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IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
IWGP Jr Heavy New
Details
Current Champion(s) KUSHIDA
Kushida
Date Won June 11, 2017
Promotion(s) New Japan Pro Wrestling
Ring of Honor (ROH)
Date Established February 6, 1986


The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship is the top singles junior heavweight championship in the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. "IWGP" is the acronym of NJPW's governing body, the International Wrestling Grand Prix.

Overview Edit

The title was introduced on February 6, 1986, at a NJPW show. Only wrestlers under the junior heavyweight weight-limit may hold the championship. NJPW currently controls two junior heavyweight championships: the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. The weight-limit for the tag team title is 100 kg (220 lb); it is assumed that this title has the same weight-limit. From August 5, 1996, until November 5, 1997, the title was part of the J-Crown, or J-Crown Octuple Unified Championship. The J-Crown was an assembly of eight different championships from several different promotions. It was created on August 5, 1996, when The Great Sasuke won an eight-man tournament. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, the British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Championship, the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship, the NWA World Welterweight Championship, the UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship, the WAR International Junior Heavyweight Championship, the WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship, and the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship were the eight championships that were involved. On November 5, 1997, then-champion Shinjiro Otani vacated all J-Crown belts but the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship after the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) retook control of its Light Heavyweight title, effectively ending the J-Crown.

Title history Edit

# Wrestlers Reign Date Length Location Successful defenses Notes
1 Shiro Koshinaka 1

February 6, 1986

102 Days Tokyo 1 Defeated The Cobra in a tournament final to become the first champion
2 Nobuhiko Takada 1 May 19, 1986 123 Days Tokyo 6
3 Shiro Koshinaka 2 September 19, 1986 317 Days Fukuoka 2


Vacated


August 2, 1987




Koshinaka vacated the championship due to injuring his right ankle.
4


Kuniaki Kobayashi 1


August 20, 1987 129 Days Tokyo 1 Defeated Nobuhiko Takada to win the vacant championship.
5


Hiroshi Hase 1


December 27, 1987 152 Days Tokyo 3
6


Owen Hart 1


May 27, 1988 28 Days Sendai 1
7


Shiro Koshinaka 3 June 24, 1988 265 Days Osaka 6
8


Hiroshi Hase 2 March 16, 1989 70 Days Yokohama 0
9


Jushin Liger 1 May 25, 1989 77 Days Osaka 2
10


Naoki Sano 1 August 10, 1989 174 Days Tokyo 2
11


Jushin Thunder Liger 2 January 31, 1990 200 Days Osaka 1 Previously known as Jushin Liger.
12 Pegasus Kid 1 August 19, 1990 74 Days Tokyo 0
13 Jushin Thunder Liger 3 November 1, 1990 165 Days Tokyo 2
Vacated April 15, 1991 Liger vacated the championship so a new champion could be decided in the Top of the Super Juniors tournament.
14 Norio Honaga 1 April 30, 1991 43 Days Tokyo 2 Defeated Jushin Thunder Liger in the finals of the Top of the Super Juniors tournament.
15 Jushin Thunder Liger 4 June 12, 1991 58 Days Tokyo 0
16 Akira Nogami 1


August 9, 1991 88 Days Tokyo 1
17 Norio Honaga 2 November 5, 1991 95 Days Tokyo 1
18 Jushin Thunder Liger 5 February 8, 1992 139 Days Sapporo 3
19 El Samurai 1 June 26, 1992 149 Days Tokyo 5
20 Ultimo Dragon 1 November 22, 1992 43 Days Tokyo 1
21 Jushin Thunder Liger 6 January 4, 1993 628 Days Tokyo 5


Vacated


September 24, 1994




Liger vacated the championship due to fracturing his left ankle.
22 Norio Honaga 3 September 27, 1994 145 Days Osaka 6 Honaga defeated Wild Pegasus in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
23 Koji Kanemoto 1 February 19, 1995 73 Days Tokyo 2
24 Sabu 1 May 3, 1995 42

Days

Fukuoka 1
25 Koji Kanemoto 2 June 14, 1995 204 Days Tokyo 2 This match was also for Kanemoto's UWA World Welterweight Championship.
26 Jushin Thunder Liger 7 January 4, 1996 116 Days Tokyo 2
27 The Great Sasuke 1 April 29, 1996 165 Days Tokyo 5 On August 5, 1996, Sasuke won an 8-man tournament to form the J-Crown, an octuple-belt championship that includes the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title; these titles were still considered separate, but were defended together.
28 Ultimo Dragon 2 October 11, 1996 85 Days Osaka 7
29 Jushin Thunder Liger 2 January 4, 1997 183 Days Osaka 4 Liger lost the WAR International Junior Heavyweight Championship from the J-Crown on June 6, 1997, but continued to defend the other 7 belts.
30 El Samurai 2 July 6, 1997 35 Days Sapporo 0
31 Shinjiro Otani 1 August 10, 1997 181 Days Nagoya 5 On November 5, 1997, Otani vacated all J-Crown belts but the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title after the WWF retook control of its Light Heavyweight title, effectively ending the J-Crown.
32 Jushin Thunder Liger 9 February 7, 1998 403

