British Heavyweight Championship (XWA)

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British Heavyweight Championship
Details
Current champion(s) Alex Shane
Date won 3rd April 2010
Date established July 11, 1999
Promotion XWA
Frontier Wrestling Alliance
Other name(s)
FWA British Heavyweight Championship

The British Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship contested for in the XWA. The championship was originally created and contested for in the Frontier Wrestling Alliance (FWA) but moved to XWA when the former company became defunct. It has also been contested for in Ring of Honor (ROH) due to a working relationship between them and FWA.

The championship has been known as:

  • FWA British Heavyweight Championship (1999–2007)
  • British Heavyweight Championship (2007 – current)

History[edit]

The first Champion was Mark Sloan, who defeated Paul Glory in a tournament final on 11 July 1999.[1] Jody Fleisch was the first person to win the belt twice after being stripped of it, while American wrestler Christopher Daniels was the first non-British person to win the belt[2] and go on to defend it on foreign soil.[3]

Originally the belt was mostly defended under two out of three falls match rules, as was the tradition in British wrestling. This changed on 12 April 2005, when champion Alex Shane signed a cast-iron contract to make new FWA British Title rules official and permanent making all future championship matches simply one fall.

On 13 May 2006 the FWA British Heavyweight Title belt was stolen from the Morecambe Dome immediately following the FWA event at the venue during an FWA versus All-Star Wrestling show.[4] Due to being stolen a new belt had to be created.[5] When the FWA was forced to retire in its interpromotional war with International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom, the XWA carried the lineage of the championship simply renaming it the British Heavyweight Championship and using the same physical belt.[6] However, in April 2009, XWA founder Greg Lambert announced the creation of a new British Heavyweight Championship that did not bear the FWA initials and gave the original belt back to Alex Shane in time for the resurrection of the FWA.[7]

Title history[edit]

# Wrestler Reigns Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1
Mark Sloan
1
July 11, 1999 231 Portsmouth, Hampshire No Surprises Defeated Paul Glory in a tournament final [1]
2
Alex Shane
1
February 27, 2000 129 Birmingham, West Midlands Black Country Chaos Two out of three falls match [2]
3
Guy Thunder
1
July 5, 2000 8 Hertford, Hertfordshire Live event Two out of three falls match [2]
-
Vacant
-
July 13, 2000 N/A [8]
4
Justin Richards
1
August 5, 2000 259 Halifax, West Yorkshire Evil Intentions Defeated Scottie Rock, Guy Thunder & Jorge Castano in a four-way match [2]
-
Vacant
-
April 21, 2001 Bolton, Greater Manchester When Thunder Strikes Stripped for missing title defence [8]
5
Doug Williams
1
May 19, 2001 307 Portsmouth, Hampshire High Potential Defeated Scott Parker in a tournament final [9]
6
Flash Barker
1
March 22, 2002 128 Walthamstow, London Urban Legends Two out of three falls match [10]
7
Jody Fleisch
1
July 28, 2002 6 Portsmouth, Hampshire No Surprises Two out of three falls match [10]
-
Vacant
-
August 3, 2002 N/A [8]
8
Jody Fleisch
2
October 13, 2002 12 Bethnal Green, London British Uprising Defeated Flash Barker in a ladder match [10]
9
Christopher Daniels
1
October 25, 2002 148 Walthamstow, London London Calling Defeated Jody Fleish & Doug Williams in a three-way match [10]
10
Doug Williams
2
March 22, 2003 602 Philadelphia, PA Night of Champions [3]
11
Alex Shane
2
November 13, 2004 449 Coventry, West Midlands British Uprising 3 [11]
12
Hade Vansen
1
February 5, 2006 160 Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire New Frontiers Defeated Alex Shane, Joe Legend, Jody Fleisch and Jonny Storm in The Champion Series five-way match [12]
13
Robbie Brookside
1
July 15, 2006 266 Morecambe, Lancashire Summer Classic Defeated Hade Vansen & Jonny Storm in a no-disqualification three-way match. Championship renamed British Heavyweight Championship [12]
14
Jonny Storm
1
April 7, 2007 455 Morecambe, Lancashire War On The Shore 3 [13]
15
Stevie Knight
1
July 5, 2008 63 Morecambe, Lancashire Vendetta 2008 Defeated Jonny Storm, Sam Slam, and Johnny Phere in a Final Four match [14]
16
Sam Slam
1
September 6, 2008 371 Morecambe, Lancashire Last Fight at the Prom 2008 [15]
17
Spud
1
September 12, 2009 203 Morecambe, Lancashire Last Fight at the Prom 2009 Spud becomes XWA's first double champion by holding the British Flyweight Championship before this match. [16]
18
Johnny Phere
1
April 3, 2010 0 Morecambe, Lancashire War On The Shore 6 [17]
19
Alex Shane
3
April 3, 2010 1580+ Morecambe, Lancashire War On The Shore 6 [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "FWA Results – 1999". Frontier Wrestling Alliance. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d "FWA Results 2000". Frontier Wrestling Alliance. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  3. ^ a b "Past Events". Ring of Honor. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "One Phere over the Cuckoo's Nest". XWA. 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  5. ^ "The FWA's fifty golden moments". Frontier Wrestling Alliance. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  6. ^ "XWA – The legend lives on". Frontier Wrestling Alliance. Internet Archive. Archived from the original on 2007-05-31. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  7. ^ "XWA War On The Shore V". XWA. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  8. ^ a b c "FWA British Heavyweight Title". Title Histories. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  9. ^ "FWA Results 2001". Frontier Wrestling Alliance. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  10. ^ a b c d "FWA Results 2002". Frontier Wrestling Alliance. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  11. ^ "FWA Results 2004". Frontier Wrestling Alliance. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  12. ^ a b "FWA Results 2006". Frontier Wrestling Alliance. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  13. ^ "XWA War on the Shore 3". XWA. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  14. ^ "XWA Vendetta 2008". XWA. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  15. ^ "XWA Last Fight at the Prom 2008". XWA. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  16. ^ "LastFight News – Spud v Sam Slam aftermath". XWA. 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  17. ^ a b "XWA War On The Shore VI – Official Review". XWA. 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 

See also[edit]