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IWGP Heavyweight Championship (original version)
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Promotion(s) New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date Established June 2, 1983
Date Retired May 11, 1987


The original version of IWGP Heavyweight Championship (IWGPヘビー級選手権, IWGP hebī-kyū ōza) was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship owned by the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. "IWGP" is the initialism of NJPW's governing body, the International Wrestling Grand Prix.[1]

The title was introduced in 1983 for the winner of the IWGP League 1983. Since then, the championship was defended annually against the winner of the IWGP League of the year. The current IWGP Heavyweight Championship arrived only on 1987 (replacing the old version) and is defended regularly.[2]

Title historyEdit

To determinate the first champion, the championship was on the line in the 1983 edition of the IWGP League, a 10-man round-robin tournament, where participated wrestlers from any corner of the world, including World Heavyweight Champions from other international promotions (such as Canek, at the time UWA World Heavyweight Champion or Otto Wanz, at the time CWA World Heavyweight Champion).[2]

Hulk Hogan won the tournament beating Antonio Inoki via knockout and became the first IWGP Heavyweight Champion in its early version.[3]

Since then, the championship was defended annually against the winner of the IWGP League of the year. Antonio Inoki won the title in 1984 and successfully defended it in 1985 against Andrè the Giant (IWGP League winner of 1985) and Hulk Hogan. Hogan was the only challenger that didn't win the tournament to become the no. 1 contender to the championship.[2]

In 1986, Inoki chooses to leave the title, because he wanted to participate in the IWGP League again. So, 1986 edition would have crowned a new IWGP Heavyweight Champion, as happened in 1983 edition. Inoki won again and became champion for the second time.[2]

In 1987, the title was deactivated and replaced by the current IWGP Heavyweight Championship, that was awarded to the winner of the IWGP League 1987.[2]

Title historyEdit

# Wrestlers Reign Date Length Location Successful defenses Notes
1 Hulk Hogan 1 June 2, 1983 326 Days Tokyo 0 Inoki defeated Masa Saito in a tournament final.
2 Inoki, AntonioAntonio Inoki 1 June 14, 1984 701 Days Tokyo 2 Inoki won the IWGP League 1984 becoming the no. 1 contender to the championship held by Hogan. Inoki defeated Hogan and won the championship for the first time.
Vacated May 16, 1986 Inoki gives up the championship because he wanted to compete in the IWGP League again.
3 Antonio Inoki 1 June 19, 1986 326 Days Tokyo 0 Inoki defeated Dick Murdoch in the IWGP League 1986 final, becoming the champion for the second time.
Deactivated May 11, 1987 The championship was deactivated and replaced by the current IWGP Heavyweight Championship, that was awarded to the winner of the IWGP League 1987.

Combined reignsEdit

Rank Champion No. of reigns Combined
defenses
Combined days
1 Antonio Inoki 2 2 1027
2 Hulk Hogan 1 0 378

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. WK9 101: The Intro . Global Force Wrestling. Retrieved on 2016-02-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 INTERNATIONAL WRESTLING GRAND PRIX CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT . Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved on 2019-02-09.
  3. The 1st International Wrestling Grand Prix Championship Tournament . Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved on 2019-02-09.

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