AWA World Tag Team Championship

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AWA World Tag Team Championship
Details
Date established 1960
Date retired 1991
Promotion American Wrestling Association

The American Wrestling Association (AWA) World Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling world tag team championship in the American Wrestling Association from 1960 until the promotion folded in 1991.

History[edit]

When the NWA Minneapolis Wrestling and Boxing Club operated by Verne Gagne withdrew from the National Wrestling Alliance in May 1960, Stan Kowalski and Tiny Mills were the recognized champions of the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Minneapolis version). At the time, the AWA continued to recognize the NWA champions as their World champions. However, by August 1960, and having recently recaptured the NWA Tag Team championships for a second time, Kowalski and Mills were recognized as the first AWA World Tag Team Champions when AWA stopped recognizing NWA champions.

As the promotion grew, the AWA Tag Team Championships became one of the most coveted tag team titles in the United States from the beginning until the late 1980s, when the AWA's talent roster was depleted by the World Wrestling Federation and Jim Crockett Promotions. This led to the retirement of the titles when the AWA closed.[1]

Title history[edit]

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.
# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Murder, Inc.
(Stan Kowalski and Tiny Mills)
1 August 1960 64[Note 1] N/A N/A Kowalski and Mills were awarded the NWA World Tag Team Championship on August 1960. They were recognized as the first AWA champions when the AWA withdrew from the NWA and recognized its own champions.  
2 Hard Boiled Haggerty and Len Montana / Gene Kiniski 1 October 4, 1960 231 Minneapolis, Minnesota Live event Montana suffered a broken leg in a match against Verne Gagne. On March 18, 1961, Haggerty chose Kiniski as his new partner.  
3 Leo Nomellini and Wilbur Snyder 1 May 23, 1961 57 Minneapolis, Minnesota Live event    
4 Hard Boiled Haggerty and Gene Kiniski 2 July 19, 1961 20 St. Paul, Minnesota Live event    
- Vacated - August 8, 1961 N/A N/A Live event Title vacated after Haggerty and Kiniski split up when Haggerty's interference in a cage match between Kiniski and Verne Gagne backfires.  
5 Hard Boiled Haggerty (3) and Bob Geigel 1 September 26, 1961 51 St. Paul, Minnesota Live event Haggerty defeated Kiniski for control of the titles and chose Geigel as his new partner.  
6 Pat Kennedy and Dale Lewis 1 November 16, 1961 7 Rochester, Minnesota Live event    
7 Bob Geigel (2) and Otto Von Krupp 1 November 23, 1961 39[Note 2] Rochester, Minnesota Live event    
- Vacated - January 1962 N/A N/A N/A Title vacated when Von Krupp was injured.  
8 Larry Hennig and Duke Hoffman 1 January 15, 1962 29 St. Paul, Minnesota Live event Defeated Ivan and Nikita Kalmikoff in a tournament final.  
9 Bob Geigel (3) and Stan Kowalski (2) 1 February 13, 1962 47[Note 2] Minneapolis, Minnesota Live event    
10 The Neilsons
(Art Neilson and Stan Neilson)
1 April 1962 259[Note 1] Cincinnati, Ohio N/A  This was a "phantom" title change, as no match actually took place.  
11 Doug Gilbert and Dick Steinborn 1 December 16, 1962 16 St. Paul, Minnesota Live event    
12 Kalmikoffs, TheThe Kalmikoffs
(Ivan Kalmikoff and Karol Kalmikoff)
1 January 1, 1963 231 Minneapolis, Minnesota Live event    
13 The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser 1 August 20, 1963 173 Minneapolis, Minnesota Live event    
14 Moose Evans and Verne Gagne 1 February 9, 1964 14 Minneapolis, Minnesota Live event    
15 The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser 2 February 23, 1964 342 St. Paul, Minnesota Live event    
16 Larry Hennig (2) and Harley Race 1 January 30, 1965 175 Minneapolis, Minnesota Live event    
17 The Crusher (3) and Verne Gagne (2) 1 July 24, 1965 14 Minneapolis, Minnesota Live event    
18 Larry Hennig (3) and Harley Race 2 August 7, 1965 294 Minneapolis, Minnesota Live event    
19 The Crusher (4) and Dick the Bruiser 3 May 28, 1966 223 Minneapolis, Minnesota Live event    
20 Larry Hennig (4) / Chris Markoff and Harley Race 3 January 6, 1967 308 Chicago, Illinois Live event On November 1, 1967, Markoff replaced Hennig, who had his leg broken by Verne Gagne in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  
21 Pat O'Connor and Wilbur Snyder (2) 1 November 10, 1967 22 Chicago, Illinois Live event    
22 Mitsu Arakawa and Dr. Moto 1 December 2, 1967 392 Chicago, Illinois Live event    
