MLW World Heavyweight Championship

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MLW World Heavyweight Championship
MLW World Championship belt.jpg
The MLW World Heavyweight Championship belt
(April 2018 — present)
Details
PromotionMajor League Wrestling (MLW)
Date establishedApril 7, 2002
Current champion(s)Jacob Fatu
Date wonJuly 6, 2019

The MLW World Heavyweight Championship is a world heavyweight championship owned and promoted by Major League Wrestling (MLW). It is the promotion's principal championship.[1] The championship was established on April 7, 2002 during the Underground TV tapings and was active until February 10, 2004 after the promotion stopped hosting events.[2]

Following their resurrection in 2018, Shane Strickland defeated Matt Riddle at The World Championship Finals of a eight-man single-elimination tournament to win the vacant championship.[3] Like all professional wrestling championships, the title is won via the result of a predetermined match. The current champion is Jacob Fatu, who is in his first reign.[4]

History[edit]

The title was unveiled during the Underground TV tapings on April 7, 2002. On June 15, 2002, Major League Wrestling held an eight-man single-elimination tournament to crown the first champion at its inaugural event.[5] Jerry Lynn, Shane Douglas, Vampiro and Taiyo Kea advanced to the semifinals.[5] Douglas defeated Lynn to advance to the finals, and caused the match between Vampiro and Kea to be declared a no contest. As a result, both wrestlers advanced to the finals for a three-way dance.[5] Douglas defeated both Kea and Vampiro to become the first champion.[5] Afterwards, Douglas threw the title down, like he did with the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.[6][7] Referee John Finnegan threatened that Douglas would be banned from wrestling in Philadelphia, if he didn't defend the title.[8] MLW went on hiatus for three months.

Upon the company's return, Satoshi Kojima defeated Jerry Lynn in New York City, New York at MLW Reload on September 26.[9][10] Kojima defended the title in his home promotion All Japan Pro Wrestling, with the defenses airing on both MLW Underground TV and AJPW broadcasts in Japan.[9][10] Kojima lost the title at Hybrid Hell on June 20, 2003 to Mike Awesome. Afterwards, Awesome lost the title to Steve Corino, as Corino exercised Awesome's promise for a title shot.[8] Corino remained champion until the promotion closed on February 10, 2004.[2]

MLW resumed wrestling operations in July 2017. In January 2018, MLW announced its Road to the World Championship, an eight-man single-elimination tournament to crown a new champion.[11] During the tournament, ACH replaced Tom Lawlor in the semi-finals, after he suffered an injury.[12][13] On April 12, Shane Strickland defeated Matt Riddle in The World Championship Finals.[14][15][16][17] Low Ki made the first international title defense since 2003 in Claremont, Australia, as he defeated Jonah Rock on November 30 in a New Horizon Pro Wrestling event.[18]

Inaugural Championship tournament (2002)[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
         
Jerry Lynn
La Parka
Jerry Lynn
Shane Douglas
Shane Douglas
Steve Corino
Shane Douglas
Taiyo Kea
Vampiro
Taiyo Kea
The Wall
Taiyo Kea Bye
Vampiro Bye
Vampiro
Christopher Daniels

Second championship tournament (2018)[edit]

First round February 8, 2018 Semifinals Final
         
MVP [19]
Tom Lawlor
ACH
Matt Riddle
Matt Riddle [19]
Jeff Cobb
Matt Riddle [14]
Shane Strickland
Shane Strickland [19]
Brody King
Shane Strickland
Jimmy Havoc
Jimmy Havoc [19]
Maxwell Jacob Friedman

Reigns[edit]

As of July 22, 2019, there have been 8 reigns and 2 vacancies. Shane Douglas was the inaugural champion, but he vacated the title after trying to abandon it. Low Ki has the longest reign at 289 days, while Mike Awesome as the shortest holding the title just in minutes.

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Shane Douglas June 15, 2002 Genesis Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1 90 Defeated Vampiro and Taiyo Kea in a 3-way match in the finals of a eight-man single-elimination tournament to become the first champion. [8]
Vacated September 13, 2002 Douglas attempted to throw the title down, but referee John Finnegan threatened that he would be banned from wrestling in Philadelphia if he didn't defend the title. Afterwards, MLW went on hiatus for three months and the title was declared vacated. [8]
2 Satoshi Kojima September 26, 2002 Reload New York City, New York 1 267 Defeated Jerry Lynn to win the vacant championship. [8]
3 Mike Awesome June 20, 2003 Hybrid Hell Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1 <1 [8]
4 Steve Corino June 20, 2003 Hybrid Hell Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1 235 Corino challenged Awesome to a match following Awesome's victory over Kojima. Corino claimed that Awesome had promised him title shot before his win whenever Corino wanted. [8]
Vacated February 10, 2004 Steve Corino was no longer listed as the MLW World Heavyweight Champion after the company stopped hosting events. [2]
5 Shane Strickland April 12, 2018 The World Championship Finals Orlando, Florida 1 91 Defeated Matt Riddle in the finals of a eight-man single-elimination tournament to win the vacant championship. [8]
6 Low Ki July 12, 2018 MLW Fusion Orlando, Florida 1 205 Match aired on July 20, 2018. [20]
7 Tom Lawlor February 2, 2019 MLW Superfight Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1 154 [21]
8 Jacob Fatu July 6, 2019 MLW Kings of Colosseum Cicero, Illinois 1 16+ [22]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "ACH To Replace Tom Lawlor In MLW Championship Tournament Due To Injury". Wrestling News.Net. February 28, 2018.
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  14. ^ a b "MLW TV TAPING RESULTS: THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. April 13, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  15. ^ "MLW Results: World Championships Finals – Orlando, FL (4/12)". Wrestling News.Net. April 13, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
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  17. ^ "MLW TV Taping Results (4/12/18): New MLW World Heavyweight Champion Crowned". Fightful. April 13, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  18. ^ https://www.cagematch.net//?id=1&nr=216714
  19. ^ a b c d "MLW ROAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS: FIRST ROUND MATCHES". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  20. ^ "NEW MLW CHAMPION CROWNED". Pro Wrestling Insider. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  21. ^ "NEW MLW CHAMPION CROWNED". Pro Wrestling Insider. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  22. ^ "Jacob Fatu Wins MLW World Title From Tom Lawlor At Kings Of Colosseum". Fightful.com. July 6, 2019. Retrieved July 6, 2019.

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