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Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship
Triple Crown Heavy
Details
Current Champion(s) Joe Doering
Joe Doeringtriplecrown
Date Won October 21, 2017
Promotion(s) All Japan Pro Wrestling
Date Established April 18, 1989


The Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship (三冠ヘビー級王座 Sankan Hebīkyū Ōza?) is a the top singles championship in the All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) promotion. The title was introduced on April 18, 1989, after Jumbo Tsuruta as the NWA International Heavyweight Champion defeated Stan Hansen, the PWF Heavyweight and NWA United National Champion, to unify the titles.

Overview Edit

The championship was established after the unification of its then-flagship title the PWF World Heavyweight Championship, with the NWA United National Championship and the NWA International Heavyweight Championship. The titles were unified on April 18, 1989 when International champion Jumbo Tsuruta defeated the PWF and UN champion Stan Hansen.

Unlike most unified championships, the Triple Crown was originally represented by the three individual belts. The original title belts were returned to All Japan founder Giant Baba's widow Motoko in August 2013 and a new single belt instead of three separate belts was made. The new title belt, which featured three plates representing the three original belts, was unveiled on October 27. One of the plates includes the text "Jumbo Tsuruta Apr. 18 1989", representing the crowning of the inaugural champion. There have been a total of 26 recognized champions who have had a combined 55 official reigns.

Title historyEdit

# Wrestlers Reign Date Length Location Successful defenses Notes
1 Jumbo Tsuruta 1

April 18, 1989

48 Days Tokyo 1 Tsuruta, the NWA International Heavyweight Champion, defeated Stan Hansen, the PWF Heavyweight and NWA United National Champion, to unify the titles.
2 Genichiro Tenryu 1 June 5, 1989 128 Days Tokyo 2
3 Jumbo Tsuruta 2 October 11, 1989 237 Days Yokohama 2
4 Terry Gordy 1 June 5, 1990 3

Days

Chiba 0
5 Stan Hansen 1 June 8, 1990 39 Days Tokyo 0
6 Terry Gordy 1 July 17, 1990 10 Days Kanazawa 0
Vacated July 27, 1990 Gordy was hospitalized. The title is vacated as he is hospitalized during a scheduled title defense later that night.
7 Stan Hansen 2 July 27, 1990 176 Days Matsudo 1 Defeated Mitsuharu Misawa to win the vacant championship.
8 Jumbo Tsuruta 3 January 19, 1991 374

Days

Matsumoto 3
9 Stan Hansen 3 January 28, 1992 207 Days Chiba 3
10 Mitsuharu Misawa 1 August 22, 1992 705

Days

Tokyo 7
11 Steve Williams 1 July 28, 1994 86 Days Tokyo 1
12 Toshiaki Kawada 1 October 22, 1994 133

Days

Tokyo 1
13 Stan Hansen 4 March 4, 1995 83

Days

Tokyo 0
14 Mitsuharu Misawa 2 May 26, 1995 364 Days Sapporo 4
15 Akira Taue 1 May 24, 1996 61 Days Sapporo 1
16 Kenta Kobashi 1 July 24, 1996 180 Days Tokyo 2
17 Mitsuharu Misawa 3 January 20, 1997 466

Days

Osaka 8
18 Toshiaki Kawada 2 May 1, 1998 42 Days Tokyo 0
19 Kenta Kobashi 2 June 12, 1998 141 Days Tokyo 2
20 Mitsuharu Misawa 4 October 31, 1998 83

Days

Tokyo 0
21 Toshiaki Kawada 3 January 22, 1999 7

Days

Osaka 3
Vacated January 29, 1999 Vacated after Kawada fracturedhis right ulna in winning the title.
22 Vader 1 March 6, 1999 57 Days Tokyo 0 Defeated Akira Taue to win the vacant championship.
23 Mitsuharu Misawa 5 May 2, 1999 181 Days Yokohama 2
24 Vader 2 October 30, 1999 120 Days Tokyo 1
25 Kenta Kobashi 3 February 27, 2000 110 Days Osaka 1
Vacated June 16, 2000 Kobashi jumped to Pro Wrestling Noah.
26 Genichiro Tenryu 2 October 28, 2000 223 Days Tokyo 1 Defeated Toshiaki Kawada in a tournament final.
27 Keiji Mutoh 1 June 8, 2001 261 Days Tokyo 4
28 Toshiaki Kawada 4 February 24, 2002 32 Days Tokyo 0
Vacated March 28, 2002 Kawada suffered a knee injury.
29 Genichiro Tenryu 3 April 13, 2002 197 Days Tokyo 1 Defeated Keiji Mutoh to win the vacant championship.
30 The Great Muta 2 October 27, 2002 119 Days Tokyo 1 Formerly known as Keiji Mutoh.
31 Shinya Hashimoto 1 February 23, 2003 171 Days Tokyo 2
Vacated August 13, 2003 Hashimoto dislocated his right shoulder.
32 Toshiaki Kawada 5 September 6, 2003 529 Days Tokyo 10
33 Satoshi Kojima 1 February 16, 2005 502

Days

Tokyo 8 Also won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship defeating Hiroyoshi Tenzan in a double title match.
34 Taiyō Kea 1 July 3, 2006 62 Days Tokyo 1
35 Minoru Suzuki 1 September 3, 2006 357 Days Sapporo 5
36 Kensuke Sasaki 1 August 26, 2007 247

Days

Tokyo 2
37 Suwama 1 April 29, 2008 152

Days

Nagoya 2
38 The Great Muta 3 September 28, 2008 167 Days Yokohama 1
39 Yoshihiro Takayama 1 March 14, 2009 196 Days Tokyo 2
40 Satoshi Kojima 2 September 26, 2009 176 Days Yokohama 1
41 Ryota Hama 1 March 21, 2010 42 Days Tokyo 0
42 Minoru Suzuki 2 May 2, 2010 119 Days Nagoya 1
43 Suwama 2 August 29, 2010 420 Days Tokyo 5
44 Jun Akiyama 1 October 23, 2011 308 Days Tokyo 4
45 Masakatsu Funaki 1 August 26, 2012 203 Days Tokyo 4
46 Suwama 3 March 17, 2013 224 Days Tokyo 2
47 Akebono 1 October 27, 2013 215 Days Tokyo 4
Vacated May 30, 2014 Vacated due to Akebono being sidelined with health issues.
48 Takao Omori 1 June 15, 2014 14 Days Tokyo 0 Defeated Jun Akiyama to win the vacant championship.
49 Suwama 4 June 29, 2014 28 Days Sapporo 0
50 Joe Doering 1 July 27, 2014 160

Days

Tokyo 3
51 Go Shiozaki 1 January 3, 2015 138 Days Tokyo 2
52 Akebono 2 May 21, 2015 164

Days

Tokyo 2
53 Jun Akiyama 2 May 21, 2015 62 Days Hirosaki 0
54 Suwama 5 January 2, 2016 10 Days Tokyo 0
Vacated January 12, 2016 Vacated due to Suwama rupturing his achilles tendon.
55 Kento Miyahara 1 February 12, 2016 464 Days Tokyo 8 Defeated Zeus to win the vacant championship.
56 Shuji Ishikawa 1 May 21, 2017 98 Days Tokyo 2
57 Kento Miyahara 2 August 27, 2017 43 Days Tokyo 0
58 Suwama 6 October 9, 2017 12 Days Tokyo 0
59 Joe Doering 2 October 21, 2017 54+ Yokohama 1

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