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IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
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Current Champion(s) Funky Future
(Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi)
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Date Won August 13, 2017
Promotion(s) New Japan Pro Wrestling
Ring of Honor (ROH)
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA)
Date Established August 8, 1998


The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is the secundary tag team championship in the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. that is contested in the junior heavyweight division."IWGP" is the acronym of NJPW's governing body, the International Wrestling Grand Prix. The title was introduced on August 8, 1998, at a NJPW live event. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is not the only tag team title contested for in NJPW; the IWGP Tag Team Championship is also sanctioned by NJPW. According to NJPW's official website, the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is listed as an "IWGP Jr. Tag Class", while the IWGP Tag Team Championship is considered an "IWGP Heavy Weight Class". The title is contested for by junior heavyweight wrestlers; the weight-limit for the title is 100 kg (220 lb).

Overview Edit

Title changes happen mostly at NJPW-promoted events.  The inaugural champions were Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa, who defeated Dr. Wagner Jr. and Koji Kanemoto on August 8, 1998, in the finals of a tournament. The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin), a Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) tag team, defeated then-reigning champions No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro) on January 4, 2009, at Wrestle Kingdom III. Their reign lasted until July 5, 2009, when they were defeated by Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) at a live event. During that time, they had three successful defenses; two were held by TNA due to a pre-existing relationship and an agreement with NJPW. Their first defense in TNA, a rematch against No Limit, occurred on March 31, 2009, at the tapings of their weekly television program TNA Impact!. On April 19, 2009, they made their second, and last, defense in TNA at the Lockdown pay-per-view event in a Three Way Tornado Tag Team Six Sides of Steel cage match against No Limit and The Latin American Xchange (Hernandez and Homicide).

Title historyEdit

# Tag Team
(Individual Reigns)
Team Reigns Date Location Length Defenses Notes
1 Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa 1 August 8, 1998 Osaka, Japan 149 Days 2 Otani and Takaiwa defeated Dr. Wagner Jr. and Koji Kanemoto in a tournament final to become the first champions.
2 Dr. Wagner Jr. and Kendo Kashin 1 January 4, 1999 Tokyo, Japan 96 Days 2
3 The Great Sasuke and Jushin Thunder Liger 1 April 10, 1999 Tokyo, Japan 94 Days 0
4 Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa 2 July 13, 1999 Morioka, Japan 348 Days 4
5 Junior Stars
(Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka)
1 June 25, 2000 Tokyo, Japan 254 Days 3
6 El Samurai and Jushin Thunder Liger (2) 1 March 6, 2001 Tokyo, Japan 136 Days 1
7 Gedo and Jado 1 July 20, 2001 Sapporo, Japan 286 Days 6
8 Jushin Thunder Liger (3) and Minoru Tanaka (2) 1 May 2, 2002 Tokyo, Japan 119 Days 1
9 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru 1 August 29, 2002 Tokyo, Japan 150 Days 4
10 Jushin Thunder Liger (4) and Koji Kanemoto (2) 1 January 26, 2003 Kobe, Japan 282 Days 6
Vacated November 4, 2003 N/A The championship was vacated due to Kanemoto fracturing his left cheekbone.
11 Gedo and Jado 2 November 29, 2003 Miyagi, Japan 104 Days 2 Gedo and Jado defeated Hirooki Goto and Ryusuke Taguchi to win the vacant championship.
12 American Dragon and Curry Man 1 March 12, 2004 Tokyo, Japan 85 Days 1
13 Gedo and Jado 3 June 5, 2004 Osaka, Japan 272 Days 5
14 Koji Kanemoto (3) and Wataru Inoue 1 March 4, 2005 Tokyo, Japan 71 Days 2
15 Hirooki Goto and Minoru (3) 1 May 14, 2005 Tokyo, Japan 281 Days 2
16 El Samurai (2) and Ryusuke Taguchi 1 February 19, 2006 Tokyo, Japan 139 Days 2
17 Gedo and Jado 4 July 8, 2006 Shizuoka, Japan 298 Days 2
18 Dick Togo and Taka Michinoku 1 May 2, 2007 Tokyo, Japan 270 Days 3
19 RISE

(Minoru (4) and Prince Devitt)

