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GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
Ghcjrtag
Details
Current Champion(s) XX
(Taiji Ishimori and Hi69)
Ishimori69
Date Won December 26, 2016
Promotion(s) Pro Wrestling NOAH
Dragon Gate
Date Established July 16, 2003


The GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team 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 July 16, 2003 when Naomichi Marufuji and KENTA defeated Jushin Thunder Liger and Takehiro Murahama in a tournament final. The GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is not the only tag team title contested for in NOAH; the GHC Tag Team Championship is also sanctioned by NOAH. The title is contested for by junior heavyweight wrestlers; the weight-limit for the title is 100 kg (220 lb) per partner. All GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title matches and contract signings were overseen and introduced by NOAH title commissioner Joe Higuchi until his death in October 2010 until he was replaced by Harley Race.

Overview Edit

The title has been held and defended by teams outside NOAH, including New Japan Pro Wrestling, Dragon Gate and Ring Of Honor, and also defended in these promotions. Title changes happen mostly at NOAH-promoted events. Minoru Fujita and Ikuto Hidaka, a Pro Wrestling Zero1 (Zero1) tag team, defeated then-reigning champions Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Takashi Sugiura on March 5, 2006, at Navigate For Evolution 2006: Haruka Eigen Goodbye Tour on the tenth day. Their reign lasted until August 13, 2006, when they lost the titles back to Kanemaru and Sugiura at the NOAH Navigation. During that time, they had two successful defenses; held by Zero1 due to a pre-existing relationship and an agreement with NOAH. Their first defense in Zero1, was a match against Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Yoshihito Sasaki, occurred on April 13, 2006. On June 24, 2009, they made their second, and last, defense against STONED (Kagetora and Takuya Sugawara).

TournamentEdit

NOAH held a 8-man tournament to crown the first champion, held over its month-long, 6-event Accomplish Our Third Navigation tour. The tour was held from July 6 through July 13, 2003.

  First Round Semifinals Finals
                           
  July 6  KENTA and Naomichi Marufuji Pin  
Tokyo  Mitsuo Momota and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 16:04  
  July 12  KENTA and Naomichi Marufuji Pin  
  Nanao, Ishikawa  Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Yoshihito Sasaki 15:48  
July 10  Ricky Marvin and Superstar Steve 17:28
  Kyoto  Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Yoshihito Sasaki Pin  
    July 16  KENTA and Naomichi Marufuji Pin
  Osaka  Jushin Thunder Liger and Takehiro Murahama 24:27
  July 9  Jushin Thunder Liger and Takehiro Murahama Pin  
Kochi  Kotaro Suzuki and Makoto Hashi 16:55  
  July 13  Jushin Thunder Liger and Takehiro Murahama Pin
  Neagari, Ishikawa  Takashi Sugiura and Yoshinobu Kanemaru 16:22  
July 7  Takashi Sugiura and Yoshinobu Kanemaru Pin
  Tsushima, Nagasaki  Donovan Morgan and Michael Modest 16:11  

