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NWA International Light Heavyweight Championship
NWA International Light Heavyweight Championship
Details
Promotion(s) Toryumon 2000 Project
Date Established March 3, 2002
Date Retired May 6, 2003


The NWA International Light Heavyweight Championship was a title that was promoted by Ultimo Dragon's Toryumon 2000 Project (T2P) promotion. Although having the "NWA" initials, it was not officially sanctioned by the National Wrestling Alliance. Milano Collection AT was the first champion after defeating Masato Yoshino in the finals of the T2P Strongest Merit Assessment League. T2P closed a month after CIMA won the title, so CIMA took the title to Toryumon Japan but never defended it. The title was later abandoned when CIMA won the Ultimo Dragon Gym Championship.

Championship TournamentEdit

Following the main event of the Descembarcamiento 2 show on January 23, 2002, Milano Collection AT challenged all of the members of the T2P roster to compete in a league tournament so that the strongest within the group would be recognized, similar to what Toryumon Japan was doing with the El Numero Uno league tournament. Toryumon President Ultimo Dragon took the challenge a step further by adding that the winner would be crowned the first NWA International Light Heavyweight Champion.

The tournament began on February 17, 2002 in Toryumon Mexico before resuming in Japan through T2P ten days later. At the end of the preliminary rounds, Block A and D each had a decisive winner in Milano and Masato Yoshino respectively. However, Block B and C had ties going into the final day on March 3. Block B had a tie between Shuji Kondo and Toru Owashi while all three wrestlers in Block C were tied. Thus, decision matches were held prior to the semi-finals, resulting in three rounds of the tournament being showcased in one night.

During the entrances for the finals, Milano was attacked by Don Fujii, who proceeded to kidnap his invisible dog Mikeru. At the end of the tournament, Fujii returned briefly to challenge Milano and all of T2P to "Come to Japan!" To combat the inevitable threat of Crazy MAX, Milano would form the Italian Connection with Yoshino, Stevie "brother" Tsujimoto, Takayuki Yagi, and Kondo, the latter four changing their names to fit their new-found Italian heritage. This would be the catalyst for the Toryumon Japan vs. T2P rivalry that would run through the remainder of the year.

Block A Milano Collection AT Second Doi Raimu Mishima Pts.
Milano Collection AT O O 4
Second Doi X O 2
Raimu Mishima X X 0
Block B Shuji Kondo Toru Owashi Noriaki Kawabata Pts.
Shuji Kondo ± O 3
Toru Owashi ± O 3
Noriaki Kawabata X X 0
Block C Anthony W. Mori Stevie "brother" Tsujimoto Takayuki Yagi Pts.
Anthony W. Mori O X 2
Stevie "brother" Tsujimoto X O 2
Takayuki Yagi O X 2
Block D Masato Yoshino Jun Ogawauchi Kinya Oyanagei Pts.
Masato Yoshino O O 4
Jun Ogawauchi X O 2
Kinya Oyanagei X X 0

Block C Decision Three-Way Match: Anthony W. Mori defeated Stevie "brother" Tsujimoto and Takayuki Yagi (March 3 - 9:25)

Block B Decision Match: Shuji Kondo defeated Toru Owashi (March 3 - 7:57)

Semifinals Finals
      
A1 Milano Collection AT Sub
B1 Shuji Kondo 0:59
A1 Milano Collection AT Sub
D1 Masato Yoshino 5:35
C1 Anthony W. Mori Sub
D1 Masato Yoshino 8:31

Title historyEdit

# Wrestler Reign Date Location Event Length Defenses Successful defenses Notes
1 Milano Collection AT 1 March 3, 2002 Tokyo T2P Strongest Assessment League Finals &0000000000000298000000298

Days

1 1. defeated Don Fujii in Two Out of Three Falls match on June 6, 2002 Defeated Masato Yoshino in the T2P Strongest League Finals to become the first champion.
2 CIMA 1 December 26, 2002 Tokyo Toryumon 2000 Project XV &0000000000000131000000131

Days

0 This match had Lucha Libre Rules.
Vacated and Abandoned May 6, 2003 Tokyo Vacated after CIMA winning the Ultimo Dragon Gym Championship.

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