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The Global Junior League is a round-robin tournament held by Pro Wrestling NOAH. The purpose of the tournament is to determine the promotion's top junior heavyweight wrestler. It was originally designed to be an annual event starting in 2009, but the second tournament did not take place until 2015 and a third tournament did not take place until 2018. The tournament is a two-block round-robin tournament, much like New Japan Pro Wrestling's Best of the Super Juniors tournament, in which each block's two highest scorers face off in the semifinals. A victory is worth two points, a draw was worth one, and a loss zero; each match has a thirty-minute time limit. Being a professional wrestling tournament the outcome of the matches and the tournament itself are not determined through pure athletic competition but through pre-determined outcomes to matches.

History and formatEdit

The tournament was formed in 2009 by Pro Wrestling NOAH. It was much like New Japan Pro Wrestling's Best of the Super Juniors tournament that is a round-robin style tournament where a wrestler scores points, in which each block's two highest scorers face off in the semifinals. A victory is worth two points, a draw was worth one, and a loss zero; each match has a thirty-minute time limit. The tournament was originally called the Junior Heavyweight League. The first ever tournament was for the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship after the champion KENTA was sidelined with a knee injury. The tournament included outside participants Delirious from Ring of Honor and Jushin Thunder Liger from New Japan Pro Wrestling. Delirious was awarded place in the semifinal because original block A runner-up Kotaro Suzuki had to withdraw with a flu. Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Jushin Thunder Liger to win the tournament and the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion.

After six-years of break the tournament returned and was renamed to Global Junior Heavyweight League. It was again contested in round-robin tournament divided into a two-block system used in many other puroresu tournaments. In this format the top two scorers in each block advance to the semifinals, at which point single-elimination rules take effect. During the round-robin portion, a win is worth two points, a draw is worth one, and a loss zero; all matches have a 30-minute time limit, though in the past it has been twenty minutes. The winner of the tournament receives an opportunity to wrestle for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. The number of wrestlers that took part in the tournament increased since the last time. In the 2015 tournament, the GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion Taichi didn't took part of the tournament. The winner of the tournament Daisuke Harada received his GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship shot at the Great Voyage 2015 in Yokohama. He would fail to capture the champion after the interference from Taichi's Suzuki-gun stablemates Taka Michinoku and El Desperado. On August 5, 2018, YO-HEY asked NOAH's President Masayuki Uchida for the return of the tournament, which NOAH later announced its return to be scheduled from September 8 to October 4. Kotaro Suzuki would make his return to NOAH after five years, to take part in the tournament. On October 4, Suzuki defeated YO-HEY in the finals to win the 2018 Global Junior League.

List of winnersEdit

Tournament Year Winners Total Won
Junior Heavyweight League 2009 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 1
Global Junior Heavyweight League 2015 Daisuke Harada 1
Global Junior League 2018 Kotaro Suzuki 1
2019 HAYATA 1
2020 Daisuke Harada 2

2009Edit

The first tournament, named simply Junior Heavyweight League, was held from October 15 to October 31 over nine shows, and featured two blocks of five. Foreign participation included Delirious from Ring of Honor and Jushin Thunder Liger from New Japan Pro Wrestling. The winner, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, also won the vacant GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. Delirious was awarded place in the semi-final because original block A runner-up Kotaro Suzuki had to withdraw with a flu.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Katsuhiko Nakajima 6 Jushin Thunder Liger 5
Kotaro Suzuki 5 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 4
Delirious 4 Atsushi Aoki 3
KENTA 3 Taiji Ishimori 2
Ricky Marvin 2 Genba Hirayanagi 0
Block A Delirious Katsuhiko Nakajima KENTA Kotaro Suzuki Ricky Marvin
Delirious X Nakajima
(15:05)
Delirious
(18:54)
Suzuki
(13:52)
Delirious
(14:20)
Katsuhiko Nakajima Nakajima
(15:05)
X Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Nakajima
(12:07)
KENTA Delirious
(18:54)
Draw
(30:00)
X Suzuki
(17:28)
KENTA
(1:59)
Kotaro Suzuki Suzuki
(13:52)
Draw
(30:00)
Suzuki
(17:28)
X Marvin
(9:04)
Ricky Marvin Delirious
(14:20)
Nakajima
(12:07)
Kenta
(1:59)
Marvin
(9:04)
X
Block B Atsushi Aoki Genba Hirayanagi Jushin Thunder Liger Taiji Ishimori Yoshinobu Kanemaru
Atsushi Aoki X Aoki
(13:11)
Draw
(30:00)
Ishimori
(13:54)
Kanemaru
(17:32)
Genba Hirayanagi Aoki
(13:11)
X Double
countout
(9:19)
Double
countout
(7:09)
Double
countout
(7:45)
Jushin Thunder Liger Draw
(30:00)
Double
countout
(9:19)
X Liger
(13:08)
Liger
(14:45)
Taiji Ishimori Ishimori
(13:54)
Double
countout
(7:09)
Liger
(13:08)
X Kanemaru
(15:56)
Yoshinobu Kanemaru Kanemaru
(17:32)
Double
countout
(7:45)
Liger
(14:45)
Kanemaru
(15:56)
X
Semifinals Finals
      
