WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship
The World Wrestling Federation (WWF) World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship was a world 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 to the promotion. The title was known for being contested in matches billed as shoot wrestling fights. The WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship was contested only 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.
|1||Inoki, AntonioAntonio Inoki||1||December 18, 1978||3780||New York, NY||House Show||Awarded by Vincent J. McMahon|
|2||Chochishvili, ShotaShota Chochishvili||1||April 24, 1989||31||Tokyo, Japan||House Show||Fifth round knockout|
|3||Inoki, AntonioAntonio Inoki||2||May 25, 1989||220||Osaka, Japan||House Show|
|—||Deactivated||—||December 31, 1989||—||N/A||N/A||Inoki was the final champion after NJPW abandoned the title on December 31, 1989|
|Rank||Champion||No. of reigns||Combined days|
- The WWF New Japan Martial Arts Championship at Solie's Title Histories.com
- the WWF New Japan Martial Arts Championship at Wrestling Information Archive