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The IWGP Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship owned by the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. "IWGP" are the initials of NJPW's governing body, the International Wrestling Grand Prix. The title was introduced on December 12, 1985, at a NJPW live event.[1] The IWGP Tag Team Championship is not the only tag team title contested for in NJPW; the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is also sanctioned by NJPW.[2] According to NJPW's official website, the IWGP Tag Team Championship is considered the "IWGP Heavy Weight Class", while the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is listed as the "IWGP Jr. Tag Class".[2] Like most professional wrestling championships, the title is won via the result of a scripted match. Title changes usually happen at NJPW-promoted events; although the title has only changed hands twice at a non-NJPW event,[3] it has been defended in several other promotions.

Hiroyoshi Tenzan currently holds the record for most reigns by an individual wrestler, with twelve. Tenzan's combined twelve reign lengths add up to 1,988 days, which is the most of any champion. At six reigns, the team of Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima holds the record for most by a team. Tenzan and Masahiro Chono's combined five reign lengths add up to 1,010 days (the most of any team). At 564 days, Bad Intentions' (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) only reign is the longest in the title's history. Keiji Mutoh and Shiro Koshinaka's only reign is the shortest, at six days. Currently, Bad Intentions' only reign has the most defenses, with ten. There are 20 reigns shared between 18 teams that are tied for the fewest successful defenses, with zero. Overall, there have been 83 reigns shared between 73 wrestlers. The current champions are Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa), who are in their fifth reign.

