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List of IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions

Record 7-time and former champions The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) (left to right)

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship owned by the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. "IWGP" is the acronym of NJPW's governing body, the International Wrestling Grand Prix. The title was introduced on August 8, 1998 at a NJPW live event.[1] The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is not the only tag team title contested for in NJPW; the IWGP Tag Team Championship is also sanctioned by NJPW.[2] According to NJPW's official website, the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is listed as the "IWGP Jr. Tag Class", while the IWGP Tag Team Championship is considered the "IWGP Heavy Weight Class".[2] The title is contested for by junior heavyweight wrestlers; the weight-limit for the title is 100 kg (220 lb) per partner.[3] Being a professional wrestling championship, the title is won as a result of a predetermined outcome.

Title changes happen mostly at NJPW-promoted events. The inaugural champions were Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa, who defeated Dr. Wagner Jr. and Koji Kanemoto on August 8, 1998, in the finals of a tournament. Rocky Romero holds the record for most reigns by an individual wrestler, with eight. At seven reigns, The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) hold the record for the most by a team. Gedo and Jado's combined four reign lengths add up to 960 days—the most of any team. Separately, Gedo and Jado are tied for most days as champion. NJPW keep track of all championship title defenses per reign, which is unlike most mainstream wrestling organizations. They also hold the most total defenses as champions, with 15. Gedo and Jado separately are tied for the record of total defenses by a single wrestler. Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) hold the record for most defenses during a single reign, with 7. The Great Sasuke and Jushin Thunder Liger's only reign, Minoru and Prince Devitt's first reign, El Samurai and Koji Kanemoto's only reign, Apollo 55's fourth reign, Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask's only reign, The Young Bucks' second, fourth, and seventh reigns, Roppongi Vice's (Beretta and Rocky Romero) first, second and fourth reigns, Matt Sydal and King Ricochet's first and second reigns and Roppongi 3K's (Sho and Yoh) second reign share the record for the fewest successful defenses, with zero. At 348 days, Otani and Takaiwa's second reign is the longest in the title's history. Minoru and Prince Devitt's first reign is the shortest, at 21 days. Overall, there have been 58 reigns shared among 46 wrestlers, who made up 35 different teams. The current champions are Sho and Yoh of Roppongi 3k, who are in their third reign as a team; Both are in their third individual reigns.

