NWA Hawaii Tag Team Championship

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The NWA Hawaii Tag Team Championship was the primary tag team title of NWA Mid-Pacific Promotions and was defended between 1952 until 1978 when it was abandoned. The title was later revived by the current incarnation of NWA Hawaii in 2000. It is the earliest regional tag team title in to be defended in the Pacific coast of the United States, along with the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship, and was originally defended in Honolulu, Hawaii. As of 2007, it is defended in Kalihi, Kaneohe and Wahiawa, Hawaii.[1][2]

Title history[edit]

Wrestlers: Reigns together: Date: Place: Notes:
Lucky Simunovich & Bobby Bruns 1 June 8, 1952 Honolulu, Hawaii First champions; vacant in October 1952 for not defending title.
Lucky Simunovich (2) & Gino Garibaldi 1 November 9, 1952 Honolulu, Hawaii Defeated Bob Langevin & Tom Rice for the title.
Lucky Simunovich (3) & Bobby Bruns 2 December 1952
Bobby Bruns (3) & Rikidōzan 1 February 1953
Tom Rice & Al Kashey 1 March 1, 1953 Honolulu, Hawaii
Bobby Bruns (4) & Bobby Managoff 1 April 5, 1953 Honolulu, Hawaii
Bud Curtis & Tommy O'Toole 1 September 27, 1953 Honolulu, Hawaii Defeated Bruns & Jack Witzig; vacant in December 1953.
Bobby Bruns (5) & Luther Lindsey 1 January 10, 1954 Honolulu, Hawaii
Title history is unrecorded.
Bobby Bruns (6) & John Paul Henning 1 August 1954
Lou Newman & Hans Schnabel 1 October 10, 1954 Honolulu, Hawaii
Roger Mackay & Don Beitleman 1 November 28, 1954 Honolulu, Hawaii
Bobby Bruns (7) & Lucky Simunovich (4) 2 February 20, 1955 Honolulu, Hawaii
Rikidōzan (2) & Azumafuji 1 April 17, 1955 Honolulu, Hawaii Vacant on May 8, 1955 when Rikidōzan is suspended for unmasking the Zebra Kid.
Title history is unrecorded.
Johnny Barend & Sandor Kovacs 1 September 1955
Lord James Blears & Gene Kiniski 1 December 4, 1955 Honolulu, Hawaii
Great Togo & Tosh Togo 1 April 29, 1956 Honolulu, Hawaii Vacant.
Billy Varga & Sam Steamboat 1 August 5, 1956 Honolulu, Hawaii Defeated Tosh Togo & Ed Gardenia.
Title history is unrecorded. Vacated in 1957.
Lord Athol Layton & Tom Rice (2) 1 April 28, 1957 Honolulu, Hawaii Defeat Al Lolotai & Lucky Simunovich.
Title history is unrecorded. Vacated in 1958.
Lord James Blears (2) & Joe Blanchard 1 November 2, 1958 Honolulu, Hawaii Defeated Stan Kowalski & Tiny Mills.
Stan Kowalski & Tiny Mills 1 January 1959
Rikidōzan (3) & Koukichi Endoh 1 January 10, 1959 Utsunomiya, Japan
Lord James Blears (3) & Joe Blanchard 2 April 15, 1959 Honolulu, Hawaii
Lord James Blears (4) & Jerry Gordet 1 December 1959
Hard Boiled Haggerty & Bill Savage 1 January 27, 1960 Honolulu, Hawaii
Lord James Blears (5) & Herb Freeman 1 March 9, 1960 Honolulu, Hawaii
Hard Boiled Haggerty (2) & Butcher Vachon 1 April 13, 1960 Honolulu, Hawaii
Nick Kozak & Jerry Gordet (2) 1 May 11, 1960 Honolulu, Hawaii
Shoulders Newman & Hans Schnabel (2) 1 August 17, 1960 Honolulu, Hawaii
Utica Panther & Bill Wright 1 September 28, 1960 Honolulu, Hawaii
Shoulders Newman (2) & Tim Rice (3) 1 November 2, 1960 Honolulu, Hawaii
Neff Maivia & Billy White Wolf 1 June 28, 1961 Honolulu, Hawaii Defeated Shoulders Newman & Ted Travis when Rice leaves the area.
