MLW National Openweight Championship
MLW National Openweight Championship belt.png
Official belt design (2019–present)
PromotionMajor League Wrestling (MLW)
Date establishedApril 18, 2019
Current champion(s)Jacob Fatu
Date wonApril 6, 2023
First champion(s)Alexander Hammerstone
Most reignsAll champions (1)
Longest reignAlexander Hammerstone
(865 days)
Shortest reignJohn Hennigan
(89 days)
Oldest championJohn Hennigan
(43 years, 97 days)
Youngest championAlex Kane
(28 years, 16 days)
Heaviest championJacob Fatu
(280 lb (130 kg))
Lightest championDavey Richards
(202 lb (92 kg))

The MLW National Openweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion Major League Wrestling (MLW). The title was unveiled on April 18, 2019.[1][2] The title's openweight nature, a division more common in Japanese professional wrestling, means that both heavyweight and middleweight wrestlers are eligible to challenge for it.


The inaugural champion Alexander Hammerstone
The inaugural champion Alexander Hammerstone

On April 18, 2019, Major League Wrestling (MLW) announced the creation of the MLW National Openweight Championship, a division more common in Japanese professional wrestling, since MLW already had a middleweight division.[3][4] Also announced was a four-man single-elimination tournament that would culminate on June 1 with the crowning of the first champion.[5] The tournament to crown the inaugural champion was later advertised on MLW Fusion, while being announced four wrestler to participate in the tournament, which was announced on May 4 by MLW Fusion's Executive Producer Salina de la Renta.[6][7] The title was unveiled on May 17.[8] On June 1 at Fury Road, Alexander Hammerstone defeated Brian Pillman Jr. in the finals of the tournament to become the inaugural MLW National Openweight Champion.[9][10]

Inaugural championship tournament

(May 4, 2019)
Fury Road
(June 1, 2019)
Alexander Hammerstone Pin
Gringo Loco 4:55
Alexander Hammerstone Pin
Brian Pillman Jr.
Rich Swann Pin
Brian Pillman Jr. 6:44


As of May 28, 2023, there have been four reigns between four champions and one vacancy. Alexander Hammerstone was the inaugural champion. Hammerstone's reign is the longest at 865 days, while Davey Richards reign is the shortest at 198 days. John Hennigan was the oldest champion when he won it at 43 years old, while Alex Kane was the youngest champion at 28 years old.

Jacob Fatu is the current champion in his first reign. He defeated John Hennigan at War Chamber on April 6, 2023, in Queens, NY.

No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Alexander Hammerstone June 1, 2019 Fury Road Waukesha, WI 1 865 Hammerstone defeated Brian Pillman Jr. in the finals of a four-man tournament to become the inaugural champion. [11]
Vacated October 13, 2021 Hammerstone relinquished the title after winning the MLW World Heavyweight Championship. [12]
2 Alex Kane November 6, 2021 War Chamber Philadelphia, PA 1 229 Kane defeated Myron Reed, Alex Shelley, A. C. H. and Zenshi in a five-way ladder match to win the vacant title. [13]
3 Davey Richards June 23, 2022 Battle Riot IV New York City, NY 1 198 [14]
4 John Hennigan January 7, 2023 Blood and Thunder Philadelphia, PA 1 89 Hennigan won the title as Johnny Fusion, but began using his real name thereafter. [15]
5 Jacob Fatu April 6, 2023 War Chamber Queens, NY 1 52+ [16]


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