23 The Crusher (5) and Dick the Bruiser 4 December 28, 1968 245 Chicago, Illinois Live event    
24 The Vachons
(Butcher Vachon and Mad Dog Vachon)
1 August 30, 1969 623 Chicago, Illinois Live event    
25 Red Bastien and Hercules Cortez / The Crusher (6) 1 May 15, 1971 250 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Live event In August 1971, Bastien chose The Crusher as his new partner after Cortez was killed in a car accident on July 23.  
26 Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens 1 January 20, 1972 345 Denver, Colorado Live event    
27 Verne Gagne (3) and Billy Robinson 1 December 30, 1972 7 Minneapolis, Minnesota Live event    
28 Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens
2
January 6, 1973 561 St. Paul, Minnesota Live event    
29 The Crusher (7) and Billy Robinson (2) 1 July 21, 1974 95 Green Bay, Wisconsin Live event    
30 Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens 3 October 24, 1974 296 Winnipeg, Manitoba Live event    
31 The Crusher (8) and Dick the Bruiser 5 August 16, 1975 342 Chicago, Illinois Live event    
32 Bobby Duncum and Blackjack Lanza 1 July 23, 1976 349 Chicago, Illinois Live event    
33 The High Flyers
(Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne)
1 July 7, 1977 443 Winnipeg, Manitoba Live event    
34 Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens (4) 1 September 23, 1978 256 N/A N/A Awarded the titles when Brunzell was injured in a charity softball game.  
35 Verne Gagne (4) and Mad Dog Vachon (2) 1 June 6, 1979 410 Winnipeg, Manitoba Live event    
36 The East-West Connection
(Adrian Adonis and Jesse Ventura)
1 July 20, 1980 329 Denver, Colorado Live event Won by forfeit when Gagne no-showed scheduled defence.  
37 The High Flyers
(Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne)
2 June 14, 1981 742 Green Bay, Wisconsin Live event    
38 The Sheiks
(Jerry Blackwell and Ken Patera)
1 June 26, 1983 315 Minneapolis, Minnesota Live event    
39 The Crusher (9) and Baron von Raschke 1 May 6, 1984 111 Green Bay, Wisconsin Live event    
40 The Road Warriors
(Animal and Hawk)
1 August 25, 1984 400 Las Vegas, Nevada Live event    
41 Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal 1 September 29, 1985 111 St. Paul, Minnesota Live event    
42 Scott Hall and Curt Hennig 1 January 18, 1986 119 Albuquerque, New Mexico Live event "Phantom match" said to have occurred to cover for Regal leaving the company while still champion. [2]  
43 Buddy Rose and Doug Somers 1 May 17, 1986 255 Hammond, Indiana AWA All-Star Wrestling    
44 The Midnight Rockers
(Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels)
1 January 27, 1987 118 St. Paul, Minnesota Live event    
45 Soldat Ustinov and Boris Zhukov / Doug Somers (2) 1 May 25, 1987 139 Lake Tahoe, Nevada Live event Somers replaced Zhukov on October 1987 after he jumped to the WWF.  
46 Bill Dundee and Jerry Lawler 1 October 11, 1987 8 Memphis, Tennessee CWA Live event    
47 Dr. D and Hector Guerrero 1 October 19, 1987 7 Memphis, Tennessee CWA Live event Dr. D was local wrestler Carl Styles under a mask.  
48 Bill Dundee and Jerry Lawler 2 October 26, 1987 4 Memphis, Tennessee CWA Live event    
49 The Midnight Express
(Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose)
1 October 30, 1987 58 Whitewater, Wisconsin AWA Championship Wrestling    
50 The Midnight Rockers
(Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels)
2 December 27, 1987 83 Las Vegas, Nevada AWA Championship Wrestling Titles were held up on February 15, 1988, after a controversial match with The Rock 'n' Roll Express in Memphis. The Rockers won a rematch on February 22, 1988, also in Memphis, but this was never recognized and they remain two-time champions.  
51 Badd Company
(Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka)
1 March 19, 1988 371 Las Vegas, Nevada AWA Championship Wrestling    
52 The Olympians
(Ken Patera (2) and Brad Rheingans)
1 March 25, 1989 177 Rochester, Minnesota AWA Championship Wrestling    
- Vacated - September 18, 1989 N/A N/A N/A Title vacated when Patera was injured.  
53 The Destruction Crew
(Wayne Bloom and Mike Enos)
1 October 1, 1989 314 Rochester, Minnesota AWA Championship Wrestling Defeated Paul Diamond and Greg Gagne in a tournament final.  
54 D.J. Peterson and The Trooper 1 August 11, 1990 123 Rochester, Minnesota AWA Championship Wrestling Pro Wrestling Illustrated withdrew recognition of World Championship status January 1991. Peterson and Trooper were from this point recognised only as "AWA Tag Team Champions". [3]
- Title retired. N/A 1991[Note 3] N/A N/A N/A The title became inactive when the AWA folded in 1991.  

