Current champions United Empire (TJP and Francesco Akira)

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship owned by the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. "IWGP" is the acronym of NJPW's governing body, the International Wrestling Grand Prix. The title was introduced on August 8, 1998 at a NJPW live event.[1] The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is not the only tag team title contested for in NJPW; the IWGP Tag Team Championship is also sanctioned by NJPW.[2] According to NJPW's official website, the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is listed as the "IWGP Jr. Tag Class", while the IWGP Tag Team Championship is considered the "IWGP Heavy Weight Class".[2] The title is contested for by junior heavyweight wrestlers; the weight-limit for the title is 100 kg (220 lb) per partner.[3] Being a professional wrestling championship, the title is won as a result of a predetermined outcome.

Title changes happen mostly at NJPW-promoted events. The inaugural champions were Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa, who defeated Dr. Wagner Jr. and Koji Kanemoto on August 8, 1998, in the final of a tournament. Rocky Romero holds the record for most reigns by an individual wrestler, with eight. At seven reigns, The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) hold the record for the most by a team. Gedo and Jado's combined four reign lengths add up to 960 days—the most of any team. NJPW keep track of all championship title defenses per reign, which is unlike most mainstream wrestling organizations. They also hold the most total defenses as champions, with 15. Ryusuke Taguchi holds the records for most combined days and most total defenses by an indivdual wrestler, with 990 days and 17 defenses respectively across his 7 reigns with 4 different partners. Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) hold the record for most defenses during a single reign, with 7. The Great Sasuke and Jushin Thunder Liger's only reign, Minoru and Prince Devitt's first reign, El Samurai and Koji Kanemoto's only reign, Apollo 55's fourth reign, Jushin Thunder Liger's sixth and Tiger Mask's first reign, The Young Bucks' second, fourth, and seventh reigns, Roppongi Vice's (Beretta and Rocky Romero) first, second and fourth reigns, Matt Sydal and Ricochet's first and second reigns and Roppongi 3K's (Sho and Yoh) second reign share the record for the fewest successful defenses, with zero. At 348 days, Otani and Takaiwa's second reign is the longest in the title's history. Minoru and Prince Devitt's first reign is the shortest, at 21 days. Overall, there have been 70 reigns shared among 52 wrestlers, who made up 39 different teams. United Empire (Francesco Akira and TJP) are the current champions in their first reign as a team. They won the titles by defeating Six or Nine (Ryusuke Taguchi and Master Wato) on June 20, 2022 at New Japan Road.

