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Global Junior Heavyweight League

The Global Junior Heavyweight League is a professional wrestling round-robin tournament held by Pro Wrestling Noah. The purpose of the tournament is to determine the promotion's top junior heavyweight wrestler. It was originally designed to be an annual event starting in 2009, but the second tournament did not take place until 2015. The tournament is a two-block round-robin tournament, much like New Japan Pro Wrestling's Best of the Super Juniors tournament, in which each block's two highest scorers face off in the semifinals. A victory is worth two points, a draw was worth one, and a loss zero; each match has a thirty-minute time limit. Being a professional wrestling tournament, the outcome of the matches and the tournament itself are not determined through pure athletic competition but through pre-determined outcomes to matches.[1]

List of winnersEdit

2009Edit

The first tournament, named simply Junior Heavyweight League, was held from October 15 to October 31 over nine shows, and featured two blocks of five. Foreign participation included Delirious from Ring of Honor and Jyushin Thunder Liger from New Japan Pro Wrestling. The winner, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, also won the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. Delirious was awarded place in the semifinal because original block A runner-up Kotaro Suzuki had to withdraw with a flu.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Katsuhiko Nakajima 6 Jyushin Thunder Liger 5
Kotaro Suzuki 5 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 4
Delirious 4 Atsushi Aoki 3
Kenta 3 Taiji Ishimori 2
Ricky Marvin 2 Genba Hirayanagi 0
Block A Delirious Katsuhiko Nakajima Kenta Kotaro Suzuki Ricky Marvin
Delirious X Nakajima (15:05) Delirious (18:54) Suzuki (13:52) Delirious (14:20)
Katsuhiko Nakajima Nakajima (15:05) X Draw (30:00) Draw (30:00) Nakajima (12:07)
Kenta Delirious (18:54) Draw (30:00) X Suzuki (17:28) Kenta (1:59)
Kotaro Suzuki Suzuki (13:52) Draw (30:00) Suzuki (17:28) X Marvin (9:04)
Ricky Marvin Delirious (14:20) Nakajima(12:07) Kenta (1:59) Marvin (9:04) X
Block B Atsushi Aoki Genba Hirayanagi Jyushin Thunder Liger Taiji Ishimori Yoshinobu Kanemaru
Atsushi Aoki X Aoki (13:11) Draw (30:00) Ishimori (13:54) Kanemaru (17:32)
Genba Hirayanagi Aoki (13:11) X Double countout (9:19) Double countout (7:09) Double countout (7:45)
Jyushin Thunder Liger Draw (30:00) Double countout (9:19) X Liger (13:08) Liger (14:45)
Taiji Ishimori Ishimori (13:54) Double countout (7:09) Liger (13:08) X Kanemaru (15:56)
Yoshinobu Kanemaru Kanemaru (17:32) Double countout (7:45) Liger (14:45) Kanemaru (15:56) X
Semifinals Finals
      
A1 Katsuhiko Nakajima Pin
B2 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 10:17
B2 Yoshinobu Kanemaru Pin
B1 Jyushin Thunder Liger 18:53
B1 Jyushin Thunder Liger Pin
A2 Delirious 10:45

2015Edit

The second tournament, now named Global Junior Heavyweight League, took place from July 18 to August 5, 2015.[1]

