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NWF - NATIONAL WRESTLING FEDERATION

NWF HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE HISTORY

1970--Present

From Wrestling Title Histories
by Royal Duncan & Gary Will
with additional information from Hisaharu Tanabe

1.Johnny Powers
?/70
Alledgedly defeated Freddie Blassie in a tournament in Loas Angeles, CA

2.Waldo Von Erich
11/20/71

3.Dominic Denucci
12/08/71

4.Waldo Von Erich
01/05/72-Buffalo, NY

5.Ernie Ladd
06/09/72-Cleveland, OH

6.Abdullah the Butcher
06/24/72

7.Victor Rivera
09/72

8.Abdullah the Butcher [2]
10/72

9.Johnny Valentine
10/19/72-Cleveland, OH

Title Vacant
01/73

10.Jacques Rougeau
01/24/73-Buffalo, NY Defeats Waldo Von Erick in a trournament final

11.Johnny Valentine [2]
08/73

12.Antonio Inoki
12/10/73-Tokyo, JAPAN (Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium)
31:25

13.Antonio Inoki
12/10/73-Tokyo, JAPAN
Title moves to New Japan
Inoki told to stop referring to the title as a world title at the annual NWA meeting on August 7, 1976.

Title Vacant

14.Tiger Jeet Singh
03/13/73-Hiroshima, JAPAN

15.Antonio Inoki [2]
06/26/75-Tokyo, JAPAN

16.Stan hansen
02/08/80-Tokyo, JAPAN

17.Antonio Inoki [3]
06/26/75-Tokyo, JAPAN
Title held up after match against Stan hansen on April 17, 1981 in Tokyo

18.Antonio Inoki [4]
04/23/81-Tokyo
Inoki wins a rematch

Title Abandoned
Inoki abandoned the title immediately after the match to enter the International Wrestling Grand Prix tournament.

Title Revived
07/29/2002
New Japan announced that N.W.F. Heavyweight Title would be revived in a 4-man tournament.

19.Yoshihiro Takayama
01/04/2003-Tokyo (Tokyo Egg Dome)
Defeated Tsuyoshi Kosaka in a 4-man tournament final to win the revived title.
10:19

20.Shinsuke Nakamura
01/03/2004-Tokyo, Japan (Tokyo Egg Dome)
13:55
Defeated Yoshihiro Takayama to unify NWF title with IWGP World Heavyweight Title.

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