NWA Tri-State Tag Team Championship

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NWA Tri-State Tag Team Championship
Details
Promotion NWA Tri-State
Date established 1962
Date retired 1982
Other name(s)
  • NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Tri-State)

The NWA Tri-State Tag Team Championship[1] was a tag team title created in 1962, and contested in the National Wrestling Alliance's Tri-State territory, which was promoted by Leroy McGuirk (Arkansas and Oklahoma) and Jack Curtis and Aurelian "Grizzly" Smith (Louisiana). For most of its existence, the title was the Tri-State version of the NWA United States Tag Team Championship.[2]

This group of promoters existed until Bill Watts' Mid-South Wrestling bought out the majority of the Tri-State territory, and also Gil Culkin and George Gulkin's Mississippi territory, in August 1979.[1] After Watts took over, McGuirk took the title to Oklahoma, the only part of the Tri-State territory not owned by Watts. The U.S. Tag Team Championship's name was then changed to the Tri-State Tag Title in 1980.[3]

The title lasted until Tri-State closed in 1982, when Mid-South Wrestling took over Oklahoma from McGuirk.[2]

Title history[edit]

Silver areas in the title history indicate periods of unknown lineage.

Wrestlers: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Tri-State version)
Jan Madrid and Louie Tillet 1 1962 Records are unclear as to whom they defeated.
Alberto and Ramon Torres 1 1962
Jack and Jim Dalton 1 July 2, 1962 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Jerry Kozak and Bill Watts 1 September 2, 1963 Tulsa, Oklahoma Defeated The Bolos.
The title was vacated no later than April 1966.
The Assassins
(#1 (Tom Renesto) and #2 (Jody Hamilton))
1 May 10, 1966 Little Rock, Arkansas Defeated Stan Kowalski and The Great Matsuda in a tournament final.
Jack Brisco and Haystacks Calhoun 1 1966 or 1967 Records are unclear as to whom they defeated.
The Assassins 2 March 10, 1967 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Defeated Skandor Akbar and Swede Karlson.
Jack Brisco and Gorgeous George, Jr. 1 May 9, 1967 Little Rock, Arkansas
Togo Shikuma and Chati Yokouchi 1 May 16, 1967 Little Rock, Arkansas
Skandor Akbar and Danny Hodge 1 October 1967
Chuck Karbo and Chati Yokouchi 1 December 1967
Jack Donovan and Ron Reed (Buddy Colt) 1 April 1968 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Skandor Akbar and Danny Hodge 2 May 4, 1968 Shreveport, Louisiana Defeated Chuck Karbo and Chati Yokouchi.
Danny Hodge and Lorenzo Parente 1 December 3, 1968 Little Rock, Arkansas Records unclear as to whom they defeated.
Treach Phillips and Karl Von Stroheim 1 January 1969
Alberto and Ramon Torres 2 May 6, 1969 Little Rock, Arkansas
The Medics[4]
(Billy Garrett and Jim Starr)
1 October 1969 Little Rock, Arkansas
Alberto and Ramon Torres 3 1969
The Medics 2 1969
Tarzan Baxter and Karl Karlson 1 November 2, 1969 Little Rock, Arkansas
Luke Brown and Dutch Savage 1 February 1, 1970 Tulsa, Oklahoma
The title was vacated in April 1970 when Savage left the area.
The Hollywood Blonds
(Jerry Brown and Buddy Roberts)
1 May 8, 1970 Records unclear as to whom they defeated.
Luke Brown and Danny Hodge 1 May 27, 1970 Springfield, Missouri
The Hollywood Blonds 2 May 29, 1970 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Billy Red Lyons and Bill Watts 1 January 1971
Karl Von Brauner and Waldo Von Erich 1 March 1971
The Kentuckians
(Luke Brown and Grizzly Smith)
1 April 1971
The Spoilers[5]
(#1 (Don Jardine) and #2 (Buddy Wolff))
1 1971
Tom Jones and Billy Red Lyons 1 May 31, 1971 Shreveport, Louisiana
The Continental Warriors
(Bobby Hart and Lorenzo Parente)
1 March 21, 1972 Monroe, Louisiana
Tom Jones and Ken Mantell 1 August 21, 1972 Shreveport, Louisiana This was a disputed victory.
Terry Garvin and Duke Myers 1 August 28, 1972 Monroe, Louisiana This was a disputed victory. Garvin and Myers defeated The Continental Warriors and Tom Jones and Ken Mantell in a three-team tournament on September 4, 1972 in Shreveport, Louisiana, making them the rightful champions.
Yasu Fuji and Chati Yokouchi 1 December 1972 The title change occurred no later than this date.
Bull Bullinski and Dennis Stamp 1 February 13, 1973 Shreveport, Louisiana
The Hollywood Blonds 3 February 20, 1973 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Eddie Sullivan and Rip Tyler 1 1973
Dewey Robertson and Dennis Stamp 1 May 1973
Alex Perez and El Gran Tapio 1 July 1973
Kim Duk and Stan Kowalski 1 September 1973
Luke Brown and Klondike Bill 1 January 1974
Bob Brown and Siegfried Stanke 1 March 1974 Brown and Stanke also defeated Bob Kelly and Rocket Monroe in March 1974 in Shreveport, Louisiana, unifying the Gulf Coast version of the title.
Chief Thundercloud and Chief White Cloud 1 June 1974
Steve Lawler and Jim White 1 September 1974
Johnny Eagles and Terry Lathan 1 October 1974
