British Heavyweight Championship

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The British Heavyweight Championship is a top British wrestling championship found throughout the country's circuit.

Many versions of the British Heavyweight Championship exist in the independent circuit of the United Kingdom at any given time but the scene is usually dominated by one company’s version. When another company becomes dominant the title often manages to unify itself or is brought into that company.

Title histories[edit]

This is the combined list of different versions of the British Heavyweight Titles, each of which was probably the most significant version at the time. Each version may or may not be connected to another. However, all title changes are either actual or "official" unless indicated otherwise.

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.

British Wrestling Association 1930-1950[edit]

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Oakeley, AthollAtholl Oakeley 1 1930 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event Won a series of matches to become the first champion.  
Vacated 1935 N/A N/A Vacated when Oakeley retired due to injuries  
2 Garnon, BillBill Garnon 1 1935 [Note 1] London, England Live event    
3 Fazal, M.M. Fazal 1 1937 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event    
4 Muir, AlanAlan Muir 1 1938 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event    
5 O'Leary, MichaelMichael O'Leary 1 1939 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event    
Vacated N/A N/A Michael O'Leary was killed during the outbreak of the war, he died undefeated.  
6 Assirati, BertBert Assirati 1 January 27, 1945 [Note 1] Manchester Live event Assirati had been claiming the title since 1940.  
Vacated 1950 N/A N/A Championship vacated when Assirati left Britain for India.  
Disputed claims 1934-1938
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Bill Garnon 1 1934 [Note 1] London Live event Some claim Garnon's first reign began one year earlier  
2 Clark, DouglasDouglas Clark 1 November 2, 1934 [Note 1] Manchester Live event    
3 Gregory, GeorgeGeorge Gregory 1 1938 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event Won by default when Clark fails to appear for a scheduled defence.  
Vacated N/A N/A Until Bert Assirati is recognised as champion  

Joint Promotions 1952-1982 & 1985-1989[edit]

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Baldwin, ErnieErnie Baldwin 1 January 1952 [Note 1] Newcastle Live event Defeated Dave Armstrong in a tournament final.  
2 Rawlings, AlfAlf Rawlings 1 1953 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event    
3 Sullivan, DaiDai Sullivan 1 1953 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event    
4 Baldwin, ErnieErnie Baldwin 2 1953 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event    
5 Mancelli, TonyTony Mancelli 1 September 9, 1955 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event    
Vacated 1955 N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons.  
6 Assirati, BertBert Assirati 2 October 19, 1955 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event Defeated Ernie Baldwin  
Vacated 1958 N/A N/A Stripped by Joint Promotions; Assirati would continue to claim the title in BWF  
7 Joyce, BillyBilly Joyce 1 April 15, 1958 [Note 1] London Live event Defeated Gordon Nelson.  
8 Baldwin, ErnieErnie Baldwin 3 November 1959 [Note 1] Glasgow Live event    
9 Joyce, BillyBilly Joyce 2 December 1959 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event    
10 Mtchell, DennisDennis Mtchell 1 December 1959 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event    
11 Joyce, BillyBilly Joyce 3 July 15, 1960 1,333 Bradford Live event    
12 Portz, GeoffGeoff Portz 1 March 9, 1964 17 Bradford Live event    
13 Joyce, BillyBilly Joyce 4 March 26, 1964 693 Middlesbrough Live event    
14 Wall, AlbertAlbert Wall 1 February 17, 1966 3 Nottingham Live event    
15 Davies, GwynnGwynn Davies 1 February 20, 1966 25 Nottingham Live event    
16 Joyce, BillyBilly Joyce 5 March 17, 1966 48 Nottingham Live event    
17 Campbell, IanIan Campbell 1 May 4, 1966 55 Perth, Scotland Live event    
18 Joyce, BillyBilly Joyce 6 June 28, 1966 204 Edinburgh Live event Became the undisputed champion when Shirley Crabtree vacated the BWF version.  
19 Robinson, BillyBilly Robinson 1 January 18, 1967 [Note 1] Manchester Live event    
Vacated February 1970 N/A N/A Championship vacated when Robinson left for North America.  
20 Wall, AlbertAlbert Wall 2 1April 13, 1970 280 Nottingham Live event Defeated Steve Veidor to win the vacant championship  
21 Davies, GwynnGwynn Davies 2 January 18, 1971 110 Loughborough Live event    
22 Wall, AlbertAlbert Wall 3 May 8, 1971 [Note 1] Manchester Live event    
Vacated 1974 N/A N/A Championship vacated when Wall retired temporarily.  
23 Davies, GwynnGwynn Davies 3 February 15, 1975 833 Manchester Live event    
24 St. Clair, TonyTony St. Clair 1 May 28, 1977 543 Manchester Live event    
25 Giant Haystacks 1 November 22, 1978 154 London Live event    
26 St. Clair, TonyTony St. Clair 2 April 25, 1979 [Note 1] London Live event Moved to #All Star Wrestling in 1982 with the title  
Vacated 1985 N/A N/A Recognition was withdrawn by Joint Promotions in 1985  
27 Steele, RayRay Steele 1 April 14, 1985 377 [Note 2] Live event    
28 Roach, PatPat Roach 1 April 26, 1986 159 [Note 2] Live event    
29 Singh, DalbirDalbir Singh 1 October 2, 1986 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event    
Vacated 1989 N/A N/A All-Star's Tony St. Clair becomes undisputed champion after Singh joins All-Star and renounces his claim.  