Title HistoryEdit

# Tag Team
(Individual Reigns)
Team Reigns Date Location Length Defenses Notes
1 KENTA and Naomichi Marufuji 1 July 16, 2003 Osaka 690 days 9 Defeated Jushin Thunder Liger and Takehiro Murahama in a tournament final.
2 Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Takashi Sugiura 1 June 5, 2005 Sapporo 334 Days 2
3 Minoru Fujita and Ikuto Hidaka 1 March 5, 2006 Tokyo 100 days 1
4 Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Takashi Sugiura 2 August 13, 2006 Tokyo 147 days 1
5 The Briscoe Brothers
(Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe)
1 January 7, 2007 Tokyo 14 days 0
6 Ricky Marvin and Kotaro Suzuki 1 January 21, 2007 Tokyo 307 days 5
7 Muscle Outlaw'z/Speed Muscle
(Naruki Doi and Masato Yoshino)
1 November 24, 2007 Sapporo 52 days 1 They were also known as Speed Muscle.
8 New Hazard
(BxB Hulk and Shingo Takagi)
1 January 15, 2008 Tokyo 65 days 0
9 Taiji Ishimori and KENTA (2) 1 March 20, 2008 Tokyo 115 days 2
10 Disobey
(Yoshinobu Kanemaru (3) and Kotaro Suzuki (2))
1 July 13, 2008 Tokyo 553 days 6
Vacated January 17, 2010 Vacated due to Suzuki suffering a knee injury.
11 Ricky Marvin (2) and Taiji Ishimori (2) 1 February 18, 2010 Osaka 187 days 2 Defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Genba Hirayanagi in a tournament final.
12 Koji Kanemoto and Tiger Mask IV 1 August 22, 2010 Tokyo 124 days 2
13 Atsushi Aoki and Naomichi Marufuji (2) 1 December 24, 2010 Tokyo 126 days 2
Vacated April 29, 2011 Vacated due to Marufuji suffering an injury.
14 No Mercy
(KENTA (3) and Yoshinobu Kanemaru (4))
1 May 25, 2011 Tokyo 144 days 1 Defeated Atsushi Aoki and Kotaro Suzuki to win the vacant title.
15 ANMU
(Atsushi Aoki (2) and Kotaro Suzuki (3))
1 October 16, 2011 Tokyo 280 days 7
16 Los Mexitosos
(Ricky Marvin (3) and Super Crazy)
1 July 22, 2012 Tokyo 231 days 4
17 No Mercy
(Genba Hirayanagi and Maybach Taniguchi Jr./SUWA)
1 March 10, 2013 Yokohama 81 days 1 Taniguchi, Jr. was unmasked as SUWA during the reign.
Vacated May 30, 2013 Vacated due to Suwa suffering a neck injury.
18 Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV (2) 1 July 28, 2013 Tokyo 132 days 4 Defeated Atsushi Kotoge and Taiji Ishimori in the finals of the 2013 NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League to win the vacant titles.
19 Yoshinari Ogawa and Zack Sabre Jr. 1 December 7, 2013 Tokyo 104 days 1
20 BRAVE
(Atsushi Kotoge and Taiji Ishimori (3))
1 March 21, 2014 Tokyo 22 days 0
21 Yoshinari Ogawa and Zack Sabre Jr. 2 April 12, 2014 Tokyo 84 days 1
22 BRAVE
(Atsushi Kotoge (2) and Taiji Ishimori (4))
2 July 5, 2014 Tokyo 99 days 0
23 Choukibou-gun
(Hajime Ohara and Kenoh)
1 October 12, 2014 Yokohama 154 days 3
24 Suzuki-gun
(El Desperado and Taka Michinoku)
1 March 15, 2015 Tokyo 203 days 4 This was a three-way match, also involving Daisuke Harada and Genba Hirayanagi.
25 Momo no Seishun Tag
(Atsushi Kotoge (3) and Daisuke Harada)
1 October 4, 2015 Nagoya 167 days 3
26 KenOhara
(Hajime Ohara and Kenoh)
2 March 19, 2016 Tokyo 17 days 0
27 Momo no Seishun Tag
(Atsushi Kotoge (4) and Daisuke Harada (2))
2 April 5, 2016 Tokyo 471 days 5
28 The World Class Tag Team
(Gedo and Jado)
1 October 8, 2016 Tokyo 77

days

1
29 Momo no Seishun Tag
(Atsushi Kotoge (5) and Daisuke Harada (3))
2 December 24, 2016 Tokyo 2

Days

0
Vacated December 26, 2016 Title vacated due to Kotoge moving to the heavyweight division.
30 XX
(Taiji Ishimori (5) and Hi69)
1 February 18, 2017 Yokohama 152+ 2 Defeated Hayata and YO-HEY to win the vacant title.

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