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The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship owned by the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) wrestling promotion. "IWGP" is the acronym of NJPW's governing body, the International Wrestling Grand Prix. The title was introduced on August 8, 1998 at a NJPW live event. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is not the only tag team title contested for in NJPW; the IWGP Tag Team Championship is also sanctioned by NJPW. According to NJPW's official website, the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is listed as an "IWGP Jr. Tag Class", while the IWGP Tag Team Championship is considered an "IWGP Heavy Weight Class". The title is contested for by junior heavyweight wrestlers; the weight-limit for the title is 220 lb (100 kg). Being a professional wrestling championship, the title is won as a result of a predetermined outcome.

Title changes happen mostly at NJPW-promoted events. The inaugural champions were Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa, who defeated Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Koji Kanemoto on August 8, 1998 in the finals of a tournament. Jushin Liger, Minoru Tanaka and Prince Devitt are currently tied for the record of most reigns by an individual wrestler, with five. At four reigns, the team of Gedo and Jado hold the record for the most by a team. Gedo and Jado's combined four reign lengths add up to 960 days—the most of any team. Separately, Gedo and Jado are tied for most days as champion. NJPW keep track of all championship title defenses per reign, which is unlike most mainstream wrestling organizations. They also hold the most total defenses as champions, with 15. Gedo and Jado separately are tied for the record of total defenses by a single wrestler. Gedo and Jado are tied with Liger and Kanemoto for most defenses during a single reign, at 6. Liger and The Great Sasuke's only reign and Minoru and Prince Devitt's first reign share the record for the fewest successful defenses, with zero. At 348 days, Otani and Takaiwa's second reign is the longest in the title's history. Minoru and Prince Devitt's first reign is the shortest, at 21 days. Overall, there have been 28 reigns shared among 28 wrestlers, who made up 21 different teams.

The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin), a Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) tag team, defeated then-reigning champions No Limit (Tetsuya Naitō and Yujiro) on January 4, 2009 at Wrestle Kingdom III. Their reign lasted until July 5, 2009, when they were defeated by Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) at a live event. During that time, they had three successful defenses; two were held by TNA due to a pre-existing relationship and an agreement with NJPW. Their first defense in TNA, a rematch against No Limit, occurred on March 31, 2009 at the tapings of their weekly television program TNA Impact! On April 19, 2009, they made their second, and last, defense in TNA at the Lockdown (2009) pay-per-view event in a Three Way Tornado Tag Team Six Sides of Steel cage match against No Limit and The Latin American Xchange (Hernandez and Homicide). The current champions are The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson), who are in their third reign both individually and as a team.

Title history
# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event in which the title was won
Successful defenses The number of successful defenses the champions had during their reign
Wrestler name (#) The number represents the individual reigns of a wrestler when this is distinct from the tag team's reign.
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
N/A The information is not available or is unknown
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
#[1] Wrestlers

(Tag team name)[2]

Reign [3] Date [4] Days

held [5]

