NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Central States version)

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NWA North American Tag Team Championship
Details
Promotion Heart of America Sports Attractions / Central States Wrestling
Date established 1963
Date retired 1973

The Heart of America Sports Attractions, or "NWA Central States" version of the NWA North American Tag Team Championship was a secondary Tag team championship promoted by the Heart of America Sports Attraction promotion, a National Wrestling Alliance territory based out of Kansas City, Missouri and was defended in Missouri, Kanasas and the surrounding states. The Championship was active from 1963 until 1973, originally designed to be a replacement for the NWA Central States Tag Team Championship and after 10 years was replaced with the Central States version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship. Because the championship was a professional wrestling championship, it was not won or lost competitively but instead by the decision of the bookers of a wrestling promotion. The championship was awarded after the chosen team "won" a match to maintain the illusion that professional wrestling is a competitive sport.[2]

Documentation shows that a total of 44 individuals formed 39 different teams for a total of 58 Championship reigns, possibly more as there are periods where the championship history was not clearly documented. The fist champions were the team of Sonny Myers and Pat O'Connor and the final champions were Great Togo and Tokyo Joe. With Togo and Joe's victory the NWA North American Tag Team Championship was immediately replaced with the Central States version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship. Due to the replacement Togo and Joe's reign is the shorted with 0 minutes. The longest team reign was 267 as "Bulldog" Bob Brown and Bob Geigel held the championship from September 22, 1966 until June 16, 1967. Brown and Geigel are the team with the most reigns, five in total and Bob Geigel is the person with the most individual reigns, twelve in total.

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
N/A The specific information has not been found
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
+ Indicates that the number of days held by this individual changes everyday.
(nlt) Indicates that a title change took place "no later than" a certain date. Often because the date of a title change is not found but a date of a title defense by the champions is found.
# Tag team name
Wrestlers
Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Sonny Myers and Pat O'Connor 1 December 19, 1963 63 Kansas City, Kansas Live event Myers and O'Connor defeated The Stomper and Mike Sharpe in tournament final
2 Bob Geigel and Bill Miller 1 February 20, 1964 92 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
3 Sonny Myers and Pat O'Connor 2 May 22, 1964 [Note 6] Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
               
4 Don Slatton and Moose Evans 1 (NLT) June 19, 1964 [Note 7] [Note 8] Live event  
               
Vacated N/A February 1965 N/A N/A N/A Championship was vacated, no reason was found documented
6 Doug Gilbert and Ron Reed 1 February 19, 1965 [Note 9] St. Joseph, Missouri Live event Defeated Dutch Savage and Tom Clark to win the vacant championship; also recognized as the NWA United States Tag Team Championship.
7 Rocky Hamilton and Dutch Savage 1 March 1965 [Note 10] [Note 8] Live event  
8 Doug Gilbert and Ron Reed 2 March 25, 1965 63 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
9 Bob Geigel (2) and Dutch Savage (2) 1 May 27, 1965 46 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
Vacated N/A July 12, 1965 N/A N/A N/A Vacated for unknown reasons
10 "Bulldog" Bob Brown and Bob Geigel (3) 1 August 1965 [Note 11] Amarillo, Texas Live event Win tournament; may be held up after a match against Lou Thesz and Bob Ellis in December 1965.[1]
11 Bob Ellis and The Stomper 1 May 19, 1966 56 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
12 Jack Donovan and The Viking 1 July 14, 1966 70 Kansas City, Kansas Live event [3]
13 "Bulldog" Bob Brown and Bob Geigel (4) 2 September 22, 1966 267 Kansas City, Kansas Live event [1]
14 Ron Etchison and Sonny Myers (3) 1 June 16, 1967 111 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
15 Bob Ellis (2) and The Viking (2) 1 October 5, 1967 14 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
16 "Bulldog" Bob Brown and Bob Geigel (5) 3 October 19, 1967 84 Kansas City, Kansas Live event [1]
17 Ron Etchison (2) and Klondike Bill 1 January 11, 1968 21 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
18 "Bulldog" Bob Brown and Bob Geigel (6) 4 February 1, 1968 98 Kansas City, Kansas Live event [1]
19 Ron Etchison (3) and Sonny Myers (4) 2 May 9, 1968 77 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
20 Roger Kirby and The Viking (3) 1 July 25, 1968 35 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
21 Ron Etchison (4) and Sonny Myers (5) 3 August 29, 1968 8 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
22 "Bulldog" Bob Brown and Bob Geigel (7) 5 September 5, 1968 56 Kansas City, Kansas Live event [1][4]
23 Terry Martin and Tommy Martin 1 October 31, 1968 7 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
24 The Outlaws
(Dick Murdoch and Dusty Rhodes)
1 November 7, 1968 50 Kansas City, Kansas Live event [5]
25 Bob Geigel (8) and The Viking (4) 1 December 27, 1968 132 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
26 K.O. Kox and Dick Murdoch (2) 1 May 8, 1969 35 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
27 Luke Brown and Tor Kamata 1 June 12, 1969 17 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
28 K.O. Kox and Dick Murdoch (3) 2 June 19, 1969 [Note 12] Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
29 Luke Brown (2) and Danny Little Bear 1 June 30, 1969 or July 31, 1969 [Note 13] Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
Vacated N/A September 19, 1969 N/A N/A N/A Championship was vacated when Luke Brown walked out on Danny Little Bear during a match.
30 Danny Little Bear (2) and Stan Pulaski 1 September 18, 1969 14 Kansas City, Kansas Live event Defeated Tarzan Tyler and The Great Kojika in the finals of a tournament
31 Luke Brown (3) and The Ox 1 October 2, 1969 36 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
32 Danny Little Bear (3) and The Viking (5) 1 November 7, 1969 13 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
33 K.O. Kox (3) and Killer Karl Kox 1 November 20, 1969 [Note 14] Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
34 Bob Geigel (9) and The Stomper (2) 1 (NLT) February 16, 1970 [Note 15] [Note 8] Live event  
35 K.O. Kox (4) and Killer Karl Kox 2 (NLT) March 4, 1970 [Note 16] [Note 8] Live event  
36 Bob Geigel (10) and The Stomper (3) 2 April 13, 1970 7 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
37 K.O. Kox (5) and Killer Karl Kox 3 April 20, 1970 [Note 17] St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
               
