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The Global Junior Heavyweight League is a round-robin tournament held by Pro Wrestling NOAH. The purpose of the tournament is to determine the promotion's top junior heavyweight wrestler. It was originally designed to be an annual event starting in 2009, but the second tournament did not take place until 2015. The tournament is a two-block round-robin tournament, much like New Japan Pro Wrestling's Best of the Super Juniors tournament, in which each block's two highest scorers face off in the semi finals. A victory is worth two points, a draw was worth one, and a loss zero; each match has a thirty-minute time limit. Being a professional wrestling tournament the outcome of the matches and the tournament itself are not determined through pure athletic competition but through pre-determined outcomes to matches.

History and formatEdit

The tournament was formed in 2009 by Pro Wrestling NOAH. It was much like New Japan Pro Wrestling's Best of the Super Juniors tournament that is a round-robin style tournament where a wrestler scores points, in which each block's two highest scorers face off in the semi finals. A victory is worth two points, a draw was worth one, and a loss zero; each match has a thirty-minute time limit. The tournament was originally called the Junior Heavyweight League. The first ever tournament was for the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship after the champion KENTA was sidelined with a knee injury. The tournament include outside participants Delirious from Ring of Honor and Jushin Thunder Liger from New Japan Pro Wrestling. Delirious was awarded place in the semi final because original block A runner-up Kotaro Suzuki had to withdraw with a flu. Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Jushin Thunder Liger to win the tournament and the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion.

After six-years of break the tournament returned and was renamed to Global Junior Heavyweight League. It was again contested in round-robin tournament divided into a two-block system used in many other puroresu tournaments. In this format the top two scorers in each block advance to the semifinals, at which point single-elimination rules take effect. During the round-robin portion, a win is worth two points, a draw is worth one, and a loss zero; all matches have a 30-minute time limit, though in the past it has been twenty minutes. The winner of the tournament receives an opportunity to wrestle for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. The number of wrestlers that took part of the tournament increased since the last time. In the 2015 tournament the GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion Taichi didn't took of the tournament. The winner of the tournament Daisuke Harada received his GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship shot at the Great Voyage 2015 in Yokohama. He would failed to capture the champion after the interference from Taichi's Suzuki-gun stablemates Taka Michinoku and El Desperado.

List of winnersEdit

Tournament Year Winners Total Won
Junior Heavyweight League 2009 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 1
Global Junior Heavyweight League 2015 Daisuke Harada 1

2009Edit

The first tournament, named simply Junior Heavyweight League, was held from October 15 to October 31 over nine shows, and featured two blocks of five. Foreign participation included Delirious from Ring of Honor and Jushin Thunder Liger from New Japan Pro Wrestling. The winner, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, also won the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. Delirious was awarded place in the semi-final because original block A runner-up Kotaro Suzuki had to withdraw with a flu.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Katsuhiko Nakajima 6 Jushin Thunder Liger 5
Kotaro Suzuki 5 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 4
Delirious 4 Atsushi Aoki 3
KENTA 3 Taiji Ishimori 2
Ricky Marvin 2 Genba Hirayanagi 0
Block A Delirious Katsuhiko Nakajima KENTA Kotaro Suzuki Ricky Marvin
Delirious X Nakajima (15:05) Delirious (18:54) Suzuki (13:52) Delirious (14:20)
Katsuhiko Nakajima Nakajima (15:05) X Draw (30:00) Draw (30:00) Nakajima (12:07)
KENTA Delirious (18:54) Draw (30:00) X Suzuki (17:28) KENTA (1:59)
Kotaro Suzuki Suzuki (13:52) Draw (30:00) Suzuki (17:28) X Marvin (9:04)
Ricky Marvin Delirious (14:20) Nakajima(12:07) Kenta (1:59) Marvin (9:04) X
Block B Atsushi Aoki Genba Hirayanagi Jushin Thunder Liger Taiji Ishimori Yoshinobu Kanemaru
Atsushi Aoki X Aoki (13:11) Draw (30:00) Ishimori (13:54) Kanemaru (17:32)
Genba Hirayanagi Aoki (13:11) X Double countout (9:19) Double countout (7:09) Double countout (7:45)
Jushin Thunder Liger Draw (30:00) Double countout (9:19) X Liger (13:08) Liger (14:45)
Taiji Ishimori Ishimori (13:54) Double countout (7:09) Liger (13:08) X Kanemaru (15:56)
Yoshinobu Kanemaru Kanemaru (17:32) Double countout (7:45) Liger (14:45) Kanemaru (15:56) X
Semifinals Finals
      
