WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship
|WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Federation|
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
|Date retired||October 31, 1985|
WWWF Junior Heavyweight Championship
The WWWF/WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship is a former championship recognized by the World (Wide) Wrestling Federation and New Japan Pro-Wrestling for wrestlers of smaller size. The title existed from 1967 through 1985.
In April 1994, the WWWF championship belt was used as a trophy for the first ever Super J-Cup, which was won by Wild Pegasus.
|No.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|1||Paul DeGalles||September 1965||House show||[Note 1]||1||[Note 2]|
|2||Johnny De Fazio||October 15, 1965||House show||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||1||[Note 3]|
|3||Jackie Nicholas||[Note 4]||House show||New England||1||[Note 3]|
|4||Johnny De Fazio||[Note 4]||House show||[Note 1]||2||[Note 3]|
|5||Jackie Nicholas||[Note 4]||House show||[Note 1]||2||[Note 3]|
|6||Johnny De Fazio||[Note 4]||House show||[Note 1]||3||[Note 3]|
|7||Jackie Nicholas||[Note 4]||House show||[Note 1]||3||[Note 3]|
|8||Johnny De Fazio||[Note 4]||House show||[Note 1]||4||[Note 3]|
|—||Vacated||1972||—||—||—||—||De Fazio vacated the title in 1972 upon retirement.|
|9||Carlos Jose Estrada||January 20, 1978||House show||Uniondale, New York||1||3||Defeated Tony Garea to reestablish the title in the WWWF.|
|10||Tatsumi Fujinami||January 23, 1978||WWWF||New York, New York||1||617||Moved to New Japan Pro-Wrestling with the title.|
|11||Ryuma Go||October 2, 1979||Bloody Fight Series||Osaka, Japan||1||2|
|12||Tatsumi Fujinami||October 4, 1979||Bloody Fight Series||Tokyo, Japan||2||789|
|—||Vacated||December 1, 1981||—||—||—||—||Fujinami entered the heavyweight division.|
|13||Tiger Mask||January 10, 1982||New Year Super Fight||Tokyo, Japan||1||119||Defeated Dynamite Kid for the vacant title.|
|—||Vacated||April 30, 1982||—||—||—||—||Tiger Mask was injured.|
|14||Black Tiger||May 6, 1982||Big Fight Series 1982||Fukuoka, Japan||1||20||Defeated Gran Hamada in a decision match.|||
|15||Tiger Mask||May 26, 1982||Big Fight Series 1982||Osaka, Japan||2||312|||
|—||Vacated||April 3, 1983||—||—||—||—||Tiger Mask was injured by the Dynamite Kid in a tag team match two nights before. On the same April 3, Dynamite Kid and Kuniaki Kobayashi fought for the title and no winner was declared.|
|16||Tiger Mask||June 13, 1983||Tercera Confrontacion Mexico – Japan||Mexico City, Mexico||3||60||Defeated Fishman in decision match.|
|—||Vacated||August 12, 1983||—||—||—||—||Tiger Mask retired.|
|17||Dynamite Kid||February 7, 1984||New Year Golden Series 1984||Tokyo, Japan||1||273||Won a tournament final match over The Cobra.|||
|—||Vacated||November 6, 1984||—||—||—||—||When the Dynamite Kid left Japan to join the WWF full time, and became a tag team wrestler.|
|18||The Cobra||December 28, 1984||WWF on MSG Network||New York City, New York||1||143||Defeated Black Tiger to win the title.|
|19||Hiro Saito||May 20, 1985||IWGP & WWF Championship Series||Hiroshima, Japan||1||69|
|20||The Cobra||July 28, 1985||Burning Spirit in Summer||Osaka, Japan||2||95|||
|—||Deactivated||October 31, 1985||—||—||—||—||Vacated and abandoned when New Japan and the WWF split.|
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- ^ a b c d e f The location of the match was not captured in any known documentation.
- ^ The exact date DeGalles won the championship is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 15 and 44 days.
- ^ a b c d e f g The length of the championship reign is too uncertain to calculate.
- ^ a b c d e f The date of the match was not captured in any known documentation.
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