  Mitsuharu Misawa Pin  
 
  Okayama  Yoshinari Ogawa 19:44  
Mar. 21  Masao Inoue Pin
Sagamihara  Yoshinari Ogawa 14:18  
  Apr. 11  Mitsuharu Misawa Pin  
  Hiroshima  Jun Akiyama 15:05†  
Apr. 1  Jun Akiyama Pin  
Fukuoka  Takao Omori 22:49  
  Apr. 8  Jun Akiyama Pin
 
  Tokyo  Takeshi Rikio 4:02  
Apr. 2  Takeshi Morishima Pin
Beppu  Takeshi Rikio 14:33  
  Apr. 15  Mitsuharu Misawa Pin
  Tokyo  Yoshihiro Takayama 21:12
Mar. 22  Jun Izumida Pin  
Tokyo  Yoshihiro Takayama 8:22  
  Apr. 3  Yoshihiro Takayama Pin
 
  Uwajima  Kentaro Shiga 7:16  
Mar. 30  Scorpio Pin
Kumamoto  Kentaro Shiga 13:06  
  Apr. 12  Yoshihiro Takayama DQ
  Osaka  Vader 9:24  
Mar. 25  Akira Taue Pin  
Kyoto  Vader 10:40  
  Apr. 6  Vader Pin
 
  Ishikawa  Daisuke Ikeda 7:15  
Mar. 29  Tamon Honda Pin
Kagoshima  Daisuke Ikeda 15:16  

† Akiyama and Misawa were both counted out, but the match was restarted.

Title HistoryEdit

# Wrestler Reign Date Location Length Defenses Notes
1 Mitsuharu Misawa 1 April 15, 2001 Tokyo 103 Days 1 Defeated Yoshihiro Takayama in a tournament final to become the first champion.
2 Jun Akiyama 1 July 27, 2001 Tokyo 254 Days 3
3 Yoshinari Ogawa 1 April 7, 2002 Tokyo 153 Days 2
4 Yoshihiro Takayama 1 September 7, 2002 Osaka 16 Days 0
5 Mitsuharu Misawa 2 September 23, 2002 Tokyo 159 Days 1
6 Kenta Kobashi 1 March 1, 2003 Tokyo 735 Days 13
7 Takeshi Rikio 1 March 5, 2005 Tokyo 245 Days 3
8 Akira Taue 1 November 5, 2005 Tokyo 78 Days 1
9 Jun Akiyama 2 January 22, 2006 Tokyo 230 Days 2
10 Naomichi Marufuji 1 September 9, 2006 Tokyo 92 Days 2
11 Mitsuharu Misawa 3 December 10, 2006 Tokyo 448 Days 7
12 Takeshi Morishima 1 March 2, 2008 Tokyo 188 Days 2
13 Kensuke Sasaki 1 September 6, 2008 Tokyo 176 Days 2
14 Jun Akiyama 3 March 1, 2009 Tokyo 105 Days 1
Vacated June 14, 2009 Vacated the title due to herniated discs in his back.
15 Go Shiozaki 1 June 14, 2009 Fukuoka 175 Days 1 Defeated Takeshi Rikio for the vacant title.
16 Takashi Sugiura 1 December 6, 2009 Tokyo 581 Days 14
17 Go Shiozaki 2 July 10, 2011 Tokyo 196 Days 3
18 Takeshi Morishima 2 January 22, 2012 Osaka 371 Days 8
19 KENTA 1 January 27, 2013 Osaka 343 Days 9
20 Takeshi Morishima 3 January 5, 2014 Tokyo 34 Days 0
21 Yuji Nagata 1 February 8, 2014 Tokyo 147 Days 4
22 Naomichi Marufuji 2 July 5, 2014 Tokyo 253 Days 6
23 Minoru Suzuki 1 March 15, 2015 Tokyo 283 Days On August 9, 2015, Suzuki successfully defended the title against Mio Shirai at a Pro Wrestling Wave event. The defense was not recognized by NOAH, so officially, Suzuki successfully defended the title 4 times instead of 5.
24 Naomichi Marufuji 3 December 23, 2015 Tokyo 39 Days 0
25 Takashi Sugiura 2 January 31, 2016 Yokohama 118 Days 1
26 Go Shiozaki 3 May 28, 2016 Osaka 63 Days 1
27 Takashi Sugiura 3 July 30, 2016 Tokyo 85 Days 2 This was a lumberjack match.
28 Katsuhiko Nakajima 1 October 23, 2016 Yokohama 307 Days 7
29 Eddie Edwards 1 August 26, 2017 Tokyo 26+ 0

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