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Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Championship
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Promotion(s) Wrestle-1
Date Established February 25, 2015[1]
Date Retired April 1, 2020

The Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Championship was the top singles crusierweight championship in the Wrestle-1 (W-1) promotion. The title was meant for cruiserweight wrestlers and holds a weight limit of 200 lb (91 kg).

OverveiwEdit

When Wrestle-1 was founded in 2013, one of its main focuses was to build an openweight division, where its wrestlers would not be typecast as heavyweights or junior heavyweights, like in most Japanese promotions, but would be able to interact with each other across weight limits.[8][9] However, on February 13, 2015, after Kaz Hayashi and Shuji Kondo had successfully defended the Wrestle-1 Tag Team Championship against Minoru Tanaka and Seiki Yoshioka, Hayashi announced he was interested in building a division for Wrestle-1's lighter wrestlers,[10][11][12] electing to call the proposed division a "cruiserweight" division instead of the "junior heavyweight" division, which is more common in Japanese puroresu.[13] This led to a match on February 22, billed as an "assessment match" to a possible cruiserweight division,[14] where Tanaka defeated Hayashi.[15] Following the match, Tanaka, Andy Wu, El Hijo del Pantera, Hiroshi Yamato, Rionne Fujiwara, Seiki Yoshioka and Yusuke Kodama voiced their support for a cruiserweight division in Wrestle-1.[16][17] On February 25, Wrestle-1 officially announced the creation of a cruiserweight division and the promotion's third title, a cruiserweight championship.[1][18][19]

Championship tournamentEdit

On March 9, 2015, Wrestle-1 officially presented the new title, naming it the "Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Championship". It was announced that the title holds a weight limit of 200 lb (91 kg) that wrestlers need to make the day before a title match. Also announced was an eight-man single-elimination tournament that would culminate on May 5 with the crowning of the first champion.[20][21][22] The championship belt was officially unveiled on March 31 at a press conference, where all participants in the tournament underwent and passed a weigh-in.[23][24] On May 5, Minoru Tanaka defeated Kaz Hayashi in the finals of the tournament to become the inaugural Wrestle-1 Cruiser Division Champion.[25][26]

  First round
(April 1, 19)
Semifinals
(May 5)
Finals
(May 5)
                           
   Minoru Tanaka Pin  
 Seiki Yoshioka 17:26[27]  
   Minoru Tanaka Sub  
   El Hijo del Pantera 07:43[25]  
 Andy Wu Pin
   El Hijo del Pantera 08:08[27]  
     Minoru Tanaka Pin
   Kaz Hayashi 23:53[25]
   Kaz Hayashi Pin  
 Yusuke Kodama 17:52[28]  
   Kaz Hayashi Pin
   Hiroshi Yamato 14:38[25]  
 Hiroshi Yamato Pin
   Rionne Fujiwara 09:31[28]  


Title HistoryEdit

# Wrestler Reign Date Location Event Length Defenses Notes
1 Minoru Tanaka 1 May 5, 2015 Tokyo Triumph 141

Days

5 Defeated Kaz Hayashi in the finals of an eight-man tournament to become the inaugural champion.
2 Andy Wu 1 September 23, 2015 Osaka 2nd Anniversary 109

Days

3
3 Hiroshi Yamato 1 January 10, 2016 Tokyo Sunrise 58

Days

1[29][30][31]
Vacated March 8, 2016 Yamato was stripped of the title after suffering a neck injury.[32]
4 Kotaro Suzuki 1 March 13, 2016 Tokyo Trans Magic 151

Days

6[33] Defeated Minoru Tanaka in the finals of a four-man tournament to win the vacant title.[34][35]
5 Yusuke Kodama 1 August 11, 2016 Yokohama Pro Wrestling Love in Yokohama 120

Days

3[36][33]
6 Mazada 1 December 9, 2016 Tokyo Shining Winter 101

Days

1[37][36]
7 Seiki Yoshioka 1 March 20, 2017 Tokyo Trans Magic 30

Days

0[37]
8 Andy Wu 2 April 19, 2017 Tokyo Cherry Blossom 15

Days

0
9 Mazada 2 May 4, 2017 Tokyo Triumph 73 Days 1
10 Andy Wu 3 July 16, 2017 Osaka Symbol 48 Days 0
11 Seiki Yoshioka 2 September 2, 2017 Yokohama Pro Wrestling Love in Yokohama 284 Days 4
12 Yusuke Kodama 2 June 13, 2018 Tokyo Wrestle-1 Tour 2018 Outbreak 311 Days 2
13 Andy Wu 4 April 20, 2019 Aga, Niigata Wrestle-1 Tour 2019 Cherry Blossom 134 Days 1
14 El Hijo del Pantera 1 September 1, 2019 Yokohama Pro Wrestling Love in Yokohama 116 Days 1
15 Seiki Yoshioka 3 December 26, 2019 Tokyo Shining Winter 97 Days 0
Inactive April 1, 2020 The title was retired after the promotion suspended its activities.

GalleryEdit

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