WCW United States Tag Team Championship

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WCW United States Tag Team Championship
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Promotion National Wrestling Alliance (1986–1990)
World Championship Wrestling
(1991–1992)
Date established September 28, 1986
Date retired July 31, 1992
Other name(s) NWA United States Tag Team Championship

The WCW United States Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling tag team championship contested for in the United States-based National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) promotions. The title was only contestable by male tag teams and in tag team matches. In 1986, NWA President and JCP owner Jim Crockett, Jr.[1] introduced the championship, under the name "NWA United States Tag Team Championship", by announcing a tournament for the newly created title, which was won by Krusher Khruschev and Ivan Koloff on September 28, 1986. Since its establishment, JCP was a member of the NWA, and as a result, most title defenses occurred under JCP-promoted events.[1]

In 1988, Crockett sold JCP to Ted Turner, who established WCW as its successor;[1] however, the title continued to be defended under the NWA name until January 1991, when WCW withdrew as a member of the NWA. The final champions under the NWA name were The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott). Following WCW's withdrawal, the title was renamed the "WCW United States Tag Team Championship". On July 31, 1992, WCW stripped the final champions, The Barbarian and Dick Slater, of their titles and retired the championship for unknown reasons.

NWA/WCW United States Tag Team Championship reigns were determined by professional wrestling matches, in which competitors are involved in scripted rivalries. These narratives create feuds between the various competitors, which cast them as villains and heroes. Overall, there were 19 reigns among 15 tag teams, all of which occurred in the United States.[Note 1] From the information known, The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane)'s first reign was the longest in the title's history at 346 days, while The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers)' second reign was the shortest, at 19 days. The Midnight Express also held the most reigns overall as a tag team and individually, with three.

Title history[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
# The overall championship reign
Wrestler name (#) The number within parenthesis represents the number of individual reigns by that specific wrestler.
Reign The reign number for the specific tag team listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title changed hands
N/A The specific information is not known or applicable .
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
# Wrestler(s)
(Tag team name)
Reigns Date Days held Location Event Notes
1
Krusher Khruschev and Ivan Koloff
1
September 28, 1986
72
Atlanta, Georgia
House show
Won the titles in a tournament final against the Kansas Jayhawks (Dutch Mantel and Bobby Jaggers)
2
Ron Garvin and Barry Windham
1
December 9, 1986
95
Spartanburg, South Carolina
NWA Pro Wrestling
Aired December 13, 1986
3
Dick Murdoch and Ivan Koloff (2)
1
March 14, 1987
[Note 2]
Atlanta, Georgia
World Championship Wrestling
Vacated
April 1987
N/A
N/A
Announced April 4, 1987. Murdoch was suspended from in-ring competition by the NWA after performing a brainbuster on Nikita Koloff on a concrete floor, and as a result, Ivan Koloff and Murdoch were stripped of the titles.
4
Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane
(The Midnight Express)
1
May 16, 1987
346
Atlanta, Georgia
World Championship Wrestling
Won the titles in a tournament final by defeating Ron Garvin and Barry Windham
5
Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers
(The Fantastics)
1
April 26, 1988
75
Chattanooga, Tennessee
World Wide Wrestling
Aired May 14, 1988.
6
Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane
(The Midnight Express)
2
July 10, 1988
62
Baltimore, Maryland
The Great American Bash (1988)
Vacated
September 10, 1988
N/A
N/A
The NWA vacated the titles after Eaton and Lane won the NWA World Tag Team Championship
7
Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers
(The Fantastics)
2
December 7, 1988
19
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Clash of the Champions IV: Season's Beatings
Won the titles in a tournament final by defeating Eddie Gilbert and Ron Simmons
8
Kevin Sullivan and Steve Williams
1
December 26, 1988
64
Norfolk, Virginia
Starrcade (1988)
9
Eddie Gilbert and Rick Steiner
1
February 28, 1989
[Note 3]
Columbia, South Carolina
World Wide Wrestling
Aired March 18, 1989.
Vacated
May 1989
N/A
N/A
The NWA vacated the title after Eddie Gilbert & Rick Steiner split as a team so Rick could team with his brother Scott Steiner.
10
Brian Pillman and The Z-Man
1
February 12, 1990
96
Rainsville, Alabama
World Wide Wrestling
Aired February 24, 1990. Won the titles in a tournament final by defeating Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin (The Fabulous Freebirds)
11
Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane
(The Midnight Express)
3
May 19, 1990
97
Washington, D.C.
Capital Combat: Return of Robocop
12
Rick (2) and Scott Steiner
(The Steiner Brothers)
1
August 24, 1990
225
East Rutherford, New Jersey
House show
Vacated
April 6, 1991
N/A
World Wide Wrestling
Announced April 6, 1991 by WCW Board of Directors spokesman Grizzly Smith, as a result of the Steiner Brothers winning the WCW World Tag Team Championship during this reign.
13
Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes
(The Fabulous Freebirds)
1
May 19, 1991
85
St. Petersburg, Florida
SuperBrawl
Won the titles by defeating The Young Pistols (Tracey Smothers and Steve Armstrong) in a Top Contenders Match.
14
Todd Champion and Firebreaker Chip
(The Patriots)
1
August 12, 1991
85
Gainesville, Georgia
World Championship Wrestling
Aired September 7, 1991.
15
Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers
(The Young Pistols)
1
November 5, 1991
70
Gainesville, Georgia
WCW Main Event
Aired December 15, 1991.
16
Big Josh and Ron Simmons
1
January 14, 1992
34
Columbus, Georgia
WCW Main Event
Aired February 16, 1992.
17
Terry Taylor and Greg Valentine
1
February 17, 1992
90
Rock Hill, South Carolina
World Championship Wrestling
Aired February 29, 1992.
18
Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes
(The Fabulous Freebirds)
2
May 17, 1992
39
Jacksonville, Florida
WrestleWar (1992)
19
The Barbarian and Dick Slater
1
June 25, 1992
36
Kansas City, Missouri
WCW Main Event
Aired July 12, 1992. The Barbarian and Slater became the final champions under WCW when the company retired the titles on July 31, 1992 to place the sole focus of the tag team division on the NWA and WCW World Tag Team Titles, which were unified at the time.

