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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 champions

Championship Champion(s) Date Won
IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada July 5, 2015
IWGP Tag Team Champions Bullet Club
(Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson)
July 5, 2015
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA July 5, 2015
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) August 16, 2015
IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hirooki Goto May 3, 2015
NEVER Openweight Champion Togi Makabe April 29, 2015
NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion January 4, 2016

Defunt champions

Championship Last champion(s) Retired Notes
IWGP U-30 Championship Hiroshi Tanahashi June 7, 2006 N/A
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

Annual tournaments

Tournament Last winner Last held Type Created Notes
G1 Climax Hiroshi Tanahashi August 16, 2015 Open weight 1991 NJPW's biggest annual tournament, primarily for heavyweights but there is no official weight limit
G1 Climax Tag League Meiyu Tag (Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata) December 7, 2014 Tag team 1991 NJPW's annual tag team tournament.
New Japan Cup Kota Ibushi March 15, 2015 Open weight 2005  
Best of the Super Juniors KUSHIDA June 7, 2015 Junior Heavyweight 1988 Annual tournament featuring top Junior Heavyweights from all over the world.
Super J Cup Naomichi Marufuji 02009-12-23December 23, 2009


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 reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) 02010-11-13November 13, 2010


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

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