International Junior Heavyweight Championship
Details
PromotionNew Wrestling Alliance
Pro Wrestling Zero1
Date establishedJune 29, 2002
Current champion(s)Astroman
Date wonApril 10, 2022
Other name(s)
  • NWA/UPW/Zero-One International Junior Heavyweight Championship[1][2]
  • Zero-One/UPW/World-1 International Junior Heavyweight Championship
  • AWA/Zero1-MAX/UPW/World-1 International Junior Heavyweight Championship
  • AWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship
  • NWA International Heavyweight Championship (Zero1)
  • Zero1-Max International Junior Heavyweight Championship

The International Junior Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling title in Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling Zero1 (formerly Pro Wrestling Zero-One and Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max) and formerly sanctioned by the Wrestling Superstars Live promotion, contested exclusively among junior heavyweight (<100 kg (220 lb)) wrestlers. It was originally created on June 29, 2002 as the NWA/UPW/Zero-One International Junior Heavyweight Championship, symbolizing Zero-One's relationship with the NWA and UPW; Leonardo Spanky defeated Smelly to become the first champion.[1] When Zero-One left the NWA on October 31, 2004, the title was renamed to incorporate Steve Corino's Pro Wrestling World-1; the name was further added to when the newly renamed Zero1-Max joined the AWA on February 28, 2005. On August 26, 2006, when Minoru Fujita won the annual Tenka-Ichi Junior Tournament, it was again renamed the AWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship. When Zero1-Max left the AWA on December 15, 2007, it was renamed again to the Zero1-Max International Junior Heavyweight Championship. Finally, when the company changed its name to Pro Wrestling Zero1 in 2008, the championship followed.

There have been a total of 24 recognized champions, who have had a combined 34 official reigns. The current champion is Astroman who is in his first reign.


Title history

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
(NWA) National Wrestling Alliance / (UPW) Ultimate Pro Wrestling / Pro Wrestling Zero1 (Zero1)
1 Leonardo Spanky June 29, 2002 Creation Tour Sapporo, Japan 1 79 3 Defeated Smelly.
2 Low Ki September 16, 2002 Genesis II Tokyo, Japan 1 349 8
3 Wataru Sakata August 31, 2003 Summer Festival Tour Gifu, Japan 1 225 1 This was also for Sakata's World1 Junior Heavyweight Championship.
Vacated April 12, 2004 Vacated so that Sakata could focus on the World1 title.
4 Tatsuhito Takaiwa May 16, 2004 Cashonor Tokyo, Japan 1 216 5 Defeated Tony Stradlin.
(AWA) AWA Superstars of Wrestling / Pro Wrestling Zero1 (Zero1) / (UPW) Ultimate Pro Wrestling / Pro Wrestling World-1 (World-1)
5 Super Crazy December 18, 2004 AWA Heavyweight Title Contender Tournament Tour Chiba, Japan 1 117 0
6 Ikuto Hidaka April 14, 2005 Outburst Revolution Tour Tokyo, Japan 1 318 4
7 Takuya Sugawara February 26, 2006 Happening Tour Tokyo, Japan 1 151 1
8 Tatsuhito Takaiwa July 27, 2006 Fire Festival Tour Osaka, Japan 2 <1 0 This match was also for Takaiwa's WWA World Welterweight Championship.
Vacated July 27, 2006 Vacated so that the title could be decided in the Tenkaichi Jr. tournament.
(AWA) AWA Superstars of Wrestling / Pro Wrestling Zero1 (Zero1)
9 Minoru Fujita August 26, 2006 Tenkaichi Jr. Tour Kyoto, Japan 1 146 2 Defeated Takuya Sugawara in the final of the Tenkaichi Jr. tournament.
10 Ikuto Hidaka January 19, 2007 Over the Max Tour Tokyo, Japan 2 30 0
11 Tatsuhito Takaiwa February 18, 2007 Make the Emotion Tour Tokyo, Japan 3 77 0
Vacated May 6, 2007 Vacated due to Takaiwa suffering a knee injury.
12 Dick Togo June 20, 2007 Dynamo Tour Tokyo, Japan 1 128 1 Won a 9-man battle royal.
13 Ikuto Hidaka October 26, 2007 Innovation Tour Tokyo, Japan 3 89 1
Pro Wrestling Zero1 (Zero1)
14 Masaaki Mochizuki January 23, 2008 Zero1-Max 3rd Anniversary Tokyo, Japan 1 155 3
15 Ikuto Hidaka June 26, 2008 Dauntless Tour Tokyo, Japan 4 262 5
16 Sonjay Dutt March 15, 2009 Wrestler's 1 Tokyo, Japan 1 259 0
Vacated November 29, 2009 Vacated so that the title could be decided in the Tenkaichi Jr. tournament.
17 Ikuto Hidaka November 29, 2009 Wrestler's 7 ~ Grant Me My Wish! Tokyo, Japan 5 540 6 Defeated Prince Devitt in the final of the Tenkaichi Jr. tournament.
(NWA) National Wrestling Alliance / Pro Wrestling Zero1 (Zero1)
18 Takuya Sugawara May 23, 2011 N/A Tokyo, Japan 2 712 10
Pro Wrestling Zero1 (Zero1)
19 Jonathan Gresham May 4, 2013 Big Bang Tokyo, Japan 1 135 1
Vacated September 16, 2013 Vacated so that the title could be decided in the Tenkaichi Jr. tournament.
20 HUB September 16, 2013 11th Tenkaichi Jr.: Finals Tokyo, Japan 1 174 3 Defeated Mineo Fujita in the final of the Tenkaichi Jr. tournament. Also won the vacant NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
21 Jason Lee March 9, 2014 Zero1_Thirteen Tokyo, Japan 1 194 3 This match was also for Hub's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
22 Mineo Fujita September 19, 2014 Tenkaichi Special Tokyo, Japan 1 45 1 This match was also for Lee's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
23 Takuya Sugawara November 3, 2014 Hi no Kokudai Hanabi Kumamoto, Japan 3 55 1 This match was also for Fujita's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
24 Jason Lee December 28, 2014 Winter Fever 4 Hong Kong 2 63 1 This match was also for Sugawara's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
25 Minoru Tanaka March 1, 2015 Zero1_Fourteen Tokyo, Japan 1 222 3 This match was also for Lee's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
26 Shinjiro Otani October 11, 2015 Change the World Tokyo, Japan 1 481 2 This match was also for Tanaka's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
27 Kotaro Suzuki February 3, 2017 Shinsei Zero1 Dream Series: Hakai no Jin Tokyo, Japan 1 265 3 This match was also for Otani's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
27 Sean Guinness October 26, 2017 Dream Series Aki no Jin Korakuen Taikai Tokyo, Japan 1 129 1 This match was also for Suzuki's NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
28 Isami Kodaka March 4, 2018 Dream Series Sozo no Jin Tokyo, Japan 1 [Note 1] 2 This match was also for Guinness' NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
Vacated November 2018 Vacated due to injury.
29 Sugi November 24, 2018 Dream Series ~ Nenotsuki No Jin ~ Tenka-Ichi Junior Tournament 2018 Tokyo, Japan 1 403 2 Sugi defeated Hayata in the finals of the Tenkaichi Jr. tournament for the vacant championship This match was also for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
30 HUB January 1, 2020 Happy New Year Tokyo, Japan 2 247 1 This match was also for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
31 Shoki Kitamura September 4, 2020 Youth Playback! It All Started Here! Shinjiro Otani To Asakura! Tokyo, Japan 1 58 0 This match was also for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
32 El Lindaman November 1, 2020 2020 Fire Festival Tokyo, Japan 1 310 1 This match was also for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
Vacated September 7, 2021 El Lindaman was stripped of both International and World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
33 Fuminori Abe September 9, 2021 ZERO1 20th Anniversary Year - 18th Tenkaichi Junior Tournament 2021 Final Tokyo, Japan 1 213 5 Defeated Shoki Kitamura in the final of the 2021 Tenkaichi Junior Tournament. The match was also for the World Junior Heavyweight Championship. [3]
34 Astroman April 10, 2022 ZERO1 Osu Premium Show ZERO1 20th & 21st Anniversary Pro Wrestling Tokyo, Japan 1 108+ 1 This match was also for the World Junior Heavyweight Championship. [4]

