NWA World Tag Team Championship (Florida version)

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NWA World Tag Team Championship
(Florida version)
NWA World Tag Team Title Florida.png
One of the belts representing the championship
Details
Promotion Championship Wrestling from Florida[1][2]
Date established January 1961[1][2]
Date retired 1969[1][2]

The Florida version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship was the primary professional wrestling championship for tag teams in Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF) that was used between 1961 and 1969. When the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) was created in 1948, the Board of Directors decided to allow each NWA member to create its own local version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship.[3] As it is a professional wrestling championship, it is not won or lost competitively, but instead determined by the decision of the bookers of a wrestling promotion. The title is awarded after the chosen team "wins" a match to maintain the illusion that professional wrestling is a competitive sport.[4]

CWF, the NWA's Florida territory, introduced their version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship in January 1961 when they introduced the Von Brauners (Kurt and Karl Von Brauner) as the NWA World Tag Team Champions. Records are unclear on how the Von Brauners became champions; it is possible that they were simply billed as champions upon arrival.[1][2] In 1969 CWF abandoned the NWA World Tag Team Championship, with the Masked Infernos as the last champions.[1][2] CWF later used the NWA North American Tag Team Championship, NWA Southern Tag Team Championship, NWA United States Tag Team Championship, and NWA Florida Global Tag Team Championship.[5][6][7][8]

The Von Brauners hold the record for most championship reigns, six in total, as well as the longest combined reigns, with at least 540 days. The Von Brauners' first reign, and the first reign of the championship, lasted at least 196 days, the longest individual reign. Eddie Graham held the championship on seven occasions with various partners. The shortest individual reign lasted nine days as Eddie Graham and Jose Lothario held it from October 25 to November 3, 1966.[1][2]

Title history[edit]

