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New Japan Pro-Wrestling is a major federation in Japan, founded by Antonio Inoki in 1972. Owing to its TV program aired on TV Asahi, it is the largest wrestling promotion in Japan and one of the largest in the world. Although attendance has declined in recent years, it still recorded a yearly attendance of approximately 50,000 fans higher than their closest rival Pro Wrestling NOAH in 2005 according to Weekly Fight. In October 2005, 51.5% of NJPW was sold to YUKE's Future Media Creators, an Osaka-based company that markets home videos and video games. NJPW has working agreements with Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, National Wrestling Alliance and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. It previously had a working agreement with World Championship Wrestling.

It has also been named Wrestling Observer Newsletter's "Promotion of the Year" 8 times, more than any other wrestling promotion in the world.

Current Championships

Belt Championship Champion(s) Date Won
IWGP Heavyweight Championship Belt
IWGP Heavyweight Championship Kazuchika Okada June 19, 2016
IWGP Intercontinental Championship Belt
IWGP Intercontinental Championship Hiroshi Tanahashi June 11, 2017
IWGP Tag Team Championship Belt
IWGP Tag Team Championship Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer) September 24, 2017
IWGP United States Championship Belt
IWGP United States Championship Kenny Omega July 2, 2017
NEVER Openweight Championship Belt
NEVER Openweight Championship Minoru Suzuki April 27, 2017
NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Championship Belt
NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship Los Ingobernables de Japón

BushiEvil and Sanada)

May 3, 2017
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Belt
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Will Ospreay October 9, 2017
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Belt
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Yohei Komatsu & Sho Tanaka October 9, 2017

Championships Used by NJPW

Championship Last champion(s) Retired Notes
NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship Hirooki Goto September 8, 2007 N/A
NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship Craig Classic November 6, 2010 N/A
NWF Heavyweight Championship Shinsuke Nakamura January 5, 2004 N/A
NWF North American Heavyweight Championship Tiger Jeet Singh May 21, 1981 N/A
NWA North American Tag Team Championship Seiji Sakaguch & Riki Chōshū June 15, 1979 N/
UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship Shinjiro Otani October 5, 1997 N/A
WWF International Heavyweight Championship Tatsumi Fujinami July 19, 1985 N/A
WWF International Tag Team Championship Kengo Kimura & Tatsumi Fujinami October 31, 1985 N/A
WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship The Cobra October 31, 1985 N/A
WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship The Great Muta August 16, 1992 N/A
IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship Hiroshi Tanahashi June 7, 2006 N/A

Annual tournaments

Tournament Last winner Last held Type Created Notes
G1 Climax Tetsuya Naito August 13, 2017 Open weight 1991 NJPW's biggest annual tournament, primarily for heavyweights but there is no official weight limit
G1 Climax Tag League Great Bash Heel

(Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma)

December 10, 2016 Tag team 1991 NJPW's annual tag team tournament.
New Japan Cup Katsuyori Shibata March 20, 2017 Open weight 2005  
Best of the Super Juniors Kushida June 3, 2017 Junior Heavyweight 1988 Annual tournament featuring top Junior Heavyweights from all over the world.
Super J Cup Kushida August 21, 2016 Junior Heavyweight 1994 Sporadic tournament featuring top Junior Heavyweights from all over the world, Tournament has been hosted by other promotions than NJPW as well.
Super Jr Tag League Roppongi Vice

(Beretta and Rocky Romero)

November 5, 2016 Junior Heavyweight Tag Team 2010 Tournament created in 2010, may be an annual event for NJPW.
Young Lion Cup Hirooki Goto 2005 Rookies 1985 Tournament that is not held every year.
J Sports Crown 6 Man Openweight Tag Team Tournament Apollo 555 (Hirooki Goto, Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) June 23, 2011 Six man tag team 2010

See also

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