Combined reigns

As of July 27, 2022.

Indicates the current champion
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest length is considered.
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Ikuto Hidaka 5 16 1,239
2 Takuya Sugawara 3 12 918
3 Shinjiro Otani 1 2 481
4 HUB 2 4 421
5 Sugi 1 2 403
6 Low Ki 1 8 349
7 El Lindaman 1 1 310
8 Tatsuhito Takaiwa 3 5 293
9 Jason Lee 2 4 267
10 Kotaro Suzuki 1 3 265
11 Sonjay Dutt 1 0 259
12 Isami Kodaka 1 2 ¤242
13 Wataru Sakata 1 1 225
14 Minoru Tanaka 1 3 222
15 Fuminori Abe 1 5 213
16 Masaaki Mochizuki 1 3 155
17 Jonathan Gresham 1 1 135
18 Sean Guinness 1 1 129
19 Dick Togo 1 1 128
20 Super Crazy 1 0 117
21 Astroman † 1 1 108+
22 Leonardo Spanky 1 3 79
23 Shoki Kitamura 1 0 58
24 Minoru Fujita 1 1 45

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ The exact date on which Kodaka were stripped of the championship is not known, which means that his reign lasted between 242 and 265 days.

References

  1. ^ a b "AWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship official title history". ZEROONEUSA.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
  2. ^ "ZERO1-MAX International Junior Heavyweight Championship title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
  3. ^ Pro Wrestling Zero1 (September 9, 2021). ZERO1・20周年記念イヤー 新木場大会~第18回 天下一ジュニアトーナメント2021 決勝戦~. z-1.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved September 13, 2021.
  4. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (April 10, 2022). "ZERO1 Osu Premium Show ZERO1 20th & 21st Anniversary Pro Wrestling". cagematch.net. Retrieved April 10, 2022.