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1980

01/17Tiger Jeet Singh defeats Canek in Mexico City to win UWA World Heavyweight Title.
02/01WWF Junior Heavyweight champion Tatsumi Fujinami defeats Steve Keirn in Sapporo to win NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title (international version).
02/05Nancy Kumi & Lucy Kayama defeat Black Pair (Mami Kumano & Yumi Ikeshita) in Osaka to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
02/08Stan Hansen defeats Antonio Inoki in Tokyo to win NWF Heavyweight Title.
02/15Mike Graham defeats Tatsumi Fujinami in Hollywood, FL to win NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title.
02/18Kintaro Ohki(Ill Kim) joins International Wrestling Enterprise.
02/23Dick Murdoch defeats Jumbo Tsuruta in Kagoshima to win NWA United National Heavyweight Title.
02/27Antonio Inoki fights against Willie Williams, a former Kyokushin Kaikan karateka, at Kuramae Kokugikan(the old Sumo Hall). DCOR.
03/05Jumbo Tsuruta defeats Dick Murdoch in Kuroiso to win NWA United National Heavyweight Title.
03/15Monster Ripper defeats Jackie Sato in Kawasaki to win WWWA World Title.
03/31Ashura Hara vacates WWU World Junior Heavyweight Title after a title match against Ryuma Go in Tokyo in order to move up to the heavyweight division. The is retired.
04/03Antonio Inoki defeats Stan Hansen in Tokyo to win NWF Heavyweight Title.
04/04In his retirement match, Kotetsu Yamamoto, one of the original New Japan wrestlers, teams with Kantaro Hoshino to defeat International Wrestling Enterprise's Katsuzo Oiyama & Goro Tsurumi. On the same card, Tatsumi Fujinami defeats Mike Graham in Kawasaki to win NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title (international version).
04/13IWA World Tag Team Title is declared vacant due to Hamaguchi's injury from 80/03/31.
Antonio Inoki defeats Tiger Jeet Singh in Mexico City to win UWA World Heavyweight Title.
04/19Giant Baba has 3000th match since his debut without any absences.
06/28Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta win a tournament in Detroit for NWA World Tag Team Title.
06/29Strong Kobayashi & Haruka Eigen defeat Mighty Inoue & Isamu Teranishi in Tokyo to win the vacant IWA World Tag Team Title.
07/02Kengo Kimura defeats Bret Hart in Kitakyushu to win the vacant NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title (international version).
07/15Animal Hamaguchi & Mighty Inoue defeat Strong Kobayashi & Haruka Eigen in Fuji to win IWA World Tag Team Title.
08/08WWWA World Title is declared vacant after a match between the champion Monster Ripper and Jackie Sato.
09/04Giant Baba defeats Harley Race in Saga to win NWA World Heavyweight Title.
09/09Harley Race defeats Giant Baba in Ohtsu to win NWA World Heavyweight Title.
10/03Chavo Guerrero defeats Kengo Kimura in Tokyo to win NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title (international version).
10/13Abdullah the Butcher defeats Jumbo Tsuruta in Nagoya to win NWA United National Heavyweight Title.
10/23Yoshiaki Yatsu of the All Japan Olympic Wrestling Team joins New Japan Pro Wrestling after Japan boycotts the Olympic Games in Moscow, USSR.
10/24Tiger Jeet Singh defeats Antonio Inoki in Okinawa to win UWA World Heavyweight Title.
11/10Kintaro Ohki(Ill Kim) leaves International Wrestling Enterprise.
12/16Jackie Sato defeats Nancy Kumi in Tokyo to win the vacant WWWA World Title.
12/17Rimi (Jaguar) Yokota & Ayumi (Jumbo) Hori defeat Nancy Kumi & Lucy Kayama in Nagoya to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.