Final standings
Block A Block B
Daisuke Harada 10 Atsushi Kotoge 8
El Desperado 8 Taiji Ishimori 8
Kenoh 8 Bengala 6
Zack Sabre Jr. 8 Hajime Ohara 6
Yoshinari Ogawa 6 Super Crazy 6
Sho Tanaka 2 Taka Michinoku 6
Hitoshi Kumano 0 Genba Hirayanagi 2
Block A Daisuke Harada El Desperado Hitoshi Kumano Kenoh Sho Tanaka Yoshinari Ogawa Zack Sabre Jr.
Daisuke Harada X Harada (5:23) Harada (10:06) Harada (13:29) Harada (8:33) Harada (11:58) Sabre (12:12)
El Desperado Harada (5:23) X Desperado (7:53) Desperado (13:31) Desperado (10:19) Ogawa (1:05) Desperado (11:06)
Hitoshi Kumano Harada (10:06) Desperado (7:53) X Kenoh (9:03) Tanaka (9:01) Ogawa (8:41) Sabre (9:47)
Kenoh Harada (13:29) Desperado (13:31) Kenoh (9:03) X Kenoh (13:50) Kenoh (13:28) Kenoh (7:33)
Sho Tanaka Harada (8:33) Desperado (10:19) Tanaka (9:01) Kenoh (13:50) X Ogawa (3:32) Sabre (10:07)
Yoshinari Ogawa Harada (11:58) Ogawa (1:05) Ogawa (8:41) Kenoh (13:28) Ogawa (3:32) X Sabre (11:46)
Zack Sabre Jr. Sabre (12:12) Desperado (11:06) Sabre (9:47) Kenoh (7:33) Sabre (10:07) Sabre (11:46) X
Block B Atsushi Kotoge Bengala Genba Hirayanagi Hajime Ohara Super Crazy Taiji Ishimori Taka Michinoku
Atsushi Kotoge X Kotoge (8:49) Kotoge (8:36) Ohara (12:41) Crazy (11:05) Kotoge (14:58) Kotoge (10:44)
Bengala Kotoge (8:49) X Hirayanagi (6:22) Bengala (6:15) Bengala (3:24) Ishimori (10:48) Bengala (7:40)
Genba Hirayanagi Kotoge (8:36) Hirayanagi (6:22) X Ohara (8:29) Crazy (5:29) Ishimori (7:44) Michinoku (7:33)
Hajime Ohara Ohara (12:41) Bengala (6:15) Ohara (8:29) X Crazy (10:16) Ishimori (7:15) Ohara (11:31)
Super Crazy Crazy (11:05) Bengala (3:24) Crazy (5:29) Crazy (10:16) X Ishimori (12:27) Michinoku (8:26)
Taiji Ishimori Kotoge (14:58) Ishimori (10:48) Ishimori (7:44) Ishimori (7:15) Ishimori (12:27) X Michinoku (9:07)
Taka Michinoku Kotoge (10:44) Bengala (7:40) Michinoku (7:33) Ohara (11:31) Michinoku (8:26) Michinoku (9:07) X
Final
   
A1 Daisuke Harada Pin
B1 Atsushi Kotoge 16:35

2018Edit

The third tournament took place from September 8 to October 4, 2018.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Kotaro Suzuki 8 Yo-Hey 8
Daisuke Harada 6 Ikuto Hidaka 7
Hitoshi Kumano 6 Hi69 6
Tadasuke 6 Minoru Tanaka 6
Seiya Morohashi 2 Hayata 3
Hajime Ohara 2 Junta Miyawaki 0
Block A Daisuke Harada Hajime Ohara Hitoshi Kumano Kotaro Suzuki Seiya Morohashi Tadasuke
Daisuke Harada X Harada (19:04) Harada (12:06) Suzuki (16:31) Harada (8:47) Tadasuke (15:31)
Hajime Ohara Harada (19:04) X Kumano (12:24) Ohara (10:11) Morohashi (10:05) Tadasuke (6:54)
Hitoshi Kumano Harada (12:06) Kumano (12:24) X Suzuki (14:33) Kumano (11:52) Kumano (9:59)
Kotaro Suzuki Suzuki (16:31) Ohara (10:11) Suzuki (14:33) X Suzuki (9:19) Suzuki (10:18)
Seiya Morohashi Harada (8:47) Morohashi (10:05) Kumano (11:52) Suzuki (9:19) X Tadasuke (9:53)
Tadasuke Tadasuke (15:31) Tadasuke (6:54) Kumano (9:59) Suzuki (10:18) Tadasuke (9:53) X
Block B Hayata Hi69 Ikuto Hidaka Junta Miyawaki Minoru Tanaka Yo-Hey
Hayata X Hi69 (9:35) Hidaka (11:11) Hayata (4:45) Tanaka (11:33) Draw (12:36)
Hi69 Hi69 (9:35) X Hidaka (14:47) Hi69 (2:49) Hi69 (19:41) Yo-Hey (13:11)
Ikuto Hidaka Hidaka (11:11) Hidaka (14:47) X Hidaka (8:03) Tanaka (12:38) Draw (30:00)
Junta Miyawaki Hayata (4:45) Hi69 (2:49) Hidaka (8:03) X Tanaka (5:55) Yo-Hey (8:02)
Minoru Tanaka Tanaka (11:33) Hi69 (19:41) Tanaka (12:38) Tanaka (5:55) X Yo-Hey (14:57)
Yo-Hey Draw (12:36) Yo-Hey (13:11) Draw (30:00) Yo-Hey (8:02) Yo-Hey (14:57) X
Final
   
