PWF World Heavyweight Championship
Promotion(s) All Japan Pro Wrestling
Date Established February 27, 1973
Date Retired April 18, 1989

The Pacific Wrestling Federation (PWF) World Heavyweight Championship is one of the three titles that make up the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship. It was created in 1973 by All Japan owner Giant Baba, after he won a series of ten matches against Bruno Sammartino (twice - one win, one draw), Terry Funk, Abdullah the Butcher, The Destroyer, Wilbur Snyder (twice - one win, one draw), Don Leo Jonathan, Pat O'Connor and Bobo Brazil.

The title, which had originally been classed as a world title, was downgraded to regional status after All Japan joined the National Wrestling Alliance but retained its status as the top All Japan singles title until 1981. In 1989 Jumbo Tsuruta and Stan Hansen would unify this, the NWA United National Championship and the NWA International Heavyweight title to create the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship. The original belt remained in use as part of the Triple Crown until 2013, when the three belts were replaced by a single belt. As the original top belt in All Japan, its design formed the front plate of the new belt; the other two belts' designs took the sides.

Title HistoryEdit

# Wrestler Reign Date Location Length Defenses Notes
1 Giant Baba 1 February 27, 1973 Tokyo 1920 Days 38 Won a series of 10 matches, the last against Bobo Brazil.
2 Tor Kamata 1 June 1, 1978 Tokyo 11 Days 0
3 Billy Robinson 1 June 12, 1978 Tokyo 128 Days 1
4 Abdullah the Butcher 1 October 18, 1978 Utsunomiya 115 Days 1
5 Giant Baba 2 February 10, 1979 Chicago, Illinois, USA 1354 Days 15
6 Harley Race 1 October 26, 1982 Obihiro, Hokkaido 108 Days 1
7 Giant Baba 3 February 11, 1983 St. Louis, Missouri, USA 209 Days 3
8 Stan Hansen 1 September 8, 1983 Chiba 327 Days 3
9 Giant Baba 4 July 31, 1984 Tokyo 364 Days 3
10 Stan Hansen 2 July 30, 1985 Fukuoka 430 Days 1
11 Riki Choshu 1 April 5, 1986 Yokohama, Kanagawa ? Days 6
Vacated March 1987 Vacated when Choshu let for New Japan Pro Wrestling.
12 Stan Hansen 3 April 24, 1987 Yokohama, Kanagawa 320 Days 4 Defeated Hiroshi Wajima in a decision match.
13 Genichiro Tenryu 1 March 9, 1988 Yokohama 200 Days 2 Tenryu also held the NWA United National Championship at this point in time
14 Stan Hansen 4 July 27, 1988 Nagano 265 Days 3 Won the PWF World Heavyweight and NWA United National Championship.
15 Jumbo Tsuruta 1 April 18, 1989 Tokyo 0 Days 0 Tsuruta was the NWA International Heavyweight Champion.
United April 18, 1989 The PWF World Heavyweight Championship, NWA International Heavyweight Championship and NWA United National Championship unified to become the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship.


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