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Title history

# Team Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Successful defenses Notes
1 Kengo Kimura &
Tatsumi Fujinami
1 December 12, 1985 236 Sendai, Japan Live event 5 Kimura and Fujinami defeated Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi in a tournament final to become the first champions.
2 Akira Maeda and Osamu Kido 1 August 5, 1986 49 Tokyo, Japan Burning Spirit in Summer 1
3 Kengo Kimura (2) and Tatsumi Fujinami (2) 2 September 23, 1986 135 Tokyo, Japan Challenge Spirit 1986 0
Vacated February 5, 1987 N/A N/A The championship was vacated when Kimura and Fujinami split up.
4 Keiji Mutoh and Shiro Koshinaka 1 March 20, 1987 6 Tokyo, Japan Spring Flare Up 1987 0 Koshinaka and Mutoh defeated Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
5 Akira Maeda (2) and Nobuhiko Takada 1 March 26, 1987 159 Osaka, Japan Inoki Toukon Live II 2
6 Kazuo Yamazaki and Yoshiaki Fujiwara 1 September 1, 1987 139 Fukuoka, Japan Sengoku Battle Series 1987 2
7 Kengo Kimura (3) and Tatsumi Fujinami (3) 3 January 18, 1988 144 Takuyama, Japan New Year Golden Series 1988 3
8 Masa Saito and Riki Chōshū 1 June 10, 1988 282 Hiroshima, Japan IWGP Champion Series 1988 4 a
9 George Takano and Super Strong Machine 1 March 19, 1989 116 Yokohama, Japan Big Fight Series 1
10


Riki Chōshū (2) and Takayuki Iizuka 1


01989-07-13July 13, 1989


69 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


1


11


Masa Saito (2) and Shinya Hashimoto 1


01989-09-20September 20, 1989


219 Osaka, Japan


Bloody Fight Series 1989: Super Power Battle in Osaka


3


12


Keiji Mutoh (2) and Masahiro Chono 1


01990-04-27April 27, 1990


189 Tokyo, Japan


Live event


3


13


Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki 1


01990-11-01November 1, 1990


55 Tokyo, Japan


Dream Tour 1990


2


14


Hiro Saito and Super Strong Machine (2) 1


01990-12-26December 26, 1990


70 Hamamatsu, Japan


King of Kings


2


15


Hiroshi Hase (2) and Kensuke Sasaki (2) 2


01991-03-06March 6, 1991


15 Nagasaki, Japan


Big Fight Series 1991


0


16


The Steiner Brothers
(Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)
1


01991-03-21March 21, 1991


229 Tokyo, Japan


Starrcade 1991 in Tokyo Dome


2


The Steiners' WCW World Tag Team Championship was also on the line.
17


Hiroshi Hase (3) and Keiji Mutoh (3) 1


01991-11-05November 5, 1991


117 Tokyo, Japan


Tokyo 3Days Battle


2


Scott Norton substituted for an injured Scott Steiner in this match.
18 Big, Bad, and Dangerous
(Big Van Vader and Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow)
1 01992-03-01March 1, 1992


117 Yokohama, Japan


Big Fight Series 1992: New Japan Pro Wrestling 20th Anniversary Show


2
19 The Steiner Brothers
(Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)
2 01992-06-26June 26, 1992


149 Tokyo, Japan Masters of Wrestling 3 The Steiners' WCW World Tag Team Championship was also on the line.
20 Scott Norton and Tony Halme 1 01992-11-22November 22, 1992


222 Tokyo, Japan Wrestling Scramble 1992: Battle Zone Space I 0
21


The Hell Raisers


(Hawk Warrior and Power Warrior (3))

1


01992-12-14December 14, 1992


234 Tokyo, Japan


Battle Final 1992


4


22


The Jurassic Powers


(Hercules Hernandez and Scott Norton (2))

1


01993-08-05August 5, 1993


152 Tokyo, Japan


G1 Climax 1993


3


23


The Hell Raisers


(Hawk Warrior (2) and Power Warrior (4))

2


01994-01-04January 4, 1994


325 Tokyo, Japan


Battlefield


2


24


Hiroshi Hase (4) and Keiji Mutoh (4) 2


01994-11-25November 25, 1994


162 Iwate, Japan


Battle Final 1994


1


Vacated 01995-05-06May 6, 1995


N/A N/A The title was vacated by Mutoh after he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
25 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono (2))
1 01995-06-10June 10, 1995


27 Osaka, Japan Fighting Spirit Legend 0 Tenzan and Chono defeated Junji Hirata and Shinya Hashimoto to win the vacant championship.
Vacated July 7, 1995 N/A N/A The title was vacated when Chono missed a title defense due to his father's death.
26


