IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship History

The IWGP (International Wrestling Grand Prix) Junior Heavyweight Championship is a secondary singles title in New Japan Pro Wrestling, and is contested exclusively among junior heavyweight (<100 kg/220 lb) wrestlers. The title was created on February 6, 1986 when Shiro Koshinaka defeated The Cobra in a tournament final. In addition to Japan, the title has also been defended in the United Statesand Mexico.

To this date there have been 61 IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champions. They are listed below in order of reign along with which reign it was (some won it multiple times), 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-Shiro Koshinaka. 1st reign. Length: 2/6/1986-5/19/1986. Successful defenses: 1.

2-Nobuhiko Takada. 1st reign. Length: 5/19/1986-9/19/1986. Successful defenses: 6.

3-Shiro Koshinaka. 2nd reign. Length: 9/19/1986-8/2/1987. Successful defenses: 2. Vacated title on 8/2/1987 due to injury.

4-Kuniaki Kobayashi. 1st reign. Length: 8/20/1987-12/27/1987. Successful defenses: 1.

5-Hiroshi Hase. 1st reign. Length: 12/27/1987-5/27/1988. Successful defenses: 3.

6-Owen Hart. 1st reign. Length: 5/27/2988-6/24/1988. Successful defenses: 1.

7-Shiro Koshinaka. 3rd reign. Length: 6/24/1988-3/16/1989. Successful defenses: 6.

8-Hiroshi Hase. 2nd reign. Length: 3/16/1989-5/25/1989. Successful defenses: None.

9-Jushin Liger. 1st reign. Length: 5/25/1989-8/10/1989. Successful defenses: 2.

10-Naoki Sano (Takuma Sano). 1st reign. Length: 8/10/1989-1/31/1990. Successful defenses: 2.

11-Jushin Liger. 2nd reign. Length: 1/31/1990-8/19/1990. Successful defenses: 1.

12-Pegasus Kid. 1st reign. Length: 8/19/1990-11/1/1990. Successful defenses: None.

13-Jushin Liger. 3rd reign. Length: 11/1/1990-4/15/1991. Successful defenses: 2. Vacated title on 4/15/1991 so a champion could be crowned at the Best Of The Super Junior Tournament.

14-Norio Honaga. 1st reign. Length: 4/30/1991-6/12/1991. Successful defenses: 2.

15-Jushin Liger. 4th reign. Length: 6/12/1991-8/9/1991. Successful defenses: None.

16-Akira Nogami. 1st reign. Length: 8/9/1991-11/5/1991. Successful defenses: 1.

17-Norio Honaga. 2nd reign. Length: 11/5/1991-2/8/1992. Successful defenses: 1.

18-Jushin Liger. 5th reign. Length: 2/8/1992-6/26/1992. Successful defenses: 3.

19-El Samurai. 1st reign. Length: 6/26/1992-11/22/1992. Successful defenses: 3.

20-Ultimo Dragon. 1st reign. Length: 11/22/1992-1/4/1993. Successful defenses: 1.

21-Jushin Liger. 6th reign. Length: 1/4/1993-9/24/1994. Successful defenses: 5. Vacated title on 9/24/1994 due to injury.

22-Norio Honaga. 3rd reign. Length: 9/27/1994-2/19/1995. Successful defenses: 6.

23-Koji Kanemoto. 1st reign. Length: 2/19/1995-5/3/1995. Successful defenses: 2.

24-Sabu. 1st reign. Length: 5/3/1995-6/14/1995. Successful defenses: 1.

25-Koji Kanemoto. 2nd reign. Length: 6/14/1995-1/4/1996. Successful defenses: 2.

26-Jushin Liger. 7th reign. Length: 1/4/1996-4/29/1996. Successful defenses: 2.

27-The Great Sasuke. 1st reign. Length: 4/29/1996-10/11/1996. Successful defenses: 5.

28-Ultimo Dragon. 2nd reign. Length: 10/11/1996-1/4/1997. Successful defenses: 7.

29-Jushin Liger. 8th reign. Length: 1/4/1997-7/6/1997. Successful defenses: 4.

