WWF North American Heavyweight Championship
The North American Heavyweight Championship belt.
Details
PromotionWorld Wrestling Federation
Date establishedFebruary 13, 1979
Date retiredJune 13, 1980
Other name(s)
  • WWWF North American Heavyweight Championship
    (1979)
  • WWF North American Heavyweight Championship
    (1979–1980)

The WWF North American Heavyweight Championship was a relatively short-lived title in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) from 1979 until 1980.[1] It was established as the WWWF North American Heavyweight Championship on February 13, 1979 before the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) was renamed to WWF the following month. The inaugural champion was Ted DiBiase and the final champion was Seiji Sakaguchi.[2] It is considered to be the spiritual predecessor to the promotion's Intercontinental Championship after Pat Patterson was awarded that title as a result of a fictitious one-night tournament and the unification of the North American title with the fictitious South American Heavyweight Championship.

In March 2018, the now WWE established a new North American championship for their NXT brand, the NXT North American Championship. This new title, however, does not carry the lineage of the promotion's original North American championship.[3]

Title history

Names

Name Years
WWWF North American Heavyweight Championship February 13, 1979 – March 30, 1979
WWF North American Heavyweight Championship March 30, 1979 – June 13, 1980

Reigns

Key
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 Ted DiBiase February 13, 1979 House show Allentown, Pennsylvania 1 126 Awarded the title when he signed with the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF).
The following month, the promotion was renamed to World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and the title was renamed accordingly.
[4]
2 Pat Patterson June 19, 1979 House show Allentown, Pennsylvania 1 158   [4]
3 Seiji Sakaguchi November 8, 1979 House show Otaru, Japan 1 218   [4]
Deactivated June 13, 1980 WWF abandoned the title. [4]

See also

References

  1. ^ Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley. p. 227. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0.
  2. ^ Ted DiBiase: The Million Dollar Man, p.108, Ted DiBiase with Tom Caiazzo, Pocket Books, New York, NY, 2008, ISBN 978-1-4165-5890-3.
  3. ^ Johnson, Mike (March 7, 2018). "SPOILER: NEW WWE CHAMPIONSHIP CONFIRMED, HOW FIRST CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED". PWInsider. Archived from the original on March 8, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "WWF North American Heavyweight Title". WrestlingTitles. Retrieved 2008-02-02.