The IWGP Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship owned by the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. "IWGP" are the initials of NJPW's governing body, the International Wrestling Grand Prix. The title was introduced on December 12, 1985, at a NJPW live event.[1] The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is not the only tag team title contested for in NJPW; the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is also sanctioned by NJPW.[2] According to NJPW's official website, the IWGP Tag Team Championship is considered the "IWGP Heavy Weight Class", while the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship is listed as the "IWGP Jr. Tag Class".[2] Like most professional wrestling championships, the title is won via the result of a scripted match. Title changes usually happen at NJPW-promoted events; although the title has only changed hands twice at a non-NJPW event,[3] it has been defended in several other promotions.

Hiroyoshi Tenzan currently holds the record for most reigns by an individual wrestler, with twelve. Tenzan's combined twelve reign lengths add up to 1,988 days, which is the most of any champion. At seven reigns, Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) hold the record for most by a team. Tenzan and Masahiro Chono's combined five reign lengths add up to 1,010 days (the most of any team). At 564 days, Bad Intentions' (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) only reign is the longest in the title's history. Keiji Mutoh and Shiro Koshinaka's only reign is the shortest, at six days. Currently, Bad Intentions' only reign has the most defenses, with ten. Overall, there have been 98 reigns shared among 87 wrestlers, who made up 64 different teams. Bishamon (Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi) are the current champions in their third reign as a team. They won the titles by defeating House of Torture (Evil and Yujiro Takahashi) and United Empire (Great-O-Khan and Aaron Henare) in a triple threat tag team match on June 4, 2023, at Dominion 6.4 in Osaka-jo Hall; where the vacant Strong Openweight Tag Team Championship were also on the line.

Title history

As of February 8, 2024.