Days

Sapporo 8
33 Koji Kanemoto 1 March 17, 1999 164 Days Hiroshima 3
34 Kendo Kashin 1 August 28, 1999 44

Days

Tokyo 1 Kashin had is own version of the title
35 Jushin Thunder Liger 10 October 11, 1999 49 Days Tokyo 1
36 Juventud Guerrera 1 November 29, 1999 7

Days

Denver, United States 0
37 Jushin Thunder Liger 11 December 6, 1999 227 Days Milwaukee, United States 3 Psychosis replaced Guerrera in the match due to Guerrera suffering a fractured right arm.
38 Tatsuhito Takaiwa 1 July 20, 2000 101 Days Sapporo 2
39 Minoru Tanaka 1 October 29, 2000 264 Days Kobe 2
40 Masayuki Naruse 1 July 20, 2001 80 Days Sapporo 1
41 Kendo Kashin 2 October 8, 2001 131 Days Tokyo 2
42 Minoru Tanaka 2 February 16, 2002 153 Days Tokyo 3
43 Koji Kanemoto 4 July 19, 2002 278 Days Sapporo 6
44 Tiger Mask 1 April 23, 2003 153 Days Tokyo


Vacated


September 23, 2003




The championship was vacated so it could be contested for in a battle royal.
45 Jado 1 October 13, 2003 62 Days Tokyo 1 Jado defeated Dick TogoEl SamuraiGedo, HeatJushin Thunder LigerKatsushi TakemuraKoji KanemotoMasahito Kakihara, Masayuki Naruse and Tiger Mask in a battle royal to win the vacant championship.
46 Heat 2 December 14, 2003 387

Days

Nagoya 11 Previously known as Minoru Tanaka.
47 Tiger Mask 2 January 4, 2005 277

Days

Tokyo 3
48 Black Tiger 1 October 8, 2005 134

Days

Tokyo 1 This match was also for Black Tiger's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
49 Tiger Mask 3 February 19, 2006 73

Days

Tokyo 1 This match was also for Black Tiger's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
50 Koji Kanemoto 5 May 3, 2006 235

Days

Fukuoka 1
51 Minoru 4 December 24, 2006 194

Days

Tokyo 4 Previously known as Minoru Tanaka/Heat
52 Ryusuke Taguchi 1 July 6, 2007 155

Days

Tokyo 4
53 Wataru Inoue 1 December 8, 2007 191

Days

Osaka 3
Vacated June 16, 2008 The championship was vacated when Inoue moved to the heavyweight division.
54 Tiger Mask 4 July 8, 2008 75

Days

Fukuoka 3 Tiger Mask defeated Prince Devitt in a tournament final to win the vacant championship
55 Low Ki 1 September 21, 2008 105 Days Kobe 1
56 Tiger Mask 5 January 4, 2009 223

Days

Tokyo 4
57 Místico 1 August 15, 2009 85 Days Tokyo 2
58 Tiger Mask 6 November 8, 2009 57

Days

Tokyo 0
59 Naomichi Marufuji 1 January 4, 2010 166

Days

Tokyo 5
60 Prince Devitt 1 June 19, 2010 364 Days Osaka 7
61 Kota Ibushi 1 June 18, 2011 85

Days

Tokyo 2
Vacated September 12, 2011 The championship was vacated after Ibushi was sidelined with a shoulder injury.
62 Prince Devitt 2 September 19, 2011 227

Days

Kobe 4 Devitt defeated KUSHIDA to win the vacant championship.
63 Low Ki 2 May 3, 2012 87 Days Fukuoka 1
64 Kota Ibushi 2 July 29, 2012 71 Days Tokyo 2
65 Low Ki 3 October 8, 2012 34

Days

Tokyo 0
66 Prince Devitt 3 November 11, 2012 419

Days

Osaka 4
67 Kota Ibushi 3 January 4, 2014 181

Days

Tokyo 4
68 KUSHIDA 1 July 4, 2014 79

Days

Tokyo 0
69 Ryusuke Taguchi 2 September 21, 2014 105

Days

Kobe 2
70 Kenny Omega 1 January 4, 2015 182

Days

Tokyo 3
71 KUSHIDA 2 July 5, 2015 80

Days

Osaka 1
72 Kenny Omega 2 September 23, 2015 103

Days

Okayama 1
73 KUSHIDA 3 January 4, 2016 257 Days Tokyo 5
74 BUSHI 1 September 17, 2016 49 Days Tokyo 0
75 KUSHIDA 4 November 5, 2016 60 Days Osaka 0
76 Hiromu Takahashi 1 January 4, 2017 173+ Tokyo 4
77 KUSHIDA 5 June 11, 2017 15+ Osaka 0

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