IWGP Tag Team Championship - Title History

Title History

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event in which the title was won
Successful defenses The number of successful defenses the champions had during their reign
Wrestler name (#) The number represents the individual reigns of a wrestler when this is distinct from the tag team's reign.
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
N/A The information is not available or is unknown
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
# Wrestlers
(Tag team name)
Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Successful defenses Notes
01 !1 Kimura !Kengo Kimura and Fujinami !Tatsumi Fujinami 01 !1 01985-12-12December 12, 1985 7002236000000000000236 Sendai !Sendai, Japan Live event !Live event 05 !5 Kimura and Fujinami defeated Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi in a tournament final to become the first champions.
02 !2 Maeda !Akira Maeda and Kido !Osamu Kido 01 !1 01986-08-05August 5, 1986 700149000000000000049 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 01 !1
03 !3 Kimura !Kengo Kimura (2) and Fujinami !Tatsumi Fujinami (2) 02 !2 01986-09-23September 23, 1986 7002135000000000000135 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 00 !0
zz !— Vacated !Vacated zz !— 01987-02-05February 5, 1987 zz !— zz !N/A zz !N/A zz !— The championship was vacated when Kimura and Fujinami split up.
04 !4 Mutoh !Keiji Mutoh and Koshinaka !Shiro Koshinaka 01 !1 01987-03-20March 20, 1987 70006000000000000006 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 00 !0 Koshinaka and Mutoh defeated Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
05 !5 Maeda !Akira Maeda (2) and Takada !Nobuhiko Takada 01 !1 01987-03-26March 26, 1987 7002159000000000000159 Osaka !Osaka, Japan Live event !Live event 02 !2
06 !6 Yamazaki !Kazuo Yamazaki and Fujiwara !Yoshiaki Fujiwara 01 !1 01987-09-01September 1, 1987 7002139000000000000139 Fukuoka !Fukuoka, Japan Live event !Live event 02 !2
07 !7 Kimura !Kengo Kimura (3) and Fujinami !Tatsumi Fujinami (3) 03 !3 01988-01-18January 18, 1988 7002144000000000000144 Takuyama !Takuyama, Japan Live event !Live event 03 !3
08 !8 Saito !Masa Saito and Chōshū !Riki Chōshū 01 !1 01988-06-10June 10, 1988 7002282000000000000282 Hiroshima !Hiroshima, Japan Live event !Live event 04 !4
09 !9 Takano !George Takano and Machine !Super Strong Machine 01 !1 01989-03-19March 19, 1989 7002116000000000000116 Yokohama !Yokohama, Japan Live event !Live event 01 !1
10 !10 Chōshū !Riki Chōshū (2) and Iizuka !Takayuki Iizuka 01 !1 01989-07-13July 13, 1989 700169000000000000069 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 01 !1
11 !11 Saito !Masa Saito (2) and Hashimoto !Shinya Hashimoto 01 !1 01989-09-20September 20, 1989 7002219000000000000219 Osaka !Osaka, Japan Live event !Live event 03 !3
12 !12 Mutoh !Keiji Mutoh (2) and Chono !Masahiro Chono 01 !1 01990-04-27April 27, 1990 7002189000000000000189 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 03 !3
13 !13 Hase !Hiroshi Hase and Sasaki !Kensuke Sasaki 01 !1 01990-11-01November 1, 1990 700155000000000000055 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 02 !2
14 !14 Saito !Hiro Saito and Machine !Super Strong Machine (2) 01 !1 01990-12-26December 26, 1990 700170000000000000070 Hamamatsu !Hamamatsu, Japan Live event !Live event 02 !2
15 !15 Hase !Hiroshi Hase (2) and Sasaki !Kensuke Sasaki (2) 02 !2 01991-03-06March 6, 1991 700115000000000000015 Nagasaki !Nagasaki, Japan Live event !Live event 00 !0
16 !16 Steiner !Rick Steiner and Steiner !Scott Steiner
(The Steiner Brothers)
01 !1 01991-03-21March 21, 1991 7002229000000000000229 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Starrcade !Starrcade 1991 in Tokyo Dome 02 !2 The Steiners' WCW World Tag Team Championship was also on the line.
17 !17 Hase !Hiroshi Hase (3) and Mutoh !Keiji Mutoh (3) 01 !1 01991-11-05November 5, 1991 7002117000000000000117 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 02 !2 Scott Norton substituted for an injured Scott Steiner in this match.
