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The Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate (IWGPヘビー級王座挑戦権利証保持者, IWGP Hebī-kyū Ōza chōsen kenri-shō hoji-sha) is a contract given by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) promotion, since 2012, to the winner of the G1 Climax for a title shot for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at NJPW's largest event, Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome, held annually on January 4. Much like WWE's Money in the Bank contract, the certificate is kept in a briefcase.[1][2] Since its inception, the contract has never changed hands in these matches.[3]

The contract was first defended in 2012 at King of Pro-Wrestling, after being invented by Kazuchika Okada. Usually winners of the G1 Climax have to defend their contract until the end of the year between September at Destruction and NJPW biggest pay-per view event, before Wrestle Kingdom in October at King of Pro-Wrestling. Normally the contract holders are given a briefcase, except for Tetsuya Naito in 2013, who was just given a contract and opted to not have a briefcase.

ConceptEdit

Traditionally, the winners of the G1 Climax would earn a title shot for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in September at G1 Climax Special. However in 2012, after Kazuchika Okada won the G1 Climax, he announced that he wanted his shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on January 4, 2013, at Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome.[4] Okada signed a contract and was given a briefacase for the Tokyo Dome match on September 6, making him the official number one contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at NJPW's biggest event of the year.[5][6] However, before January 4, Okada would have to defend his contract as if it were a championship.[7]

The primary gimmick of the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate is that it can be only cashed in on January 4 at Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome, which is held annually. The briefcase is defended in matches, similar to how championships are defended. All of the briefcase holders have successfully defended their contract, but they unsuccessfully cashed in their contract for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom except for Hiroshi Tanahashi, who successfully cashed in his contract against Kenny Omega on January 4, 2019 at Wrestle Kingdom 13 in Tokyo Dome. Tetsuya Naito is the only wrestler to not hold a briefcase, having opted to not holding it in 2013 in his first victory of the G1 Climax. Naito also holds the record for being the only wrestler who defend the contract the most times with three successful defenses in 2013, while also holding the record for least title defenses with one time, in 2017 against Tomohiro Ishii on October 9 at King of Pro-Wrestling.

To date, Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi are the only wrestlers to hold the contract once, with Omega holding it in 2016 and Ibushi in 2019. Omega is also the first non-Japanese wrestler in history to hold the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate.

History Edit

2012 Edit

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Kazuchika Okada was the first to hold the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate

On August 12, 2012, Kazuchika Okada defeated Karl Anderson in the finals to win the 2012 G1 Climax.[8][9] Instead of receiving his title shot for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in September at G1 Climax Special, Okada announced that he wanted his shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on January 4, 2013, at Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome.[10] Afterwards, Okada signed a contract and was given a briefacase for the Tokyo Dome match on September 6, making him the official number one contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at NJPW's biggest event of the year.[4][5] However, before January 4, Okada would have to defend his contract as if it were a championship.[7] On October 8 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Okada made his first successful defense of the contract against Karl Anderson.[11][12] Due to Okada losing to Hirooki Goto during the 2012 G1 Climax, Okada made another successful defense against him on November 11 at Power Struggle. Later in the event, after Hiroshi Tanahashi had successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Yujiro Takahashi, the Tokyo Dome title match between him and Okada was made official.[13][14] On January 4, 2013, at Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome, Okada failed in his title challenge against Tanahashi.[15][16]

2013 Edit

On August 11, 2013, Tetsuya Naito defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi in the finals to win the 2013 G1 Climax. Naito, however, announced that he first wanted a rematch with Masato Tanaka for the NEVER Openweight Championship.[17] The following day, Naito was given a contract instead of a briefcase, which granted him a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on January 4, 2014, at the Tokyo Dome.[18] On September 29 at Destruction, Naito defeated Masato Tanaka to not only retain the contract, but to also win the NEVER Openweight Championship.[19] Due to losing to Yujiro Takahashi during the 2013 G1 Climax, Naito defeated him in a rematch on October 14 at King of Pro-Wrestling to successfully defended both the title and the contract.[20] On November 9 at Power Struggle, Naito defeated Masato Tanaka to retain the NEVER Openweight Championship and solidify his spot in the main event of the January 4 Tokyo Dome show.[21] Naito and reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada faced off on November 23 during the first day of the 2013 World Tag League in a match, where Naito and Mexican wrestler La Sombra were defeated by Okada and Yoshi-Hashi.[22] Following a disappointing fan reaction to a confrontation between Naito and Okada, New Japan announced that fans would get to vote whether they or Shinsuke Nakamura and Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship would be the true main event of the Tokyo Dome show.[23][24] When the results were released on December 9, Naito and Okada had gotten only half the votes Nakamura and Tanahashi had gotten and, as a result, lost their main event spot for New Japan's biggest show of the year.[25][26] On January 4, 2014, at Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome, Naito failed in his title challenge against Okada.[27][28]

