VIEW FROM THE RISING SUN
by Masanori Horie

Japanese Wrestlers' Championship Matches in the U.S. and Canada from 1955 to 1999

Muta, Dragon Master, and Buzz
Great Muta, Dragon Master, and Buzz Sawyer, December 25, 1989, Greenville, South Carolina (Photo by Masanori Horie)

In days of old, a lot of Japanese wrestlers had thousands of championship matches in foreign countries. This week's View From The Rising Sun will show "a piece of the jigsaw puzzle" of Japanese wrestlers' championship matches in the United States and Canada from 1955 to 1999. Of course, my record book is still an incomplete one, because of the difference between pro wrestling and MLB or the NFL. History is being made every day, but we have our past. I'll keep doing my best to keep our past, which we love, as correct as possible.

Japanese Wrestlers' Championship Matches
in the United States and Canada from 1955 to 1999

1955

April 17, 1955---Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Hawaiian Tag Team title match
Rikidozan (Mitsuhiro Momota) & Azuma-fuji (Kin-ichi Inoue) beat Bobby Bruns & Lucky Simunovich
(1) Rikidozan beat Simunovich (18:25)
(2) Simunovich beat Azuma-fuji (6:25)
(3) Azuma-fuji beat Bruns (9:26)
---Rikidozan & Azuma-fuji became the new champions

1958

August 27, 1958---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
NWA International Heavyweight title match
Rikidozan beat Lou Thesz (2-1)
(1) Thesz beat Rikidozan
(2) Rikidozan beat Thesz (disqualification)
(3) Rikidozan beat Thesz
---Rikidozan became the second champion

1959

July 6, 1959---Charlotte, North Carolina
Southern Tag Team title match
Mr. Moto (Charlie Iwamoto) & Duke Keomuka beat George Becker & Billy Two Rivers
---Moto & Keomuka won the title

1962

March 28, 1962---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWA (Western / World Wrestling Association) World Heavyweight title match
Rikidozan beat Fred Blassie (2-0)
(1) Rikidozan beat Blassie (13:25 Knock Out)
(2) Rikidozan beat Blassie (20:12)
---Rikidozan became the third champion

July 25, 1962---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWA World Heavyweight title match
Fred Blassie beat Rikidozan (2-1)
(1) Rikidozan beat Blassie (27:23)
(2) Blassie beat Rikidozan (Referee stop)
(3) Rikidozan quit
---Blassie became the fourth champion

1963

February 4, 1963---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWA World Heavyweight title match
Shohei Baba (Giant Baba) beat The Destroyer (Dick Beyer) (disqualification)
---Destroyer kept the title

February 19, 1963---Tampa, Florida
Southern Heavyweight title match
Hiro Matsuda (Yasuhiro Kojima) beat Eddie Graham
---Matsuda won the title
Masanori and Hiro Matsuda
Masanori with Hiro Matsuda, September 29, 1990, Tokyo

February 22, 1963---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWA World Heavyweight title match
The Destroyer beat Shohei Baba
---Destroyer kept the title

June 25, 1963---Tampa, Florida
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Lou Thesz drew Hiro Matsuda

July 29, 1963---Orlando, Florida
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Lou Thesz beat Hiro Matsuda (countout)

August 1, 1963---Jacksonville, Florida
Southern Heavyweight title match
Eddie Graham beat Hiro Matsuda
---Graham won the title

August 30, 1963---Miami Beach, Florida
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Lou Thesz beat Hiro Matsuda (disqualification)

December 10, 1963---Long Beach, California
WWA World Tag Team title match
Mr. Moto & Kintaro Ohki (Kim ILL) beat Red Bastien & Bearcat Wright
---Moto & Ohki won the title
Kintaro Ohki and Masanori
Kintaro Ohki (Kim ILL) and Masanori, April 4, 1995, Tokyo

1965

January 16, 1964---Long Beach, California
WWA World Tag Team title match
Art & Stan Nielson beat Mr. Moto & Kintaro Ohki
---Nielson brothers won the title

January 21, 1964---Tampa, Florida
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Lou Thesz drew Hiro Matsuda

Giant Baba challenged the Big Three World Heavyweight champions in those days---NWA (Lou Thesz), WWWF (Bruno Sammartino), and WWA (Freddie Blassie) in February 1964.

February 17, 1964---Madison Square Garden, New York
WWWF World Heavyweight title match
Bruno Sammartino drew Shohei Baba
---match was stopped by New York City curfew at 11:00 p.m.

July 11, 1964---North Albany Sports Auditorium, Tampa, Florida
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title match
Hiro Matsuda beat Danny Hodge
---Matsuda won the title

September 8, 1965--- Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWA World Heavyweight title match
Toyonobori (Michiharu Sadano) beat Luke Graham (2-0)
(1) Toyonobori beat Graham (12:45 disqualification)
(2) Toyonobori beat Graham (3:02)
---Toyonobori kept the title

September 20, 1965---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWA World Heavyweight title match
Luke Graham beat Toyonobori (2-1)
(1) Toyonobori beat Graham (14:11)
(2) Graham beat Toyonobori (6:35)
(3) Graham beat Toyonobori (4:56)
---Graham became the new champion

November 24, 1965---Jacksonville, Florida
NWA World Tag Team title match (Florida version)
Duke Keomuka & Hiro Matsuda beat Kurt & Skull Von Stroheim
---Keomuka & Matsuda won the title

1966

January 1, 1966---Fairground Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee
NWA World Tag Team title match (Tennessee version)
Hiro Matsuda & Antonio Inoki beat Masked Medics
---Matsuda & Inoki won the title

January 24, 1966---Memphis, Tennessee
NWA World Tag Team title match
Hiro Matsuda & Antonio Inoki beat Eddie Graham & Sam Steamboat

1967

January 13, 1967---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWA World Tag Team title match
Hardboiled Haggerty & El Sheriff drew Kotetsu Yamamoto & Kantaro Hoshino
---Haggerty & Sheriff kept the title

July 28, 1967---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWA World Heavyweight title match
Mike DiBiase beat Kim ILL (Kintaro Ohki)
---DiBiase became the new champion

1968

September 14, 1968---Cow Palace, San Francisco, California
US Tag Team title match
Kinji Shibuya & Masa Saito beat Pedro Morales & Pepper Gomez
---Shibuya & Saito won the title

