New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) is a professional wrestling promotion based in Nakano, Tokyo. Title reigns are either determined by professional wrestling matches or are awarded to a wrestler, as a result of the culmination of various scripted storylines. There are 11 total active championships promoted by NJPW - featuring six singles championships, three traditional tag team championships, and a six-man tag team championship for male wrestlers, with two singles championship for female wrestlers. 16 wrestlers currently hold the titles.

The list includes the number of times the wrestler has held the title, the date and location of the win, and a description of the winning bout. The following is correct as of May 20, 2024.

Overview

Men's Singles

At the top of NJPW's championship hierarchy for male wrestlers in the heavyweight division is the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Secondary titles include the IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship, the NJPW World Television Championship, and the KOPW (King of Pro Wrestling) Championship.

In the junior heavyweight division, the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship is the primary title

The NEVER Openweight Championship and the Strong Openweight Championship are available to male wrestlers regardless of weight class.

Men's Tag Team

For tag teams, there are three traditional championships for two-man teams—the IWGP Tag Team Championship, the Strong Openweight Tag Team Championship, and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the junior heavyweight division.

The NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship serves as the title for three-man teams.

Women's Division

There are two championships for female wrestlers in NJPW - the IWGP Women's Championship (the primary title which is defended in NJPW and sister promotion Stardom), and the Strong Women's Championship.

Current champions

As of May 20, 2024

Men's division

Singles

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Successful defenses Location Notes Ref.
IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Jon Moxley 1 April 12, 2024 38 3 Chicago, United States Defeated Tetsuya Naito at Windy City Riot. [1]
IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship David Finlay 2 May 4, 2024 16 0 Fukuoka, Japan Defeated Nic Nemeth at Wrestling Dontaku: Night 2. [2]
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Sho 1 February 23, 2024 87 2 Sapporo, Japan Defeated El Desperado at The New Beginning in Sapporo. [2]
NEVER Openweight Championship Shingo Takagi 4 April 6, 2024 44 2 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Evil at Sakura Genesis. [3]
Strong Openweight Championship Gabe Kidd 1 May 11, 2024 9 0 Ontario, California Defeated Eddie Kingston at Resurgence. [4]
KOPW 2024 Yuya Uemura 1
(provisional)
April 27, 2024 23 0 Hiroshima, Japan Defeated Great-O-Khan 2–1 in a Rural Revitalization in Hamamatsu two-out-of-three falls match on the Road to Wrestling Dontaku: Night 7. [5]
NJPW World Television Championship Jeff Cobb 1 May 4, 2024 17 1 Fukuoka, Japan Defeated Zack Sabre Jr. at Wrestling Dontaku: Night 1. [6]

Tag teams

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Successful defenses Location Notes Ref.
IWGP Tag Team Championship
Bullet Club
(Kenta and Chase Owens)
2
(3, 2)
May 4, 2024 16 0 Fukuoka, Japan Defeated Bishamon (Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi) at Wrestling Dontaku: Night 2. [3]
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
Bullet Club War Dogs
(Drilla Moloney and Clark Connors)
2
(2, 2)
February 4, 2024 106 2 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Catch 2/2 (Francesco Akira and TJP) at Road to the New Beginning. [7]
Strong Openweight Tag Team Championship
Guerrillas of Destiny
(El Phantasmo and Hikuleo)
2
(2, 2)
May 11, 2024 9 0 Ontario, California, USA Defeated previous champions TMDK (Mikey Nicholls and Shane Haste) at Resurgence. [4]
NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship

Toru Yano, Oleg Boltin and Hiroshi Tanahashi 1
(5, 1, 5)
April 14, 2024 36 1 Taipei, Taiwan Defeated House of Torture (Evil, Sho and Yoshinobu Kanemaru) in a final of the four-team tournament to win the vacant titles at Wrestling World 2024 in Taiwan. [8]

Women's division

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Successful
defenses
Location Notes Ref.
IWGP Women's Championship Mayu Iwatani 1 April 23, 2023 393 5 Yokohama, Japan Defeated Mercedes Moné at All Star Grand Queendom. [9]
Strong Women's Championship Stephanie Vaquer 1 March 10, 2024 71 2 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Giulia at Cinderella Tournament Night 2. [10]

References

  1. ^ "IWGP World Heavyweight Title History on the official website". New Japan Pro Wrestling.
  2. ^ a b "2024.02.23 THE NEW BEGINNING in SAPPORO | NEW JAPAN PRO-WRESTLING". NJPW. Retrieved 2024-02-05.
  3. ^ a b Fritts, Chick (April 6, 2024). "NJPW Sakura Genesis live results: Naito vs. Tsuji IWGP World title match". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved April 6, 2024.
  4. ^ a b Fritta, Chick (May 11, 2024). "NJPW Resurgence live results: Jon Moxley vs. Shota Umino IWGP World title match". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved May 12, 2024.
  5. ^ Currier, Joseph (April 27, 2024). "Yuya Uemura wins NJPW KOPW 2024 title". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved April 27, 2024.
  6. ^ Gibbons, Aidan (May 3, 2024). "NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2024 Night 1 Results". cultaholic.com. Retrieved May 3, 2024.
  7. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (February 4, 2024). "NJPW Road To The New Beginning 2024 - Tag 6 - Online Stream @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved February 4, 2024.
  8. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (April 14, 2024). "NJPW Wrestling World 2024 In Taiwan - TV-Show @ Zepp New Taipei in New Taipei, Taiwan". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved April 14, 2024.
  9. ^ "Official IWGP Women's Championship History". New Japan Pro Wrestling.
  10. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (2024-03-10). "Stephanie Vaquer Wins NJPW Strong Women's Championship From Giulia". Fightful.