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Title history

# Wrestlers Reign Date Days
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Location Event Successful defenses Notes
1


Koshinaka, ShiroShiro Koshinaka


1


01986-02-06February 6, 1986


102 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


1


Koshinaka defeated The Cobra in a tournament final to become the first champion.
2


Takada, NobuhikoNobuhiko Takada


1


01986-05-19May 19, 1986


123 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


6


3


Shiro Koshinaka


2


01986-09-19September 19, 1986


317 Fukuoka, Japan


Live event


2



Vacated



01987-08-02August 2, 1987



N/A


N/A



Koshinaka vacated the championship due to injuring his right ankle.
4


Kobayashi, KuniakiKuniaki Kobayashi


1


01987-08-20August 20, 1987


129 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


1


Kuniaki Kobayashi defeated Nobuhiko Takada to win the vacant championship.
5


Hase, HiroshiHiroshi Hase


1


01987-12-27December 27, 1987


152 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


3


6


Hart, OwenOwen Hart


1


01988-05-27May 27, 1988


28 Sendai, Japan


Live event


1


7


Koshinaka, ShiroShiro Koshinaka


3


01988-06-24June 24, 1988


265 Osaka, Japan


Live event


6


8


Hase, HiroshiHiroshi Hase


2


01989-03-16March 16, 1989


70 Yokohama, Japan


Live event


0


9


Jushin Liger


1


01989-05-25May 25, 1989


77 Osaka, Japan


Live event


2


10


Sano, NaokiNaoki Sano


1


01989-08-10August 10, 1989


174 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


2


11


Jushin Thunder Liger


2


01990-01-31January 31, 1990


200 Osaka, Japan


Live event


1


12


Pegasus Kid


1


01990-08-19August 19, 1990


74 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


0


13


Jushin Thunder Liger


3


01990-11-01November 1, 1990


165 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


2



Vacated



01991-04-15April 15, 1991



N/A


N/A



Liger vacated the championship so a new champion could be decided in the Top of the Super Juniors tournament.
14


Honaga, NorioNorio Honaga


1


01991-04-30April 30, 1991


43 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


2


Honaga defeated Jushin Thunder Liger in the finals of the Top of the Super Juniors tournament.
15


Jushin Thunder Liger


4


01991-06-12June 12, 1991


58 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


0


16


Nogami, AkiraAkira Nogami


1


01991-08-09August 9, 1991


88 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


1


17


Honaga, NorioNorio Honaga


2


01991-11-05November 5, 1991


95 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


1


18


Jushin Thunder Liger


5


01992-02-08February 8, 1992


139 Sapporo, Japan


Live event


3


19


Samurai, ElEl Samurai


1


01992-06-26June 26, 1992


149 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


3


20


Último Dragón


1


01992-11-22November 22, 1992


43 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


1


21


Jushin Thunder Liger


6


01993-01-04January 4, 1993


628 Tokyo, Japan


Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome


5



Vacated



01994-09-24September 24, 1994



N/A


N/A



Liger vacated the championship due to fracturing his left ankle.
22


Honaga, NorioNorio Honaga


3


01994-09-27September 27, 1994


145 Osaka, Japan


Live event


6


Honaga defeated Wild Pegasus in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
23


Kanemoto, KojiKoji Kanemoto


1


01995-02-19February 19, 1995


73 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


2


24


Sabu


1


01995-05-03May 3, 1995


42 Fukuoka, Japan


Wrestling Dontaku 1995


1


25


Kanemoto, KojiKoji Kanemoto


2


01995-06-14June 14, 1995


204 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


2


This match was also for Kanemoto's UWA World Welterweight Championship.
26


Jushin Thunder Liger


7


01996-01-04January 4, 1996


116 Tokyo, Japan


Wrestling World 1996


2


27


The Great Sasuke


1


01996-04-29April 29, 1996


165 Tokyo, Japan


Battle Formation


5


On August 5, 1996, Sasuke won an 8-man tournament to form the J-Crown, an octuple-belt championship that includes the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title; these titles were still considered separate, but were defended together.
28


