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Title history

# Wrestler Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Masato Tanaka 1 November 19, 2012 314 Tokyo Shodai NEVER Musabetsu Kyu Oza Kettei Tournament Final Tanaka defeated Karl Anderson in the finals of a sixteen-man tournament to become the inaugural champion.
2 Tetsuya Naito 1 September 29, 2013 135 Kobe, Japan NJPW Destruction 2013
3 Tomohiro Ishii 1 February 11, 2014 138 Osaka, Japan NJPW The New Beginning In Osaka
4 Yujiro Takahashi 1 June 29, 2014 106 Tokyo, Japan NJPW Kizuna Road 2014 - Night 2
5 Tomohiro Ishii 2 October 13, 2014 83 Tokyo, Japan NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling 2014
6 Togi Makabe 1 January 4, 2015 41 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom IX
Vacated February 14, 2015 0 The title was vacated due to Makabe being sidelined with influenza.
7 Tomohiro Ishii 3 February 14, 2015 74 Sendai, Japan NJPW The New Beginning In Sendai Ishii defeated Tomoaki Honma to win the vacant title.
8 Togi Makabe 2 April 29, 2015 166 Kumamoto, Japan NJPW Wrestling Hinokuni
9 Tomohiro Ishii 4 October 12, 2015 84 Tokyo, Japan NJPW King Of Pro-Wrestling 2015
10 Katsuyori Shibata 1 January 4, 2016 120 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom X
11 Yuji Nagata 1 May 3, 2016 47 Fukuoka, Japan NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2016
12 Katsuyori Shibata 2 June 19, 2016 139 Osaka, Japan NJPW Dominion 6.19
13 EVIL 1 November 5, 2016 10 Osaka, Japan NJPW Power Struggle 2016
14 Katsuyori Shibata 3 November 15, 2016 50 Singapore, China NJPW Wrestling World In Singapore 2016
15 Hirooki Goto 1 January 4, 2017 113 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom XI
16 Minoru Suzuki 1 April 27, 2017 252 Hiroshima, Japan Road to Wrestling Dontaku 2017: Aki no Kuni Sengoku Emaki
17 Hirooki Goto 2 January 4, 2018 156 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom 12 This was a Hair vs. Hair match.
18 Michael Elgin 1 June 9, 2018 8 Osaka, Japan NJPW Dominion 6.9.18 In Osaka-Jo Hall This was a three-way match, also involving Taichi.
19 Hirooki Goto 3 June 17, 2018 92 Tokyo, Japan NJPW Kizuna Road 2018 - Night 2
20 Taichi 1 September 17, 2018 47 Beppu NJPW Destruction In Beppu 2018
21 Hirooki Goto 4 November 3, 2018 36 Tokyo, Japan NJPW Power Struggle 2018
22 Kota Ibushi 1 December 9, 2018 26 Iwate, Japan NJPW World Tag League 2018 - Night 18
23 Will Ospreay 1 January 4, 2019 92 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom 13
24 Jeff Cobb 1 April 6, 2019 27 New York City, NY ROH-NJPW G1 Supercard 2019 Jeff Cobb's ROH World Television Championship was also on the line in a winner take all championship match with Will Ospreay.
25 Taichi 2 May 3, 2019 37 Fukuoka, Japan NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2019 - Night 1
26 Tomohiro Ishii 5 June 9, 2019 83 Osaka, Japan NJPW Dominion 6.9.19 In Osaka-Jo Hall
27 Kenta 1 August 31, 2019 127 London, England NJPW Royal Quest
28 Hirooki Goto 5 January 5, 2020 27 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom 14 - Night 2
29 Shingo Takagi 1 February 1, 2020 21+ Hokkaido, Japan
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