NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship

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This article is about the championship that was defended NWA Pacific Northwest Territory from 1957 to 1992. For ECCW's main championship, see ECCW Championship.
NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship
Details
Date established 1957
Date retired July 1992
Promotion Pacific Northwest Wrestling

The NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling championship sanctioned by the National Wrestling Alliance and defended in its member promotion Pacific Northwest Wrestling, which promoted shows in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington, and occasionally other areas in the northwestern United States.

The title was created in 1957 by Don Owen Sports for the NWA Pacific Northwest territory,[1] and became the top singles title for that area. The first champion was Ed Francis,[1] who was already the territory's top singles champion, holding the Pacific Coast Junior Heavyweight Championship.[1] Upon Francis taking on the NWA PNW Heavyweight Championship, his Pacific Coast Junior Heavyweight Championship was retired.[1]

The title remained active until July 1992,[1] when Don Owen retired and sold his company to Sandy Barr.[2] Barr retired all NWA PNW titles with Owen and began operating under the company name "Championship Wrestling USA", creating new championships. The actual retired (Owen Era) NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship belt was auctioned off by Len Denton (The Grappler) to Bruce Owens. Dave Millican (The Ace of Belts) purchased it from Owens and later sold it to a collector who wishes to remain anonymous.[1]

Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (formerly NWA/Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling) became recognized as the NWA Pacific Northwest territory in 1998[3] and have an ECCW Championship, which is sometimes referred to as the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship.[3]

Title history[edit]