Junji Hirata (3) and Shinya Hashimoto (2) 1


01995-07-13July 13, 1995


335 Sapporo, Japan


Best of the Super Jr. II


6


Hashimoto and Hirata defeated Mike Enos and Scott Norton to win the vacant championship.
27


Kazuo Yamazaki (2) and Takashi Iizuka}} (2) 1


01996-06-12June 12, 1996


&000000000000003400000034 Osaka, Japan


Best of the Super Jr. III


0


28


Cho-Ten


(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (2) and Masahiro Chono (3))

2


01996-07-16July 16, 1996


&0000000000000172000000172 Sapporo, Japan


Summer Struggle 1996


2


29


Kengo Kimura (4) and Tatsumi Fujinami (4) 4


01997-01-04January 4, 1997


&000000000000009800000098 Tokyo, Japan


Wrestling World (1997)


3


30


Kensuke Sasaki (5) and Riki Chōshū (3) 1


01997-04-12April 12, 1997


&000000000000002100000021 Tokyo, Japan


Battle Formation 1997


0


31


The Bull Powers
(Manabu Nakanishi and Satoshi Kojima)
1


01997-05-03May 3, 1997


&000000000000009900000099 Osaka, Japan


Strong Style Evolution in Osaka Dome


1


32 Kazuo Yamazaki (3) and Kensuke Sasaki (6) 1 01997-08-10August 10, 1997


70 Nagoya, Japan The Four Heaven in Nagoya Dome 0
33 Keiji Mutoh (5) and Masahiro Chono (4) 2 01997-10-19October 19, 1997


184 Kobe, Japan nWo Typhoon 1997 2
Vacated April 21, 1998 N/A N/A The title was vacated due to Mutoh having surgery on his knee.
34 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (3) and Masahiro Chono (5))
3 June 5, 1998 40 Tokyo, Japan Live event 0 Tenzan and Chono defeated Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
35 Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka (2) 1 01998-07-15July 15, 1998


173 Sapporo, Japan Summer Struggle 1998 2
36 Ten-Koji
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (4) and Satoshi Kojima (2))
1 01999-01-04January 4, 1999


77 Tokyo, Japan Wrestling World 1999 1
37 Kensuke Sasaki (7) and Shiro Koshinaka}} 1 01999-03-22March 22, 1999


97 Amagasaki, Japan


Hyper Battle 1999


2
38 The Mad Dogs
(Michiyoshi Ohara and Tatsutoshi Goto)
1 01999-06-27June 27, 1999


62 Shizuoka, Japan Summer Struggle 1999 1
39 Manabu Nakanishi (2) and Yuji Nagata 1 01999-08-28August 28, 1999


327 Shizuoka, Japan Jingu Climax 4
40 Ten-Koji
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (5) and Satoshi Kojima (3))
2 02000-07-20July 20, 2000


430 Tokyo, Japan Summer Struggle 2000 6
41 Osamu Nishimura and Tatsumi Fujinami (5) 1 02001-09-23September 23, 2001


35 Osaka, Japan G1 World 2001 1
42 BATT}}
(Keiji Mutoh (6) and Taiyō Kea)
1 02001-10-28October 28, 2001


97 Fukuoka, Japan}} Survival 2001: Fighting Destination in Fukuoka 0
Vacated February 2, 2002 N/A N/A The title was vacated due to Mutoh leaving NJPW.
43 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (6) and Masahiro Chono (6))
4 March 24, 2002 446 Hyōgo, Japan Hyper Battle 2002 7 Tenzan and Chono defeated Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
44 Hiroshi Tanahashi and Yutaka Yoshie 1 June 13, 2003 184 Tokyo, Japan Crush 3
45 Hiroyoshi Tenzan (7) and Osamu Nishimura (2) 1 02003-12-14December 14, 2003


49 Nagoya, Japan Battle Final 2003 0
46 Minoru Suzuki and Yoshihiro Takayama 1 February 1, 2004 294 Sapporo, Japan Fighting Spirit 2004 4
Vacated November 21, 2004 N/A N/A The title was vacated due to Takayama being sidelined with an injury.
47 Hiroshi Tanahashi (2) and Shinsuke Nakamura 1 02004-12-11December 11, 2004


323 Osaka, Japan Battle Final 2004 4 Tanahashi and Nakamura defeated Kensuke Sasaki and Minoru Suzuki to win the vacant title.
48 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (8) and Masahiro Chono (7))
5 02005-10-30October 30, 2005