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific team—reign numbers for the individuals are in parentheses, if different
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
Championship change is unrecognized by the promotion
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami December 12, 1985 IWGP Tag Team League Sendai, Japan 1 236 5 Kimura and Fujinami defeated Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi in a tournament final to become the first champions. [1][4][5]
2 Akira Maeda and Osamu Kido August 5, 1986 Burning Spirit in Summer Tokyo, Japan 1 49 1 [6]
3 Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami September 23, 1986 Challenge Spirit 1986 Tokyo, Japan 2 135 0 [7][8]
Vacated February 5, 1987 The championship was vacated when Kimura and Fujinami split up. [7]
4 Keiji Mutoh and Shiro Koshinaka March 20, 1987 Spring Flare Up 1987 Tokyo, Japan 1 6 0 Koshinaka and Mutoh defeated Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada in a tournament final to win the vacant championship. [9]
5 Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada March 26, 1987 Inoki Toukon Live II Osaka, Japan 1
(2, 1)
159 2 [10]
6 Kazuo Yamazaki and Yoshiaki Fujiwara September 1, 1987 Sengoku Battle Series 1987 Fukuoka, Japan 1 139 2 [11]
7 Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami January 18, 1988 New Year Golden Series 1988 Takuyama, Japan 3 144 3 [12]
8 Masa Saito and Riki Choshu June 10, 1988 IWGP Champion Series 1988 Hiroshima, Japan 1 279 4 [13]
9 George Takano and Super Strong Machine[N 1] March 16, 1989 Big Fight Series Yokohama, Japan 1 119 1 [14]
10 Riki Choshu and Takayuki Iizuka[N 2] July 13, 1989 Super Fight Series Tokyo, Japan 1
(2, 1)
69 1 [15]
11 Masa Saito and Shinya Hashimoto September 20, 1989 Bloody Fight Series 1989: Super Power Battle in Osaka Osaka, Japan 1
(2, 1)
219 3 [16]
12 Keiji Mutoh and Masahiro Chono April 27, 1990 Shintou Station Bay NK Tokyo, Japan 1
(2, 1)
188 3 [17]
13 Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki November 1, 1990 Dream Tour 1990 Tokyo, Japan 1 55 2 [18]
14 Hiro Saito and Super Strong Machine[N 1] December 26, 1990 King of Kings Hamamatsu, Japan 1
(1, 2)
70 2 [19]
15 Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki March 6, 1991 Big Fight Series 1991 Nagasaki, Japan 2 15 0 [20]
16 The Steiner Brothers
(Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)
March 21, 1991 Starrcade 1991 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 229 2 The Steiners' WCW World Tag Team Championship was also on the line. [21]
17 Hiroshi Hase and Keiji Mutoh November 5, 1991 Tokyo 3Days Battle Tokyo, Japan 1
(3, 3)
117 2 Scott Norton substituted for an injured Scott Steiner in this match. [22]
18 Big, Bad, and Dangerous
(Big Van Vader and Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow)
March 1, 1992 Big Fight Series 1992: New Japan Pro-Wrestling 20th Anniversary Show Yokohama, Japan 1 117 2 [23]
19 The Steiner Brothers
(Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)
June 26, 1992 Masters of Wrestling Tokyo, Japan 2 149 3 The Steiners' WCW World Tag Team Championship was also on the line. [24]
20 Scott Norton and Tony Halme November 22, 1992 Wrestling Scramble 1992: Battle Zone Space I Tokyo, Japan 1 22 0 [25]
21 The Hell Raisers
(Hawk Warrior and Power Warrior[N 3])
December 14, 1992 Battle Final 1992 Tokyo, Japan 1
(1, 3)
234 4 [4]
22 The Jurassic Powers
(Hercules Hernandez and Scott Norton)
August 5, 1993 G1 Climax 1993 Tokyo, Japan 1
(1, 2)
152 3 [26]
23 The Hell Raisers
(Hawk Warrior and Power Warrior[N 3])
January 4, 1994 Battlefield Tokyo, Japan 2
(2, 4)
325 2
24 Hiroshi Hase and Keiji Mutoh November 25, 1994 Battle Final 1994 Iwate, Japan 2
(4, 4)
162 1 [27]
Vacated May 6, 1995 The title was vacated by Mutoh after he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[27]
25 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono)
June 12, 1995 Fighting Spirit Legend Osaka, Japan 1
(1, 2)
25 0 Tenzan and Chono defeated Junji Hirata and Shinya Hashimoto to win the vacant championship. [28]
Vacated July 7, 1995 The title was vacated when Chono missed a title defense due to his father's death. [28]
26 Junji Hirata[N 1] and Shinya Hashimoto July 13, 1995 Best of the Super Jr. II Sapporo, Japan 1
(3, 2)
335 6 Hashimoto and Hirata defeated Mike Enos and Scott Norton to win the vacant championship.
27 Kazuo Yamazaki and Takashi Iizuka[N 2] June 12, 1996 Best of the Super Jr. III Osaka, Japan 1
(2, 2)