18 !18 Bigelow !Bam Bam Bigelow and Vader !Big Van Vader
(Big, Bad, and Dangerous)
01 !1 01992-03-01March 1, 1992 7002117000000000000117 Yokohama !Yokohama, Japan Live event !Live event 02 !2
19 !19 Steiner !Rick Steiner (2) and Steiner !Scott Steiner (2)
(The Steiner Brothers)
02 !2 01992-06-26June 26, 1992 7002149000000000000149 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 03 !3 The Steiners' WCW World Tag Team Championship was also on the line.
20 !20 Norton !Scott Norton and Halme !Tony Halme 01 !1 01992-11-22November 22, 1992 700122000000000000022 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 00 !0
21 !21 Warrior !Hawk Warrior and Warrior !Power Warrior (3)
(The Hell Raisers)
01 !1 01992-12-14December 14, 1992 7002234000000000000234 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 04 !4
22 !22 Hernandez !Hercules Hernandez and Norton !Scott Norton (2)
(The Jurassic Powers)
01 !1 01993-08-05August 5, 1993 7002152000000000000152 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 03 !3
23 !23 Warrior !Hawk Warrior (2) and Warrior !Power Warrior (4)
(The Hell Raisers)
02 !2 01994-01-04January 4, 1994 7002325000000000000325 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Battlefield !Battlefield 02 !2
24 !24 Hase !Hiroshi Hase (4) and Mutoh !Keiji Mutoh (4) 02 !2 01994-11-25November 25, 1994 7002162000000000000162 Iwate !Iwate, Japan Live event !Live event 01 !1
zz !— Vacated !Vacated zz !— 01995-05-06May 6, 1995 zz !— zz !N/A zz !N/A zz !— The title was vacated by Mutoh after he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
25 !25 Tenzan !Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Chono !Masahiro Chono (2)
(Cho-Ten)
01 !1 01995-06-10June 10, 1995 700127000000000000027 Osaka !Osaka, Japan Live event !Live event 00 !0 Tenzan and Chono defeated Junji Hirata and Shinya Hashimoto to win the vacant championship.
zz !— Vacated !Vacated zz !— 01995-07-07July 7, 1995 zz !— zz !N/A zz !N/A zz !— The title was vacated when Chono missed a title defense due to his father's death.
26 !26 Hirata !Junji Hirata (3) and Hashimoto !Shinya Hashimoto (2) 01 !1 01995-07-13July 13, 1995 7002335000000000000335 Sapporo !Sapporo, Japan Live event !Live event 06 !6 Hashimoto and Hirata defeated Mike Enos and Scott Norton to win the vacant championship.
27 !27 Yamazaki !Kazuo Yamazaki (2) and Iizuka !Takashi Iizuka (2) 01 !1 01996-06-12June 12, 1996 700134000000000000034 Osaka !Osaka, Japan Live event !Live event 00 !0
28 !28 Tenzan !Hiroyoshi Tenzan (2) and Chono !Masahiro Chono (3)
(Cho-Ten)
02 !2 01996-07-16July 16, 1996 7002172000000000000172 Sapporo !Sapporo, Japan Live event !Live event 02 !2
29 !29 Kimura !Kengo Kimura (4) and Fujinami !Tatsumi Fujinami (4) 04 !4 01997-01-04January 4, 1997 700198000000000000098 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Wrestling World !Wrestling World (1997) 03 !3
30 !30 Sasaki !Kensuke Sasaki (5) and Chōshū !Riki Chōshū (3) 01 !1 01997-04-12April 12, 1997 700121000000000000021 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 00 !0
31 !31 Nakanishi !Manabu Nakanishi and Kojima !Satoshi Kojima
(The Bull Powers)
01 !1 01997-05-03May 3, 1997 700199000000000000099 Osaka !Osaka, Japan Live event !Live event 01 !1
32 !32 Yamazaki !Kazuo Yamazaki (3) and Sasaki !Kensuke Sasaki (6) 01 !1 01997-08-10August 10, 1997 700170000000000000070 Nagoya !Nagoya, Japan The Four Heaven in Nagoya Dome !The Four Heaven in Nagoya Dome 00 !0
33 !33 Mutoh !Keiji Mutoh (5) and Chono !Masahiro Chono (4) 02 !2 01997-10-19October 19, 1997 7002184000000000000184 Kobe !Kobe, Japan Live event !Live event 02 !2
zz !— Vacated !Vacated zz !— 01998-04-21April 21, 1998 zz !— zz !N/A zz !N/A zz !— The title was vacated due to Mutoh having surgery on his knee.
