NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship

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NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship
NWA Missouri HEavyweight Championship Belt.jpg
The NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship belt
Details
Current champion(s) Elvis Aliaga
Date established October - December 1899 (original)
September 16, 1972 (current)
Promotion Central States Wrestling and St. Louis Wrestling Club (through 1986)
NWA Midwest (2002-2012)
NWA Central-States Championship Wrestling (since 2014)

The NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship was the secondary singles championship in the National Wrestling Alliance's St. Louis Wrestling Club and Central States Wrestling promotions in the 1970s and 1980s. It was usually dominated by the area's top star, Harley Race, and as such it was considered a "stepping stone" to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (although only Race, Terry Funk, Kerry Von Erich and Ric Flair made it; Gene Kiniski and Dory Funk, Jr. were already former World Champions upon winning the Missouri title).

Previous versions existed in 1899, 1921, 1933 to 1934, 1937, 1947, 1950, and 1954 to 1955, but it was only in 1972 that a serious championship was established. It was shelved in 1986, as the Central States promotion was being consolidated under Jim Crockett Promotions in order to counter the World Wrestling Federation's national expansion. NWA Midwest revived the title in 2002 and it existed until 2012. NWA Central-States Championship Wrestling (CCW) crowned a new champion on March 29, 2014.

Title history[edit]

Silver areas in the history indicate periods of unknown lineage. An (n) next to a date indicates that a title change occurred no later than the date listed.