1981

01/04Jaguar Yokota vacates WWWA World Tag Team Title to challenge for WWWA World Singles Title.
01/18In the 3000th memorial match of Baba(without absences since his debut match), Baba puts his PWF Heavyweight title against Verne Gagne, putting his AWA World Heavyweight title. DCOR.
01/22Jumbo Tsuruta defeats Abdullah the Butcher in Nirasaki to win NWA United National Heavyweight Title.
02/25Rimi Jaguar Yokota defeats Jackie Sato to win the WWWA World Title. Nancy Kumi & Ayumi Hori defeat Mami Kumano & Devil Masami to win the vacant WWWA World Tag Team Title on the same card. Also Mimi Hagiwara defeats Yumi Ikeshita to win All Pacific Title. With Yokota, Hagiwara, and Devil Masami, new generation of women's pro-wrestling begins.
03/20Seiji Sakaguchi abandons WWF International Tag Team Title and NWA North American Tag Team Title, which he holds with Riki Choshu, in order to enter the International Wrestling Grand Prix tournament.
03/26Perro Aguayo defeats Gran Hamada in tournament final in Shimizu to become the first WWF Light Heavyweight champion.
04/01The International Wrestling Grand Prix Committee is founded.
04/13Kintaro Ohki (Ill Kim) is ordered by the NWA Board to vacate his NWA International Heavyweight Title which he has been defending since 72/12. Also, Giant Baba vacates All Asia Heavyweight Title.
04/17NWF Heavyweight Title is held up after match between the champion Antonio Inoki and Stan Hansen in Kagoshima ends as no-contest.
04/18IWA World Tag Team Title is declared vacant when Hamaguchi is unable to wrestle because of liver problems.
04/23Antonio Inoki defeats Stan Hansen in Tokyo to win the held-up NWF Heavyweight Title. Inoki retires the title immediately after the match to enter the International Wrestling Grand Prix tournament. Also on the same card, the legendary Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama) debuts with a victory over Dynamite Kid.
04/30Dory Funk Jr. wins tournament for the vacant NWA International Heavyweight Title when Bruiser Brody is injured and unable to wrestle in final. Dory defeats his own brother Terry Funk in Matsudo for his first title defense instead.
05/04Paul Ellering & Terry Latham defeat Rusher Kimura & Mighty Inoue in Sapporo to win the vacant IWA World Tag Team Title.
05/08Abdullah the Butcher, the top heel of All Japan Pro-Wrestling, appears on New Japan card for the first time. The promotional war between All Japan and New Japan starts.
05/16Mighty Inoue & Ashura Hara defeat Paul Ellering & Terry Latham in Tokyo to win IWA World Tag Team Title.
05/21Jackie Satoh retires.
Tiger Jeet Singh abandons NWF North American Heavyweight Title, the New Japan version of Asia Heavyweight Title, and Asia Tag Team Title which he holds with Umanosuke Ueda, in order to enter the International Wrestling Grand Prix tournament.
05/23Kevin Von Erich & David Von Erich defeat Great Kojika & Motoshi Okuma in Tokyo to win All Asia Tag Team Title.
06/11Takashi Ishikawa & Akio Sato defeat Kevin Von Erich & David Von Erich in Tokyo to win All Asia Tag Team Title.
07/03Tiger Jeet Singh, the top heel of New Japan, appears on an All Japan card.
07/31WWF Junior Heavyweight champion Tatsumi Fujinami defeats NWA World champion Les Thornton in Osaka (NWA title not on line).
08/09International Wrestling Enterprise has what ends up being the last card of the company in Rausu, Hokkaido.
09/16International Wrestling Enterprise wrestlers Mighty Inoue, Goro Tsurumi, Hiromichi Fuyuki, and Nobuyoshi (Apollo) Sugawara join All Japan.
09/30International Wrestling Enterprise officially closes. IWA World Heavyweight, Mid-Heavyweight, and Tag Team are all abandoned.
10/02After having a match against Gen'ichiro Tenryu, former International Wrestling Enterprise star Ashura Hara also joins All Japan.
10/08Former International Wrestling Enterprise wrestlers, Rusher Kimura, Animal Hamaguchi, and Isamu Teranishi, join New Japan on a card billed as New Japan vs International Wrestling Enterprise.
10/09Bruiser Brody defeats Dory Funk Jr. in Tokyo to win NWA International Heavyweight Title.
10/16After defending the title against Steve Travis, Tatsumi Fujinami vacates the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title in order to move up to the heavyweight division.
11/01Dory Funk Jr. defeats Bruiser Brody in Tokyo to win NWA International Heavyweight Title.
11/09Yukari Ohmori & Mimi Hagiwara defeat Nancy Kumi & Ayumi Hori in Obuyama to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.

