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The WWF International Heavyweight Championship is a former championship recognized by NWA Northeast, the World Wrestling Federation, New Japan Pro Wrestling and the Japanese UWF.

The title existed from 1959 through 1963 and again from 1982 through 1985.

Title history

Main branch (New Japan Pro Wrestling)

Wrestler: Times: Date: Place:
Antonino Rocca1 1 July 1959 New York City, New York
The title was then vacated in 1963 and became inactive.
Tony Parisi 1 1982 Buffalo, New York
Gino Brito 1 August 1982 Buffalo, New York
Tatsumi Fujinami 1 August 30, 1982 New York City, New York
Riki Chōshū 1 April 3, 1983 Tokyo, Japan
Tatsumi Fujinami² 2 August 4, 1983 Tokyo, Japan
Fujinami gave up the title after a double disqualification against Super Strong Machine on July 19, 1985
in Sapporo, Japan. The title was then abandoned on October 31, 1985 when New Japan and the WWF split.
Akira Maeda 1 March 25, 1984 New York City, New York
Maeda defeated Pierre Lefebvre at Madison Square Garden to be recognized by WWF. He returned to UWF during April 1984 and defended it until July 23, 1984, when UWF President Hisashi Shinma jumped to All Japan Pro Wrestling, and thus UWF and the WWF split.

1 Defeated Buddy Rogers to become the first champion.
² Fujinami won the match by countout but refused to accept the belt. Chōshū couldn't get into Canada for the rematch in Calgary, Alberta on August 12, 1983, and Fujinami was recognized as champion.

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