NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship

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Current Champion

Ultimo Dragon is the current champion. He defeated Hajime Ohara & Mineo Fujita in a 3 Way Match on 07/19/10 in Tokyo, Japan at the Ultimo Dragon Produced "LUCHA FIESTA 2010" event, to win the title.

History of Championship

This title was founded in 1979 as the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title (International) in cooperation with New Japan Pro Wrestling and the Los Angeles NWA promotion. It was renamed the NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title in August of 1982. Also in 1982, the belt came under the ownership of All Japan Pro Wrestling. It was abandoned in 1986 by the last champion, Tiger Mask II (Mitsuharu Misawa).

The title was defended in Japan, the United States, and Mexico.

On October 12, 2006, Ultimo Dragon recieved the belt from Atsushi Onita, and annnounced he would promote a tournament for the championship. In the finals of that tournament on 3/4/07 Hirooki Goto defeated Shocker to win the title and become the 18th Champion. Goto vacated the title on 9/8/07 after defeating Hajime Ohara in a match in Japan, stating he was no longer a junior heavyweight and thus could no longer hold the title.

The title was again revived in November 2008 when Super Delfin defeated Ultimo Dragon to win the vacant championship in a decision match in Osaka, Japan.

Champions Listing

# Champion(s) Defeated Date Location
match to determine initial champion
1 Steve Keirn Chavo Guerrero 1979.12.10 Los Angeles
2 Tatsumi Fujinami Steve Keirn 1980.02.01 Sapporo, Japan
3 Mike Graham Tatsumi Fujinami 1980.02.15 Hollywood, Florida, United States
4 Tatsumi Fujinami [2] Mike Graham 1980.04.04 Kawasaki, Japan
vacated in June of 1980 due to injury
decision match for vacant title
5 Kengo Kimura Bret Hart 1980.07.02 Kitakyushu, Japan
6 Chavo Guerrero Kengo Kimura 1980.10.03 Tokyo
7 Gino Hernandez Chavo Guerrero 1981.02.27 Houston, Texas, United States
8 Chavo Guerrero [2] Gino Hernandez 1981.09.?? ?
9 Atsushi Onita Chavo Guerrero 1982.03.07 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
10[1] Sangre Chicana Atsushi Onita 1982.04.11 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
11 Atsushi Onita [2] Sangre Chicana 1982.04.30 Mexico City
1[2] Halcon Ortiz 1982.05.07 Arena Mexico
title held up after a match with Chavo Guerrero on 1982.07.30
title renamed NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title at the annual NWA meeting in August of 1982
12 Atsushi Onita [3] Chavo Guerrero 1982.11.04 Tokyo
title vacated on 1983.04.15 after Onita breaks his leg wrestling Hector Guerrero
tournament final to crown new champion
13 Chavo Guerrero [3] Ultra Seven 1983.05.26 Tenryu, Japan
14 Mighty Inoue Chavo Guerrero 1984.02.06 Osaka, Japan
15 Dynamite Kid Mighty Inoue 1985.06.08 Takamatsu, Japan
16 Kuniaki Kobayashi Dynamite Kid 1985.06.13 Koga, Japan
17 Tiger Mask II Kuniaki Kobayashi 1985.08.31 Tokyo
title abandoned in 1986
8 man tournament to crown a new champion
18 Hirooki Goto Shocker 2007.03.04 Arena Coliseo DF
title vacated on 2007.09.08 when Goto declares he is no longer a junior heavyweight
decision match for vacant title
19 Super Delfin Ultimo Dragon 2008.11.09 Osaka, Japan
1 Menso~re Oyaji 2008.11.21 Okinawa, Japan
20 Ultimo Dragon Super Delfin 2008.11.22 Tokyo, Japan
1 Captain “Churaumi Pirates” Zack 2008.11.30 Okinawa, Japan
21 Hajime Ohara Ultimo Dragon 2008.12.14 Arena Coliseo DF
1 Kushida 2009.02.19 Tokyo, Japan
2 Kushida 2009.03.25 Tokyo, Japan
3 Amigo Suzuki 2009.06.14 Osaka, Japan
22 Mineo Fujita Hajime Ohara 2009.10.01 Tokyo, Japan
1 Takeshi Minamino 2009.12.15 Tokyo, Japan
23 Ultimo Dragon [2] Mineo Fujita & Hajime Ohara 2010.07.19 Tokyo, Japan
1 Black Tiger V 2011.03.06 Sala de Armas Magdalena Mixhuca
2 Último Guerrero & Hajime Ohara 2012.05.12 Arena Mexico
3 Rey Bucanero 2014.03.16 Sala de Armas Magdalena Mixhuca
 
 
title change
successful title defense
championship matches which were announced, but results were not found

Sources:

  1. El Informador 1982-04-11; billed as the NWA Cruiserweight Championship
  2. Matt Farmer

Gallery of Champions

Chavo Guerrero, 6th, 8th & 13th Champion
Atsushi Onita, 9th, 11th & 12th Champion
Sangre Chicana, 10th Champion
Chavo Guerrero, as 13th Champion
Tiger Mask II, 17th Champion
Hirooki Goto, 18th Champion


Super Delfin, 19th Champion
Ultimo Dragon, 20th & 23rd Champion
Hajime Ohara, 21st Champion
Mineo Fujita, 22nd Champion

Sources

V National Wrestling Alliance Championships (with lucha libre history) E
World Welter (Akantus), NWA-Mexico: Mexico Light (Skayde), Mexico Welter (Vaquero Fantasma)
Dragon Gym: International Junior Heavy (Último Dragón)
Defunct: Middle, Light Heavy, Americas Tag
Reference: Jr. Heavy, Heavy
CMLL established titles: Historic Welter (Volador Jr.), Historic Middle (Ultimo Guerrero), Historic LH (Hechicero)