International Junior Heavyweight Championship
Details
PromotionWrestle Association R (1995–2000)
Dragon Gate (2006–2007)
Tenryu Project (2010–2015)
Date establishedMarch 26, 1995
Date retiredDecember 15, 2015
Other name(s)
  • WAR International Junior Heavyweight Championship

The International Junior Heavyweight Championship was a title contested for in the Japanese professional wrestling promotion Wrestle Association R (WAR), which closed in 2000. It was part of New Japan Pro Wrestling's short-lived J-Crown Championship in 1996 and 1997. Mochizuki beat Gedo in a decision match on January 26, 2007 to determine the final champion and then retired the title. The title was revived in April 2010, for Genichiro Tenryu's Tenryu Project promotion until being finally retired in 2013.

Inaugural championship tournament

On March 26, 1995, an eight-man single elimination tournament was held on the second day of the WAR event Battle Angel. The tournament saw Gedo defeat Lionheart in the finals to become the inaugural champion.[1]

First round Semifinals Finals
         
Gedo Pin
Yuji Yasuraoka 07:21
Gedo Pin
1-2-3 Kid 7:08
1-2-3 Kid Pin
Negro Casas 04:40
Gedo Pin
Lionheart 19:31
Lionheart Pin
Masao Orihara 08:52
Lionheart Pin
Último Dragón 11:19
Último Dragón Pin
Ultimate Dragon 09:58

Title history

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
Wrestle Association R
1 Gedo March 26, 1995 Battle Angel Tokyo, Japan 1 70 Defeated Lionheart in a tournament final to become the inaugural champion.
2 Lionheart June 4, 1995 House show Tokyo, Japan 1 54
3 Último Dragón July 28, 1995 House show Tokyo, Japan 1 32
4 Gedo August 29, 1995 House show Shizuoka, Japan 2 37
5 Último Dragón October 5, 1995 House show Ōmiya, Japan 2 305
6 The Great Sasuke August 5, 1996 G1 Climax 1996 Tokyo, Japan 1 67 The championship becomes one of eight championships comprising New Japan Pro Wrestling's J-Crown.
7 Último Dragón October 11, 1996 Osaka Crush Night Osaka, Japan 3 85 This match was for the J-Crown.
8 Jushin Thunder Liger January 4, 1997 Wrestling World 1997 Tokyo, Japan 1 153 This match was for the J-Crown.
9 Yuji Yasuraoka June 6, 1997 WAR Tokyo, Japan 1 588 Only the WAR championship was on the line. Liger retained the other seven titles.
10 Masao Orihara January 15, 1999 House show Tokyo, Japan 1 45
11 Masaaki Mochizuki March 1, 1999 House show Tokyo, Japan 1 2,705 WAR ceased running cards in July 2000, but Mochizuki kept the title, though did not defend it regularly.
12 Pentagon Black July 27, 2006 Final - Reborn to Future Tokyo, Japan 1 119
Dragon Gate
13 Masaaki Mochizuki November 23, 2006 Crown Gate 2006 Osaka, Japan 2 <1
Vacated November 23, 2006 Mochizuki immediately vacated the title.
14 Masaaki Mochizuki January 26, 2007 Primal Gate 2007 Tokyo, Japan 3 <1 Defeated Gedo to win the vacant title and to determine the then final champion.
Deactivated January 26, 2007 Mochizuki immediately retired the title.
Tenryu Project
15 Masaaki Mochizuki April 19, 2010 Tenryu Project Osaka, Japan 4 51 Defeated Susumu Yokosuka and Naoki Tanizaki on a triple threat match.
16 Tiger Shark June 9, 2010 Next Revolution Tokyo, Japan 1 112
17 Hiroki September 29, 2010 Never So Tokyo, Japan 1 76
18 Ryuji Hijikata December 14, 2010 Tenryu Project 5 Tokyo, Japan 1 591
19 Takaku Fuke July 27, 2012 R-2 Real Tenryu Project 8 Tokyo, Japan 1 155
20 Masao Orihara December 29, 2012 Genichiro Tenryu Return Match - Revolution Tokyo, Japan 2 276
Vacated October 1, 2013 Title vacated when Orihara left the promotion after a defense against Manjimaru.
Deactivated December 15, 2015 Title deactivated when Tenryu Project closed.

Combined reigns

Rank Wrestler No. of
Reigns
Combined
Days
1 Masaaki Mochizuki 4 2,756
2 Ryuji Hijikata 1 591
3 Yuji Yasuraoka 1 588
4 Último Dragón 3 422
5 Masao Orihara 2 321
6 Takaku Fuke 1 155
7 Jushin Thunder Liger 1 153
8 Pentagon Black 1 119
9 Tiger Shark 1 112
10 Gedo 2 107
11 Hiroki 1 76
12 The Great Sasuke 1 67
13 Lionheart 1 54

References

  1. ^ "WAR Battle Angel - Tag 2". Cagematch. Retrieved January 17, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)