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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
Championship change is unrecognized by the promotion
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami December 12, 1985 Live event Sendai, Japan 1 236 5 Kimura and Fujinami defeated Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi in a tournament final to become the first champions.[1][4]
2 Akira Maeda and Osamu Kido August 5, 1986 Burning Spirit in Summer Tokyo, Japan 1 49 1
3 Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami September 23, 1986 Challenge Spirit 1986 Tokyo, Japan 2 135 0 [5]
Vacated February 5, 1987 The championship was vacated when Kimura and Fujinami split up.[5]
4 Keiji Mutoh and Shiro Koshinaka March 20, 1987 Spring Flare Up 1987 Tokyo, Japan 1 6 0 Koshinaka and Mutoh defeated Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
5 Akira Maeda (2) and Nobuhiko Takada March 26, 1987 Inoki Toukon Live II Osaka, Japan 1 159 2
6 Kazuo Yamazaki and Yoshiaki Fujiwara September 1, 1987 Sengoku Battle Series 1987 Fukuoka, Japan 1 139 2
7 Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami January 18, 1988 New Year Golden Series 1988 Takuyama, Japan 3 144 3
8 Masa Saito and Riki Choshu June 10, 1988 IWGP Champion Series 1988 Hiroshima, Japan 1 282 4 [6]
9 George Takano and Super Strong Machine[N 1] March 19, 1989 Big Fight Series Yokohama, Japan 1 116 1
10 Riki Choshu (2) and Takayuki Iizuka[N 2] July 13, 1989 Live event Tokyo, Japan 1 69 1
11 Masa Saito (2) and Shinya Hashimoto September 20, 1989 Bloody Fight Series 1989: Super Power Battle in Osaka Osaka, Japan 1 219 3
12 Keiji Mutoh (2) and Masahiro Chono April 27, 1990 Live event Tokyo, Japan 1 189 3
13 Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki November 1, 1990 Dream Tour 1990 Tokyo, Japan 1 55 2
14 Hiro Saito and Super Strong Machine (2)[N 1] December 26, 1990 King of Kings Hamamatsu, Japan 1 70 2
15 Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki March 6, 1991 Big Fight Series 1991 Nagasaki, Japan 2 15 0
16 The Steiner Brothers
(Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)
March 21, 1991 Starrcade 1991 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 229 2 The Steiners' WCW World Tag Team Championship was also on the line.
17 Hiroshi Hase (3) and Keiji Mutoh (3) November 5, 1991 Tokyo 3Days Battle Tokyo, Japan 1 117 2
18 Big, Bad, and Dangerous
(Big Van Vader and Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow)
March 1, 1992 Big Fight Series 1992: New Japan Pro Wrestling 20th Anniversary Show Yokohama, Japan 1 117 2 Scott Norton substituted for an injured Scott Steiner in this match.
19 The Steiner Brothers
(Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)
June 26, 1992 Masters of Wrestling Tokyo, Japan 2 149 3 The Steiners' WCW World Tag Team Championship was also on the line.
20 Scott Norton and Tony Halme November 22, 1992 Wrestling Scramble 1992: Battle Zone Space I Tokyo, Japan 1 22 0
21 The Hell Raisers
(Hawk Warrior and Power Warrior (3)[N 3])
December 14, 1992 Battle Final 1992 Tokyo, Japan 1 234 4 [4]
22 The Jurassic Powers
(Hercules Hernandez and Scott Norton (2))
August 5, 1993 G1 Climax 1993 Tokyo, Japan 1 152 3 [7]
23 The Hell Raisers
(Hawk Warrior (2) and Power Warrior (4)[N 3])
January 4, 1994 Battlefield Tokyo, Japan 2 325 2
24 Hiroshi Hase (4) and Keiji Mutoh (4) November 25, 1994 Battle Final 1994 Iwate, Japan 2 162 1 [8]
Vacated May 6, 1995 The title was vacated by Mutoh after he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[8]
25 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono (2))
June 10, 1995 Fighting Spirit Legend Osaka, Japan 1 27 0 Tenzan and Chono defeated Junji Hirata and Shinya Hashimoto to win the vacant championship.[9]
Vacated July 7, 1995 The title was vacated when Chono missed a title defense due to his father's death.[9]
26 Junji Hirata (3) [N 1] and Shinya Hashimoto (2) July 13, 1995 Best of the Super Jr. II Sapporo, Japan 1 335 6 Hashimoto and Hirata defeated Mike Enos and Scott Norton to win the vacant championship.
27 Kazuo Yamazaki (2) and Takashi Iizuka (2)[N 2] June 12, 1996 Best of the Super Jr. III Osaka, Japan 1 34 0
28 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (2) and Masahiro Chono (3))
July 16, 1996 Summer Struggle 1996 Sapporo, Japan 2 172 2
29 Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami January 4, 1997 Wrestling World 1997 Tokyo, Japan 4 98 3
30 Kensuke Sasaki (5) and Riki Choshu (3) April 12, 1997 Battle Formation 1997 Tokyo, Japan 1 21 0
31 The Bull Powers
(Manabu Nakanishi and Satoshi Kojima)
May 3, 1997 Strong Style Evolution in Osaka Dome Osaka, Japan 1 99 1
