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World Junior Heavyweight Championship (AJPW)

The World Junior Heavyweight Championship (世界ジュニアヘビー級王座, sekai juniahebī-kyū ōza) is a professional wrestling title in Japanese promotion All Japan Pro Wrestling, contested exclusively among junior heavyweight (<100 kg (220 lb)) wrestlers. It was created on July 31, 1986, when Hiro Saito defeated Brad Armstrong in a tournament final.[1]

World Junior Heavyweight Championship
Details
PromotionAll Japan Pro Wrestling
Date establishedJuly 31, 1986
Current champion(s)Atsushi Aoki
Date wonMay 20, 2019
Other name(s)
PWF World Junior Heavyweight Championship

The original World Junior Heavyweight Championship belt had a similar design to the title it replaced, the NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship, which had been around since 1982 and only replacing the word "International" with "World". This belt was replaced with a new belt on August 27, 2017.

There have been a total of 32 recognized champions who have had a combined 51 official reigns.

The title is currently vacant de facto. Reigning champion Atsushi Aoki, who had won the championship on May 20, 2019 and was in his fourth reign, was killed on June 3 when he crashed his motorcycle into a wall. All Japan nevertheless announced on June 12 that a title deciding match would not be held until on or after November 20, six months after Aoki won the title, as this is the deadline according to the Pacific Wrestling Federation governing body.

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 Hiro Saito July 31, 1986 Live event Tokyo, Japan 1 115 3 Defeated Brad Armstrong in a tournament final. [1][2]
2 Kuniaki Kobayashi November 23, 1986 Live event Tokyo, Japan 1 41 1 [3]
3 Masanobu Fuchi January 3, 1987 Live event Tokyo, Japan 1 748 7 [3]
4 Joe Malenko January 20, 1989 Live event Fukuoka, Japan 1 5 0 [3]
5 Mighty Inoue January 25, 1989 Live event Osaka, Japan 1 42 2 [3]
6 Masanobu Fuchi March 8, 1989 Live event Tokyo, Japan 2 39 1 [3]
7 Shinichi Nakano April 16, 1989 Live event Tokyo, Japan 1 4 0 [3]
8 Mitsuo Momota April 20, 1989 Live event Osaka, Japan 1 72 2 [3]
9 Joe Malenko July 1, 1989 Live event Omiya, Japan 2 111 2 [3][4]
10 Masanobu Fuchi October 20, 1989 Live event Nagoya, Japan 3 1,309 14 [3]
11 Dan Kroffat May 21, 1993 Live event Sapporo, Japan 1 94 1 [3]
12 Masanobu Fuchi August 23, 1993 Live event Shizuoka, Japan 4 323 2 [3]
13 Dan Kroffat July 12, 1994 Live event Kagoshima, Japan 2 425 5 [3][5]
14 Yoshinari Ogawa September 10, 1995 Live event Tokyo, Japan 1 294 4 [3]
15 Masanobu Fuchi June 30, 1996 Live event Tokyo, Japan 5 24 0 [3]
16 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi July 24, 1996 Live event Tokyo, Japan 1 175 2 [3]
17 Yoshinari Ogawa January 15, 1997 Live event Tokyo, Japan 2 219 1 [3]
18 Maunakea Mossman August 22, 1997 Live event Tokyo, Japan 1 294 3 [3]
Vacated June 12, 1998 Vacated due to Mossman graduating to the heavyweight division. [1]
19 Yoshinari Ogawa July 19, 1998 Summer Action Series tour Niigata, Japan 3 698 5 Defeated Satoru Asako in a tournament final. [1]
Vacated June 16, 2000 Vacated due to Ogawa and several others leaving AJPW to form Pro Wrestling Noah. [3][6]
20 Kendo Kashin April 13, 2002 Grand Champion Carnival Tokyo, Japan 1 670 8 Defeated Masanobu Fuchi. [7][8]
Vacated February 12, 2004 Vacated on February 12, 2004 due to inactivity. [1][3]
21 Kaz Hayashi February 22, 2004 Excite Series tour Tokyo, Japan 1 323 6 Defeated Blue-K. [9][10]
22 Taka Michinoku January 10, 2005 Kaientai Dojo's CLUB-K SUPER kick Tokyo, Japan 1 285 12 This match was also for Hayashi's Strongest-K Championship. [11]
23 Shuji Kondo October 22, 2005 Shining Series tour Tokyo, Japan 1 483 5 [12]
24 Katsuhiko Nakajima February 17, 2007 Puroresu Love in Ryogoku vol. 2 Tokyo, Japan 1 378 3 The title was held up on October 18, 2007 after a title defense against Silver King ended in a no contest, though Nakajima remained the official champion. [1][13]
25 Silver King March 1, 2008 Puroresu Love in Ryogoku vol. 4 Tokyo, Japan 1 59 0 [14]
26 Ryuji Hijikata April 29, 2008 Growin' Up tour Nagoya, Japan 1 152 3 [15]
27 Naomichi Marufuji September 28, 2008 Flashing tour Yokohama, Japan 1 131 4
28 Kaz Hayashi February 6, 2009 Excite Series tour Tokyo, Japan 2 695 17
29 Minoru January 2, 2011 New Year Shining Series tour Tokyo, Japan 1 152 1 [16]
Vacated June 3, 2011 Vacated after All Japan Pro Wrestling suspended Minoru.
30 Kai June 19, 2011 2011 Puroresu Love in Ryōgoku Tokyo, Japan 1 126 2 Defeated Shuji Kondo for the vacant title. [17]
31 Kenny Omega October 23, 2011 Puroresu Love in Ryōgoku Vol. 13 Tokyo, Japan 1 217 5
32 Kai May 27, 2012 Rise Up Tour 2012 Tokyo, Japan 2 77 0
33 Hiroshi Yamato August 12, 2012 Summer Impact 2012 Tokyo, Japan 1 143 5
34 Shuji Kondo January 2, 2013 2013 New Year Shining Series: New Year 2Days Tokyo, Japan 2 52 0 This match was also contested for Kondo's GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship.
35 Yoshinobu Kanemaru February 23, 2013 2013 Excite Series Tokyo, Japan 1 295 7
36 Último Dragón December 15, 2013 2013 Fan Appreciation Day Tokyo, Japan 1 165 2
37 Atsushi Aoki May 29, 2014 2014 Super Power Series Tokyo, Japan 1 302 5
38 Kotaro Suzuki March 27, 2015 2015 Dream Power Series Tokyo, Japan 1 234 6
Vacated November 16, 2015 Vacated due to Suzuki leaving AJPW.
39 Atsushi Aoki February 21, 2016 2016 Excite Series Tokyo, Japan 2 119 3 Defeated Hikaru Sato in the finals of the 2016 Jr. Battle of Glory.
40 Hikaru Sato June 19, 2016 2016 Dynamite Series Tokyo, Japan 1 70 1
41 Soma Takao August 28, 2016 DDT Pro-Wrestling's Ryōgoku Peter Pan 2016 Tokyo, Japan 1 91 1
42 Keisuke Ishii November 27, 2016 Zen Nihon Puroresu in Ryōgoku Kokugikan Tokyo, Japan 1 152 3
43 Hikaru Sato April 28, 2017 2017 Champion Carnival: 45th Anniversary Series Okayama, Japan 2 93 4
44 Tajiri July 30, 2017 2017 Summer Action Series Osaka, Japan 1 28 0
45 Último Dragón August 27, 2017 2017 Summer Explosion Tokyo, Japan 2 55 1
46 Tajiri October 21, 2017 Jun Akiyama and Takao Omori Debut 25th Anniversary Show Yokohama, Japan 2 105 3
47 Atsushi Aoki February 3, 2018 2018 Yokohama Twilight Blues Special Yokohama, Japan 3 204 4
48 Koji Iwamoto August 26, 2018 2018 Summer Explosion ~ Jr. Tag Battle of Glory Chiba, Japan 1 27 0
49 Shuji Kondo September 22, 2018 2018 Royal Road Tournament 2018 Fukuoka, Japan 3 68 1
50 Koji Iwamoto November 29, 2018 Real World Tag League 2018 Nagoya, Japan 2 172 2
51 Atsushi Aoki May 20, 2019 Super Power Series 2019 Tokyo, Japan 4 184+ 0 On June 3, 2019, Aoki died in a motorcycle accident. AJPW announced Aoki would be recognized as champion until November 20. On October 24, AJPW announced a tournament to crown a new champion would start on November 21 and finish on January 3, 2020.