A1 Kotaro Suzuki Pin
B1 Yo-Hey 17:00

2019Edit

The fourth Global Junior Heavyweight League will take place from June 27 to July 27, 2019.[2]

Current standings
Block A Block B
Tadasuke 8 Hayata 7
Yo-Hey 6 Kotaro Suzuki 7
Yoshinari Ogawa 6 Chris Ridgeway 6
Daisuke Harada 5 Hajime Ohara 4
Minoru Tanaka 5 Hi69 4
Junta Miyawaki 0 Hitoshi Kumano 2
Block A Daisuke Harada Junta Miyawaki Minoru Tanaka Tadasuke Yo-Hey Yoshinari Ogawa
Daisuke Harada X Harada (6:52) Draw (30:00) Tadasuke (15:01) Harada (15:20) Ogawa (9:47)
Junta Miyawaki Harada (6:52) X Tanaka (8:43) Tadasuke (8:57) Yo-Hey (8:57) Ogawa (9:54)
Minoru Tanaka Draw (30:00) Tanaka (8:43) X Tadasuke (10:14) Yo-Hey (12:40) Tanaka (11:33)
Tadasuke Tadasuke (15:01) Tadasuke (8:57) Tadasuke (10:14) X Tadasuke (10:41) Ogawa (13:19)
Yo-Hey Harada (15:20) Yo-Hey (8:57) Yo-Hey (12:40) Tadasuke (10:41) X Yo-Hey (14:14)
Yoshinari Ogawa Ogawa (9:47) Ogawa (9:54) Tanaka (11:33) Ogawa (13:19) Yo-Hey (14:14) X
Block B Chris Ridgeway Hajime Ohara Hayata Hi69 Hitoshi Kumano Kotaro Suzuki
Chris Ridgeway X Ohara (9:20) Hayata (14:30) Ridgeway (13:08) Ridgeway (10:01) Ridgeway (8:38)
Hajime Ohara Ohara (9:20) X Hayata (15:59) Ohara (10:20) Kumano (13:35) Suzuki (10:09)
Hayata Hayata (14:30) Hayata (15:59) X Hi69 (11:27) Hayata (11:01) Draw (30:00)
Hi69 Ridgeway (13:08) Ohara (10:20) Hi69 (11:27) X Hi69 (9:39) Suzuki (8:59)
Hitoshi Kumano Ridgeway (10:01) Kumano (13:35) Hayata (11:01) Hi69 (9:39) X Suzuki (10:32)
Kotaro Suzuki Ridgeway (8:38) Suzuki (10:09) Draw (30:00) Suzuki (8:59) Suzuki (10:32) X
  Block B Decision     Final
                 
    A1 Hayata Pin
  B1 Hayata Pin     B2 Tadasuke 19:12
  B2 Kotaro Suzuki 3:13  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "「グローバル・ジュニア・ヘビー級リーグ戦 2015」出場選手決定のお知らせ". Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  2. ^ "【6・27後楽園で開幕!】GLOBAL Jr. LEAGUE 2019情報". プロレスリング・ノア公式サイト | PRO-WRESTLING NOAH OFFICIAL SITE. Retrieved 2019-06-14.