1 January 27, 2008 Tokyo, Japan 21 Days 0
20 Legend
(AKIRA and Jushin Thunder Liger (5))
1 February 17, 2008 Tokyo, Japan 155 Days 1
21 RISE
(Minoru (5) and Prince Devitt (2))
2 July 21, 2008 Sapporo, Japan 84 Days 1
22 No Limit
(Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro)
1 October 13, 2008 Tokyo, Japan 83 Days 1
23 Motor City Machine Guns
(Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin)
1 January 4, 2009 Tokyo, Japan 182 Days 3 The Motor City Machine Guns defended the championship twice in the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion during their reign, as part of an agreement between TNA and NJPW.
24 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt (3) and Ryusuke Taguchi (2))
1 July 5, 2009 Tokyo, Japan 290 Days 5
Vacated April 21, 2010 N/A Title held up after the championship was not defended for 30 days.
25 El Samurai (3) and Koji Kanemoto (4) 1 May 8, 2010 Tokyo, Japan 72 Days 0 El Samurai and Kanemoto defeated Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) in the finals of an eight-team tournament to win the vacant title.
26 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt (4) and Ryusuke Taguchi (3))
2 July 13, 1995 Sapporo, Japan 84 Days 1
27 Golden☆Lovers
(Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi)
1 October 11, 2010 Tokyo, Japan 104 Days 2
28 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt (5) and Ryusuke Taguchi (4))
3 January 23, 2011 Tokyo, Japan 260 Days 7
29 No Remorse Corps
(Davey Richards and Rocky Romero)
1 October 10, 2011 Tokyo, Japan 86 Days 1
30 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt (6) and Ryusuke Taguchi (5))
4 January 4, 2012 Tokyo, Japan 39 Days 0
31 No Remorse Corps
(Davey Richards and Rocky Romero)
2 February 12, 2012 Osaka, Japan 80 Days 0
Vacated May 2, 2012 N/A N/A
32 Jushin Thunder Liger (6) and Tiger Mask IV 1 June 16, 2012 Osaka, Japan 36 Days 0 Liger and Tiger Mask defeated Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) to win the vacant title.
33 Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero (3))
1 July 22, 2012 Yamagata, Japan 112 Days 2
34 Time Splitters
(Alex Shelley (2) and KUSHIDA)
1 November 11, 2012 Osaka, Japan 173 Days 3
35 Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov (2) and Rocky Romero( 4))
2 May 3, 2013 Fukuoka, Japan 164 Days 3
36 Suzuki-gun
(Taichi and Taka Michinoku (2))
1 October 14, 2013 Tokyo, Japan 26 Days 1
37 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
1 November 9, 2013 Osaka, Japan 224 Days 5
38 Time Splitters
(Alex Shelley (3) and KUSHIDA (2))
2 June 21, 2014 Osaka, Japan 140 Days 3
39 reDRagon
(Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
1 November 8, 2014 Osaka, Japan 95 Days 1
40 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
2 February 11, 2015 Osaka, Japan 53 Days 0 This was a three-way match, also involving Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and KUSHIDA).
41 Roppongi Vice
(Beretta and Rocky Romero (5))
1 April 5, 2015 Tokyo, Japan 28 Days 0
42 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
3 May 3, 2015 105 Days Fukuoka, Japan 1 This was a three-way match, also involving reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly).
43 reDRagon
(Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
2 August 16, 2015 141 Days Tokyo, Japan 2
44 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
4 January 4, 2016 38 Days Tokyo, Japan 0 This was a four-way match, also involving Matt Sydal and Ricochet and Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero).
45 Matt Sydal and Ricochet 1 February 11, 2016 59 Days Osaka, Japan 0 This was a three-way match, also involving reDRagon.
46 Roppongi Vice
(Beretta (2) and Rocky Romero (6))
2 April 10, 2016 23 Days Tokyo, Japan 0
47 Matt Sydal and Ricochet 2 May 3, 2016 47 Days Fukuoka, Japan 0
48 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
5 June 19, 2016 199 Days Osaka, Japan 2 This was a four-way elimination match, also involving reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) and Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero).
49 Roppongi Vice
(Beretta (3) and Rocky Romero (7))
3 January 4, 2017 61 Days Tokyo, Japan 1
50 Suzuki-gun
(Taichi (2) and Yoshinobu Kanemaru (2))
1 March 6, 2017 52 Days Tokyo, Japan 1
51 Roppongi Vice
(Beretta (4) and Rocky Romero (8))
4 April 27, 2017 45 Days Hiroshima, Japan 0
52 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
6 June 11, 2017 63 Days Osaka, Japan 1
53 Funky Future
(Ricochet (3) and Ryusuke Taguchi (6))
1 August 13, 2017 6+ Tokyo, Japan 0

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