MWA World Heavyweight Championship

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MWA World Heavyweight Championship
Date established January 1940
Date retired October 1948
Promotion Midwest Wrestling Association

The MWA World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship in the Kansas City, Kansas-based Midwest Wrestling Association (MWA). It was the direct predecessor of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship, and a successor of sorts to the early world heavyweight championships.

The title was created in 1940, and first held by Bobby Bruns that January.

The title lasted until the MWA joined the newly formed NWA in October 1948, with the MWA champion, Orville Brown, recognized as the first NWA World Heavyweight Champion.[1][2]

Title history[edit]

Wrestler Times Date Days held Location Notes
Bobby Bruns 1 January 18, 1940[3] 147 Memorial Hall (Kansas City, Kansas)[4] Defeated fellow contender Orville Brown to win the vacant championship and win the inaugural and vacant MWA title established January 1940. Both contenders had previously challenged (and failed to defeat) Everette Marshall in different matches in Ohio months apart in 1937.[5]
Orville Brown 1 June 13, 1940 308 Kansas City, Kansas
Lee Wyckoff 1 April 17, 1941 182 Kansas City, Kansas
Orville Brown 2 October 16, 1941 140 Kansas City, Kansas
Tom Zaharias 1 March 5, 1942 112 Kansas City, Kansas
Orville Brown 3 June 25, 1942 123 Kansas City, Kansas Ed Lewis won a disputed decision over Brown on November 5, 1942.
Ed Lewis 1 November 26, 1942 80 Kansas City, Kansas Defeated Brown in a rematch.
Lee Wyckoff 2 January 14, 1943 35 Kansas City, Kansas
Orville Brown 4 February 18, 1943 end date needed Kansas City, Kansas
Lee Wyckoff 3 May 1943 start date needed Great Bend, Kansas
Orville Brown 5 June 17, 1943 169 Kansas City, Kansas
The Swedish Angel 1 December 3, 1943 6 Kansas City, Kansas
Orville Brown 6 December 9, 1943 147 Kansas City, Kansas Dave Levin defeated Brown in a one-fall match on April 27, 1944 in Kansas City, Kansas, and laid claim to the title. However, Brown claimed that the title could only change hands in a two-out-of-three falls match.
Dave Levin 1 May 4, 1944 56 Defeated Brown in a rematch.
Lee Wyckoff 4 June 29, 1944 48 Topeka, Kansas
Orville Brown 7 August 16, 1944 673 Topeka, Kansas
Bobby Bruns 2 June 20, 1946 49 Kansas City, Kansas
Orville Brown 8 August 8, 1946 218 Kansas City, Kansas
Vic Christy 1 March 14, 1947 16 St. Joseph, Missouri
Roy Graham 1 March 30, 1947 11 St. Joseph, Missouri
Orville Brown 9 April 10, 1947 253 Kansas City, Kansas
Tug Carlson 1 December 19, 1947 7 St. Joseph, Missouri
Orville Brown 10 December 26, 1947 125 St. Joseph, Missouri
Bobby Bruns 3 April 29, 1948 5 Kansas City, Kansas Won the title by disqualification.
Orville Brown 11 May 4, 1948 end date needed Kansas City, Kansas
The title was retired after the MWA joined the National Wrestling Alliance in October 1948, and Brown was recognized as its first champion.


  1. ^ Duncan, Royal and Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories, Fourth Edition. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  2. ^ "M.W.A. World Heavyweight Title (Kansas City)". Puroresu Dojo. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  3. ^ Wrestling-Titles: Orville Brown - biography: "On Nov. 10, 1939 at Bridgeport, Conn., Bobby Bruns defeated Jack Pfefer's world light heavyweight champion Maurice Boyer. From that point forward in New England and the Atlantic Coast, the title changed to a heavyweight title and Pfefer billed Bruns as heavyweight world champion .. On Jan. 18, 1940, Bruns defended this title in a clean win over Brown."
  4. ^ LegacyOfWrestling Bobby Bruns Wrestling History: "On January 11, 1940, Bruns beat Andy Mexiner in two-straight falls in Kansas City. A week later, he returned to the Memorial Hall to wrestle Orville Brown for the vacant World Heavyweight Title, recognized by the state of Kansas and by promoter George Simpson. He won the first in 40:30 and then the 3rd in 5:00 to capture the championship."
  5. ^ LOW Orville Brown Wrestling History
  6. ^ "Orville Brown - biography". Puroresu Dojo. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 

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