WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship - Title History

On this page, you find the full Title History for the WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship, with all Championship Info, Statistics, the Belt Design changes through the years, and the full list of Title Reigns, along with dates, events, and reign durations.

The WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship was contested in New Japan Pro Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment, by men wrestlers.

The championship was first established on December 18, 1978, and the inaugural champion was Antonio Inoki.

The title was known for being contested in no rope martial arts matches (billed as shoot wrestling fights).

WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship: Title History

  • Promotions / Brands
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPW April 2, 1989 December 31, 1989
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF December 18, 1978 April 1, 1989
  • Championship Names & Belt Designs
    • WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship March 1, 1979 December 31, 1989
    • WWWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship December 18, 1978 February 28, 1979

WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship: Title Reigns

  • N. Image Champion Reign

    Deactivated

    3
    Antonio Inoki

    Antonio Inoki 2

    220
    2

    Shota Chochishvili 1

    31
    1
    Antonio Inoki

    Antonio Inoki 1

    3780

WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship: Statistics

  • Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment, New Japan Pro Wrestling
  • Gender Male
  • Title Type Tertiary Title
  • Date Established December 18, 1978
  • Date Retired December 31, 1989
  • Notes The title was known for being contested in no rope martial arts matches (billed as shoot wrestling fights).
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