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IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship
Promotion(s) New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date Established April 23, 2003
Date Retired June 7, 2006

The IWGP U-30 Openweight Championship was a championship in New Japan Pro Wrestling for wrestlers under the age of 30. It was proposed as part of a tournament called the G2 U-30 Climax by Hiroshi Tanahashi, who ended up winning the tournament in April 2003. The U-30 Openweight Championship became officially recognized as an IWGP title in November 2004. After Tanahashi vacated the title on June 7, 2006 to focus on the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, the U-30 Openweight Championship was deemphasized and soon deactivated.

Title history[]

# Wrestler Reign Date Location Length Notes
1 Hiroshi Tanahashi 1 April 23, 2003 Hiroshima 622 Days Defeated Shinya Makabe in the finals of the G2 U-30 Climax.
2 Shinsuke Nakamura 1 January 4, 2005 Tokyo 117 Days
Vacated May 1, 2005 N/A The title was vacated, after NJPW resquested Nakamura to relinquish the title.
3 Hiroshi Tanahashi 2 June 18, 2005 Kyoto 354 Days Defeated Toru Yano in a six-man round-robin tournament final.
Abandoned May 1, 2005 N/A The title was abandoned by Tanahashi in order to focus on the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.