32 Kazuo Yamazaki (3) and Kensuke Sasaki (6) August 10, 1997 The Four Heaven in Nagoya Dome Nagoya, Japan 1 70 0
33 Keiji Mutoh (5) and Masahiro Chono (4) October 19, 1997 nWo Typhoon 1997 Kobe, Japan 2 184 2 [10]
Vacated April 21, 1998 The title was vacated due to Mutoh having surgery on his knee.[10]
34 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (3) and Masahiro Chono (5))
June 5, 1998 Live event Tokyo, Japan 3 40 0 Tenzan and Chono defeated Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
35 Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka (2) July 15, 1998 Summer Struggle 1998 Sapporo, Japan 1 173 2
36 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (4) and Satoshi Kojima (2))
January 4, 1999 Wrestling World 1999 Tokyo, Japan 1 77 1
37 Kensuke Sasaki (7) and Shiro Koshinaka (3) March 22, 1999 Hyper Battle 1999 Amagasaki, Japan 1 97 2
38 The Mad Dogs
(Michiyoshi Ohara and Tatsutoshi Goto)
June 27, 1999 Summer Struggle 1999 Shizuoka, Japan 1 62 1
39 Manabu Nakanishi (2) and Yuji Nagata August 28, 1999 Jingu Climax Shizuoka, Japan 1 327 4
40 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (5) and Satoshi Kojima (3))
July 20, 2000 Summer Struggle 2000 Tokyo, Japan 2 430 6
41 Osamu Nishimura and Tatsumi Fujinami (5) September 23, 2001 G1 World 2001 Osaka, Japan 1 35 1
42 BATT
(Keiji Mutoh (6) and Taiyō Kea)
October 28, 2001 Survival 2001: Fighting Destination in Fukuoka Fukuoka, Japan 1 97 0 [11]
Vacated February 2, 2002 The title was vacated due to Mutoh leaving NJPW.[11]
43 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (6) and Masahiro Chono (6))
March 24, 2002 Hyper Battle 2002 Hyōgo, Japan 4 446 7 Tenzan and Chono defeated Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
44 Hiroshi Tanahashi and Yutaka Yoshie June 13, 2003 Crush Tokyo, Japan 1 184 3 [12]
45 Hiroyoshi Tenzan (7) and Osamu Nishimura (2) December 14, 2003 Battle Final 2003 Nagoya, Japan 1 49 0
46 Minoru Suzuki and Yoshihiro Takayama February 1, 2004 Fighting Spirit 2004 Sapporo, Japan 1 294 4 [13]
Vacated November 21, 2004 The title was vacated due to Takayama being sidelined with an injury.
47 Hiroshi Tanahashi (2) and Shinsuke Nakamura December 11, 2004 Battle Final 2004 Osaka, Japan 1 323 4 Tanahashi and Nakamura defeated Kensuke Sasaki and Minoru Suzuki to win the vacant title.
48 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (8) and Masahiro Chono (7))
October 30, 2005 Toukon Series 2005 Kobe, Japan 5 325 3 [14]
Vacated September 20, 2006 NJPW president Simon Kelly Inoki stripped Chono and Tenzan of the title after Chono and Tenzan ceased teaming.[14]
Shiro Koshinaka and Togi Makabe July 2, 2006 Circuit 2006 Turbulence Tokyo, Japan 1 15 0 An interim tag team title was created when Tenzan and Chono showed signs of inactivity. Makabe and Koshinaka defeated Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko in a tournament final to win the title.[14]
49 Wild Child
(Manabu Nakanishi (3) and Takao Omori)
September 28, 2006 Circuit 2006 Final: Next Progress Sapporo, Japan 1 164 1 Nakanishi and Ōmori won the interim title on July 17, 2006, and were recognized as the official champions on September 28, 2006.[15]
50 RISE
(Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko)
March 11, 2007 New Japan Pro Wrestling 35th Anniversary Tour Circuit 2007 New Japan Evolution: New Japan Cup 2007 Nagoya, Japan 1 343 5
51 The Most Violent Players
(Togi Makabe and Toru Yano)
February 17, 2008 Circuit 2008 New Japan Ism Tokyo, Japan 1 322 4
52 Team 3D
(Brother Devon and Brother Ray)
January 4, 2009 Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 198 4 [3][16]
53 The British Invasion
(Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams)
July 21, 2009 TNA Impact! Orlando, Florida 1 89 1 This was a tables match that aired on the July 30, 2009, episode of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Impact!.[17][18] NJPW did not sanction the match, nor initially recognize nor sanction the title change until August 10.[3][19][20]
54 Team 3D
(Brother Devon and Brother Ray)
October 18, 2009 Bound for Glory Irvine, California 2 78 1 This was a four-way Full Metal Mayhem Tag Team match, which also included Beer Money, Inc. and Booker T and Scott Steiner and was contested also for the TNA World Tag Team Championship, which was won by The British Invasion.[21][22]
55 No Limit
(Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi)
January 4, 2010 Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 119 1 This was a three-way hardcore match, which also included Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson).[23]
56 Seigigun
(Wataru Inoue and Yuji Nagata (2))
May 3, 2010 Wrestling Dontaku 2010 Fukuoka, Japan 1 47 0 This was a three-way match, which also included Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson).
