NWA International Tag Team Championship

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This was a regional NWA championship based in Japan. For the version of this title that was promoted in NWA All Star Wrestling in Canada, see NWA International Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version).

The NWA International Tag Team Championship was a National Wrestling Alliance-sanctioned title contested for in All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW). Prior to being used in AJPW, the title was defended in the Japan Wrestling Association (JWA). The title lasted from 1962 through 1988. It is now part of the World Tag Team Championship, also known as the "Double Cup".[1]

Title history[edit]

#: Name(s): Reigns: Date: Location: Notes:
1 The Fabulous Kangaroos
(Al Costello and Roy Heffernan)
1 1962 n/a
2 George and Sandy Scott 1 n/a n/a
3 Karl and Kurt Von Stroheim 1 July 1964 Texas, United States
4 Bull and Fred Curry 1 July 20, 1964 Fort Worth, Texas, United States
5 Karl (2) and Kurt Von Stroheim (2) 2 1966 Texas, United States
6 Fritz Von Goehring and Mike Padosis 1 September 1966 Texas, United States
7 Giant Baba and Michiaki Yoshimura 1 November 5, 1966 Tokyo, Japan
8 Tarzan Tyler and Bill Watts 1 October 6, 1967 Fukushima, Japan
9 Giant Baba (2) and Antonio Inoki 1 October 31, 1967 Osaka, Japan
Title held up on January 8, 1968 when Inoki no-shows a scheduled defense against Crusher Lisowski and Bill Miller in Hiroshima, Japan due to heavy snow.
10 Giant Baba (3) and Antonio Inoki (2) 2 February 3, 1968 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Crusher Lisowski and Bill Miller to win the held up title.
11 Danny Hodge and Wilbur Snyder 1 January 9, 1969 Hiroshima, Japan
12 Giant Baba (4) and Antonio Inoki (3) 3 February 4, 1969 Sapporo, Japan
13 Dick the Bruiser and Crusher Lisowski 1 August 11, 1969 Sapporo, Japan
14 Giant Baba (5) and Antonio Inoki (4) 4 August 13, 1969 Osaka, Japan
15 Dory Funk, Jr. and Terry Funk 1 December 7, 1971 Los Angeles, California, United States
16 Giant Baba (6) and Seiji Sakaguchi 1 May 19, 1972 Tokyo, Japan
Title vacated on September 7, 1972 when Baba left the JWA to found All Japan Pro Wrestling.
17 Kintaro Ohki and Seiji Sakaguchi (2) 1 December 2, 1972 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Bobo Brazil and Gene Kiniski to win the vacant title.
18 Killer Karl Krupp and Johnny Valentine 1 February 22, 1973 Osaka, Japan
19 Kintaro Ohki (2) and Umanosuke Ueda 1 March 6, 1973 Nagoya, Japan
20 Killer Karl Krupp (2) and Fritz Von Erich 1 April 18, 1973 Yaizu, Japan
21 Killer Karl Krupp (3) and Karl Von Steiger 1 April 1973 n/a Krupp chose Von Steiger as his new partner after Von Erich forfeited his half of the title.
The JWA closed in April 1973 but Krupp and von Steiger kept the belts, returning with them to Amarillo, Texas, to Dory Funk's promotion.
22 Dory Funk, Jr. and Terry Funk 2 May 26, 1973 Amarillo, Texas, United States
23 Killer Karl Kox and Ciclon Negro 1 August 26, 1973 Lubbock, Texas, United States
24 Dory Funk, Jr. and Terry Funk 3 October 1973 Texas, United States
25 Giant Baba (7) and Jumbo Tsuruta 1 February 5, 1975 San Antonio, Texas, United States They returned to All Japan Pro Wrestling with the belts.
26 Kintaro Ohki (3) and Kim Duk 1 October 28, 1976 Tokyo, Japan
27 Giant Baba (8) and Jumbo Tsuruta (2) 2 December 9, 1976 Tokyo, Japan
28 Kintaro Ohki (4) and Kim Duk (2) 2 November 7, 1977 Seoul, South Korea
29 Giant Baba (9) and Jumbo Tsuruta (3) 3 May 11, 1978 Tokyo, Japan
30 Abdullah the Butcher and Ray Candy 1 October 12, 1979 Tokyo, Japan
31 Giant Baba (10) and Jumbo Tsuruta (4) 4 October 19, 1979 Tokyo, Japan Baba and Tsuruta also won the Detroit version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship on June 28, 1980, defeating John Bonello and Randy Scott in Detroit, Michigan.
32 Ron Bass and Stan Hansen 1 April 12, 1983 Matsuyama, Japan
33 Giant Baba (11) and Jumbo Tsuruta (5) 5 April 17, 1983 Nagasaki, Japan
34 Tiger Jeet Singh and Umanosuke Ueda (2) 1 July 26, 1983 Fukuoka, Japan
35 Giant Baba (12) and Jumbo Tsuruta (6) 6 August 1, 1983 Tokyo, Japan
Title vacated in May 1984 when Baba was injured.
36 Genichiro Tenryu and Jumbo Tsuruta (7) 1 September 3, 1984 Hiroshima, Japan Defeated Jerry Blackwell and Bruiser Brody to win the vacant title.
37 Riki Chōshū and Yoshiaki Yatsu 1 February 5, 1986 Sapporo, Japan
38 Genichiro Tenryu (2) and Jumbo Tsuruta (8) 2 February 5, 1987 Tokyo, Japan
39 The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk) 1 March 12, 1987 Sapporo, Japan
40 Jumbo Tsuruta (9) and Yoshiaki Yatsu (2) 1 June 10, 1988 Tokyo, Japan
On June 10, 1988, Tsuruta and Yatsu's PWF Tag Team Championship (which they won on June 4, 1988 by defeating Ashura Hara and Genichiro Tenryu in Sapporo, Japan) was unified with the NWA International Tag Team Championship, creating the World Tag Team Championship, also known as the "Double Cup".
A number inside parentheses in the "Name(s)" column indicates the wrestler had multiple tag team parters and the number is how many reigns they individually had as one-half of the NWA International Tag Team Champions.

