WCWA World Heavyweight Championship

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WCWA World Heavyweight Championship
Details
Date established June 6, 1966
Date retired 1990
Promotion World Class Wrestling Association
Other name(s)
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Texas)
  • NWA American Heavyweight Championship

The WCWA World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship in World Class Championship Wrestling. The title was originally created in June 1966 as the Texas version of the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship before being renamed the NWA American Heavyweight Championship in May 1968.[1] When WCCW pulled out of the NWA in 1986, the championship was renamed the World Class Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Championship.[2] The title was unified by Jerry Lawler with the AWA World Heavyweight Championship in 1989 and continued as the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship. World Class returned in September 1990 when the organization withdrew from the United States Wrestling Association (USWA), but the promotion ceased operations three months later.

Title history[edit]

Wrestler: Reigns: Date: Place: Notes:
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Texas version)
Fritz Von Erich 1 June 6, 1966 Texas Defeated Brute Bernard.
Johnny Valentine 1 June 9, 1966 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 2 August 4, 1966 Texas
Brute Bernard 1 1966 or 1967 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 3 March 27, 1967 Ft. Worth, TX
The Spoiler 1 April 1968 Houston, TX
Held Up April 1968 Title held up due to interference by manager Gary Hart.
Renamed NWA American Heavyweight Championship in May 1968
Fritz Von Erich 4 June 3, 1968 Ft. Worth, TX Won rematch.
Kenji Shibuya 1 1968 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 5 1968 Texas
Johnny Valentine 2 May 2, 1969 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 6 August 4, 1969 Ft. Worth, TX
Held Up August 5, 1969 Title held up after match against Johnny Valentine.
Fritz Von Erich 7 October 21, 1969 Dallas, TX (Won rematch)
Vacated 1970 Title vacant.
Boris Malenko 1 May 18, 1970 Texas Defeated Mil Máscaras in tournament final.
Fritz Von Erich 8 June 14, 1970 Texas
Baron Von Raschke 1 1970 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 9 1970 Texas
Toru Tanaka 1 December 18, 1970 Houston, TX
Fritz Von Erich 10 February 22, 1971 Ft. Worth, TX
Toru Tanaka 2 February 23, 1971 Dallas, TX
Wahoo McDaniel 1 March 5, 1971 Houston, TX
The Spoiler 2 December 11, 1971 San Antonio, TX
Billy Red Lyons 1 June 24, 1972 Irving, TX
Johnny Valentine 3 August 7, 1972 Texas
Missouri Mauler 1 March 2, 1973 Chicago, IL
Fritz Von Erich 11 August 7, 1973 Dallas, TX
The Texan 1 March 19, 1974 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 12 April 18, 1974 Texas
Blackjack Lanza 1 December 2, 1974 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 13 December 29, 1974 Texas
Bruiser Brody 1 January 3, 1977 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 14 April 12, 1977 Texas
Bruiser Brody 2 April 13, 1977 Texas
Captain USA 1 July 25, 1977 Texas
Ox Baker 1 September 30, 1977 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 15 December 12, 1977 Texas
Bruiser Brody 3 September 11, 1978 Ft. Worth, TX
Kevin Von Erich 1 December 25, 1978 Ft. Worth, TX
The Spoiler 3 April 1, 1979 Puerto Rico
Wahoo McDaniel 2 May 13, 1979 Houston, TX
The Spoiler 4 June 2, 1979 Houston, TX Awarded due to injury to Wahoo.
El Halcon 1 August 5, 1979 Dallas, TX
The Spoiler 5 October 7, 1979 Dallas, TX
Bruiser Brody 4 November 30, 1979 Houston, TX
Ox Baker 2 January 2, 1980 San Francisco, CA
Kevin Von Erich 2 January 12, 1980 Dallas, TX