A1 Katsuhiko Nakajima Pin
B2 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 10:17
B2 Yoshinobu Kanemaru Pin
B1 Jushin Thunder Liger 18:53
B1 Jushin Thunder Liger Pin
A2 Delirious 10:45

2015Edit

The second tournament, now named Global Junior Heavyweight League, took place from July 18 to August 5, 2015. The tournament included outside participation from AAA Bengala and from New Japan Pro Wrestling Sho Tanaka. The winner was Daisuke Harada but failed to defeat the defending GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion Taichi on September 19.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Daisuke Harada 10 Atsushi Kotoge 8
El Desperado 8 Taiji Ishimori 8
Kenoh 8 Taka Michinoku 6
Zack Sabre Jr. 8 Hajime Ohara 6
Yoshinari Ogawa 6 Bengala 6
Sho Tanaka 2 Super Crazy 6
Hitoshi Kumano 0 Genba Hirayanagi 2
Block A Daisuke Harada El Desperado Hitoshi Kumano Kenou Sho Tanaka Yoshinari Ogawa Zack Sabre Jr.
Daisuke Harada X Harada
(5:23)
Harada
(10:06)
Harada
(13:29)
Harada
(8:33)
Harada
(11:58)
Sabre
(12:12)
El Desperado Harada
(5:23)
X Desperado
(7:53)
Desperado
(13:31)
Desperado
(10:19)
Ogawa
(1:05)
Desperado
(11:06)
Hitoshi Kumano Harada
(10:06)
Desperado
(7:53)
X Kenoh
(9:03)
Tanaka
(9:01)
Ogawa
(8:41)
Sabre
(9:47)
Kenoh Harada
(13:29)
Desperado
(13:31)
Kenoh
(9:03)
X Kenoh
(13:50)
Kenoh
(13:28)
Kenoh
(7:33)
Sho Tanaka Harada
(8:33)
Desperado
(10:19)
Tanaka
(9:01)
Kenoh
(13:50)
X Ogawa
(3:32)
Sabre
(10:07)
Yoshinari Ogawa Harada
(11:58)
Ogawa
(1:05)
Ogawa
(8:41)
Kenoh
(13:28)
Ogawa
(3:32)
X Sabre
(11:46)
Zack Sabre Jr. Sabre
(12:12)
Desperado
(11:06)
Sabre
(9:47)
Kenoh
(7:33)
Sabre
(10:07)
Sabre
(11:46)
X
Block B Atsushi Kotoge Bengala Genba Hirayanagi Hajime Ohara Super Crazy Taiji Ishimori Taka Michinoku
Atsushi Kotoge X Kotoge
(8:49)
Kotoge
(8:36)
Ohara
(12:41)
Crazy
(11:05)
Kotoge
(14:58)
Kotoge
(10:44)
Bengala Kotoge
(8:49)
X Hirayanagi
(6:22)
Bengala
(6:15)
Bengala
(3:24)
Ishimori
(10:48)
Bengala
(7:40)
Genba Hirayanagi Kotoge
(8:36)
Hirayanagi
(6:22)
X Ohara
(8:29)
Crazy
(5:29)
Ishimori
(7:44)
Michinoku
(7:33)
Hajime Ohara Ohara
(12:41)
Bengala
(6:15)
Ohara
(8:29)
X Crazy
(10:16)
Ishimori
(7:15)
Ohara
(11:31)
Super Crazy Crazy
(11:05)
Bengala
(3:24)
Crazy
(5:29)
Crazy
(10:16)
X Ishimori
(12:27)
Michinoku
(8:26)
Taiji Ishimori Kotoge
(14:58)
Ishimori
(10:48)
Ishimori
(7:44)
Ishimori
(7:15)
Ishimori
(12:27)
X Michinoku
(9:07)
Taka Michinoku Kotoge
(10:44)
Bengala
(7:40)
Michinoku
(7:33)
Ohara
(11:31)
Michinoku
(8:26)
Michinoku
(9:07)
X
Final
   