34 0
28 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono)
July 16, 1996 Summer Struggle 1996 Sapporo, Japan 2
(2, 3)
172 2
29 Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami January 4, 1997 Wrestling World 1997 Tokyo,Japan 4 98 3
30 Kensuke Sasaki and Riki Choshu April 12, 1997 Battle Formation Tokyo, Japan 1
(5, 3)
21 0
31 The Bull Powers
(Manabu Nakanishi and Satoshi Kojima)
May 3, 1997 Strong Style Evolution Osaka, Japan 1 99 1
32 Kazuo Yamazaki and Kensuke Sasaki August 10, 1997 The Four Heaven in Nagoya Dome Nagoya, Japan 1
(3, 6)
70 0
33 Keiji Mutoh and Masahiro Chono October 19, 1997 nWo Typhoon 1997 Kobe, Japan 2
(5, 4)
200 2 [29]
Vacated May 7, 1998 The title was vacated due to Mutoh having surgery on his knee.[29]
34 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono)
June 5, 1998 Best of the Super Juniors V Tokyo, Japan 3
(3, 5)
40 0 Tenzan and Chono defeated Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
35 Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka July 15, 1998 Summer Struggle 1998 Sapporo, Japan 1
(1, 2)
173 2
36 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima)
January 4, 1999 Wrestling World 1999 Tokyo, Japan 1
(4, 2)
77 1
37 Kensuke Sasaki and Shiro Koshinaka March 22, 1999 Hyper Battle 1999 Amagasaki, Japan 1
(7, 3)
97 2
38 The Mad Dogs
(Michiyoshi Ohara and Tatsutoshi Goto)
June 27, 1999 Summer Struggle 1999 Shizuoka, Japan 1 62 1
39 Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata August 28, 1999 Jingu Climax Shizuoka, Japan 1
(2, 1)
327 4
40 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima)
July 20, 2000 Summer Struggle 2000 Tokyo, Japan 2
(5, 3)
430 6
41 Osamu Nishimura and Tatsumi Fujinami September 23, 2001 G1 World 2001 Osaka, Japan 1
(1, 5)
35 1
42 BATT
(Keiji Mutoh and Taiyō Kea)
October 28, 2001 Survival 2001: Fighting Destination in Fukuoka Fukuoka, Japan 1
(6, 1)
97 0 [30]
Vacated February 2, 2002 The title was vacated due to Mutoh leaving NJPW. [30]
43 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono)
March 24, 2002 Hyper Battle 2002 Hyōgo, Japan 4
(6, 6)
446 7 Tenzan and Chono defeated Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
44 Hiroshi Tanahashi and Yutaka Yoshie June 13, 2003 Crush Tokyo, Japan 1 184 3 [31]
45 Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Osamu Nishimura December 14, 2003 Battle Final 2003 Nagoya, Japan 1
(7, 2)
49 0
46 Minoru Suzuki and Yoshihiro Takayama February 1, 2004 Fighting Spirit 2004 Sapporo, Japan 1 294 4 [32]
Vacated November 21, 2004 The title was vacated due to Takayama being sidelined with an injury.
47 Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura December 11, 2004 Battle Final 2004 Osaka, Japan 1
(2, 1)
323 4 Tanahashi and Nakamura defeated Kensuke Sasaki and Minoru Suzuki to win the vacant title.
48 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono)
October 30, 2005 Toukon Series 2005 Kobe, Japan 5
(8, 7)
325 3 [33]
Shiro Koshinaka and Togi Makabe July 2, 2006 Circuit 2006 Turbulence Tokyo, Japan 15 0 An interim tag team title was created when Tenzan and Chono showed signs of inactivity. Makabe and Koshinaka defeated Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko in a tournament final to win the title. [33]
Wild Child
(Manabu Nakanishi and Takao Omori)
July 17, 2006 Circuit 2006 Turbulence Sapporo, Japan 73 0
Vacated September 20, 2006 NJPW president Simon Kelly Inoki stripped Chono and Tenzan of the title after Chono and Tenzan ceased teaming. [33]
49 Wild Child
(Manabu Nakanishi and Takao Omori)
September 28, 2006 Circuit 2006 Final: Next Progress Sapporo, Japan 1
(3, 1)
164 1 Nakanishi and Ōmori were promoted to undisputed champions on September 28, 2006.[34]
50 RISE
(Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko)
March 11, 2007 New Japan Pro-Wrestling 35th Anniversary Tour Circuit 2007 New Japan Evolution: New Japan Cup 2007 Nagoya, Japan 1 343 5
51 The Most Violent Players
(Togi Makabe and Toru Yano)
February 17, 2008 Circuit 2008 New Japan Ism Tokyo, Japan 1 322 4
52 Team 3D
(Brother Devon and Brother Ray)
January 4, 2009 Wrestle Kingdom III in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 198 4 [3][35]
53 The British Invasion
(Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams)
July 21, 2009 TNA Impact! Orlando, Florida 1 89 1 This was a tables match that aired on the July 30, 2009, episode of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Impact!.[36][37] NJPW did not sanction the match, nor initially recognize nor sanction the title change until August 10.[3][38][39]