Toru Tanaka 3 April 20, 1980 Dallas, TX
Kevin Von Erich 3 April 28, 1980 Ft. Worth, TX
Gino Hernandez 1 May 25, 1980 Ft. Worth, TX
Held Up December 20, 1980 Title held up after match against Kevin Von Erich.
Kerry Von Erich 1 December 28, 1980 Dallas, TX Subbed for injured Kevin and won rematch against Hernandez.
Ken Patera 1 1981 Texas
Masked Superstar 1 1981 Texas
Kerry Von Erich 2 1981 Texas
Ernie Ladd 1 May 11, 1981 Ft. Worth, TX
Kerry Von Erich 3 June 4, 1981 New Orleans, LA
Great Kabuki 1 September 25, 1981 Lawton, OK
Bugsy McGraw 1 December 26, 1981 Columbus, OH
Kerry Von Erich 4 March 8, 1982 Ft. Worth, TX
King Kong Bundy 1 May 5, 1982 Lawton, OK
Fritz Von Erich 16 June 14, 1982 Irving, TX
Vacated June 14, 1982 Fritz won the title in his retirement match and vacated it immediately.
King Kong Bundy 2 June 15, 1982 Awarded when Fritz retired.
Kevin Von Erich 4 September 5, 1982 Ft. Worth, TX
Terry Gordy 1 January 21, 1983 Dallas, TX
Kevin Von Erich 5 March 4, 1983 Dallas, TX
Held Up July 11, 1983 Title held up after match against Jimmy Garvin.
Jimmy Garvin 1 July 25, 1983 Ft. Worth, TX (Won rematch)
Chris Adams 1 November 24, 1983 Dallas, TX
Jimmy Garvin 2 December 25, 1983 Dallas, TX
Chris Adams 2 January 30, 1984 Texas
Jimmy Garvin 3 April 2, 1984 Ft. Worth, TX
Chris Adams 3 April 4, 1984 Texas
Jimmy Garvin 4 April 1984 Texas
Gino Hernandez 2 May 18, 1984 San Juan, PR
Mike Von Erich 1 August 4, 1984 Dallas, TX
Gino Hernandez 3 September 3, 1984 Ft. Worth, TX
Kerry Von Erich 5 October 29, 1984 Ft. Worth, TX
Chris Adams 4 February 8, 1985 Dallas, TX
Iceman King Parsons 1 July 5, 1985 Dallas, TX
Rick Rude 1 November 4, 1985 Ft. Worth, TX
Renamed WCWA World Heavyweight Championship February 20, 1986
Chris Adams 5 July 4, 1986 Dallas, TX
Black Bart 1 September 15, 1986 Dallas, TX Was billed as taken place in Los Angeles; title awarded when Chris Adams left WCCW.
Kevin Von Erich 6 October 12, 1986 Dallas, TX
Al Perez 1 August 21, 1987 Dallas, TX Won by forfeit.
Kerry Von Erich 6 March 6, 1988 Dallas, TX
Iceman King Parsons 2 March 25, 1988 Dallas, TX
Kerry Von Erich 7 May 9, 1988 Irving, TX
Jerry Lawler 1 October 23, 1988 Memphis, TN
Kerry Von Erich 8 November 4, 1988 Dallas, TX
Tatsumi Fujinami 1 December 9, 1988 Tokyo, Japan Von Erich was bleeding too heavily to continue.
Kerry Von Erich 9 December 10, 1988 Title returned when Fujinami refuses it because of ending.
Jerry Lawler 2 December 13, 1988 Chicago, IL Lawler was the reigning AWA World Heavyweight Champion. He defeats Kerry Von Erich to win the WCWA World Heavyweight Championship. This results in the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship being formed. In January 1989, he was stripped of the AWA title by the AWA, ending the AWA title's connection with the USWA Unified World Heavyweight title. Lawler continued to be recognized as the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion by the USWA.
Held Up April 5, 1989 The WCWA World Heavyweight Championship is held up after the match against Kerry Von Erich. Regardless, the USWA continued to recognize the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship.
Jerry Lawler 3 April 14, 1989 Lawler defeats Kerry Von Erich to win the WCWA World Heavyweight Championship again. Lawler claims to still be champion in AWA and wins the USWA Unified World Heavyweight title on April 25.
Title retired 1990 World Class Championship Wrestling ends business relationship with USWA in September 1990, ending the WCWA title's connection with the USWA Unified World Heavyweight title. World Class Championship Wrestling later closes down. Regardless, the USWA continued to recognize the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship.

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