NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship

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NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship
NWA Missouri HEavyweight Championship Belt.jpg
The NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship belt
Details
Current champion(s) Evan Morris
Date established October - December 1899 (original)
September 16, 1972 (current)
Promotion Central States Wrestling and St. Louis Wrestling Club (through 1986)
NWA Midwest (2002-2012)
NWA Central-States Championship Wrestling (since 2014)
Other name(s)
Missouri Heavyweight Championship

The NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship was the secondary singles championship in the National Wrestling Alliance's St. Louis Wrestling Club and Central States Wrestling promotions in the 1970s and 1980s. It was usually dominated by the area's top star, Harley Race, and as such it was considered a "stepping stone" to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (although only Race, Terry Funk, Kerry Von Erich and Ric Flair made it; Gene Kiniski and Dory Funk, Jr. were already former World Champions upon winning the Missouri title). A version of the Missouri Championship has been documented to exist in 1899, 1921, 1933 to 1934, 1937, 1947, 1950, and 1954 to 1955, but it was only in 1972 that a serious championship was established. Prior to the creation of the NWA the championship was not recognized outside of the region and used by regional promoters, it is even possible that competing Missouri Heavyweight Championships existed. The championship was abandoned in 1986, as the Central States promotion was being consolidated under Jim Crockett Promotions in order to counter the World Wrestling Federation's national expansion. NWA Midwest revived the title in 2002 and promoted it until 2012. On March 29, 2014 the new NWA Central-States Championship Wrestling promotion brought the Missouri Championship back.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]

Pre National Wrestling Alliance 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 periods of unknown lineage
(NLT) Indicates that the championship changed hands "No Later Than" a certain date.
# Wrestler Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 George Baptiste 1 October 1899 (NLT) [Note 1] [Note 2] Live event Records are unclear as to whom he defeated.
2 Jake Reed 1 1921 [Note 3] [Note 2] Live event Defeated Lloyd Carter to win the championship. Unclear if Carter was the champion or if this was a tournament final.
3 Jake Ross 1 March 6, 1930 705 Chillicothe, Missouri Live event Defeated Charles Santen to win the championship, unclear if Santen was the champion or if this was a tournament final.
4 Fred Peterson 1 February 9, 1932 [Note 4] [Note 2] Live event  
5 Billy Wolf 1 March 1934 [Note 5] [Note 2] Live event  
6 Thesz, LouLou Thesz 1 June 18, 1937 [Note 6] Kansas City, Missouri Live event Defeated Warren Bockwinkel to win the championship

National Wrestling Alliance 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 periods of unknown lineage
(NLT) Indicates that the championship changed hands "No Later Than" a certain date.
# Wrestler Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Tommy O'Toole 1 March 10, 1950 35 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event Defeated Sonny Myers in a 10-man tournament final.
2 Myers, SonnySonny Myers 1 April 14, 1950 273 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
3 Etchison, RonRon Etchison 1 January 12, 1951 14 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
4 Myers, SonnySonny Myers 2 January 26, 1951 7 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
5 Etchison, RonRon Etchison 2 February 2, 1951 7 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
6 Ray Eckert 1 February 9, 1951 20 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
7 Etchison, RonRon Etchison 3 March 1, 1951 99 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
Vacated N/A June 8, 1951 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated, reason undocumented
8 Myers, SonnySonny Myers 3 February 1, 1952 14 [Note 2] Live event  
9 Dusek, JoeJoe Dusek 1 February 15, 1952 273 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
10 Myers, SonnySonny Myers 4 November 14, 1952 42 [Note 2] Live event  
11 Etchison, RonRon Etchison 4 December 26, 1952 155 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
Vacated N/A May 30, 1953 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated, no reason documented
12 Myers, SonnySonny Myers 5 December 18, 1953 14 [Note 2] Live event  
13 Orton, BobBob Orton 1 January 1, 1954 63 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
14 Ray Eckert 2 March 5, 1954 33 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
Vacated N/A April 7, 1954 N/A N/A N/A Championship held up due to a controversial ending of a match against Sonny Myers
15 Myers, SonnySonny Myers 6 April 9, 1954 43 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event Defeated Ray Eckert to win the vacant championship.
16 Hamilton, LarryLarry Hamilton 1 May 22, 1954 167 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
17 Etchison, RonRon Etchison 5 November 5, 1954 308 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
Vacated N/A September 9, 1955 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated, reason not documented
18 Dusek, JoeJoe Dusek 2 April 1956 [Note 7] Sedalia, Missouri Live event  
Vacated N/A September 19, 1956 N/A N/A N/A Championship inactive.
19 Race, HarleyHarley Race 1 September 16, 1972 91 St. Louis, Missouri Live event Defeated Pak Song in a tournament final for the revived championship.
Vacated N/A December 16, 1972 N/A N/A N/A Championship held up after a match against Johnny Valentine
20 Valentine, JohnnyJohnny Valentine 1 January 19, 1973 22 St. Louis, Missouri Live event Defeated Harley Race in a rematch.
21 Funk, TerryTerry Funk 1 February 10, 1973 34 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
22 Kiniski, GeneGene Kiniski 1 March 16, 1973 211 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
23 Race, HarleyHarley Race 2 October 13, 1973 223 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
24 Funk, Jr., DoryDory Funk, Jr. 1 May 24, 1974 273 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
25 Race, HarleyHarley Race 3 February 21, 1975 427 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
26 Backlund, BobBob Backlund 1 April 23, 1976 217 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
27 Brisco, JackJack Brisco 1 November 26, 1976 259 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
28 Slater, DickDick Slater 1 August 12, 1977 184 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
29 DiBiase, TedTed DiBiase 1 February 12, 1978 14 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
30 Murdoch, DickDick Murdoch 1 February 26, 1978 138 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
31 Dick the Bruiser 1 July 14, 1978 246 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
32 Murdoch, DickDick Murdoch 2 March 17, 1979 62 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
33 Dick the Bruiser 2 May 18, 1979 56 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
34 Murdoch, DickDick Murdoch 3 July 13, 1979 133 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
35 Von Erich, KevinKevin Von Erich 1 November 23, 1979 154 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
36 Patera, KenKen Patera 1 April 25, 1980 210 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
37 DiBiase, TedTed DiBiase 2 November 21, 1980 315 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
38 Brisco, JackJack Brisco 2 October 2, 1981 21 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
39 Patera, KenKen Patera 2 October 23, 1981 70 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
40 Dick the Bruiser 3 January 1, 1982 259 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
41 Race, HarleyHarley Race 4 September 17, 1982 128 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
42 Von Erich, KerryKerry Von Erich 1 January 23, 1983 82 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
43 Blackwell, JerryJerry Blackwell 1 April 15, 1983 28 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
44 Race, HarleyHarley Race 5 May 13, 1983 28 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
Vacated N/A June 10, 1983 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated when Champion Harley Race won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
45 Flair, RicRic Flair 1 July 15, 1983 63 St. Louis, Missouri Live event Defeated David Von Erich in a tournament final.
46 Von Erich, DavidDavid Von Erich 1 September 16, 1983 112 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
47 Race, HarleyHarley Race 6 January 6, 1984 315 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
48 Blackwell, JerryJerry Blackwell 2 November 16, 1984 259 St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
49 Race, HarleyHarley Race 7 August 2, 1985 [Note 8] St. Louis, Missouri Live event  
Vacated N/A February 1986 N/A N/A N/A Championship retired when Jim Crockett Promotions bought the St. Louis Wrestling Club. Crockett also bought Central States Wrestling in September.