1982

01/01Tiger Mask (original, Satoru Sayama) defeats Dynamite Kid in Tokyoto to win the vacant WWF Junior Heavyweight Title.
01/15Stan Hansen has his first match since jumping to All Japan in previous December.
01/28Abdullah the Butcher, who joined New Japan previous year, wrestles against Inoki.
02/04Stan Hansen has the first singles match against Baba.
03/07Atsushi Ohnita defeats Chavo Guerrero in Charlotte to win NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title (international version). This title is renamed NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title at NWA Board meeting in 82/08.
04/11Sangre Chicana defeats Atsushi Onita in Guadalajara to win NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title (international version).
04/21Bruiser Brody defeats Dory Funk Jr. in Osaka to win NWA International Heavyweight Title.
Gran Hamada defeats Perro Aguayo in Tokyo to win WWF Light Heavyweight Title.
04/30Atsushi Onita defeats Sangre Chicana in Mexico City to win NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title (international version).
05/01Tiger Mask vacates the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title because of an knee injury.
05/06Black Tiger (original, Mark Rocco) defeats Gran Hamada in Fukuoka to win the vacant WWF Junior Heavyweight Title.
05/25Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama) defeats Les Thornton in Shizuoka to win NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title.
05/26NWA World Junior Heavyweight ChampionTiger Mask defeats Black Tiger (Mark Rocco) in Osaka to win WWF Junior Heavyweight Title.
07/23Riki Choshu defeats Canek in Mexico City to win UWA World Heavyweight Title.
07/30NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title (international version) is held up after a match between the champion Atsushi Ohnita and Chavo Guerrero
08/01Harley Race defeats Jumbo Tsuruta in Tokyo to win NWA United National Heavyweight Title.
08/10Devil Masami & Talantula defeat Yukari Ohmori & Mimi Hagiwara in Fukushima to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
08/29Perro Aguayo defeats Gran Hamada in Mexico City to win WWF Light Heavyweight Title.
08/30Tatsumi Fujinami defeats Gino Brito at Madison Square Garden in New York to win WWF International Heavyweight Title.
09/26Canek defeats Riki Choshu in Mexico City to win UWA World Heavyweight Title.
10/08Riki Choshu, who came back from Mexico after winning the UWA World Heavyweight title, turns on Fujinami during a 6men tag match. After the match, a former jobber-to-the-star Choshu says to Fujinami, I'm not a dog that lets you bite myself(Japanese expr
10/24Jumbo Tsuruta defeats Harley Race in Kitami to win NWA United National Heavyweight Title.
10/26Harley Race defeats Giant Baba in Obihiro to win PWF Heavyweight Title.
11/04Atsushi Onita defeats Chavo Guerrero in Tokyo to win the held-up NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title.

1983

02/11Giant Baba defeats Harley Race in St. Louis to win PWF Heavyweight Title.
02/23Ashura Hara & Mighty Inoue defeat Great Kojika & Motoshi Okuma in Takaishi to win the vacant All Asia Tag Team Title.
04/03Tiger Mask vacates NWA World and WWF junior heavyweight titles after being injured by Dynamite Kid in a tag match on 83/04/01. Dynamite Kid and Kuniaki Kobayashi wrestle for the NWA title in Tokyo but have no winner decided. Riki Choshu defeats Tatsumi Fujinami in Tokyo to win WWF International Heavyweight Title on the same card.
04/04Dynamite Kid and Kuniaki Kobayashi wrestle for the vacant WWF Junior Heavyweight Title in Niigata but have no winner decided.
04/12Stan Hansen & Ron Bass defeat Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta in Matsuyama to win NWA International Tag Team Title.
04/15Atsushi Onita vacates NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title due to a injury from a match against Hector Guerrero.
04/17Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta defeat Stan Hansen & Ron Bass in Nagasaki to win NWA International Tag Team Title.
04/21Tiger Mask and Dynamite Kid wrestle for the vacant NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title in Tokyo but have no winner decided.
05/01Tatsumi Fujinami defeats Canek in Mexico City to win UWA World Heavyweight Title.
05/06The 1st International Wrestling Grand Prix(IWGP) touranment starts. The participants include Antonio Inoki(the last NWF Heavyweight champion who abandoned the title for the IWGP tournament), Killer Khan, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, Rusher
05/07In a hair-vs-mask match, La Galactica defeats Jaguar Yokota in Kawasaki to win WWWA World Title. Yokota has her hair shaved after the match.
05/26Chavo Guerrero defeats Ultra Seven in tournament final in Tenryu to win the vacant NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title.
06/01Jaguar Yokota defeats La Galactica in Ohmiya to win WWWA World Title.
06/02Inoki vs. HoganHulk Hogan defeats Antonio Inoki by KO in Tokyo to win the first International Wrestling Grand Prix Championship Tournament. Tiger Mask defeats Kuniaki Kobayashi in Tokyo to win the vacant NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title on the same card.
06/12Tiger Mask defeats Fishman in Mexico City to win the vacant WWF Junior Heavyweight Title. Also on the same card, Canek defeats Tatsumi Fujinami in Mexico City to win UWA World Heavyweight Title.
06/17Riki Choshu, Hamaguchi, Killer Khan, and Kuniaki Kobayashi form the original Ishin Gundan(Restruction Force) with a support of Masa Saito.
Jumbo Tsuruta vacates NWA United National Heavyweight Title while on tour in Dallas to concentrate on winning NWA International Heavyweight Title from Bruiser Brody.
Dynamite Girls (Jumbo Hori & Yukari Ohmori) defeat Devil Masami & Talantula in Ashikaga to win the vacant WWWA World Tag Team Title.
07/26Tiger Jeet Singh & Umanosuke Ueda defeat Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta in Fukuoka to win NWA International Tag Team Title.
08/01Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta defeat Tiger Jeet Singh & Umanosuke Ueda in Tokyo to win NWA International Tag Team Title.
08/04Tatsumi Fujinami defeats Riki Choshu by countout in Tokyo to win WWF International Heavyweight Title but refuses the belt.
08/12Tiger Mask retires. NWA World and WWF Junior Heavyweight Titles are vacant.
Riki Choshu cannot get into Canada for scheduled rematch against Tatsumi Fujinami for the vacant/held-up WWF International Heavyweight Title in Calgary, and Fujinami is awarded the title.
08/25A coup in New Japan office. Inoki and Seiji Sakaguchi are forced to resign from their positions as the president and vice-president. They return to the positions on 11/11/83.
08/31In his retirement match, Terry Funk teams with Dory Funk Jr. and defeat Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy. Jumbo Tsuruta defeats Bruiser Brody to win NWA International Heavyweight Title on the same card.
09/08Stan Hansen defeats Giant Baba in Chiba to win PWF Heavyweight Title.
11/03The Cobra defeats Davey Boy Smith in Tokyo to win the vacant NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title.
12/15OBITUARY: Oki Shikina [Honolulu, HI] - wrestler, referee, Rikidozan's wrestling teacher
12/26Bob Backlund loses WWF Heavyweight Title to Iron Sheik after almost 6 years of the title reign.

