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International Wrestling Enterprise
International Wrestling Enterprise (国際プロレス興行;, Kokusai Puroresu Kogyō) was a professional wrestling promotion in Japan from 1966 to 1981. Founded by Isao Yoshihara, it was affiliated with the American Wrestling Association in the United States and also had tie-ins with promotions in Canada and Europe. In 1972, it became the first Japanese promotion to bring European wrestler André the Giant to the country. The promotion cooperated with All Japan Pro Wrestling and later, New Japan Pro Wrestling; the three promotions later came together for an interpromotional event, organized by Tokyo Sports, held at Budokan Hall on August 26, 1979.

When IWE closed its doors in 1981, Inoue, Hara, Tsurumi, and Fuyuki joined All Japan, while Kimura, Hamaguchi and Teranishi joined New Japan as a stable that formed the first "invasion" angle in history, later copied by the Japanese UWF, Japan Pro-Wrestling, and the nWo in WCW in America. The promotion is also credited for making Rusher Kimura a major star in Japanese Puroresu and holding Japan's first steel cage match. Isao Yoshihara would eventually become a booker in New Japan, until his death in 1985.

Championships recognized by IWE IWE's governing body was called the International Wrestling Alliance and administered the following titles:

  • IWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • IWA World Mid-Heavyweight Championship
  • IWA World Tag Team Championship[

Near the end of IWE's existence, it billed a World Wrestling Union title, supposedly based in Germany, to give a push to wrestler Ashura Hara:

  • WWU World Junior Heavyweight Championship

Before the IWA system was created, IWE recognized the Trans-World Wrestling Alliance titles:

  • TWWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • TWWA World Tag Team Championship

See also American Wrestling Association for the AWA World titles.

International Wrestling Promotion (revival)Edit

In 1994, Goro Tsurumi formed a promotion called IWA Kakutō Shijuku (IWA格闘志塾, International Wrestling Alliance Fighting Hope Training School), but in 1997 he renamed the promotion International Wrestling Promotion (国際プロレス・プロモーション Kokusai puroresu promotion). The only recognizable name in the promotion is Tsurumi himself; the rest of the roster uses masked identities. Wrestlers from other independents have been invited to participate, including Shoji Nakamaki and Yukihide Ueno.

Championships recognized by IWP

  • IWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • IWA World Mid-Heavyweight Championship
  • IWA World Middleweight Championship
  • IWA World Tag Team Championship (International Pro Wrestling)
  • IWA World Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship

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