1969

May 27, 1969---Tampa, Florida
Florida Tag Team title match
Hiro Matsuda & Missouri Mauler beat Lester Welch & The Gladiator
---Matsuda & Mauler won the title

July 22, 1969---Tampa, Florida
Florida Tag Team title match
Cyclone Negro & Jack Brisco beat Hiro Matsuda & Missouri Mauler
---Negro & Brisco won the title

July 28, 1969---Cow Palace, San Francisco, California
US Tag Team title match
Great Kojika & Seiji Sakaguchi beat Rocky Johnson & Ben Justice
---Kojika & Sakaguchi won the title
Great Kojika with Masanori
Great Kojika with Masanori, March 28, 1999, Tokyo

August 5, 1969---Tampa, Florida
Florida Tag Team title match
Hiro Matsuda & Missouri Mauler beat Cyclone Negro & Jack Brisco
---Matsuda & Mauler won the title

September 3, 1969---Miami, Florida
Florida Tag Team title match
Cyclone Negro & Sam Steamboat beat Hiro Matsuda & Missouri Mauler
---Negro & Mauler won the title

September 13, 1969---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
NWA International Heavyweight title match
Giant Baba beat The Sheik (Ed Farhat)
(1) Sheik beat Baba (0:49)
(2) Baba beat Sheik (1:20)
(3) Baba beat Sheik (2:58 disqualification)
---Baba kept the title

December 19, 1969---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
NWA International Heavyweight title match
Giant Baba beat Fritz Von Erich (Jack Adkisson) (2-1)
(1) Von Erich beat Baba (15:29)
(2) Baba beat Von Erich (5:18)
(3) Baba beat Von Erich (6:01 disqualification)
---Baba kept the title

December 19, 1969---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Americas Heavyweight title match
Great Kojika beat Mil Mascaras
---Kojika won the title

1970

January 16, 1970---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Americas Heavyweight title match
Rocky Johnson beat Great Kojika
---Johnson won the title

June 16, 1970---Tampa, Florida
Southern Heavyweight title match
Hiro Matsuda beat Dale Lewis
---Matsuda won the title

June 27, 1970---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
All Asian Heavyweight title match
Kintaro Ohki beat Karl Von Heiginger (2-1)
(1) Heiginger beat Ohki (14:00)
(2) Ohki beat Heiginger (11:33)
(3) Ohki beat Heiginger (3:39)
---Ohki kept the title

August 26, 1970---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Beat the Champ TV title match
Great Kojika beat Les Roberts
---Great Kojika won the title

September 16, 1970---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Beat the Champ TV title match
Great Goliath beat Great Kojika
---Goliath won the title

October 2, 1970---Tallahassee, Florida
Southern Heavyweight title
Hiro Matsuda beat Great Mephisto
---Matsuda won the title

November 11, 1970---Fairpark Coliseum, Lubbock, Texas
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Dory Funk Jr. drew Seiji Sakaguchi (1-1)
(1) Sakaguchi beat Dory (27:25)
(2) Dory beat Sakaguchi (14:40)
(3) Dory beat Sakaguchi (60 minutes time up)

December 9, 1970---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Beat the Champ TV title match
Takachiho (Great Kabuki) beat Great Goliath
---Takachiho won the title

December 19, 1970---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
NWA International Heavyweight title match
Giant Baba beat Gene Kiniski (2-1)
(1) Baba beat Kiniski (26:42)
(2) Kiniski beat Baba (8:03)
(3) Baba beat Kiniski (7:05)
---Baba became the seventh champion

1971

March 26, 1971---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
United National Heavyweight title match
Antonio Inoki beat John Tolos (2-1)
(1) Inoki beat Tolos (17:25)
(2) Tolos beat Inoki (11:45)
(3) Inoki beat Tolos (6:30)
---Inoki became the fifth champion

June 19, 1971---Duluth, Minnesota
IWA (International Wrestling Alliance) World Heavyweight title match
Shozo Kobayashi (Strong Kobayashi) beat Big Bill Miller (58:26)
---Kobayashi became the fourth champion

1972

February 10, 1972---Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas
Central States Tag Team title match
Chati Yokouchi & Yasu Fuji (Yasuyuki Fujii) beat Danny Little Bear & Omar Atlas
---Yokouchi & Fuji won the title

February 11, 1972---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
United National Heavyweight title match
Seiji Sakaguchi beat King Claw (Original Dan Kroffat) (2-1)
(1) Claw beat Sakaguchi (15:30)
(2) Sakaguchi beat Claw (6:10)
(3) Sakaguchi beat Claw (6:22)
---Sakaguchi became the seventh champion

March 11, 1972---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Beat the Champ TV title match
Masa Saito beat Dory Dixon
---Saito won the title

March 19, 1972---Sports Arena, Amarillo, Texas
NWA International Tag Team title match
Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk drew Giant Baba & Seiji Sakaguchi (1-1)
(1) Baba beat Dory (6:32)
(2) Terry beat Baba (7:35)
(3) 15:34 No Contest
---The Funks kept the title

March 20, 1972---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
NWA International Tag Team title match
Giant Baba & Seiji Sakaguchi beat Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk (2-1)
(1) Terry beat Sakaguchi (15:17)
(2) Sakaguchi beat Terry (13:20)
(3) Baba beat Dory (4:27)
---Baba & Sakaguchi became the 16th champions

1973

March 8, 1973---Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas
NWA World Tag Team title match (Central States version)
Great Togo (Haruka Eigen) & Tokyo Joe (Katsuji Adachi / Mr. Hito), with Percival A. Friend, beat Bob Geigel & Rufus R. Jones
---Togo & Joe won the title

May 20, 1973---Albuquerque, New Mexico
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Dory Funk Jr. beat Tomomi Tsuruta (Jumbo Tsuruta)

August 24, 1973---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
North American Tag Team title match
Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi beat Pat Patterson & Johnny Powers (2-1)
(1) Inoki beat Patterson (12:53)
(2) Powers beat Sakaguchi (7:05)
(3) Inoki beat Powers (8:12 disqualification)
---Powers & Patterson kept the title

