IWA Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship

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IWA Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship
Details
Promotion International Wrestling Association
Date established 2000
Date retired 2012
Other name(s)
  • IWA World Heavyweight Championship (2000-2008)
  • IWA Undisputed World Unified Heavyweight Championship (2008)

The IWA Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship contested for in the Puerto Rican professional wrestling promotion, the International Wrestling Association. The championship was established in 2000, as the IWA World Heavyweight Championship.

History[edit]

Unification with the "Capitol World Heavyweight Championship"[edit]

On December 15, 2007, Scott Hall failed to attend a titular defense which led to the fictional local box and wrestling commission's decision to vacate the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship and award it to the number one contender who at the moment was Miguel "Biggie Size" Maldonado.[1] On December 30, the Universal Heavyweight Championship was declared vacant following the events where he was declared the champion following Hall's absence to Lockout. The commission's decision was announced during the company's holiday recess and Maldonado retained the championship belt in custody.

Blitz holds the championships, with the "Capitol Heavyweight Championship" on the foreground

On January 6, 2008, Jack Meléndez who had been managing La Rabia, the stable where he performed abandoned the company citing differences with the company's personnel.[2] Following Meléndez's exit from the company the stable abandoned the company no-showing the a special event scheduled for January 6, 2008. On January 6, Maldonado appeared in the IWA's Histeria Boricua event, with the championship belt still in his possession and challenged Freddie "Blitz" Lozada, who was the IWA World Heavyweight Champion to a unification match.[3] The match took place later in the event with Lozada winning both belts.[4] Following this match WWC's merchandising manager, José Roberto Rodríguez, who had been allowed entry into the building, demanded that the belt was returned to him, but at the moment the IWA's personnel had replaced the belt with Revolution X-Treme Wrestling's championship belt (at the moment in Savio Vega's possession) and had transferred the Universal Heavyweight Championship to a secure location, which led to a discussion between personnel from both companies and Rodríguez's expulsion from the event.[3] After the event's conclusion police officers were deployed and the IWA retained physical possession of the championship.[5] Following this the belt was returned to WWC personnel following an ultimatum, which claimed that the company would take legal action if it wasn't returned within forty-eight hours.[6] However, both the International Wrestling Association and the National Wrestling Alliance recognized the unification match, and considered Lozada the first Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion in Puerto Rico.[7]

International exposure[edit]

Beginning in 2009, the IWA Undisputed World Unified Heavyweight Championship began becoming involved in several inter-promotional "champion vs. champion" contests. The first of these took place on January 6, 2009, where Carlos "Chicano" Cotto was booked to defend the title against Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Legends Champion, Booker T.[8] The contest was part of an annual event titled "Histeria Boricua". The conclusion came when Cotto inverted a "Book End" attempt, scoring a pinfall victory.[8] On February 14, 2009, the promotion held a special event named "Noche de Campeónes". In this card, Cotto defended the championship against Samoa Joe.[9] During the final stages of the fight, Noel Rodríguez intervened, injuring the referee.[9] Both wrestlers continued performing, with Cotto scoring a pinfall victory after reverting a finisher and receiving the count from a substitute referee.[9] On April 18, 2009, Cotto was challenged to an unification contest by Joe Bravo, who held the DWE Dominican National Championship, the major title of Dominican Wrestling Entertainment based in the Dominican Republic. Bravo won with the help of a heel referee, becoming a dual champion.[10] The next titleholder to challenge for the belt was Jerry Lynn, Ring of Honor's World Champion, who unsuccessfully competed against Bravo and Chicano in a three-way match.[11] This was part of the "Juicio Final 2009" card. On May 29, 2009, Bravo defended the IWA and DWE championships in Panama, defeating El Cuervo as part of a Revolution X-Treme Wrestling card.[12] On November 1, 2009, Bravo and the incumbent WWC Universal Heavyweight Champion, Shane Sewell, performed in a DWE event, with the DWE Dominican National Championship being held up after the creative team booked a no contest. This marked the first instance that the two major champions worked together while holding full recognitions by both promotions.

IWA vs. EWO, Clash of the Titans[edit]

At Summer Attitude 2011, Chris Angel defeated Hiram Tua to become the first undefeated Undisputed World Champion. He went on to defeat all contenders, one of them being Cotto, who was subsequently fired by Pérez after questioning his involvement in a match between both. This event launched a storyline between the IWA and the Extreme Wrestling Organization, the largest independent company and de facto third main promotion in Puerto Rico. On December 17, 2011, Cotto won the EWO Championship, only to be interrupted by Pérez.[13] This was in response to a previous confrontation between both, that occurred following an unrelated charity card. After defending the title at Tierra de Nadie 2012, Pérez once again reclaimed his contract. At Histeria Boricua, Angel was absent for a scheluded defense due to a storyline injury, which resulted in the title being stripped from him. The interim General Manager went on to proclaim himself champion, issuing an open challenge which was accepted by EWO's first contender, a masked wrestler known only as "Bonecrusher", who won it Ina squash match.[14] The confrontations between Cotto and Pérez continued in two of IWA's events expanding to include EWO's CEO, Richard Rondón, as well. On February 25, 2012, following more intervention from the IWA, Cotto issued a challenge to end the conflict, an unification match for the EWO Championship and IWA Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship.[15] On March 1, 2012, the challenge was accepted by Pérez and Rondón in a backstage segment. At Clash of the Titans, Bonecrusher defeated Cotto, becoming Unified Champion.[16] In 2012, IWA folded, so the title was vacated.

