IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship History

The IWGP (International Wrestling Grand Prix) Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is a tag team title in New Japan Pro Wrestling contested exclusively among junior heavyweight wrestlers (<220 lbs/100 kg). It was created on August 8, 1998 when Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeated Koji Kanemoto and Dr. Wagner, Jr. in a tournament final.
To this date there have been 28 IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. They are listed below in order of reign along with which reign it was (some won it multiple times, also note that in the case of wrestlers having more than one reign the numbers listed only count subsequent reigns with that particular partner even if one or both wrestlers have had more reigns than that number with different partners), length of reign and number of successful defenses. All records are based on the official records from New Japan’s title history pages on their official website, http://www.njpw.co.jp.
1-Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa. 1st reign. Length: 8/4/1998-1/4/1999. Successful defenses: 2.

2-Kendo Ka Shin & Dr. Wagner Jr. 1st reign. Length:1/4/1999-4/10/1999. Successful defenses: 2.

3-Jushin Liger & The Great Sasuke. 1st reign. Length: 4/10/1999-7/13/1999. Successful defenses: None.

4-Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa. 2nd reign. Length: 7/13/1999-6/25/2000. Successful defenses: 4.

5-Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka. 1st reign. Length: 6/25/2000-3/6/2001. Successful defenses: 3.

6-Jushin Liger & El Samurai. 1st reign. Length: 3/6/2001-7/20/2001. Successful defenses: 1.

7-Jado & Gedo. 1st reign. Length: 7/20/2001-5/2/2002. Successful defenses: 6.

8-Jushin Liger & Minoru Tanaka. 1st reign. Length: 5/2/2002-8/29/2002. Successful defenses: 1.

9-Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi. 1st reign. Length: 8/29/2002-1/26/2003. Successful defenses: 4.

10-Koji Kanemoto & Jushin Liger. 1st reign. Length: 1/26/2003-11/4/2003. Successful defenses: 6. Vacated titles on 11/4/2003 due to a Kanemoto injury.

11-Jado & Gedo. 2nd reign. Length: 11/29/2003-3/12/2004. Successful defenses: 2.

12-American Dragon & Curry Man (Bryan Danielson & Christopher Daniels). 1st reign. Length: 3/12/2004-6/5/2004. Successful defenses: 1.

13-Jado & Gedo. 3rd reign. Length: 6/5/2004-3/4/2005. Successful defenses: 5.

14-Wataru Inoue & Koji Kanemoto. 1st reign. Length: 3/4/2005-5/14/2005. Successful defenses: 2.

15-Hirooki Goto & Minoru (Minoru Tanaka). 1st reign. Length: 5/14/2005-2/19/2006. Successful defenses: 3.

16-El Samurai & Ryusuke Taguchi. 1st reign. Length: 2/19/2006-7/8/2006. Successful defenses: 2.

17-Jado & Gedo. 4th reign. Length: 7/8/2006-5/2/2007. Successful defenses: 2.

18-Taka Michinoku & Dick Togo. 1st reign. Length: 5/2/2007-1/27/2008. Successful defenses: 3.

19-Prince Devitt & Minoru (Minoru Tanaka). 1st reign. Length: 1/27/2008-2/17/2008. Successful defenses: None.

20-AKIRA & Jushin Liger. 1st reign. Length: 2/17/2008-7/21/2008. Successful defenses: 1.

21-Prince Devitt & Minoru (Minoru Tanaka). 2nd reign. Length: 7/21/2008-10/13/2008. Successful defenses: 1.

22-Tetsuya Naito & Yujiro. 1st reign. Length: 10/13/2008-1/4/2009. Successful defenses: 1.

23-Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley. 1st reign. Length: 1/4/2009-7/5/2009. Successful defenses: 3.

24-Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi. 1st reign. Length: 7/5/2009-4/21/2010. Successful defenses: 5. Vacated titles on 4/21/2010 for 1st SUPER J Tag Tournament.

25-Koji Kanemoto & El Samurai. 1st reign. Length: 5/8/2010-7/19/2010. Successful defenses: None.

26-Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi. 2nd reign. Length: 7/19/2010-10/11/2010. Successful defenses: 1.

27-Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega. 1st reign. Length: 10/11/2010-1/23/2011. Successful defenses: 2.

28-Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi. 3rd reign. Length: 1/23/2011-Present (Current Champions). Successful defenses: 6. Next defense: TBA.

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