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The NEVER Openweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship owned by the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. NEVER stands for "New Blood", "Evolution", "Valiantly", "Eternal", and "Radical" and was a NJPW-promoted series of events, which featured younger up-and-coming talent and outside wrestlers not signed to the promotion. The project was officially announced on July 12, 2010, and held its first event on August 24, 2010.

Like most professional wrestling championships, the title is won as a result of a scripted match. There have been seven reigns shared among five wrestlers with one vacancy. Masato Tanaka was the first champion in the title's history. He also holds the record for the longest reign in the title's history, at 314 days. Togi Makabe's only reign of 41 is the shortest in the title's history. Tomohiro Ishii is the only wrestler to have held the title more than once, being a three-time champion. Ishii is the current champion in his third reign, having defeated Tomoaki Honma for the vacant title on February 14, 2015, at The New Beginning in Sendai.

Title history

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific wrestler listed
Event The event in which the title was won
Successful defenses The number of successful defenses the champion had during his 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

# Wrestler Reign Date Days
Location Event Successful defenses Notes
1 Masato Tanaka 1 November 19, 2012 314 Tokyo Shodai NEVER Musabetsu Kyu Oza Kettei Tournament Final 4 Tanaka defeated Karl Anderson in the finals of a sixteen-man tournament to become the inaugural champion.
2 Tetsuya Naito 1 September 29, 2013 135 Kobe Destruction 2013 2
3 Tomohiro Ishii 1 February 11, 2014 138 Osaka The New Beginning in Osaka 2014 4
4 Yujiro Takahashi 1 June 29, 2014 106 Tokyo Kizuna Road 2014 1
5 Tomohiro Ishii 2 October 13, 2014 83 Tokyo King of Pro-Wrestling 2014 1
6 Togi Makabe 1 January 4, 2015 41 Tokyo Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome 0
Vacated February 14, 2015 0 The title was vacated due to Makabe being sidelined with influenza.
7 Tomohiro Ishii 3 February 14, 2015 775+ Sendai The New Beginning in Sendai 0 Ishii defeated Tomoaki Honma to win the vacant title.

List of combined reigns

As of March 30, 2017

Indicates the current champion
<1 Indicates that the reign lasted less than one day
Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined
1 Masato Tanaka 1 4 314
2 Tomohiro Ishii3 5 996+
3 Tetsuya Naito 1 2 135
4 Yujiro Takahashi 1 1 106
5 Togi Makabe 1 0 41

See also

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