38 Harley Race and Baron von Raschke 1 (NLT) May 15, 1970 [Note 18] [Note 8] Live event Records are not clear on who Race and Von Raschke defeated to win the championship
39 Danny Little Bear (4) and Rufus R. Jones 1 September 1970 [Note 19] [Note 8] Live event
               
40 Rufus R. Jones (2) and The Stomper (4) 1 (NLT) November 27, 1970 [Note 20] [Note 8] Live event  
               
41 Rock Hunter and Roger Kirby (2) 1 (NLT) December 18, 1970 [Note 21] [Note 8] Live event  
               
42 John Tolos and Baron Von Heisinger 1 (NLT) March 19, 1971 [Note 22] [Note 8] Live event Defeated Pat O’Conner and Danny Little Bear.
43 Bob Geigel (11) and The Stomper (5) 3 (NLT) April 9, 1971 [Note 23] [Note 8] Live event  
44 Buddy Austin and Bob Orton 1 June 1971 [Note 24] [Note 8]  
45 Steve Bolus and Rufus R. Jones (3) 1 August 12, 1971 [Note 25] Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
46 Yasu Fuji and Chati Yokouchi 1 (NLT) October 15, 1971 [Note 26] [Note 8] Live event  
47 The Stomper (6) and The Viking (6) 1 November 19, 1971 [Note 27] St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
48 Yasu Fuji and Chati Yokouchi 2 (NLT) December 8, 1971 [Note 28] [Note 8] Live event  
49 Omar Atlas and Danny Little Bear (5) 1 January 27, 1972 14 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
50 Yasu Fuji and Chati Yokouchi 3 February 10, 1972 28 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
51 Omar Atlas and Danny Little Bear (6) 2 March 9, 1972 2 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
52 Yasu Fuji and Chati Yokouchi 4 March 11, 1972 41 Wichita, Kansas Live event  
53 Danny Little Bear (7) and The Stomper (7) 1 April 21, 1972 69 St. Joseph, Missouri Live event  
54 Black Angus Campbell and Roger Kirby (3) 1 June 29, 1972 111 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
55 Rufus R. Jones (4) and The Stomper (8) 1 October 18, 1972 15 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
56 Roger Kirby (4) and Harley Race (2) 1 November 2, 1972 73 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
57 Bob Geigel (12) and Rufus R. Jones (5) 1 February 1, 1973 35 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
58 Great Togo and Tokyo Joe 1 March 8, 1973 0 Kansas City, Kansas Live event  
The championship was replaced with NWA World Tag Team Championship with Togo and Tokyo Joe's victory.

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 No. of reigns Combined days
1 "Bulldog" Bob Brown and Bob Geigel 5 710¤
2 Don Slatton and Moose Evans 1 196¤
2 Ron Etchison and Sonny Myers 3 196
4 Yasu Fuji and Chati Yokouchi 1 154¤
5 Bob Geigel and The Viking 1 132
6 Harley Race and Baron von Raschke 1 113¤
7 Black Angus Campbell and Roger Kirby 1 111
8 Bob Geigel and Bill Miller 1 92
9 Doug Gilbert and Ron Reed 2 77¤
10 Bob Geigel and The Stomper 3 76¤
11 Roger Kirby and Harley Race 1 73
12 Jack Donovan and The Viking 1 70
13 Danny Little Bear and The Stomper 1 69
14 Sonny Myers and Pat O'Connor 2 64¤
15 Bob Ellis and The Stomper 1 56
16 Luke Brown and Danny Little Bear 1 50¤
17 The Outlaws
(Dick Murdoch and Dusty Rhodes)
1 50
18 K.O. Kox and Killer Karl Kox 3 49¤
19 Bob Geigel and Dutch Savage 1 46
20 K.O. Kox and Dick Murdoch 2 46¤
21 Buddy Austin and Bob Orton 1 43¤
22 Luke Brown and The Ox 1 36
23 Rufus R. Jones and The Stomper 2 36¤
24 Bob Geigel and Rufus R. Jones 1 35
25 Roger Kirby and The Viking 1 35
26 Ron Etchison and Klondike Bill 1 21
27 Luke Brown and Tor Kamata 1 17
28 Omar Atlas and Danny Little Bear 2 16
29 Bob Ellis and The Viking 1 14
30 Danny Little Bear and Stan Pulaski 1 14¤
31 Danny Little Bear and The Viking 1 13
32 Terry Martin and Tommy Martin 1 7
33 Danny Little Bear and Rufus R. Jones 1 1¤
34 John Tolos and Baron Von Heisinger 1 1¤
35 Rock Hunter and Roger Kirby 1 1¤
36 Rocky Hamilton and Dutch Savage 1 1¤
37 Steve Bolus and Rufus R. Jones 1 1¤
38 The Stomper and The Viking 4 1¤
39 Great Togo and Tokyo Joe 1 0