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 Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa August 8, 1998 Rising the Next Generations in Osaka Dome Osaka, Japan 1 149 2 Otani and Takaiwa defeated Dr. Wagner Jr. and Koji Kanemoto in a tournament final to become the first champions. [1]
2 Dr. Wagner Jr. and Kendo Kashin January 4, 1999 Wrestling World Tokyo, Japan 1 96 2 [4]
3 The Great Sasuke and Jushin Thunder Liger April 10, 1999 Strong Style Symphony Tokyo, Japan 1 94 0 [5]
4 Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa July 13, 1999 Summer Struggle 1999 Morioka, Japan 2 348 4 [6]
5 Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka June 25, 2000 Summer Struggle 2000 Tokyo, Japan 1 254 3 [7]
6 El Samurai and Jushin Thunder Liger (2) March 6, 2001 Hyper Battle 2001 Tokyo, Japan 1 136 1 [8]
7 Gedo and Jado July 20, 2001 Dome Quake Sapporo, Japan 1 286 6 [9]
8 Jushin Thunder Liger (3) and Minoru Tanaka (2) May 2, 2002 Toukon Memorial Day Tokyo, Japan 1 119 1 [10]
9 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru August 29, 2002 Cross Road Tokyo, Japan 1 150 4 [11]
10 Jushin Thunder Liger (4) and Koji Kanemoto (2) January 26, 2003 The First Navigation 2003 Kobe, Japan 1 282 6 [12][13]
Vacated November 4, 2003 The championship was vacated due to Kanemoto fracturing his left cheekbone. [12]
11 Gedo and Jado November 29, 2003 Battle Final 2003 Miyagi, Japan 2 104 2 Gedo and Jado defeated Hirooki Goto and Ryusuke Taguchi to win the vacant championship. [14]
12 American Dragon and Curry Man March 12, 2004 Hyper Battle 2004 Tokyo, Japan 1 85 1 [15]
13 Gedo and Jado June 5, 2004 Best of the Super Jr. XI Osaka, Japan 3 272 5 [16]
14 Koji Kanemoto (3) and Wataru Inoue March 4, 2005 Big Fight Series 2005 Tokyo, Japan 1 71 2 [17]
15 Hirooki Goto and Minoru (3) May 14, 2005 Nexess VI Tokyo, Japan 1 281 2 [18]
16 El Samurai (2) and Ryusuke Taguchi February 19, 2006 Circuit2006 Acceleration Tokyo, Japan 1 139 2 [19]
17 Gedo and Jado July 8, 2006 Circuit2006 Turbulence Shizuoka, Japan 4 298 2 [20]
18 Dick Togo and Taka Michinoku May 2, 2007 New Japan Pro-Wrestling 35th Anniversary Tour Brave New World: Hall2Days Tokyo, Japan 1 270 3 [21]
19 Prince Prince
(Minoru (4) and Prince Devitt)
January 27, 2008 Circuit2008 New Japan Ism Tokyo, Japan 1 21 0 [22]
20 Legend
(Akira and Jushin Thunder Liger (5))
February 17, 2008 Circuit2008 New Japan Ism Tokyo, Japan 1 155 1 [23]
21 Prince Prince
(Minoru (5) and Prince Devitt (2))
July 21, 2008 Circuit2008 New Japan Soul: Novello Sparks Sapporo, Japan 2 84 1 [24]
22 No Limit
(Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro)
October 13, 2008 Destruction '08 Tokyo, Japan 1 83 1 [25]
23 The Motor City Machine Guns
(Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin)
January 4, 2009 Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 182 3 The Motor City Machine Guns defended the championship twice in the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion during their reign, as part of an agreement between TNA and NJPW. [26]
24 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt (3) and Ryusuke Taguchi (2))
July 5, 2009 Circuit2009 New Japan Soul Tokyo, Japan 1 290 5 [27]
Vacated April 21, 2010 Title held up after the championship was not defended for 30 days. [28]
25 El Samurai (3) and Koji Kanemoto (4) May 8, 2010 Super J Tag Tournament 1st Tokyo, Japan 1 72 0 El Samurai and Kanemoto defeated Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) in the final of an eight-team tournament to win the vacant title. [29][30]
26 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt (4) and Ryusuke Taguchi (3))
July 19, 2010 Circuit2010 New Japan Soul Sapporo, Japan 2 84 1 [31]
27 Golden☆Lovers
(Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi)
October 11, 2010 Destruction '10 Tokyo, Japan 1 104 2 [32]
28 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt (5) and Ryusuke Taguchi (4))
January 23, 2011 Fantastica Mania 2011 Tokyo, Japan 3 260 7 [33]
29 No Remorse Corps
(Davey Richards and Rocky Romero)
October 10, 2011 Destruction '11 Tokyo, Japan 1 86 1 [34]
30 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt (6) and Ryusuke Taguchi (5))
January 4, 2012 Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 4 39 0 [35]
31 No Remorse Corps
(Davey Richards and Rocky Romero)
February 12, 2012 The New Beginning Osaka, Japan 2 80 0 [36]
Vacated May 2, 2012 Title held up after Davey Richards was unable to attend Wrestling Dontaku 2012 due to travel issues. [37]
32 Jushin Thunder Liger (6) and Tiger Mask June 16, 2012 Dominion 6.16 Osaka, Japan 1 36 0 Liger and Tiger Mask defeated Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) to win the vacant title. [38]
33 Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero (3))
July 22, 2012 Kizuna Road Yamagata, Japan 1 112 2 [39]
34 Time Splitters
(Alex Shelley (2) and Kushida)
November 11, 2012 Power Struggle Osaka, Japan 1 173 3 [40]
35 Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov (2) and Rocky Romero (4))
May 3, 2013 Wrestling Dontaku 2013 Fukuoka, Japan 2 164 3 [41]
36 Suzuki-gun
(Taichi and Taka Michinoku (2))
October 14, 2013 King of Pro-Wrestling Tokyo, Japan 1 26 1 [42]
37 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