325 Kobe, Japan Toukon Series 2005 3
- Vacated - 02006-09-20September 20, 2006


- N/A N/A - NJPW president Simon Kelly Inoki stripped Chono and Tenzan of the title after Chono and Tenzan ceased teaming.
49 Wild Child
(Manabu Nakanishi (3) and Takao Ōmori)
1 September 28, 2006 164 Sapporo, Japan Circuit2006 Final: Next Progress 1 A provisional tag team title was created on July 2, 2006 when Tenzan and Chono showed signs of inactivity; Shiro Koshinaka and Togi Makabe were the first champions. Nakanishi and Ōmori were recognized as the official champions on September 28, 2006 after they won the Provisional Tag Team Championship on July 17, 2006.
50 RISE
(Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko)
1 02007-03-11March 11, 2007


343 Nagoya, Japan New Japan Pro Wrestling 35th Anniversary Tour Circuit 2007 New Japan Evolution: New Japan Cup 2007 5
51 The Most Violent Players
(Togi Makabe and Toru Yano)
1 February 17, 2008 322 Tokyo, Japan Circuit2008 New Japan Ism 4
52 Team 3D
(Brother Devon and Brother Ray)
1 January 4, 2009 198 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome 4
53 The British Invasion
(Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams)
1 July 21, 2009 89 Orlando, Florida TNA Impact 1 This was a tables match that aired on the July 30, 2009 episode of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Impact!. NJPW did not sanction the match, nor initially recognize nor sanction the title change until August 10.
54 Team 3D
(Brother Devon and Brother Ray)
2 October 18, 2009 78 Irvine, California Bound for Glory (2009) 1 This was a four-way Full Metal Mayhem Tag Team match, which also included Beer Money, Inc. and Booker T and Scott Steiner and was contested also for the TNA World Tag Team Championship, which was won by The British Invasion.
55 No Limit
(Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi)
1 January 4, 2010 119 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome 1 This was a three-way hardcore match, which also included Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson).
56 Seigigun
(Wataru Inoue and Yuji Nagata (2))
1 May 3, 2010 47 Fukuoka, Japan Wrestling Dontaku 2010 0 This was a three-way match, which also included Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson).
57 Bad Intentions
(Giant Bernard (2) and Karl Anderson)
1 June 19, 2010 564 Osaka, Japan Dominion 6.19 10 This was a three-way elimination match, which also included No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi).
58 Ten-Koji
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (9) and Satoshi Kojima (4))
3 January 4, 2012 120 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome 2
59 Chaos
(Takashi Iizuka (3) and Toru Yano (2))
1 May 3, 2012 48 Fukuoka, Japan}} Wrestling Dontaku 2012 0
Vacated - June 20, 2012 - N/A N/A - Iizuka and Yano were stripped of the title, after a title match between them and Ten-Koji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) on June 16 ended in a no contest.
60 Ten-Koji
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (10) and Satoshi Kojima (5))
4 July 22, 2012 78 Yamagata, Japan Kizuna Road 0 Tenzan and Kojima defeated Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) to win the vacant title.
61 K.E.S.
(Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer)
1 02012-10-08October 8, 2012


207 Tokyo, Japan King of Pro-Wrestling 5
62 Ten-Koji
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan (11) and Satoshi Kojima (6))
5 May 3, 2013 1316+ Fukuoka, Japan Wrestling Dontaku 2013 2 This was a four-way match, which also included Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) and Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi and Strong Man).
63 K.E.S.
(Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer)
2 November 9, 2013 56 Osaka, Japan Power Struggle 0 This was the second fall of a two-fall three-way tornado tag team match which also included The IronGodz (Jax Dane and Rob Conway).
64 Bullet Club
(Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson (2))
1 January 4, 2014 365 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome 6
65 Meiyu Tag
(Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata)
1 January 4, 2015 38 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome 0
66 Bullet Club
(Doc Gallows (2) and Karl Anderson (3))
2 February 11, 2015 53 Osaka, Japan The New Beginning in Osaka 0
67 The Kingdom
(Matt Taven and Michael Bennett)
1 April 5, 2015 91 Tokyo, Japan Invasion Attack 2015 0
68 Bullet Club
(Doc Gallows (3) and Karl Anderson (4))
3 July 5, 2015 183 Osaka, Japan Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall 1
69 G.B.H.
(Togi Makabe (2) and Tomoaki Honma)
1 January 4, 2016 97 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome
70 Guerrillas Of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tonga Lua)
1 April 10, 2016 70 Tokyo, Japan NJPW Invasion Attack 2016
71 Briscoe Brothers
(Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe)
1 June 19, 2016 173+ Osaka, Japan

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