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 No. of reigns Combined days
1 Geigel, BobBob Geigel 12 1,091¤
2 "Bulldog" Bob Brown 5 710¤
3 Ron Etchison 4 582
4 The Viking 5 265¤
5 The Stomper 11 238¤
6 Roger Kirby 4 220¤
7 Myers, SonnySonny Myers 5 217¤
8 Don Slatton 1 196¤
9 Race, HarleyHarley Race 2 196¤
10 Moose Evans 1 196¤
11 Little Bear, DannyDanny Little Bear 7 163¤
12 Chati Yokouchi 1 154¤
13 Yasu Fuji 1 154¤
14 von Raschke, BaronBaron von Raschke 1 113¤
15 Campbell, Black AngusBlack Angus Campbell 1 111
16 Brown, LukeLuke Brown 3 103¤
17 Murdoch, DickDick Murdoch 3 96¤
18 K.O. Kox 5 95¤
19 Bill Miller 1 92
20 Doug Gilbert 2 77¤
21 Ron Reed 2 77¤
22 Jones, Rufus R.Rufus R. Jones 5 73¤
23 Bob Ellis 2 70
24 Jack Donovan 1 70
25 Pat O'Connor 2 64¤
26 Dusty Rhodes 1 50
27 Kox, Killer KarlKiller Karl Kox 3 49¤
28 Savage, DutchDutch Savage 2 47¤
29 Orton, BobBob Orton 1 43¤
30 Buddy Austin 1 43¤
31 The Ox 1 36
32 Klondike Bill 1 21
33 Kamata, TorTor Kamata 1 17
34 Atlas, OmarOmar Atlas 2 16
35 Stan Pulaski 1 14¤
36 Terry Martin 1 7
37 Tommy Martin 1 7
38 Baron Von Heisinger 1
39 Tolos, JohnJohn Tolos 1
40 Rock Hunter 1
41 ocky Hamilton 1
42 Steve Bolus 1
43 Great Togo 1 0
44 Tokyo Joe 1 0

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The championship was effectively abandoned the moment the match was won.
  2. ^ Records in the birth dates of wrestlers from this era are not complete, it is possible there was an older champion.
  3. ^ Records in the birth dates of wrestlers from this era are not complete, it is possible there was a younger champion.
  4. ^ Records for the weight of some wrestlers from this era are not complete, it is possible there was a heavier champion.
  5. ^ Records for the weight of some wrestlers from this era are not complete, it is possible there was a lighter champion.
  6. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 28 days
  7. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 196 days and 244 days
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m The exact location was not documented for this title change.
  9. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 14 days and 33 days
  10. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 20 days
  11. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 261 days and 291 days
  12. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 11 days and 42 days
  13. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 50 days and 173 days
  14. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 88 days
  15. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 16 days and 103 days
  16. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 47 days and 62 days
  17. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 25 days
  18. ^ The date the championship was won and 'ost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 113 days and 156 days
  19. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 132 days
  20. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 21 days and 78 days
  21. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 20 days
  22. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 110 days
  23. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 53 days and 103 days
  24. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 43 days and 72 days
  25. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 64 days
  26. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 35 days and 98 days
  27. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 19 days
  28. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 50 days and 68 days

References[edit]

General references
Specific references
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Greg Oliver and Steve Johnson (2005). "The Territorial Era (Mid-1960s to Mid-1980s): Bob Geigel and Bob Brown". The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. ECW Press. pp. 189–190. ISBN 978-1-5502-2683-6. 
  2. ^ Ed Grabianowski. "How Pro Wrestling Works". How Stuff Works. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  3. ^ Hoops, Brian (July 14, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (July 14): Bruiser & Crusher vs. Stevens & Bockwinkel, Gagne vs. Superstar, Lex Luger wins WCW title, Snuka wins ECW title, Sting wins TNA belt". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ Hoops, Brian (September 5, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history: Gagne vs. Crusher loser leaves town, Von Erichs vs. Freebirds, Young Bucks vs. Machine Guns". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ Greg Oliver and Steve Johnson (2005). "The Territorial Era (Mid-1960s to mid-1980s): The Outlaws". The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. ECW Press. pp. 217–220. ISBN 978-1-5502-2683-6.