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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 Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa August 8, 1998 Rising the Next Generations in Osaka Dome Osaka, Japan 1 149 2 Otani and Takaiwa defeated Dr. Wagner Jr. and Koji Kanemoto in a tournament final to become the first champions.[1]
2 Dr. Wagner Jr. and Kendo Kashin January 4, 1999 Wrestling World Tokyo, Japan 1 96 2
3 The Great Sasuke and Jushin Thunder Liger April 10, 1999 Strong Style Symphony Tokyo, Japan 1 94 0
4 Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa July 13, 1999 Summer Struggle 1999 Morioka, Japan 2 348 4
5 Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka June 25, 2000 Summer Struggle 2000 Tokyo, Japan 1 254 3
6 El Samurai and Jushin Thunder Liger (2) March 6, 2001 Hyper Battle 2001 Tokyo, Japan 1 136 1
7 Gedo and Jado July 20, 2001 Dome Quake Sapporo, Japan 1 286 6
8 Jushin Thunder Liger (3) and Minoru Tanaka (2) May 2, 2002 Toukon Memorial Day Tokyo, Japan 1 119 1
9 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru August 29, 2002 Cross Road Tokyo, Japan 1 150 4
10 Jushin Thunder Liger (4) and Koji Kanemoto (2) January 26, 2003 The First Navigation 2003 Kobe, Japan 1 282 6 [4][5]
Vacated November 4, 2003 The championship was vacated due to Kanemoto fracturing his left cheekbone.[4]
11 Gedo and Jado November 29, 2003 Battle Final 2003 Miyagi, Japan 2 104 2 Gedo and Jado defeated Hirooki Goto and Ryusuke Taguchi to win the vacant championship.[6]
12 American Dragon and Curry Man March 12, 2004 Hyper Battle 2004 Tokyo, Japan 1 85 1 [7]
13 Gedo and Jado June 5, 2004 Best of the Super Jr. XI Osaka, Japan 3 272 5
14 Koji Kanemoto (3) and Wataru Inoue March 4, 2005 Big Fight Series 2005 Tokyo, Japan 1 71 2 [8]
15 Hirooki Goto and Minoru (3) May 14, 2005 Nexess VI Tokyo, Japan 1 281 2
16 El Samurai (2) and Ryusuke Taguchi February 19, 2006 Circuit2006 Acceleration Tokyo, Japan 1 139 2
17 Gedo and Jado July 8, 2006 Circuit2006 Turbulence Shizuoka, Japan 4 298 2
18 Dick Togo and Taka Michinoku May 2, 2007 New Japan Pro Wrestling 35th Anniversary Tour Brave New World: Hall2Days Tokyo, Japan 1 270 3
19 Prince Prince
(Minoru (4) and Prince Devitt)
January 27, 2008 Circuit2008 New Japan Ism Tokyo, Japan 1 21 0
20 Legend
(Akira and Jushin Thunder Liger (5))
February 17, 2008 Circuit2008 New Japan Ism Tokyo, Japan 1 155 1
21 Prince Prince
(Minoru (5) and Prince Devitt (2))
July 21, 2008 Circuit2008 New Japan Soul: Novello Sparks Sapporo, Japan 2 84 1
22 No Limit
(Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro)
October 13, 2008 Destruction '08 Tokyo, Japan 1 83 1
23 The Motor City Machine Guns
(Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin)
January 4, 2009 Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 182 3 The Motor City Machine Guns defended the championship twice in the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion during their reign, as part of an agreement between TNA and NJPW.[9]
24 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt (3) and Ryusuke Taguchi (2))
July 5, 2009 Circuit2009 New Japan Soul Tokyo, Japan 1 290 5 [10]
Vacated April 21, 2010 Title held up after the championship was not defended for 30 days.[11]
25 El Samurai (3) and Koji Kanemoto (4) May 8, 2010 Super J Tag Tournament 1st Tokyo, Japan 1 72 0 El Samurai and Kanemoto defeated Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) in the finals of an eight-team tournament to win the vacant title.
26 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt (4) and Ryusuke Taguchi (3))
July 19, 2010 Circuit2010 New Japan Soul Sapporo, Japan 2 84 1
27 Golden☆Lovers
(Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi)
October 11, 2010 Destruction '10 Tokyo, Japan 1 104 2
28 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt (5) and Ryusuke Taguchi (4))
January 23, 2011 Fantastica Mania 2011 Tokyo, Japan 3 260 7
29 No Remorse Corps
(Davey Richards and Rocky Romero)
October 10, 2011 Destruction '11 Tokyo, Japan 1 86 1
30 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt (6) and Ryusuke Taguchi (5))
January 4, 2012 Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 4 39 0
31 No Remorse Corps
(Davey Richards and Rocky Romero)
February 12, 2012 The New Beginning Osaka, Japan 2 80 0
Vacated May 2, 2012 Title held up after Davey Richards was unable to attend Wrestling Dontaku 2012 due to travel issues.[12]
32 Jushin Thunder Liger (6) and Tiger Mask June 16, 2012 Dominion 6.16 Osaka, Japan 1 36 0 Liger and Tiger Mask defeated Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) to win the vacant title.
33 Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero (3))
July 22, 2012 Kizuna Road Yamagata, Japan 1 112 2
34 Time Splitters
(Alex Shelley (2) and Kushida)
November 11, 2012 Power Struggle Osaka, Japan 1 173 3
35 Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov (2) and Rocky Romero (4))
May 3, 2013 Wrestling Dontaku 2013 Fukuoka, Japan 2 164 3
36 Suzuki-gun
(Taichi and Taka Michinoku (2))
October 14, 2013 King of Pro-Wrestling Tokyo, Japan 1 26 1
37 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
November 9, 2013 Power Struggle Osaka, Japan 1 224 5
38 Time Splitters
(Alex Shelley (3) and Kushida (2))
June 21, 2014 Dominion 6.21 Osaka, Japan 2 140 3
39 reDRagon
(Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
November 8, 2014 Power Struggle Osaka, Japan 1 95 1
40 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
February 11, 2015 The New Beginning in Osaka Osaka, Japan 2 53 0 This was a three-way match, also involving Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida).
41 Roppongi Vice
(Beretta and Rocky Romero (5))
April 5, 2015 Invasion Attack 2015 Tokyo, Japan 1 28 0
42 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
May 3, 2015 Wrestling Dontaku 2015 Fukuoka, Japan 3 105 1 This was a three-way match, also involving reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly).
43 reDRagon
(Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
August 16, 2015 G1 Climax 25 Tokyo, Japan 2 141 2
44 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
January 4, 2016 Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 4 38 0 This was a four-way match, also involving Matt Sydal and Ricochet and Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero).
45 Matt Sydal and King Ricochet February 11, 2016 The New Beginning in Osaka Osaka, Japan 1 59 0 This was a three-way match, also involving reDRagon.
46 Roppongi Vice
(Beretta (2) and Rocky Romero (6))
April 10, 2016 Invasion Attack 2016 Tokyo, Japan 2 23 0
47 Matt Sydal and King Ricochet May 3, 2016 Wrestling Dontaku 2016 Fukuoka, Japan 2 47 0
48 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
June 19, 2016 Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall Osaka, Japan 5 199 2 This was a four-way elimination match, also involving reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) and Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero).
49 Roppongi Vice
(Beretta (3) and Rocky Romero (7))
January 4, 2017 Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 3 61 1
50 Suzuki-gun
(Taichi (2) and Yoshinobu Kanemaru (2))
March 6, 2017 Hataage Kinenbi Tokyo, Japan 1 52 1
51 Roppongi Vice
(Beretta (4) and Rocky Romero (8))
April 27, 2017 Road to Wrestling Dontaku 2017: Aki no Kuni Sengoku Emaki Hiroshima, Japan 4 45 0
52 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
June 11, 2017 Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall Osaka, Japan 6 63 1
53 Funky Future
(King Ricochet (3) and Ryusuke Taguchi (6))
August 13, 2017 G1 Climax 27 Tokyo, Japan 1 57 1
54 Roppongi 3K
(Sho and Yoh)
October 9, 2017 King of Pro-Wrestling Tokyo, Japan 1 87 0
55 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
January 4, 2018 Wrestle Kingdom 12 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 7 24 0
56 Roppongi 3K
(Sho and Yoh)
January 28, 2018 The New Beginning in Sapporo Sapporo, Japan 2 37 0
57 Suzuki-gun
(El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru (3))
March 6, 2018 Anniversary Show Tokyo, Japan 1 304 4 This was a three-way match, also involving Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi and Hiromu Takahashi).
58 Los Ingobernables de Japon
(Bushi and Shingo Takagi)
January 4, 2019 Wrestle Kingdom 13 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 61 1 This was a three-way match, also involving Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh).
59 Roppongi 3K
(Sho and Yoh)
March 6, 2019 Anniversary Show Tokyo, Japan 3 102 1
60 Bullet Club
(Taiji Ishimori and El Phantasmo)
June 16, 2019 Kizuna Road Tokyo, Japan 1 1+ 0