Key
No. The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific wrestler listed.
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title changed hands
N/A The specific information is not known
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
No. Champions Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref(s)
1 Von Brauners, TheThe Von Brauners
(Kurt and Karl Von Brauner)
1 January 1961 [Note 1] Florida Live event   [1][2]
2 Graham, EddieEddie Graham and Ike Eakins 1 August 15, 1961 7 Jacksonville, Florida Live event   [1][2]
3 Von Brauners, TheThe Von Brauners
(Kurt and Karl Von Brauner)
2 August 22, 1961 [Note 2] Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
Vacated 1961 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [1][2]
4 Von Brauners, TheThe Von Brauners
(Kurt and Karl Von Brauner)
3 September 7, 1961 203 Jacksonville, Florida Live event Defeated Ike Eakins and Eddie Graham in a Three team tournament final [1][2]
5 Curtis, DonDon Curtis and Joe Scarpa 1 March 29, 1962 [Note 3] Jacksonville, Florida Live event   [1][2]
Vacated 1962 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [1][2]
6 Von Brauners, TheThe Von Brauners
(Kurt and Karl Von Brauner)
4 June 14, 1962 21 Jacksonville, Florida Live event Defeated Don Curtis and Georgia Boy Smith in a three-team tournament final to win the championship. [1][2]
7 Assassins, TheThe Assassins
(Assassin #1 and Assassin #2)
1 July 5, 1962 [Note 4] Jacksonville, Florida Live event   [1][2]
Vacated August 1962 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [1][2]
8 Malenko, BorisBoris Malenko and Russian Crusher 1 August 30, 1962 44 Jacksonville, Florida Live event Defeated The Kentuckians in an four-team tournament final [1][2]
9 Tony Baillargeon and Maurice Lapoine 1 October 13, 1962 40 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
10 Fabulous Kangaroos, TheThe Fabulous Kangaroos
(Al Costello and Roy Heffernan)
1 November 22, 1962 63 Jacksonville, Florida Live event   [1][2]
11 Curtis, DonDon Curtis (2) and Mark Lewin 1 January 24, 1963 [Note 5] Florida Live event   [1][2]
Vacated January 1963 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [1][2]
12 Von Brauners, TheThe Von Brauners
(Kurt and Karl Von Brauner)
5 January 29, 1963 [Note 6] Jacksonville, Florida Live event Defeated Yukon Eric and Don Curtis in a three-team tournament final. [1][2]
13 Alberto and Ramon Torres 1 April 1963 [Note 7] Florida Live event   [1][2]
14 Matsuda, HiroHiro Matsuda and Duke Keomuka 1 June 6, 1963 [Note 8] Jacksonville, Florida Live event   [1][2]
Vacated 1963 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [1][2]
15 Von Brauners, TheThe Von Brauners
(Kurt and Karl Von Brauner)
6 September 5, 1963 [Note 9] Jacksonville, Florida Live event Defeated The Assassins in a five-team tournament final. [1][2]
16 Assassins, TheThe Assassins
(Assassin #1 and Assassin #2)
2 November 1963 [Note 10] Florida Live event   [1][2]
17 Curtis, DonDon Curtis (3) and Mark Lewin 2 November 21, 1963 [Note 11] Jacksonville, Florida Live event   [1][2]
Vacated January 1964 N/A N/A N/A Lewin left the Florida territory [1][2]
18 Murphy, SkullSkull Murphy and Brute Bernard 1 January 28, 1964 42 Tampa, Florida Live event Defeated Don Curtis and Haystacks Calhoun to win the vacant championship [1][2]
19 Matsuda, HiroHiro Matsuda and Duke Keomuka 2 March 10, 1964 [Note 12] Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
20 Murphy, SkullSkull Murphy and Brute Bernard 2 1964 [Note 13] Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
21 Matsuda, HiroHiro Matsuda and Duke Keomuka 3 1964 [Note 14] Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
22 Curtis, DonDon Curtis (4) and Abe Jacobs 1 May 5, 1964 37 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2][9]
23 Chris and John Tolos 1 June 11, 1964 12 Jacksonville, Florida Live event   [1][2]
24 Graham, EddieEddie Graham (2) and Sam Steamboat 1 June 23, 1964 133 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
25 Tarzan and Tim Tyler 1 November 3, 1964 37 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
26 Graham, EddieEddie Graham (3) and Sam Steamboat 2 December 10, 1964 48 Jacksonville, Florida Live event   [1][2]
27 Blassie, FredFred Blassie and Tarzan Tyler 1 January 27, 1965 54 Jacksonville, Florida Live event   [1][2]
28 Matsuda, HiroHiro Matsuda and Duke Keomuka 4 March 22, 1965 134 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
29 Hawk, RipRip Hawk and Swede Hanson 1 August 3, 1965 60 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
30 Steamboat, SamSam Steamboat (3) and Ron Etchison 1 October 2, 1965 21 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
31 Kurt and Skull Von Stroheim 1 October 23, 1965 32 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
32 Matsuda, HiroHiro Matsuda (5) and Steinborn, DickDick Steinborn (2) 1 November 24, 1965 15 Jacksonville, Florida Live event   [1][2]
33 Steinborn, DickDick Steinborn (3) 1 December 9, 1965 [Note 15] Jacksonville, Florida Live event Defeated Matsuda to win both championship belts [1][2]
Vacated January 1966 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated after Steinborn left the Florida territory [1][2]
34 The Medics
(Medic #1 and Medic #2)
1 February 22, 1966 56 Tampa, Florida Live event Defeated Jose Lothario and Tito Carreron in a tournament final [1][2]
35 Graham, EddieEddie Graham (4) and Bob Orton 1 April 19, 1966 [Note 16] Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
Vacated May 1966 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [1][2]
36 Graham, EddieEddie Graham (5) and Bob Orton 2 May 17, 1966 [Note 17] Tampa, Florida Live event Won a three-team tournament. [1][2]
Vacated May 1966 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated when Orton left the Florida territory [1][2]
37 Lothario, JoseJose Lothario and Wahoo McDaniel 1 June 28, 1966 [Note 18] Jacksonville, Florida Live event   [1][2]
Vacated July 1966 N/A N/A N/A McDaniel was told by the Miami Dolphins to stop wrestling while he played for them [1][2]
38 The Infernos
(Frankie Cain and Rocky Smith)
1 October 6, 1966 19 Jacksonville, Florida Live event   [1][2]
39 Graham, EddieEddie Graham (6) and Jose Lothario (2) 1 October 25, 1966 9 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
40 The Infernos
(Frankie Cain and Rocky Smith)
2 November 3, 1966 26 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
41 Lothario, JoseJose Lothario (3) and Sam Steamboat (4) 1 November 29, 1966 14 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
42 The Infernos
(Frankie Cain and Rocky Smith)
3 December 13, 1966 112 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
43 Sputnik and Rocket Monroe 1 April 4, 1967 35 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
44 Lothario, JoseJose Lothario (4) and Wahoo McDaniel (2) 2 May 9, 1967 16 Florida Live event   [1][2]
45 Sputnik and Rocket Monroe 2 May 25, 1967 49 Jacksonville, Florida Live event   [1][2]
46 Graham, EddieEddie Graham (7) and Sam Steamboat (5) 3 July 13, 1967 54 Jacksonville, Florida Live event   [1][2]
47 Kurt and Skull Von Stroheim 2 September 5, 1967 49 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
48 Paul DeMarco and Lorenzo Parente 1 October 24, 1967 28 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
49 Terry and Ron Garvin 1 November 21, 1967 56 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
50 Paul DeMarco and Lorenzo Parente 2 January 16, 1968 28 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
51 The Infernos
(Frankie Cain and Rocky Smith)
4 February 13, 1968 364 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
52 The Masked Infernos
(Masked Inferno #1 and Masked Inferno #2)
1 February 11, 1969 1 Tampa, Florida Live event   [1][2]
Championship retired 1969 N/A N/A N/A The championship was abandoned by the promotion [1][2]

