AWA United States Heavyweight Championship

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AWA United States Championship
Details
Date established September 3, 1953
Date retired 1963
Promotion National Wrestling Alliance (1953-1960)
NWA Minneapolis Wrestling and Boxing Club (1958-1960)
American Wrestling Association (1960-1962)
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 linage 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
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.
# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Gagne, VerneVerne Gagne 1 September 3, 1953 [Note 1] N/A House show Gange was awarded the championship [1][2]
                 
2 Snyder, WilburWilbur Snyder 1 April 7, 1956 195 Chicago, Illinois House show   [1][2]
3 Schmidt, HansHans Schmidt 1 October 19, 1956 123 Chicago, Illinois House show   [1][2]
4 Snyder, WilburWilbur Snyder 2 February 19, 1957 298 Chicago, Illinois House show   [1][2]
5 Dick the Bruiser 1 December 14, 1957 119 Chicago, Illinois House show   [1][2]
6 Gagne, VerneVerne Gagne 2 April 12, 1958 857 Chicago, Illinois House show   [1][2]
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.
- Vacated - August 16, 1960 N/A N/A N/A Vacated when Gagne won AWA World Heavyweight Championship. [1][2]
7 Kiniski, GeneGene Kiniski 1 November 19, 1960 17 Minneapolis, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
8 Snyder, WilburWilbur Snyder 3 December 6, 1960 7 Minnesota House show   [1][2]
9 Kiniski, GeneGene Kiniski 2 December 13, 1960 64 Minneapolis, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
10 Snyder, WilburWilbur Snyder 4 February 15, 1961 [Note 2] Duluth, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
11 Kiniski, GeneGene Kiniski 3 February 1961 [Note 3] [Note 4] House show   [1][2]
12 Snyder, WilburWilbur Snyder 5 March 1, 1961 31 Duluth, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
13 Kiniski, GeneGene Kiniski 4 April 1, 1961 [Note 5] Saint Paul, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
14 Hard Boiled Haggerty 1 September 1961 [Note 6] Minnesota House show Sometime after September 5, 1961. [1][2]
15 Mr. M 1 October 17, 1961 84 Minneapolis, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
- Vacated - January 9, 1962 N/A N/A N/A Vacated when Mr. M won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. [1][2]
16 O'Connor, PatPat O'Connor 1 February 1962 [Note 7] [Note 4] House show Was awarded the NWA version of the IS Championship on August 24, 1961; also recognized as champion in the AWA territories. [1][2]
- Title retired - 1962 N/A N/A N/A 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 -14.
  3. ^ The exact date that the championship was won has not been documented, which means that the title reign lasted between 1 day and 13.
  4. ^ a b The location of the match was not captured as part of the championship documentation.
  5. ^ The exact date that the championship was lost has not been documented, which means that the title reign lasted between -82 days and 832.
  6. ^ The exact date that the championship was won has not been documented, which means that the title reign lasted between 16 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.