Combined reignsEdit

As of June 17, 2019.

Indicates the current champions

By teamEdit

Rank Team No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Gedo and Jado 4 15 960
2 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
7 9 706
3 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi)
4 13 673
4 Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa 2 6 497
5 Time Splitters
(Alex Shelley and Kushida)
2 6 313
6 Suzuki-gun
(El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
1 4 304
7 Jushin Thunder Liger and Koji Kanemoto 1 6 282
8 Hirooki Goto and Minoru 1 2 281
9 Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero)
2 5 276
10 Dick Togo and Taka Michinoku 1 3 270
11 Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka 1 3 254
12 reDRagon
(Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
2 3 236
13 Roppongi 3K
(Sho and Yoh)
3 1 227
14 The Motor City Machine Guns
(Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin)
1 3 182
15 No Remorse Corps
(Davey Richards and Rocky Romero)
2 1 166
16 Roppongi Vice
(Beretta and Rocky Romero)
4 1 157
17 Legend
(Akira and Jushin Thunder Liger)
1 1 155
18 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru 1 4 150
19 El Samurai and Ryusuke Taguchi 1 2 139
20 El Samurai and Jushin Thunder Liger 1 1 136
21 Jushin Thunder Liger and Minoru Tanaka 1 1 119
22 Matt Sydal and King Ricochet 2 0 106
23 Prince Prince
(Minoru and Prince Devitt)
2 1 105
24 Golden☆Lovers
(Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi)
1 2 104
25 Dr. Wagner Jr. and Kendo Kashin 1 2 96
26 The Great Sasuke and Jushin Thunder Liger 1 0 94
27 American Dragon and Curry Man 1 1 85
28 No Limit
(Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro)
1 1 83
29 El Samurai and Koji Kanemoto 1 0 72
30 Koji Kanemoto and Wataru Inoue 1 2 71
31 Los Ingobernables de Japon
(Bushi and Shingo Takagi)
1 1 61
32 Funky Future
(King Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi)
1 1 57
33 Suzuki-gun
(Taichi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
1 1 52
34 Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask 1 0 36
35 Suzuki-gun
(Taichi and Taka Michinoku)
1 1 26
36 Bullet Club
(Taiji Ishimori and El Phantasmo)
1 0 1+

