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Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) is a professional wrestling promotion in Japan founded by Antonio Inoki in 2007. The IGF is now also the official National Wrestling Alliance territory of Japan, since Antonio Inoki is the person who holds those rights and transferred them to IGF from New Japan Pro Wrestling.

History

Antonio Inoki left New Japan Pro Wrestling, a promotion he founded in 1972, to start the IGF. Inoki carried over to IGF his National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) accreditation, making IGF the official Japanese territory of the NWA.

In 2007, the IGF began a talent exchange with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) of the United States, with Kurt Angle being the first TNA talent used by IGF despite TNA having officially broken ties with the NWA in 2004.

The first IGF show was held on June 29 2007 at the Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The card was completely changed at the last minute, resulting in the 8,426 fans in attendance not knowing who or what they were going to see outside of the main event of Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar.

On February 22, 2010, IGF ran their 11th show since its inception.

Shinichi Suzukawa was scheduled to face Bob Sapp in an IGF special rules Heavyweight bout on December 31, 2010, at K-1 Dynamite!! 2010. The fight was to be held under MMA rules, but the fighters won't wear gloves. Closed-fist strikes will not be allowed, but palm strikes will be permitted. The event will air on HDNet in North America. The fight was canceled due to a last-minute contract dispute but those in attendance were told that Sapp “had lost his will to fight.”

Title history

IWGP Heavyweight Championship (IGF version)

The IWGP Heavyweight Championship was IGF's only sanctioned championship. Though it is officially not the same title recognized by New Japan Pro Wrestling, the Inoki Genome Federation referred to this title as the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (and was recognized as such also by TNA). IGF claims that the IWGP Heavyweight Championship was never held up despite Brock Lesnar being stripped of the title by NJPW on July 15, 2006. This is due to Antonio Inoki believing that Lesnar was being treated unfairly by NJPW. As Inoki was the one who had originally established the IWGP title, he still viewed Lesnar as the rightful champion. As such there were two separate belts and titles that were billed as the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. IGF's version used the third physical incarnation of the belt, while NJPW reverted to the second once it lost possession of the third belt. The IGF championship was defended for the first time by Lesnar in a losing effort against Kurt Angle in the main event of the debut IGF card on June 29, 2007.

Angle made his first successful title defense against Samoa Joe on August 12, 2007 in Orlando, Florida at TNA Hard Justice in a match where, in addition to the IWGP title, Angle's TNA World Heavyweight, and Joe's TNA World Tag Team and TNA X Division Championships were on the line.

On December 20, 2007 Angle successfully defended the title against Kendo Kashin and again against Yuji Nagata at the New Japan Pro Wrestling Wrestle Kingdom II in Tokyo Dome supershow on January 4, 2008.

Angle ultimately lost the title in his fourth defense, against NJPW-recognized IWGP Heavyweight Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, in a title unification match, on February 17, 2008; this unified both versions of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. As a result, the IGF currently sanctions no championships.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship

# Wrestler Reign Date Days
held
Location Notes
1


Lesnar, BrockBrock Lesnar


1


02005-10-08October 8, 2005


629 Tokyo, Japan Defeated champion Kazuyuki Fujita and Masahiro Chono in a three-way match. NJPW strips Lesnar of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on July 15, 2006. IGF considers his reign active and uses the belt as its own version of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in 2007.
2


Angle, KurtKurt Angle


1


02007-06-29June 29, 2007


235 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Brock Lesnar on the first IGF card, Angle's TNA World Heavyweight Championship was also on the line.
3


Nakamura, ShinsukeShinsuke Nakamura


1


02008-02-17February 17, 2008


0 Tokyo, Japan
-


Unified -


02008-02-17February 17, 2008


0 Tokyo, Japan Nakamura unified the NJPW and IGF versions of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

IGF Championship

In February 2011, IGF started a tournament to determine the first ever IGF Champion, which eventually led to a final match between Jérôme Le Banner and Josh Barnett. However, just days prior to the final match taking place, IGF announced on August 19 that Barnett would not be able to attend the event. On August 22, IGF declared Le Banner the first champion

History

# Wrestler Reign Date Days
held
Location Notes
1


Le Banner, JérômeJérôme Le Banner


1


02011-08-22August 22, 2011


1864+ Tokyo, Japan Declared first champion, after Josh Barnett pulls out of a tournament final match.

External links

Inoki Genome Federation Roster
Fighters & Wrestlers
Alexander OtsukaAtsushi AokiAtsushi SawadaBig Van VaderBlack TigerBob SappBobby LashleyBooker TBrock LesnarCarlitoChristopher DanielsDaniel PuderErik HammerGo ShiozakiHarry SmithHideki SuzukiHikaru SataHurricaneJon AndersonJosh BarnettKatsuhiko NakajimaKatsuhisa FujiiKendo KaShinKensuke SasakiKento MiyaharaKeith HansonKurt AngleMASASHIMasato ShibataMasked Genome Jr.Mil MascarasMinowamanMinoruMohammed YoneMontanha SilvaMunenori SawaNaoya OgawaNecro ButcherRay SefoOriginal Tiger MaskOsamu KidoPredatorRob Van DamRyouji SaiShelton BenjaminShinichi SuzukawShinjiro OtaniShinsuke NakamuraTaka KunouTamon HondaTatsumi FujiwaraTim SylviaTJ PerkinsUltimo DragonYoshiaki FujiwaraYoshihiro Takayama

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