Title history[edit]

Wrestler: Times: Date: Days
held
Place: Notes:
Glamour Boy Shane 1 October 28, 2000 105 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Tournament Final.[17]
Ricky Banderas 1 February 10, 2001 56 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Glamour Boy Shane 2 April 7, 2001 14 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Ricky Banderas 2 April 21, 2001 56 Gurabo, Puerto Rico [17]
Gran Apolo 1 June 16, 2001 105 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Pain 1 September 29, 2001 21 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Glamour Boy Shane 3 October 20, 2001 7 Carolina, Puerto Rico [17]
Gran Apolo 2 October 27, 2001 42 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Title held up December 8, 2001 84 Orocovis, Puerto Rico Stripped by the company's General Manager, Savio Vega after a match between Apolo and Shane the Glamour Boy.[17]
Primo Carnero 1 March 2, 2002 0 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Defeats Nuevo Gran Apolo. [17]
Savio Vega 1 March 2, 2002 42 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Given the title by Carnero after the match. [17]
Gran Apolo 3 April 13, 2002 14 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Primo Carnero 2 April 27, 2002 15 Levittown, Puerto Rico [17]
Gran Apolo 4 May 12, 2002 6 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Primo Carnero 3 May 18, 2002 28 Caguas, Puerto Rico [17]
Ricky Banderas 3 June 15, 2002 91 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Rey Fénix 1 September 14, 2002 56 Carolina, Puerto Rico [17]
Gran Apolo 5 November 9, 2002 58 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Ricky Banderas 4 January 6, 2003 89 Carolina, Puerto Rico [17]
Ray González 2 April 5, 2003 105 Carolina, Puerto Rico [17]
Gran Apolo 6 July 19, 2003 63 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Glamour Boy Shane 4 September 20, 2003 42 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Bison Smith 1 November 1, 2003 28 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Title held up November 29, 2003 14 Carolina, Puerto Rico After a match between Bison and Glamour Boy Shane.
Glamour Boy Shane 5 December 13, 2003 24 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Won the rematch against Bison.[17]
Humongous 1 January 6, 2004 32 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Title held up February 7, 2004 7 Caguas, Puerto Rico When Humongous no showed the title was held up after a match between Bison Smith and Glamour Boy Shane. [18]
Glamour Boy Shane 6 February 14, 2004 21 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [18]
Title vacated March 6, 2004 0 Carolina, Puerto Rico When Shane abandoned the promotion.[18]
Ray González 3 March 6, 2004 182 Carolina, Puerto Rico Won the vacant title against Gran Apolo.[18]
Gran Apolo 7 September 4, 2004 84 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Ray González 4 November 27, 2004 21 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [18]
Glamour Boy Shane 7 December 18, 2004 56 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [19]
Ricky Banderas 5 February 12, 2005 7 Caguas, Puerto Rico [18]
Title held up February 19, 2005 8 Caguas, Puerto Rico Title was held-up after the match between Glamour Boy Shane and Ricky Banderas.[19]
Glamour Boy Shane 8 February 27, 2005 48 Caguas, Puerto Rico Defeats Banderas in a rematch.[19]
Chicano 1 April 16, 2005 42 Caguas, Puerto Rico [19]
Title held Up May 28, 2005 14 Levittown, Puerto Rico After the match between Chicano and Glamour Boy Shane ended as no contest.
Chicano 2 June 11, 2005 70 Toa Baja, Puerto Rico Won the rematch against Glamour Boy Shane in a TLC match.
Slash Venom 1 August 20, 2005 42 Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico [19]
Chicano 3 October 1, 2005 41 Carolina, Puerto Rico [19] Won the title in a Fatal 4-Way TLC Match against Slash Venom Ricky Banderas and Apolo.
Savio Vega 2 November 11, 2005 154 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [18]
Apolo 8 April 15, 2006 35 Caguas, Puerto Rico
Savio Vega 3 May 20, 2006 28 Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Lightning 1 June 17, 2006 42 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Won the title in a mask vs title match.[18]
Mikael Judas 1 July 29, 2006 35 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [18]
Ray González 5 September 2, 2006 7 Caguas, Puerto Rico Won the title in a 45 minutes for the gold match.[20]
Title held up September 9, 2006 7 Caguas, Puerto Rico Title held up after the match between Ray González and Mikael Judas. [21]
Ray González 6 September 16, 2006 84 Cayey, Puerto Rico Won the rematch against Mikael Judas in a 30 Minutes for the Gold Match. Invader I was the special referee in this match.[22]
Glamour Boy Shane 9 December 9, 2006 35 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Defeated Ray González & Lightning in a 3-way match to win the title.[23]
Ray González 7 January 13, 2007 91 Cayey, Puerto Rico [24]