Frank Goodish and Stan Hansen 1 October 1974
Jay Clayton and Danny Hodge 1 July 9, 1975 Fort Smith, Arkansas
Killer Karl Kox and Dick Murdoch 1 October 1975
The title was vacated in December 1975 when Kox and Murdoch split up.
Greg Valentine and Bill Watts 1 January 7, 1976 Defeated The Hollywood Blonds.
Gorgeous George, Jr. and Greg Valentine 1 January 1976 Watts was injured, and Gorgeous George, Jr. replaced him.
The Hollywood Blonds 4 March 18, 1976 New Orleans, Louisiana
Buck Robley and Bob Slaughter 1 March 29, 1976 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Ted DiBiase and Dick Murdoch 1 April 28, 1976 Fort Smith, Arkansas
Killer Karl Kox and Bob Sweetan 1 May 11, 1976 Shreveport, Louisiana
Killer Karl Kox and Ken Patera 1 October 19, 1976 Defeated Bob Sweetan and Randy Tyler.
Billy Robinson and Bill Watts 1 1976 Shreveport, Louisiana
Skandor Akbar and Choi Sun 1 January 1977 Shreveport, Louisiana
Tony Rocco and Bob Sweetan 1 March 16, 1977 Shreveport, Louisiana
The Medics 3 March 26, 1977 Shreveport, Louisiana
Porkchop Cash and Mike George 1 August 16, 1977 Shreveport, Louisiana
The Medics 4 August 23, 1977 Shreveport, Louisiana
Porkchop Cash and Dr. X 1 September 27, 1977 Shreveport, Louisiana
Ciclón Negro and Dr. X 1 October 27, 1977 Defeated Ray Candy and Porkchop Cash.
The Brute and Dr. X 1 1977
Ray Candy and Steven Little Bear 1 February 22, 1978 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Assassin and Ernie Ladd 1 April 5, 1978 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Ray Candy and Steven Little Bear 2 April 23, 1978 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Jerry Brown and Bobby Jaggers 1 May 5, 1978 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mike George and Randy Tyler 1 November 18, 1978 Tulsa, Oklahoma
The title was vacated after a match against Jerry Brown and Bobby Jaggers in December 1978.
André the Giant and Dusty Rhodes 1 December 25, 1978 New Orleans, Louisiana Defeated Stan Hansen and Ernie Ladd in the finals of the 10-team tournament.
Dusty Rhodes and The Spoiler 1 January 1979 The Spoiler took the place of André the Giant.
The Angel and The Assassin 1 January 25, 1979 New Orleans, Louisiana The Spoiler turned on Rhodes.
Buck Robley and Bill Watts 1 July 21, 1979 New Orleans, Louisiana
The title after Robley was injured by Angelo Mosca on August 17, 1979.
Sugar Bear Harris and Oki Shikina 1 October 1979 Records unclear as to whom they defeated.
Herb Calvert and Jimmy Garvin 1 November 5, 1979 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Steve Lawler and Siegfried Stanke 1 December 1979
Eddie and Tommy Gilbert 1 March 3, 1980 Tulsa, Oklahoma
The title was renamed during the Gilberts' reign.
NWA Tri-State Tag Team Championship
Ron McFarlane and Doug Somers 1 1980
Hector Guerrero and Ron Sexton 1 1980
Ron McFarlane and Doug Somers 2 1980
Eddie and Tommy Gilbert 2 1980
The title was vacated after Tommy Gilbert was injured.
Chief Frank Hill and Terry Orndorff 1 1981 Won a tournament.
The title was held up after a match between Frank Hill & Terry Orndorff and The Akbar Army (Jerry Brown & Ron McFarlane).
The Akbar Army
(Jerry Brown and Ron McFarlane)
1 1981 Records unclear as to whom they defeated.
Eddie Gilbert and Ricky Morton 1 May 16, 1981 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mike George and Ed Wiskoski 1 July 11, 1981 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Eddie Gilbert and Ricky Morton 2 July 25, 1981 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Dave and Joel Deaton 1 1981 Records unclear as to whom they defeated.
Eric Embry and Chief Frank Hill 1 1981
Porkchop Cash and Doug Somers 1 1981
The title was vacated in 1981 after Cash and Somers split up.
Turk Ali Bey and El Toro 1 1981 Records unclear as to whom they defeated.
The title was retired in 1982 when NWA Tri-State closed, and the territory was taken over by Mid-South Wrestling.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pro-Wrestling Title Histories: N.W.A. Tri-State". Puroresu Dojo. Retrieved May 9, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "N.W.A. United States Tag Team Title (Tri-State)". Puroresu Dojo. Retrieved May 9, 2008. 
  3. ^ "N.W.A. Tri-State Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. Retrieved May 9, 2008. 
  4. ^ "The Medics' profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved May 9, 2008. "The Medics were in Leroy McGuirk's area in 1969 & they were Jim Starr & Billy Garrett" 
  5. ^ "The Spoilers' profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved May 9, 2008. "Oklahoma Version: Don Jardine & Buddy Wolff" 
  • Duncan, Royal; Gary Will (2006). "(Louisiana & Oklahoma) Louisiana/Oklahoma: US Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 232. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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