57 Bad Intentions
(Giant Bernard (2) and Karl Anderson)
June 19, 2010 Dominion 6.19 Osaka, Japan 1 564 10 This was a three-way elimination match, which also included No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi).
58 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (9) and Satoshi Kojima (4))
January 4, 2012 Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 3 120 2
59 Chaos
(Takashi Iizuka (3) and Toru Yano (2))
May 3, 2012 Wrestling Dontaku 2012 Fukuoka, Japan 1 48 0
Vacated June 20, 2012 Iizuka and Yano were stripped of the title, after a title match between them and Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) on June 16 ended in a no contest.[24]
60 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (10) and Satoshi Kojima (5))
July 22, 2012 Kizuna Road Yamagata, Japan 4 78 0 Tenzan and Kojima defeated Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) to win the vacant title.
61 K.E.S.
(Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer)
October 8, 2012 King of Pro-Wrestling Tokyo, Japan 1 207 5
62 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (11) and Satoshi Kojima (6))
May 3, 2013 Wrestling Dontaku 2013 Fukuoka, Japan 5 190 2 This was a four-way match, which also included Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) and Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi and Strong Man).
63 K.E.S.
(Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer)
November 9, 2013 Power Struggle Osaka, Japan 2 56 0 This was the second fall of a two-fall three-way tornado tag team match which also included The IronGodz (Jax Dane and Rob Conway).
64 Bullet Club
(Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson (2))
January 4, 2014 Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 365 6
65 Meiyu Tag
(Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata)
January 4, 2015 Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 38 0
66 Bullet Club
(Doc Gallows (2) and Karl Anderson (3))
February 11, 2015 The New Beginning in Osaka Osaka, Japan 2 53 0
67 The Kingdom
(Matt Taven and Michael Bennett)
April 5, 2015 Invasion Attack 2015 Tokyo, Japan 1 91 0
68 Bullet Club
(Doc Gallows (3) and Karl Anderson (4))
July 5, 2015 Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall Osaka, Japan 3 183 1
69 G.B.H.
(Togi Makabe (2) and Tomoaki Honma)
January 4, 2016 Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 97 1
70 Guerrillas of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
April 10, 2016 Invasion Attack 2016 Tokyo, Japan 1 70 1
71 The Briscoe Brothers
(Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe)
June 19, 2016 Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall Osaka, Japan 1 113 2
72 Guerrillas of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
October 10, 2016 King of Pro-Wrestling Tokyo, Japan 2 86 1
73 Chaos
(Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano (3))
January 4, 2017 Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 61 2 This was a three-way match, which also included G.B.H. (Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma).
74 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (12) and Satoshi Kojima (7))
March 6, 2017 Hataage Kinenbi Tokyo, Japan 6 34 0
75 War Machine
(Hanson and Raymond Rowe)
April 9, 2017 Sakura Genesis 2017 Tokyo, Japan 1 63 1
76 Guerrillas of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
June 11, 2017 Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall Osaka, Japan 3 20 0
77 War Machine
(Hanson and Raymond Rowe)
July 1, 2017 G1 Special in USA Long Beach, California 2 85 3 This was a no disqualification match.
78 K.E.S.
(Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer)
September 24, 2017 Destruction in Kobe Kobe, Japan 3 102 1 This was a three-way tornado tag team match, which also included Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa).
79 Los Ingobernables de Japon
(Evil and Sanada)
January 4, 2018 Wrestle Kingdom 12 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 156 2
80 The Young Bucks
(Matt and Nick Jackson)
June 9, 2018 Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall Osaka, Japan 1 113 1
81 Guerrillas of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
September 30, 2018 Fighting Spirit Unleashed Long Beach, California 4 96 0
82 Los Ingobernables de Japon
(Evil and Sanada)
January 4, 2019 Wrestle Kingdom 13 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 2 50 1 This was a three-way match, which also included The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson).
83 Guerrillas of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
February 23, 2019 Honor Rising: Japan 2019 Tokyo, Japan 5 110+ 3

