5 Former WWE Championships You Didn't Know Existed
There have been many championships that have come and gone in WWE's history, but there are some titles that even the biggest fans may not be aware of.
WWE had a few partnerships in Japan that saw the creation of titles used primarily in that part of the world, and there were also some titles that just didn't last past the first champion.
You've all probably heard of the WWF European Championship, but have you ever heard of the WWF World Martial Arts Championship?
This slideshow will take a quick look at five former championships that have been all but forgotten.
This is one of those titles that kind of existed, but nobody really remembers it.
WWE purchased a Montreal-based wrestling promotion and its champion, Dino Bravo, and for a short time he was billed as the WWF Canadian champion in some cities.
It isn't even really known if the title was officially retired in a match because the whole concept was simply abandoned and never mentioned again, which makes Dino Bravo the one and only champion in its history.
Intercontinental Tag Team Championship
This is another title that was only ever held once before being retired.
Perro Aguayo and Gran Hamada held these titles during a brief time when the WWF and the Japanese UWF had a working relationship.
The titles were not even won in a match but rather awarded to the champions. Not only do no videos seem to exist of this title, but there are no pictures that can be found from what I can see. Instead, you can watch a video of Jeff Hardy and RVD merging the Intercontinental and European belts.
Women's Tag Team Championship
This title saw a few more champions than the previous two (but not many). These belts lasted just over five years, and only four teams won the titles during that time.
Leilani Kai and Judy Martin hold two records related to these titles: They had the longest reign at 906 days, and they held the titles the most times with two reigns.
This is an interesting concept that WWE could revisit today. They have a lot of Divas that could form tag teams. It might work.
Since no videos of this title exist, I have included a video of Leilani Kai wrestling at WrestleMania 10.
World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship
This title was awarded to Antonio Inoki in 1978, and he technically went on to hold it for 3,780 days. That is longer than Bruno Sammartino held the WWE title by almost 1,000 days.
This belt has a bit of a confusing history. It was barely defended, and it went on to be merged with another title once WWE and NJPW stopped doing business together in 1985.
Inoki lost the belt after holding it for more than 10 years, but he won it back a month later. That is basically the history of WWE's only title used in shoot fights.
Junior Heavyweight Championship
This title had the most history out of any on the list with 20 years' worth of champions. There were a few periods when it was vacated, but it went from 1965 to 1985 before being retired.
A few notable names like Tiger Mask and The Dynamite Kid held this championship, and it was used mostly in Japan.
The belt was formed under the original World Wide Wrestling Federation. It ended up being used again in 1994 as a trophy for Wild Pegasus when he won the first Super J Cup.
For those who do not know, Wild Pegasus was a name Chris Benoit used while wrestling in Japan.
WWE has merged a lot of titles in the last few years, and there have been less title changes lately on account of champions having longer reigns. Maybe it's time to bring a title back.
Which one of these defunct titles do you think would work well in today's WWE?