1974

March 21, 1974---Sports Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NWF (National Wrestling Federation) World Heavyweight title match
Antonio Inoki drew Ernie Ladd (1-1)
(1) 15:15 double count out
(2) Ladd beat Inoki (5:17)
(3) Inoki beat Ladd (8:16)
---Inoki kept the title

June 15, 1974---Colorado Springs Arena, Colorado Springs, Colorado
NWA International Tag Team title match
Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk beat Giant Baba & Kung Fu Lee (Great Kojika) (2-1)
(1) Dory beat Lee (11:04)
(2) Baba beat Terry (6:22)
(3) Terry beat Lee (5:32)
---The Funks kept the title

August 16, 1974---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
North American Tag Team title match
Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi beat Karl Von Shotz (John Anson) & Kurt Von Hess
(1) Shotz beat Sakaguchi (20:40)
(2) Inoki beat Hess (15:30)
(3) Sakaguchi beat Shotz (13:40)
---Inoki & Sakaguchi became the new champions

December 26, 1974---Sports Arena, Amarillo, Texas
NWA International Tag Team title match
Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk beat Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta (2-1)
(1) Baba beat Dory (20:47)
(2) Terry beat Baba (12:20)
(3) Dory beat Tsuruta (12:12)
---The Funks kept the title

1975

February 5, 1975---Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas
NWA International Tag Team title match
Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta beat Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk (2-1)
(1) Baba beat Terry (15:45)
(2) Dory beat Tsuruta (6:30)
(3) Tsuruta beat Dory (11:13)
---Baba & Tsuruta became the 23rd champions

February 6, 1975---Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas
PWF (Pacific Wrestling Federation) Heavyweight title match
Giant Baba beat Dick the Bruiser (2-1)
(1) Baba beat Bruiser (7:41)
(2) Bruiser beat Baba (7:02)
(3) Baba beat Bruiser (9:37 disqualification)
---Baba kept the title

May 19, 1975---Paul Sauve Arena, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
NWF Heavyweight title match
Antonio Inoki beat Tiger Jeet Singh (2-1)
(1) Inoki beat Singh (7:18)
(2) Singh beat Inoki (5:11)
(3) Inoki beat Singh (3:47 disqualification)
---Singh kept the title

August 1, 1975---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
North American Tag Team title match
Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi beat Hollywood Blondes (Jerry Brown & Buddy Roberts) (1-1)
(1) Inoki beat Roberts (13:09)
(2) Brown beat Inoki (13:12)
(3) No Contest
---Hollywood Blondes kept the title

August 8, 1975---Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Jack Brisco beat Giant Baba (2-1)
(1) Brisco beat Baba (16:28)
(2) Baba beat Brisco (7:00)
(3) Brisco beat Baba (12:32)
---Brisco kept the title

December 5, 1975---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
North American Tag Team title match
Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi beat Inferno No. 2 (Billy Garrett) & Inferno No. 3
(1) Inoki & Sakaguchi beat Infernos (18:24 disqualification)
(2) Inoki beat No. 2 (3:22)
---Inoki & Sakaguchi kept the title

1976

February 5, 1976---Sports Arena, Amarillo, Texas
NWA International Tag Team title match
Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta beat Red Bastien & Al Hayes (42:13 Tsuruta beat Bastien)
---Baba & Tsuruta kept the title

February 19, 1976---St. Joseph, Missouri
Central States Tag Team title match
Bob Geigel & Akio Sato beat Ken Mantel & Ron Bass
---Geigel & Sato won the title

1977

February 11, 1977------Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Americas Tag Team title match
Prof. Toru Tanaka & Dr. Hiro Ota (Yasuyuki Fujii / Yasu Fuji) beat Victor Rivera & Cien Caras
---Tanaka & Ota won the title

March 20, 1977---Greensboro Coliseum, North Carolina
PWF Heavyweight title match
Giant Baba beat Baron Von Raschke (2-1)
(1) Baba beat Raschke (14:42)
(2) Raschke beat Baba (3:45)
(3) Baba beat Raschke (1:00)
---Baba kept the title

March 23, 1977---Convention Center, Miami, Florida
United National Heavyweight title match
Jumbo Tsuruta beat Bill Robinson (2-1)
(1) Tsuruta beat Robinson (10:55)
(2) Robinson beat Tsuruta (13:00)
(3) Tsuruta beat Robinson (7:05)
---Tsuruta became the 15th champion

June 9, 1977---Convention Center, Richmond, Virginia
North American Tag Team title match
Seiji Sakaguchi & Strong Kobayashi beat Tiger Jeet Singh & Umanosuke Ueda (12:31 Singh beat Sakaguchi by disqualification)
---Singh & Ueda kept the title

1978

January 23, 1978---Madison Square Garden, New York
WWWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Carlos Jose Estrada (Sr.) (11:31)
---Fujinami became the third champion

January 25, 1978---Miami, Florida
Florida Tag Team title match
Jack & Jerry Brisco beat Ivan Koloff & Masa Saito
---Brisco brothers won the title

January 27, 1978---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Masked Canadian (Roddy Piper) (30:09)
---Fujinami kept the title

February 5, 1978---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Americas Tag Team title match
Ron Bass & Dr. Hiro Ota beat Chavo & Hector Guerrero
---Bass & Ota won the title

February 20, 1978---Madison Square Garden, New York
WWWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Ted Adams (16:03)
---Fujinami kept the title

February 24, 1978---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Americas Tag Team title match
Chavo Guerrero & El Halcon beat Ron Bass & Dr. Hiro Ota
---Chavo & Halcon won the title

March 20, 1978---Madison Square Garden, New York
WWWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Gypsy Rodriguez (8:45)
---Fujinami kept the title

April 8, 1978---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Great Goliath (33:18)
---Fujinami kept the title

June 9, 1978---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Carlos Mata (23:28)
---Fujinami kept the title

June 13, 1978---Miami, Florida
Florida Tag Team title match
Jack & Jerry Brisco beat Masa Saito & Mr. Sato (Akihisa Takachiho / Great Kabuki)

June 23, 1978---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Americas Tag Team title match
Mr. Ito (Umanosuke Ueda) & Pak Choo (Kengo Kimura) beat Black Gordman & Hector Guerrero

August 4, 1978---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Armando Guerrero (24:32)
---Fujinami kept the title

