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IWGP Tag Team Championship
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Current Champion(s) K.E.S.
(Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer)
K.E.S
Date Won September 24, 2017
Promotion(s) New Japan Pro Wrestling
Ring of Honor (ROH)
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA)
Date Established December 12, 1985


The IWGP Tag Team Championship is the top tag team championship in the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. "IWGP" is the acronym of the NJPW's governing body, the International Wrestling Grand Prix. The title was introduced on December 12, 1985 at a NJPW live event. The IWGP Tag Team Championship is not the only tag team title contested for in NJPW; the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is also sanctioned by NJPW. According to NJPW's official website, the IWGP Tag Team Championship is considered an "IWGP Heavy Weight Class", while the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is listed as an "IWGP Jr. Tag Class". Title changes usually happen at NJPW-promoted events; although the title has only changed hands twice at a non-NJPW event, it has been defended in several other promotions.

OverviewEdit

The inaugural champions were Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami, who defeated Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi in the finals of a tournament to win the championship on December 12, 1985, at a NJPW live event. In addition to NJPW, the IWGP Tag Team Championship was also contested in the United States-based promotions World Championship Wrestling (WCW) (now defunct) in the early 1990s and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in 2009, and in the Mexican lucha libre promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (Spanish for Worldwide Wrestling Council) in 2005.

On October 30, 2005, in Kobe, Japan, Tenzan and Chono defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura to begin their fifth overall reign as a team. On July 2, 2006, a provisional tag team title was created (known as the "IWGP Provisional Tag Team Championship") when Tenzan and Chono showed signs of inactivity. Koshinaka and Togi Makabe defeated the teams of Yuji Nagata and Naofumi Yamamoto and Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko in a three-way match to become the first champions. NJPW president Simon Kelly Inoki stripped Tenzan and Chono of the IWGP Tag Team Championship on September 20, 2006, after Tenzan and Chono ceased teaming. Manabu Nakanishi and Takao Omori, who defeated Koshinaka and Makabe on July 17, 2006, to become the IWGP Provisional Tag Team Champions, were recognized as the IWGP Tag Team Champions on September 28, 2006, by NJPW.

In 2009, The British Invasion, defeated Team 3D on July 21, 2009, at the taping of the July 30, 2009, episode of TNA's primary television program, TNA Impact!, in a tables match. Afterwards, NJPW released a statement announcing that they did not sanction the defense nor the title change, and as such were not going to recognize the reign. They continued to recognize Team 3D as the current champions and proclaimed that the next title defense would be by Team 3D and would be sanctioned by NJPW. On August 10, 2009, NJPW issued another press release stating that they were now recognizing The British Invasion of Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams as the current IWGP Tag Team Champions, making the reign official.

Title History Edit

# Tag Team
(Individual Reigns)
Team Reigns Date Location Length Defenses Notes
1 Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami 1 December 12, 1985 Sendai, Japan 236

Days

5 Kimura and Fujinami defeated Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi in a tournament final to become the first champions.
2 Akira Maeda and Osamu Kido 1 August 5, 1986 Tokyo, Japan 49

Days

1
3 Kengo Kimura (2) and Tatsumi Fujinami (2) 2 September 23, 1986 Tokyo, Japan 35

Days

0
Vacated February 5, 1987 N/A The championship was vacated when Kimura and Fujinami split up.
4 Keiji Mutoh and Shiro Koshinaka 1 March 20, 1987 Tokyo, Japan 6

Days

0 Koshinaka and Mutoh defeated Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
5 Akira Maeda (2) and Nobuhiko Takada 1 March 26, 1987 Osaka, Japan 159

Days

2
6 Kazuo Yamazaki and Yoshiaki Fujiwara 1 March 1, 2009 Osaka 65

Days

2
7 Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami 3 January 18, 1988 Takuyama, Japan 144

Days

3
8 Masa Saito and Riki Choshu 1 June 10, 1988 Hiroshima, Japan 282

Days

4
9 George Takano and Super Strong Machine 1 March 19, 1989 Yokohama, Japan 116

Days

1
10 Riki Choshu (2) and Takayuki Iizuka 1 July 13, 1989 Tokyo, Japan 69

Days

1
11 Masa Saito (2) and Shinya Hashimoto 1 September 20, 1989 Osaka, Japan 219

Days

3
12 Keiji Mutoh (2) and Masahiro Chono 1 April 27, 1990 Tokyo, Japan 189

Days

3
13 Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki 1 November 1, 1990 Tokyo, Japan 55

Days

2
14 Hiro Saito and Super Strong Machine (2) 1 December 26, 1990 Hamamatsu, Japan 70

Days

2
15 Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki 2 March 6, 1991 Nagasaki, Japan 15

Days

0
16 The Steiner Brothers
Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner
1 March 21, 1991 Tokyo, Japan 229

Days

2 The Steiners WCW World Tag Team Championship was also on the line.
17 Hiroshi Hase (3) and Keiji Mutoh (3) 1 November 5, 1991 Tokyo, Japan 117

