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I.W.G.P. - NEW JAPAN
INTERNATIONAL GRAND PRIX

I.W.P.G. TAG TEAM TITLE HISTORY

December 12, 1985--Present

From Wrestling Title Histories
by Royal Duncan and Gary Will
with additional information from Matt Benaka, Brian Westcott, Earl Oliver and Andrew Zadarnowski

1.Tatsumi Fujinami and Kengo Kimura {Tagashi Kimura}
12/12/85-Sendai
Tatsumi Fujinami and Kengo Kimura defeated Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchiin the tournament final to crown the first champions.
31:53

2.Akira Maeda and Osamu Kido
08/05/86-Tokyo

3.Tatsumi Fujinami (2) and Kengo Kimura (2)
09/23/86-Tokyo
15:18
The titles were vacated in 1987 when Fujinami and Kimura split as a team.

4.Keiji Mutoh (2) and Shiro Koshinaka
03/20/87-Tokyo
Keiji Mutoh and Shiro Koshinaka defeated Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada to win the vacant titles.
17:04

5.Akira Maeda (2) and Nobuhiko Takada
03/26/87-Osaka
15:29

6.Yoshiaki Fujiwara and Kazuo Yamazaki
09/01/87-Fukuoka
17:39

7.Tatsumi Fujinami (3) and Kengo Kimura (3)
01/18/88-Takuyama
11:27

8.Masa Saito and Riki Choshu {Mitsuo Yoshida}
06/10/88-Hiroshima
19:49

9.Super Strong Machine and George Takano
03/19/89-Yokohama
19:20

10.Riki Choshu (2) and Takayuki Iizuka
07/13/89-Tokyo
16:08

11.Masa Saito (2) and Shinıya Hashimoto
09/20/89-Osaka
18:52

12.Keiji Mutoh (3) and Masahiro Chono
04/27/90-Tokyo
16:02

13.Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki
11/02/90-Tokyo
16:56

14.Super Strong Machine (2) and Hiro Saito
12/26/90-Hamamatsu
10:16

15.Hiroshi Hase (2) and Kensuke Sasaki (2)
03/06/91-Nagasaki
19:02

16.Rick Steiner {Rob Rechsteiner} and Scott Steiner {ScottRechsteiner}-The Steiner Brothers
03/21/91-Tokyo (Tokyo Egg Dome)
12:56

17.Hiroshi Hase (3) and Keiji Mutoh (4)
11/05/91-Tokyo
17:53
Hiroshi Hase and Keiji Mutoh defeated Rick Steiner and Scott Norton when Scott Steiner could not wrestle because of an injury.

18.Big Van Vader {Leon White} and Bam Bam Bigelow
03/01/92-Yokohama
24:18

19.The Steiner Brothers (2)
06/26/92-Tokyo
16:24

20.Scott Norton and Tony Halme
11/22/92-Tokyo
12:49

21.Power Warrior {Kensuke Sasaki} (3) and Hawk Warrior-The HellRaisers
12/14/92-Tokyo
06:10

22.Scott Norton (2) and Hercules Hernandez-The Jurassic Powers
08/05/93-Tokyo
13:36

23.The Hell Raisers (2)
01/04/94-Tokyo (Tokyo Egg Dome)
12:47

24.Hiroshi Hase (4) and Keiji Mutoh (5)
11/25/94-Iwate
25:37
25:37
Mutoh vacated the title on May 06, 1994 after winning the IWGP Heavyweight Title.

25.Masahiro Chono (2) and Hiroyoshi Tenzan {Kwang KilChoi}
06/10/95-Osaka
17:44
Defeat Shin'ya Hashimoto and Junji Hirata
vacated on 07/07/95 when Chono fails to appear at on the 07/07/95 card because of his father's death.

26.Shin'ya Hashimoto (2) and Junji Hirata
07/13/95-Sapporo
16:46
Defeated Scott Norton and Mike Enos.

27.Kazuo Yamazaki (2) and Takashi Iizuka (2)
06/12/96-Osaka
16:26

28.Masahiro Chono (3) and Hiroyoshi Tenzan (2)
07/16/96-Sapporo
15:39
Chono was a member of the New World Order

29.Tatsumi Fujinami (4) and Kengo Kimura (4)
01/04/97-Tokyo (Tokyo Egg Dome)
16:10

30.Kensuke Sasaki (5) and Riki Choshu (3)
04/12/97-Tokyo
15:39

31.Satoshi Kojima and Manabu Nakanishi
05/03/97-Osaka
17:34

32.Kensuke Sasaki (6) and Kazuo Yamazaki (3)
08/10/97-Nagoya (The Four Heaven in Nagoya Dome)
12:31

33.Keiji Mutoh (6) and Masahiro Chono (4)
Jim Rocha
10/19/97-Kobe
24:33

Vacated on 04/21/98 when Mutoh's had to have surgery on his knee.