Combined reignsEdit

As of November 20, 2019.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Masanobu Fuchi 5 24 2,443
2 Yoshinari Ogawa 3 10 1,211
3 Kaz Hayashi 2 23 1,018
4 Atsushi Aoki 4 12 809+
5 Kendo Kashin 1 8 670
6 Shuji Kondo 3 6 603
7 Dan Kroffat 2 6 519
8 Katsuhiko Nakajima 1 3 378
9 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 1 7 295
10 Maunakea Mossman 1 3 294
11 Taka Michinoku 1 12 285
12 Kotaro Suzuki 1 6 234
13 Último Dragón 2 3 220
14 Kenny Omega 1 5 217
15 Kai 2 2 203
16 Koji Iwamoto 2 2 199
17 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 1 2 175
18 Hikaru Sato 2 5 163
19 Keisuke Ishii 1 3 152
Ryuji Hijikata 1 3 152
Minoru 1 1 152
22 Hiroshi Yamato 1 5 143
23 Tajiri 2 3 133
24 Naomichi Marufuji 1 4 131
25 Joe Malenko 2 2 116
26 Hiro Saito 1 3 115
27 Soma Takao 1 1 91
28 Mitsuo Momota 1 2 72
29 Silver King 1 0 59
30 Mighty Inoue 1 2 42
31 Kuniaki Kobayashi 1 1 41
32 Shinichi Nakano 1 0 4

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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