List of combined reigns[edit]

By Team[edit]

Rank Team # Of Reigns Combined Days
1. Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta 6 3,127
2. Giant Baba and Antonio Inoki 4 1,444
3. Dory Funk, Jr. and Terry Funk 3 749
4. Genichiro Tenryu and Jumbo Tsuruta 2 555
5. George and Sandy Scott 1 547
6. Bull and Fred Curry 1 529
7. The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk) 1 456
8. The Fabulous Kangoroos (Al Costello and Roy Heffernan) 1 365
Riki Chōshū and Yoshiaki Yatsu 1 365
9. Giant Baba and Michiaki Yoshimura 1 335
10. Karl and Kurt Von Stroheim 2 263
11. Kintaro Ohki and Kim Duk 2 227
12. Giant Baba and Seiji Sakaguchi 1 111
13. Kintaro Ohki and Seiji Sakaguchi 1 82
14. Fritz Von Goehring and Mike Padosis 1 66
15. Kintaro Ohki and Umanosuke Ueda 1 43
16. Danny Hodge and Wilbur Snyder 1 26
17. Killer Karl Krupp and Johnny Valentine 1 12
Killer Karl Krupp and Karl Von Steiger 1 12
18. Abdullah the Butcher and Ray Candy 1 7
19. Tiger Jeet Singh and Umanosuke Ueda 1 6
20. Killer Karl Kox and Ciclon Negro 1 5
Ron Bass and Stan Hansen 1 5
21. Dick the Bruiser and Crusher Lisowsk 1 2
22. Killer Karl Krupp and Fritz Von Erich 1 0
Jumbo Tsuruta and Yoshiaki Yatsu 1 0

By Wrestler[edit]

Rank Team # Of Reigns Combined Days
1. Giant Baba 12 5,017
2. Jumbo Tsuruta 9 3,662
3. Antonio Inoki 4 1,444
4. Dory Funk, Jr. 3 749
Terry Funk 3 749
5. Genichiro Tenryu 2 555
6. Sandy Scott 1 547
George Scott 1 547
7. Bull Curry 1 529
Fred Curry 1 529
8. Animal 1 456
Hawk 1 456
9. Al Costello 1 365
Roy Heffernan 1 365
Riki Chōshū 1 365
Yoshiaki Yatsu 2 365
10. Kintaro Ohki 4 352
11. Michiaki Yoshimura 1 335
12. Karl Von Stroheim 2 263
Kurt Von Stroheim 2 263
13. Kim Duk 2 227
14. Seiji Sakaguchi 2 193
15. Fritz Von Goehring 1 66
Mike Padosis 1 66
16. Umanosuke Ueda 2 49
17. Danny Hodge 1 26
Wilbur Snyder 1 26
18. Tarzan Tyler 1 25
Bill Watts 1 25
19. Killer Karl Krupp 3 23
20. Johnny Valentine 1 12
21. Abdulla the Butcher 1 7
Ray Candy 1 7
22. Tiger Jeet Singh 1 6
23. Killer Karl Kox 1 5
Ciclon Negro 1 5
Ron Bass 1 5
Stan Hansen 1 5
24. Dick the Bruiser 1 2
Crusher Lisowsk 1 2
25. Fritz Von Erich 1 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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