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Ed Francis 1 May 15, 1957 Unknown [1]
Bill Savage 1 June 6, 1957 Unknown [1]
Herb Freeman 1 July 12, 1957 Unknown [1]
Doug Donovan 1 August 9, 1957 Unknown [1]
Kurt Von Himmler 1 October 14, 1957 Unknown [1]
Nick Kozak 1 January 10, 1958 Unknown [1]
Bill Savage 2 March 21, 1958 Unknown [1]
Ed Francis 2 August 29, 1958 Unknown [1]
Eric Pederson 1 November 14, 1958 Unknown [1]
Ed Francis 3 November 21, 1958 Unknown [1]
Bill Savage 3 March 13, 1959 Unknown [1]
Kurt Von Poppenheim 1 June 4, 1959 Unknown [1]
Bill Savage 4 July 3, 1959 Unknown [1]
Ed Francis 4 September 11, 1959 Unknown [1]
Shag Thomas 1 February 18, 1960 Unknown [1]
Ed Francis 5 March 18, 1960 Unknown [1]
Tony Borne 1 September 7, 1960 Unknown [1]
Herb Freeman 2 December 9, 1960 Unknown [1]
Mike DiBiase 1 March 31, 1961 Unknown [1]
Luther Lindsay 1 May 26, 1961 Unknown [1]
Nicoli Volkoff 1 September 25, 1961 Unknown [1]
Billy White Wolf 1 December 1, 1961 Unknown [1]
Fritz Von Goering 1 January 20, 1962 Unknown [1]
Luther Lindsay 2 August 24, 1962 Unknown [1]
Mad Dog Vachon 1 October 4, 1962 Unknown [1]
Herb Freeman 3 January 26, 1963 Portland, Oregon [1]
Mad Dog Vachon 2 February 16, 1963 Portland, Oregon [1]
Herb Freeman 4 May 10, 1963 Portland, Oregon [1]
Mad Dog Vachon 3 May 17, 1963 Portland, Oregon [1]
Billy White Wolf 2 July 5, 1963 Portland, Oregon [1]
Tony Borne 2 August 24, 1963 Portland, Oregon [1]
King Curtis Iaukea 1 September 5, 1963 Portland, Oregon [1]
Tony Borne 3 September 19, 1963 Portland, Oregon [1]
Nick Bockwinkel 1 October 30, 1963 Salem, Oregon [1]
Mad Dog Vachon 4 November 21, 1963 Portland, Oregon [1]
The Destroyer (Dick Beyer) 1 January 3, 1964 Portland, Oregon [1]
Tony Borne 4 April 10, 1964 Portland, Oregon [1]
The Destroyer 2 April 21, 1964 Portland, Oregon [1]
Nick Bockwinkel 2 May 22, 1964 Portland, Oregon [1]
Pampero Firpo 1 June 23, 1964 Eugene, Oregon [1]
Don Manoukian 1 August 8, 1964 Seattle, Washington [1]
Pepper Martin 1 September 2, 1964 Eugene, Oregon [1]
Pat Patterson 1 October 2, 1964 Portland, Oregon [1]
Pepper Martin 2 November 14, 1964 Portland, Oregon [1]
Pat Patterson 2 January 3, 1965 Unknown [1]
Pepper Martin 3 January 8, 1965 Portland, Oregon [1]
The Mad Russian 1 March 11, 1965 Portland, Oregon [1]
Pepper Martin 4 May 31, 1965 Eugene, Oregon [1]
Mad Dog Vachon 5 June 5, 1965 Portland, Oregon [1]
Stan Stasiak 1 June 18, 1965 Portland, Oregon [1]
Paul Jones 1 March 3, 1966 Salem, Oregon [1]
Stan Stasiak 2 May 18, 1966 Salem, Oregon [1]
Pepper Martin 5 June 15, 1966 Eugene, Oregon [1]
Tony Borne 5 September 16, 1966 Portland, Oregon [1]
Shag Thomas 2 November 3, 1966 Salem, Oregon [1]
Tony Borne 6 November 10, 1966 Salem, Oregon [1]
Pat Patterson 3 December 9, 1966 Portland, Oregon [1]
Tony Borne 7 December 18, 1966 Portland, Oregon [1]
Paul Jones 2 December 29, 1966 Salem, Oregon [1]
Tony Borne 8 January 5, 1967 Salem, Oregon [1]
Ripper Collins 1 May 12, 1967 Portland, Oregon [1]
Tony Borne 9 May 29, 1967 Portland, Oregon [1]
Luther Lindsay 3 June 2, 1967 Portland, Oregon [1]
Moondog Mayne 1 June 23, 1967 Portland, Oregon [1]
Johnny Kostas 1 July 27, 1967 Salem, Oregon [1]
Moondog Mayne 2 November 3, 1967 Portland, Oregon [1]
Stan Stasiak 3 January 5, 1968 Portland, Oregon [1]
Moondog Mayne 3 March 15, 1968 Portland, Oregon [1]
Mad Dog Vachon 6 May 30, 1968 Salem, Oregon [1]
Moondog Mayne 4 June 6, 1968 Salem, Oregon [1]
Stan Stasiak 4 August 16, 1968 Portland, Oregon [1]
Moondog Mayne 5 August 30, 1968 Portland, Oregon [1]
Luther Lindsay 4 November 30, 1968 Portland, Oregon Defeated Beauregard, substituting for Mayne, to win the title.[1]
Moondog Mayne 6 April 12, 1969 Portland, Oregon [1]
Roger Kirby 1 August 12, 1969 Portland, Oregon [1]
Moondog Mayne 7 September 10, 1969 Portland, Oregon [1]
Roger Kirby 2 October 14, 1969 Portland, Oregon [1]
Moondog Mayne 8 December 10, 1969 Portland, Oregon [1]
Kurt Von Steiger 1 February 27, 1970 Salem, Oregon [1]
Moondog Mayne 9 March 11, 1970 Salem, Oregon [1]
The Claw 1 May 16, 1970 Portland, Oregon [1]
Moondog Mayne 10 June 23, 1970 Portland, Oregon [1]
