MWA World Heavyweight Championship

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MWA World Heavyweight Championship
Details
Promotion Midwest Wrestling Association
Date established January 1940
Date retired October 1948

The MWA World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship in the Kansas City, Kansas-based Midwest Wrestling Association (MWA). It was the direct predecessor of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship, and a successor of sorts to the early world heavyweight championships. The title was created in 1940, and first held by Bobby Bruns that January.

The title lasted until the MWA joined the newly formed NWA in October 1948, with the MWA champion, Orville Brown, recognized as the first NWA World Heavyweight Champion.[2][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
# Wrestler Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Bruns, BobbyBobby Bruns 1 January 18, 1940 147 Kansas City, Kansas Live event Defeated fellow contender Orville Brown to win the vacant championship.[4][5][6]
2 Brown, OrvilleOrville Brown 1 June 13, 1940 308 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
3 Lee Wyckoff 1 April 17, 1941 182 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
4 Brown, OrvilleOrville Brown 2 October 16, 1941 140 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
5 Tom Zaharias 1 March 5, 1942 112 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
6 Brown, OrvilleOrville Brown 3 June 25, 1942 123 Kansas City, Kansas Live event Ed Lewis won a disputed decision over Brown on November 5, 1942.
7 Ed "Strangler" Lewis 1 November 26, 1942 80 Kansas City, Kansas Live event Defeated Brown in a rematch.
8 Lee Wyckoff 2 January 14, 1943 35 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
9 Brown, OrvilleOrville Brown 4 February 18, 1943 [Note 1] Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
10 Lee Wyckoff 3 May 1943 [Note 2] Great Bend, Kansas Live event  
11 Brown, OrvilleOrville Brown 5 June 17, 1943 169 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
12 The Swedish Angel 1 December 3, 1943 6 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
13 Brown, OrvilleOrville Brown 6 December 9, 1943 147 Kansas City, Kansas Live event Dave Levin defeated Brown in a one-fall match on April 27, 1944 in Kansas City, Kansas, and laid claim to the title. However, Brown claimed that the title could only change hands in a two-out-of-three falls match.
14 Levin, DaveDave Levin 1 May 4, 1944 56   Live event Defeated Brown in a rematch.
15 Lee Wyckoff 4 June 29, 1944 48 Topeka, Kansas Live event [7]
16 Brown, OrvilleOrville Brown 7 August 16, 1944 673 Topeka, Kansas Live event  
17 Bruns, BobbyBobby Bruns 2 June 20, 1946 49 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
18 Brown, OrvilleOrville Brown 8 August 8, 1946 218 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
19 Vic Christy 1 March 14, 1947 16 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
20 Roy Graham 1 March 30, 1947 11 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
21 Brown, OrvilleOrville Brown 9 April 10, 1947 253 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
22 Tug Carlson 1 December 19, 1947 7 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
23 Brown, OrvilleOrville Brown 10 December 26, 1947 125 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
24 Bruns, BobbyBobby Bruns 3 April 29, 1948 5 Kansas City, Kansas Live event Won the title by disqualification.
25 Brown, OrvilleOrville Brown 11 May 4, 1948 [Note 3] Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
The title was retired after the MWA joined the National Wrestling Alliance in October 1948, and Brown was recognized as its first champion.

Reigns by combined length[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.
Rank Wrestler # of reigns Combined days
1 Brown, OrvilleOrville Brown 11 2,409¤
2 Lee Wyckoff 4 282¤
3 Bruns, BobbyBobby Bruns 3 201
4 Tom Zaharias 1 112
5 Lewis, EdEd Lewis 1 80
6 Levin, DaveDave Levin 1 56
7 Vic Christy 1 16
8 Roy Graham 1 11
9 Tug Carlson 1 7
10 The Swedish Angel 1 6

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 102 days and 72 days
  2. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 17 days and 47 days
  3. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 150 days and 180 days

References[edit]

General references
Specific references
  1. ^ "Orville Brown - biography". Puroresu Dojo. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  2. ^ Duncan, Royal and Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories, Fourth Edition. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  3. ^ "M.W.A. World Heavyweight Title (Kansas City)". Puroresu Dojo. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  4. ^ Wrestling-Titles: Orville Brown - biography: "On Nov. 10, 1939 at Bridgeport, Conn., Bobby Bruns defeated Jack Pfefer's world light heavyweight champion Maurice Boyer. From that point forward in New England and the Atlantic Coast, the title changed to a heavyweight title and Pfefer billed Bruns as heavyweight world champion .. On Jan. 18, 1940, Bruns defended this title in a clean win over Brown."
  5. ^ LegacyOfWrestling Bobby Bruns Wrestling History: "On January 11, 1940, Bruns beat Andy Mexiner in two-straight falls in Kansas City. A week later, he returned to the Memorial Hall to wrestle Orville Brown for the vacant World Heavyweight Title, recognized by the state of Kansas and by promoter George Simpson. He won the first in 40:30 and then the 3rd in 5:00 to capture the championship."
  6. ^ LOW Orville Brown Wrestling History
  7. ^ Hoops, Brian (June 29, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history: 2nd Steve Austin WWE title reign begins, infamous Stan Hansen AWA title belt stripping story". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 19, 2017.