Location [6] Event [7] Successful defenses [8] Notes
01 !1 Otani !Shinjiro Otani and Takaiwa !Tatsuhito Takaiwa 01 !1 01998-08-8 August 8, 1998 Osaka !Osaka, Japan Live event !Live event 02 !2 Otani and Takaiwa defeated Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Koji Kanemoto in a tournament final to become the first champions.[1]
02 !2 Dr. Wagner, Jr. !Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Kashin !Kendo Kashin 01 !1 01999-01-4 January 4, 1999 Osaka !Tokyo, Japan Wrestling World !Wrestling World 02 !2
03 !3 Liger !Jushin Liger and Sasuke !The Great Sasuke 01 !1 01999-04-10 April 10, 1999 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 00 !0
04 !4 Otani !Shinjiro Otani and Takaiwa !Tatsuhito Takaiwa 02 !2 01999-07-13 July 13, 1999 Morioka !Morioka, Japan Live event !Live event 04 !4
05 !5 Kanemoto !Koji Kanemoto and Tanaka !Minoru Tanaka 01 !1 02000-06-25 June 25, 2000 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 03 !3
06 !6 Samurai !El Samurai and Liger !Jushin Liger (2) 01 !1 02001-03-6 March 6, 2001 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 01 !1
07 !7 Gedo !Gedo and Jado !Jado 01 !1 02001-07-20 July 20, 2001 Sapporo !Sapporo, Japan Live event !Live event 06 !6
08 !8 Liger !Jushin Liger (3) and Tanaka !Minoru Tanaka (2) 01 !1 02002-05-2 May 2, 2002 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan New Japan Pro Wrestling's 30th Anniversary !New Japan Pro Wrestling's 30th Anniversary 01 !1
09 !9 Kikuchi !Tsuyoshi Kikuchi and Kanemaru !Yoshinobu Kanemaru 01 !1 02002-08-29 August 29, 2002 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 04 !4
10 !10 Liger !Jushin Liger (4) and Kanemoto !Koji Kanemoto (2) 01 !1 02003-01-26 January 26, 2003 Kobe !Kobe, Japan Live event !Live event 06 !6 [7][8]
00 !— Vacated !Vacated 00 !— 02003-11–4 November 4, 2003 00 !N/A 00 !N/A 00 !— The championship was vacated due to Kanemoto fracturing his left cheekbone.[7]
11 !11 Gedo !Gedo and Jado !Jado 02 !2 02003-11–29 November 29, 2003 Miyagi !Miyagi, Japan Live event !Live event 02 !2 Gedo and Jado defeated Hirooki Goto and Ryusuke Taguchi to win the vacant championship.[9]
12 !12 American Dragon !American Dragon and Curry Man !Curry Man 01 !1 02004-03-12 March 12, 2004 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 01 !1 [10]
13 !13 Gedo !Gedo and Jado !Jado 03 !3 02004-06-5 June 5, 2004 Osaka !Osaka, Japan Live event !Live event 05 !5
14 !14 Kanemoto !Koji Kanemoto (3) and Inoue !Wataru Inoue 01 !1 02005-03-4 March 4, 2005 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 02 !2
15 !15 Goto !Hirooki Goto and Minoru !Minoru (3) 01 !1 02005-05-14 May 14, 2005 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 02 !2
16 !16 Samurai !El Samurai (2) and Taguchi !Ryusuke Taguchi 01 !1 02006-02-19 February 19, 2006 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 02 !2
17 !17 Gedo !Gedo and Jado !Jado 04 !4 02006-07-8 July 8, 2006 Shizuoka !Shizuoka, Japan Live event !Live event 02 !2
18 !18 Togo !Dick Togo and Michinoku !Taka Michinoku 01 !1 02007-05-2 May 2, 2007 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 03 !3
19 !19 Minoru !Minoru (4) and Devitt !Prince Devitt 01 !1 02008-01-27 January 27, 2008 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 00 !0
20 !20 Akira !Akira and Liger !Jushin Liger (5) 01 !1 02008-02-17 February 17, 2008 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 01 !1
21 !21 Minoru !Minoru (5) and Devitt !Prince Devitt (2) 02 !2 02008-07-21 July 21, 2008 Sapporo !Sapporo, Japan Live event !Live event 01 !1
22 !22 Naito !Tetsuya Naitō and Yujiro !Yujiro(No Limit) 01 !1 02008-10–13 October 13, 2008 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 01 !1
23 !23 Shelley !Alex Shelley and Sabin !Chris Sabin(The Motor City Machine Guns) 01 !1 02009-01-4 January 4, 2009 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom III !Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome 03 !3 The Motor City Machine Guns defended the championship twice in the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion during their reign, as part of an agreement between TNA and NJPW.[11]
24 !24 Devitt !Prince Devitt (3) and Taguchi !Ryusuke Taguchi (2)(Apollo 55) 01 !1 02009-07-5 July 5, 2009 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 05 !5 [12]
24.5 !— Vacated !Vacated 00 !— 02010-04-21 April 21, 2010 00 !N/A 00 !N/A 00 !— Title held up after the championship was not defended for 30 days.[13]
25 !25 El Samurai !El Samurai (3) and Kanemoto !Koji Kanemoto (4) 01 !1 02010-05-8 May 8, 2010 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Super J Tag Tournament 1st !Super J Tag Tournament 1st 00 !0 El Samurai and Kanemoto defeated Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) in the finals of an eight team tournament to win the vacant title.
26 !26 Devitt !Prince Devitt (4) and Taguchi !Ryusuke Taguchi (3)(Apollo 55) 02 !2 02010-07-19 July 19, 2010 Sapporo !Sapporo, Japan Live event !Live event 01 !1
27 !27 Omega !Kenny Omega and Ibushi !Kota Ibushi(Golden Lovers) 01 !1 02010-10–11 October 11, 2010 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Destruction '10 !Destruction '10 02 !2
28 !28 Devitt !Prince Devitt (5) and Taguchi !Ryusuke Taguchi (4)(Apollo 55) 03 !3 02011-01-23 January 23, 2011 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Fantastica Mania 2011 !Fantastica Mania 2011 00 !0

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