WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship

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WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship
Details
Promotion World Wrestling Federation
New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date established 1965 / 1978
Date retired 1972 / 1985

The WWWF/WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship is a former championship recognized by the World (Wide) Wrestling Federation and New Japan Pro-Wrestling for wrestlers of smaller size. The title existed from 1967 through 1985.

In April 1994, the championship belt was used as a trophy for the first ever Super J-Cup, which was won by Wild Pegasus.

Title history[edit]

No. Champions Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref(s)
1 Paul DeGalles 1 September 1965 [Note 1] [Note 2] House show    
2 De Fazio, JohnnyJohnny De Fazio 1 October 15, 1965 [Note 3] Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania House show    
3 Jackie Nicholas 1 [Note 4] [Note 3] New England House show    
4 De Fazio, JohnnyJohnny De Fazio 2 [Note 4] [Note 3] [Note 2] House show    
5 Jackie Nicholas 2 [Note 4] [Note 3] [Note 2] House show    
6 De Fazio, JohnnyJohnny De Fazio 3 [Note 4] [Note 3] [Note 2] House show    
7 Jackie Nicholas 3 [Note 4] [Note 3] [Note 2] House show    
8 De Fazio, JohnnyJohnny De Fazio 4 [Note 4] [Note 3] [Note 2] House show    
Vacated 1972 N/A N/A De Fazio vacated the title in 1972 upon retirement.  
9 Estrada, Carlos JoseCarlos Jose Estrada 1 January 20, 1978 3 Uniondale, New York House show Defeated Tony Garea to reestablish the title in the WWWF.  
10 Fujinami, TatsumiTatsumi Fujinami 1 January 23, 1978 617 New York, New York House show Moved to New Japan Pro Wrestling with the title.  
11 Ryuma Go 1 October 2, 1979 2 Osaka, Japan House show  
12 Fujinami, TatsumiTatsumi Fujinami 2 October 4, 1979 789 Tokyo, Japan House show  
Vacated December 1, 1981 N/A N/A Fujinami entered the heavyweight division.  
13 Tiger Mask 1 January 1, 1982 119 Tokyo, Japan House show Defeated Dynamite Kid for the vacant title.  
Vacated April 30, 1982 N/A N/A Tiger Mask was injured.  
14 Black Tiger 1 May 6, 1982 20 Fukuoka, Japan House show Defeated Gran Hamada in a decision match. [1]
15 Tiger Mask 2 May 26, 1982 312 Osaka, Japan House show   [2]
Vacated April 3, 1983 N/A N/A Tiger Mask was injured by the Dynamite Kid in a tag team match two nights before. On the same April 3, Dynamite Kid and Kuniaki Kobayashi fought for the title and no winner was declared.  
16 Tiger Mask 3 June 13, 1983 60 Mexico City, Mexico House show Defeated Fishman in decision match.  
Vacated August 12, 1983 N/A N/A Tiger Mask retired.  
17 Dynamite Kid 1 February 7, 1984 273 Tokyo, Japan House show Won a triangular tournament final match over The Cobra. [3]
Vacated November 6, 1983 N/A N/A When the Dynamite Kid left WWF for Japan.  
18 The Cobra 1 December 28, 1984 143 New York City, New York House show Defeated Black Tiger to win the title.  
19 Saito, HiroHiro Saito 1 May 20, 1985 69 Hiroshima, Japan House show  
20 The Cobra 2 July 28, 1985 95 Osaka, Japan House show [4]
Abandoned October 31, 1985 N/A N/A Vacated and abandoned when New Japan and the WWF split.  

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The exact date DeGalles won the championship is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 14 and 44 days.
  2. ^ a b c d e f The location of the match was not captured in any known documentation.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g The length of the championship reign is too uncertain to calculate.
  4. ^ a b c d e f The date of the match was not captured in any known documentation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ F4W Staff (May 6, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (May 6): Verne Gagne Vs. Danny Hodge, 1st Annual Von Erich Parade of Champions show". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ F4W Staff (May 26, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (May 26): Dick the Bruiser & Crusher beat Larry Hennig & Harley Race in a nine fall death match, Tiger Mask wins WWF Jr. Heavyweight gold". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ Hoops, Brian (February 7, 2017). "On this day in pro wrestling history (Feb 7): Bobby Roode & Austin Aries wins tag gold". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  4. ^ Hoops, Brian (July 28, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (July 28): Lou Thesz wrestles the husband of the world's greatest all-time female athlete". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 

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