Disputed Branch: British Wrestling Federation 1958-1966[edit]

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Assirati, BertBert Assirati 2 1958 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event Stripped by Joint Promotions - Continued to claim title and was recognized by BWF
Vacated 1960 N/A N/A Assirati stripped by BWF while recovering from injury.  
2 Crabtree, ShirleyShirley Crabtree 1 1960 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event Won a tournament  
Vacated 1966 N/A N/A No replacement was crowned, making Joint Promotions' Billy Joyce an Undisputed Champion.  

All Star Wrestling 1982-present[edit]

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 St. Clair, TonyTony St. Clair 2 April 25, 1979 [Note 1] London Live event Came to All Star in 1982 with the title from Joint Promotions  
2 1 1988 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event    
3 St. Clair, TonyTony St. Clair 3 1988 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event Became undisputed champion after Joint Promotions' champion Singh joins All Star in 1989 and renounces his claim.  
4 'Fit' Finlay, DaveDave 'Fit' Finlay 1 February 5, 1990 425 Croydon Live event    
5 Taylor, DaveDave Taylor 1 April 6, 1991 759 King's Lynn Live event    
6 St. Clair, TonyTony St. Clair 4 May 4, 1993 [Note 1] Croydon Live event    
Vacated 1995 N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons.  
7 Taylor, DaveDave Taylor 2 August 1995 [Note 1] Croydon Live event Defeated Marty Jones in a tournament final.  
8 Jones, MartyMarty Jones 1 1996 [Note 1] Croydon Live event    
Vacated 1996 N/A N/A Upon Marty Jones' retirement  
9 Karl Krammer 1 circa 1998 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event Claimed title by 1998  
10 Williams, DougDoug Williams 1 2001 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event Claiming title by 2001. Would later take the title to the Universal title tournament.  
11 Brookside, RobbieRobbie Brookside 1 September 29, 2002 982 Liverpool Live event Williams was still considered the Universal champion  
2 McDonald, DrewDrew McDonald 1 June 7, 2005 224 Croydon Live event    
13 Steve Sonic 1 January 17, 2006 129 Croydon Live event    
Vacated May 26, 2006 N/A N/A Sonic would relinquish the title to return to WWE's developmental promotion Ohio Valley Wrestling.  
14 Mason, JamesJames Mason 1 November 12, 2006 232 [Note 2] Live event Mason defeated Drew McDonald, Doug Williams, and Robbie Brookside in a 4-way elimination match to win the vacant title.  
15 Broady Steele 1 September 2, 2007 162 Liverpool Live event   [1]
16 Brookside, RobbieRobbie Brookside 2 February 11, 2008 Liverpool Live event    
Vacated May 2009 N/A N/A Championship vacated due to a knee injury.  
17 Brown, RampageRampage Brown 1 May 16, 2009 270 Hanley Live event Won 4-way elimination final of an 8-man tournament against James Mason, Doug Williams, and Karl Kramer.  
18 Allmark, DeanDean Allmark 1 October 2, 2010 774 Hanley Live event    
19 Brown, RampageRampage Brown 2 March 25, 2012 [Note 1] Croydon Live event    

Disputed Branch: The Wrestling Alliance 1999-2003[edit]

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Eventd Notes Ref.
1 Brookside, RobbieRobbie Brookside 1 1999 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event Recognised as champion by TWA  
2 McDonald, DrewDrew McDonald 1 March 2001 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event    
3 Starr, JustinJustin Starr 1 May 7, 2001 66 Weymouth Live event    
Vacated July 12, 2001 N/A N/A Following a controversial finish in the Starr/MacDonald rematch.  
Vacated December 16, 2001 N/A N/A Brookside was suspended and stripped of the belts-after sanctioning his own defences resulting in a breach of contract.  
4 Starr, JustinJustin Starr 2 January 17, 2002 9 Southampton Live event    
5 Williams, DougDoug Williams 1 January 26, 2002 0 Bognor Regis FWA Champion, Williams defeated Justin Starr to win recognition by The Wrestling Alliance.    
6 Brookside, RobbieRobbie Brookside 2 January 26, 2002 Bognor Regis        
Vacated February 1, 2002 N/A N/A Rumble match would be held the same night to declare new champion.  
7 Starr, JustinJustin Starr 3 February 1, 2002 160 Exmouth Live event Won a royal rumble match to win the vacant championship  
8 Knight, RickyRicky Knight 1 July 11, 2002 [Note 1] Weymouth Live event    
9 Starr, JustinJustin Starr 4 November 2002   Bristol Live event    
Vacated 2002 N/A N/A Championship vacated due to injury.  
10 Shane, AlexAlex Shane 1 March 23, 2003 [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event Defeated James Mason for the vacant belt.  
Vacated March 25, 2003 N/A N/A TWA's owner, Scott Conway would strip the title from Shane following his actions in a match against Jake "The Snake" Roberts.  
Vacated 2003 N/A N/A Conway closes the company and emigrates to Thailand.  

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al The length of the championship is too uncertain to calculate.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y The location of the match was not captured as part of the documentation.

Universal British Heavyweight Championship[edit]

On 10 July 2002 All-Star's Champion, Doug Williams along with other top title holding wrestlers entered into a tournament to be recognized as Universal British Heavyweight Champion by The Wrestling Alliance, Frontier Wrestling Alliance, World Association of Wrestling, All Star Wrestling, and Premier Promotions. Doug Williams would first defeat the then-TWA British Heavyweight Champion, Justin Starr (though Starr would continue to be recognized as champion), before going on to defeat The Zebra Kid in a tournament final to become the Universal British Heavyweight Champion.

The Universal version of this title would not last long with all the promotions splitting out their British Heavyweight titles, but Williams continued to be recognized as the Universal British Heavyweight Champion.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Plummer, Russel (3 September 2007). "All Star Wrestling Grapplevine". bigtimewrestlinguk. 

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