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NWA International Heavyweight Title
the original belt held by Rikidozan title belt after 1965

Texas ( 1957 - 1958 )
JWA ( 1958 - 1973/04/14 )
SOUTH KOREA ( 1973 - 1981/04/13 )
All Japan ( 1981/04 - 1989/04/18 )

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Lou Thesz 1957/11
Awarded by the NWA; Houston NWA promoter Morris Sigel claims that Thesz has won the title by defeating Antonino Rocca in 49.
Rikidozan 1958/08/27 Los Angeles, CA
Defeats Thesz in a non-title match and claims the title; Thesz continues to be billed as champions in various territories in the US until regaining the World Title in 63/01; vacant on 63/12/15 when Rikidozan dies from stab wounds suffered on 63/12/08 in Tokyo.
Giant Baba 1965/11/24 Osaka
Defeats Dick the Bruiser.
Bobo Brazil 1968/06/25 Nagoya
Giant Baba [2] 1968/06/27 Tokyo
Gene Kiniski 1970/12/03 Osaka
Giant Baba [3] 1970/12/19 Los Angeles, CA
Vacates on 72/09/02 when Baba leaves JWA to start All Japan Pro-Wrestling.
Bobo Brazil [2] 1972/12/01 Yokohama
Defeats Kintaro Ohki.
Kintaro Ohki (KIM Il) 1972/12/04 Hiroshima
Ordered by the NWA to vacate the title on 81/04/13.
Dory Funk Jr. 1981/04/30 Matsudo
Wins tournament when Bruiser Brody is injured and unable to wrestle in final; defeats Terry Funk for his first title defense instead.
Bruiser Brody 1981/10/09 Tokyo
Dory Funk Jr. [2] 1981/11/01 Tokyo
Bruiser Brody [2] 1982/04/21 Osaka
Jumbo Tsuruta 1983/08/31 Tokyo
Stan Hansen 1986/07/31 Tokyo
Jumbo Tsuruta [2] 1986/10/21 Tokyo
Bruiser Brody [3] 1988/03/27 Tokyo
Jumbo Tsuruta [3] 1988/04/19 Sendai
Unifies PWF and NWA United National titles, defeating Stan Hansen on 89/04/18 in Tokyo, to become the first unified Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion.

* See Triple Crown Heavyweight Title.




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