WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship

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WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship
PromotionWorld Wide Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Federation
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Date establishedDecember 18, 1978
Date retiredDecember 31, 1989
Other name(s)
  • WWWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship (1978–1979)
  • WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship (1979–1989)

The WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling heavyweight championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and later in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). It was created on December 18, 1978, and awarded to NJPW mainstay Antonio Inoki by Vincent J. McMahon, upon Inoki's arrival in America. The title was known for being contested in matches billed as shoot wrestling fights. The WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship was contested solely in NJPW after the promotion became unaffiliated with the WWF in 1985.

During the thirtieth anniversary of Inoki's career, NJPW created the "Greatest 18 Club", a hall of fame. NJPW then created a new title, the Greatest 18 Championship, which was intended to complement the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. The Greatest 18 Championship was represented by the former Martial Arts Championship and was awarded to Riki Choshu in 1990. Choshu lost the title to The Great Muta in 1992. Muta retired the title on September 23 of that year, in order to focus on his IWGP Heavyweight Championship title defenses. The title was subsequently officially retired by NJPW.

Title history[edit]

No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Antonio Inoki December 18, 1978 House show New York, NY 1 3,780 Awarded by Vincent J. McMahon.
2 Shota Chochishvili April 24, 1989 Battle Satellite in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 31 Fifth round knockout.
3 Antonio Inoki May 25, 1989 House show Osaka, Japan 2 220
Deactivated December 31, 1989 Inoki was the final champion after NJPW abandoned the title on December 31, 1989.

Combined reigns[edit]

Rank Champion No. of reigns Combined days
1 Antonio Inoki 2 4000
2 Shota Chochishvili 1 31