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GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship

The Global Honored Crown (GHC) Junior Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling title in Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling Noah, specifically for junior heavyweight (<100 kg) workers. It was created in 2001 when Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Juventud Guerrera in a 12-man tournament final. In addition to Japan, the title has also been defended in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. There have been a total of 20 recognized champions who have had a combined 39 official reigns.

GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship
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Taichi with the title belt in December 2015
Details
PromotionPro Wrestling Noah
Date establishedJune 24, 2001
Current champion(s)Minoru Tanaka
Date wonMarch 10, 2019

Contents

TournamentEdit

Noah held a 12-man tournament to crown the first champion, held over its month-long, 11-event Navigation for the Bright Destination tour. The tour was held from June 9 through June 24, 2001.[1]

  First round Second round Semifinals Final
                                     
    June 16  Path Finder 12:15  
June 9  Path Finder Pin     Miyagi  Yoshinobu Kanemaru Pin    
  June 23  Yoshinobu Kanemaru Pin  
Tokyo   Kenta Kobayashi 8:27    
  Tokyo Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 13:34    
June 21  Tsuyoshi Kikuchi Pin
   
  Toyama  BJ Whitmer 7:12  
    June 24  Yoshinobu Kanemaru Pin
  Aichi  Juventud Guerrera 17:17
  June 17  Makoto Hashi 15:02    
Oyama  Naomichi Marufuji Pin    
  June 23  Naomichi Marufuji 19:02
June 15  Satoru Asako Pin  
  Tokyo  Juventud Guerrera Pin  
Niigata  Matt Murphy 11:21     June 20 Satoru Asako 11:04
 
    Tokyo  Juventud Guerrera Pin  

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 Yoshinobu Kanemaru June 24, 2001 Navigation for the Bright Destination tour Nagoya, Japan 1 117 2 Defeated Juventud Guerrera in a tournament final. [1]
2 Tatsuhito Takaiwa October 19, 2001 Tug of War tour Yokohama, Japan 1 51 1 [2]
3 Naomichi Marufuji December 9, 2001 Navigation in Raging Ocean tour Tokyo, Japan 1 119 1 [3]
4 Makoto Hashi April 7, 2002 Come and Watch in Ariake Tokyo, Japan 1 1 0 [4]
Vacated April 8, 2002 Hashi refused the title after winning by referee stoppage due to Marufuji injuring his knee. [5]
5 Yoshinobu Kanemaru May 26, 2002 Navigation with Breeze tour Sapporo, Japan 2 308 3 Defeated Kenta in a tournament final. [6]
6 Michael Modest March 30, 2003 Encountering Navigation tour Fukuoka, Japan 1 166 2 [7][8]
7 Takashi Sugiura September 12, 2003 Navigation Over the Date Line tour Tokyo, Japan 1 114 2 [9]
8 Jushin Thunder Liger January 4, 2004 New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestling World 2004 Tokyo, Japan 1 188 5 [10][11]
9 Yoshinobu Kanemaru July 10, 2004 Departure (2004) Tokyo, Japan 3 373 5 [12]
10 Kenta July 18, 2005 Destiny Tokyo, Japan 1 321 6 [13]
11 Takashi Sugiura June 4, 2006 Northern Navigation tour Sapporo, Japan 2 202 1 [14]
12 Tatsuhito Takaiwa December 23, 2006 Pro Wrestling SEM's SEMful Gift in Differ Tokyo, Japan 2 126 2 [15]
13 Mushiking Terry April 28, 2007 Spring Navigation tour Tokyo, Japan 1 182 0 [16]
14 Yoshinobu Kanemaru October 27, 2007 Autumn Navigation tour Tokyo, Japan 4 323 5
15 Bryan Danielson September 14, 2008 Ring of Honor's The Tokyo Summit Tokyo, Japan 1 29 1
16 Kenta October 13, 2008 Won the title on the Autumn Navigation tour Hiroshima, Japan 2 121 3
17 Katsuhiko Nakajima February 11, 2009 Kensuke Office's Take the Dream Vol. 7 Tokyo, Japan 1 18 0
18 Kenta March 1, 2009 Second Navigation tour Tokyo, Japan 3 243 3
Vacated October 30, 2009 Vacated due to a knee injury.
19 Yoshinobu Kanemaru October 31, 2009 Autumn Navigation tour Tokyo, Japan 5 400 6 Defeated Jyushin Thunder Liger in the finals of the Junior Heavyweight League.
20 Kotaro Suzuki December 5, 2010 Winter Navigation tour Tokyo, Japan 2 292 7 Suzuki was formerly known as Mushiking Terry.
21 Katsuhiko Nakajima September 23, 2011 Shiny Navigation tour Tokyo, Japan 2 9 0
Vacated October 2, 2011 Nakajima was forced to vacate the title after undergoing surgery for acute appendicitis.
22 Ricky Marvin October 16, 2011 Navigation Sunday 2011 in Korakuen Tokyo, Japan 1 <1 0 Defeated Satoshi Kajiwara.
Vacated October 16, 2011 Marvin vacated the title, declaring that he wanted to earn it by defeating Katsuhiko Nakajima.
23 Katsuhiko Nakajima November 27, 2011 Great Voyage 2011 in Tokyo Vol. 4 Tokyo, Japan 3 164 4 Defeated Ricky Marvin.
24 Yoshinobu Kanemaru May 9, 2012 The Navigation in May 2012 tour Tokyo, Japan 6 143 3
25 Shuji Kondo September 29, 2012 The Navigation Saturday 2012 in Korakuen Tokyo, Japan 1 120 3 [17]
26 Taiji Ishimori January 27, 2013 Great Voyage 2013 in Osaka Osaka, Japan 1 405 10
27 Daisuke Harada March 8, 2014 Great Voyage 2014 in Tokyo Tokyo, Japan 1 273 7
28 Atsushi Kotoge December 6, 2014 Great Voyage 2014 in Tokyo Vol. 3 Tokyo, Japan 1 99 1
29 Taichi March 15, 2015 Great Voyage 2015 in Tokyo Tokyo, Japan 1 283 4
30 Taiji Ishimori December 23, 2015 Destiny 2015 Tokyo, Japan 2 63 1
31 Yoshinobu Kanemaru February 24, 2016 The Second Navigation 2016 Tokyo, Japan 7 212 4
32 Atsushi Kotoge September 23, 2016 Shiny Navig. 2016 Tokyo, Japan 2 94 3
Vacated December 26, 2016 Title vacated due to Kotoge moving to the heavyweight division.
33 Hajime Ohara January 7, 2017 The First Navig. 2017 Tokyo, Japan 1 140 2 Defeated Taiji Ishimori in a decision match to win the vacant title.
34 Hayata May 27, 2017 Navig. with Breeze 2017 Osaka, Japan 1 29 0
35 Taiji Ishimori June 25, 2017 Great Voyage 2017 in Fukushima Kōriyama, Japan 3 98 1
36 Daisuke Harada October 1, 2017 Great Voyage 2017 in Yokohama Vol. 2 Yokohama, Japan 2 394 6
37 Kotaro Suzuki October 30, 2018 Global League 2018 - Tag 1 Tokyo, Japan 3 47 2
38 Daisuke Harada December 16, 2018 Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol. 2 Yokohama, Japan 3 84 1
39 Minoru Tanaka March 10, 2019 Great Voyage 2019 in Yokohama Yokohama, Japan 1 130+ 1

