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NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Los Angeles/Japan version)

This version of the NWA North American Tag Team Championship was a major tag team championship that was primarily defended in the National Wrestling Alliance affiliated New Japan Pro-Wrestling and NWA Hollywood Wrestling.[1] The title essentially served as New Japan's primary tag team title though it was also occasionally defended and recognized in the Los Angeles area. This title was the second NWA sanctioned title to be named the North American Tag Team Championship and was retired April 23, 1981.

NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Los Angeles/Japan)
PromotionNWA Hollywood Wrestling
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Date establishedAugust, 1973
Date retiredApril 23, 1981

Title historyEdit

No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Johnny Powers and Pat Patterson August 1973 N/A N/A 1 [Note 1] Powers and Patterson were recognized in Los Angeles and New Japan as champions.  
2 Kurt Von Hess and Karl Von Schotz May 1974 Live event N/A 1 [Note 1]    
3 Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi August 16, 1974 Live event Los Angeles, California 1 350    
Vacated August 1, 1975 Championship is vacated after the champions wrestled to a no contest with the Hollywood Blonds.  
4 The Hollywood Blonds
(Dale Roberrts and Jerry Brown)
September 22, 1975 Live event Nagoya, Japan 1 10    
5 Antonio Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi October 2, 1975 Live event Osaka, Japan 2 [Note 1] Inoki vacated the title shortly afterward to focus on mixed martial arts competition.  
6 Seiji Sakaguchi (3) and Strong Kobayashi February 5, 1976 Live event Sapporo, Japan 1 363 Defeated Tiger Jeet Singh and Voodoo Mulumba in tournament finals to be crowned new champions.  
7 Tiger Jeet Singh and Umanosuke Ueda February 2, 1977 Live event Osaka, Japan 1 176    
8 Seiji Sakaguchi (4) and Strong Kobayashi July 28, 1977 Live event Fukuoka, Japan 2 616   [2]
9 Hiro Matsuda and Masa Saito April 5, 1979 Live event Tokyo, Japan 1 71    
10 Seiji Sakaguchi (5) and Riki Choshu June 15, 1979 Live event Los Angeles, California 1 678    
Deactivated April 23, 1981 Championship abandoned for undocumented reasons  

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c The length of the reign is too uncertain to calculate.


  1. ^ "N.W.A. North American Tag Team Title (Los Angeles/Japan)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.
  2. ^ Hoops, Brian (July 28, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (July 28): Lou Thesz wrestles the husband of the world's greatest all-time female athlete". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017.

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