WWF International Heavyweight Championship

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WWF International Heavyweight Championship
New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s version of the WWF International Heavyweight Championship belt
PromotionCapitol Wrestling Corporation (CWC)
World Wrestling Federation (WWF)
New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW)
Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF)
Date established1959
Date retired1963
Other name(s)
  • NWA International Heavyweight Championship (Northeast version) (1959–1963)
  • WWWF International Heavyweight Championship (1963)
First champion(s)Antonino Rocca
Final champion(s)Tatsumi Fujinami
Most reignsTatsumi Fujinami
(3 reigns)
Oldest championTony Parisi
(41 years, 145 days)
Youngest championAkira Maeda
(25 years, 62 days)
Heaviest championRiki Choshu
(265lb (120kg))
Lightest championAntonino Rocca
(224lb (102kg))

The WWF International Heavyweight Championship is a former championship recognized by the Capitol Wrestling Corporation, the World Wrestling Federation, New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and the Universal Wrestling Federation.[1]


The title existed from 1959 through 1963 and again from 1982 through 1985.


No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Antonino Rocca July 2, 1959 House show New York, NY 1 1,554 Defeated Buddy Rogers to become the inaugural champion.
Vacated October 3, 1963 Antonino Rocca vacated the championship and it later became inactive.
2 Tony Parisi June 15, 1982 House show Buffalo, NY 1 64 It is uncertain who Parisi defeated to win the championship.
3 Gino Brito August 18, 1982 House show Buffalo, NY 1 12  
4 Tatsumi Fujinami August 30, 1982 WWF on MSG Network New York, NY 1 216  
5 Riki Choshu April 3, 1983 Big Fight Series II 1983 Tokyo, Japan 1 123   [2]
6 Tatsumi Fujinami August 4, 1983 Summer Fight Series 1983 Tokyo, Japan 2 715 Fujinami won the match by count-out but refused to accept the championship. A rematch between Fujinami and Choshu to determine a new champion was scheduled in Calgary, Alberta on August 12, 1983 but Choshu could not get into Canada for the match, and Fujinami was recognized as undisputed champion starting from the August 4, 1983 date. [3]
Akira Maeda March 25, 1984 All American Wrestling New York, NY 1 120 Maeda defeated Pierre Lefebvre at Madison Square Garden to be recognized by the WWF but the victory was ignored by NJPW. Maeda departed from the WWF during this reign and defended the title as the "UWF Heavyweight Championship" in the Universal Wrestling Federation before vacating the title on July 23, 1984.
Tatsumi Fujinami July 5, 1984 3 379 Fujinami regained recognition from the WWF on July 5, 1984, though NJPW recognized his second reign as uninterrupted. [4]
Vacated July 19, 1985 House show Sapporo, Japan Tatsumi Fujinami gave up the title after wrestling Super Strong Machine to a double disqualification.
Deactivated October 31, 1985 The championship was abandoned the WWF ended its working relationship with NJPW.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wrestling Information Archive
  2. ^ F4W Staff (April 3, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling title change history : Gotch Vs. Hackenschmidt, Inoki Vs. Hansen, Guerrero Vs. Jericho". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 10, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Hoops, Brian (August 4, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (August 4): Lex Luger beats Huk Hogan for WCW title". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "NJPW Summer Fight Series 1984 - Tag 7". CageMatch. Retrieved March 28, 2017.

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