NWA Midwest 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 Gary Jackson 1 July 27, 2002 311 St. Robert, Missouri Live event Defeated Steve Stone after the title was revived by NWA Midwest.
Vacated N/A June 3, 2003 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated due to lack of defenses.
2 Shane Somers 1 June 17, 2003 0 Rolla, Missouri Live event Defeated Dingo, John Epperson, Tony Luza, Rick Norris and Yukon Eric, Jr. in a six-way match.
Vacated N/A June 17, 2003 N/A N/A N/A Somers was immediately stripped of the title by Missouri State Commissioner Carl Lauer for using an illegal chokehold.
3 Shane Somers 2 June 17, 2003 115 Rolla, Missouri Live event Teamed up with The Mad Hatter, pinned John Epperson, who was teaming with Ricky Murdock, in a tag team match.
4 Ricky Murdock 1 October 10, 2003 169 Parkersburg, West Virginia Live event Won the title at the NWA 55th Anniversary Show. Murdock's NWA National Heavyweight Championship was also at stake.
5 Shane Somers 3 March 27, 2004 [Note 9] Plato, Missouri Live event  
Vacated N/A 2005 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated, reason not documented.
6 Abyss 1 December 7, 2005 384 Lawrence, Kansas Live event Defeated Tyler Cook to win the vacant championship
Vacated N/A December 26, 2006 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated, reason not documented.
7 Dingo 1 January 19, 2007 1,001 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event Defeated Kraig Keesman, Mark Sterling and Jeremy Wyatt in a four-way match.
8 Davey Vega 1 October 16, 2009 [Note 10] Glen Carbon, Illinois Live event  
Vacated N/A 2010 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated as Davey Vega could not commit to NWA Midwest events.
9 Jeremy Wyatt 1 April 30, 2011 11 Caseyville, Illinois Live event Defeated Uhaa Nation, Jonathan Gresham and Trent Stone in a four-way match.
Vacated N/A May 11, 2011 N/A N/A N/A Jeremy Wyatt won the NWA Central States Championship
10 KC Karrington 1 June 10, 2011 455 Glen Carbon, Illinois Live event Defeated Dan Walsh in tournament final.
11 Makaze 1 September 7, 2012 55 Glen Carbon, Illinois Live event Defeats Karrington, Dan Walsh, and Trent Stone in a 4-way match.
Vacated N/A November 1, 2012 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated when Dynamo Pro Wrestling withdraws from the NWA.

Pre Central-States Championship Wrestling Missouri 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 Elvis Aliaga 1 March 29, 2014 8 Richland, Missouri Live event Wins 10 man over the top rope battle royal to capture vacant title.
Vacated N/A April 6, 2014 N/A N/A N/A Championship held up after Aliaga's controversial battle royal victory.
13 Elvis Aliaga 2 June 21, 2014 403+ Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri Live event Won a four-man gauntlet match that included the final four men eliminated from the original battle royal.

Evan Morris

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The date the championship was won and later lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted more than 1 day but it is impossible to say how long exactly.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g The location of the match was not captured as part of the championship documentation.
  3. ^ The date the championship was won and later lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted more than 1 day but it is impossible to say how long exactly.
  4. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 21 days and 51 days
  5. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 751 days and 781 days
  6. ^ The date the championship was vacated has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted more than 1 day but it is impossible to say how much more.
  7. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 142 days and 171 days
  8. ^ The date the championship was vacated has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 183 days and 210 days
  9. ^ The date the championship was vacated has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 280 days and 629 days
  10. ^ The date the championship was vacated has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 77 days and 441 days

References[edit]

General references
  • Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2006). "(Kansas and Western Missouri) West Missouri: NWA Missouri Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 254. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.  (through 2000)
  • "Missouri Heavyweight Title". wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  1. ^ Ed Grabianowski. "How Pro Wrestling Works". How Stuff Works. Retrieved April 5, 2009.