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Wrestle-1 Championship
Wrestle-1 Championship
Details
Current Champion(s) Manabu Soya
Soyaw-1champ
Date Won March 14, 2018
Promotion(s) Wrestle-1
Date Established July 21, 2014[1]


The Wrestle-1 Championship is the top singles championship in Wrestle-1. In Japanese the title's name includes the katakana term for "championship", Chanpionshippu (チャンピオンシップ), derived from the English language instead of the more common kanji term Ōza (王座). The title also does not feature the word "Heavyweight" or any other weight class, indicating an open-weight status.[7]

OverveiwEdit

Championship tournamentEdit

On July 21, 2014, a full year after the start of the promotion, Wrestle-1 announced the creation of its first own title, the Wrestle-1 Championship.[1][8] Previous Wrestle-1 events had featured matches for championships owned by other promotions like All Star Wrestling (ASW), European Wrestling Promotion (EWP), Pro Wrestling Zero1 and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).[9][10] It was announced that the inaugural champion would be determined in a sixteen-man single-elimination tournament taking place between September 21 and October 8. Wrestle-1's founder Keiji Mutoh quickly announced that he would not be taking part in the tournament.[8][11] The tournament brackets were revealed on August 8, with the exception of two participants, who would be determined in qualifying matches on August 31.[7][12] In the qualifying matches, Jiro Kuroshio defeated Andy Wu and Daiki Inaba defeated Koji Doi.[13] The tournament featured only wrestlers officially signed to Wrestle-1 and none of the freelancers or outside wrestlers working regularly for the promotion.[7] Pro Wrestling Zero1's reigning World Heavyweight Champion Masakatsu Funaki announced he was looking to defend his title throughout the tournament and unifying it with the Wrestle-1 Championship.[14][15] However, just before the start of the tournament on September 19, Funaki lost the World Heavyweight Championship.[16][17] The Wrestle-1 Championship belt was unveiled at a press conference on September 17.[18][19][20] The first two rounds of the tournament were held over three shows between September 21 and 23 and saw KAI, Masakatsu Funaki, Masayuki Kono and Shuji Kondo advance to set up the two semifinal matches for October 8.[21][22][23] In the semifinals, Kai and Kono were victorious over Kondo and Funaki, respectively, setting up a final match later that same day, where Kono defeated Kai to win the tournament and become the inaugural Wrestle-1 Champion.[2][24][25]

  First round
(September 21, 22)
Second round
(September 23)
Semifinals
(October 8)
Finals
(October 8)
                             
 KAI Pin  
 Manabu Soya 23:40[26]  
   KAI Pin  
 
   Minoru Tanaka 18:18[27]  
 Minoru Tanaka Pin
 Daiki Inaba 12:31[28]  
   KAI Pin  
   Shuji Kondo 12:50[2]  
 Hiroshi Yamato Pin  
 Seiki Yoshioka 18:48[26]  
   Hiroshi Yamato Pin
 
   Shuji Kondo 15:11[27]  
 Shuji Kondo Pin
 Kaz Hayashi 16:35[26]  
   KAI Pin
   Masayuki Kono 17:57[2]
 Masakatsu Funaki Sub  
 Tajiri 03:50[26]  
   Masakatsu Funaki Pin
 
   Akira 14:13[27]  
 Ryota Hama Pin
 Akira 07:34[28]  
   Masakatsu Funaki Pin
   Masayuki Kono 07:10[2]  
 Masayuki Kono Pin  
 Jiro Kuroshio 04:56[28]  
   Masayuki Kono Sub
 
   Yusuke Kodama 09:07[27]  
 Yasufumi Nakanoue Pin
 Yusuke Kodama 12:32[26]  


Title HistoryEdit

# Wrestler Reign Date Location Event Length Defenses Successful defenses Notes
1 Masayuki Kono 1 October 8, 2014 Tokyo Shodai Ōja Kettei Tournament 24

Days

0 Kono defeated KAI in the finals of a sixteen-man tournament to become the inaugural champion.
2 Keiji Mutoh 1 November 1, 2014 Tokyo Hold Out 124

Days

2 1. defeated Seiya Sanada on December 22, 2014
2. defeated Manabu Soya on January 30, 2015
3 KAI 1 March 8, 2015 Tokyo Trans Magic 24

Days

0
4 Hideki Suzuki 1 April 1, 2015 Tokyo Cherry Blossom 102

Days

2 1. defeated Ryota Hama on May 5, 2015
2. defeated Shuji Kondo on June 18, 2016
5 KAI 2 July 12, 2015 Tokyo Symbol 71

Days

0
6 Manabu Soya 1 September 21, 2015 Tokyo 2nd Anniversary 111

Days

2 1. defeated Ryota Hama on October 31, 2015
2. defeated Masayuki Kono on December 24, 2015
7 Yuji Hino 1 January 10, 2016 Tokyo Sunrise 115

Days

2 1. defeated Minoru Tanaka on February 10, 2016
2. defeated Shuji Kondo on March 3, 2016
8 KAI 3 May 4, 2016 Tokyo Triumph 99

Days

1 1. defeated Shotaro Ashino on June 8, 2016
9 Daiki Inaba 1 August 11, 2016 Yokohama Pro Wrestling Love in Yokohama 83

Days

1 1. defeated KAI on September 18, 2016
10 Masayuki Kono 2 November 2, 2016 Tokyo Autumn Bout 138

Days

2 1. defeated Jiro Kuroshio on December 9, 2016
2. defeated Manabu Soya on January 8, 2017
11 Shotaro Ashino 1 March 20, 2017 Tokyo Trans Magic 359

Days

7 1. defeated Shuji Kondo on April 19, 2017
2. defeated Manabu Soya on May 4, 2017
3. defeated Koji Doi on June 6, 2017
4. defeated Jiro Kuroshio on September 2, 2017
5. defeated Daiki Inaba on September 18, 2017
6. defeated Kumagoro on November 5, 2017
7. defeated Takanori Ito on December 10, 2017
12 Manabu Soya 2 March 14, 2018 Tokyo Trans Magic 100+ 1 1. defeated Kuma Arashi on June 13, 2018

GalleryEdit

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