Team 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 Team # of reigns Combined days
1 Von Brauners, TheThe Von Brauners (Kurt and Karl Von Brauner) 6 540¤
2 Graham, EddieEddie Graham and Steamboat, SamSam Steamboat 3 235
3 The Infernos (Frankie Cain and Rocky Smith) 4 159
4 Matsuda, HiroHiro Matsuda and Keomuka, DukeDuke Keomuka 4 137¤
5 Sputnik and Rocket Monroe 2 84
6 Kurt and Skull Von Stroheim 2 81
7 Fabulous Kangaroos, TheThe Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello and Roy Heffernan) 1 63
8 Hawk, RipRip Hawk and Hanson, SwedeSwede Hanson 1 60
9 Terry and Garvin, RonRon Garvin 1 56
The Medics (Medic #1 and Medic #2) 1 56
11 Graham, EddieEddie Graham and Ike Eakins 7 1 54
12 Malenko, BorisBoris Malenko and Russian Crusher 1 44
13 Skull Murphy and Brute Bernard 2 43¤
14 Don Curtis and Mark Lewin 2 42¤
15 Tony Baillargeon and Maurice Lapoine 1 40
16 Don Curtis and Abe Jacobs 1 37
Alberto and Ramon Torres 1 37¤
Tarzan and Tim Tyler 37 1 37
17 Paul DeMarco and Lorenzo Parente 1 28
Paul DeMarco Paul DeMarco and Lorenzo Parente 1 28
Assassins, TheThe Assassins (Assassin #1 and Assassin #2) 2 28¤
19 Steinborn, DickDick Steinborn 1 23¤
20 Steamboat, SamSam Steamboat and Ron Etchison 1 21
21 Lothario, JoseJose Lothario and McDaniel, WahooWahoo McDaniel 2 19¤
22 Blassie, FredFred Blassie and Tyler, TarzanTarzan Tyler 54 1 15
Matsuda, HiroHiro Matsuda and Steinborn, DickDick Steinborn 1 15
24 Lothario, JoseJose Lothario and Steamboat, SamSam Steamboat 1 14
25 Graham, EddieEddie Graham and Orton, BobBob Orton 2 13¤
26 Chris and John Tolos 1 12
27 Graham, EddieEddie Graham and Lothario, JoseJose Lothario 1 9
28 Don Curtis and Joe Scarpa 1

