NWA World Welterweight Championship
Promotion(s) Toryumon Japan
Ultimo Dragon Productions
Date Established February 6, 1999
Date Retired June 20, 2004

The NWA World Welterweight Championship was a championship that was promoted in the Toryumon promotions from February 6, 1999 to November 27, 2007. It was the first championship to be regularly defended in the promotions and would serve as the top singles championship in Toryumon Japan until April 22, 2003 with the introduction of the Ultimo Dragon Gym Championship.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The NWA World Welterweight Championship is a championship governed by the National Wrestling Alliance. The belt was generally contested by wrestlers who weighed between 70 kilograms (150 lbs.) and 78 kilograms (170 lbs.), although this would not always be strictly enforced. It was first awarded on March 15, 1946 to El Santo, who won an eight-man tournament in Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL).

The belt became an officially sanctioned NWA championship when EMLL joined the NWA in 1952. This would last until the late 1980s when EMLL withdrew from the NWA and changed its name to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). On August 3, 1996, New Japan Pro Wrestling would take control of the belt and two days later combine it with seven other championships to form the J-Crown Championship, then held by Great Sasuke. The J-Crown would end on October 5, 1997 as championships would be withdrawn or vacated primarily due to the World Wrestling Federation demanding the return of their Light Heavyweight Championship.

Ultimo Dragon would reintroduce the championship as the main singles title in his Toryumon promotions beginning February 6, 1999 with Dragon Kid defeating Dr. Cerebro in a decision match, though the match initially ended in a double count-out and had to be restarted. The championship would remain in possession of the Toryumon promotions even after the split with Dragon Gate in 2004 until November 27, 2007 when La Sombra defeated Hajime Ohara and brought it back under control of CMLL. It would later be returned to the NWA on August 12, 2010.

Title History[edit | edit source]

# Wrestler Reign Date Location Length Notes
1 Dragon Kid 1 February 6, 1999 Nagoya, Japan 78 Days Defeated Dr. Cerebro in a decision match.
2 Judo Suwa 1 April 25, 1999 Kawasaki, Japan 454 Days
3 Kenichiro Arai 1 July 22, 2000 Tokyo, Japan 150 Days
Vacated December 21, 2000 Vacated due to overturning decision of Susumu Mochizuki defeating Keni'chiro Arai on December 15 from outside interference.
4 Kenichiro Arai 2 January 29, 2001 Tokyo, Japan 118 Days Defeated Yasushi Kanda in tournament finals.
5 Susumu Mochizuki 1 May 27, 2001 Kobe, Hyogo, Japan 126 Days
6 Ryo Saito 1 September 30, 2001 Tokyo, Japan 210 Days
7 Genki Horiguchi 1 April 28, 2002 Kobe, Hyogo, Japan 56 Days
Vacated June 23, 2002 Vacated due Genki Horiguchi vs. Dragon Kid ending in a no contest.
8 Ricky Marvin 1 July 7, 2002 Kobe, Hyogo, Japan 17 Days Defeated Super Nova in a decision match.
9 Genki Horiguchi 2 July 24, 2002 Kumamoto, Japan 4 Days
10 Darkness Dragon 1 July 28, 2002 Shimonoseki, Japan 236 Days
Vacated March 21, 2003 Vacated due to Darkness Dragon injury.
11 YOSSINO 1 March 22, 2003 Sapporo, Japan 456 Days Defeated Genki Horiguchi in a decision match.
Abandoned June 20, 2004 Vacated by YOSSINO to concentrate on the Ultimo Dragon Gym Championship.

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