Combined reigns by length[edit]

Team[edit]

Symbol Meaning
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.
Rank Team # of reigns Combined days
1
Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane
(The Midnight Express)
3
505
2
Rick and Scott Steiner
(The Steiner Brothers)
1
146¤
[Note 4]
3
Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes
(The Fabulous Freebirds)
2
124
4
Brian Pillman and The Z-Man
1
96
5
Ron Garvin and Barry Windham
1
95
6
Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers
(The Fantastics)
2
94
7
Terry Taylor and Greg Valentine
1
90
8
Todd Champion and Firebreaker Chip
(The Patriots)
1
85
9
Krusher Khruschev and Ivan Koloff
1
72
10
Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers
(The Young Pistols)
1
70
11
Kevin Sullivan and "Dr. Death" Steve Williams
1
64
12
Eddie Gilbert and Rick Steiner
1
62¤
[Note 3]
13
The Barbarian and Dick Slater
1
36
14
Big Josh and Ron Simmons
1
34
15
Dick Murdoch and Ivan Koloff
1
18¤
[Note 2]

Individual[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
#= The equal sign next to a number means that entry is equal in length with the preceding and/or following entry
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, the shortest possible length is used.
Rank Wrestler # of reigns Combined days
1= Bobby Eaton 3 505
1= Stan Lane 3 505
2 Rick Steiner 2 208¤
[Note 3]
[Note 4]
3 Scott Steiner 1 146¤
[Note 4]
4= Jimmy Garvin 2 124
4= Michael Hayes 2 124
5= Brian Pillman 1 96
5= The Z-Man 1 96
6= Ron Garvin 1 95
6= Barry Windham 1 95
7= Bobby Fulton 2 94
7= Tommy Rogers 2 94
8= Ivan Koloff 2 90¤
[Note 2]
8= Terry Taylor 1 90
8= Greg Valentine 1 90
9= Todd Champion 1 85
9= Firebreaker Chip 1 85
10 Krusher Khruschev 1 72
11= Steve Armstrong 1 70
11= Tracy Smothers 1 70
12= Kevin Sullivan 1 64
12= "Dr. Death" Steve Williams 1 64
13 Eddie Gilbert 1 62¤
[Note 3]
14= The Barbarian 1 36
14= Dick Slater 1 36
15= Big Josh 1 34
15= Ron Simmons 1 34
16 Dick Murdoch 1 18¤
[Note 2]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ .
  2. ^ a b c d The exact date on which Koloff and Murdoch were stripped of the championship is not known, which means that their reign lasted between 18 and 47 days.
  3. ^ a b c d The exact date on which Eddie Gilbert and Rick Steiner lost the championship is not known, which means that their reign lasted between 62 and 91 days.
  4. ^ a b c The exact date on which The Steiner Brothers lost the championship is not known, which means that their reign lasted between 161 and 219 days.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b c Beekman, Scott (2006). Ringside: a history of professional wrestling in America. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 129–132. ISBN 0-275-98401-X.