AWA United States Heavyweight Championship

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AWA United States Championship
Details
Promotion National Wrestling Alliance (1953-1960)
NWA Minneapolis Wrestling and Boxing Club (1958-1960)
American Wrestling Association (1960-1962)
Date established September 3, 1953
Date retired 1963
Other name(s)
  • NWA United States Championship (Chicago Version)

The AWA United States Championship was a short-lived title in the early days of the American Wrestling Association. It started out as the NWA United States Championship promoted in the Chicago, Illinois from 1953 until 1958. in 1958 then champion Verne Gagne created the American Wrestling Association (AWA) based on Minneapolis, Minnesota and took the championship with him, claiming the lineage of the Chicago version. The Chicago promotion recognized Wilbur Snyder as their next champion, splitting the lineage into their own NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. The Minneapolis version of the championship was renamed the AWA United States Championship in 1960.[1]

Title history[edit]

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
 1  Verne Gagne  September 3, 1953  House show N/A  1  [Note 1] Gagne was awarded the championship [1][2]
Championship history is unrecorded from September 3, 1953 to April 7, 1956.
 2  Wilbur Snyder  April 7, 1956  House show Chicago, Illinois  1  195 [1][2]
 3  Hans Schmidt  October 19, 1956  House show Chicago, Illinois  1  123 [1][2]
 4  Wilbur Snyder  February 19, 1957  House show Chicago, Illinois  2  298 [1][2]
 5  Dick the Bruiser  December 14, 1957  House show Chicago, Illinois  1  119 [1][2]
 6  Verne Gagne  April 12, 1958  House show Chicago, Illinois  2  857 The title was split from the original championship, which retained the same joint lineage in the Chicago territory. Minneapolis version renamed "AWA United States Championship" in 1960. [1][2]
Vacated  August 16, 1960 Vacated when Gagne won AWA World Heavyweight Championship. [1][2]
 7  Gene Kiniski  November 19, 1960  House show Minneapolis, Minnesota  1  17 [1][2]
 8  Wilbur Snyder  December 6, 1960  House show Minnesota  3  7 [1][2]
 9  Gene Kiniski  December 13, 1960  House show Minneapolis, Minnesota  2  64 [1][2]
 10  Wilbur Snyder  February 15, 1961  House show Duluth, Minnesota  4  [Note 2] [1][2]
 11  Gene Kiniski  February 1961  House show [Note 3]  3  [Note 4] [1][2]
 12  Wilbur Snyder  March 1, 1961  House show Duluth, Minnesota  5  31 [1][2]
 13  Gene Kiniski  April 1, 1961  House show Saint Paul, Minnesota  4  [Note 5] [1][2]
 14  Hard Boiled Haggerty  September 1961  House show Minnesota  1  [Note 6] Sometime after September 5, 1961. [1][2]
 15  Mr. M  October 17, 1961  House show Minneapolis, Minnesota  1  84 [1][2]
Vacated  January 9, 1962 Vacated when Mr. M won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. [1][2]
 16  Pat O'Connor  February 1962  House show [Note 3]  1  [Note 7] Was awarded the NWA version of the IS Championship on August 24, 1961; also recognized as champion in the AWA territories. [1][2]
Deactivated  1962 The United States Championship was abandoned by the AWA. [1][2]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The championship history between 1953 and 1956 has not been documented, making the length of the first reign too uncertain to calculate.
  2. ^ The exact date that the championship was lost has not been documented, which means that the title reign lasted between 1 day and 13.
  3. ^ a b The location of the match was not captured as part of the championship documentation.
  4. ^ The exact date that the championship was won has not been documented, which means that the title reign lasted between 1 day and 13.
  5. ^ The exact date that the championship was lost has not been documented, which means that the title reign lasted between 153 days and 182.
  6. ^ The exact date that the championship was won has not been documented, which means that the title reign lasted between 17 days and 41.
  7. ^ The exact date the championship was abandoned has not been documented, which means that the title reign is too uncertain to calculate.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "United States Heavyweight TItle". Wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved December 27, 2015.