A1 Katsuhiko Nakajima Pin
B2 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 10:17
B2 Yoshinobu Kanemaru Pin
B1 Jushin Thunder Liger 18:53
B1 Jushin Thunder Liger Pin
A2 Delirious 10:45

2015Edit

The second tournament, now named Global Junior Heavyweight League, took place from July 18 to August 5, 2015. The tournament included outside participation from AAA Bengala and from New Japan Pro Wrestling Sho Tanaka. The winner was Daisuke Harada but failed to defeated the defending GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion Taichi on September 19.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Daisuke Harada 10 Atsushi Kotoge 8
El Desperado 8 Taiji Ishimori 8
Kenoh 8 Taka Michinoku 6
Zack Sabre Jr. 8 Hajime Ohara 6
Yoshinari Ogawa 6 Bengala 6
Sho Tanaka 2 Super Crazy 6
Hitoshi Kumano 0 Genba Hirayanagi 2
Block A Daisuke Harada El Desperado Hitoshi Kumano Kenoh Sho Tanaka Yoshinari Ogawa Zack Sabre Jr.
Daisuke Harada X Harada (5:23) Harada (10:06) Harada (13:29) Harada (8:33) Harada (11:58) Sabre (12:12)
El Desperado Harada (5:23) X Desperado (7:53) Desperado (13:31) Desperado (10:19) Ogawa (1:05) Desperado (11:06)
Hitoshi Kumano Harada (10:06) Desperado (7:53) X Kenoh (9:03) Tanaka (9:01) Ogawa (8:41) Sabre (9:47)
Kenoh Harada (13:29) Desperado (13:31) Kenoh (9:03) X Kenoh (13:50) Kenoh (13:28) Kenoh (7:33)
Sho Tanaka Harada (8:33) Desperado (10:19) Tanaka (9:01) Kenoh (13:50) X Ogawa (3:32) Sabre (10:07)
Yoshinari Ogawa Harada (11:58) Ogawa (1:05) Ogawa (8:41) Kenoh (13:28) Ogawa (3:32) X Sabre (11:46)
Zack Sabre Jr. Sabre (12:12) Desperado (11:06) Sabre (9:47) Kenoh (7:33) Sabre (10:07) Sabre (11:46) X
Block B Atsushi Kotoge Bengala Genba Hirayanagi Hajime Ohara Super Crazy Taiji Ishimori Taka Michinoku
Atsushi Kotoge X Kotoge (8:49) Kotoge (8:36) Ohara (12:41) Crazy (11:05) Kotoge (14:58) Kotoge (10:44)
Bengala Kotoge (8:49) X Hirayanagi (6:22) Bengala (6:15) Bengala (3:24) Ishimori (10:48) Bengala (7:40)
Genba Hirayanagi Kotoge (8:36) Hirayanagi (6:22) X Ohara (8:29) Crazy (5:29) Ishimori (7:44) Michinoku (7:33)
Hajime Ohara Ohara (12:41) Bengala (6:15) Ohara (8:29) X Crazy (10:16) Ishimori (7:15) Ohara (11:31)
Super Crazy Crazy (11:05) Bengala (3:24) Crazy (5:29) Crazy (10:16) X Ishimori (12:27) Michinoku (8:26)
Taiji Ishimori Kotoge (14:58) Ishimori (10:48) Ishimori (7:44) Ishimori (7:15) Ishimori (12:27) X Michinoku (9:07)
Taka Michinoku Kotoge (10:44) Bengala (7:40) Michinoku (7:33) Ohara (11:31) Michinoku (8:26) Michinoku (9:07) X
Final
   
A1 Daisuke Harada Pin
B1 Atsushi Kotoge 16:35

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