1984

01/231983 IWGP winner Hulk Hogan wins WWF Heavyweight Title from Iron Sheik at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
02/03David Von Erich defeats Michael Hayes in Dallas to win NWA United National Heavyweight Title.
Dynamite Kid defeats Davey Boy Smith in Sappporo during a 3-way round-robin tournament for the vacant WWF Junior Heavyweight Title.
02/05OBITUARY: El Santo (66)
02/07Dynamite Kid defeats The Cobra in Tokyo to win a 3-way round-robin tournament for the vacant WWF Junior Heavyweight Title.
02/10OBITUARY: David Von Erich [Tokyo, night before the first card of an All Japan tour] - reigning NWA United National Heavyweight champion
02/16Ashura Hara & Takashi Ishikawa defeat Jerry Morrow & Thomas Ivey in Nagasaki to win the vacant All Asia Tag Team Title.
02/23Jumbo Tsuruta pins Nick Bockwinkel in Tokyo to be the first Japanese to win the AWA World Heavyweight Title. Also on the same card, Gen'ichiro Tenryu defeats Rick Steamboat to win the vacant NWA United National Heavyweight Title.
02/26Mighty Inoue defeats Chavo Guerrero in Osaka to win NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title.
04/10the original UWFThe original UWF formed with Akira Maeda, Rusher Kimura, Ryuma Go, Mach Hayato, and Gran Hamada. Later, Yoshiaki Fujiwara and Nobuhiko Takada join the promotion and start the shoot style pro-wrestling which would cause Kimura, Go, and Hamada to leave the
04/11UWF has its first card in Omiya.
04/17Gran Hamada defeats Perro Aguayo in Tokyo to win WWF World Light Heavyweight Title.
04/25In the match to determine the first PWF world tag team champions, Bruiser Brody & Stan Hansen defeat Giant Baba & Dory Funk Jr. Baba injures his neck and stops his record of appearing 3711 matches continuously.
05/13Rick Martel defeats Tsuruta in St. Paul, MN to win the AWA World Heavyweight Title.
05/20Jumbo Tsuruta & Gen'ichiro Tenryu wrestle Tiger Jeet Singh & Umanosuke Ueda for the vacant NWA International Tag Team Title but the match ends as DDQ.
Villano III defeats Gran Hamada in Mexico City to win WWF World Light Heavyweight Title.
05/24Ric Flair defeats Kerry Von Erich Yokosuka to win NWA World Heavyweight Title.
05/27OBITUARY: Vincent J. McMahon - founder, World Wide Wrestling Federation
06/28Satoru Sayama and Kazuo Yamazaki join the UWF.
07/23Sayama has his first match in 354days on a UWF card at Korakuen Hall.
07/31Giant Baba defeats Stan Hansen in Tokyo to win PWF Heavyweight Title.
08/02Antonio Inoki pins Choshu at Kuramae Kokugikan(old Sumo Hall). This was the last puroresu card the at Kuramae Kokugikan that has the history of 30 years. Kuramae Kokugikan is replaced by newly built Ryogoku Kokugikan(today's Sumo Hall).
08/23The second Tiger Mask (Mitsuharu Misawa) debuts on an All Japan card.
08/25Crush Gals (Lioness Asuka & Chigusa Nagayo) defeat Dynamite Girls (Jumbo Hori & Yukari Ohmori) in Tokyo to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
08/26Strong Kobayashi retires on a New Japan card.
09/03Jumbo Tsuruta & Gen'ichiro Tenryu defeat Bruiser Brody & Crusher Blackwell in Hiroshima to win the vacant NWA International Tag Team Title.
09/11Osamu Kido, one of New Japan's original wrestlers, jumps to UWF.
09/21Riki Choshu and his Ishin Gundan leave New Japan and form Japan Pro-Wrestling.
10/22Ashura Hara is stripped of All Asia Tag Team Title.
11/14In a shocking news, the British Bulldogs jump from New Japan to All Japan.
12/28The Cobra defeats Black Tiger at Madison Square Garden in New York to win the vacant WWF Junior Heavyweight Title.