A1 Daisuke Harada Pin
B1 Atsushi Kotoge 16:35

2018Edit

The tournament after a four year break the Global Junior Heavyweight League returned, would take place from September 8 to October 4, 2018. The tournament would include two outside participant from Pro Wrestling Zero1 Ikuto Hidaka and the returning Kotaro Suzuki who would return five years after leaving the promotion. In this year's tournament, reigning GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion Daisuke Harada took part of the tournament.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Kotaro Suzuki 8 YO-HEY 8
Daisuke Harada 6 Ikuto Hidaka 7
Hitoshi Kumano 6 Hi69 6
Tadasuke 6 Minoru Tanaka 6
Seiya Morohashi 2 HAYATA 3
Hajime Ohara 2 Junta Miyawaki 0
Block A Daisuke Harada Tadasuke Hajime Ohara Hitoshi Kumano Seiya Morohashi Kotaro Suzuki
Daisuke Harada X Tadasuke
(15:31)
Harada
(19:04)
Harada
(12:06)
Harada
(8:47)
Suzuki
(16:31)
Tadasuke Tadasuke
(15:31)
X Tadasuke
(6:54)
Kumano
(9:59)
Tadasuke
(9:53)
Suzuki
(10:18)
Hajime Ohara Harada
(19:04)
Tadasuke
(6:54)
X Kumano
(12:24)
Morohashi
(10:05)
Ohara (10:11)
Hitoshi Kumano Harada
(12:06)
Kumano
(9:59)
Kumano
(12:24)
X Kumano
(11:52)
Suzuki
(14:33)
Seiya Morohashi Harada
(8:47)
Tadasuke
(9:53)
Morohashi
(10:05)
Kumano
(11:52)
X Suzuki
(9:19)
Kotaro Suzuki Suzuki
(16:31)
Suzuki
(10:18)
Ohara
(10:11)
Suzuki
(14:33)
Suzuki
(9:19)
X
Block B Hi69 Minoru Tanaka HAYATA YO-HEY Ikuto Hidaka Junta Miyawaki
Hi69 X Hi69
(19:41)
Hi69
(9:53)
YO-HEY
(13:11)
Hidaka
(14:47)
Hi69
(2:49)
Minoru Tanaka Hi69
(19:41)
X Tanaka
(11:33)
YO-HEY
(14:57)
Tanaka
(12:38)
Tanaka
(5:55)
HAYATA Hi69 (9:53) Tanaka (11:33) X Double Pin
(12:36)
Hidaka
(11:11)
HAYATA
(4:45)
YO-HEY YO-HEY
(13:11)
YO-HEY
(14:57)
Double Pin
(12:36)
X Draw
(30:00)
YO-HEY
(8:02)
Ikuto Hidaka Hidaka
(14:47)
Tanaka
(12:38)
Hidaka
(11:11)
Draw
(30:00)
X Hidaka
(8:03)
Junta Miyawaki Hi69
(2:49)
Tanaka
(5:55)
HAYATA
(4:45)
YO-HEY
(8:02)
Hidaka
(8:03)
X
Final
   
A1 Kotaro Suzuki Pin
B1 YO-HEY 17:00

2019 Edit

The 2019 Global Junior League took place from June 27 to July 27, 2019, and included one outside participant from International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom Chris Ridgeway.

Final standings
Block A Block B
Tadasuke 8 HAYATA 7
Yoshinari Ogawa 6 Kotaro Suzuki 7
YO-HEY 6 Chris Ridgeway 6
Daisuke Harada 5 Hajime Ohara 4
Minoru Tanaka 5 Hi69 4
Junta Miyawaki 0 Hitoshi Kumano 2
Block A Minoru
Tanaka
Yoshinari
Ogawa
Daisuke
Harada
Tadasuke Junta
Miyawaki
YO-HEY
Minoru
Tanaka
X Tanaka
(11:33)
Draw
(30:00)
Tadasuke
(10:14)
Tanaka
(8:43)
YO-HEY
(12:40)
Yoshinari
Ogawa
Tanaka
(11:33)
X Ogawa
(9:47)
Ogawa
(13:19)
Ogawa
(9:54)
YO-HEY
(14:14)
Daisuke
Harada
Draw
(30:00)
Ogawa
(9:47)
X Tadasuke
(15:01)
Harada
(6:52)
Harada
(15:20)
Tadasuke Tadasuke
(10:14)
Ogawa
(13:19)
Tadasuke
(15:01)
X Tadasuke
(8:57)
Tadasuke
(10:41)
Junta
Miyawaki
Tanaka
(8:43)
Ogawa
(9:54)
Harada
(6:52)
Tadasuke
(8:57)
X YO-HEY
(8:57)
YO-HEY YO-HEY
(12:40)
YO-HEY
(14:14)
Harada
(15:20)
Tadasuke
(10:41)
YO-HEY
(8:57)
X
Block B Kotaro
Suzuki
Hi69 Hajime
Ohara
HAYATA Chris
Ridgeway
Hitoshi
Kumano
Kotaro
Suzuki
X Suzuki
(8:59)
Suzuki
(10:09)
Draw
(30:00)
Ridgeway
(8:38)
Suzuki
(10:32)
Hi69 Suzuki
(8:59)
X Ohara
(10:20)
Hi69
(11:27)
Ridgeway
(13:08)
Hi69
(9:39)
Hajime
Ohara
Suzuki
(10:09)
Ohara
(10:20)
X HAYATA
(15:59)
Ohara
(9:20)
Kumano
(13:35)
HAYATA Draw
(30:00)
Hi69
(11:27)
HAYATA
(15:59)
X HAYATA
(14:30)
HAYATA
(13:08)
Chris
Ridgeway
Ridgeway
(8:38)
Ridgeway
(13:08)
Ohara
(9:20)
HAYATA
(14:30)
X Ridgeway
(10:01)
Hitoshi
Kumano
Suzuki
(10:32)
Hi69
(9:39)
Kumano
(13:35)
HAYATA
(13:08)
Ridgeway
(10:01)
X
        Semifinal     Final
                           


