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. The current champion is Hiroshi Tanahashi 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.
|#||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||0+||Wrestle Kingdom 13||0||Pinned Omega to become champion, unifying the title with his own NEVER Openweight Championship|