Pacific Wrestling Federation (PWF) World Heavyweight Championship Details Promotion
All Japan Pro Wrestling Date established
February 27, 1973 Date retired
Statistics First champion(s)
Giant Baba Most reigns
Stan Hansen/ Giant Baba (4 reigns) Longest reign
Giant Baba (5 years, 5 months, 5 days) Shortest reign
Jumbo Tsuruta (<1 day)
Pacific Wrestling Federation (PWF) World Heavyweight Championship is one of the three titles that make up the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship. It was created in 1973 by All Japan owner Giant Baba, after he won a series of ten matches against Bruno Sammartino (twice - one win, one draw), Terry Funk, Abdullah the Butcher, The Destroyer, Wilbur Snyder (twice - one win, one draw), Don Leo Jonathan, Pat O'Connor and Bobo Brazil.
The title, which had originally been classed as a world title, was downgraded to regional status after All Japan joined the
National Wrestling Alliance but retained its status as the top All Japan singles title until 1983. In 1989 Jumbo Tsuruta and Stan Hansen would unify this, the NWA United National Championship and the NWA International Heavyweight title to create the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship. The original belt remained in use as part of the Triple Crown until 2013, when the three belts were replaced by a single belt. As the original top belt in All Japan, its design formed the front plate of the new belt; the other two belts' designs took the sides.
Title history [ edit ]
The overall championship reign
The reign number for the specific wrestler listed.
The event in which the championship changed hands
The specific information is not known
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
Indicates that the exact length of the title reign is unknown, with a note providing more details.
Giant Baba 1
February 27, 1973
Won a series of 10 matches, the last against
Tor Kamata 1
June 1, 1978
Billy Robinson 1
June 12, 1978
Abdullah the Butcher
October 18, 1978
Giant Baba 2
February 10, 1979
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Harley Race 1
October 26, 1982
Giant Baba 3
February 11, 1983
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Stan Hansen 1
September 8, 1983
Giant Baba 4
July 31, 1984
Stan Hansen 2
July 30, 1985
Riki Choshu 1
April 5, 1986
Vacated when Choshu left for
New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Stan Hansen 3
April 24, 1987
Hiroshi Wajima in a decision match.
Genichiro Tenryu 1
March 9, 1988
Tenryu also held the
NWA United National Championship at this point in time
Stan Hansen 4
July 27, 1988
Won the PWF World Heavyweight and NWA United National Championship.
Jumbo Tsuruta 1
April 18, 1989
Tsuruta was the
NWA International Heavyweight Champion.
April 18, 1989
The PWF World Heavyweight Championship, NWA International Heavyweight Championship and NWA United National Championship unified to become the
Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship.
List of combined reigns [ edit ]
# of Reigns
330 - 360
Abdullah the Butcher
See also [ edit ]
^ The exact date the championship was vacated is uncertain, which put the championship reign at between
330 and 360 days.
References [ edit ]
Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
Hoops, Brian (February 28, 2017). "Daily pro wrestling history (02/27): NXT takes over". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online . Retrieved . February 27, 2017
Hoops, Brian (June 1, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (June 1): Rogers beats Gomez, Gordman & Goliath, Baba loses PWF Title, Flair Vs. KVE, Lawler Vs. Son, Undertaker Vs. Edge". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online . Retrieved . February 11, 2017
Hoops, Brian (February 10, 2017). "DAILY PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (02/10): MASA SAITO WINS AWA GOLD AT THE TOKYO DOME". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online . Retrieved . February 10, 2017
Hoops, Brian (February 11, 2017). "On this day in pro wrestling history (Feb 11): AJ Styles wins the IWGP TItle". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online . Retrieved . February 15, 2017
Hoops, Brian (July 31, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (July 31): Stan Hansen wins NWA International title, Giant Baba, Hulk Hogan in AWA". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online . Retrieved . February 11, 2017
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