2014 Edit

On August 10, 2014, Kazuchika Okada defeated CHAOS stablemate Shinsuke Nakamura to win the 2014 G1 Climax.[29][30] Afterwards, Okada received a briefcase containing a contract for the Tokyo Dome match. He nominated Karl Anderson to be his first challenger for the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate. In a predule match, on September 21 at Destruction in Kobe, Okada teamed with Yoshi-Hashi to unsuccessfully challenge Anderson and his Bullet Club stablemate Doc Gallows for the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[31][32] Two days later at Destruction in Okayama, Okada successfully defended his IWGP Heavyweight Championship number one contender's contract against Karl Anderson.[33][34] Okada next challenger was Tetsuya Naito, who had previously lost during the 2014 G1 Climax. On October 13 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Okada made another successful defense of his contract against Naito, to secure his championship match at Westle Kingdom.[35][36] On January 4, 2015, at Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome, Okada received his shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but was defeated by the defending champion, Hiroshi Tanahashi.[37][38]

2015 Edit

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Hiroshi Tanahashi, 2015 holder of the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate and the only wrestler to successfully cash in the contract in 2019 against Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 13 in Tokyo Dome

On August 16, 2015, Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Shinsuke Nakamura in the finals 2015 G1 Climax.[39][40] Tanahashi was handed a contract, which gave him the right to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome, that he would have to defend for the rest of the year.[41] During September and October, Tanahashi successfully defended the contract against Bad Luck Fale and Tetsuya Naito, avenging his two losses suffered during the 2015 G1 Climax.[42][43] On January 4, 2016, at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome, Tanahashi unsuccessfully challenged Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[44]

2016 Edit

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Kenny Omega, 2016 holder of the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate

On August 14, 2016, Kenny Omega defeated Hirooki Goto in the finals to win the 2016 G1 Climax.[45] Omega not only won the tournament in his first attempt, but also became the first non-Japanese G1 Climax winner and the first non-Japanese wrestler to hold the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate in history.[46][47] Omega was handed a contract, which gave him the right to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome, that he would have to defend for the rest of the year. Afterwards, Omega nominated Yoshi-Hashi to be his first challenger for the contract.[48] On September 22 at Destruction in Hiroshima, Omega successfully defended his Wrestle Kingdom 11 title match contract against Yoshi-Hashi, avenging a loss suffered during the 2016 G1 Climax in the process.[49] On October 10 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Omega made his final defense of the contract in a rematch against Hirooki Goto, thus solidifying his place in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 11.[50] On January 4, 2017, Omega was defeated by IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome.[51]

2017 Edit

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Tetsuya Naito, 2017 holder of the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate

On August 13, 2017, Tetsuya Naito defeated Kenny Omega in the finals to win the 2017 G1 Climax. With Naito now being fully embraced by NJPW fans, this was seen as the conclusion of a four-year arc that started at the 2013 G1 Climax, where he was rejected by the same fans.[52][53][54] Following the win, Naito gained possession of the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate contract, which granted him a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in Tokyo Dome.[55] On October 9 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Naito successfully defended the certificate against Tomohiro Ishii, while Kazuchika Okada successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against EVIL, setting up the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 12 between champion Okada and challenger Naito.[56][57] On January 4, 2018, Naito was defeated by Okada in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 12.[58]