54 Team 3D
(Brother Devon and Brother Ray)
October 18, 2009 Bound for Glory Irvine, California, U.S. 2 78 1 This was a four-way Full Metal Mayhem Tag Team match, which also included Beer Money, Inc. and Booker T and Scott Steiner and was contested also for the TNA World Tag Team Championship, which was won by The British Invasion.[40][41]
55 No Limit
(Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi)
January 4, 2010 Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 119 1 This was a three-way hardcore match, which also included Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson).[42]
56 Seigigun
(Wataru Inoue and Yuji Nagata)
May 3, 2010 Wrestling Dontaku 2010 Fukuoka, Japan 1
(1, 2)
47 0 This was a three-way match, which also included Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson).
57 Bad Intentions
(Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson)
June 19, 2010 Dominion 6.19 Osaka, Japan 1
(2, 1)
564 10 This was a three-way elimination match, which also included No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi).
58 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima)
January 4, 2012 Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 3
(9, 4)
120 2
59 Chaos
(Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano)
May 3, 2012 Wrestling Dontaku 2012 Fukuoka, Japan 1
(3, 2)
48 0
Vacated June 20, 2012 Iizuka and Yano were stripped of the title, after a title match between them and Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) on June 16 ended in a no contest.[43]
60 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima)
July 22, 2012 Kizuna Road Yamagata, Japan 4
(10, 5)
78 0 Tenzan and Kojima defeated Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) to win the vacant title.
61 Killer Elite Squad
(Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer)
October 8, 2012 King of Pro-Wrestling Tokyo, Japan 1 207 5
62 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima)
May 3, 2013 Wrestling Dontaku 2013 Fukuoka, Japan 5
(11, 6)
190 2 This was a four-way match, which also included Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) and Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi and Strong Man).
63 Killer Elite Squad
(Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer)
November 9, 2013 Power Struggle Osaka, Japan 2 56 0 This was the second fall of a two-fall three-way tornado tag team match which also included The IronGodz (Jax Dane and Rob Conway).
64 Bullet Club
(Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson)
January 4, 2014 Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1
(1, 2)
365 6
65 Meiyu Tag
(Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata)
January 4, 2015 Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 38 0
66 Bullet Club
(Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson)
February 11, 2015 The New Beginning in Osaka Osaka, Japan 2
(2, 3)
53 0
67 The Kingdom
(Matt Taven and Michael Bennett)
April 5, 2015 Invasion Attack 2015 Tokyo, Japan 1 91 0
68 Bullet Club
(Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson)
July 5, 2015 Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall Osaka, Japan 3
(3, 4)
183 1
69 Great Bash Heel
(Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma)
January 4, 2016 Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1
(2, 1)
97 1
70 Guerrillas of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
April 10, 2016 Invasion Attack 2016 Tokyo, Japan 1 70 1
71 The Briscoe Brothers
(Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe)
June 19, 2016 Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall Osaka, Japan 1 113 2
72 Guerrillas of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
October 10, 2016 King of Pro-Wrestling Tokyo, Japan 2 86 1
73 Chaos
(Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano)
January 4, 2017 Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1
(1, 3)
61 2 This was a three-way match, which also included G.B.H. (Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma).
74 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima)
March 6, 2017 Hataage Kinenbi Tokyo, Japan 6
(12, 7)
34 0
75 War Machine
(Hanson and Raymond Rowe)
April 9, 2017 Sakura Genesis 2017 Tokyo, Japan 1 63 1
76 Guerrillas of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
June 11, 2017 Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall Osaka, Japan 3 20 0