1985

01/03Atsushi Ohnita retires from All Japan for the first time.
01/21OBITUARY: Eddie Graham (55) [Tampa, FL - suicide] - former NWA president
02/21Japan Pro starts copromoting with All Japan.
02/25Dump Matsumoto & Crane Yu defeat Crush Gals (Lioness Asuka & Chigusa Nagayo) in Tokyo to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
03/09The Road Warriors have their first Japanese match on the first puroresu card at Ryogoku Kokugikan(Sumo Hall) promoted by All Japan.
03/21Bruiser Brody leaves All Japan and jumps to New Japan.
04/15Takashi Ishikawa & Akio Sato defeat Animal Hamaguchi & Masanobu Kurisu in Nagasaki to win the vacant All Asia Tag Team Title.
05/16Crush Gals (Lioness Asuka & Chigusa Nagayo) defeat Dump Matsumoto & Bull Nakano in Ohmiya to win the vacant WWWA World Tag Team Title.
05/20Hiro Saito defeats The Cobra in Hiroshima to win WWF Junior Heavyweight Title.
05/24Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura defeat Dick Murdoch & Adrian Adonis in Kobe to win the vacant WWF International Tag Team Title.
06/08Dynamite Kid defeats Mighty Inoue in Takamatsu to win NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title.
06/13Kuniaki Kobayashi defeats Dynamite Kid in Koga to win NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title.
07/18Isamu Teranishi & Animal Hamaguchi defeat Takashi Ishikawa & Akio Sato in Tokyo to win All Asia Tag Team Title.
07/19Tatsumi Fujinami gives up WWF International Heavyweight Title after a match against Super Strong Machine in Sapporo ends as a double disqualification.
07/28WWF Junior Heavyweight champion Hiro Saito defeats The Cobra in Osaka to win NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title. The Cobra, however, returns later on the same card to challenge Saito and wins both titles.
07/30Stan Hansen defeats Giant Baba in Fukuoka to win PWF Heavyweight Title.
08/01The Cobra vacates NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title.
08/31Tiger Mask (2nd, Mitsuharu Misawa) defeats Kuniaki Kobayashi in Tokyo to win NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title.
09/02During a Akira Maeda-Satoru Sayama match, Maeda intentionally throws several kicks into Sayama's low-blow. This becomes Maeda's last match in UWF. Many wrestlers were unhappy with Sayama's selfish leadership.
09/11UWF has a card at Korakuen Hall. This ends up being the last card of the promotion.
10/11Sayama leaves UWF.
10/21Flair vs. MartelOn an All Japan card in Tokyo, Ric Flair DCORs with Rick Martel in the only NWA & AWA World Heavyweight Double Title Match ever in history.
10/31New Japan and WWF end the working agreement. The International Heavyweight, Junior Heavyweight, and International Tag Team are all abandoned.
Takashi Ishikawa & Mighty Inoue defeat Isamu Teranishi & Norio Honaga in Tsuruoka to win All Asia Tag Team Title. Honaga has replaced the injured Animal Hamaguchi.
11/04On an All Japan card, Tsuruta wrestles Riki Choshu to the 60min time limit draw in the first singles match between the two.
12/06Five UWF wrestlers, Akira Maeda, Nobuhiko Takada, Yoshiaki Fujiawara, Osamu Kido, and Kazuo Yamazaki, return to New Japan and appear on New Japan's Ryogoku Kokugikan card.
12/12Bruiser Brody and Jimmy Snuka no-showed in the final of the tournament for the IWGP Tag Team titles against Inoki and Sakaguchi. The replacements, Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura, won when Fujinami pinned Inoki with Dragon Suplex Hold and became the first
Devil Masami defeats Dump Matsumoto in Tokyo to win the vacant WWWA World Title.

