IWCCW Heavyweight Championship

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IWCCW Heavyweight Championship
Tony Atlas.jpg
Tony Atlas the longest reigning IWCCW Heavyweight Champion.
Details
Promotion International Championship Wrestling
(1985–January 1991)
International World Class Championship Wrestling
(January 1991–1995)
Date established 1985[1][2]
Date retired 1995[1][2]
Other name(s)
  • ICW Heavyweight Championship

The ICW / IWCCW Heavyweight Championship was the top singles championship of International World Class Championship Wrestling between 1984 and 1995 where IWCCW closed down operations. Initially ICW’s main title was the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship, through a talent exchange program and a close working relationship between ICW and WWC the Universal Title was promoted in the New England area as the main ICW title without ever mentioning the WWC name, nor was it presented as a title owned by ICW. When the arrangement came to an end in 1985 a specific “ICW Heavyweight Championship” was created with the lineage of the WWC Universal title during the time of the working relationship. In 1993 the then champion Tony Atlas along with a number of IWCCW wrestlers left the company leaving the title vacant and only used sporadically between 1993 and 1995 where the promotion closed. Because the championship is a professional wrestling championship, it is not won or lost competitively but instead by the decision of the bookers of a wrestling promotion. The championship is awarded after the chosen team "wins" a match to maintain the illusion that professional wrestling is a competitive sport.[3]

Title history[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
# The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed.
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title changed hands
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
(NLT) Indicates that the championship changed hands "No Later Than" a certain date.
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref(s).
1 Colón, CarlosCarlos Colón 1 December 8, 1984 [Note 2] N/A N/A Carlos Colón was the WWC Universal Heavyweight Champion when ICW was founded and recognized as the first champion to represent ICW. [1][2]
2 Funk, Jr., DoryDory Funk, Jr. 1 February 27, 1985 80 Bangor, Maine ICW Live event This marked the first time that the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship changed hands outside of Puerto Rico. [1][2][4]
Vacated N/A May 18, 1985 N/A N/A N/A Held up after a match against Carlos Colón. This marked the end of the ICW/WWC joint title lineage. [1][2]
3 Savoldi, JoeJoe Savoldi 1 April 1, 1986 (NLT) [Note 3] [Note 4] ICW Live event Joe Savoldi was the first champion to be recognized as the "ICW Heavyweight Champion". [1][2]
4 Apollo, PhilPhil Apollo 1 March 1, 1987 (NLT) [Note 5] [Note 4] ICW Live event   [1][2]
Vacated N/A October 1, 1987 (NLT) N/A N/A N/A Championship was vacated when Phil Apollo left the promotion. [1][2]
5 Savoldi, JoeJoe Savoldi 2 October 1, 1987 [Note 6] [Note 4] ICW Live event Joe Savoldi won a battle royal to claim the vacant championship. [1][2]
6 Moondog Spike 1 1988 [Note 7] [Note 4] ICW Live event   [1][2]
7 Savoldi, JoeJoe Savoldi 3 1988 [Note 8] [Note 4] ICW Live event   [1][2]
8 Boyd, "Lord" Jonathan"Lord" Jonathan Boyd 1 December 28, 1988 [Note 9] [Note 4] ICW Live event   [1][2]
9 Savoldi, JoeJoe Savoldi 4 January 1989 [Note 10] Presque Isle, Maine ICW Live event   [1][2]
10 Atlas, TonyTony Atlas 1 February 11, 1989 528 Presque Isle, Maine ICW Live event   [1][2]
11 Steamboat, VicVic Steamboat 1 July 24, 1990 269 Middletown, Delaware County, New York ICW Live event   [1][2]
12 Atlas, TonyTony Atlas 2 April 19, 1991 [Note 11] South China, Maine IWCCW Live event   [1][2]
Vacated N/A March 1, 1993 (NLT) N/A N/A N/A Championship was vacated when Tony Atlas left ICW. [1][2]
13 Santana, TitoTito Santana 1 February 9, 1994 387 Yardville, New Jersey IWCCW Live event Defeated Greg Valentine to win the vacant championship. [1][2]
14 Valentine, GregGreg Valentine 1 March 3, 1995 91 Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania IWCCW Live event   [1][2]
15 Ware, Koko B.Koko B. Ware 1 June 2, 1995 [Note 12] Chattanooga, Tennessee IWCCW Live event Was awarded the championship when Greg Valentine did not show for a scheduled title defense. [1][2]
Championship abandoned N/A 1995 N/A N/A N/A IWCCW Closed [1][2]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Due to some records being incomplete it is possible someone else held the championship for a shorter period of time.
  2. ^ The exact date ICW recognizes Colon as the champion is not documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between −308 and 57 days
  3. ^ The exact date Savoldi won and lost the championship is not documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 and 682 days
  4. ^ a b c d e f The location of the match was not captured as part of the championship documentation.
  5. ^ The exact date Apollo won the championship is not documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 and 651 days
  6. ^ The exact date Savoldi lost the championship is not documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 92 and 452 days
  7. ^ The exact date Moondog Spike won and lost the championshio is not documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 and 359 days
  8. ^ The exact date Savlodi won the championshio is not documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 and 361 days
  9. ^ The exact date Boyd lost the championshiphas not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between -362 and -332 days
  10. ^ The exact date Savoldi won the championship is not documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 11 and 41 days
  11. ^ The exact date Tony Atlas left IWCCW has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 and 682 days
  12. ^ The exact date IWCCW stopped promoting not documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 and 212 days

References[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 Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Boston: International Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title". 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 t u v w x y "International Championship Wrestling (1984-1991/01)/International World Class Championship Wrestling (1991/01-mid-1990s) Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ Ed Grabianowski. "How Pro Wrestling Works". How Stuff Works. Archived from the original on November 18, 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 
  4. ^ Hoops, Brian (February 28, 2017). "Daily pro wrestling history (02/27): NXT takes over". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 27, 2017.