Combined reignsEdit

As of July 18, 2019.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 7 28 1,876
2 Daisuke Harada 3 14 751
3 Kenta 3 12 685
4 Taiji Ishimori 3 12 566
5 Mushiking Terry/Kotaro Suzuki 3 9 521
6 Takashi Sugiura 2 3 316
7 Taichi 1 4 283
8 Atsushi Kotoge 2 4 193
9 Katsuhiko Nakajima 3 4 191
10 Jyushin Thunder Liger 1 5 188
11 Tatsuhito Takaiwa 2 3 177
12 Michael Modest 1 2 166
13 Hajime Ohara 1 2 140
14 Minoru Tanaka 1 1 130+
15 Shuji Kondo 1 3 120
16 Naomichi Marufuji 1 1 119
17 Bryan Danielson 1 1 29
Hayata 1 0 29
19 Makoto Hashi 1 0 1
20 Ricky Marvin 1 0 <1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "NOAH Tug of War tour results". Green Destiny. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-10-27.[unreliable source?]
  3. ^ "NOAH Navigation in Raging Ocean tour results". Green Destiny. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-10-27.[unreliable source?]
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  8. ^ "We are the Champions (as of July 8)". Power Slam Magazine. Lancaster, Lancashire, England: SW Publishing LTD. August 2003. p. 15. 109.
  9. ^ "NOAH Navigation Over the Date Line tour results". Green Destiny. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-10-27.[unreliable source?]
  10. ^ "NJPW results, 2004". Strong Style Spirit. Archived from the original on 2007-10-14. Retrieved 2007-10-27.
  11. ^ "We are the champions (as of February 11)". Power Slam Magazine. Lancaster, Lancashire, England: SW Publishing LTD. March 2005. p. 15. 116.
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  15. ^ "SEM results" (in German). PuroLove.com. Archived from the original on January 15, 2008. Retrieved 2007-10-27.[unreliable source?]
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