PWF World Heavyweight Championship
The Pacific Wrestling Federation (PWF) World Heavyweight Championship is one of the three titles that make up the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship. It was created in 1973 by All Japan owner Giant Baba, after he won a series of ten matches against Bruno Sammartino (twice - one win, one draw), Terry Funk, Abdullah the Butcher, The Destroyer, Wilbur Snyder (twice - one win, one draw), Don Leo Jonathan, Pat O'Connor and Bobo Brazil.
|Pacific Wrestling Federation (PWF) World Heavyweight Championship|
The PWF Heavyweight Championship belt
|Promotion||All Japan Pro Wrestling|
|Date established||February 27, 1973|
The title, which had originally been classed as a world title, was downgraded to regional status after All Japan joined the National Wrestling Alliance but retained its status as the top All Japan singles title until 1983. In 1989 Jumbo Tsuruta and Stan Hansen would unify this, the NWA United National Championship and the NWA International Heavyweight title to create the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship. The original belt remained in use as part of the Triple Crown until 2013, when the three belts were replaced by a single belt. As the original top belt in All Japan, its design formed the front plate of the new belt; the other two belts' designs took the sides.
|No.||The overall championship reign|
|Reign||The reign number for the specific wrestler listed.|
|Event||The event in which the championship changed hands|
|N/A||The specific information is not known|
|—||Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign|
|[Note #]||Indicates that the exact length of the title reign is unknown, with a note providing more details.|
|1||Giant Baba||1||February 27, 1973||1,920||Tokyo, Japan||House show||Won a series of 10 matches, the last against Bobo Brazil.|||
|2||Tor Kamata||1||June 1, 1978||11||Akita, Japan||House show|||
|3||Billy Robinson||1||June 12, 1978||128||Ichinomiya, Japan||House show|
|4||Abdullah the Butcher||1||October 18, 1978||115||Utsunomiya, Japan||House show|
|5||Giant Baba||2||February 10, 1979||1,354||Chicago, Illinois, United States||House show|||
|6||Harley Race||1||October 26, 1982||108||Obihiro, Japan||House show|
|7||Giant Baba||3||February 11, 1983||209||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||House show|||
|8||Stan Hansen||1||September 8, 1983||327||Chiba, Japan||House show|
|9||Giant Baba||4||July 31, 1984||364||Tokyo, Japan||House show|||
|10||Stan Hansen||2||July 30, 1985||249||Fukuoka, Japan||House show|
|11||Riki Choshu||1||April 5, 1986||[Note 1]||Yokohama, Japan||House show|
|-||Vacated||-||March 1987||-||N/A||N/A||Vacated when Choshu left for New Japan Pro Wrestling.|
|12||Stan Hansen||3||April 24, 1987||320||Yokohama, Japan||House show||Defeated Hiroshi Wajima in a decision match.|
|13||Genichiro Tenryu||1||March 9, 1988||140||Yokohama, Japan||House show||Tenryu also held the NWA United National Championship at this point in time|
|14||Stan Hansen||4||July 27, 1988||265||Nagano, Japan||House show||Won the PWF World Heavyweight and NWA United National Championship.|
|15||Jumbo Tsuruta||1||April 18, 1989||0||Tokyo, Japan||House show||Tsuruta was the NWA International Heavyweight Champion.|
|-||Unified||-||April 18, 1989||-||N/A||N/A||The PWF World Heavyweight Championship, NWA International Heavyweight Championship and NWA United National Championship unified to become the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship.|
List of combined reignsEdit
|Rank||Wrestler||# of Reigns||Combined Days|
|3||Riki Choshu||1||330 - 360|
|6||Abdullah the Butcher||1||115|
- The exact date the championship was vacated is uncertain, which put the championship reign at between 330 and 360 days.
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