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Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Championship

The Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Championship (WRESTLE-1クルーザーディビジョン王座, Wrestle-1 Kurūzā Dibijon Ōza) is a professional wrestling championship owned by the Wrestle-1 (W-1) promotion. The title is meant for cruiserweight wrestlers and holds a weight limit of 200 lb (91 kg).

Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Championship
Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Championship.jpg
The Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Championship belt
(March 2015 — Present)
Details
PromotionWrestle-1
Date establishedFebruary 25, 2015[1]
Current champion(s)El Hijo del Pantera
Date wonSeptember 1st, 2019
Other name(s)
Wrestle-1 Cruiserweight Championship[2]

Like most professional wrestling championships, the title is won as a result of a scripted match. There have been eleven reigns shared among seven wrestlers. Seiki Yoshioka is the current Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Champion in his second reign.[8]

Contents

HistoryEdit

When Wrestle-1 was founded in 2013, one of its main focuses was to build an openweight division, where its wrestlers would not be typecast as heavyweights or junior heavyweights, like in most Japanese promotions, but would be able to interact with each other across weight limits.[9][10] However, on February 13, 2015, after Kaz Hayashi and Shuji Kondo had successfully defended the Wrestle-1 Tag Team Championship against Minoru Tanaka and Seiki Yoshioka, Hayashi announced he was interested in building a division for Wrestle-1's lighter wrestlers,[11][12][13] electing to call the proposed division a "cruiserweight" division instead of the "junior heavyweight" division, which is more common in Japanese puroresu, and reminiscing of Mutoh and Hayashi's stints in WCW in the 1990s.[14] This led to a match on February 22, billed as an "assessment match" to a possible cruiserweight division,[15] where Tanaka defeated Hayashi.[16] Following the match, Tanaka, Andy Wu, El Hijo del Pantera, Hiroshi Yamato, Rionne Fujiwara, Seiki Yoshioka and Yusuke Kodama voiced their support for a cruiserweight division in Wrestle-1.[17][18] On February 25, Wrestle-1 officially announced the creation of a cruiserweight division and the promotion's third title, a cruiserweight championship.[1][19][20]

In May 2016, Kotaro Suzuki made the title's first international defenses by defeating Mark Haskins and Ultimo Tiger in England at events held by 4 Front Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Pride.[21]

Championship tournamentEdit

On March 9, 2015, Wrestle-1 officially presented the new title, naming it the "Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Championship". It was announced that the title holds a weight limit of 200 lb (91 kg) that wrestlers need to make the day before a title match. Also announced was an eight-man single-elimination tournament that would culminate on May 5 with the crowning of the first champion.[22][23][24] The championship belt was officially unveiled on March 31 at a press conference, where all participants in the tournament underwent and passed a weigh-in.[25][26] On May 5, Minoru Tanaka defeated Kaz Hayashi in the finals of the tournament to become the inaugural Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Champion.[27][28]

First round
(April 1, 19)
Semifinals
(May 5)
Finals
(May 5)
         
Minoru Tanaka Pin
Seiki Yoshioka 17:26[29]
Minoru Tanaka Sub
El Hijo del Pantera 07:43[27]
Andy Wu Pin
El Hijo del Pantera 08:08[29]
Minoru Tanaka Pin
Kaz Hayashi 23:53[27]
Kaz Hayashi Pin
Yusuke Kodama 17:52[30]
Kaz Hayashi Pin
Hiroshi Yamato 14:38[27]
Hiroshi Yamato Pin
Rionne Fujiwara 09:31[30]

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 Minoru Tanaka May 5, 2015 Triumph Tokyo 1 141 5[31] Tanaka defeated Kaz Hayashi in the finals of an eight-man tournament to become the inaugural champion. [27][28]
2 Andy Wu September 23, 2015 2nd Anniversary Osaka 1 109 3[32] [31]
3 Hiroshi Yamato January 10, 2016 Sunrise Tokyo 1 58 1[33] [32][34]
Vacated March 8, 2016 Yamato was stripped of the title after suffering a neck injury. [35]
4 Kotaro Suzuki March 13, 2016 Trans Magic Tokyo 1 151 5[36] Suzuki defeated Minoru Tanaka in the finals of a four-man tournament to win the vacant title. [37][38]
5 Yusuke Kodama August 11, 2016 Puroresu Love in Yokohama Yokohama 1 120 3[39] [36]
6 Mazada December 9, 2016 Shining Winter Tokyo 1 101 1[40] [39]
7 Seiki Yoshioka March 20, 2017 Trans Magic Tokyo 1 30 0[41] [40]
8 Andy Wu April 19, 2017 Cherry Blossom Tokyo 2 15 0[42] [41][43]
9 Mazada May 4, 2017 Triumph Tokyo 2 73 1[44] [42][45]
10 Andy Wu July 16, 2017 Symbol Osaka 3 48 0[8] [44]
11 Seiki Yoshioka September 2, 2017 2017 Puroresu Love in Yokohama Yokohama 2 284 3[46] [8]
12 Yusuke Kodama June 13, 2018 2018 Outbreak Tokyo 2 311 4
13 Andy Wu April 20, 2019 Tour 2019 Cherry Blossom Aga 4 134 1
14 El Hijo del Pantera September 1, 2019 Puroresu Love in Yokohama 2019 Yokohama 1 14 0

Combined reignsEdit

As of September 15, 2019

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Yusuke Kodama 2 3 431
2 Seiki Yoshioka 2 3 314
3 Andy Wu 4 3 307
4 Mazada 2 2 174
5 Kotaro Suzuki 1 5 151
6 Minoru Tanaka 1 5 141
7 Hiroshi Yamato 1 1 58
8 El Hijo del Pantera† 1 0 1+

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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