1986

01/03The UWF wrestlers, Maeda, Nobuhiko Takada, Fujiawara, Kido, and Yamazaki start a so-called interpromotional feud againt New Japan.
01/05Jumping Bomb Angels (Itsuki Yamzaki & Noriyo Tateno) defeat Bull Nakano & Condor Saito in Tokyo to win the vacant WWWA World Tag Team Title.
02/05Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu defeat Jumbo Tsuruta & Gen'ichiro Tenryu in Sapporo to win NWA International Tag Team Title.
03/20Crush Gals (Lioness Asuka & Chigusa Nagayo) defeat Jumping Bomb Angels (Itsuki Yamzaki & Noriyo Tateno) in Osaka to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
04/05Riki Choshu defeats Stan Hansen in Yokohama to win PWF Heavyweight Title.
04/06OBITUARY: El Solitario [Mexico - heart attack]
04/13A former yokozuna Hiroshi Wajima joins All Japan.
04/26Gen'ichiro Tenryu defeats Ted DiBiase in Ohmiya to win the vacant NWA United National Heavyweight Title.
07/31Stan Hansen defeats Jumbo Tsuruta in Tokyo to win NWA International Heavyweight Title.
08/17Japan Women's Pro-wrestling starts in Tokyo with former stars such as Jackie Sato and Nancy Kumi, Rumi Kazama(former shootboxer), Shinbu Kandori(former 3times Japanese women's judo champion and bronze medalist of world judo championship), and others.
08/23Yukari Oomori defeats Devil Masami in Kawasaki to win WWWA World Title. Dump Matsumoto & Bull Nakano defeat Chigusa Nagayo & Kazue Nagahori, subbing for the injured Lioness Asuka, to win WWWA World Tag Team Title on the same card.
10/21Jumbo Tsuruta defeats Stan Hansen in Tokyo to win NWA International Heavyweight Title.
10/30Ashura Hara & Super Strong Machine defeat Takashi Ishikawa & Mighty Inoue in Aomori to win All Asia Tag Team Title.

1987

02/05Jumbo Tsuruta & Gen'ichiro Tenryu defeat Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu in Tokyo to win NWA International Tag Team Title.
02/23Riki Choshu leaves All Japan. Ishin Gundan break up, and Killer Khan goes to the WWF for his last run as a pro-wrestler. Choshu, Kuniaki Kobayashi. Hiro Saito, Hiroshi Hase, Super Strong Machine, and Norio Honaga appear during the main evnet Inoki vs. Mas
03/12Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) defeat Jumbo Tsuruta & Gen'ichiro Tenryu in Sapporo to win NWA International Tag Team Title.
04/15Yumiko Hotta & Hisako Uno (Akira Hokuto) defeat Leilani Kai & Judy Martin in Tokyo to win the vacant WWWA World Tag Team Title.
04/24Stan Hansen defeats Hiroshi Wajima in Yokohama to win the vacant PWF Heavyweight Title.
04/27Red Typhoons (Kazue Nagahori & Yumi Ogura) defeat Yumiko Hotta & Hisako Uno (Akira Hokuto) in Tokyo to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
06/12After winning the final of '87 IWGP Champinship against Masa Saito, Inoki abandones the annual tournament and becomes the first IWGP Heavyweight champion.
07/30Takashi Ishikawa & Mighty Inoue defeat Isamu Teranishi & Masanobu Kurisu in 3-team round-robin tournament final in Tokyo to win the vacant All Asia Tag Team Title.
08/20Animal Hamaguchi retires on a New Japan card.
10/04Antonio Inoki wrestles Masa Saito in Ganryujima Island in a no-audience match. Inoki wins by TKO in 2:05'14.
10/05Bruiser Brody returns to All Japan.
10/20Chigusa Nagayo defeats Yukari Oomori in Tokyo to win WWWA World Title. Bull Nakano & Condor Saito defeat Red Typhoons (Kazue Nagahori & Yumi Ogura) in win WWWA World Tag Team Title on the same card.
10/25Japan Pro closes after Choshu returns to New Japan. Yatsu and those who didn't return to New Japan join All Japan.
11/27Akira Maeda's infamous kick on Choshu's face. This leads to Maeda to be fired by New Japan.
11/29OBITUARY: Kazuharu Sonoda a.k.a. Haru Sonoda / Magic Dragon [South Africa - a plane crash]