August 11, 1978---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Americas Tag Team title match
Black Gordman & Ryuma Go beat Mr. Ito (Umanosuke Ueda) & Pak Choo
---Gordman & Go won the title

September 1, 1978---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Americas Tag Team title match
Roddy Piper & Pak Choo beat Black Gordman & Ryuma Go
---Piper & Pak won the title

December 18, 1978---Madison Square Garden, New York
WWWF Martial Arts World Heavyweight title match
Antonio Inoki beat Texas Red (Red Bastien) (16:27)
---Inoki kept the title

December 18, 1978---Madison Square Garden, New York
WWWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Carlos Jose Estrada (Sr.) (10:51)
---Fujinami kept the title

1979

January 11, 1979---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Roddy Piper (12:30)
---Fujinami kept the title

January 12, 1979---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Eddie Mansfield (21:11)
---Fujinami kept the title

February 10, 1979---International Amphitheater, Chicago, Illinois
PWF Heavyweight title match
Giant Baba beat Abdullah the Butcher (2-1)
(1) Baba beat Butcher (8:52)
(2) Butcher beat Baba (3:06)
(3) Baba beat Butcher (7:11 countout)
---Baba became the fifth champion
Masanori and Abdullah
Masanori and Abdullah the Butcher, January 2, 2000, Tokyo

February 14, 1979---NBC Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Jumbo Tsuruta beat Nick Bockwinkel (2-1)
(1) Bockwinkel beat Tsuruta (31:28)
(2) Tsuruta beat Bockwinkel (4:55 disqualification)
---Bockwinkel kept the title
Masanori and Nick Bockwinkel
Masanori with Nick Bockwinkel, September 29, 1990, Tokyo

February 15, 1979---Sports Arena, Amarillo, Texas
Western States Tag Team title match
Mr. Pogo (Tetsuo Sekigawa) & Mr. Sato (Akio Sato) beat Ted DiBiase & Merced Solis (Tito Santana)
---Pogo & Sato won the title

February 19, 1979---Madison Square Garden, New York
WWWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Tony Russo (5:58)
---Fujinami kept the title

April 17, 1979---Agriculture Hall, Allentown, Pennsylvania
NWF Heavyweight title match
Antonio Inoki beat Nikolai Volkoff (10:11)
---Inoki kept the title

April 17, 1979---Agriculture Hall, Allentown, Pennsylvania
WWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Gypsy Rodriguez (10:36)
---Fujinami kept the title

May 3, 1979---Sport Arena, Amarillo, Texas
Western States Tag Team title match
John Tolos & Mr. Sato (Akio Sato) beat Ricky Romero & Akihisa Takachiho (Great Kabuki)
---Tolos & Sato won the title

June 15, 1979---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Tony Rocco (13:00)
---Fujinami kept the title

June 15, 1979---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
North American Tag Team title match
Seiji Sakaguchi & Riki Choshu beat Hiro Matsuda & Masa Saito
(1) Sakaguchi beat Saito (13:45 disqualification)
(2) Saito beat Choshu (2:15)
(3) Choshu beat Saito (2:00)
---Sakaguchi & Choshu became the new champions

August 10, 1979---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
NWF Heavyweight title match
Antonio Inoki beat Tiger Jeet Singh (7:03 double countout)

August 10, 1979---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Skip Young (2-1)
(1) Fujinami beat Young (2:00)
(2) Young beat Fujinami (4:46)
(3) Fujinami beat (16:11)
---Fujinami kept the title

August 10, 1979---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
North American Heavyweight title match
Badnews Allen (Allen Coage / Badnews Brown) beat Seiji Sakaguchi (14:26 disqualification)
---Sakaguchi kept the title

August 17, 1979---Stampede Grand Victoria Pavilion, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
NWF Heavyweight title match
Antonio Inoki beat Stan Hansen (9:15)
---Inoki kept the title

August 17, 1979---Stampede Grand Victoria Pavilion, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
WWF Junior and British Commonwealth Mid Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami drew Dynamite Kid (20:33 double countout)

August 17, 1979---Stampede Grand Victoria Pavilion, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
North American Heavyweight title match
Tiger Jeet Singh beat Seiji Sakaguchi (11:51 countout)
---Sakaguchi kept the title

December 17, 1979---Madison Square Garden, New York
NWF Heavyweight title match
Antonio Inoki beat Iron Sheik (14:59)
---Inoki kept the title

December 17, 1979---Madison Square Garden, New York
WWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Jose Rivera (Sr.) (10:17)
---Fujinami kept the title

December 17, 1979---Madison Square Garden, New York
North American Tag Team title match
Seiji Sakaguchi & Riki Choshu beat Badnews Allen & JoJo Andrews (Kasabuvu)
---Sakaguchi & Choshu kept the title

1980

February 12, 1980---St. Petersburg, Florida
NWA International Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Steve Keirn (20:19)
---Fujinami kept the title

February 15, 1980---Hollywood, Florida
NWA International Junior Heavyweight title match
Mike Graham beat Tatsumi Fujinami (2-1)
(1) Fujinami beat Mike (9:50)
(2) Mike beat Fujinami (5:30)
(3) Mike beat Fujinami (4:25)
---Mike became the third champion

April 16, 1980---Convention Hall, Miami, Florida
WWF Heavyweight title match
Bob Backlund beat Antonio Inoki (21:24 disqualification)
---Backlund kept the title

April 17, 1980---Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas
Central States Tag Team title match
Takachiho (Great Kabuki) & Pak Song beat Dick Murdoch & Bulldog Bob Brown
---Takachiho & Song won the title

April 16, 1980---Convention Hall, Miami, Florida
NWA International Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Don Diamond (18:27)
---Fujinami kept the title

May 6, 1980---Tampa, Florida
Florida TV title match
Masa Saito beat Steve Keirn
---Saito won the title

June 18, 1980---Des Moines, Iowa
Central States Tag Team title match
Pat O'Connor & Bulldog Bob Brown beat Takachiho & Pak Song
---O'Connor & Brown won the title

June 21, 1980---Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas
Central States Tag Team title match
Killer Karl Kox & Takachiho beat Pat O'Connor & Bulldog Bob Brown
---Kox & Takachiho won the title

June 22, 1980---Minneapolis Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Jumbo Tsuruta beat Nick Bockwinkel (20:05 disqualification)
---Bockwinkel kept the title