77 War Machine
(Hanson and Raymond Rowe)
July 1, 2017 G1 Special in USA Long Beach, California, U.S. 2 85 3 This was a no disqualification match.
78 Killer Elite Squad
(Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer)
September 24, 2017 Destruction in Kobe Kobe, Japan 3 102 1 This was a three-way tornado tag team match, which also included Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa).
79 Los Ingobernables de Japón
(Evil and Sanada)
January 4, 2018 Wrestle Kingdom 12 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 156 2 [44]
80 The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
June 9, 2018 Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall Osaka, Japan 1 113 1
81 Guerrillas of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
September 30, 2018 Fighting Spirit Unleashed Long Beach, California, U.S. 4 96 0
82 Los Ingobernables de Japón
(Evil and Sanada)
January 4, 2019 Wrestle Kingdom 13 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 2 50 1 This was a three-way match, which also included The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson). [45]
83 Guerrillas of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
February 23, 2019 Honor Rising: Japan 2019 Tokyo, Japan 5 315 7
84 FinJuice
(David Finlay and Juice Robinson)
January 4, 2020 Wrestle Kingdom 14 in Tokyo Dome
Night 1
Tokyo, Japan 1 28 0 [46]
85 Guerrillas of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
February 1, 2020 The New Beginning USA Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. 6 20 0 [47]
86 Golden☆Ace
(Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kota Ibushi)
February 21, 2020 New Japan Road Tokyo, Japan 1
(3, 1)
142 0 [48]
87 Dangerous Tekkers
(Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr.)
July 12, 2020 Dominion in Osaka-jo Hall Osaka, Japan 1 176 2 [49]
88 Guerrillas of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
January 4, 2021 Wrestle Kingdom 15 in Tokyo Dome
Night 1
Tokyo, Japan 7 148 2 [50]
89 Dangerous Tekkers
(Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr.)
June 1, 2021 Road to Dominion Tokyo, Japan 2 40 0 [51]
90 Los Ingobernables de Japón
(Tetsuya Naito and Sanada)
July 11, 2021 Summer Struggle in Sapporo
Night 2
Sapporo, Japan 1
(2, 3)
14 0 [52]
91 Dangerous Tekkers
(Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr.)
July 25, 2021 Wrestle Grand Slam in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 3 163 1 [53]
92 Bishamon
(Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi)
January 4, 2022 Wrestle Kingdom 16
Night 1
Tokyo, Japan 1
(2, 1)
95 1 [54]
93 United Empire
(Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb)
April 9, 2022 Hyper Battle '22 Tokyo, Japan 1 22 0 [55]
94 General’s Jewel
(Bad Luck Fale and Chase Owens)
May 1, 2022 Wrestling Dontaku Fukuoka, Japan 1 42 0 This was a three-way match, which also included Bishamon (Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi). [56]
95 United Empire
(Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb)
June 12, 2022 Dominion 6.12 in Osaka-jo Hall Osaka, Japan 2 14 0 [57]
96 FTR
(Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler)
June 26, 2022 Forbidden Door Chicago, Illinois, U.S. 1 192 2 This was a Winner Take All three-way match, which also included Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero and Trent Beretta). FTR's ROH World Tag Team Championship was also on the line. [58]
97 Bishamon
(Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi)
January 4, 2023 Wrestle Kingdom 17 Tokyo, Japan 2
(3, 2)
94 2 [59]
98 Aussie Open
(Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher)
April 8, 2023 Sakura Genesis Tokyo, Japan 1 43 2 [60]
Vacated May 21, 2023 Resurgence Long Beach, CA Kyle Fletcher vacated the Strong and the IWGP Tag Team Championship after Mark Davis suffered an injury. [61]
99 Bishamon
(Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi)
June 4, 2023 Dominion 6.4 in Osaka-jo Hall Tokyo, Japan 3
(4, 3)
214 2 Defeated House of Torture (Evil and Yujiro Takahashi) and United Empire (Great-O-Khan and Aaron Henare) in a three-way tag team match to win the vacant titles. The match was also disputed for the vacant Strong Openweight Tag Team Championship. [62]
100 Guerrillas of Destiny
(El Phantasmo and Hikuleo)
January 4, 2024 Wrestle Kingdom 18 Tokyo, Japan 1
(1, 1)
35+ 0 This was a Winners Takes All tag team match in which Phantasmo and Hikuleo's Strong Openweight Tag Team Championship were also on the line. [63]