List of top combined reigns[edit]

By team[edit]

Rank Team # Of Reigns Combined Days
1. The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser 5 1,325
2. Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens 3 1,202
3. The High Flyers (Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne) 2 1,185
4. Harley Race and Larry Hennig / Chris Markoff[Note 4] 3 777
5. Butcher and Mad Dog Vachon 1 623
6. Verne Gagne and Mad Dog Vachon 1 410
7. Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk) 1 400
8. Mitsu Arakawa and Dr. Moto 1 392
9. Badd Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka) 1 371
10. Bobby Duncum and Blackjack Lanza 1 349
11. The East-West Connection (Adrian Adonis and Jesse Ventura) 1 329
12. The Sheiks (Jerry Blackwell and Ken Patera) 1 315
13. The Destruction Crew (Wayne Bloom and Mike Enos) 1 314
14. Art and Stan Nielson 1 259
15. Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens 1 256
16. Buddy Rose and Doug Somers 1 255
17. Red Bastien and Hercules Cortez/The Crusher*[Note 5] 1 250

By wrestler[edit]

Rank Wrestler # Of Reigns Combined Days
1. The Crusher 9 1,717[Note 6]
2. Ray Stevens 4 1,458
3. Dick the Bruiser 5 1,325
4. Nick Bockwinkel 3 1,202
5. Jim Brunzell 2 1,185
5. Greg Gagne 2 1,185
7. Mad Dog Vachon 2 1,033
8. Larry Hennig 4 797
9. Harley Race 3 777
10. Butcher Vachon 1 623

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b There are no records of the day the reign began, only the month so the first day of the month is counted.
  2. ^ a b There are no records of the day the reign ended, only the month so the first day of the month is counted.
  3. ^ There are no records of the day or month this final reign ended, only the year.
  4. ^ Chris Markoff replaced Larry Hennig in their third reign.
  5. ^ The Crusher replaced Hercules Cortez after Cortez died from injuries sustained in a car accident.
  6. ^ Combined length may not be correct. See above.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  2. ^ http://www.kayfabememories.com/Regions/awa/awa4-2.htm
  3. ^ PWI Strips the AWA of World Title Status Pro Wrestling Illustrated May 1991

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