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GHC Openweight Hardcore Championship
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Promotion(s) Pro Wrestling NOAH
Date Established 2004
Date Retired June 2010

The Global Honored Crown (GHC) Openweight Hardcore Championship was a semi-official championship contested in Pro Wrestling NOAH. It was originally created in 2004 as a singles title known as the GHC Openweight Hardcore Championship; in 2007 it was announced that it would be reformed into a tag team title, continuing with the same lineage as the original belt. Later in 2007, it reverted to being a singles championship.

The Openweight Hardcore Championship, also known as the Global Hardcore Crown, had a unique stipulation attached to it: if the challenger was smaller than the champion, and lasted for 15 minutes, they would win the title. It could also change hands on a countout.

Kentaro Shiga, who was the 5th champion before the rechristening into a tag team championship, was still recognized as such (along with his tag team partner, Kishin Kawabata), even though it was vacated to be decided in a tournament, which they won.[1]

On November 19, 2007, Kawabata defeated Shiga to reunify the title.[2] The title was abandoned in June 2010.

Title historyEdit

# Wrestler/Tag Team Reigns Date Location Length Defenses Notes
1 Jun Akiyama 1 April 18, 2004 Hakata, Japan 180 days 6 Akiyama declared himself champion.
2 Naomichi Marufuji 1 October 16, 2004 Tokushima, Japan 140 days 2 Marufuji won this match via countout.
3 Muhammad Yone 1 March 5, 2005 Tokyo, Japan 231 days 3
4 Scorpio 1 October 22, 2005 Tokushima, Japan 316 days 1
5 Kentaro Shiga 1 September 3, 2006 Nagoya, Japan 167 days 3 The title was reformed to a tag team title.
GHC Hardcore Tag Team Championship
5 Kishin Kawabata and Kentaro Shiga 1 February 17, 2007 Tokyo, Japan 275 days 1 Defeated Go Shiozaki and Shuhei Taniguchi in a tournament final. This is still Kentaro Shiga's original championship reign.
GHC Openweight Hardcore Championship
6 Kishin Kawabata 2 November 19, 2007 Niigata, Japan 322 days 4
7 Makoto Hashi 1 October 6, 2008 Isesaki, Japan 245 days 2
8 Kenta Kobashi 1 June 8, 2009 Hachiōji, Japan 198 days 4
Vacated December 23, 2009 Kobashi vacates the title after suffering an injury.
Abandoned June 2010 The title was abandoned after not being contested until June 2010.

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