Último Dragón


2


01996-10-11October 11, 1996


85 Osaka, Japan


Live event


7


29


Jushin Thunder Liger


8


01997-01-04January 4, 1997


183 Tokyo, Japan


Wrestling World 1997


4


Liger lost the WAR International Junior Heavyweight Championship from the J-Crown on June 6, 1997, but continued to defend the other 7 belts.
30


Samurai, ElEl Samurai


2


01997-07-06July 6, 1997


35 Sapporo, Japan


Live event


0


31


Otani, ShinjiroShinjiro Otani


1


01997-08-10August 10, 1997


181 Nagoya, Japan


The Four Heaven in Nagoya Dome


5


On November 5, 1997, Otani vacated all J-Crown belts but the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title after the WWF retook control of its Light Heavyweight title, effectively ending the J-Crown.
32


Jushin Thunder Liger


9


01998-02-07February 7, 1998


403 Sapporo, Japan


Live event


8


33


Kanemoto, KojiKoji Kanemoto


3


01999-03-17March 17, 1999


164 Hiroshima, Japan


Live event


3


34


Kashin, KendoKendo Kashin


1


01999-08-28August 28, 1999


44 Tokyo, Japan


Jingu Climax


1


35


Jushin Thunder Liger


10


01999-10-11October 11, 1999


49 Tokyo, Japan


Final Dome


1


36


Guerrera, JuventudJuventud Guerrera


1


01999-11-29November 29, 1999


7 Denver, United States


Nitro


0


37


Jushin Thunder Liger


11


01999-12-06December 6, 1999


227 Milwaukee, United States


Nitro


3


Psychosis replaced Guerrera in the match due to Guerrera suffering a fractured right arm.
38


Takaiwa, TatsuhitoTatsuhito Takaiwa


1


02000-07-20July 20, 2000


101 Sapporo, Japan


Summer Struggle 2000


2


39


Minoru Tanaka


1


02000-10-29October 29, 2000


264 Kobe, Japan


Get a Right!!


2


40


Naruse, MasayukiMasayuki Naruse


1


02001-07-20July 20, 2001


80 Sapporo, Japan


Dome Quake


1


41


Kashin, KendoKendo Kashin


2


02001-10-08October 8, 2001


131 Tokyo, Japan


Indicate of Next


2


42


Minoru Tanaka


2


02002-02-16February 16, 2002


153 Tokyo, Japan


Fighting Spirit 2002


3


43


Kanemoto, KojiKoji Kanemoto


4


02002-07-19July 19, 2002


278 Sapporo, Japan


Summer Fight Series 2002


6


44


Tiger Mask


1


02003-04-23April 23, 2003


153 Hiroshima, Japan


Strong Energy 2003


4



Vacated



02003-09-23September 23, 2003



N/A


N/A



The championship was vacated so it could be contested for in a battle royal.
45


Jado


1


02003-10-13October 13, 2003


62 Tokyo, Japan


Ultimate Crush


1


Jado defeated Dick Togo, El Samurai, Gedo, Heat, Jushin Thunder Liger, Katsushi Takemura, Koji Kanemoto, Masahito Kakihara, Masayuki Naruse and Tiger Mask in a battle royal to win the vacant championship.
46


Heat


3


02003-12-14December 14, 2003


387 Nagoya, Japan


Battle Final 2003


11


Previously known as Minoru Tanaka.
47


Tiger Mask


2


02005-01-04January 4, 2005


277 Tokyo, Japan


Toukon Festival: Wrestling World


3


48


Black Tiger


1


02005-10-08October 8, 2005


134 Tokyo, Japan


Toukon Souzou New Chapter


1


This match was also for Black Tiger's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
49


Tiger Mask


3


02006-02-19February 19, 2006


73 Tokyo, Japan


Acceleration


1


This match was also for Black Tiger's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
50