Days

2 Scott Norton substituted for an injured Scott Steiner in this match.
18 Big, Bad, and Dangerous
Big Van Vader and Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow
1 March 1, 1992 Yokohama, Japan 117

Days

2
19 The Steiner Brothers
Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner
2 June 26, 1992 Tokyo, Japan 149

Days

3 The Steiners WCW World Tag Team Championship was also on the line.
20 Scott Norton and Tony Halme 1 November 22, 1992 Tokyo, Japan 22

Days

0
21 The Hell Raisers
Hawk Warrior and Power Warrior (3)
1 December 14, 1992 Tokyo, Japan 234

Days

4
22 The Jurassic Powers
Hercules Hernandez and Scott Norton (2)
1 August 5, 1993 Tokyo, Japan 152

Days

3
23 The Hell Raisers
Hawk Warrior (2) and Power Warrior (4)
2 January 4, 1994 Tokyo, Japan 325

Days

2
24 Hiroshi Hase (4) and Keiji Mutoh (4) 2 November 25, 1994 Iwate, Japan 162

Days

2
Vacated May 6, 1995 N/A The title was vacated by Mutoh after he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
25 Cho-Ten
Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono (2)
1 June 10, 1995 Osaka, Japan 27

Days

0 Tenzan and Chono defeated Junji Hirata and Shinya Hashimoto to win the vacant championship.
Vacated July 7, 1995 N/A The title was vacated when Chono missed a title defense due to his father's death.
26 Junji Hirata (3) and Shinya Hashimoto (2) 1 July 13, 1995 Sapporo, Japan 335

Days

6 Hashimoto and Hirata defeated Mike Enos and Scott Norton to win the vacant championship.
27 Kazuo Yamazaki (2) and Takashi Iizuka (2) 1 June 12, 1996 Osaka, Japan 34

Days

0
28 Cho-Ten
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (2) and Masahiro Chono (3)
2 July 16, 1996 Sapporo, Japan 172

Days

2
29 Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami 4 January 4, 1997 Tokyo, Japan 98

Days

3
30 Kensuke Sasaki (5) and Riki Choshu (3) 1 April 12, 1997 Tokyo, Japan 21

Days

0
31 The Bull Powers
Manabu Nakanishi and Satoshi Kojima
1 May 3, 1997 Osaka, Japan 99

Days

1
32 Kazuo Yamazaki (3) and Kensuke Sasaki (6) 1 August 10, 1997 Nagoya, Japan 70

Days

0
33 Keiji Mutoh (5) and Masahiro Chono (4) 2 October 19, 1997 Kobe, Japan 184

Days

2
Vacated April 21, 1998 N/A The title was vacated due to Mutoh having surgery on his knee.
34 Cho-Ten
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (3) and Masahiro Chono (5)
3 June 5, 1998 Tokyo, Japan 40

Days

0 Tenzan and Chono defeated Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
35 Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka (2) 1 July 15, 1998 Saporo, Japan 173

Days

2
36 Tencozy
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (4) and Satoshi Kojima (3)
1 January 25, 1998 Tokyo, Japan 77

Days

1
37 Kensuke Sasaki (7) and Shiro Koshinaka (3) 1 March 22, 1999 Amagasaki, Japan 97

Days

2
38 The Mad Dogs
Michiyoshi Ohara and Tatsutoshi Goto
1 June 27, 1999 Shizuoka, Japan 62

Days

1
39 Manabu Nakanishi (2) and Yuji Nagata 1 August 28, 1999 Shizuoka, Japan 327

Days

1
40 Tencozy
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (5) and Satoshi Kojima (4)
2 July 20, 2000 Tokyo, Japan 430

Days

6
41 Osamu Nishimura and Tatsumi Fujinami (5) 1 September 23, 2001 Osaka, Japan 35

Days

1
42 BATT

(Keiji Mutoh (6) and Taiyo Kea)

1 October 28, 2001 Fukuoka, Japan 97

Days

0
Vacated February 2, 2002 The title was vacated due to Mutoh leaving NJPW.
43 Cho-Ten

(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (6) and Masahiro Chono (6))

4 March 24, 2002 Kobe, Hyogo, Japan 446

Days

7 Tenzan and Chono defeated Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
44 Hiroshi Tanahashi and Yutaka Yoshie 1 June 13, 2003 Tokyo, Japan 184

Days

3
45 Hiroyoshi Tenzan (7) and Osamu Nishimura (2) 1 December 14, 2003 Nagoya, Japan 49

Days

0
46 Minoru Suzuki and Yoshihiro Takayama 1 February 1, 2004 Sapporo, Japan 294

Days

4
Vacated November 21, 2004 The title was vacated due to Takayama being sidelined with an injury.
47 Hiroshi Tanahashi (2) and Shinsuke Nakamura 1 December 11, 2004 Osaka, Japan 323

Days

4 Tanahashi and Nakamura defeated Kensuke Sasaki and Minoru Suzuki to win the vacant title.
48 Cho-Ten

(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (8) and Masahiro Chono (7))

