||IWGP Jr Champion
Antonio Inoki (1972 - 1989)
Seiji Sakaguchi (1989 - 1999)
Tatsumi Fujinami (1999 - Present)
Makai #1 (Junji Hirata)
Makai #4 (Katsuyori Shibata)
Makai #5 (Mitsuya Nagai)
Tiger Mask IV
Andre The Giant
Big Van Vader
Tiger Jeet Singh
Dr. Wagner Jr.
Black Tiger 3
Kanji Inoki, a japanese emigrant to Brazil, was scouted by Rikidozan in 1960, and brought to Japan to join the JWA..
Kanji changed his name to Antonio Inoki..
1966, Inoki made his first attempt at breaking away from the JWA and forming his own group, Tokyo Pro-Wrestling..
1967, Inoki suddenly rejoined the JWA and Tokyo Pro folded..
1971, Inoki was expelled from the JWA when it as discovered that he was planning a coup to take over the promotion..
Inoki subsequently formed his second group, New Japan Pro Wrestling..
March, 1972: New Japan has its first event..
NJPW was a member of National Wrestling Alliance between 1975 and 1985 and between 1992 and 1993..
NJPW was affiliated with World (Wide) Wrestling Fedration between 1975 and October 1985..
NJPW was affiliated with the Cleveland/Buffalo-based National Wrestling Federation in 1970's..
NJPW co-operated the Japan Pro-Wrestling Commission with International Wrestling Enterprise between 1979 and 1981..
NJPW had a strong relationship with Universal Wrestling Association in Mexico since 1979..
NJPW had a working relationship with World Championship Wrestling in the mid-90s..
The New Japan Pro Wrestling show airs on TV Asahi..
1983, New Japan created the International Wrestling Grand Prix (IWGP) titles, which are now the main titles of the group..
May 26, 2005: Masakazu Kusama was fired as company president and replaced by Simon Inoki (Antonio's son-in-law)..
Nov 14, 2005: Simon Inoki sold NJPW to Yukus, an Osaka based company that markets home videos & video games.