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List of NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions

Former champions Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Taiji Ishimori

The NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling championship owned by the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) promotion.

NEVER is an acronym of the terms "New Blood", "Evolution", "Valiantly", "Eternal", and "Radical" and was a NJPW-promoted series of events, which featured younger up-and-coming talent and outside wrestlers not signed to the promotion.[1] The title was announced on December 21, 2015,[2][3] with the first champions crowned on January 4, 2016.[4][5] Through NJPW's relationship with Ring of Honor (ROH), the title has also been defended in the American promotion.[6] The championship is contested for by teams of three wrestlers and is the first title of its kind in the history of NJPW.[2] The title's openweight nature means that both heavyweight and junior heavyweight wrestlers are eligible to challenge for it.

Like most professional wrestling championships, the title is won as a result of a match with a predetermined outcome. There have been eighteen reigns shared among thirteen teams and twenty-six wrestlers. Chaos (Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe and Toru Yano) were the first champions in the title's history.[7] Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi, Evil and Sanada) hold the records for both the longest and shortest reigns in the title's history, with their first reign of one day being the shortest and their third reign of 228 days being the longest. They also hold the record for most reigns as a team with three. Individually,Toru Yano and Tama Tonga hold the record with 5 reigns. Most Violent Players (Togi Makabe and Toru Yano) and Ryusuke Taguchi are the current NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions in their first reign as a team.

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 Chaos
(Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe and Toru Yano)
January 4, 2016 Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo 1 38 1[8] Defeated Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi) to become the inaugural champions. [7]
2 Bullet Club
(Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi)
February 11, 2016 The New Beginning in Osaka Osaka 1 3 0 [9]
3 Chaos
(Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe and Toru Yano)
February 14, 2016 The New Beginning in Niigata Nagaoka 2 6 0 [10]
4 The Elite
(Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
February 20, 2016 Honor Rising: Japan 2016 Tokyo 1 50 2[11] [12]
5 Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin and Yoshitatsu April 10, 2016 Invasion Attack 2016 Tokyo 1 23 1 [13]
6 The Elite
(Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
May 3, 2016 Wrestling Dontaku 2016 Fukuoka 2 61 0 [14]
7 Matt Sydal, Ricochet and Satoshi Kojima July 3, 2016 Kizuna Road 2016 Takizawa 1 84 0 [15]
Vacated September 25, 2016 Title vacated due to Sydal failing to make a scheduled championship defense because of "travel issues". [16]
8 David Finlay, Ricochet (2) and Satoshi Kojima (2) September 25, 2016 Destruction in Kobe Kobe 1 101 1 Defeated Bullet Club (Adam Cole, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) to win the vacant title. [17]
9 Los Ingobernables de Japon
(Bushi, Evil and Sanada)
January 4, 2017 Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo 1 1 0 This was a gauntlet match, also involving Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Hangman Page and Yujiro Takahashi) and Chaos (Jado, Will Ospreay and Yoshi-Hashi). [18]
10 Taguchi Japan
(Hiroshi Tanahashi (2), Manabu Nakanishi and Ryusuke Taguchi)
January 5, 2017 New Year Dash!! Tokyo 1 37 0 [19]
11 Los Ingobernables de Japon
(Bushi, Evil and Sanada)
February 11, 2017 The New Beginning in Osaka Osaka 2 52 1 [20]
12 Taguchi Japan
(Hiroshi Tanahashi (3), Ricochet (3) and Ryusuke Taguchi (2))
April 4, 2017 Road to Sakura Genesis 2017 Tokyo 1 29 0 [21]
13 Los Ingobernables de Japon
(Bushi, Evil and Sanada)
May 3, 2017 Wrestling Dontaku 2017 Fukuoka 3 228 3 [22]
14 Bullet Club
(Bad Luck Fale (2), Tama Tonga (2) and Tanga Loa)
December 17, 2017 Road to Tokyo Dome Tokyo 1 18 0 [23]
15 Chaos
(Beretta, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano (3))
January 4, 2018 Wrestle Kingdom 12 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo 1 1 0 This was a gauntlet match, also involving Michael Elgin and War Machine (Hanson and Raymond Rowe), Suzuki-gun (Taichi, Takashi Iizuka and Zack Sabre Jr.) and Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson, Ryusuke Taguchi and Togi Makabe). [24]
16 Bullet Club
(Bad Luck Fale (3), Tama Tonga (3) and Tanga Loa (2)
January 5, 2018 New Year Dash!! Tokyo 2 118 3 [25]
17 Super Villains
(Marty Scurll, Matt Jackson (3) and Nick Jackson (3)
May 3, 2018 Wrestling Dontaku 2018 Fukuoka 1 101 0 [26]
18 Bullet Club
(Tama Tonga (4), Tanga Loa (3) and Taiji Ishimori)
August 12, 2018 G1 Climax 28 Tokyo 1 171 2 [27]
19 Ryusuke Taguchi (3), Togi Makabe and Toru Yano (4) January 30, 2019 Road to The New Beginning Miyagi 1 289+ 4 [28]

Combined reignsEdit

 
Los Ingobernables de Japon (Sanada, Bushi and Evil), longest-reigning and record three-time champions

As of November 15, 2019.

Indicates the current champion

By teamEdit

Rank Team No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe, and Toru Yano 1 4 289+
2 Los Ingobernables de Japon
(Bushi, Evil and Sanada)
3 4 281
3 Bullet Club
(Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Taiji Ishimori)
1 2 171
4 Bullet Club
(Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
2 3 136
5 The Elite
(Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
2 2 111
6 David Finlay Jr., Ricochet and Satoshi Kojima 1 1 101
Super Villains
(Marty Scurll, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
1 0 101
8 Matt Sydal, Ricochet and Satoshi Kojima 1 0 84
9 Chaos
(Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe and Toru Yano)
2 1 44
10 Taguchi Japan
(Hiroshi Tanahashi, Manabu Nakanishi and Ryusuke Taguchi)
1 0 37
11 Taguchi Japan
(Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi)
1 0 29
12 Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin and Yoshitatsu 1 1 23
13 Bullet Club
(Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi)
1 0 3
14 Chaos
(Beretta, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano)
1 0 1

By wrestlerEdit

 
Tama Tonga, holds multiple records with the championship, Including most defenses across all reigns (tied with Tanga Loa) and most reigns (tied with Toru Yano).
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Ryusuke Taguchi 3 4 355+
2 Toru Yano 4 5 334+
3 Tama Tonga 4 5 310
4 Tanga Loa 3 5 307
5 Togi Makabe 1 4 289+
6 Bushi 3 4 281
Evil 3 4 281
Sanada 3 4 281
9 Ricochet 3 1 214
10 Matt Jackson 3 2 212
Nick Jackson 3 2 212
12 Satoshi Kojima 2 1 185
13 Taiji Ishimori 1 2 171
14 Bad Luck Fale 3 3 139
15 Kenny Omega 2 2 111
16 David Finlay Jr. 1 1 101
Marty Scurll 1 0 101
18 Hiroshi Tanahashi 3 1 89
19 Matt Sydal 1 0 84
20 Jay Briscoe 2 1 44
Mark Briscoe 2 1 44
22 Manabu Nakanishi 1 0 37
23 Michael Elgin 1 1 23
Yoshitatsu 1 1 23
25 Yujiro Takahashi 1 0 3
26 Beretta 1 0 1
Tomohiro Ishii 1 0 1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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