2018 Edit

On August 12, 2018, Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Kota Ibushi in the finals to win the 2018 G1 Climax.[59][60] Following the win, Tanahashi gained possession of the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate, which granted him a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 13 in Tokyo Dome.[61] Afterwards, Tanahashi nominated Kazuchika Okada as his first challenger for the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship match contract, due to their match 2018 G1 Climax ending a draw.[62] On September 23 at Destruction in Kobe, Tanahashi made his first successful defense of the contract against Kazuchika Okada for his contract.[63] After the match, Jay White attacked both Okada and Tanahashi and established himself as Tanahashi's next challenger for the contract.[63] On October 8 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Tanahashi made another successful defense of his contract against White, to secure his championship match at Westle Kingdom.[64] On January 4, 2019, in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 13 in Tokyo Dome, Tanahashi defeated Kenny Omega to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the record breaking eight-time, becoming the first wrestler to successfully cash-in the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate.[65][66][67]

2019 Edit

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Kota Ibushi, 2019 holder of the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate

On August 12, 2019, Kota Ibushi defeated Jay White in the finals to win the 2019 G1 Climax.[68] Following the win, Ibushi gained possession of the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate, which granted him a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 14 in Tokyo Dome, a contract that he would have to defend for the rest of the year.[69] Despite challenging for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, Ibushi also proposed a challenge for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship on January 5, 2020 in the second night of Wrestle Kingdom 14.[69] Ibushi also nominated KENTA to be his first challenger for the contract due to losing to him during the 2019 G1 Climax, leading KENTA to formally announce his intentions of challenging Ibushi for his contract on August 31 at Royal Quest.[69] Leading to his first defense of his contract, Ibushi unvield his briefcase.[70] On September 22 at Destruction in Kagoshima, Ibushi successfully defended his IWGP Heavyweight Championship number one contender's contract against KENTA. Following the match, KENTA destroyed Ibushi's briefcase and afterwards, EVIL challenged Ibushi for his contract.[71] Ibushi would get a new briefcase, on October 14 at King of Pro-Wrestling, while making another successfull defense of his contract against EVIL, to secure his championship match at Wrestle Kingdom.[72] On January 4, 2020, at Wrestle Kingdom 14 in Tokyo Dome, Ibushi failed in his title challenge against Okada.[73]

MatchesEdit

Year Certificate history
2012 Holder: Kazuchika Okada
Matches:
2013 Holder: Tetsuya Naito
Matches:
2014 Holder: Kazuchika Okada
Matches:
2015 Holder: Hiroshi Tanahashi
Matches:
2016 Holder: Kenny Omega
Matches:
2017 Holder: Tetsuya Naito
Matches:
2018 Holder: Hiroshi Tanahashi
Matches:
2019 Holder: Kota Ibushi
Matches:

Record Edit

Championship Successful cash-ins Attempts Success rate
IWGP Heavyweight Championship 1 8 .125
Total 1 8 .125

Cash-in matches Edit

No. Contract Holder Championship Event Date Results
1 Kazuchika Okada IWGP Heavyweight Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome January 4, 2013 Okada was defeated by defending champion Hiroshi Tanahashi after a High Fly Flow.
2 Tetsuya Naito Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome January 4, 2014 Naito was defeated by defending champion Kazuchika Okada after a Rainmaker.
3 Kazuchika Okada Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo DomeJanuary 4, 2015 Okada was defeated by defending champion Hiroshi Tanahashi after two consecutives High Fly Flows.
4 Hiroshi Tanahashi Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo DomeJanuary 4, 2016 Tanahashi was defeated by defending champion Kazuchika Okada after a Rainmaker.
5 Kenny Omega Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo DomeJanuary 4, 2017 Omega was defeated by defending champion Kazuchika Okada after a Rainmaker.
6 Tetsuya Naito Wrestle Kingdom 12 in Tokyo DomeJanuary 4, 2018 Naito was defeated by defending champion Kazuchika Okada after a Rainmaker.
7 Hiroshi Tanahashi IWGP Heavyweight Wrestle Kingdom 13 in Tokyo DomeJanuary 4, 2019 Defeated the defending champion Kenny Omega with the High Fly Flow to win the championship.
8 Kota Ibushi IWGP Heavyweight Wrestle Kingdom 14 in Tokyo DomeJanuary 4, 2020 Naito was defeated by defending champion Kazuchika Okada after a Rainmaker.

GalleryEdit

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