The IWGP Handsome Championship is a title contested for in New Japan Pro Wrestling. While not technically an nL title, it is a title recognised and recorded by nL fans on Discord. Its sister title, the NEVER Handsomeweight Championship, was created on July 22nd, 2018, during the G1 Climax, and unified with it at Wrestle Kingdom 13. The current champion is Jay White in his first reign.

Background and RulesEdit

The title was created due to a "Handsome Battle" between Kota Ibushi and Cody at Wrestle Kingdom 12. From there the title has been followed by several fans on the nL Discord server.

Rules for the Handsome Championship apply as so:

  • The title can only be defended in singles or multi-man matches. Tag matches do not apply.
  • The title can change hands via pinfall or submission.
  • The title can also change hands on DQ or count out, as cheating and cowardice are considered un-handsome.

Title HistoryEdit

# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Event Successful Defenses Notes
1 Kota Ibushi 1 January 4th, 2018 70 Wrestle Kingdom 12 1 Defeated Cody in a Handsome Battle to become the inaugural champion
2 Zack Sabre Jr. 1 March 15th, 2018 17 New Japan Cup 2018 - Day 6 2 Submit Ibushi to become champion
3 Kazuchika Okada 1 April 1st, 2018 69 Sakura Genesis 1 Pinned ZSJ to become champion and retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
4 Kenny Omega 1 June 9th, 2018 56 Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-Jo Hall 7 Pinned Okada in a two out of three falls no time limit match to win both the Handsome Championship and IWGP Heavyweight Championship
5 Tomohiro Ishii 1 August 4th, 2018 42 G1 Climax 28: Day 14 2 Pinned Omega during a G1 match to become champion
6 Kenny Omega 2 September 15th, 2018 111 Destruction in Hiroshima 1 Pinned Ishii to become champion and retain the IWGP Heavyweight Champion
7 Hiroshi Tanahashi 1 January 4th, 2019 38 Wrestle Kingdom 13 1 Pinned Omega to become champion, unifying the title with his own NEVER Openweight Championship
8 Jay White 1 February 11th, 2019 25+ The New Beginning in Osaka 1 Pinned Tanahashi to become the new champion and to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship

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