Combined reigns

As of February 8, 2024.

Guerrillas of Destiny (Tanga Loa (left) and Tama Tonga (right)), record seven-time champions
Indicates the current champions

By team

Rank Team No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Cho-Ten
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Masahiro Chono)
5 12 1,008
2 Tencozy
(Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima)
6 11 929
3 Guerrillas of Destiny
(Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
7 11 755
4 Kengo Kimura and Tatsumi Fujinami 4 11 613
5 Bullet Club
(Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson)
3 7 601
6 Bad Intentions
(Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson)
1 10 564
7 The Hell Raisers
(Hawk Warrior and Power Warrior)
2 6 559
8 Chaos/Bishamon
(Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi)
3 5 403
9 Keiji Mutoh and Masahiro Chono 2 5 388
10 Dangerous Tekkers
(Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr.)
3 3 379
11 The Steiner Brothers
(Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)
2 5 378
12 Killer Elite Squad
(Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer)
3 6 365
13 RISE
(Giant Bernard and Travis Tomko)
1 5 343
14 Junji Hirata and Shinya Hashimoto 1 6 335
15 Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata 1 4 327
16 Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura 1 4 323
17 The Most Violent Players
(Togi Makabe and Toru Yano)
1 4 322
18 Minoru Suzuki and Yoshihiro Takayama 1 4 294
19 Hiroshi Hase and Keiji Mutoh 2 3 279
Masa Saito and Riki Choshu 1 4 279
21 Team 3D
(Brother Devon and Brother Ray)
2 5 276
22 Masa Saito and Shinya Hashimoto 1 3 219
23 Los Ingobernables de Japón
(Evil and Sanada)
2 3 206
24 FTR
(Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler)
1 2 192
25 Hiroshi Tanahashi and Yutaka Yoshie 1 3 184
26 Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka 1 2 173
27 Wild Child
(Manabu Nakanishi and Takao Omori)
1 1 164
28 Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada 1 2 159
29 The Jurassic Powers
(Hercules Hernandez and Scott Norton)
1 3 152
30 War Machine
(Hanson and Raymond Rowe)
2 4 148
31 Golden☆Ace
(Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kota Ibushi)
1 0 142
32 Kazuo Yamazaki and Yoshiaki Fujiwara 1 2 139
33 George Takano and Super Strong Machine 1 1 119
No Limit
(Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi)
1 1 119
35 Big, Bad, and Dangerous
(Big Van Vader and Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow)
1 2 117
36 The Briscoe Brothers
(Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe)
1 2 113
The Young Bucks
(Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
1 1 113
38 The Bull Powers
(Manabu Nakanishi and Satoshi Kojima)
1 1 99
39 Kensuke Sasaki and Shiro Koshinaka 1 2 97
Great Bash Heel
(Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma)
1 1 97
BATT
(Keiji Mutoh and Taiyō Kea)
1 0 97
42 The Kingdom
(Matt Taven and Michael Bennett)
1 0 91
43 The British Invasion
(Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams)
1 1 89
44 Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki 2 2 70
Hiro Saito and Super Strong Machine 1 2 70
Kazuo Yamazaki and Kensuke Sasaki 1 0 70
47 Riki Choshu and Takayuki Iizuka 1 1 69
48 The Mad Dogs
(Michiyoshi Ohara and Tatsutoshi Goto)
1 1 62
49 Chaos
(Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano)
1 2 61
50 Akira Maeda and Osamu Kido 1 1 49
Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Osamu Nishimura 1 0 49
52 Chaos
(Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano)
1 0 48
53 Seigigun
(Wataru Inoue and Yuji Nagata)
1 0 47
54 Aussie Open
(Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher)
1 2 43
55 Bullet Club/General's Jewel
(Bad Luck Fale and Chase Owens)
1 0 42
56 Meiyu Tag
(Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata)
1 0 38
57 United Empire
(Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb)
2 0 36
58 Guerrillas of Destiny
(El Phantasmo and Hikuleo)
1 0 35+
59 Osamu Nishimura and Tatsumi Fujinami 1 1 35
60 Kazuo Yamazaki and Takashi Iizuka 1 0 34
61 FinJuice
(David Finlay and Juice Robinson)
1 0 28
62 Scott Norton and Tony Halme 1 0 22
63 Kensuke Sasaki and Riki Choshu 1 0 21
64 Los Ingobernables de Japón
(Tetsuya Naito and Sanada)
1 0 14
65 Keiji Mutoh and Shiro Koshinaka 1 0 6

