WWE Championships (Retired)

WWF World Martial Arts Championship

The World Wrestling Federation (WWF) World Martial Arts Championship was a world heavyweight championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and later in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). It was created on December 18, 1978, and awarded to NJPW mainstay Antonio Inoki by Vincent J. McMahon, upon Inoki’s arrival to the promotion. The title was known for being contested in shoot wrestling fights.

The WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship was contested only in NJPW after the promotion became unaffiliated with the WWF in 1985.



Abandoned1989New Japan Pro WrestlingTitle abandoned.
3Antonio Inoki2May 25, 1989Osaka, JapanHouse Show
2Shota Chochishvili1April 24, 1989Tokyo, JapanHouse ShowFifth Round Knockout
1Antonio Inoki1December 18, 1978New York City, NYHouse ShowAwarded by Vincent J. McMahon



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