Combined reignsEdit

 
Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan [left] and Satoshi Kojima [right]), record six-time champions

As of June 13, 2019.

Indicates the current champions

By teamEdit

Rank[N 4] Team No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono)
5 12 1,010
2 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima)
6 11 929
3 Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami 4 11 613
4 Bullet Club
(Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson)
3 7 601
5 Bad Intentions
(Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson)
1 10 564
6 The Hell Raisers
(Hawk Warrior and Power Warrior)
2 6 559
7 Guerrillas of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
5 4 382+
8 The Steiner Brothers
(Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)
2 5 378
9 Keiji Mutoh and Masahiro Chono 2 5 373
10 K.E.S.
(Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer)
3 6 365
11 RISE
(Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko)
1 5 343
12 Junji Hirata and Shinya Hashimoto 1 6 335
13 Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata 1 4 327
14 Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura 1 4 323
15 The Most Violent Players
(Togi Makabe and Toru Yano)
1 4 322
16 Minoru Suzuki and Yoshihiro Takayama 1 4 294
17 Masa Saito and Riki Choshu 1 4 282
18 Hiroshi Hase and Keiji Mutoh 2 3 279
19 Team 3D
(Brother Devon and Brother Ray)
2 5 276
20 Masa Saito and Shinya Hashimoto 1 3 219
21 Los Ingobernables de Japon
(Evil and Sanada)
2 3 206
22 Hiroshi Tanahashi and Yutaka Yoshie 1 3 184
23 Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka 1 2 173
24 Wild Child
(Manabu Nakanishi and Takao Omori)
1 1 164
25 Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada 1 2 159
26 The Jurassic Powers
(Hercules Hernandez and Scott Norton)
1 3 152
27 War Machine
(Hanson and Raymond Rowe)
2 4 148
28 Kazuo Yamazaki and Yoshiaki Fujiwara 1 2 139
29 No Limit
(Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi)
1 1 119
30 Big, Bad, and Dangerous
(Big Van Vader and Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow)
1 2 117
31 George Takano and Super Strong Machine 1 1 116
32 The Briscoe Brothers
(Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe)
1 2 113
The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
1 1 113
34 The Bull Powers
(Manabu Nakanishi and Satoshi Kojima)
1 1 99
35 Kensuke Sasaki and Shiro Koshinaka 1 2 97
G.B.H.
(Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma)
1 1 97
BATT
(Keiji Mutoh and Taiyō Kea)
1 0 97
38 The Kingdom
(Matt Taven and Michael Bennett)
1 0 91
39 The British Invasion
(Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams)
1 1 89
40 Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki 2 2 70
Hiro Saito and Super Strong Machine 1 2 70
Kazuo Yamazaki and Kensuke Sasaki 1 0 70
43 Riki Choshu and Takayuki Iizuka 1 1 69
44 The Mad Dogs
(Michiyoshi Ohara and Tatsutoshi Goto)
1 1 62
45 Chaos
(Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano)
1 2 61
46 Akira Maeda and Osamu Kido 1 1 49
Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Osamu Nishimura 1 0 49
48 Chaos
(Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano)
1 0 48
49 Seigigun
(Wataru Inoue and Yuji Nagata)
1 0 47
50 Meiyu Tag
(Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata)
1 0 38
51 Osamu Nishimura and Tatsumi Fujinami 1 1 35
52 Kazuo Yamazaki and Takashi Iizuka 1 0 34
53 Scott Norton and Tony Halme 1 0 22
54 Kensuke Sasaki and Riki Choshu 1 0 21
55 Keiji Mutoh and Shiro Koshinaka 1 0 6

