Gaora TV Championship
Current design of the championship (2012 – present)
Details
PromotionAll Japan Pro Wrestling
Date establishedOctober 7, 2012
Current champion(s)Fuminori Abe
Date wonJune 24, 2024
Other name(s)
AJPW Gaora TV Championship
Statistics
First champion(s)Seiya Sanada
Most reignsYohei Nakajima/Black Menso-re (5 reigns)
Longest reignYoshitatsu
(587 days)
Shortest reignKazuhiro Tamura
(6 days)
Oldest championMinoru Tanaka (50 years, 1 month and 24 days)
Youngest championJiro Kuroshio (24 years, 2 months and 8 days)
Heaviest championShuji Ishikawa
(130 kg (290 lb))
Lightest championKotaro Suzuki
(83 kg (183 lb))

The Gaora TV Championship (GAORA TV チャンピオンシップ, Gaora Tī Bui Chanpionshippu) is a professional wrestling championship owned by the All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) promotion. On August 28, 2012, AJPW and Gaora TV announced that AJPW would introduce a new championship called the Gaora TV Championship. A tournament for the title took place from September 8 to October 7, with Seiya Sanada becoming the inaugural champion. There have been a total of twenty-three reigns shared between nineteen different champions. The current title holder is Fuminori Abe who is in his first reign.

Championship tournament

Inaugural champion Seiya Sanada
First Round
(September 8)
Semifinals
(October 7)
Final
(October 7)
         
Ryota Hama 06:21
Yasufumi Nakanoue W
Yasufumi Nakanoue W
Kazushi Miyamoto 07:10
Kazushi Miyamoto W
Manabu Soya 06:01
Yasufumi Nakanoue 10:54
Seiya Sanada W
Masayuki Kono 12:02
Tomoaki Honma W
Tomoaki Honma 12:30
Seiya Sanada W
Seiya Sanada W
Yuji Okabayashi 16:04

Title history

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 Seiya Sanada October 7, 2012 40th Anniversary Tour 2012 Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan 1 232 7 Sanada defeated Yasufumi Nakanoue in the final of an eight-man tournament to become the inaugural champion. [1]
2 René Duprée May 27, 2013 Rising Sun in the Maritimes Tour Cocagne, New Brunswick, Canada 1 107 21 [2]
Vacated September 11, 2013 Duprée returned the title to All Japan, after leaving the promotion for Wrestle-1. [3]
3 Sushi November 24, 2013 2013 Ōdō Renaissance Nagano, Nagano, Japan 1 174 1 Sushi defeated Keisuke Ishii in the final of a four-man tournament to win the vacant title. [4]
4 Kotaro Suzuki May 17, 2014 2014 Super Power Series Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan 1 211 4 [5]
5 Kenso December 14, 2014 Kyohei Wada Referee 40th Anniversary & 60th Birthday Commemorative Tournament Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan 1 172 3   [6]
6 Sushi June 4, 2015 2015 Dynamite Series Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan 2 72 0   [7]
Vacated August 15, 2015 The title was vacated due to Sushi being sidelined with a fractured jaw. [8]
7 Yohei Nakajima August 16, 2015 2015 Summer Explosion Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan 1 298 3 Nakajima defeated Billyken Kid to win the vacant title. [9]
8 Kazuhiro Tamura June 9, 2016 Charity Puroresu Isesaki 69 Isesaki, Gunma, Japan 1 6 0 [10]
9 Yohei Nakajima June 15, 2016 2016 Dynamite Series Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan 2 29 0 [11]
10 Takeshi Minamino July 14, 2016 2016 Summer Action Series Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan 1 28 0 [12]
11 Yohei Nakajima August 11, 2016 2016 Summer Explosion Ueda, Nagano, Japan 3 9 0 [13]
12 Billy Ken Kid [ja] August 20, 2016 2016 Summer Explosion Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan 1 30 1 [14]
13 Yohei Nakajima September 19, 2016 Korakuen Hall Taikai Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan 4 69 1 [15]
14 Jiro Kuroshio November 27, 2016 Zen Nihon Puroresu in Ryōgoku Kokugikan Sumida, Tokyo, Japan 1 80 0 [16]
Vacated February 15, 2017 Kuroshio returned the title to AJPW after being sidelined with a knee injury. [17]
15 Jun Akiyama March 12, 2017 Yume Ryoku! 2017 Dream Power Series Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan 1 490 10 Akiyama defeated Kenso to win the vacant title. [18]
16 Tajiri July 15, 2018 2018 Summer Action Series Tokyo, Japan 1 316 6
17 Yoshitatsu May 27, 2019 2019 Super Power Series Gifu, Japan 1 587 9
18 Jun Kasai January 3, 2021 New Year Wars Tokyo, Japan 1 74 1 This was a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match [19]
19 Shuji Ishikawa March 18, 2021 Special Box Office Blood Fight: Jun Kasai vs. Shuji Ishikawa ~ Crazy Monkey vs. Giant Tokyo, Japan 1 227 3 This was a Glass Board, Barbed Wire Board, Tables, Ladders & Chairs + α Deathmatch. [20]
20 Shigehiro Irie October 31, 2021 Raising An Army Memorial Series 2021 Tokyo, Japan 1 218 2 [21]
21 Izanagi June 6, 2022 AJPW Dynamite Series 2022 Tokyo, Japan 1 13 0 [22]
22 Toshizo June 19, 2022 AJPW Champions 50th Anniversary Tokyo, Japan 1 217 3 This was a four-way ladder match also involving Yusuke Kodama and Black Menso-re. [23]
23 Minoru Tanaka January 22, 2023 AJPW New Year Giant Series 2023 Tokyo, Japan 1 533 3 [24]
24 Black Menso-re January 2, 2024 AJPW New Year Giant Series 2024 Tokyo, Japan 5 12 0 Menso-re was previously known as Yohei Nakajima. [25]
25 Seigo Tachibana January 14, 2024 AJPW New Year Giant Series 2024 - Night 3 Tokyo, Japan 1 162 3 [26]
26 Fuminori Abe June 24, 2024 AJPW Dynamite Series 2024 - Night 1 Tokyo, Japan 1 14+ 0 [27]

Combined reigns

As of July 8, 2024.

Longest reigning champion at 587 days, Yoshitatsu.
Current champion Fuminori Abe.
Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Yoshitatsu 1 9 587
2 Jun Akiyama 1 10 490
3 Yohei Nakajima/Black Menso-re 5 4 417
4 Minoru Tanaka 1 3 345
5 Tajiri 1 6 316
6 Sushi 2 1 246
7 Seiya Sanada 1 7 232
8 Shuji Ishikawa 1 2 227
9 Shigehiro Irie 1 2 218
10 Toshizo 1 3 217
11 Kotaro Suzuki 1 4 211
12 Kenso 1 3 172
13 Seigo Tachibana 1 3 162
14 René Duprée 1 21 107
15 Jiro Kuroshio 1 0 80
16 Jun Kasai 1 1 74
17 Billy Ken Kid 1 1 30
18 Takeshi Minamino 1 0 28
19 Fuminori Abe 1 0 14+
20 Izanagi 1 0 13
21 Kazuhiro Tamura 1 0 6

See also

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