1988

01/05WWWA World Tag Team Title is declared vacant after a match between the champions Bull Nakano & Condor Saito and Fire Jets (Yumiko Hotta & Mitsuko Nishiwaki).
02/25Bull Nakano & Grizzly Iwamoto defeat Fire Jets (Yumiko Hotta & Mitsuko Nishiwaki) in Kawasaki to win the vacant WWWA World Tag Team Title.
02/01New Japan fires Akira Maeda.
03/09Footloose (Toshiaki Kawada & Samson Fuyuki) defeat Takashi Ishikawa & Mighty Inoue in Yokohama to win All Asia Tag Team Title. Also on the same card, NWA United National Heavyweight champion Gen'ichiro Tenryu defeats Stan Hansen in Yokohama to win PWF Heavyweight Title.
03/27Bruiser Brody defeats Jumbo Tsuruta in Tokyo to win NWA International Heavyweight Title.
04/08Akira Maeda, Nobuhiko Takada, Yamazaki, and few others announce that they will start the new UWF.
04/19Jumbo Tsuruta defeats Bruiser Brody in Sendai to win NWA International Heavyweight Title. This is the last match between the two.
05/02Antonio Inoki vacates IWGP Heavyweight Title due to foot injury.
05/08Tatsumi Fujinami defeats Big Van Vader in Tokyo to win the vacant IWGP Heavyweight Title.
05/27IWGP Heavyweight Title is held up after a match between the champion Tatsumi Fujinami and Riki Choshu in Sendai ends as a no-contest.
06/10PWF World Tag Team champions Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu defeat NWA International Tag Team champions Road Warriors in Tokyo to unify both titles to become the first NWA International Tag Team TitleWorld Tag Team Champions.
06/24Tatsumi Fujinami defeats Riki Choshu in Osaka to win the held-up IWGP Heavyweight Title.
07/04OBITUARY: Adrian Adonis (34) [Canada - auto accident]
07/16OBITUARY: Frank Goodish / Bruiser Brody [Puerto Rico - stab wounds]
07/19Fire Jets (Yumiko Hotta & Mitsuko Nishiwaki) defeat Bull Nakano & Grizzly Iwamoto in Tokyo to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
07/27Stan Hansen defeats Gen'ichiro Tenryu in Nagano to win NWA United National and PWF heavyweight titles.
07/29Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy defeat Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu in Takasaki to win World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
07/31Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu defeat Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy in Hakodate to win World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
08/08Tatsumi Fujinami defends IWGP heavyweight title against Antonio Inoki in a 60-minute time limit draw in Yokohama.
08/25Lioness Asuka defeats Chigusa Nagayo in Kawasaki to win WWWA World Title, but Asuka refuses the title since Nagayo is injured. Calgary Typhoons (Mika Komatsu & Yumi Ogura) defeat Fire Jets (Yumiko Hotta & Mitsuko Nishiwaki) to win WWWA World Tag Team Title on the same card.
08/29All Japan holds the first annual Bruiser Brody Memorial Night at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. Gen'ichiro Tenryu & Ashura Hara defeat Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu in Tokyo to win World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
08/30Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu defeat Gen'ichiro Tenryu & Ashura Hara in Osaka to win World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
09/09Shunji Takano & Shin'ichi Nakano defeat Footloose (Toshiaki Kawada & Samson Fuyuki) in Chiba to win All Asia Tag Team Title.
09/15Footloose (Toshiaki Kawada & Samson Fuyuki) defeat Shunji Takano & Shin'ichi Nakano in Tokyo to win All Asia Tag Team Title.
11/15Ryuma Go, Apollo Sugawara, and Masahiko Takasugi announce the foundation of Pioneer Senshi, the first independent promotion in Japan.
11/19Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu vacate World Tag Team Title (All Japan) for the '88 Real World Tag Team Championship League.
12/09Tatsumi Fujinami defeats Kerry Von Erich for the WCWA World Heavyweight Title. Fujinami now holds the three heavyweight titles: IWGP, World Class, and Pacific Northwest. However, he vacates and returns the World Class title to Kerry on next day.
12/16Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy win the annual Real World Tag Team Championship League in Tokyo and to win the vacant World Tag Team Title (All Japan).