November 9, 2013 Power Struggle Osaka, Japan 1 224 5 [43]
38 Time Splitters
(Alex Shelley (3) and Kushida (2))
June 21, 2014 Dominion 6.21 Osaka, Japan 2 140 3 [44]
39 reDRagon
(Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
November 8, 2014 Power Struggle Osaka, Japan 1 95 1 [45]
40 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
February 11, 2015 The New Beginning in Osaka Osaka, Japan 2 53 0 This was a three-way match, also involving Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida). [46]
41 Roppongi Vice
(Beretta and Rocky Romero (5))
April 5, 2015 Invasion Attack 2015 Tokyo, Japan 1 28 0 [47]
42 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
May 3, 2015 Wrestling Dontaku 2015 Fukuoka, Japan 3 105 1 This was a three-way match, also involving reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly). [48]
43 reDRagon
(Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
August 16, 2015 G1 Climax 25 Tokyo, Japan 2 141 2 [49]
44 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
January 4, 2016 Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 4 38 0 This was a four-way match, also involving Matt Sydal and Ricochet and Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero). [50]
45 Matt Sydal and Ricochet February 11, 2016 The New Beginning in Osaka Osaka, Japan 1 59 0 This was a three-way match, also involving reDRagon. [51]
46 Roppongi Vice
(Beretta (2) and Rocky Romero (6))
April 10, 2016 Invasion Attack 2016 Tokyo, Japan 2 23 0 [52]
47 Matt Sydal and Ricochet May 3, 2016 Wrestling Dontaku 2016 Fukuoka, Japan 2 47 0 [53]
48 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
June 19, 2016 Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall Osaka, Japan 5 199 2 This was a four-way elimination match, also involving reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) and Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero). [54]
49 Roppongi Vice
(Beretta (3) and Rocky Romero (7))
January 4, 2017 Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 3 61 1 [55]
50 Suzuki-gun
(Taichi (2) and Yoshinobu Kanemaru (2))
March 6, 2017 Hataage Kinenbi Tokyo, Japan 1 52 1 [56]
51 Roppongi Vice
(Beretta (4) and Rocky Romero (8))
April 27, 2017 Road to Wrestling Dontaku 2017: Aki no Kuni Sengoku Emaki Hiroshima, Japan 4 45 0 [57]
52 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
June 11, 2017 Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall Osaka, Japan 6 63 1 [58]
53 Funky Future
(Ricochet (3) and Ryusuke Taguchi (6))
August 13, 2017 G1 Climax 27 Tokyo, Japan 1 57 1 [59]
54 Roppongi 3K
(Sho and Yoh)
October 9, 2017 King of Pro-Wrestling Tokyo, Japan 1 87 0 [60]
55 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
January 4, 2018 Wrestle Kingdom 12 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 7 24 0 [61]
56 Roppongi 3K
(Sho and Yoh)
January 28, 2018 The New Beginning in Sapporo Sapporo, Japan 2 37 0 [62]
57 Suzuki-gun
(El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru (3))
March 6, 2018 Anniversary Show Tokyo, Japan 1 304 4 This was a three-way match, also involving Los Ingobernables de Japón (Bushi and Hiromu Takahashi). [63]
58 Los Ingobernables de Japón
(Bushi and Shingo Takagi)
January 4, 2019 Wrestle Kingdom 13 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 61 1 This was a three-way match, also involving Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh). [64]
59 Roppongi 3K
(Sho and Yoh)
March 6, 2019 Anniversary Show Tokyo, Japan 3 102 1 [65]
60 Bullet Club
(El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori)
June 16, 2019 Kizuna Road Tokyo, Japan 1 203 1 [66]
61 Roppongi 3K
(Sho and Yoh)
January 5, 2020 Wrestle Kingdom 14 in Tokyo Dome
Night 2
Tokyo, Japan 4 239 2 [67]
Vacated August 31, 2020 Title vacated due to Yoh suffering a torn ACL. [68]
62 Suzuki-gun
(El Desperado (2) and Yoshinobu Kanemaru (4))
September 11, 2020 New Japan Road Tokyo, Japan 2 134 2 Defeated Los Ingobernables de Japón (Bushi and Hiromu Takahashi) in a tournament final to win the vacant championship. [69][70]
63 Bullet Club
(El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori)
January 23, 2021 Road to The New Beginning Tokyo, Japan 2 33 0 [71]
64 Suzuki-gun
(El Desperado (3) and Yoshinobu Kanemaru (5))
February 25, 2021 Road to Castle Attack Tokyo, Japan 3 38 0 [72]
65 Roppongi 3K
(Sho and Yoh)
April 4, 2021 Sakura Genesis Tokyo, Japan 5 80 1 [73]
66 Bullet Club's Cutest Tag Team
(El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori)
June 23, 2021 Kizuna Road Tokyo, Japan 3 74 1 [74]
67 Suzuki-gun
(El Desperado (4) and Yoshinobu Kanemaru (6))
September 5, 2021 Wrestle Grand Slam in MetLife Dome Tokorozawa, Japan 4 51 0 [75]
68 Flying Tiger
(Robbie Eagles and Tiger Mask (2))
October 26, 2021 Road To Power Struggle Tokyo, Japan 1 116 1
69 Six or Nine
(Ryusuke Taguchi (7) and Master Wato)
February 19, 2022 New Years Golden Series Sapporo, Japan 1 121 2 This was a four-way tag team match, which also involving Bullet Club's Cutest Tag Team (El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori) and Suzuki-gun (El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru). [76]
70 United Empire
(TJP and Francesco Akira)
June 20, 2022 New Japan Road 2022 Sapporo, Japan 1 63+ 0