By wrestlerEdit

Rank[N 4] Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Hiroyoshi Tenzan 12 23 1,988
2 Masahiro Chono 7 17 1,383
3 Karl Anderson 4 17 1,165
4 Satoshi Kojima 7 12 1,028
5 Giant Bernard 2 15 907
6 Kensuke Sasaki/Power Warrior 7 10 816
7 Keiji Mutoh 6 8 755
8 Tatsumi Fujinami 5 12 648
9 Kengo Kimura 4 11 613
10 Doc Gallows 3 7 601
11 Manabu Nakanishi 3 6 590
12 Hawk Warrior 2 6 559
13 Shinya Hashimoto 2 9 554
14 Junji Hirata/Super Strong Machine 3 9 521
15 Hiroshi Tanahashi 2 7 507
16 Masa Saito 2 7 501
17 Toru Yano 3 6 431
18 Togi Makabe 2 5 419
19 Tama Tonga 5 4 382+
Tanga Loa 5 4 382+
21 Rick Steiner 2 5 378
Scott Steiner 2 5 378
23 Yuji Nagata 2 4 374
24 Riki Choshu 3 5 372
25 Davey Boy Smith Jr. 3 6 365
Lance Archer 3 6 365
27 Hiroshi Hase 4 5 348
28 Travis Tomko 1 5 343
29 Shinsuke Nakamura 1 4 323
30 Minoru Suzuki 1 4 294
Yoshihiro Takayama 1 4 294
32 Shiro Koshinaka 3 4 276
Brother Devon 2 5 276
Brother Ray 2 5 276
35 Kazuo Yamazaki 3 2 243
36 Akira Maeda 2 3 208
37 Evil 2 3 206
Sanada 2 3 206
39 Yutaka Yoshie 1 3 184
40 Scott Norton 2 3 174
41 Genichiro Tenryu 1 2 173
42 Takao Omori 1 1 164
43 Nobuhiko Takada 1 2 159
44 Hercules Hernandez 1 3 152
45 Takayuki/Takashi Iizuka 3 1 151
46 Hanson 2 4 148
Raymond Rowe 2 4 148
48 Yoshiaki Fujiwara 1 2 139
49 Tetsuya Naito 1 1 119
Yujiro Takahashi 1 1 119
51 Big Van Vader 1 2 117
Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow 1 2 117
53 George Takano 1 1 116
54 Jay Briscoe 1 2 113
Mark Briscoe 1 2 113
Matt Jackson 1 1 113
Nick Jackson 1 1 113
58 Tomoaki Honma 1 1 97
Taiyō Kea 1 0 97
60 Matt Taven 1 0 91
Michael Bennett 1 0 91
62 Brutus Magnus 1 1 89
Doug Williams 1 1 89
64 Osamu Nishimura 2 1 84
65 Hiro Saito 1 2 70
66 Michiyoshi Ohara 1 1 62
Tatsutoshi Goto 1 1 62
68 Tomohiro Ishii 1 2 61
69 Osamu Kido 1 1 49
70 Wataru Inoue 1 0 47
71 Hirooki Goto 1 0 38
Katsuyori Shibata 1 0 38
73 Tony Halme 1 0 22

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Junji Hirata used the ring name Super Strong Machine during his first two reigns; one reign was with George Takano and the second was with Hiro Saito.
  2. ^ a b Takayuki Iizuka also used the ring name Takashi Iizuka and won the IWGP Tag Team Championship once with Kazuo Yamazaki.
  3. ^ a b Kensuke Sasaki used the ring name Power Warrior, while he was a part of The Hell Raisers.
  4. ^ a b Each reign is ranked highest to lowest; reigns with the same number mean that they are tied for that certain rank.

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