34 !34 Tenzan !Hiroyoshi Tenzan (3) and Chono !Masahiro Chono (5)
(Cho-Ten)
03 !3 01998-06-05June 5, 1998 700140000000000000040 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 00 !0 Tenzan and Chono defeated Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
35 !35 Tenryu !Genichiro Tenryu and Koshinaka !Shiro Koshinaka (2) 01 !1 01998-07-15July 15, 1998 7002173000000000000173 Sapporo !Sapporo, Japan Live event !Live event 02 !2
36 !36 Tenzan !Hiroyoshi Tenzan (4) and Kojima !Satoshi Kojima (2)
(Ten-Koji)
01 !1 01999-01-04January 4, 1999 700177000000000000077 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Wrestling World !Wrestling World (1999) 01 !1
37 !37 Sasaki !Kensuke Sasaki (7) and Koshinaka !Shiro Koshinaka 01 !1 01999-03-22March 22, 1999 700197000000000000097 Amagasaki !Amagasaki, Japan Live event !Live event 02 !2
38 !38 Ohara !Michiyoshi Ohara and Goto !Tatsutoshi Goto
(The Mad Dogs)
01 !1 01999-06-27June 27, 1999 700162000000000000062 Shizuoka !Shizuoka, Japan Live event !Live event 01 !1
39 !39 Nakanishi !Manabu Nakanishi (2) and Nagata !Yuji Nagata 01 !1 01999-08-28August 28, 1999 7002327000000000000327 Shizuoka !Shizuoka, Japan Live event !Live event 04 !4
40 !40 Tenzan !Hiroyoshi Tenzan (5) and Kojima !Satoshi Kojima (3)
(Ten-Koji)
02 !2 02000-07-20July 20, 2000 7002430000000000000430 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 06 !6
41 !41 Nishimura !Osamu Nishimura and Fujinami !Tatsumi Fujinami (5) 01 !1 02001-09-23September 23, 2001 700135000000000000035 Osaka !Osaka, Japan Live event !Live event 01 !1
42 !42 Mutoh !Keiji Mutoh (6) and Kea !Taiyō Kea
(BATT)
01 !1 02001-10-28October 28, 2001 700197000000000000097 Fukuoka !Fukuoka, Japan Live event !Live event 00 !0
zz !— Vacated !Vacated zz !— 02002-02-02February 2, 2002 zz !— zz !N/A zz !N/A zz !— The title was vacated due to Mutoh leaving NJPW.
43 !43 Tenzan !Hiroyoshi Tenzan (6) and Chono !Masahiro Chono (6)
(Cho-Ten)
04 !4 02002-03-24March 24, 2002 7002446000000000000446 Hyogo !Hyōgo, Japan Live event !Live event 07 !7 Tenzan and Chono defeated Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
44 !44 Tanahashi !Hiroshi Tanahashi and Yoshie !Yutaka Yoshie 01 !1 02003-06-13June 13, 2003 7002184000000000000184 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 03 !3
45 !45 Tenzan !Hiroyoshi Tenzan (7) and Nishimura !Osamu Nishimura (2) 01 !1 02003-12-14December 14, 2003 700149000000000000049 Nagoya !Nagoya, Japan Live event !Live event 00 !0
46 !46 Suzuki !Minoru Suzuki and Takayama !Yoshihiro Takayama 01 !1 02004-02-01February 1, 2004 7002294000000000000294 Sapporo !Sapporo, Japan Live event !Live event 04 !4
47 !47 Tanahashi !Hiroshi Tanahashi (2) and Nakamura !Shinsuke Nakamura 01 !1 02004-12-11December 11, 2004 7002323000000000000323 Osaka !Osaka, Japan Live event !Live event 04 !4
48 !48 Tenzan !Hiroyoshi Tenzan (8) and Chono !Masahiro Chono (7)
(Cho-Ten)
05 !5 02005-10-30October 30, 2005 7002325000000000000325 Kobe !Kobe, Japan Live event !Live event 03 !3
zz !— Vacated !Vacated zz !— 02006-09-20September 20, 2006 zz !— zz !N/A zz !N/A zz !— NJPW president Simon Kelly Inoki stripped Chono and Tenzan of the title after Chono and Tenzan ceased teaming.
