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GHC Heavyweight Championship

The Global Honored Crown (GHC) Heavyweight Championship is the professional wrestling world heavyweight championship in Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling Noah. The title was also defended on Impact Wrestling which has a working relationship with Pro Wrestling Noah. It was created on April 15, 2001 when Mitsuharu Misawa defeated Yoshihiro Takayama in a 16-man tournament final.[1] Though its name implies a particular weight class, it has been periodically held by junior heavyweights, including Yoshinari Ogawa, Kenta, Naomichi Marufuji, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Kenoh. There have been a total of 18 recognized champions, who have had a combined 31 official reigns.

GHC Heavyweight Championship
Details
PromotionPro Wrestling Noah
Date establishedApril 15, 2001
Current champion(s)Kaito Kiyomiya
Date wonDecember 16, 2018

TournamentEdit

Noah held a 16-man tournament to crown the first champion, held over its month-long, 18-event Navigation for the Victory GHC tour. The tour was held from March 18 through April 15, 2001.[1]

First round Second round Semifinals Finals
            
Mar. 18 Mitsuharu Misawa Pin
Tokyo Akitoshi Saito 12:26
Apr. 4 Mitsuharu Misawa Pin
Okayama Yoshinari Ogawa 19:44
Mar. 21 Masao Inoue Pin
Sagamihara Yoshinari Ogawa 14:18
Apr. 11 Mitsuharu Misawa Pin
Hiroshima Jun Akiyama 15:05†
Apr. 1 Jun Akiyama Pin
Fukuoka Takao Omori 22:49
Apr. 8 Jun Akiyama Pin
Tokyo Takeshi Rikio 4:02
Apr. 2 Takeshi Morishima Pin
Beppu Takeshi Rikio 14:33
Apr. 15 Mitsuharu Misawa Pin
Tokyo Yoshihiro Takayama 21:12
Mar. 22 Jun Izumida Pin
Tokyo Yoshihiro Takayama 8:22
Apr. 3 Yoshihiro Takayama Pin
Uwajima Kentaro Shiga 7:16
Mar. 30 Scorpio Pin
Kumamoto Kentaro Shiga 13:06
Apr. 12 Yoshihiro Takayama DQ
Osaka Vader 9:24
Mar. 25 Akira Taue Pin
Kyoto Vader 10:40
Apr. 6 Vader Pin
Ishikawa Daisuke Ikeda 7:15
Mar. 29 Tamon Honda Pin
Kagoshima Daisuke Ikeda 15:16

† Akiyama and Misawa were both counted out, but the match was restarted.

