NWA World Middleweight Tournament, 1999
The NWA World Middleweight Championship had been the property of Ultimo Dragon since he won it from Corazon de Leon in 1994, but a botched arm operation in 1998 forced Dragon to (temporarily) retire from wrestling and relinquish the title.
A tournament, planned to include six men, took place on Feburary 7th, 1999 in Yokohama Culture Gym, Yokohama, Japan, as part of a Toryumon show.
Magnum Tokyo----- |Magnum Tokyo----- Sumo Fuji-------- | |Great Sasuke Great Sasuke----- | (79th) |Great Sasuke----- Gran Naniwa------ Shiima Nobunga--- |Shiima Nobunga--- Sasuke the Great- (injured)
Shiima Nobunaga was unable to continue in the tournament after the first round match due to injury, so the final was a one on one match. Sasuke would hold onto to the title until Ultimo Dragon returned to the ring to challenge him.