      A1  Tadasuke Pin
    B1  HAYATA Pin     B1  HAYATA 19:12
    B2  Kotaro Suzuki 15:59  
 
 

2020 Edit

The 2020 Global Junior League took place from January 10 to January 30, and includes one outside participant from Michinoku Pro-Wrestling Dick Togo. After Noah was acquisitioned by CyberAgent, it was announced the finals of the tournament would be streamed on DDT's internet streaming service DDT Universe.

Final standings
Block A Block B Block C Block D
Yoshinari Ogawa (c) 4 Dick Togo 4 Hajime Ohara 4 Daisuke Harada 4
HAYATA 2 Kotaro Suzuki 4 Atsushi Kotoge 4 Minoru Tanaka 3
Nosawa Rongai 2 Tadasuke 2 YO-HEY 2 Nioh 3
Junta Miyawaki 0 Haoh 2 Hitoshi Kumano 2 Chris Ridgeway 2
Block A HAYATA Yoshinari
Ogawa
Nosawa
Rongai
Junta
Miyawaki
HAYATA X Ogawa
(18:33)
Double
Countout
(6:43)
HAYATA
(9:48)
Yoshinari
Ogawa
Ogawa
(18:33)
X Double
Countout
(10:29)
Ogawa
(8:08)
Nosawa
Rongai
Double
Countout
(6:43)
Double
Countout
(10:29)
X Nosawa
(9:23)
Junta
Miyawaki
HAYATA
(9:48)
Ogawa
(8:08)
Nosawa
(9:23)
X
Block B Kotaro
Suzuki
Tadasuke Haoh Dick
Togo
Kotaro
Suzuki
X Suzuki
(7:39)
Suzuki
(9:20)
Togo
(15:09)
Tadasuke Suzuki
(7:39)
X Tadasuke
(7:49)
Tadasuke
(12:46)
Haoh Suzuki
(9:20)
Tadasuke
(7:49)
X Togo
(9:21)
Dick
Togo
Togo
(15:09)
Tadasuke
(12:46)
Togo
(9:21)
X
Block C Atsushi
Kotoge
YO-HEY Hajime
Ohara
Hitoshi
Kumano
Atsushi
Kotoge
X Kotoge
(15:41)
Ohara
(14:20)
Kotoge
(10:56)
YO-HEY Kotoge
(15:41)
X Ohara
(13:49)
YO-HEY
(13:53)
Hajime
Ohara
Ohara
(14:20)
Ohara
(13:49)
X Kumano
(13:39)
Hitoshi
Kumano
Kotoge
(10:56)
YO-HEY
(13:53)
Kumano
(13:39)
X
Block D Daisuke
Harada
Chris
Ridgeway
Minoru
Tanaka
Nioh
Daisuke
Harada
X Harada
(10:56)
Draw
(30:00)
Draw
(30:00)
Chris
Ridgeway
Harada
(10:56)
X Tanaka
(11:34)
Ridgeway
(13:39)
Minoru
Tanaka
Draw
(30:00)
Tanaka
(11:34)
X Nioh
(14:24)
Nioh Draw
(30:00)
Ridgeway
(13:39)
Nioh
(14:24)
X
Semifinals Finals
      
A1 Yoshinari Ogawa Sub
B1 Dick Togo 8:31
B1 Dick Togo Pin
D1 Daisuke Harada 19:43
C1 Hajime Ohara Pin
D1 Daisuke Harada 15:45

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