"Global Tag League" is a recurring event each year in Noah which normally takes place in the early spring. Similar to the N-1 Victory (formerly "Global League", which usually takes place nearer to the end of the year but is for singles wrestlers) tag teams will enter a tournament to determine the number one contender for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Titles. Like "Global League", the tournament is only for heavyweight wrestlers.
Each team will compete in a league table over a series of matches, and the team with the most points will face the GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. All matches are for thirty minutes. The tournament is done over a period of dates, and is done round robin style (a tournament in which each competitor plays in turn against every other).
"Global Tag League" has was inaugurated in 2008. The very first winners were Akitoshi Saito and Bison Smith. Akitoshi Saito is still with Noah, sadly Bison Smith passed away in 2011 of heart issues.
Kaito Kiyomiya remains the youngest person on history to win it, he won at the age of 22 in 2018 as the team "GoKai" with Go Shiozaki.
Mochimaru (Naomichi Marufuji and Masaaki Mochizuki)
Unchains (Kaito Kiyomiya and Shuhei Taniguchi)
Kongoh (Kenoh and Masa Kitamiya)
Sugiura Army International (Renee Dupre and El Hijo de Dr Wagner Jnr)
AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
The Anti Wrestlers Alliance (Akitoshi Saito and Masao Inoue)
The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura and Hideki Shrek Sekine)
Muscle Toughness (Daisuke Sekimoto and Yoshiki Inamura)
2 points for a win
1 for a time limit draw
0 for loss, count out, disqualification
Due to the Coronavirus in 2020, Pro Wrestling Noah have had to cancel the original dates (see below, FYI I have kept them in for reference) due to the risk of infection of both their fans, their staff and their roster. The new dates will be broadcast live on DDT Universe at 8PM JST each date, Noah have called this "Noah TV". Samurai TV will broadcast highlights on April 16th.
Episode One: April 5th
Mochimaru vs Unchains
AXIZ vs Anti Wrestlers Alliance
Episode Two: April 7th
Sugiura Army International vs Kongoh
The Sugiura Army vs Muscle Toughness
Episode Three: April 10th
Mochimaru vs Kongoh
Anti Wrestlers Alliance vs Muscle Toughness
Episode Four: April 13th
Unchains vs The Sugiura Army International
AXIZ vs The Sugiura Army
Episode Five: April 14th
The Sugiura Army vs Anti Wrestlers Alliance
AXIZ vs Muscle Toughness
Mochimaru vs The Sugiura Army International
Saturday, April 4th: EDION Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium (17:30)
Sunday, April 5th: EDION Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium (12:00)
Friday, April 10th: ShinKiba 1st Ring, Tokyo (19:00)
Sunday, April 12th: ShinKiba 1st Ring, Tokyo (18:00)
Wednesday, April 15th: Bandai Island Multipurpose Plaza Okama, Niigata (18:30)
Saturday, April 18th: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo (18:30)
Is there a similar tournament for the junior wrestlers?
Yes, Global Junior Heavyweight Tag League (originally Nippon TV Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League or NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League), which is usually held in July but can be held as late as October.
How long does the league last for?
Dates were originally longer, but had to be cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The league will last for five days.
When will the winners face the tag team champions?
At the time of writing, Noah are hoping to hold the finals live at Korakuen Hall on April 18th, but naturally this does depend on the situation in Japan regarding the pandemic.
Can the GHC Heavyweight tag team champions enter? What about any other champions?
Yes, there is nothing barring them from entry, although obviously they cannot chose their challengers. The GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions get no special treatment and compete like the other teams.
What happens if the GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Champions win?
Either they will face whoever came in second place after them or the two highest scoring teams will have a match to confirm the number one contender.