Mr. Fuji 1 August 8, 1970 Portland, Oregon [1][4]
Moondog Mayne 11 October 24, 1970 Portland, Oregon [1]
Dutch Savage 1 December 12, 1970 Portland, Oregon [1]
Stan Stasiak 5 March 27, 1971 Portland, Oregon [1]
Kurt Von Steiger 2 May 1, 1971 Portland, Oregon [1]
Jonathan Boyd 1 July 31, 1971 Unknown [1]
Dutch Savage 2 October 24, 1971 Unknown [1]
Jonathan Boyd 2 November 28, 1971 Unknown [1]
Dutch Savage 3 December 28, 1971 Portland, Oregon [1]
Bull Ramos 1 April 29, 1972 Portland, Oregon [1]
Steven Little Bear 1 November 11, 1972 Unknown [1]
Bull Ramos 2 November 30, 1972 Portland, Oregon [1]
Dutch Savage 4 February 7, 1973 Medford, Oregon [1]
Bull Ramos 3 April 1973 Unknown [1]
Jimmy Snuka 1 November 16, 1973 Eugene, Oregon [1]
Ripper Collins 2 January 12, 1974 Portland, Oregon [1]
Jimmy Snuka 2 February 23, 1974 Portland, Oregon [1]
Ripper Collins 3 April 13, 1974 Portland, Oregon [1]
Jimmy Snuka 3 June 4, 1974 Portland, Oregon [1]
Rasputin 1 August 10, 1974 Portland, Oregon [1]
Jimmy Snuka 4 October 7, 1974 Unknown [1]
Dale Lewis 4 November 11, 1974 Unknown [1]
Dutch Savage 5 December 14, 1974 Portland, Oregon [1]
Bull Ramos 4 May 30, 1975 Eugene, Oregon [1]
Jimmy Snuka 5 August 9, 1975 Portland, Oregon [1]
Jesse Ventura 1 January 17, 1976 Portland, Oregon [1]
Dutch Savage 6 April 3, 1976 Portland, Oregon [1]
Jesse Ventura 2 June 26, 1976 Unknown [1]
Stan Stasiak 6 July 16, 1976 Unknown Defeated Pepper Martin to win the title.[1]
Jimmy Snuka 6 March 13, 1977 Unknown [1]
Ron Bass 1 April 23, 1977 Portland, Oregon [1]
Dutch Savage 7 August 1, 1977 Eugene, Oregon [1]
Ed Wiskoski 1 November 12, 1977 Portland, Oregon [1]
Jerry Oates 1 May 13, 1978 Portland, Oregon [1]
Ed Wiskoski 2 June 16, 1978 Salem, Oregon [1]
Jonathan Boyd 3 August 22, 1978 Portland, Oregon [1]
Roddy Piper 1 February 17, 1979 Portland, Oregon [1]
Stan Stasiak 7 June 30, 1979 Portland, Oregon [1]
Buddy Rose 1 November 17, 1979 Portland, Oregon [1]
Rick Martel 1 March 22, 1980 Portland, Oregon [1]
Buddy Rose 2 August 16, 1980 Portland, Oregon [1]
Roddy Piper 2 September 4, 1980 Unknown [1]
Buddy Rose 3 September 20, 1980 Unknown [1]
Jay Youngblood 1 December 27, 1980 Portland, Oregon [1]
The Destroyer
(David Sierra)
1 March 14, 1981 Portland, Oregon [1]
Jay Youngblood 2 March 21, 1981 Portland, Oregon [1]
Buddy Rose 4 April 9, 1981 Portland, Oregon [1]
Jay Youngblood 3 April 11, 1981 Portland, Oregon [1]
Buddy Rose 5 April 21, 1981 Unknown [1]
Matt Borne 1 April 29, 1981 Seattle, Washington [1]
Buddy Rose 6 April 30, 1981 Salem, Oregon [1]
Jay Youngblood 4 May 1, 1981 Eugene, Oregon [1]
Vacated May 1981 Unknown Title vacated when Youngblood leaves the area.[1]
Steve Regal 1 August 15, 1981 Unknown Won a tournament final to win the vacant title.[1]
Buddy Rose 7 October 1981 Unknown [1]
Steve Regal 2 October 24, 1981 Portland, Oregon [1]
Vacated December 1981 Unknown Title vacated when Regal is injured.[1]
Brett Sawyer 1 January 2, 1982 Portland, Oregon [1]
Rip Oliver 1 April 24, 1982 Portland, Oregon [1]
Rocky Johnson 1 July 15, 1982 Unknown [1]
Rip Oliver 2 July 1982 Unknown [1]
Brett Sawyer 2 August 25, 1982 Coos Bay, Oregon [1]
Rip Oliver 3 August 28, 1982 Portland, Oregon [1]
Brett Sawyer 3 September 22, 1982 Salem, Oregon [1]
Sheik Abdullah Ali Hassan 1 December 7, 1982 Portland, Oregon [1]
Curt Hennig 1 May 10, 1983 Portland, Oregon [1]
The Dynamite Kid 1 September 7, 1983 Seattle, Washington [1]
Billy Jack (Haynes) 1 October 7, 1983 Salem, Oregon [1]
Rip Oliver 4 November 30, 1983 Seattle, Washington [1]
Billy Jack 2 December 14, 1983 Seattle, Washington [1]
Rip Oliver 5 December 25, 1983 Seattle, Washington [1]
Buddy Rose 8 April 28, 1984 Portland, Oregon [1]
Rip Oliver 6 May 12, 1984 Portland, Oregon [1]
Billy Jack 3 October 13, 1984 Portland, Oregon [1]
Rip Oliver 7 November 3, 1984 Portland, Oregon [1]
Bobby Jaggers 1 December 5, 1984 Seattle, Washington [1]
Karl Steiner 1 February 23, 1985 Portland, Oregon [1]
Bobby Jaggers 2 April 14, 1985 Centralia, Washington [1]
Mike Miller 1 May 4, 1985 Portland, Oregon [1]
Vacated 1985 [1]