June 22, 1980---Minneapolis Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
PWF Heavyweight title match
Giant Baba beat Super Destroyer II (Sgt. Slaughter) (10:15)
---Baba kept the title

June 28, 1980---Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan
NWA World Tag Team title match (Detroit version)
Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta beat John Bonelllo & Randy Scott

June 29, 1980---Maple Leaf Garden, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NWA International Tag Team title match
Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta beat Bruiser Brody & Scott Irwin (2-0)
(1) Baba & Tsuruta beat Brody & Irwin (14:00 disqualification)
(2) Tsuruta beat Irwin (6:05)
---Baba & Tsuruta kept the title

July 26, 1980---St. Petersburg, Florida
Florida TV title match
Barry Windham beat Masa Saito
---Barry won the title

August 8, 1980---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
WWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Tom Prichard (13:32)
---Fujinami kept the title

August 8, 1980---Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
North American Tag Team title match
Seiji Sakaguchi & Riki Choshu beat Ron Starr & The Assassin
(16:48 Sakaguchi beat Assassin)
---Sakaguchi & Choshu kept the title

August 9, 1980---Shea Stadium, New York
NWF Heavyweight title match
Antonio Inoki beat Larry Sharpe (9:41)
---Inoki kept the title

August 9, 1980---Shea Stadium, New York
WWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Chavo Guerrero (Sr.) (10:28)
---Fujinami kept the title

August 14, 1980---Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas
Central States Tag Team title match
Bulldog Bob Brown & Rufus R. Jones beat Killer Karl Kox & Takachiho
---Rufus & Brown won the title

December 29, 1980---Madison Square Garden, New York
NWF Heavyweight title match
Antonio Inoki beat Bobby Duncum (Sr.)

December 29, 1980---Madison Square Garden, New York
WWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Don Diamond (10:28)
---Fujinami kept the title

1981

March 23, 1981---Mid South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee
Southern Tag Team title match
Masanobu Fuchi & Atsushi Onita beat Bill Dundee & Dream Machine (Troy Graham)
---Fuchi & Onita won the title

June 12, 1981---Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California
WWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Ken Wayne (19:24)
---Fujinami kept the title

August 31, 1981---Mid South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee
Southern Tag Team title match
Eddie Gilbert & Ricky Morton beat Masanobu Fuchi & Atsushi Onita
---Gilbert & Morton won the title

1982

March 1, 1982---The Omni, Atlanta
PWF Heavyweight title match
Giant Baba beat Terry Gordy (11:47)
---Baba kept the title

March 7, 1982---Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
United National Heavyweight title match
Jumbo Tsuruta drew Tommy Rich (12:25 double countout)
---Tsuruta kept the title

March 7, 1982---Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
NWA International Junior Heavyweight title match
Atsushi Onita beat Chavo Guerrero (Sr.) (14:40)
---Onita became the seventh champion

May 11, 1982---Louisville Garden, Kentucky
NWA International Junior Heavyweight title match
Atsushi Onita beat Don Diamond (16:17)
---Onita kept the title

June 17, 1982---Civic Center Coliseum, Amarillo, Texas
NWA International Heavyweight title match
Bruiser Brody drew Jumbo Tsuruta (12:32 double countout)
---Brody kept the title

August 30, 1982---Madison Square Garden, New York
WWF International Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Gino Brito (12:39)
---Fujinami became the second champion

August 30, 1982---Madison Square Garden, New York
WWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama) beat Dynamite Kid (9:36)
---Tiger kept the title

November 22, 1982---Madison Square Garden, New York
WWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tiger Mask beat Carlos Jose Estrada (Sr.) (9:42)
---Tiger kept the title

November 25, 1982---Philadelphia Spectrum, Pennsylvania
WWF Junior Heavyweight title match
Tiger Mask beat Eddie Gilbert (13:17)
---Tiger kept the title

1983

February 11, 1983---Checker Dome, St. Louis, Missouri
PWF Heavyweight title match
Giant Baba beat Harley Race (13:04)
---Baba became the seventh champion

March 3, 1983---Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas
Central States Tag Team title match
Kim Duk (Masanori Toguchi / Tiger Chang Lee) & Yasu Fuji (Dr. Hiro Ohta) beat Bulldog Bob Brown & Buzz Tyler
---Duk & Fuji won the title

March 11, 1983---Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Stampede International Tag Team title match
Mr. Hito (Katsuji Adachi) & Jim Neidhart beat Duke Myers & Kerry Brown
---Hito & Neidhart won the title

March 25, 1983---Sportatorium, Dallas, Texas
Texas Brass Knuckles title match
Terry Gordy beat The Great Kabuki (Akihisa Takachiho)
---Gordy won the title

June 12, 1983---Civic Center, Savannah, Georgia
NWA International Heavyweight title match
Bruiser Brody drew Jumbo Tsuruta (15:56 double countout)
---Brody kept the title

June 12, 1983---Civic Center, Savannah, Georgia
NWA International Junior Heavyweight title match
Chavo Guerrero beat Masanobu Fuchi (9:51 double countout)
---Chavo kept the title

June 15, 1983---Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas
United National Heavyweight title match
Jumbo Tsuruta beat Jose Lothario (9:36)
---Tsuruta kept the title

June 17, 1983---Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas
PWF Heavyweight title match
Giant Baba beat King Kong Bundy (5:24)
---Baba kept the title

June 17, 1983---Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas
United National Heavyweight title match
Jumbo Tsuruta beat Ted DiBiase (14:00)
---Tsuruta kept the title

November 24, 1983---Greensboro Coliseum, North Carolina
Starrcade '83
Mid Atlantic TV title match
Charlie Brown (Jimmy Valiant) beat The Great Kabuki (Akihisa Takachiho)
---Brown won the title

1984

March 4, 1984---Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Jumbo Tsuruta beat Blackjack Lanza (14:32)
---Tsuruta kept the title

March 11, 1984---Brown County Arena, Green Bay, Wisconsin
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Jumbo Tsuruta beat Bill Robinson (19:47)
---Tsuruta kept the title

March 15, 1984---Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Jumbo Tsuruta beat Jim Brunzell (15:59)
---Tsuruta kept the title

March 25, 1984---Madison Square Garden, New York
UWF (Universal Wrestling Federation) International Heavyweight title match
Akira Maeda beat Pierre Lefebvre
---Maeda became the first champion

