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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 fifteen reigns shared among nine 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. Evil's only reign of 10 days is the shortest in the title's history. Tomohiro Ishii holds the record for most reigns with the title, being a four-time champion. Minoru Suzuki is the current champion in his first reign, having defeated Hirooki Goto for the title on April 27, 2017, at Road to Wrestling Dontaku 2017: Aki no Kuni Sengoku Emaki.

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
held
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 919+ Sendai The New Beginning in Sendai 0 Ishii defeated Tomoaki Honma to win the vacant title.
8


Togi Makabe


2


02015-04-29April 29, 2015


166 Mashiki


Wrestling Hinokuni


2


9


Tomohiro Ishii


4


02015-10-12October 12, 2015


84 Tokyo


King of Pro-Wrestling


1


10


Katsuyori Shibata


1


02016-01-04January 4, 2016


120 Tokyo


Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome


3


11


Yuji Nagata


1


02016-05-03May 3, 2016


47 Fukuoka


Wrestling Dontaku 2016


0


12


Katsuyori Shibata


2


02016-06-19June 19, 2016


139 Osaka


Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall


3


13


Evil


1


02016-11-05November 5, 2016


10 Osaka


Power Struggle


0


14 Katsuyori Shibata 3 November 15, 2016 50 Singapore Wrestling World 2016 in Singapore 0
15 Hirooki Goto 1 January 4, 2017 113+ Tokyo Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome 3


15 Minoru Suzuki 1 April 27, 2017 116+ Hiroshima Road to Wrestling Dontaku 2017: Aki no Kuni Sengoku Emaki. 1


List of combined reigns

As of August 21, 2017

Indicates the current champion
<1 Indicates that the reign lasted less than one day
Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1


Tomohiro Ishii 4


6


379


2


Masato Tanaka 1


4


314


3


Katsuyori Shibata 3


6


309


4


Togi Makabe 2


2


207


5


Tetsuya Naito 1


2


135


6


Hirooki Goto 1


3


113


7


Yujiro Takahashi 1


1


106


8


Minoru Suzuki1


1


116+
9


Yuji Nagata 1


0


47


10 Evil 1 0 10

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