Ricky Vaughn 1 August 3, 1985 Portland, Oregon Defeated Mike Miller in a tournament final to win the vacant title.[1]
Bobby Jaggers 3 November 9, 1985 Portland, Oregon [1]
Tom Zenk 1 January 21, 1986 Portland, Oregon [1]
Bobby Jaggers 4 March 9, 1986 Findley, Washington [1]
Billy Jack Haynes 4 April 12, 1986 Portland, Oregon [1]
Vacated May 1986 Haynes was stripped of the title.[1]
Rip Oliver 8 June 13, 1986 Portland, Oregon Won a battle royal to win the vacant title.[1]
Cocoa Samoa 1 August 15, 1986 Albany, Oregon [1]
Rip Oliver 9 September 20, 1986 Seattle, Washington [1]
The Assassin (David Sierra) 2 November 29, 1986 Portland, Oregon [1]
Rip Oliver 10 December 13, 1986 Portland, Oregon [1]
Ricky Santana 1 March 21, 1987 Portland, Oregon [1]
Rip Oliver 11 April 18, 1987 Portland, Oregon [1]
Mike Miller 2 June 27, 1987 Portland, Oregon [1]
Vacated August 15, 1987 Portland, Oregon Title held up following a match against Rip Oliver.[1]
Mike Miller 3 August 22, 1987 Portland, Oregon Defeated Oliver by forfeit in a rematch to win the vacant title.[1]
The Grappler 1 October 31, 1987 Portland, Oregon [1]
Scott Peterson 1 August 5, 1988 Eugene, Oregon [1]
The Grappler 2 September 8, 1988 Newport, Oregon [1]
Top Gun (David Sierra) 3 October 3, 1988 Longview, Washington [1]
The Grappler 3 October 10, 1988 Unknown [1]
Tatsumi Fujinami 1 October 15, 1988 Portland, Oregon Fujinama was awarded the title after The Grappler failed to defeat him in 30 minutes.[1]
The Grappler 4 December 10, 1988 Portland, Oregon [1]
Top Gun 4 December 25, 1988 Portland, Oregon [1]
The Grappler 5 January 28, 1989 Portland, Oregon [1]
Carl Styles 1 April 1, 1989 Portland, Oregon [1]
The Grappler 6 April 15, 1989 Portland, Oregon [1]
Carl Styles 2 April 22, 1989 Portland, Oregon [1]
Vacated June 1989 Title vacated when Styles is injured.[1]
Scotty The Body 1 September 2, 1989 Portland, Oregon Defeated Carl Styles in a tournament final to win the vacant title.[1]
Rex King 1 October 7, 1989 Portland, Oregon [1]
Scotty The Body 2 October 14, 1989 Portland, Oregon [1]
Curtis Thompson 1 February 3, 1990 Portland, Oregon [1]
Vacated March 30, 1990 Eugene, Oregon Title vacated when Scotty The Body is caught cheating to win match against Thompson.[1]
Brian Adams 1 April 21, 1990 Portland, Oregon Defeated Larry Oliver in a tournament final to win the vacant title.[1]
Scott Norton 1 May 12, 1990 Portland, Oregon [1]
Vacated May 26, 1990 Title vacated after Norton was suspended for attacking several wrestlers.[1]
Scotty The Body 3 June 2, 1990 Portland, Oregon Defeated The Grappler to win the vacant title.[1]
Vacated July 28, 1990 Portland, Oregon Title held up following a match against The Grappler.[1]
The Grappler 7 August 4, 1990 Portland, Oregon Defeated Scotty The Body in a rematch to win the vacant title.[1]
Steve Doll 1 November 10, 1990 Portland, Oregon [1]
Vacated July 7, 1991 Eugene, Oregon Title held up following a match against Ron Harris.[1]
Billy Jack Haynes 5 August 17, 1991 Portland, Oregon Won a full nelson challenge to win the vacant title.[1]
Steve Doll 2 September 14, 1991 Portland, Oregon [1]
Rip Oliver 12 September 28, 1991 Portland, Oregon [1]
Demolition Crush
(Brian Adams)
2 October 12, 1991 Portland, Oregon [1]
Ron Harris 1 January 18, 1992 Portland, Oregon [1]
Steve Doll 3 February 7, 1992 Eugene, Oregon [1]
Ron Harris 2 March 24, 1992 Vancouver, Washington [1]
C.W. Bergstrom 1 April 21, 1992 Vancouver, Washington Yukihiro Kanemura defeated The Grappler on May 5, 1992 in Osaka, Japan to claim the title, as Grappler owned the physical belt representing the title. Kanemura was not officially recognized as champion by PNW.[1][5]
Title Retired July 18, 1992 Title Retired when Pacific Northwest Wrestling closes. [1]

Statistics[edit]

Record: Record holder: Record number: Notes:
Most reigns Rip Oliver 12 N/A
Longest reign The Grappler 280 days N/A
Shortest reign Matt Borne 1 Day Borne won his first and only NWA PNW Heavyweight Championship from Buddy Rose on April 29, 1981 in Seattle, Washington; only to lose it the next night back to Rose in Salem, Oregon.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Kintaro Kanemura's Biography".