Combined reigns

Four-time former champions Gedo (left) and Jado (right) hold the records for combined days as champions at 960 days, and combined defenses at 15.
Record 7-time former champions The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson (right) and Nick Jackson (left))
Record 7-time former champions The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson (right) and Nick Jackson (left))

As of August 22, 2022.

Indicates the current champions

By team

Rank Team No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Gedo and Jado 4 15 960
2 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
7 9 706
3 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi)
4 13 673
4 Roppongi 3K
(Sho and Yoh)
5 4 545
5 Suzuki-gun
(El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
4 6 527
6 Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa 2 6 497
7 Time Splitters
(Alex Shelley and Kushida)
2 6 313
8 Bullet Club/Bullet Club's Cutest Tag Team
(El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori)
3 2 310
9 Jushin Thunder Liger and Koji Kanemoto 1 6 282
10 Hirooki Goto and Minoru 1 2 281
11 Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero)
2 5 276
12 Dick Togo and Taka Michinoku 1 3 270
13 Koji Kanemoto and Minoru Tanaka 1 3 254
14 reDRagon
(Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
2 3 236
15 The Motor City Machine Guns
(Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin)
1 3 182
16 No Remorse Corps
(Davey Richards and Rocky Romero)
2 1 166
17 Roppongi Vice
(Beretta and Rocky Romero)
4 1 157
18 Legend
(Akira and Jushin Thunder Liger)
1 1 155
19 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru 1 4 150
20 El Samurai and Ryusuke Taguchi 1 2 139
21 El Samurai and Jushin Thunder Liger 1 1 136
22 Six Or Nine
(Ryusuke Taguchi and Master Wato)
1 2 121
23 Jushin Thunder Liger and Minoru Tanaka 1 1 119
24 Flying Tiger
(Robbie Eagles and Tiger Mask)
1 1 116
25 Matt Sydal and Ricochet 2 0 106
26 Prince Prince
(Minoru and Prince Devitt)
2 1 105
27 Golden☆Lovers
(Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi)
1 2 104
28 Dr. Wagner Jr. and Kendo Kashin 1 2 96
29 The Great Sasuke and Jushin Thunder Liger 1 0 94
30 American Dragon and Curry Man 1 1 85
31 No Limit
(Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro)
1 1 83
32 El Samurai and Koji Kanemoto 1 0 72
33 Koji Kanemoto and Wataru Inoue 1 2 71
34 United Empire
(TJP and Francesco Akira)
1 0 63+
35 Los Ingobernables de Japón
(Bushi and Shingo Takagi)
1 1 61
36 Funky Future
(Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi)
1 1 57
37 Suzuki-gun
(Taichi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
1 1 52
38 Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask 1 0 36
39 Suzuki-gun
(Taichi and Taka Michinoku)
1 1 26

By wrestler

Record eight-time champion Rocky Romero
Record eight-time champion Rocky Romero
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Ryusuke Taguchi 7 17 990
2 Gedo 4 15 960
Jado
4 Jushin Thunder Liger 6 9 822
5 Prince Devitt 13 778
6 Minoru/Minoru Tanaka 5 7 759
7 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 6 11 728
8 Matt Jackson 7 9 706
Nick Jackson
10 Koji Kanemoto 4 11 679
11 Rocky Romero 8 7 599
12 Sho 5 4 545
Yoh
14 El Desperado 4 6 527
15 Shinjiro Otani 2 6 497
Tatsuhito Takaiwa
17 Alex Shelley 3 9 495
18 El Samurai 3 3 347
19 Kushida 2 6 313
20 El Phantasmo 3 2 310
Taiji Ishimori 3 2 310
22 Taka Michinoku 2 4 296
23 Hirooki Goto 1 2 281
24 Alex Koslov 2 5 276
25 Dick Togo 1 3 270
26 Bobby Fish 2 3 236
Kyle O'Reilly 2 3 236
28 Chris Sabin 1 3 182
29 Davey Richards 2 1 166
30 Ricochet 3 163
31 Beretta 4 157
32 Akira 1 155
33 Tiger Mask 2 1 152
34 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 1 4 150
35 Master Wato 1 2 121
36 Robbie Eagles 1 1 116
37 Matt Sydal 2 0 106
38 Kenny Omega 1 2 104
Kota Ibushi
40 Dr. Wagner Jr. 1 2 96
Kendo Kashin
42 The Great Sasuke 1 0 94
43 American Dragon 1 1 85
Curry Man
45 Tetsuya Naito 1 1 83
Yujiro
47 Taichi 2 2 78
48 Wataru Inoue 1 2 71
49 TJP 1 0 63+
Francesco Akira
51 Bushi 1 1 61
Shingo Takagi

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