Title historyEdit

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 Mitsuharu Misawa April 15, 2001 Navigation for the Victory Tokyo, Japan 1 103 1 Defeated Yoshihiro Takayama in a tournament final. [1]
2 Jun Akiyama July 27, 2001 Accomplish Our First Navigation Tokyo, Japan 1 254 3 [2]
3 Yoshinari Ogawa April 7, 2002 Come and Watch in Ariake Tokyo, Japan 1 153 2 [3]
4 Yoshihiro Takayama September 7, 2002 Navigation Over the Date Line Osaka, Japan 1 16 0 [4]
5 Mitsuharu Misawa September 23, 2002 Great Voyage Tokyo, Japan 2 159 1 [5]
6 Kenta Kobashi March 1, 2003 Navigate for Evolution Tokyo, Japan 1 735 13 [6][7]
7 Takeshi Rikio March 5, 2005 Navigate for Evolution Tokyo, Japan 1 245 3 [6][8]
8 Akira Taue November 5, 2005 Third Great Voyage Tokyo, Japan 1 78 1 [9]
9 Jun Akiyama January 22, 2006 First Navigation Tokyo, Japan 2 230 2 [10]
10 Naomichi Marufuji September 9, 2006 Great Voyage Tokyo, Japan 1 92 2 [11]
11 Mitsuharu Misawa December 10, 2006 Great Voyage Tokyo, Japan 3 448 7 [12]
12 Takeshi Morishima March 2, 2008 Second Navigation Tokyo, Japan 1 188 2
13 Kensuke Sasaki September 6, 2008 Shiny Navigation Tokyo, Japan 1 176 2
14 Jun Akiyama March 1, 2009 Second Navigation Tokyo, Japan 3 105 1
Vacated June 14, 2009 Vacated the title due to herniated discs in his back.
15 Go Shiozaki June 14, 2009 Southern Navigation Fukuoka, Japan 1 175 1 Defeated Takeshi Rikio for the vacant title. [13]
16 Takashi Sugiura December 6, 2009 Winter Navigation Tokyo, Japan 1 581 14
17 Go Shiozaki July 10, 2011 Great Voyage Tokyo, Japan 2 196 3
18 Takeshi Morishima January 22, 2012 Great Voyage 2012 in Osaka Osaka, Japan 2 371 8
19 Kenta January 27, 2013 Great Voyage 2013 in Osaka Osaka, Japan 1 343 9
20 Takeshi Morishima January 5, 2014 New Year Navigation 2014 Tokyo, Japan 3 34 0
21 Yuji Nagata February 8, 2014 The Second Navig. 2014 Tokyo, Japan 1 147 4
22 Naomichi Marufuji July 5, 2014 Great Voyage 2014 in Tokyo Vol. 2 Tokyo, Japan 2 253 6
23 Minoru Suzuki March 15, 2015 Great Voyage 2015 in Tokyo Tokyo, Japan 1 283 4 On August 9, 2015, Suzuki successfully defended the title against Mio Shirai at a Pro Wrestling Wave event. The defense was not recognized by Noah, who officially only recognize four of his five defenses. [14]
24 Naomichi Marufuji December 23, 2015 Destiny 2015 Tokyo, Japan 3 39 0
25 Takashi Sugiura January 31, 2016 Great Voyage 2016 in Yokohama Yokohama, Japan 2 118 1
26 Go Shiozaki May 28, 2016 Great Voyage 2016 in Osaka Osaka, Japan 3 63 1
27 Takashi Sugiura July 30, 2016 10th NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League Tokyo, Japan 3 85 2 This was a lumberjack match.
28 Katsuhiko Nakajima October 23, 2016 Great Voyage 2016 in Yokohama Vol. 2 Yokohama, Japan 1 307 7
29 Eddie Edwards August 26, 2017 Summer Navig. 2017 Vol. 2 Tokyo, Japan 1 118 2
30 Kenoh December 22, 2017 Winter Navig. 2017 Tokyo, Japan 1 79 2
31 Takashi Sugiura March 11, 2018 Great Voyage 2018 in Yokohama Yokohama, Japan 4 280 6
32 Kaito Kiyomiya December 16, 2018 Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol. 2 Yokohama, Japan 1 354+ 6

Combined reignsEdit

As of December 5, 2019.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Takashi Sugiura 4 23 1,064
2 Kenta Kobashi 1 13 735
3 Mitsuharu Misawa 3 9 710
4 Takeshi Morishima 3 10 593
5 Jun Akiyama 3 6 589
6 Go Shiozaki 3 5 434
7 Naomichi Marufuji 3 8 384
8 Kenta 1 9 343
9 Kaito Kiyomiya 1 6 354+
10 Katsuhiko Nakajima 1 7 307
11 Minoru Suzuki 1 4 283
12 Takeshi Rikio 1 3 245
13 Kensuke Sasaki 1 2 176
14 Yoshinari Ogawa 1 2 153
15 Yuji Nagata 1 4 147
16 Eddie Edwards 1 2 118
17 Kenoh 1 2 79
18 Akira Taue 1 1 78
19 Yoshihiro Takayama 1 0 16

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "NOAH Accomplish Our First Navigation tour results". Green Destiny. Archived from the original on February 8, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  3. ^ "NOAH Encountering Navigation tour results". Green Destiny. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  4. ^ "NOAH Navigation Over the Date Line tour results". Green Destiny. Archived from the original on February 23, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  5. ^ "NOAH results, 2002". Green Destiny. Archived from the original on May 21, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  6. ^ a b "NOAH Navigate for Evolution 2003 tour results". Green Destiny. Archived from the original on February 23, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  7. ^ "We are the Champions (as of July 8)". Power Slam Magazine. Lancaster, Lancashire, England: SW Publishing LTD. August 2003. p. 15. 109.
  8. ^ Hoops, Brian (March 5, 2017). "Daily Pro Wrestling History (03/05): The Hardy Boyz win WWF tag team gold". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  9. ^ "NOAH results, 2005". Green Destiny. Archived from the original on December 26, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-07.
  10. ^ "NOAH The First Navigation tour results". PuroLove.com (in German). Retrieved May 7, 2007.
  11. ^ "2006 Shiny Navigation tour results". PuroLove.com (in German). Retrieved May 7, 2007.
  12. ^ "2006 NOAH results". PuroLove.com (in German). Retrieved May 7, 2007.
  13. ^ Ayass, Dean (June 17, 2009). "Misawa killed by spinal cord injury". The Sun. UK. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
  14. ^ みのる暴挙!美央相手に勝手にGHC戦. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). August 10, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.

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