49 !49 Nakanishi !Manabu Nakanishi (3) and Ōmori !Takao Ōmori
(Wild Child)
01 !1 02006-09-28September 28, 2006 7002164000000000000164 Sapporo !Sapporo, Japan Live event !Live event 01 !1 A provisional tag team title was created on July 2, 2006 when Tenzan and Chono showed signs of inactivity; Shiro Koshinaka and Togi Makabe were the first champions. Nakanishi and Ōmori were recognized as the official champions on September 28, 2006 after they won the Provisional Tag Team Championship on July 17, 2006.
50 !50 Bernard !Giant Bernard and Tomko !Travis Tomko 01 !1 02007-03-11March 11, 2007 7002343000000000000343 Nagoya !Nagoya, Japan Live event !Live event 05 !5
51 !51 Makabe !Togi Makabe and Yano !Toru Yano
(The Most Violent Players)
01 !1 02008-02-17February 17, 2008 7002322000000000000322 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Live event !Live event 04 !4
52 !52 Devon !Brother Devon and Ray !Brother Ray
(Team 3D)
01 !1 02009-01-04January 4, 2009 7002198000000000000198 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom III !Wrestle Kingdom III in the Tokyo Dome 04 !4
53 !53 Magnus !Brutus Magnus and Williams !Doug Williams
(The British Invasion)
01 !1 02009-07-21July 21, 2009 700189000000000000089 Orlando !Orlando, Florida Impact! !TNA Impact! 01 !1 This was a tables match that aired on the July 30, 2009 episode of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Impact!. NJPW did not sanction the match, nor initially recognize nor sanction the title change until August 10.
54 !54 Devon !Brother Devon and Ray !Brother Ray
(Team 3D)
02 !2 02009-10-18October 18, 2009 700178000000000000078 Irvine !Irvine, California Bound for Glory !Bound for Glory (2009) 01 !1 This was a four–way Full Metal Mayhem Tag Team match, which also included Beer Money, Inc. and Booker T and Scott Steiner and was contested also for the TNA World Tag Team Championship, which was won by The British Invasion.
55 !55 Naito !Tetsuya Naitō and Yujiro !Yujiro Takahashi
(No Limit)
01 !1 02010-01-04January 4, 2010 7002119000000000000119 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom IV !Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome 01 !1 This was a three–way hardcore match, which also included Bad Intentions (Karl Anderson and Giant Bernard).
56 !56 Inoue !Wataru Inoue and Nagata !Yuji Nagata (2)
(Blue Justice Army)
01 !1 02010-05-03May 3, 2010 700147000000000000047 Fukuoka !Fukuoka, Japan Wrestling Dontaku 2010 !Wrestling Dontaku 2010 00 !0 This was a three–way match, which also included Bad Intentions (Karl Anderson and Giant Bernard).
57 !57 Bernard !Giant Bernard (2) and Anderson !Karl Anderson
(Bad Intentions)
01 !1 02010-06-19June 19, 2010 7002564000000000000564 Osaka !Osaka, Japan Dominion 6.19 !Dominion 6.19 10 !10 This was a three–way elimination match, which also included No Limit (Tetsuya Naitō and Yujiro Takahashi).
58 !58 Tenzan !Hiroyoshi Tenzan (9) and Kojima !Satoshi Kojima (4)
(Ten-Koji)
03 !3 02012-01-04January 4, 2012 7002120000000000000120 Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom VI !Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome 02 !2
59 !59 Iizuka !Takashi Iizuka (3) and Yano !Toru Yano (2)
(Chaos)
01 !1 02012-05-03May 3, 2012 700148000000000000048 Fukuoka !Fukuoka, Japan Wrestling Dontaku 2012 !Wrestling Dontaku 2012 00 !0
zz !— Vacated !Vacated zz !— 02012-06-20June 20, 2012 zz !— zz !N/A zz !N/A zz !— Iizuka and Yano were stripped of the title, after a title match between them and Ten-Koji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) on June 16 ended in a no contest.
60 !60 Tenzan !Hiroyoshi Tenzan (10) and Kojima !Satoshi Kojima (5)
(Ten-Koji)
04 !4 02012-07-22July 22, 2012 700178000000000000078 Yamagata !Yamagata, Japan Kizuna Road !Kizuna Road 00 !0 Tenzan and Kojima defeated Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) to win the vacant title.
61 !61 Smith !Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Archer !Lance Archer
(K.E.S.)
01 !1 02012-10-08October 8, 2012 700162000000000000062+ Tokyo !Tokyo, Japan King of Pro-Wrestling !King of Pro-Wrestling 01 !1

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