April 28, 1984---Cow Palace, San Francisco, California
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Jumbo Tsuruta beat Nick Bockwinkel (18:12 double countout)
---Tsuruta kept the title

April 29, 1984---Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Nick Bockwinkel beat Jumbo Tsuruta (10:52 disqualification)
---Tsuruta kept the title

May 2, 1984---Rochester, Minnesota
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Baron Von Raschke beat Jumbo Tsuruta (16:13 disqualification)
---Tsuruta kept the title

May 4, 1984---Municipal Auditorium, Denver, Colorado
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Nick Bockwinkel beat Jumbo Tsuruta (15:01 disqualification)
---Tsuruta kept the title

May 5, 1984---Rockford High School Gym, Rockford, Illinois
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Jumbo Tsuruta beat Bill Robinson (25:10)
---Tsuruta kept the title

May 6, 1984---Brown County Arena, Green Bay, Wisconsin
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Nick Bockwinkel beat Jumbo Tsuruta (21:37 disqualification)
---Tsuruta kept the title

May 7, 1984---Paul Sauve Arena, Quebec, Canada
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Jumbo Tsuruta beat Nick Bockwinkel (17:02 disqualification)
---Tsuruta kept the title

May 10, 1984---Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Greg Gagne beat Jumbo Tsuruta (15:13 disqualification)
---Tsuruta kept the title

May 11, 1984---Municipal Auditorium, Milwaukee
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Jumbo Tsuruta beat Blackjack Mulligan (13:15 count out)

May 13, 1984---Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Rick Martel beat Jumbo Tsuruta (22:24)
---Martel became the 24th champion

October 11, 1984---Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas
Central States Tag Team title match
Mr. Pogo & Gypsy Joe beat Uptown Boys (Marty Jannetty & Tommy Lane)
---Pogo & Joe won the title

December 9, 1984---Des Moines, Iowa
Central States Tag Team title match
Bulldog Bob Brown & Marty Jannetty beat Mr. Pogo & Gypsy Joe
---Brown & Jannetty won the title

December 29, 1984---Madison Square Garden, New York
WWF Junior Heavyweight title match
The Cobra (George Takano) beat Black Tiger (Rollerball Mark Rocco)
---Cobra became the 11th champion

1985

February 14, 1985---NBC Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title match
The Cobra beat Rich Magnet (5:28)
---Cobra kept the title

August 3, 1985---Aloha Stadium, Hawaii
WWF Junior Heavyweight title match
The Cobra beat Superfly Chuy (8:21)
---Cobra kept the title

1986

February 14, 1986---Eddie Graham Sports Complex, Tampa, Florida
Battle of the Belts II
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title match
Denny Brown beat Keiji Mutoh (13:26 disqualification)
---Brown kept the title
Keiji Mutoh
Keiji Mutoh, December 25, 1989, Charlotte, North Carolina (Photo by Masanori Horie)

May 21, 1986---Tampa, Florida
Florida Heavyweight title match
White Ninja (Keiji Mutoh) beat Kendall Windham
---Ninja won the title

August 15, 1986---Sportatorium, Dallas, Texas
WCWA (World Class Wrestling Association) World Heavyweight title match
Chris Adams beat Tatsumi Fujinami (8:56 disqualification)
---Adams kept the title

September 1, 1986---Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, Florida
Battle of the Belts III
US Junior Heavyweight title match
White Ninja (Keiji Mutoh) beat Tim Horner (11:00)
---Ninja won the title

October 13, 1986---Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Stampede International Tag Team title match
Viet Cong Express (Hiroshi Hase & Fumihiro Niikura) beat Owen Hart & Ben Bassarab
---Viet Cong won the title

1987

July 25, 1987---Sports Arena, Portland, Oregon
Pacific Northwest Tag Team title match
Super Ninja (Shunji Takano) & Rip Oliver beat Mike Miller & Black Ninja (Coco Samoa)
---Ninja & Oliver won the title

November 7, 1987---Sports Arena, Portland, Oregon
Pacific Northwest Tag Team title match
Southern Rockers (Scott Peterson & Steve Doll) beat Super Ninja & Joey Jackson
---Rockers won the title

1988

January 3, 1988---Des Moines, Iowa
WWA (World Wrestling Association) TV title match
Masahiro Chono beat Mike George
---Chono won the title

January 24, 1988---Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
WWF World Woman's Tag Team title match
Jumping Bomb Angels (Itsuki Yamazaki & Noriyo Tateno) beat Leilani Kai & Judy Martin
---JB Angeles became the new champions

February 26, 1988---St. Joseph, Missouri
WWA World Heavyweight title match
Masahiro Chono beat Mike George
---Chono won the title

October 15, 1988---Sports Arena, Portland, Oregon
Pacific Northwest Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat The Grappler (Len Denton) (31:28)
---Fujinami won the title

October 17, 1988---Mid South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Jerry Lawler beat Tatsumi Fujinami (35:20 disqualification)
---Lawler kept the title

October 21, 1988---Sportatorium, Dallas, Texas
WCWA World Heavyweight title match
Kerry Von Erich drew Tatsumi Fujinami (5:40 No Contest)
---Kerry kept the title

December 10, 1988---Sports Arena, Portland, Oregon
Pacific Northwest Heavyweight title match
The Grappler beat Tatsumi Fujinami (15:33)
---Grappler won the title

December 11, 1988---Mid South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee
IWGP (International Wrestling Grand Prix) Heavyweight title match
Tatsumi Fujinami beat Tommy Lane (10:52)
---Fujinami kept the title

1989

February 2, 1989---Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas
PWF World Tag Team title match
Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu beat Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy (17:33 Tsuruta beat Gordy)
---Tsuruta & Yatsu became the seventh champions

February 15, 1989---CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, OH
Clash of the Champions V / St. Valentine's Day Massacre
NWA World Six-Man Tag Team title match
The Road Warriors & Gen-ichiro Tenryu drew Mike Rotunda, Kevin Sullivan, & Steve Williams (5:53 DDQ)
---Warriors & Tenryu kept the title

September 3, 1989---The Omni, Atlanta
NWA World TV title match
The Great Muta (Keiji Mutoh) beat Sting (10:46)
---Muta won the title