5 October 30, 2005 Kobe,

Japan

325

Days

3
Vacated September 20, 2006 NJPW president Simon Kelly Inoki stripped Chono and Tenzan of the title after Chono and Tenzan ceased teaming.
49 Wild Child

(Manabu Nakanishi (3) and Takao Omori)

1 September 28, 2006 Sapporo, Japan 164

Days

1 An interim tag team title was created on July 2, 2006, when Tenzan and Chono showed signs of inactivity; Shiro Koshinaka and Togi Makabe were the first champions. Nakanishi and Ōmori were recognized as the official champions on September 28, 2006, after they won the interim Tag Team Championship on July 17, 2006.
50 RISE

(Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko)

1 March 11, 2007 Nagoya, Japan 343

Days

5
51 The Most Violent Players
Togi Makabe and Toru Yano
1 February 17, 2008 Tokyo, Japan 322

Days

4
52 Team 3D
Brother Devon and Brother Ray
1 January 4, 2009 Tokyo, Japan 198

Days

4
53 The British Invasion
Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams
1 July 21, 2009 Orlando, Florida,

USA

89

Days

1 This was a tables match that aired on the July 30, 2009, episode of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Impact!. NJPW did not sanction the match, nor initially recognize nor sanction the title change until August 10.
54 Team 3D
Brother Devon and Brother Ray
2 October 18, 2009 Irvine, California, USA 78

Days

1 This was a four-way Full Metal Mayhem Tag Team match, which also included Beer Money, Inc. and Booker T and Scott Steiner and was contested also for the TNA World Tag Team Championship, which was won by The British Invasion.
55 No Limit
Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi
2 October 18, 2009 Tokyo, Japan 119

Days

1 This was a three-way hardcore match, which also included Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson).
56 Seigigun
Wataru Inoue and Yuji Nagata (2)
2 May 3, 2010 Fukuoka, Japan 47

Days

0 This was a three-way match, which also included Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson).
57 Bad Intentions
(Giant Bernard (2) and Karl Anderson)
1 June 19, 2010 Osaka, Japan 564

Days

0 This was a three-way elimination match, which also included No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi).
58 Tencozy
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (9) and Satoshi Kojima (4)
3 January 4, 2012 Tokyo, Japan 120

Days

2
59 CHAOS
Takashi Iizuka (3) and Toru Yano (2)
1 May 3, 2012 Fukuoka, Japan 48

Days

0
Vacated June 20, 2012 N/A Iizuka and Yano were stripped of the title, after a title match between them and Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) on June 16 ended in a no contest.
60 Tencozy
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (10) and Satoshi Kojima (5)
4 July 22, 2012 Yamagata, Japan 78

Days

0 Tenzan and Kojima defeated Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) to win the vacant title.
61 K.E.S.
Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer
1 October 8, 2012 Tokyo, Japan 207 Days 5
62 Tencozy
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (11) and Satoshi Kojima (6)
5 May 3, 2013 Fukuoka, Japan 190

Days

2 This was a four-way match, which also included Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) and Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi and Strong Man).
63 K.E.S.
(Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer
2 November 9, 2013 Osaka, Japan 56 Days 0 This was the second fall of a two-fall three-way tornado tag team match which also included The IronGodz (Jax Dane and Rob Conway).
64 Bullet Club
Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson (2)
1 January 4, 2014 Tokyo, Japan 365 Days 6
65 Meiyu Tag
Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata
1 January 4, 2015 Tokyo, Japan 38 Days 0
66 Bullet Club
Doc Gallows (2) and Karl Anderson (3)
2 February 11, 2015 Osaka, Japan 53 Days 0
67 The Kingdom
Matt Taven and Michael Bennett
1 February 11, 2015 Osaka, Japan 91 Days 0
68 Bullet Club
Doc Gallows (3) and Karl Anderson (4)
3 July 5, 2015 Osaka, Japan 183 Days 1
69 G.B.H.
Togi Makabe (2) and Tomoaki Honma
1 January 4, 2016 Tokyo, Japan 97 Days 1
70 Guerrillas of Destiny
Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa
1 April 10, 2016 Tokyo, Japan 70 Days 1
71 The Briscoe Brothers
Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe
1 June 19, 2016 Osaka, Japan 113 Days 2
72 Guerrillas of Destiny
Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa
2 October 10, 2016 Tokyo, Japan 86 Days 1
73 CHAOS
Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano (3)
1 January 4, 2017 Tokyo, Japan 61 Days 2
74 Tencozy
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (12) and Satoshi Kojima (7)
6 March 6, 2017 Tokyo, Japan 34 Days 0
75 War Machine
(Hanson and Raymond Rowe)
1 April 9, 2017 Tokyo, Japan 63 Days 1
76 Guerrillas of Destiny
Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa
3 June 11, 2017 Osaka, Japan 20 Days 0
77 War Machine
(Hanson and Raymond Rowe)
2 July 1, 2017 Long Beach, California 85 Days 3 This was a no DQ match.
78 K.E.S.
(Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer
3 September 24, 2017 Kobe, Japan 61+ 1

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