30-El Samurai. 1nd reign. Length: 7/6/1997-8/10/1997. Successful defenses: None.

31-Shinjiro Otani. 1st reign. Length: 8/10/1997-2/7/1998. Successful defenses: 5.

32-Jushin Liger. 9th reign. Length: 2/7/1998-3/17/1999. Successful defenses: 8.

33-Koji Kanemoto. 3rd reign. Length: 3/17/1999-8/28/1999. Successful defenses: 3.

34-Kendo Ka Shin. 1st reign. Length: 8/28/1999-10/11/1999. Successful defenses: 1.

35-Jushin Liger. 10th reign. Length: 10/11/1999-11/29/1999. Successful defenses: 1.

36-Juventud Guerrera. 1st reign. Length: 11/29/1999. Successful defenses: None. Vacated title immediately due to injury.

37-Jushin Liger. 11th reign. Length: 12/6/1999-7/20/2000. Successful defenses: 3.

38-Tatsuhito Takaiwa. 1st reign. Length: 7/20/2000-10/29/2000. Successful defenses: 2.

39-Minoru Tanaka. 1st reign. Length: 10/29/2000-7/20/2001. Successful defenses: 2.

40-Masayuki Naruse. 1st reign. Length: 7/20/2001-10/8/2001. Successful defenses: 1.

41-Kendo Ka Shin. 2nd reign. Length: 10/8/2001-2/16/2002. Successful defenses: 2.

42-Minoru Tanaka. 2nd reign. Length: 2/16/2002-7/19/2002. Successful defenses: 3.

43-Koji Kanemoto. 4th reign. Length: 7/19/2002-4/23/2003. Successful defenses: 6.

44-Tiger Mask 4. 1st reign. Length: 4/23/2003-9/23/2003. Successful defenses: 4. Vacated title on 9/23/2003 for a determination battle royal for the title.

45-Jado. 1st reign. Length: 10/13/2003-12/14/2003. Successful defenses: 1.

46-Heat (Minoru Tanaka). 3rd reign. Length: 12/14/2003-1/4/2005. Successful defenses: 11.

47-Tiger Mask 4. 2nd reign. Length: 1/4/2005-10/8/2005. Successful defenses: 3.

48-Black Tiger 4 (Rocky Romero). 1st reign. Length: 10/8/2005-2/19/2006. Successful defenses: 1.

49-Tiger Mask 4. 3rd reign. Length: 2/19/2006-5/3/2006. Successful defenses: 1.

50-Koji Kanemoto. 5th reign. Length: 5/3/2006-12/24/2006. Successful defenses: 1.

51-Minoru (Minoru Tanaka). 4th reign. Length: 12/24/2006-7/6/2007. Successful defenses: 4.

52-Ryusuke Taguchi. 1st reign. Length: 7/6/2007-12/8/2007. Successful defenses: 4.

53-Wataru Inoue. 1st reign. Length: 12/8/2007-6/16/2008. Successful defenses: 3. Vacated title on 6/16/2008 due to moving to Heavyweight division.

54-Tiger Mask 4. 4th reign. Length: 7/21/2008-9/21/2008. Successful defenses: None.

55-Low Ki. 1st reign. Length: 9/21/2008-1/4/2009. Successful defenses: 1.

56-Tiger Mask 4. 5th reign. Length: 1/4/2009-8/15/2009. Successful defenses: 4.

57-Mistico. 1st reign. Length: 8/15/2009-11/8/2009. Successful defenses: None.

58-Tiger Mask 4. 6th reign. Length: 11/8/2009-1/4/2010. Successful defenses: None.

59-Naomichi Marufuji. 1st reign. Length: 1/4/2010-6/19-2010. Successful defenses: 5.

60-Prince Devitt. 1st reign. Length: 6/19/2010-6/18/2011. Successful defenses: 7.

61-Kota Ibushi. 1st reign. Length: 6/18/2011-Present (Current Champion). Successful defenses: 2. Next defense: 9/19/2011 vs. KUSHIDA.