Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) is a professional wrestling promotion in Japan founded by Antonio Inoki in 2007. The IGF was 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.


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.”


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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