1989

01/07Emperor Hirohito dies, and the Showa era ends. All promotions cancel their scheduled cards for two days.
01/29Lioness Asuka defeats Chigusa Nagayo in Tokyo to win the vacant WWWA World Title.
02/02All Japan holds a card in Kansas City. In the main event, Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu defeat Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy in Kansas City to win World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
02/11Soviet Wrestlers that Inoki scouted in previous year come to Japan for the first time.
02/15Gen'ichiro Tenryu team with the Road Warriors in Cleveland, OH to defend their NWA World 6-man Tag Team title.
02/18OBITUARY: Mildred Burke (73) - the first WWWA world champion
03/04Crush Gals (Lioness Asuka & Chigusa Nagayo) defeat Calgary Typhoons (Mika Komatsu & Yumi Ogura) in Tokyo to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
04/05Tatsumi Fujinami vacates IWGP Heavyweight Title to raise the authority of the title, for which a one-night tournament at Tokyo Dome on 89/04/24 is held.
04/09Inoki has a meeting with Akira Maeda. They reach the agreement to let Masaharu(Masakatsu) Funaki and Minoru Suzuki leave New Japan for the UWF.
04/18NWA International Heavyweight champion Jumbo Tsuruta defeats PWF and United National heavyweight champion Stan Hansen, to become the first Unified Triple Crown Heavyweight champion.
04/24New Japan has its first card at Tokyo Dome. In the main event, Shota Chochoshivili defeats Antonio Inoki to win World Martial Arts Heavyweight Title. This is Inoki's first loss in the mixed martial arts matches. Also, Big Van Vader defeats Shin'ya Hashimoto in one-night 8-man tournament finalto win the vacant IWGP Heavyweight Title with Lou Thesz as the special referee.
05/06Lioness Asuka defeats the American representative Madusa Miceli in Yokohama to be recognized as the Unified Global Champion. The belt is presented by Nick Bockwinkel. On the same card, Chigusa Nagayo, one-half of the famous Crush Gals, retires. WWWA World Tag Team Title, held by Crush Gals, is vacated.
05/25Antonio Inoki defeats Shota Chochoshivili in Osaka to win World Martial Arts Heavyweight Title. Also on the same card, Salman Hashimikov defeats Big Van Vader to win IWGP Heavyweight Title.
06/05Gen'ichiro Tenryu defeats Jumbo Tsuruta in Tokyo to win Triple Crown Heavyweight Title. Also on the same card, Can-Am Express (Dan Kroffat & Doug Furnas) defeat Footloose (Toshiaki Kawada & Samson Fuyuki) in Tokyo to win All Asia Tag Team Title.
06/18Marine Wolves (Suzuka Minami & Akira Hokuto) defeat Grizzly Iwamoto & Bison Kimura in Tokyo to win the vacant WWWA World Tag Team Title.
07/11Stan Hansen & Gen'ichiro Tenryu defeat Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu in Sapporo to win World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
07/12Riki Choshu defeats Salman Hashimikov in Osaka to win IWGP Heavyweight Title.
07/18Fire Jets (Yumiko Hotta & Mitsuko Nishiwaki) defeat Marine Wolves (Suzuka Minami & Akira Hokuto) in Tokyo to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.
07/19Lioness Asuka vacates WWWA World Title upon retirement.
07/22Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu defeat Stan Hansen & Gen'ichiro Tenryu in Ishikawa to win World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
07/24Antonio Inoki wins a seat in the House of Council(Japanese equivalent to the US Senate) and becomes the first pro-wrestler to be a congressman.
07/25Lioness Asuka retires.
08/10Big Van Vader defeats Riki Choshu in Tokyo to win IWGP Heavyweight Title.
10/06Frontier Martial-arts Wrestling has its first card in Nagoya with Atsushi Ohnita as the president and the top star. Their style would eventually emphasize on the death match style, which is totally opposite from the UWF.
10/11Jumbo Tsuruta defeats Gen'ichiro Tenryu in Yokohama to win Triple Crown Heavyweight Title.
10/20Footloose (Toshiaki Kawada & Samson Fuyuki) defeat Can-Am Express (Dan Kroffat & Doug Furnas) in Nagoya to win All Asia Tag Team Title.
Stan Hansen & Gen'ichiro Tenryu defeat Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu in Nagoya to win World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
11/29Stan Hansen & Gen'ichiro Tenryu vacate World Tag Team Title (All Japan) for the annual Real World Tag Team Championship League.
12/06Stan Hansen & Gen'ichiro Tenryu win the annual Real World Tag Team Championship League in Tokyo and to win the vacant World Tag Team Title (All Japan).
12/09Aja Kong & Grizzly Iwamoto defeat Fire Jets (Yumiko Hotta & Mitsuko Nishiwaki) in Tokyo to win WWWA World Tag Team Title.

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