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
George Baptiste 1 October 1899 (n) Records are unclear as to whom he defeated.
Jake Reed 1 1921 Defeated Lloyd Carter.
Jake Ross 1 March 6, 1930 Chillicothe, Missouri Defeated Charles Santen.
Fred Peterson 1 February 9, 1932
Billy Wolf 1 March 1934
Lou Thesz 1 June 18, 1937 Kansas City, Missouri Defeated Warren Bockwinkel.
Tommy O'Toole 1 March 10, 1950 St. Joseph, Missouri Defeated Sonny Myers in a 10-man tournament final.
Sonny Myers 1 April 14, 1950 St. Joseph, Missouri
Ron Etchison 1 January 12, 1951 St. Joseph, Missouri
Sonny Myers 2 January 26, 1951 St. Joseph, Missouri
Ron Etchison 2 February 2, 1951 St. Joseph, Missouri
Ray Eckert 1 February 9, 1951 St. Joseph, Missouri
Ron Etchison 3 March 9, 1951 St. Joseph, Missouri
Vacated June 8, 1951
Sonny Myers 3 February 1, 1952
Joe Dusek 1 February 15, 1952 St. Joseph, Missouri
Sonny Myers 4 November 14, 1952
Ron Etchison 4 December 26, 1952 St. Joseph, Missouri
Vacated May 30, 1953
Sonny Myers 5 December 18, 1953
Bob Orton 1 January 1, 1954 St. Joseph, Missouri
Ray Eckert 2 March 5, 1954 St. Joseph, Missouri
Vacated April 7, 1954 St. Joseph, Missouri Declared vacant on 54/04/07 due to a controversial ending of a match against Sonny Myers on 54/03/27.
Sonny Myers 6 April 9, 1954 St. Joseph, Missouri Defeats Ray Eckert.
Larry Hamilton 1 May 22, 1954 St. Joseph, Missouri
Ron Etchison 5 November 5, 1954 St. Joseph, Missouri
Vacated 1 September 9, 1955
Joe Dusek 2 April 1956 Sedalia, Missouri
The title became inactive September 19, 1956.
Harley Race 1 September 16, 1972 St. Louis, Missouri Defeated Pak Song in a tournament final.
The title was held up after a match against Johnny Valentine on December 16, 1972 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Johnny Valentine 1 January 19, 1973 St. Louis, Missouri Defeated Harley Race in a rematch.
Terry Funk 1 February 10, 1973 St. Louis, Missouri
Gene Kiniski 1 March 16, 1973 St. Louis, Missouri
Harley Race 2 October 13, 1973 St. Louis, Missouri
Dory Funk, Jr. 1 May 24, 1974 St. Louis, Missouri
Harley Race 3 February 21, 1975 St. Louis, Missouri
Bob Backlund 1 April 23, 1976 St. Louis, Missouri
Jack Brisco 1 November 26, 1976 St. Louis, Missouri
Dick Slater 1 August 12, 1977 St. Louis, Missouri
Ted DiBiase 1 February 12, 1978 St. Louis, Missouri
Dick Murdoch 1 February 26, 1978 St. Louis, Missouri
Dick the Bruiser 1 July 14, 1978 St. Louis, Missouri
Dick Murdoch 2 March 17, 1979 St. Louis, Missouri
Dick the Bruiser 2 May 18, 1979 St. Louis, Missouri
Dick Murdoch 3 July 13, 1979 St. Louis, Missouri
Kevin Von Erich 1 November 23, 1979 St. Louis, Missouri
Ken Patera 1 April 25, 1980 St. Louis, Missouri
Ted DiBiase 2 November 21, 1980 St. Louis, Missouri
Jack Brisco 2 October 2, 1981 St. Louis, Missouri
Ken Patera 2 October 23, 1981 St. Louis, Missouri
Dick the Bruiser 3 January 1, 1982 St. Louis, Missouri
Harley Race 4 September 17, 1982 St. Louis, Missouri
Kerry Von Erich 1 January 23, 1983 St. Louis, Missouri
Jerry Blackwell 1 April 15, 1983 St. Louis, Missouri
Harley Race 5 May 13, 1983 St. Louis, Missouri
The title was vacated on June 10, 1983, when Race won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Ric Flair in St. Louis, Missouri.
Ric Flair 1 July 15, 1983 St. Louis, Missouri Defeated David Von Erich in a tournament final.
David Von Erich 1 September 16, 1983 St. Louis, Missouri
Harley Race 6 January 6, 1984 St. Louis, Missouri
Jerry Blackwell 2 November 16, 1984 St. Louis, Missouri
Harley Race 7 August 2, 1985 St. Louis, Missouri
The title was retired in February 1986 when Jim Crockett Promotions bought the St. Louis Wrestling Club. Crockett also bought Central States Wrestling in September.
Gary Jackson 1 July 27, 2002 St. Robert, Missouri Defeated Steve Stone after the title was revived by NWA Midwest.
Jackson was stripped of the title on June 3, 2003 due to lack of defenses.
Shane Somers 1 June 17, 2003 Rolla, Missouri Defeated Dingo, John Epperson, Tony Luza, Rick Norris and Yukon Eric, Jr. in a six-way match.
Somers was immediately stripped of the title by Missouri State Commissioner Carl Lauer for using an illegal chokehold.
Shane Somers 2 June 17, 2003 Rolla, Missouri Partnered with The Mad Hatter, pinned John Epperson, partnered with Ricky Murdock, in a tag team match.
Ricky Murdock 1 October 10, 2003 Parkersburg, West Virginia Won the title at the NWA 55th Anniversary Show. Murdock's NWA National Heavyweight Championship was also at stake.
Shane Somers 3 March 27, 2004 Plato, Missouri
The title was vacated in 2005.
Abyss 1 December 7, 2005 Lawrence, Kansas Defeated Tyler Cook.
The title was vacated on December 29, 2006.
Dingo 1 January 19, 2007 St. Joseph, Missouri Defeated Kraig Keesman, Mark Sterling and Jeremy Wyatt in a four-way match. Dingo also won the NWA Kansas Heavyweight title from Mark Sterling on March 17, 2007 in Lawrence, Kansas, and the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight title from Chuck Taylor on June 20, 2008 in Sellersburg, Indiana.
Davey Vega 1 October 16, 2009 Glen Carbon, Illinois
Jeremy Wyatt 1 April 30, 2011 Caseyville, Illinois Defeated Uhaa Nation, Jonathan Gresham & Trent Stone in a four-way match. Davey Vega vacated the title as he no longer could commit to NWA Midwest events. Wyatt vacated the title after winning the NWA Central States Championship on 5/7/11.
KC Karrington 1 June 10, 2011 Glen Carbon, Illinois Defeats Dan Walsh in tournament final.
Makaze 1 September 7, 2012 Glen Carbon, Illinois Defeats Karrington, Dan Walsh, and Trent Stone in a 4-way match
Vacant November 1, 2012 Title is vacated when Dynamo Pro Wrestling withdraws from the NWA.
Elvis Aliaga 1 March 29, 2014 Richland, Missouri Wins 10 man over the top rope battle royal to capture vacant title.
Title Held Up April 6, 2014 Championship is declared "held up" following a full review of Aliaga's controversial battle royal victory.
Elvis Aliaga 2 June 21, 2014 Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri Wins a four-way gauntlet match containing the final four men who were eliminated from the battle royal on March 29, 2014 to regain the held up title.

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