Title vacated April 14, 2007 15 Caguas, Puerto Rico González abandoned the promotion, entering a brief retirement from professional wrestling.
Chicano 4 April 28, 2007 78 Cayey, Puerto Rico Defeated Joe Bravo for the vacant title. The 2 special referees in this match they are Chicky Starr and Bacano.[25]
Bison Smith 2 July 15, 2007 77 Yabucoa, Puerto Rico [26]
Blitz 1 September 29, 2007 139 Caguas, Puerto Rico Blitz defeated Mr.Big (WWC Universal Champion) in a unification match on January 6, 2008 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The title was renamed Undisputed World Unified Heavyweight Championship. However, WWC didn't recognized the unification.[27][28]
Ricky Vega 1 February 16, 2008 49 Toa Baja, Puerto Rico Won the title in a 5-way match against Blitz, Bison, Mr. Big and Shane The Glamour Boy. [17]
Title Stripped April 5, 2008 29 Toa Baja, Puerto Rico Title was stripped by the IWA.[29]
Blitz 2 May 17, 2008 63 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Won the title in a 3-way match against Ricky Vega and Chicano to win the vacant title. Savio Vega was the special referee. [17]
Joe Bravo 1 July 19, 2008 49 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [30]
Blitz 3 September 6, 2008 28 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Chicano 5 October 4, 2008 28 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Won a 3-way match against Blitz and Noriega. [17]
Dennis Rivera 1 November 1, 2008 14 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Chicano 6 November 15, 2008 154 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Joe Bravo 2 April 18, 2009 21 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Bravo became an international double champion also holding Dominican Wrestling Entertainment's Dominican National Championship.[31]
Title stripped May 9, 2009 7 Hatillo, Puerto Rico Stripped by the company's General Manager, Savio Vega.[32]
Joe Bravo 3 May 16, 2009 63 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Defeated Jerry Lynn and Chicano in a 3-way match.[11]
Title Held up July 18, 2009 29 Bayamon, Puerto Rico Title was held up after the match between Joe Bravo and Savio Vega.
Joe Bravo 4 August 16, 2009 13 Cataño, Puerto Rico Won the rematch against Savio Vega.
Miguel Pérez, Jr. 1 August 29, 2009 42 Cataño, Puerto Rico [33]
Joe Bravo 5 October 10, 2009 88 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Held along the IWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship.[34]
Glamour Boy Shane 10 January 6, 2010 101 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [17]
Ricky Cruzz 1 April 17, 2010 70 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Won the title in a Gold Miner match. [35]
Rick Stanley 1 June 26, 2010 21 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [36]
Ricky Cruzz 2 July 17, 2010 28 Bayamon, Puerto Rico Won the title in a cage match.
Rick Stanley 2 August 14, 2010 63 Bayamon, Puerto Rico Won a 5-way match against Cruzz, Noel Rodríguez, Diabólico and Dennis Rivera.
Dennis Rivera 2 October 16, 2010 82 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Won a double title match for the IWA Puerto Rico and World Heavyweight titles.
Escobar 1 January 6, 2011 86 Bayamón, Puerto Rico [37]
Hiram Tua 1 April 2, 2011 119 Toa Baja, Puerto Rico [38]
Chris Angel 1 July 30, 2011 182 Bayamón, Puerto Rico First wrestler to win the championship undefeated in singles competition within any of the major promotions. Held along the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship.
Title stripped January 28, 2012 0 Toa Alta, Puerto Rico Due to failure to defend and Chris Angel still undefeated following event.
Jay-Cobs 1 January 28, 2012 0 Toa Alta, Puerto Rico Interim General Manager in substitution of Vega. Self-appointed himself as champion.[14]
Bonecrusher 1 January 28, 2012 119 Toa Alta, Puerto Rico On March 17, 2012, Bonecrusher defeated Chicano to win the EWO World Heavyweight Championship. First unification recognized by at least two of the major promotions in Puerto Rico.[14][16]
Spectro 1 May 26, 2012 0 Cataño, Puerto Rico
Title stripped Title stripped by the IWA president Miguel Perez when Mr. Big interface in this match as a referee, do a countdown and Spectro won the title.
Bonecrusher 2 May 26, 2012 21 Cataño, Puerto Rico
Desactivated June 16, 2012 When IWA closed.

Combined Reigns[edit]

Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 Ray Gonzalez 7 553
2 Glamour Boy Shane 10 453
3 Chicano 6 414
4 Apolo 8 343
5 Ricky Banderas 6 279
6 Joe Bravo 5 234
7 Blitz 3 231
8 Savio Vega 3 224
9 Chris Angel 1 182
10 Bonecrusher 2 140
11 Hiram Tua 1 119
12 Bison Smith 2 104
13 Ricky Cruzz 2 98
14 Dennis Rivera 2 96
15 Escobar 1 86
16 Rick Stanley 2 84
17 Ricky Vega 1 49
18 Primo Carnera 3 43
19 Slash Venom 1 42
19 Miguel Perez, Jr. 1 42
20 Mikael Judas 1 35
21 Humongous 1 32
22 Pain 1 21
23 Spectro 1 <1
24 Jay-Cobs 1 <1

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