Shoulders Newman (3) & Ted Travis 1 July 19. 1961 Honolulu, Hawaii
Lord James Blears (6) & Neff Maivia (2) 1 November 9, 1961 Honolulu, Hawaii
Shoulders Newman (3) & Ted Travis 2 November 9, 1961 Honolulu, Hawaii
Lord James Blears (7) & Neff Maivia (3) 2 November 22, 1961 Honolulu, Hawaii
Curtis Iaukea & Tosh Togo (2) 1 September 12, 1963 Honolulu, Hawaii
Lord James Blears (8) & Neff Maivia (4) 3 February 15, 1963 Honolulu, Hawaii
Curtis Iaukea (2) & Cowboy Cassidy 1 August 1, 1963 Honolulu, Hawaii
Robert Duranton & Shag Thomas 1 May 13, 1964 Honolulu, Hawaii
Mr. Moto & Nikita Mulkovich 1 July 17, 1964 Honolulu, Hawaii
Lord James Blears (9) & Neff Maivia (5) 4 July 29, 1964 Honolulu, Hawaii
Curtis Iaukea (3) & Mr. Fujiwara 1 January 7, 1965 Honolulu, Hawaii
Alberto & Enrique Torres 1 May 28, 1965 Honolulu, Hawaii
Luther Lindsay & Bearcat Wright 1 July 28, 1965 Honolulu, Hawaii
Ripper Collins & Johnny Barend (2) 1 January 4, 1966 Honolulu, Hawaii
Neff Maivia (6) & Pampero Firpo 1 November 2, 1966 Honolulu, Hawaii
Johnny Barend (3) & Hans Mortier 1 February 1, 1967 Honolulu, Hawaii
Curtis Iaukea (4) & Ripper Collins (2) 1 May 3, 1967 Honolulu, Hawaii
Johnny Barend (4) & Jim Hady 1 July 25, 1967 Honolulu, Hawaii
Ripper Collins (3) & Johnny Barend (5) 2 December 27, 1967 Honolulu, Hawaii Barend and Collins split up; According to Hawaii Wrestling Review, the title is vacant during this time.
Jim Hady (2) & Missing Link 1 February 21, 1968 Honolulu, Hawaii
Curtis Iaukea (5) & Ripper Collins (4) 2 March 15, 1968 Honolulu, Hawaii
Jim Hady (3) & Peter Maivia 1 May 22, 1968 Honolulu, Hawaii
Curtis Iaukea (6) & Ripper Collins (5) 3 June 4, 1968 Honolulu, Hawaii
Peter Maivia (2) & Billy White Wolf (2) 1 June 26, 1968 Honolulu, Hawaii
Johnny Barend (6) & Magnificent Maurice 1 July 17, 1968 Honolulu, Hawaii
Jim Hady (4) & Billy White Wolf (3) 1 October 16, 1968 Honolulu, Hawaii
Ripper Collins (6) & "Crazy" Luke Graham 1 November 6, 1968 Honolulu, Hawaii
Nick Bockwinkel & Bobby Shane 1 March 12, 1969 Honolulu, Hawaii
Ripper Collins (7) & Buddy Austin 1 April 16, 1969 Honolulu, Hawaii
Pedro Morales & Ed Francis 1 August 13, 1969 Honolulu, Hawaii
Kurt Von Steiger & Karl Von Steiger 1 September 10, 1969 Honolulu, Hawaii
Pedro Morales & Ed Francis 2 October 1, 1969 Honolulu, Hawaii
Kurt Von Steiger & Karl Von Steiger 1 October 1969
Curtis Iaukea (7) & Ripper Collins (8) 4 October 22, 1969 Honolulu, Hawaii
Ripper Collins (9) & Johnny Barend (7) 3
Pedro Morales (3) & Bing Ki Lee 1 March 4, 1970 Honolulu, Hawaii
Billy Robinson & Johnny Barend (8) 1 July 1, 1970 Honolulu, Hawaii
Billy Robinson & Ed Francis 1 October 28, 1970 Honolulu, Hawaii
Ripper Collins (10) & Mad Dog Mayne 1 January 12, 1971 Honolulu, Hawaii
Suni War Cloud & Steven Little Bear 1 June 16, 1971 Honolulu, Hawaii
Ripper Collins (11) & Mad Dog Mayne 2 June 26, 1971 Honolulu, Hawaii
Sam Steamboat (2) & Bearcat Wright (2) 1 July 21, 1971 Honolulu, Hawaii
Sweet Daddy Siki & Mad Dog Mayne 1 October 9, 1971 Honolulu, Hawaii
Title history is unrecorded.
