AWA World Light Heavyweight Championship

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AWA World Light Heavyweight Championship
Details
Date established June 14, 1981
Date retired 1993
Promotion American Wrestling Association
Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling
Other name(s)
  • FMW World Light Heavyweight Championship
  • WWA World Martial Arts Junior Heavyweight Championship

The AWA World Light Heavyweight Championship was a title in the American Wrestling Association from 1981 until it closed in 1991. In 1988 Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling claimed that Jim Backlund won the championship, something not officially acknowledged by the AWA. From 1988 through the closure of the AWA in 1991 there were two separate lineages, with the championship recognized by FMW being renamed in 1991 to become the FMW World Light Heavyweight Championship and then later on the WWA World Martial Arts Junior Heavyweight Championship before being abandoned altogether in 1993.[1]

Title history[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
No. The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific wrestler listed.
Event The event in which the championship changed hands
N/A The specific information is not known
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
[Note #] Indicates that the exact length of the title reign is unknown, with a note providing more details.
± Indicates that the title was promoted by Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling at this point in time.
§ Indicates that the title was promoted as the WWA World Martial Arts Junior Heavyweight Championship
# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Graham, MikeMike Graham 1 June 14, 1981 735 Green Bay, Wisconsin AWA House show Graham was awarded the title. [1]
2 Zumhofe, BuckBuck Zumhofe 1 June 19, 1983 280 Hamburg, Minnesota AWA House show Bobby Heenan defeated Zumhofe several times but was over the Light Heavyweight weight limit. [1]
3 Regal, SteveSteve Regal 1 March 25, 1984 613 Saint Paul, Minnesota AWA House show   [1]
4 Zumhofe, BuckBuck Zumhofe 2 November 28, 1985 [Note 1] Saint Paul, Minnesota AWA House show   [1]
- Vacated - July 1986 N/A N/A N/A The title was vacated when Zumhofe was sent to prison. [1]
5 Graham, MikeMike Graham 2 December 13, 1988 [Note 2] Chicago, Illinois AWA House show Records are unclear on how Graham won the championship [1]
                 
6 Zumhofe, BuckBuck Zumhofe 3 August 11, 1990 [Note 3] Rochester, Minnesota AWA House show Defeated Jonnie Stewart to win the title in AWA. [1]
                 
Backlund, JimJim Backlund § 1 December 1988 [Note 4] Tampa, Florida House show Recognized as the sixth champion by FMW in Japan but not by AWA; may have defeated Graham for the title. [1]
7 Lee Gak-soo § 1 April 1, 1990 [Note 5] Tokyo, Japan FMW House show   [1]
- Vacated - September 1990 N/A N/A N/A Lee left FMW [1]
8 Katsuji Ueda § 1 September 25, 1990 41 Nagoya, Japan FMW House show Defeated Jim Backlund to win the vacant championship [1]
9 Backlund, JimJim Backlund § 2 November 5, 1990 205 Tokyo, Japan FMW House show AWA officially closes in 1991 after not promoting shows since the fall of 1990. The championship is renamed the FMW World Light Heavyweight Championship at some point during Backlund's reign [1]
10 Fuji, RickyRicky Fuji § 1 May 29, 1991 87 Tokyo, Japan FMW House show   [1]
11 Starr, MarkMark Starr § 1 August 24, 1991 7 Tokyo, Japan FMW House show   [1]
12 Katsuji Ueda § 2 August 31, 1991 205 Chiba, Japan FMW House show   [1]
13 Dr. Luther § / ± 1 March 23, 1992 197 Saitama, Japan FMW House show Renamed WWA World Martial Arts Junior Heavyweight Title in April 1992. [1]
14 Katsuji Ueda ± 3 September 7, 1992 [Note 6] Saitama, Japan FMW House show   [1]
- Title Retired - 1993 N/A N/A N/A   [1]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The exact date the championship was vacated is unknown, which means that the reign lasted between -150 and -121 days.
  2. ^ The length Graham's reign has not been verified by documentation, making the length of the actual reign too uncertain to calculate.
  3. ^ The exact date the AWA stops promoting on a regular basis is unknown making the length of the reign too uncertain to calculate.
  4. ^ The exact date the championship was won is unknown, which means that the reign lasted between 456 and 486 days.
  5. ^ The exact date the championship was vacated which means that the reign lasted between -212 and -188 days.
  6. ^ The date the title is abandoned is not documented making the championship reign too uncertain to calculate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "American Wrestling Association World Light Heavyweight Title". Wresting-titles.com. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 

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