NWA World Heavyweight Championship


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NWA World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling title recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance. Between 1950s and 1980s, it was considered as the most prestigeous championship in the sport.

Lou Thesz, who defended the title against Rikidōzan in 1957, was the first champion to tour in Japan.

The first Japanese wrestler to hold the title was Giant Baba, who held it three times.

Although both All Japan Pro-Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling were member organizations in the 1970s and 1980s, the title was never defended on New Japan cards due to Baba's political power within the NWA.

After the collapse of the territory system in the United States and Canada, the championship was also held by several other Japanese competitors: Fujinami Tatsumi, Chōno Masahiro, Great Muta, Ogawa Naoya, and Hashimoto Shin'ya.

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