Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship

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Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship
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Belt in use since October 2013.
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Promotion All Japan Pro Wrestling
Date establishedApril 18, 1989
Current champion(s) Kento Miyahara
Date wonJanuary 23, 2022
Other name(s)
PWF Triple Crown World Heavyweight Championship

The Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship (三冠ヘビー級王座, Sankan Hebīkyū Ōza) is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship in the Japanese All Japan Pro Wrestling promotion.

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History

The championship was established after the unification of its then-flagship title the PWF World Heavyweight Championship, with the NWA United National Championship and the NWA International Heavyweight Championship. The titles were unified on April 18, 1989, when NWA International Heavyweight Champion Jumbo Tsuruta defeated the PWF World Heavyweight and NWA United National Champion Stan Hansen. [1]

Unlike most unified championships, the Triple Crown was originally represented through the continued use of the three individual championship belts. From 1989 to 2000, the holder of the Triple Crown was also presented by Nippon TV (AJPW's broadcaster at the time) with a large, globe-shaped trophy bearing the words "World Heavyweight Champion." The original title belts were returned to All Japan founder Giant Baba's widow Motoko in August 2013 and a new single title belt incorporating designs from the three original belts was made. [2] The new title belt, which featured three plates representing the three original title belts, was unveiled on October 27. [3] One of the plates includes the text "Jumbo Tsuruta Apr. 18 1989", representing the crowning of the inaugural champion. [4] There have been a total of 29 recognized champions who have had a combined 64 official reigns. The current champion is Kento Miyahara, who is in his fifth reign.

