IWA World Heavyweight Championship (International Wrestling Enterprise)

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The International Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship of the Japanese professional wrestling promotion known as International Wrestling Enterprise (Kokusai Puroresu). It was the first Japanese heavyweight title to be billed as a World title, and in the 1970s and early 1980s it was one of the most important titles in Japan. The title died with the promotion in 1981 but was later revived by Goro Tsurumi for his independent Kokusai Promotion.

Wrestler: Times: Date: Place: Days held: Notes:
Billy Robinson 1 December 12, 1968 Okayama, Okayama 158 Defeats Toyonobori in the final of 11-man round-robin tournament.
Thunder Sugiyama 1 May 19, 1969 Sendai, Miyagi 654
Dr. Bill Miller 1 March 4, 1971 Kokura, Fukuoka 107
Strong Kobayashi 1 June 19, 1971 Duluth, MN 874
Wahoo McDaniel 1 November 9, 1973 Nachi Katsuura, Wakayama 21
Strong Kobayashi 2 November 30, 1973 Tokyo 75
Vacant The title was vacated on February 13, 1974, when Kobayashi jumped to New Japan Pro Wrestling to challenge Antonio Inoki.
Billy Robinson 2 June 3, 1974 Tokyo 74 Defeats the Great Kusatsu in a tournament final.
Superstar Billy Graham 1 August 16, 1974 Denver, CO 52
Mighty Inoue 1 October 7, 1974 Koshigaya, Saitama 185
Mad Dog Vachon 1 April 10, 1975 Tokyo 9
Rusher Kimura 1 April 19, 1975 Sapporo, Hokkaido 360
Vacant Kimura vacates the title after being unsatisfied with a match (indecisive conclusion) against The Undertaker (Hans Schroeder) on April 13, 1976, in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
Rusher Kimura 2 April 22, 1976 Sendai, Miyagi 50 Defeats The Undertaker in rematch.
Umanosuke Ueda 1 June 11, 1976 Koga, Ibaraki 47 The title was held up after a match against Rusher Kimura on July 28, 1976, in Choshi, Chiba.
Rusher Kimura 3 July 31, 1976 Koshigaya, Saitama 1,085 Defeats Super Assassin (Roger Smith), who replaces injured Ueda for rematch.
Alexis Smirnoff 1 July 21, 1979 Murakami, Niigata 4
Rusher Kimura 4 July 25, 1979 Mishima, Shizuoka 111
Verne Gagne 1 November 13, 1979 Sanjō, Niigata 3
Rusher Kimura 5 November 16, 1979 Wakayama 684
Title abandoned Title retired when the promotion closes on September 30, 1981.

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