By wrestler

Record twelve-time as well as longest combined reigning Tag Team champion Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Hiroyoshi Tenzan 12 23 1,986
2 Masahiro Chono 7 17 1,396
3 Karl Anderson 4 17 1,165
4 Satoshi Kojima 7 12 1,028
5 Giant Bernard 2 15 907
6 Kensuke Sasaki/Power Warrior 7 10 817
7 Keiji Mutoh 6 8 770
8 Tama Tonga 7 11 755
Tanga Loa
10 Hiroshi Tanahashi 3 7 649
11 Tatsumi Fujinami 5 12 648
12 Kengo Kimura 4 11 613
13 Doc Gallows 3 7 601
14 Manabu Nakanishi 3 6 590
15 Hawk Warrior 2 6 559
16 Shinya Hashimoto 2 9 554
17 Junji Hirata/Super Strong Machine 3 9 524
18 Masa Saito 2 7 498
19 Hirooki Goto 4 5 441
20 Toru Yano 3 6 431
21 Togi Makabe 2 5 419
22 Yoshi-Hashi 3 5 403
23 Taichi 3 3 379
Zack Sabre Jr.
25 Rick Steiner 2 5 378
Scott Steiner
27 Yuji Nagata 2 4 374
28 Riki Choshu 3 5 369
29 Davey Boy Smith Jr. 3 6 365
Lance Archer
31 Hiroshi Hase 4 5 349
32 Travis Tomko 1 5 343
33 Shinsuke Nakamura 1 4 323
34 Minoru Suzuki 1 4 294
Yoshihiro Takayama
36 Shiro Koshinaka 3 4 276
Brother Devon 2 5
Brother Ray
39 Kazuo Yamazaki 3 2 243
40 Sanada 3 3 220
41 Akira Maeda 2 3 208
42 Evil 2 3 206
43 Dax Harwood 1 2 192
Cash Wheeler
45 Yutaka Yoshie 1 3 184
46 Scott Norton 2 3 174
47 Genichiro Tenryu 1 2 173
48 Takao Omori 1 1 164
49 Nobuhiko Takada 1 2 159
50 Hercules Hernandez 1 3 152
51 Takayuki/Takashi Iizuka 3 1 151
52 Hanson 2 4 148
Raymond Rowe
54 Kota Ibushi 1 0 142
55 Yoshiaki Fujiwara 1 2 139
56 Tetsuya Naito 2 1 133
57 George Takano 1 1 119
Yujiro Takahashi 1 1 119
59 Big Van Vader 1 2 117
Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow
61 Jay Briscoe 1 2 113
Mark Briscoe
Matt Jackson 1
Nick Jackson
65 Tomoaki Honma 1 1 97
Taiyō Kea 1 0 97
67 Matt Taven 1 0 91
Michael Bennett
69 Brutus Magnus 1 1 89
Doug Williams
71 Osamu Nishimura 2 1 84
72 Hiro Saito 1 2 70
73 Michiyoshi Ohara 1 1 62
Tatsutoshi Goto
75 Tomohiro Ishii 1 2 61
76 Osamu Kido 1 1 49
77 Wataru Inoue 1 0 47
78 Mark Davis 1 2 43
Kyle Fletcher
80 Bad Luck Fale 1 0 42
Chase Owens
82 Katsuyori Shibata 1 0 38
83 Great-O-Khan 2 0 36
Jeff Cobb
85 El Phantasmo 1 0 35+
Hikuleo
87 David Finlay 1 0 28
Juice Robinson
89 Tony Halme 1 0 22

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b c Junji Hirata used the ring name Super Strong Machine during his first two reigns; one reign was with George Takano and the second was with Hiro Saito.
  2. ^ a b Takayuki Iizuka also used the ring name Takashi Iizuka and won the IWGP Tag Team Championship once with Kazuo Yamazaki.
  3. ^ a b Kensuke Sasaki used the ring name Power Warrior, while he was a part of The Hell Raisers.

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