New Japan Pro Wrestling is a Japanese promotion founded by Antonio Inoki in 1972. Owing to its TV program aired on TV Asahi, it is the largest wrestling promotion in Japan and one of the largest in the world. Although attendance has declined in recent years, it still recorded a yearly attendance of approximately 50,000 fans higher than their closest rival Pro Wrestling NOAH in 2005 according to Weekly Fight. In October 2005, 51.5% of NJPW was sold to YUKE's Future Media Creators, an Osaka-based company that markets home videos and video games. NJPW has working agreements with Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, RevPro and Ring of Honor. It previously had a working agreement with World Championship Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

It has also been named Wrestling Observer Newsletter's "Promotion of the Year" 13 times, more than any other wrestling promotion in the world.

Current Championships

Championship Champion(s) Date Won
IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.jpg IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Will Ospreay April 4, 2021
IWGP Tag Team Championship Belt.png IWGP Tag Team Championship Guerrillas Of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) January 4, 2021
IWGP United States Championship Belt.png IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship Jon Moxley January 4, 2020
NEVER Openweight Championship Belt.png NEVER Openweight Championship Hiroshi Tanahashi January 30, 2021
NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Championship Belt.png NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) August 9, 2020
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Belt.png IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship El Desperado February 28, 2021
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Belt.png IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) April 4, 2021

Championships Previously Used by NJPW

Championship Last champion(s) Retired Notes
IWGP Heavyweight Championship Kota Ibushi March 4, 2021 The Championship was retired after it was unified with the IWGP Intercontinental Championship to create the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.
NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship Hirooki Goto September 8, 2007 N/A
NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship Craig Classic November 6, 2010 N/A
NWF Heavyweight Championship Shinsuke Nakamura January 5, 2004 N/A
NWF North American Heavyweight Championship Tiger Jeet Singh May 21, 1981 N/A
NWA North American Tag Team Championship Seiji Sakaguch & Riki Chōshū June 15, 1979 N/
UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship Shinjiro Otani October 5, 1997 N/A
WWF International Heavyweight Championship Tatsumi Fujinami July 19, 1985 N/A
WWF International Tag Team Championship Kengo Kimura & Tatsumi Fujinami October 31, 1985 N/A
WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship The Cobra October 31, 1985 N/A
WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship Antonio Inoki December 31, 1989 N/A
Greatest 18 Club Championship The Great Muta August 16, 1992 N/A
IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship Hiroshi Tanahashi June 7, 2006 N/A
IWGP Intercontinental Championship Kota Ibushi February 28, 2021 The Championship was retired after it was unified with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship to create the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.

Annual tournaments

Tournament Last winner Last held Type Created Notes
G1 Climax Kota Ibushi October 18, 2020 Open weight 1991 NJPW's biggest annual tournament, primarily for heavyweights but there is no official weight limit
World Tag League Guerrillas Of Destiny

(Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa)

December 11, 2020 Tag team 1991 NJPW's annual tag team tournament.
New Japan Cup EVIL July 11, 2020 Open weight 2005 NJPW's annual single-elimination tournament, primarily for heavyweights but there is no official weight limit.
Best of the Super Juniors Hiromu Takahashi December 11, 2020 Junior Heavyweight 1988 Annual tournament featuring top Junior Heavyweights from all over the world.
Super J Cup El Phantasmo December 12, 2020 Junior Heavyweight 1994 Sporadic tournament featuring top Junior Heavyweights from all over the world, Tournament has been hosted by other promotions than NJPW as well.
Super Jr Tag Tournament Roppongi 3K

(SHO and YOH)

November 3, 2019 Junior Heavyweight Tag Team 2010 Tournament created in 2010, may be an annual event for NJPW.
Young Lion Cup Karl Fredericks August 25, 2019 Rookies 1985 Tournament that is not held every year.
J Sports Crown 6 Man Openweight Tag Team Tournament Apollo 555 (Hirooki Goto, Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) June 23, 2011 Six man tag team 2010

See also

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