NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Amarillo version)

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The Amarillo version of the NWA Brass Knuckles Championship was a secondary championship that was defended in Dory Funk, Sr.'s NWA Western States Sports promotion based in Amarillo, Texas.[1] Originally created in August 1964, the title was used briefly before being abandoned. It was reactivated three years later and was defended sporadically until the promotion closed in 1981. The championship was used in specialty matches in which the combatants would wear brass knuckles. There were other such championships used in a number of NWA territories throughout the America, with some of the more prominent ones being Fritz Von Erich's World Class Championship Wrestling and Eddie Graham's Championship Wrestling from Florida.

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Wrestler Reigns Date Location Notes
Dory Funk, Sr. 1 1962 Stripped in 1962.
Fritz Von Erich 1 September 19, 1962 Lubbock, Texas Defeats Don Leo Jonathan.
The Sheik 1 January 1964
Killer Karl Kox 1 January 30, 1964 Amarillo, Texas
Louie Tillet 1 August 24, 1964 Still champion as of October 20, 1964.
The Lawman 1 March 13, 1967
Title vacated September 1967 Thunderbolt Patterson defeats Dory Funk Jr. to win the title on September 11, 1967.Tillet and The Lawman wrestle for the vacant title on September 14, 1967 in Amarillo, Texas, but the match ends as a no contest.
The Lawman 2 September 28, 1967 Amarillo, Texas Defeats Thunderbolt Patterson in Lubbock, Texas and Jose Lothario defeats Patterson on October 4, 1967.
Thunderbolt Patterson 1 October 5, 1967 Amarillo, Texas Loses to Dr. Blood in Lubbock, Texas on November 1, 1967 but continues to be recognized in Amarillo, Texas.
Dory Funk 2 November 22, 1967 Amarillo, Texas
Thunderbolt Patterson 2 January 18, 1968
Kurt Von Brauner 1 February 29, 1968 Amarillo, Texas
Dory Funk 3 March 6, 1968 Lubbock, Texas Local newspaper reports that Funk defeats Karl Von Brauner but it may be a mistake.
Title vacated March 1968
Larry Henning 1 March 14, 1968
Dory Funk 4 March 19, 1968 Odessa, Texas
Kurt Von Brauner 2 May 1968
Thunderbolt Patterson 3 May 30, 1968 Amarillo, Texas
Pat Patterson 1 July 18, 1968 Amarillo, Texas
Dory Funk 5 November 28, 1968 Amarillo, Texas
Title vacated April 23, 1968 After the win and the title isn't used.
The Lawman 3 December 1969
Dick Murdoch 1 January 1, 1970 Amarillo, Texas
The Lawman 4 January 30, 1970 Abilene, Texas
Title vacated March 27, 1970
Apache Bull Ramos 1 June 12, 1970
Bob Griffin 1 August 27, 1970 Amarillo, Texas
Thunderbolt Patterson 4 October 15, 1970 Amarillo, Texas
Dory Funk 6 November 19, 1970 Amarillo, Texas
Mr. Wrestling (Gordon Nelson) 1 February 3, 1971 Lubbock, Texas
Dory Funk 7 February 24, 1971 Amarillo, Texas
Title vacated June 8, 1971
Dick Murdoch 2 February 1, 1972
Ricky Romero 1 March 20, 1972 El Paso, Texas
Bobby Duncum, Sr. 1 March 27, 1972 El Paso, Texas Loses to Ricky Romero on April 3, 1972 in El Paso, TX but may continue to be recognized in other cities.
Pak Song 1 April 5, 1972 Lubbock, Texas Defeats Duncum.
Bobby Duncum 2 April 6, 1972 Amarillo, Texas Pak Song may be still billed as champion in Lubbock on April 12, 1972.
Ray Hunter 1 May 17, 1972 Lubbock, Texas
Dick Murdoch 3 May 18, 1972 Amarillo, Texas Loses to Pak Song on July 3, 1972 in Abilene, Texas but continues to be recognized in other cities and Murdoch defeats Pak on July 31, 1972 to regain the recognition in Abilene.
Terry Funk 1 July 13, 1972 Amarillo, Texas Funk defeats Murdoch on August 7, 1972 for the recognition in Abilene, Texas and still champion as of September 14, 1972.
Ciclon Negro 1 October 1972
Terry Funk 2 November 1972
Ciclon Negro 2 February 11, 1973
Ricky Romero 2 October 4, 1973 Amarillo, Texas
Killer Karl Krupp 1 November 1, 1973 Amarillo, Texas
Killer Karl Kox 2 December 13, 1973 Amarillo, Texas
Dick Murdoch 4 May 2, 1974
Title vacated May 9, 1974
Mark Lewin 1 August 16, 1974 Abilene, Texas Wins a 4-man tournament against Jim Dillon, Ben Justice and The Patriot.
Siegfried Stanke 1 August 27, 1974 Odessa, Texas Mark Lewin again loses to Karl Von Steiger on August 28, 1974 in Lubbock, Texas.
Jim Dillon 1 October 4, 1974 Abilene, Texas
Killer Karl Kox 3 December 26, 1974
Karl Von Steiger 1 April 1975
Scott Casey 1 April 17, 1975 Amarillo, Texas
Bobby Jaggers 1 May 7, 1975 Lubbock, Texas Repeated next day in Amarillo, Texas.
Ray Stevens 1 June 30, 1975
Johnny Starr 1 July 30, 1975 Lubbock, Texas Wins by forfeit when Stevens no-shows and Stevens continue to be recognized in Amarillo, Texas and defends against Starr on July 31, 1975.
Ray Stevens 2 August 6, 1975 Amarillo, Texas
The Lawman 5 August 28, 1975 Amarillo, Texas
Ray Stevens 3 September 18, 1975 Amarillo, Texas Still champion as of October 9, 1975.
Hank James 1 April 1976 Still champion as of June 14, 1976.
Dennis Stamp 1 July 7, 1976
Dory Funk, Jr. 1 September 3, 1976 Lubbock, Texas [2]
Dennis Stamp 2 September 9, 1976 Lubbock, Texas
Dory Funk, Jr. 2 September 30, 1976 Amarillo, Texas Dennis Stamp defeats Funk but the title change is void due to Stamp's usage of the ropes for leverage.
Dennis Stamp 3 November 26, 1976 Lubbock, Texas
Dennis Stamp 4 March 4, 1977
Ciclon Negro 3 March 17, 1977
Terry Funk 3 October 14, 1977 Lubbock, Texas Also wins the Dallas version, defeating Killer Karl Krupp on May 6, 1978 in Houston, Texas.
Ciclon Negro 4 October 1977
Terry Funk 4 October 20, 1977 Amarillo, Texas May be a repeat of the Lubbock match.
Mr. Pogo 1 June 15, 1978 Amarillo, Texas Still champion as of November 8, 1978.
El Mongol 1 June, 1979
Dick Murdoch 5 August 17, 1979 Lubbock, Texas Still champion as of August 29, 1979.
Toru Tanaka 1 April 14, 1980 Fort. Worth, Texas Defeats Bruiser Brody to win the Dallas version and is also recognized in West Texas; still champion as of May 6, 1980.
Bruiser Brody 1 1980
Title vacated 1980 Due to Brody's Japanese commitment.
Stan Stasiak 1 August 7, 1980 Amarillo, Texas Wins a 10-man battle royal for the vacated title and still champion as of September 30, 1980.
Don Fargo 1 August 27, 1981 Title is abandoned when the promotion closes in 1981.

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