By wrestlerEdit

Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Gedo 4 15 960
Jado 4 15 960
3 Ryusuke Taguchi 6 15 869
4 Jushin Thunder Liger 6 9 822
5 Prince Devitt 6 13 778
6 Minoru/Minoru Tanaka 5 7 759
7 Matt Jackson 7 9 706
Nick Jackson 7 9 706
9 Koji Kanemoto 4 11 679
10 Rocky Romero 8 7 599
11 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 3 9 506
12 Shinjiro Otani 2 6 497
Tatsuhito Takaiwa 2 6 497
14 Alex Shelley 3 9 495
15 El Samurai 3 3 347
16 Kushida 2 6 313
17 El Desperado 1 4 304
18 Taka Michinoku 2 4 296
19 Hirooki Goto 1 2 281
20 Alex Koslov 2 5 276
21 Dick Togo 1 3 270
22 Bobby Fish 2 3 236
Kyle O'Reilly 2 3 236
24 Sho 3 1 227
Yoh 3 1 227
26 Chris Sabin 1 3 182
27 Davey Richards 2 1 166
28 King Ricochet 3 1 163
29 Beretta 4 1 157
30 Akira 1 1 155
31 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 1 4 150
32 Matt Sydal 2 0 106
33 Kenny Omega 1 2 104
Kota Ibushi 1 2 104
35 Dr. Wagner Jr. 1 2 96
Kendo Kashin 1 2 96
37 The Great Sasuke 1 0 94
38 American Dragon 1 1 85
Curry Man 1 1 85
40 Tetsuya Naito 1 1 83
Yujiro 1 1 83
42 Taichi 2 2 78
43 Wataru Inoue 1 2 71
44 Bushi 1 1 61
Shingo Takagi 1 1 61
46 Tiger Mask 1 0 36
47 Taiji Ishimori 1 0 1+
El Phantasmo 1 0 1+

ReferencesEdit

General
  • Westcott, Brian. "IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title History". Solie.org. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  • "IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship history". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). NJPW.co.jp. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
Specific
  1. ^ a b "IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship history: Reign 1". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). NJPW.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2009-09-21. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  2. ^ a b "IWGP Tag Team Championship history". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). NJPW.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  3. ^ "No Limit、またしてもIWGP Jr.タッグ奪還ならず!/4月19日TNA「Lock Down」試合結果(1)". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). NJPW.co.jp. 2009-04-20. Archived from the original on 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-12-08. Translated version shows that it was questioned if Hernandez weighed more than 100kg, the weight-limit.
  4. ^ a b "IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship history: Reign 10". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). NJPW.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
  5. ^ Power Slam Staff (August 2003). "We are the Champions (as of July 8)". Power Slam Magazine. Lancaster, Lancashire, England: SW Publishing LTD. p. 15. 109.
  6. ^ "We are the champions (as of February 11)". Power Slam Magazine. Lancaster, Lancashire, England: SW Publishing LTD. March 2005. p. 15. 116.
  7. ^ Milner, John M. (2005-09-05). "Christopher Daniels". Slam! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-12-03. Curry Man returned to Japan and won a battle royale on January 31, 2004 and, on March 12th, teamed with American Dragon to win the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team titles.
  8. ^ Hoops, Brian (2017-03-04). "Daily Pro Wrestling History (03/04): ROH 10th Anniversary Show". Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online. Retrieved 2017-03-05.
  9. ^ Martin, Adam (2009-01-01). "1/4 NJPW Wrestle Kingdom III Results: Tokyo, Japan". Wrestleview. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
  10. ^ Golden, Hunter (2009-07-08). "Rising Sun Soliloquy Newsletter #32". Wrestleview. Retrieved 2009-12-03. Ryosuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt, hot off solid performances at the Best of the Super Juniors Tournament last month, defeated TNA's Motor City Machine Guns for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship at the Korakuen Hall this past Sunday in front of a sell out crowd of 2,000 fans. The 'Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) won the titles on January 4th at the Tokyo Dome and made two successful title defenses, one in Japan and the other overseas in the United States.
  11. ^ "IWGP Jr.タッグ王座を返上した田口隆祐選手が現在の心境をコメント!". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). NJPW.co.jp. 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2010-04-24.
  12. ^ デイビー・リチャーズ選手が交通事故により来日中止【5・3福岡大会カード変更のお知らせ】. New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). NJPW.co.jp. 2012-05-02. Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2012-05-02.

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