October 14, 1989---Baltimore Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Ric Flair beat The Great Muta (23:06 disqualification)
---Flair kept the title

1990

January 2, 1990---GA Mountains Center, Gainesville, Georgia
NWA World TV title match
Arn Anderson beat The Great Muta
---Arn won the title

February 19, 1990---Stage Coach Ballroom, Fort Worth, Texas
WWA (World Wrestling Association) Brass Knuckles title match
Atsushi Onita beat The Beast (Ben Peacock / Giant Kimala) (16:26)
---Onita kept the title

April 8, 1990---Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
SuperClash IV
AWA World Heavyweight title match
Larry Zbyszko beat Masa Saito (17:05)
---Zbyszko became the 41st champion

1991

May 19, 1991---Bayfront Center, St. Petersburg, Florida
Super Brawl '91 (PPV)
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Ric Flair beat Tatsumi Fujinami (18:36)
---Flair kept the title

June 12, 1991---Civic Auditorium, Knoxville, Tennessee
IWGP Tag Team title match
Rick & Scott Steiner beat Masahiro Chono & Hiroshi Hase (8:18 Scott beat Hase)
---Steiners kept the title

June 14, 1991---The Arena, St. Louis, Missouri
WCW World Tag Team title match
Rick & Scott Steiner beat Masahiro Chono & Hiroshi Hase (12:48 Rick beat Hase)
---Steiners kept the title

June 15, 1991---UIC Arena, Chattanooga, Tennessee
NWA World TV title match
The Great Muta beat "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton (9:33 countout)
---Eaton kept the title

December 25, 1991---The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia
WCW Light Heavyweight title match
Jushin "Thunder" Liger (Keiichi Yamada) beat Brian Pillman (12:32)
---Liger became the second champion

December 26, 1991---Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas
WCW Light Heavyweight title match
Jushin "Thunder" Liger beat Brian Pillman (15:53)
---Liger kept the title

December 27, 1991---Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
WCW Light Heavyweight title match
Jushin "Thunder" Liger beat Brian Pillman (16:09)
---Liger kept the title

December 28, 1991---Baltimore Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
WCW Light Heavyweight title match
Jushin "Thunder" Liger beat Brian Pillman (12:09 countout)
---Liger kept the title

1992

February 24, 1992---Memorial Auditorium, Greenville, South Carolina
WCW Light Heavyweight title match
Jushin "Thunder" Liger beat Ricky Morton (4:52)
---Liger kept the title

February 25, 1992---Macon Coliseum, Macon, Georgia
WCW Light Heavyweight title match
Jushin "Thunder" Liger beat Ricky Morton (5:24)
---Liger kept the title

February 27, 1992---Birmingham, Alabama
WCW Light Heavyweight title match
Jushin "Thunder" Liger beat Ricky Morton
---Liger kept the title

February 29, 1992---Mecca Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Super Brawl '92 (PPV)
WCW Light Heavyweight title match
Brian Pillman beat Jushin "Thunder" Liger (15:19)
---Pillman became the third champion

October 25, 1992---Civic Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Halloween Havoc '92 (PPV)
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Rick Rude beat Masahiro Chono (22:45 disqualification)
---Chono kept the title

1993

February 18, 1993---Sportatorium, Tampa, Florida
WWC (World Wrestling Council) & ICWA Heavyweight double title match
Yukihiro Kanemura beat Cuban Assassin (David Sierra Patterson)
(13:06 disqualification)

February 18, 1993---Sportatorium, Tampa, Florida
WWC Junior Heavyweight title match
Hiroshi Itakura beat Terry Platt Jr. (9:37)
---Itakura kept the title

February 21, 1993---Civic Center, Asheville, North Carolina
Super Brawl '93 (PPV)
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Barry Windham beat The Great Muta (25:08)
---Windham became the 77th champion

May 27, 1993---Tacoma, Washington
CWUSA International Tag Team title match
Jesse Barr & Ryuma Go beat Jimmy Snuka & Sumito (21:47 Barr beat Sumito)
---Barr & Go won the title

October 11, 1993---Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
CWUSA International Tag Team title match
Jesse Barr & Ryuma Go beat Crush (Brian Adams) & Bruiser Brian (21:17 Go beat Bruiser by disqualification)
---Barr & Go kept the title

1994

August 26, 1994---Sportatorium, Dallas, Texas
GWF Light Heavyweight title match
Osamu Nishimura beat Alex Porteau (13:13)
---Nishimura won the title

November 19, 1994---The Armory, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
NWA World Heavyweight title Tournament
Osamu Nishimura drew Lou Perez

1995

April 3, 1995---Poughkeepsie, New York
WWF Woman's World title match
Alundra Blayze (Madusa) beat Bull Nakano (Keiko Nakano)
---Blaze won the title

June 9, 1995---Toms River, New Jersey
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Dan Severn beat Yoshihiro Tajiri

June 24, 1995---Williamstown, New Jersey
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Dan Severn beat Yoshihiro Tajiri

December 27, 1995---Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee
Starrcade '95 / "World Cup of Wrestling" (PPV)
WCW beat New Japan (4-3)
(1) Jushin "Thunder" Liger beat Chris Benoit (10:29)
(2) Koji Kanemoto beat Alex Wright (11:44)
---Kanemoto kept the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title
(3) Lex Luger beat Masahiro Chono (6:41)
(4) Johnny B. Badd beat Masa Saito (5:52 disqualification)
(5) Shinjiro Ohtani beat Eddie Guerrero (13:43)
(6) Randy Savage beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan (6:55)
(7) Sting beat Kensuke Sasaki (6:52)

One Man Gang beat Kensuke Sasaki to win the WCW US Title on TV; however, the match was continued due to the controversial pin in the arena, and Sasaki beat Gang to keep the title (5:39).