Kanemoto, KojiKoji Kanemoto


5


02006-05-03May 3, 2006


235 Fukuoka, Japan


New Japan Cup 2006 Special


1


51


Minoru


4


02006-12-24December 24, 2006


194 Tokyo, Japan


Battle Xmas! Catch the Victory


4


Previously known as Minoru Tanaka/Heat.
52


Taguchi, RyusukeRyusuke Taguchi


1


02007-07-06July 6, 2007


155 Tokyo, Japan


New Japan Soul C.T.U Farewell Tour


4


53


Inoue, WataruWataru Inoue


1


02007-12-08December 8, 2007


191 Osaka, Japan


New Japan Alive


3



Vacated



02008-06-16June 16, 2008



N/A


N/A



The championship was vacated when Inoue moved to the heavyweight division.
54


Tiger Mask


4


02008-07-08July 8, 2008


75 Tokyo, Japan


New Japan Trill


0


Tiger Mask defeated Prince Devitt in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
55


Low Ki


1


02008-09-21September 21, 2008


105 Kobe, Japan


New Japan Generation


1


56


Tiger Mask


5


02009-01-04January 4, 2009


223 Tokyo, Japan


Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome


4


57


Místico


1


02009-08-15August 15, 2009


85 Tokyo, Japan


G1 Climax 2009: New Lords, New Laws


2


58


Tiger Mask


6


02009-11-08November 8, 2009


57 Tokyo, Japan


Destruction '09


0


59


Marufuji, NaomichiNaomichi Marufuji


1


02010-01-04January 4, 2010


166 Tokyo, Japan


Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome


5


60


Devitt, PrincePrince Devitt


1


02010-06-19June 19, 2010


364 Osaka, Japan


Dominion 6.19


7


61


Ibushi, KotaKota Ibushi


1


02011-06-18June 18, 2011


85 Osaka, Japan


Dominion 6.18


2



Vacated



02011-09-12September 12, 2011



N/A


N/A



The championship was vacated after Ibushi was sidelined with a shoulder injury.
62


Devitt, PrincePrince Devitt


2


02011-09-19September 19, 2011


227 Kobe, Japan


Kantaro Hoshino Memorial Show


4


Devitt defeated Kushida to win the vacant championship.
63


Low Ki


2


02012-05-03May 3, 2012


87 Fukuoka, Japan


Wrestling Dontaku 2012


1


64


Ibushi, KotaKota Ibushi


2


02012-07-29July 29, 2012


71 Tokyo, Japan


Last Rebellion


2


65


Low Ki


3


02012-10-08October 8, 2012


34 Tokyo, Japan


King of Pro-Wrestling 2012


0


66


Devitt, PrincePrince Devitt


3


02012-11-11November 11, 2012


419 Osaka, Japan


Power Struggle


4


67


Ibushi, KotaKota Ibushi


3


02014-01-04January 4, 2014


181 Tokyo, Japan


Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome


4


68


Kushida


1


02014-07-04July 4, 2014


79 Tokyo, Japan


Kizuna Road 2014


0


69


Taguchi, RyusukeRyusuke Taguchi


2


02014-09-21September 21, 2014


105 Kobe, Japan


Destruction in Kobe


2


70


Omega, KennyKenny Omega


1


02015-01-04January 4, 2015


182 Tokyo, Japan


Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome


3


71


Kushida


2


02015-07-05July 5, 2015


80 Osaka, Japan


Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall


1


72


Omega, KennyKenny Omega


2


02015-09-23September 23, 2015


103 Okayama, Japan


Destruction in Okayama


1


73


Kushida


3


02016-01-04January 4, 2016


257 Tokyo, Japan


Wrestle Kingdom X


0


74


BUSHI


1


02016-09-17September 17, 2016


49 Tokyo, Japan


Destruction in Tokyo


0


75


Kushida


4


02016-11-05November 5, 2016


60 Osaka, Japan


Power Struggle


0


76


Hiromu Takahashi


1


02017-01-04January 4, 2017


158 Tokyo, Japan


Wrestle Kingdom XI


4


77


Kushida


5


02017-06-11June 11, 2017


18+ Osaka, Japan


Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall


0