NWA Central States Television Championship

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NWA Central States Television Championship
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Marty Jannetty, the 24th Central States Television Champion
Details
Current champion(s) Inactive
Date won 1988
Date established 1979
Promotion Heart of America Sports Attractions / Central States Wrestling

The NWA Central States Television Championship was the secondary singles chamoionship for the Heart of America Sports Attractions / Central States Wrestling promotion from 1977 until the promotion ceased to exist in 1988. 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.[1]

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
  Indicates that there was a period where the lineage is undocumented due to the lack of written documentation from that time period.
# Wrestler Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Sweetan, BobBob Sweetan 1 1977 [Note 3] [Note 4] Live event Records do not indicate how Bob Sweetan became the first Television Champion
2 Black Angus Campbell 1 September 29, 1977 87 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
3 Sweetan, BobBob Sweetan 2 December 25, 1977 [Note 5] Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
               
4 Taylor, TerryTerry Taylor 1 January 1981 [Note 6] [Note 4] Live event Defeated Buzz Tyler in a tournament to win the vacant championship.
5 Jaggers, BobbyBobby Jaggers 1 1981 [Note 7] [Note 4] Live event  
6 Jones, Rufus R.Rufus R. Jones 1 May 7, 1981 50 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
7 Gene Lewis 1 June 26, 1981 118 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
8 Dewey Robertson 1 October 22, 1981 [Note 8] Kansas City, Kansas Live event [2]
9 Sir Oliver Humperdink 1 1981 [Note 9] [Note 4] Live event [3]
10 Dewey Robertson 2 1981 [Note 10] [Note 4] Live event [2]
11 Gene Lewis 2 February 18, 1982 49 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
12 Mark Romero 1 April 8, 1982 49 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
13 Hercules Hernandez 1 May 27, 1982 200 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
14 Mark Romero 2 December 13, 1982 31 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
15 Kirby, RogerRoger Kirby 1 January 13, 1983 112 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
16 Jerry Brown 1 May 5, 1983 [Note 11] Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
17 Kirby, RogerRoger Kirby 2 July 1983 [Note 12] [Note 4] Live event  
18 Fulton, BobbyBobby Fulton 1 December 1, 1983 [Note 13] Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
Vacated N/A January 1984 N/A N/A N/A Championship was vacated when Bobby Fulton left the promotion.
19 Buck Robley 1 January 18, 1984 [Note 14] Des Moines, Iowa Live event  
Vacated N/A March 1984 N/A N/A N/A Championship was vacated when Buck Robley left the promotion.
20 Crews, ArtArt Crews 1 May 21, 1984 [Note 15] Topeka, Kansas Live event Defeats Luke Graham in a tournament final
Vacated N/A 1984 N/A N/A N/A No sources document why the championship was vacated
21 Crews, ArtArt Crews 2 August 21, 1984 12 Topeka, Kansas Live event  
22 Gypsy Joe 1 September 2, 1984 10 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
23 Tyler, BuzzBuzz Tyler 1 September 12, 1984 31 Lincoln, Missouri Live event  
24 Jannetty, MartyMarty Jannetty 1 October 13, 1984 145 Des Moines, Iowa Live event [4]
25 Royal, GaryGary Royal 1 March 7, 1985 253 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
26 Crews, ArtArt Crews 3 November 15, 1985 [Note 16] Wichita, Kansas Live event  
Vacated N/A January 1986 N/A N/A N/A Championship was vacated when Art Crews left the promotion.
27 Akio Sato 1 March 13, 1986 71 Kansas City, Kansas Live event Wins a 14-man battle royal, eliminating Tommy Wright.
28 Mike George 1 May 23, 1986 [Note 17] St. Joseph, MO Live event  
Vacated N/A 1986 N/A N/A N/A No documented explanation found for why the championship was vacated.
29 Vinnie Valentino 1 June 16, 1986 530 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
30 Rogers, RipRip Rogers 1 November 28, 1987 [Note 18] Des Moines, Iowa Live event  
31 Mike George 2 December 1987 [Note 19] [Note 4] Live event Awarded the Championship when Rogers left the promotion
32 Masa Chono 1 January 1, 1988 [Note 20] Des Moines, Iowa Live event  
Championship was abandoned in April, 1988 when the promotion closed.

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 Vinnie Valentino 1 530
2 Royal, GaryGary Royal 1 253
3 Kirby, RogerRoger Kirby 2 236¤
4 Hercules Hernandez 1 200
5 Jannetty, MartyMarty Jannetty 1 145
6 Masa Chono 1 91¤
7 Mark Romero 2 80
8 Akio Sato 1 71
9 Dewey Robertson 2 71¤
10 Gene Lewis 2 67
11 Crews, ArtArt Crews 3 60¤
12 Jerry Brown 1 57¤
13 Jones, Rufus R.Rufus R. Jones 1 50
14 Buck Robley 1 43¤
15 Fulton, BobbyBobby Fulton 1 31¤
16 Tyler, BuzzBuzz Tyler 1 31
17 Black Angus Campbell 1 29
18 Joe, GypsyGypsy Joe 1 10
19 Rogers, RipRip Rogers 1
20 Sweetan, BobBob Sweetan 2
21 Mike George 2
22 Jaggers, BobbyBobby Jaggers 1
23 Humperdink, OliverOliver Humperdink 1
24 Taylor, TerryTerry Taylor 1

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ With gaps in the championship history it is possible someone else held the championship for a longer period of time but that has not been verified.
  2. ^ With gaps in the championship history it is possible someone else held the championship for a shorter period of time but that has not been verified.
  3. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 271 days
  4. ^ a b c d e f g The location of the match was not captured as part of the championship documentation.
  5. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 1,133 days
  6. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 125 days
  7. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 125 days
  8. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 69 days
  9. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 68 days
  10. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 49 days and 117days
  11. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 57 days and 86 days
  12. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 124 days and 153 days
  13. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 31 days and 61 days
  14. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 43 days and 73 days
  15. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 91 days
  16. ^ The date the championship was WON/ost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 47 days and 77 days
  17. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 23 days
  18. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 3 days and 33 days
  19. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 31 days
  20. ^ The date the championship was abandoned has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 91 days and 120 days

References[edit]

General references
Specific references
  1. ^ Ed Grabianowski. "How Pro Wrestling Works". How Stuff Works. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  2. ^ a b Robertson, Dewey; Meredith Renwick (2006). Bang Your Head: The Real Story of The Missing Link. ECW Press. ISBN 1-55022-727-0. 
  3. ^ Matt Mackinder (January 17, 2008). "Sir Oliver Humperdink recalls career of yesteryear". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ Greg Oliver and Steve Johnson (2005). "The National Era (Mid-1980s to present): The Midnight Rockers". The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-683-6. 

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