Sam Steamboat (3) & Peter Maivia (3) 1
Ripper Collins (12) & Ed Francis 1 July 25, 1973 Honolulu, Hawaii
Sam Steamboat (4) & Peter Maivia (4) 2 September 26, 1973 Honolulu, Hawaii
Ripper Collins (13) & Johnny Valentine 1 November 28, 1973 Honolulu, Hawaii
Title inactive until 1977.
Sam Steamboat (5) & Billy White Wolf (4) 1 July 1977 Defeat Steve Strong & Steve Lawler.
Steve Strong & Jesse Ventura 1 July 28, 1977 Honolulu, Hawaii
John Tolos & Bill Francis 1 November 1977
Steve Strong & Chris Markoff 1 January 1978
Russ & Bill Francis 1 April 26, 1978 Honolulu, Hawaii
"Big" John Studd & "Playboy" Buddy Rose 1 May 17, 1978 Honolulu, Hawaii
Steve Strong & John Tolos (2) 1 June 14, 1978 Honolulu, Hawaii
Mr. Fuji (2) & Karl Von Steiger (3) 1 August 16, 1978 Honolulu, Hawaii
Mando Guerrero & Samoa 1 December 6, 1978 Honolulu, Hawaii
Ripper Collins (14) & Whipper Billy Watson
Tama Samoa & Ati-Tago
Title abandoned. Revived by NWA Hawaii in 2000.
Akua & Kaimana 1 October 27, 2000 Kalihi, Hawaii First champions upon being awarded the reinstated title.
Team Titan 1 March 17, 2001 Kaneohe, Hawaii
East Coast Connection
(Joe Wolfen & Sick Dog)
1 June 2, 2001 Kaneohe, Hawaii
Men of Steele
KC Adams & Mike Taylor
October 6, 2001 Kaneohe, Hawaii
Tiki & Bruiser 1 February 3, 2002 Honolulu, Hawaii
East Coast Connection 2 April 6, 2002 Kaneohe, Hawaii
Tiki & Bruiser 2 September 21, 2002 Waikiki, Hawaii
East Coast Connection 3 September 22, 2002 Waikiki, Hawaii Stripped on May 22, 2003 when the team splits up.
The Hawaiian Power Company
(Tiki & Kapu)
1 May 31, 2003 Honolulu, Hawaii Defeated the Iraqi Regime (Al-Ahmed Mohammed & Dumas Shiite) for the titles.
Iraqi Regime
(Al-Ahmed Mohammed & Dumas Shiite)
November 17, 2003 Honolulu, Hawaii
808 Reckin Kru
(Big Daddy Frank & Biggie Mack)
1 December 18, 2004 Kaneohe, Hawaii
J.T. Wolfen & Kaimana 1 April 23, 2005 Honolulu, Hawaii
Kris Kavanaugh & Cholo 1 May 7, 2005 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Defeated Hawaiian Blood (Kaimana & Kaniala), substituting for Wolfen.
J.T. Wolfen & Kaimana 2 August 6, 2005 Wahiawa, Hawaii
The Nightmarchers
(Ahuna & Kaniala)
1 November 18, 2005 Honolulu, Hawaii Defeated Wolfen & J Lo, substituting for Kaimana. They also held HCW Kekaulike Heritage Title which was officially unified with the NWA Hawaii titles on May 19, 2006. Titles are later vacated on July 8, 2006.
939 Connection
(Ricky Thunder & Jody Lopez)
1 July 29, 2006 Wahiawa, Hawaii Defeated Hawaiian Blood (Kaimana & Kaniala) in 6-team one-night tournament final; stripped of the HCW title on September 23, 2006 after NWA Hawaii and HCW split but continued to be recognized as champions by NWA Hawaii; stripped on March 31, 2007 due to Thunder's injuries.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  2. ^ "N.W.A. Hawaii Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.