Individual 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 Von Brauner, KurtKurt Von Brauner 6 540¤
Von Brauner, KarlKarl Von Brauner 6 540¤
3 Graham, EddieEddie Graham 7 311¤
4 Steamboat, SamSam Steamboat 5 270
5 Frankie Cain 4 159
Rocky Smith 4 159
7 Matsuda, HiroHiro Matsuda 5 152¤
8 Keomuka, DukeDuke Keomuka 4 137¤
9 Rocket Monroe 2 84
Monroe, SputnikSputnik Monroe 2 84
11 Kurt Von Stroheim 2 81
Skull Von Stroheim 2 81
13 Don Curtis 4 80¤
14 Costello, AlAl Costello 1 63
Heffernan, RoyRoy Heffernan 1 63
16 Steinborn, DickDick Steinborn 3 61¤
17 Hawk, RipRip Hawk 1 60
Hanson, SwedeSwede Hanson 1 60
19 Paul DeMarco 2 56
Terry Garvin 1 56
Lorenzo Parente 2 56
Garvin, RonRon Garvin 1 56
Medic #1 1 56
Medic #2 1 56
25 Ike Eakins 1 54
25 Tyler, TarzanTarzan Tyler 2 52
25 Malenko, BorisBoris Malenko 1 44
Russian Crusher 1 44
27 Brute Bernard 2 43¤
Skull Murphy 2 43¤
29 Lothario, JoseJose Lothario 4 42¤
Lewin, MarkMark Lewin 2 42¤
31 Tony Baillargeon 1 40
Maurice Lapoine 1 40
33 Abe Jacobs 1 37
Tim Tyler 1 37
Torres, AlbertoAlberto Torres 1 37¤
Torres, RamonRamon Torres 1 37¤
37 Assassin #1 2 28¤
Assassin #2 2 28¤
39 Ron Etchison 1 21
40 McDaniel, WahooWahoo McDaniel 2 19¤}}
41 Blassie, FredFred Blassie 1 15
42 Orton, BobBob Orton 2 13¤
43 Tolos, ChrisChris Tolos 1 12
Tolos, JohnJohn Tolos 1 12
45 Scarpa, JoeJoe Scarpa 1

Tournaments[edit]

1961[edit]

Semifinals Finals
Ike Eakins and Eddie Graham W
The Mighty Yankees [10] Ike Eakins and Eddie Graham
The Von Brauners   The Von Brauners [10]
Bye [10]

June 1962[edit]

Semifinals Finals
The Von Brauners W
The Masked Assassins [11] The Masked Assassins W
Don Curtis and Georgia Boy Smith   Don Curtis and Georgia Boy Smith [11]
Bye [11]

August 1962[edit]

Semifinals Finals
Boris Malenko and the Russian Crusher W
The Kenutuckians [12] Boris Malenko and the Russian Crusher W
Lenny Montana and Mike Paidousis W Lenny Montana and Mike Paidousis [12]
The Assassins [12]

January 1963[edit]

Semifinals Finals
Yukon Eric and Don Curtis W
The Fabulous Kangaroos [13] Yukon Eric and Don Curtis [13]
The Von Brauners   The Von Brauners W
Bye [13]

September 1963[edit]

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Final
                   
The Assassins    
Bye [14]     The Assassins    
      Bye [14]  
  [14]       The Assassins [14]
Boris Malenko and Killer Karl Kox Draw       Hiro Matsuda and Duke Keomuka W
The Kentuckians [14]     Hiro Matsuda and Duke Keomuka  
Hiro Matsuda and Duke Keomuka W   Bye [14]  
Eddie Graham and Dick Steinborn [14]  

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The date where the Von Brauners won the championship has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 196 and 226 days.
  2. ^ The date where the championship was vacted has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 17 days.
  3. ^ The date where the championship was vacted has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 76 days.
  4. ^ The date where the championship was vacted has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 27 and 55 days.
  5. ^ The date where the championship was vacted has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 4 days.
  6. ^ The date where the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 62 and 91 days.
  7. ^ The date where the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 37 and 66 days.
  8. ^ The date where the championship was vacted has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 90 days.
  9. ^ The date where the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 57 and 76 days.
  10. ^ The date where the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 21 days.
  11. ^ The date where the championship was vacted has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 41 and 67 days.
  12. ^ The date where the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 54 days.
  13. ^ The date where the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 54 days.
  14. ^ The date where the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 54 days.
  15. ^ The date where the championship was vacted has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 23 and 53 days.
  16. ^ The date where the championship was vacted has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between {12 and 27 days.
  17. ^ The date where the championship was vacted has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 14 days.
  18. ^ The date where the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 3 and 32 days.

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