CWA Heavyweight Championship

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CWA Heavyweight Championship
Promotion Championship Wrestling Association
Date established December 7, 1987
Date retired October 1989

The CWA Heavyweight Championship was a major professional wrestling title defended in the Championship Wrestling Association. It was created through the unification of the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight, AWA Southern Heavyweight and CWA/AWA International Heavyweight championships.

The title was thus considered the most important title in the promotion until Jerry Lawler won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship on May 5, 1988. On December 13, 1988, Lawler defeated Kerry Von Erich to win the World Class Heavyweight Championship and effectively rename the latter title the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship and make it the new top championship in Memphis. The CWA title continued as the secondary title until late 1989 when it was replaced with the USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship.

Title history[edit]

No. The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific wrestler listed.
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title changed hands
N/A The specific information is not known
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
No. Champions Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref(s)
1 Lawler, JerryJerry Lawler 1 December 7, 1987 63 Memphis, Tennessee House show Lawler, the reigning AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion, defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship and Manny Fernandez to win the CWA/AWA International Heavyweight Championship. The titles are all unified, creating the new title. [1][2]
2 Pain, MaxMax Pain 1 February 8, 1988 105 Memphis, Tennessee House show   [1][2]
3 Brown, BrickhouseBrickhouse Brown 1 May 23, 1988 35 Memphis, Tennessee House show Won by forfeit. [1][2] [3]
4 Pain, MaxMax Pain 2 June 27, 1988 13 Memphis, Tennessee House show   [1][2]
5 Hickerson, PhilPhil Hickerson 1 July 10, 1988 127 Memphis, Tennessee House show [1][2]
Vacated 1 November 14, 1988 N/A N/A Vacated after a match with Brian Lee. [1][2]
6 Lee, BrianBrian Lee 1 November 19, 1988 21 Memphis, Tennessee TV Studio show Defeated Mike Miller in a tournament final. [1][2]
7 Vicious, SidSid Vicious 1 December 10, 1988 30 Memphis, Tennessee House show   [1][2]
8 Cooley, WendellWendell Cooley 1 January 9, 1989 [Note 1] Memphis, Tennessee House show   [1][2]
9 Mantell, DutchDutch Mantell 1 January 1989 [Note 2] N/A N/A Awarded the title after Cooley left the company. [1][2]
10 Jarrett, JeffJeff Jarrett 1 March 11, 1989 107 Memphis, Tennessee House show   [1][2]
11 Black Bart 1 June 26, 1989 70 Memphis, Tennessee House show   [1][2]
12 Texas Dirt
(Dutch Mantell)
2 September 4, 1989 7 Memphis, Tennessee House show   [1][2]
13 Black Bart 2 September 11, 1989 7 Memphis, Tennessee House show   [1][2]
14 Texas Dirt 3 September 18, 1989 [Note 3] Memphis, Tennessee House show   [1][2]
Vacated 1 September 1989 N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [1][2]
Retired 1 October 1989 N/A N/A Retired in favor of the USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship. [1][2]


  1. ^ The exact date were Cooley left CWA is uncertain which means that his championship reign lasted between 1 and 21 days.
  2. ^ The date that Mantel was awarded the championship is uncertain which means that the championship reign lasted between 39 and 60 days.
  3. ^ The date the championship was vacated is unknown, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 12 days.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Will, Gary; Duncan, Royal (2000). "Tennessee (Memphis): CWA Heavyweight Title [Lawler & Jarrett]". Wrestling Title Histories: professional wrestling champions around the world from the 19th century to the present. Pennsylvania: Archeus Communications. p. 195. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "CWA Heavyweight Championship history". Wrestling-Titles. Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ Hoops, Brian (May 23, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (May 23): Antonio Inoki Vs. Hulk Hogan, Andre Vs. Sakaguchi, Frank Gotch in a 57-minute match". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 

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