CZW World Heavyweight Championship
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|CZW World Heavyweight Championship|
|Promotion||Combat Zone Wrestling|
|Date established||March 27, 1999|
|Current champion(s)||Rickey Shane Page|
|Date won||July 8, 2017|
The CZW World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship promoted by the professional wrestling promotion Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW). It was created and debuted on March 27, 1999 at CZW's The Staple Gun event.
The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, often with hardcore/ultraviolent stipulations. There have been a total of 50 reigns among 29 different wrestlers. The current champion is Rickey Shane Page, who is in his first reign as champion.
The championship was created and debuted on March 27, 1999 at CZW's The Staple Gun event, where Nick Gage defeated 20 other men in a battle royal to become the first champion. The championship has been defended and lost in countries other than the United States multiple times. The first time it changed hands on foreign soil was on April 15, 2001, when Wifebeater defeated John Zandig for the championship in Birmingham, England at a live event. Even though the CZW World Heavyweight Championship is supposed to only be eligible to "heavyweights" (wrestlers who weigh more than 220 lb (100 kg)), multiple lower-class wrestlers have held the championship. Wrestlers such as Drake Younger, Nick Gage, Nick Berk, and Yoshihiro Tajiri are a few who have been storyline exceptions.
The championship's current design involves five metal plates positioned on a leather strap. The central plate has the word "World" at the top, while the word "Champion" at the bottom. There are two light tubes that are placed at each end of the plate. The CZW logo is engraved at the very center of the plate.
The inaugural champion was Gage, who won the championship by defeating 20 other men in a battle royal on March 27, 1999 at CZW's The Staple Gun event. At 567 days, Drake Younger's only reign is the longest in the title's history. John Zandig, Nick Berk, Yoshihiro Tajiri, and Joe Gacy are tied for shortest in the title's history at less than 1 day. John Zandig holds the record for most reigns, with six. Rickey Shane Page is the current champion, having defeated Gacy for the championship on November 11, 2017.
- 1.^ - This description is based on the current design of the CZW World Heavyweight Championship, as seen in the images throughout the article.
- "CZW World Heavyweight Championship reign history". CZWrestling.com. Archived from the original on 2010-12-22. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
- "Combat Zone Wrestling show archives (1999)". CZWrestling.com. Archived from the original on 2016-01-10. Retrieved 2009-05-27.