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NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship
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Current Champion(s) Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL, BUSHI and Shingo Takagi)
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Date Won January 5, 2020
Promotion(s) New Japan Pro Wrestling
Ring of Honor (ROH)
Date Established December 21, 2015

The NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship (NEVER無差別級6人タッグ王座, NEVER Musabetsu-kyū 6-Ri Taggu Ōza) is the top trios championship in the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. NEVER is an acronym of the terms "New Blood", "Evolution", "Valiantly", "Eternal", and "Radical" and was a NJPW-promoted series of events, which featured younger up-and-coming talent and outside wrestlers not signed to the promotion.

The title was announced on December 21, 2015, with the first champions crowned on January 4, 2016. The title became NJPW's seventh active championship and the second to carry the NEVER name, following the NEVER Openweight Championship, which was introduced in November 2012. Through NJPW's relationship with Ring of Honor (ROH), the title has also been defended in the American promotion. The championship is contested for by teams of three wrestlers and is the first title of its kind in the history of NJPW. The title's openweight nature means that both heavyweight and junior heavyweight wrestlers are eligible to challenge for it.

OverveiwEdit

On December 11, 2015, NJPW announced that at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2016, the Bullet Club trio of Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi would take on Toru Yano and two mystery partners.[2][3] Eight days later, Yano revealed his partners as the Ring of Honor (ROH) tag team The Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe).[4] On December 21, NJPW added that the match would now be contested for the newly created NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship, the first six-man title in the promotion's history.[5][6] The title's name carried the acronym NEVER, which stood for "New Blood", "Evolution", "Valiantly", "Eternal", and "Radical" and was a NJPW-promoted series of events that ran from 2010 to 2012 and featured younger up-and-coming talent and outside wrestlers not signed to the promotion.[7] This would mark the second title to carry the NEVER name, after the NEVER Openweight Championship, which was introduced in November 2012.[5][8]

On January 4, 2016, Toru Yano and The Briscoe Brothers defeated Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi to become the inaugural champions.[9][10] After losing the title to Fale, Tonga and Takahashi on February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka,[11] Yano and The Briscoe Brothers also became the first two-time winners of the title, when they regained it three days later at The New Beginning in Niigata.[12] Later that month, the title was defended outside Japan for the first time, when new champions Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) successfully defended it against ACH, Kushida and Matt Sydal at ROH's 14th Anniversary Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.[13][14] On September 25, 2016, the title was vacated for the first time due to one of the champions, Matt Sydal, failing to make it to a scheduled championship defense because of "travel issues".[15] NJPW crowned new champions that same day.[16]

On January 4, 2017, at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome, the Los Ingobernables de Japon trio of BUSHI, EVIL and SANADA won a four-team gauntlet match to capture the title for the first time.[17][18] They then began exchanging the title with members of the Taguchi Japan stable, resulting in them becoming record three-time champions on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2017.[19] The quick title changes resulted in the title earning a reputation as a "hot potato",[20][21] with no championship team successfully defending it more than two times.[22][23] The title was also slotted on the undercards of NJPW events with some championship matches taking place as early as the second match on a seven-match show with no other title matches. BUSHI publicly criticized NJPW's handling of the title, claiming that the booking was costing the title credibility.[22] L.I.J.'s record-setting reign ended on December 17, 2017, when they were defeated by Bullet Club's Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa in their fourth defense.

On January 30, 2019, Makabe, Taguchi and Yano defeated Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Taiji Ishimori) to win the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship. Their reign would surpass L.I.J's record, breaking the record for the longest reign as champions at 340 days, losing the titles to Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL and Shingo Takagi) on January 5, 2020, in the second night of Wrestle Kingdom 14 in Tokyo Dome.

Title HistoryEdit

# Trios Team
(Individual Reigns)
Team Reigns Date Location Length Defenses Notes
1 CHAOS
(Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe and Toru Yano)
1 January 4, 2016 Tokyo, Japan 38 Days 1 Defeated Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, and Yujiro Takahashi) to become the inaugural champions.
2 Bullet Club
(Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, and Yujiro Takahashi)
1 February 11, 2016 Osaka, Japan 3 Days 0
3 CHAOS
(Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe and Toru Yano)
2 February 14, 2016 Nagaoka, Japan 6 Days 0
4 The Elite
(Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
1 February 20, 2016 Tokyo, Japan 50 Days 2
5 Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, and Yoshitatsu 1 April 10, 2016 Tokyo, Japan 23 Days 1
6 The Elite
(Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
2 May 3, 2016 Fukuoka, Japan 61 Days 0
7 Matt Sydal, Ricochet, and Satoshi Kojima 1 July 3, 2016 Takizawa, Japan 84 Days 0
Vacated September 25, 2016 Title vacated due to Sydal failing to make a scheduled championship defense because of travel issues.
8 David Finlay, Ricochet (2), and Satoshi Kojima (2) 1 September 25, 2016 Kobe, Japan 101 Days 1 Defeated Bullet Club (Adam Cole, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) to win the vacant title.
9 Los Ingobernables de Japon
(BUSHI, EVIL and SANADA)
1 January 4, 2017 Tokyo, Japan 1

