IWGP Heavyweight Championship - Title History

On this page, you find the full Title History for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, with all Championship Info, Statistics, the Belt Design changes through the years, and the full list of Title Reigns, along with dates, events, and reign durations.

The IWGP Heavyweight Championship was a World Title contested in New Japan Pro Wrestling, by men wrestlers.

The championship was first established on June 12, 1987, and the inaugural champion was Antonio Inoki.

This is a newer version of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (original version), with its own distinct lineage.

The IWGP Heavyweight Championship was retired on March 4, 2021, when it was unified into the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, with the final champion being Kota Ibushi.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Title History

  • Promotions / Brands
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWBrand Heavyweight June 12, 1987 March 4, 2021
  • Championship Names & Belt Designs
    • IWGP Heavyweight Championship March 7, 2008 March 4, 2021
    • IWGP Heavyweight Championship July 16, 2006 March 6, 2008
    • IWGP Heavyweight Championship September 30, 2005 July 15, 2006
    • IWGP Heavyweight Championship October 1, 1996 September 29, 2005
    • IWGP Heavyweight Championship June 12, 1987 September 30, 1996

For the Title History of the championship in which this title was unified into, see the page for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Title Reigns

For the Title History of the previous version of this championship, see the page for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (original version).

IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Statistics

Most Combined Days


Longest Reigns

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