Reigns

Key
No.Overall reign number
ReignReign number for the specific champion
DaysNumber of days held
DefensesNumber of successful defenses
+Current reign is changing daily
No.ChampionChampionship changeReign statisticsNotesRef.
DateEventLocationReignDaysDefenses
1 Jumbo Tsuruta April 18, 1989Champion Carnival tour Tokyo, Japan 1481Tsuruta, the NWA International Heavyweight Champion, defeated Stan Hansen, the PWF Heavyweight and NWA United National Champion, to unify the titles. [1]
2 Genichiro Tenryu June 5, 1989Super Power Series tour Tokyo, Japan 11282  [1]
3 Jumbo Tsuruta October 11, 1989October Giant Series tour Yokohama, Japan 22372  [1]
4 Terry Gordy June 5, 1990Super Power Series tour Chiba, Japan 130  [1]
5 Stan Hansen June 8, 1990Super Power Series tour Tokyo, Japan 1390  [1]
6 Terry Gordy July 17, 1990Summer Action Series tour Kanazawa, Japan 2100  [1] [5]
Vacated July 27, 1990The title was vacated after Gordy was hospitalized during a scheduled title defense later that night. [6]
7 Stan Hansen July 27, 1990Summer Action Series tour Matsudo, Japan 21761Defeated Mitsuharu Misawa to win the vacant title. [1]
8 Jumbo Tsuruta January 19, 1991New Year Giant Series tour Matsumoto, Japan 33743  [1] [7]
9 Stan Hansen January 28, 1992New Year Giant Series tour Chiba, Japan 32073  [1]
10 Mitsuharu Misawa August 22, 1992Summer Action Series II tour Tokyo, Japan 17057  [1]
11 Steve Williams July 28, 1994Summer Action Series tour Tokyo, Japan 1861  [1]
12 Toshiaki Kawada October 22, 1994October Giant Series tour Tokyo, Japan 11331  [1]
13 Stan Hansen March 4, 1995Excite Series tour Tokyo, Japan 4830  [1] [8]
14 Mitsuharu Misawa May 26, 1995Super Power Series tour Sapporo, Japan 23644  [9]
15 Akira Taue May 24, 1996Super Power Series tour Sapporo, Japan 1611  [10]
16 Kenta Kobashi July 24, 1996Super Power Series tour Tokyo, Japan 11802  [11]
17 Mitsuharu Misawa January 20, 1997New Year Giant Series tour Osaka, Japan 34668  [12] [13]
18 Toshiaki Kawada May 1, 1998AJPW 25th Anniversary Tokyo, Japan 2420  [14]
19 Kenta Kobashi June 12, 1998Super Power Series tour Tokyo, Japan 21410  [14] [15]
20 Mitsuharu Misawa October 31, 1998October Giant Series tour Tokyo, Japan 4830  [14]
21 Toshiaki Kawada January 22, 1999New Year Giant Series tour Osaka, Japan 370  [6]
Vacated January 29, 1999Vacated after Kawada fractured his right ulna in winning the title. [6]
22 Vader March 6, 1999Excite Series tour Tokyo, Japan 1570Defeated Akira Taue to win the vacant title. [6]
23 Mitsuharu Misawa May 2, 1999Giant Baba Memorial Show Tokyo, Japan 51812  [6]
24 Vader October 30, 1999October Giant Series tour Tokyo, Japan 21201  [6]
25 Kenta Kobashi February 27, 2000Excite Series tour Tokyo, Japan 31101 [16]
Vacated June 16, 2000Title was vacated after Kobashi jumped to Pro Wrestling Noah. [6]
26 Genichiro Tenryu October 28, 2000October Giant Series tour Tokyo, Japan 22231Defeated Toshiaki Kawada in a tournament final to win the vacated title. [17]
27 Keiji Mutoh June 8, 2001Super Power Series tour Tokyo, Japan 12614  [18]
28 Toshiaki Kawada February 24, 2002Excite Series tour Tokyo, Japan 4320 [6]
Vacated March 28, 2002Title was vacated after Kawada suffered a knee injury. [14]
29 Genichiro Tenryu April 13, 2002Champion Carnival tour Tokyo, Japan 31971Defeated Keiji Mutoh to win the vacant title. [19]
30 The Great Muta October 27, 2002Royal Road 30 Giant Battle Final Tokyo, Japan 21191Formerly known as Keiji Mutoh. [20]
31 Shinya Hashimoto February 23, 2003Excite Series tour Tokyo, Japan 11712 [6] [21]
Vacated August 13, 2003Title was vacated after Hashimoto dislocated his right shoulder. [22] [23]
32 Toshiaki Kawada September 6, 2003Summer Action Series II tour Tokyo, Japan 552910Defeated Shinjiro Otani in a tournament final to win the vacant title. [24] [25]
33 Satoshi Kojima February 16, 2005Realize tour Tokyo, Japan 15028 [26]
34 Taiyō Kea July 3, 2006Crossover tour Tokyo, Japan 1621  [14] [27]
35 Minoru Suzuki September 3, 2006Summer Impact tour Sapporo, Japan 13575 [14] [28]
36 Kensuke Sasaki August 26, 2007Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 3 Tokyo, Japan 12472  [14] [29]
37 Suwama April 29, 2008Growin' Up tour Nagoya, Japan 11522 
38 The Great Muta September 28, 2008Flashing tour Yokohama, Japan 31671  [30]
39 Yoshihiro Takayama March 14, 2009Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 7 Tokyo, Japan 11962 
40 Satoshi Kojima September 26, 2009Flashing tour Yokohama, Japan 21761  [31]
41 Ryota Hama March 21, 2010Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 9 Tokyo, Japan 1420 [32]
42 Minoru Suzuki May 2, 2010Growin' Up tour Nagoya, Japan 21191  [14] [33]
43 Suwama August 29, 2010Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 10 Tokyo, Japan 24205 
44 Jun Akiyama October 23, 2011Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku Vol. 13 Tokyo, Japan 13084  
45 Masakatsu Funaki August 26, 2012Summer Impact tour Tokyo, Japan 12034 [34]
46 Suwama March 17, 20132013 Pro Wrestling Love in Ryogoku: Basic & Dynamic Tokyo, Japan 32242  
47 Akebono October 27, 2013Anniversary Tour Tokyo, Japan 12154
Vacated May 30, 2014Vacated due to Akebono being sidelined with health issues.
48 Takao Omori June 15, 20142014 Dynamite Series Tokyo, Japan 1140Defeated Jun Akiyama to win the vacant title.
49 Suwama June 29, 20142014 Dynamite Series Sapporo, Japan 4280  
50 Joe Doering July 27, 20142014 Summer Action Series Tokyo, Japan 11603 
51 Go Shiozaki January 3, 2015New Year Wars 2015 Tokyo, Japan 11382  
52 Akebono May 21, 20152015 Super Power Series Tokyo, Japan 21642 
53 Jun Akiyama November 1, 2015All Japan Pro Wrestling Charity Hirosaki Tournament Hirosaki, Japan 2620  [35]
54 Suwama January 2, 20162016 New Years Two Days Tokyo, Japan 5100
Vacated January 12, 2016Vacated due to Suwama rupturing his achilles tendon.
55 Kento Miyahara February 12, 20162016 Excite Series Tokyo, Japan 14648Defeated Zeus to win the vacant title.
56 Shuji Ishikawa May 21, 20172017 Super Power Series Tokyo, Japan 1982
57 Kento Miyahara August 27, 2017AJPW 45th Anniversary Tokyo, Japan 2430
58 Suwama October 9, 20172017 Hataage Kinen Series Tokyo, Japan 6120
59 Joe Doering October 21, 2017Jun Akiyama and Takao Omori Debut 25th Anniversary Show Yokohama, Japan 21553
60 Kento Miyahara March 25, 20182018 Power Dream Series Saitama, Japan 31262
61 Zeus July 29, 20182018 Summer Action Series Osaka, Japan 1841
62 Kento Miyahara October 21, 20182018 Raising An Army Memorial Series Yokohama, Japan 451910 [36]
63 Suwama March 23, 20202020 Dream Power Series Tokyo, Japan 74547 [37]
Vacated June 20, 2021 Suwama vacated the championship after testing positive for COVID-19. [38]
64 Jake Lee June 26, 2021Champions Night ~ From The Land Of The Triple Crown Unification Flight To The 50th Anniversary Tokyo, Japan 11853 Lee defeated Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyagi in a three-way tomoesen match to win the vacant title. [39] [40]
Vacated December 28, 2021 Jake Lee vacated the championship after suffering an injury. [41]
65 Kento Miyahara January 23, 20222022 New Year Wars Tokyo, Japan 5112+3Defeated Ryuki Honda in a tournament final to win the vacant title.