1996

May 2, 1996---MGM Studio, Orlando, Florida
WCW Cruiserweight title match
Dean Malenko beat Shinjiro Ohtani (5:41)
---Dean became the second champion

December 29, 1996---Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee
Starrcade '96 (PPV)
WCW Cruiserweight title match
Ultimo Dragon (Yoshihiro Asai) beat Dean Malenko
---Dragon won the title

December 29, 1996---Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee
Starrcade '96 (PPV)
WCW Woman's World title Tournament Final
Akira Hokuto (Hisako Uno) beat Madusa
---Hokuto became the first champion

1997

April 7, 1997---Von Braun Civic Center, Huntsville, Alabama
WCW World TV title match
Ultimo Dragon beat Prince Iaukea (1:23)
---Dragon won the title

April 7, 1997---Von Braun Civic Center, Huntsville, Alabama
WCW Women's Cruiserweight title Tournament Final
Toshie Uematsu (GAEA) beat Malia Hosaka
---Uematsu became the first champion

May 18, 1997---Independence Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
Slamboree '97 (PPV)
WCW World TV title match
Lord Steven Regal beat Ultimo Dragon (7:09)
---Regal won the title

July 22, 1997---Jacksonville Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida
WCW World TV title match
Ultimo Dragon beat Lord Steven Regal (1:31)
---Dragon won the title

August 21, 1997---Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee
WCW World TV title match
Alex Wright beat Ultimo Dragon (13:55)
---Wright won the title

December 7, 1997---Civic Center, Springfield, Massachusetts
D-Generation X (PPV)
WWF Light Heavyweight title Tournament Final
TAKA Michinoku beat Brian Christopher (12:02)
---TAKA became the first champion
TAKA Michinoku and Masanori
TAKA Michinoku and Masanori, September 10, 1997, Amarillo, Texas

December 29,1997---Baltimore Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
WCW Cruiserweight title match
Ultimo Dragon beat Eddie Guerrero
---Dragon won the title

1998

January 8, 1998---Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, Florida
WCW Cruiserweight title match
Juventud Guerrera beat Ultimo Dragon
---Guerrera won the title

August 2, 1998---Hara Arena, Dayton, Ohio
Heat Wave '98 (PPV)
ECW World Tag Team title match
Sabu & Rob Van Dam beat Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki (20:51 Sabu beat Shinzaki)
---Sabu & Van Dam kept the title
Tanaka, Hayabusa, and Hakushi
Masato Tanaka, Hayabusa ("H"), and Hakushi (Jinsei Shinzaki), September 11, 1997, Amarillo, Texas (Photo by Masanori Horie)

October 18, 1998---The Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois
Judgement Day (PPV)
WWF Light Heavyweight title match
Christian Cage beat TAKA Michinoku (8:34)
---Christian won the title

November 1, 1998---Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
ECW November To Remember '98 (PPV)
ECW World Tag Team title match
Masato Tanaka & Balls Mahoney beat The Dudley Boyz (15:01 Balls beat D-Von and Tanaka beat Buh Buh)
---Tanaka & Mahoney won the title

November 6, 1998---Elks Lodge, Queens, New York
ECW World Tag Team title match
The Dudley Boyz beat Masato Tanaka & Balls Mahoney
---Dudleys won the title

1999

May 28, 1999---Texas Indoor Arena, North Richland Hills, Texas
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Naoya Ogawa beat Dan Severn (14:50 double countout)
Naoya Ogawa drew Dan Severn (5:00 time up draw)

June 2, 1999---Atlanta Horsepark, Georgia
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Naoya Ogawa beat Gary Steele (11:20)

June 4, 1999---Recreation Center, Pine Hill, New Jersey
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Naoya Ogawa beat Doug Gilbert (7:29 disqualification)

June 5, 1999---St. John Vianney High School Gym, Holmdel, New Jersey
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Naoya Ogawa beat Frederic Hjelm

June 26, 1999---ECW Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hostile City Showdown '99
ECW World Heavyweight title match
Taz beat Yoshihiro Tajiri

August 2, 1999---Hara Arena, Dayton, Ohio
Heat Wave '99 (PPV)
ECW World Heavyweight title match
Taz drew Yoshihiro Tajiri (10:06 No Contest)

September 18, 1999---St. John's University Gym, Staten Island, New York
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Naoya Ogawa beat Biggie Biggs (10:11 disqualification)

September 25, 1999---Grady Cole Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
NWA 51st Anniversary / Battle Of The Belts '99
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Gary Steele beat Naoya Ogawa and Brian Anthony (7:12)
---Steele won the title

October 2, 1999---Thomaston High School, Thomaston, Connecticut
NWA World Heavyweight title match
Naoya Ogawa beat Gary Steele (7:01)
---Ogawa won the title

November 7, 1999---Bert Flickinger Center, Buffalo, New York
November to Remember '99 (PPV)
ECW World Heavyweight title match
Mike Awesome pinned Masato Tanaka (12:26)

November 29, 1999---Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
IWGP Junior Heavyweight title match
Juventud Guerrera beat Jushin "Thunder" Liger (5:31)

December 6, 1999---Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
IWGP Junior Heavyweight title match
Jushin "Thunder" Liger beat Psicosis (4:56)

December 17, 1999---Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee
ECW World Heavyweight title match
Masato Tanaka beat Mike Awesome (13:43)
---Tanaka became the new champion

December 23, 1999---Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York
ECW World Heavyweight title match
Mike Awesome beat Masato Tanaka
---Awesome became the new champion


View From The Rising Sun
Introduction #7
IPW Hard Core Wrestling

Phi DeKappa U and Niemi
Phi DeKappa U and Ron Niemi

Ron Niemi (Sir Ronald J. Niemi IV) has been running independent shows in Florida for eight years now. Ron is promoting IPW (Independent Professional Wrestling) Hard Core Wrestling now. Haystacks Calhoun Jr. is the current IPW Heavyweight Champion. Phi DeKappa U (Biff & Chaz), who were trained by Dean Malenko, are the current IPW Tag Team champions. IPW has very good junior heavyweight wrestlers such as Chad Collyer, Jeremy Lopez, Jeff Peterson, and Jet Jaguar. And, Cuban Assassin (David Sierra Patterson) and Navy Seal (Rasta Man) are well known to Japanese fans. Abdullah the Butcher will wrestle for two IPW shows at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg, Florida on February 18, and at the National Guard Armory in Crystal River, Florida on February 19. When Eiji Ezaki (Hayabusa / "H") was wrestling in WWA, AAA, & EMLL in Mexico, and Florida from Fall 1993 to Spring 1995, Ezaki, as Hayabusa, wrestled for Ron's show called PCWF (Professional Championship Wrestling Federation) in 1995.

IPW Hard Core Wrestling

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