34.Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan (3)
06/05/98-Tokyo
Defeated Gen'ichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka in tournament final.
19:51

35.Genichiro Tenryu and Shiro Koshinaka (2)
07/15/98-Sapporo
25:10

36.Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan
01/04/99-Tokyo (Tokyo Egg Dome)
16:35

37.Shiro Koshinaka and Kensuke Sasaki
03/22/99-Amagasaki
19:34

38.Tatsutoshi Goto and Michiyoshi Ohara
06/27/99-Shizuoka
12:12

39.Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi
08/28/99-Shizuoka (Jingyu Baseball Outdoor Stadium)
12:12

40.Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan [2]
07/20/2000-Tokyo, JAPAN

41.Tatsumi Fujinami and Osamu Nishimura
09/23/2001-Osaka
21:33

42.Keiji Mutoh and Taiyo Kea
10/28/2001-Fukuoka, Japan (Fukuoka International Center)
26:04

Title Vacant
02/02/01
Mutoh left New Japan

43.Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan [4]
03/24/2002-Hyogo, JAPAN (Amagasaki Memorial Park City Gym)
Defeat Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi in a tournament final to win vacant title.
23:16

44.Yutaka Yoshie and Hiroshi Tanahashi
06/13/2003-Tokyo, JAPAN (Nihon Budokan)
26:08

45.Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Osamu Nishimura
12/14/2003-Nagoya, JAPAN (Nagoya Aiichi Rainbow Hall)
38:08

46.Minoru Suzuki and Yoshihiro Takayama
02/01/2004-Sapporo, JAPAN (Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center)
17:19

TITLE VACANT

47.Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura
12/11/2004-Osaka, JAPAN (Osaka Prefectural Gym)
Defeated Minoru Suzuki and Kensuke Sasaki to win vacant title.
32:33

48.Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan [5]
10/30/2005-Hyogo (Kobe World Hall)
29:31

49.Manabu Nakanishi and Takao Ohmori
07/17/2006-Sapporo
Interim champions
Had defeated Koshinaka and Makabe to become the provisional champions; NJPW president Simon Kelly Inoki strips Chono and Tenzan of the title on 09/20/2006 after Chono and Tenzan split; Nakanishi and Ohomri are officially recognized as the champions on 09/28/2006.

50.Giant Bernard and Travis "Tyson" Tomko
03/11/2007-Nagoya (Nagoya Aichi Prefectural Gym)
16:40

51.Togi Makabe and Toru Yano
02/17/2008-Tokyo, Japan

52.Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon)
01/04/2009-Tokyo (Tokyo Egg Dome)

53.The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams)
07/21/2009-Orlando, FL, USA
New Japan did not officially recognize Magnus and Williams until 08/15/2009

54.Team 3D [2]
10/18/2009-Irvine, CA
Won the title in a 4-way "Full Metal Mayhem" match against British Invasion, Main Event Mafia (Booker T and Scott Steiner), and Beer Money Inc. (Robert Roode and James Storm)
British Invasion won the TNA World Tag Team Titles in the same match).

55.Yujiro and Tetsuya Naito
01/04/2010-Tokyo (Tokyo Dome)
Defeated Team 3D (c) and Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson in a 3-way hardcore match.
Yujiro pins Anderson at 13:28

56.Seigi-gun: Yuji Nagata and Wataru Inoue
05/03/2010-Fukuoka
Defeated Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi (c) and Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson in a 3-way match.

57.Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson
06/19/2010-Osaka (Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium)
Defeated Wataru Inoue, and Yuji Nagata and Tetsuya Naito, and Yujiro Takahashi in a Three Way Elimination match.
18:24

58.Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima [3]
01/04/2012-Tokyo

59.Toru Yano and Takashi Iizuka
05/03/2012-Fukuoka

Title Vacant
06/20/2012
Stripped on for various reasons including attacking NJPW president Naoki Sugabayashi, boycotting official signing for the title match, and the finish (no contest) of the title match on 06/16/2012 in Osaka.

60.Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima [4]
07/22/2012-Yamagata, JAPAN (Yamagata City Sports Center)
Defeated Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano to win vacant title.
13:43

61.Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer
10/08/2012-Tokyo (Ryogoku Kokugikan)
12:47

62.Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima [5]
05/03/2013-Fukuoka
Defeated Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer (c), Manabu Nakanishi and Strongman, and Toru Yano and Takashi Iizuka in 4-way match (NWA World Title not on the line and continues to be held by Smith and Archer).

63.Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer) [2]
11/09/2013-Osaka, JAPAN (Bodymaker Colosseum)
Defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima and Jax Dane and Rob Conway.

64.Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows (Luke Gallows)
01/04/2014-Tokyo


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