Combined reigns

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Five-time, youngest and current champion Kento Miyahara holds the records for most defenses in one reign at 10 and most combined defenses at 23.
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Former and record seven-time champion Suwama

As of May15, 2022.

Indicates the current champion
RankWrestlerNo. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Mitsuharu Misawa 5211,799
2 Suwama 7161,300
3 Kento Miyahara 5231,264+
4 Toshiaki Kawada 511743
5 Satoshi Kojima 29678
6 Jumbo Tsuruta 36659
7 Genichiro Tenryu 34548
8 Keiji Mutoh/The Great Muta 36547
9 Stan Hansen 47505
10 Minoru Suzuki 26476
11 Kenta Kobashi 35431
12 Akebono 26379
13 Jun Akiyama 24370
14 Joe Doering 26315
15 Kensuke Sasaki 12247
16 Masakatsu Funaki 14203
17 Yoshihiro Takayama 12196
18 Jake Lee 13185
19 Vader 21177
20 Shinya Hashimoto 12171
21 Go Shiozaki 12138
22 Shuji Ishikawa 1298
23 Steve Williams 1186
24 Zeus 1184
25 Taiyō Kea 1162
26 Akira Taue 1161
27 Ryota Hama 1042
28 Takao Omori 1014
29 Terry Gordy 2013

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