Day

0 This was a gauntlet match, also involving Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Hangman Page and Yujiro Takahashi) and CHAOS (Jado, Will Ospreay and Yoshi-Hashi).
10 Taguchi Japan
(Hiroshi Tanahashi (2), Manabu Nakanishi and Ryusuke Taguchi)
1 January 5, 2017 Tokyo, Japan 37

Days

0
11 Los Ingobernables de Japon
(BUSHI, EVIL and SANADA)
2 February 11, 2017 Osaka, Japan 52

Days

1
12 Taguchi Japan
(Hiroshi Tanahashi (3), Ricochet (3) and Ryusuke Taguchi (2))
1 April 4, 2017 Tokyo, Japan 29

Days

0
13 Los Ingobernables de Japon
(BUSHI, EVIL and SANADA)
3 May 3, 2017 Fukuoka, Japan 228

Days

3
14 Bullet Club
(Bad Luck Fale (2), Tama Tonga (2) and Tanga Loa)
1 December 17, 2017 Tokyo, Japan 18

Days

0
15 CHAOS
(Beretta, Tomohiro Ishii and and Toru Yano (3))
1 January 4, 2018 Tokyo, Japan 1 Day 0 This was a gauntlet match, also involving Michael Elgin and War Machine (Hanson and Raymond Rowe), Suzuki-gun (Taichi, Takashi Iizuka and Zack Sabre Jr.) and Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson, Ryusuke Taguchi and Togi Makabe).
16 Bullet Club
(Bad Luck Fale (3), Tama Tonga (3) and Tanga Loa (2))
2 January 5, 2018 Tokyo, Japan 118 Days 3
17 Super Villains
(Marty Scurll, Matt Jackson (3) and Nick Jackson (3))
1 May 3, 2018 Fukuoka, Japan 101 Days 0
18 Bullet Club OG/Bullet Club
(Taiji Ishimori, Tama Tonga (4) and Tanga Loa (3))
1 August 12, 2018 Tokyo, Japan 171 Days 2
19 Ryusuke Taguchi (3), Togi Makabe and Toru Yano (4) 1 January 30, 2019 Sendai, Miyagi, Japan 340 Days 4
20 Los Ingobernables de Japon
(EVIL (4), BUSHI (4) and Shingo Takagi)
1 January 5, 2020 Tokyo, Japan 192+ 2 This was a gauntlet match, also involving CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii ,Yoshi-Hashi and Robbie Eagles), Suzuki-gun (Taichi, El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru) and Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens and Yujiro Takahashi).

Combined reignsEdit

Indicates the current champion

By teamEdit

Rank Team No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe and Toru Yano 1 4 340
2 Los Ingobernables de Japon
(BUSHI, EVIL and SANADA)
3 4 281
3 Bullet Club OG/Bullet Club
(Taiji Ishimori, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
1 2 171
4 Bullet Club
(Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
2 3 136
5 The Elite
(Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
2 2 111
6 David Finlay, Ricochet and Satoshi Kojima 1 1 101
7 Super Villains
(Marty Scurll, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)
1 0 101
8 Matt Sydal, Ricochet and Satoshi Kojima 1 0 84
9 CHAOS
(Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe and Toru Yano)
2 1 44
10 Taguchi Japan
(Hiroshi Tanahashi, Manabu Nakanishi and Ryusuke Taguchi)
1 0 37
11 Taguchi Japan
(Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi)
1 0 29
12 Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin and Yoshitatsu 1 1 23
13 Bullet Club
(Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi)
1 0 3
14 CHAOS
(Beretta, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano)
1 0 1
15 Los Ingobernables de Japon
(EVIL, BUSHI and Shingo Takagi)
1 2 192+

By wrestlerEdit

Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Ryusuke Taguchi 3 4 406
2 Toru Yano 4 5 385
3 Togi Makabe 1 3 340
4 Tama Tonga 3 6 307
Tanga Loa 2 6 307
5 BUSHI3 6 473+
EVIL3 6 473+
6 SANADA 3 4 281
7 Matt Jackson 3 2 212
Nick Jackson 3 2 212
8 Ricochet 3 1 214
9 Satoshi Kojima 2 1 185
10 Taiji Ishimori 1 2 171
12 Bad Luck Fale 3 3 136
13 Kenny Omega 2 2 111
14 David Finlay 1 1 101
Marty Scurll 1 0 101
15 Hiroshi Tanahashi 3 1 89
16 Matt Sydal 1 0 84
17 Jay Briscoe 2 1 44
Mark Briscoe 2 1 44
18 Manabu Nakanishi 1 0 37
19 Michael Elgin 1 1 23
Yoshitatsu 1 1 23
20 Yujiro Takahashi 1 0 3
21 Beretta 1 0 1
Tomohiro Ishii 1 0 1
22 Shingo Takagi1 2 192+

GalleryEdit


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