Japanese Heavyweight Championship


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Japanese Heavyweight Championship (日本ヘビー級選手権?) was a puroresu title recognized by Japan Pro-Wrestling Association.

The first and only champion was Rikidōzan, who defeated Kimura Masahiko in a very controversial match on 1954/12/22 at Kuramae Kokugikan in Tōkyō.

Rikidōzan's only title defense was against Yamaguchi Toshio on 1955/1/26 in Ōsaka. Rikidōzan also became the first All Asia Heavyweight Champion later in the year. The Japanese championship was retired when he won the International Heavyweight Title in 1958.

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