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Encyclopedia > NWA International Heavyweight Championship

The NWA International Heavyweight Championship was a singles title recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance through its partnership with the Japan Wrestling Association, and later by All Japan Pro Wrestling. It is one of the three titles that were unified into the AJPW Triple Crown Championship in 1989. The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is a group of independent professional wrestling promotions which has been in operation since 1948. ... Japan Wrestling Association (1953 – 1973) Established by Rikidozan when he petitioned the NWA for permission to launch a territory based in Japan. ... All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) (全日本プロレス, zen nihon puroresu) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion established in 1972. ... The AJPW Triple Crown World Heavyweight Championship (三冠ヘビー級王座, Sankan Hēbikyū Ōza) is the top singles title in All Japan Pro Wrestling. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Under Rikidozan the belt had a design similar to Lou Thesz's original NWA World Heavyweight Championship belt during the 1950s, but after Rikidozan's death, the belt given to Giant Baba had the design seen today on the belt part of the Triple Crown. The original design was later used on the PWF Heavyweight Championship, the UWFI belt (which was the original Lou Thesz belt), and a belt later given to Kazushi Sakuraba for show. Rikidōzan (Kanji: 力道山) was a professional wrestler, known as the Father of Puroresu and one of the most influential men in wrestling history. ... Lajos Tiza, translated from Hungarian to Aloysius Martin Thesz (April 24, 1916 – April 28, 2002), better known as Lou Thesz, was a professional wrestler and multiple time World Heavyweight Champion. ... The NWA World Heavyweight Championship The National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship is a title in professional wrestling. ... Shohei Baba (1938–1999) was a professional wrestler and co-founder of All Japan Pro Wrestling. ... Giant Baba 73/02/27 Tokyo Completes a series of ten matches with the record of 8 wins, no loss, and 2 ties against Bruno Sammartino(twice), Terry Funk, Abdullah the Butcher, the Destroyer, Wilbur Snyder(twice), Don Leo Jonathan, Pat OConnor, and Bobo Brazil; awarded the World Heavyweight... Union of Wrestling Forces International, better known as UWF International or simply UWFi, was a stiff-style professional wrestling promotion in Japan from 1991 to 1996. ... Kazushi Sakuraba (Japanese: 桜庭和志, Sakuraba Kazushi, born July 14, 1968 in Akita Prefecture) is a Japanese professional mixed martial arts fighter and former professional wrestler. ...


Title history

Wrestler: Times: Date: Place:
Lou Thesz1 1 November 1957
Rikidozan 1 August 27, 1958 Los Angeles, California
The title was vacated on December 15, 1963 following Rikidozan's death from stab wounds suffered one week earlier in Tokyo, Japan.
Giant Baba2 1 November 24, 1965 Osaka, Japan
Bobo Brazil 1 June 25, 1968 Nagoya, Japan
Giant Baba 2 June 27, 1968 Tokyo, Japan
Gene Kiniski 1 December 3, 1970 Osaka, Japan
Giant Baba 3 December 19, 1970 Los Angeles, California
The title was vacated on September 2, 1972 when Baba left the Japan Wrestling Association to start All Japan Pro Wrestling.
Bobo Brazil3 2 December 1, 1972 Yokohama, Japan
Kintaro Ohki 1 December 4, 1972 Hiroshima, Japan
After the JWA closed in 1973, Ohki took the belt to South Korea from where he defended it. He vacated the title on April 13, 1981 under orders from the NWA.
Dory Funk, Jr.4 1 April 30, 1981 Matsudo, Japan
Bruce Reed5 1 1981 Florida
Dory Funk, Jr. 2 1981 Florida
Bruiser Brody 1 October 9, 1981 Tokyo, Japan
Dory Funk, Jr. 3 November 1, 1981 Tokyo, Japan
Bruiser Brody 2 April 21, 1982 Osaka, Japan
Jumbo Tsuruta 1 August 31, 1983 Tokyo, Japan
Stan Hansen 1 July 31, 1986 Tokyo, Japan
Jumbo Tsuruta 2 October 21, 1986 Tokyo, Japan
Bruiser Brody 3 March 27, 1988 Tokyo, Japan
Jumbo Tsuruta 3 April 18, 1988 Sendai, Japan
Unified with PWF Heavyweight Championship and NWA United National Championship to create the AJPW Triple Crown Championship.

1 Thesz was awarded the championship by the NWA. Houston NWA promoter Morris Sigel claimed that Thesz has won the title by defeating Antonino Rocca in 1949.
2 Baba defeated Dick the Bruiser for the vacant title.
3 Brazil defeated Kintaro Ohki for the vacant title.
4 Won tournament for the vacant title when Bruiser Brody is injured and unable to wrestle in the finals. Defeated Terry Funk for his first title defense instead.
5 Not acknowledged in Japan. Lajos Tiza, translated from Hungarian to Aloysius Martin Thesz (April 24, 1916 – April 28, 2002), better known as Lou Thesz, was a professional wrestler and multiple time World Heavyweight Champion. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rikidōzan (Kanji: 力道山) was a professional wrestler, known as the Father of Puroresu and one of the most influential men in wrestling history. ... August 27 is the 239th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (240th in leap years), with 126 days remaining. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1290. ... 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See also

The AJPW Triple Crown World Heavyweight Championship (三冠ヘビー級王座, Sankan Hēbikyū Ōza) is the top singles title in All Japan Pro Wrestling. ... All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) (全日本プロレス, zen nihon puroresu) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion established in 1972. ... The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is a group of independent professional wrestling promotions which has been in operation since 1948. ...

References

  • Wrestling-Titles.com

 
 

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