NWA Tennessee Tag Team Championship

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NWA Tennessee Tag Team Championship
Details
PromotionNWA Mid-America and Southeast Championship Wrestling
Date establishedOctober 24, 1967
Date retiredMay 1977

The NWA Tennessee Tag Team Championship was a secondary tag team title promoted as the name indicates mainly in the Tennessee region from 1967 until 1977, first by Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling and occasionally NWA Mid-America from 1967 to 1974 then by its successor Southeast Championship Wrestling from 1974 to 1977 when it was abandoned. 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 wrestler "won" 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 periods of unknown lineage
# Wrestlers Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Lester Welch and Buddy Fuller 1 October 24, 1967 14 Nashville, Tennessee House show Won a tournament to become the first Tennessee Tag Team Champions.  
2 Mario Galento and Alex Perez 1 November 7, 1967 148 Nashville, Tennessee House show    
3 Frank Dalton and Jack Dalton 1 April 3, 1968 [Note 1] Nashville, Tennessee House show    
4 Les Thatcher and Dennis Hall 1 1969 [Note 2] [Note 3] House show    
5 Ron and Don Wright 1 June 1969 (NLT) [Note 4] [Note 3] House show    
6 Les Thatcher (2) and Whitey Caldwell 1 June 20, 1969 49 Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
Vacant N/A August 8, 1969 N/A N/A N/A Titles held up following a match against Ron and Don Wright[2]  [3]
7 Ron and Don Wright 2 August 15, 1969 70 Knoxville, Tennessee House show Wins Rematch  
8 Don Greene and Johnny Walker 1 October 24, 1969 8 Knoxville, Tennessee House show  
Vacant N/A November 8, 1969 N/A N/A N/A Vacant when Walker is under contract to tour Japan[4]  [5]
9 Les Thatcher (3) and Whitey Caldwell 2 November 29, 1969 20 Knoxville, Tennessee House show Defeats The Spoilers in a tournament final  
10 Frank Morrell and Tony Russo 1 December 19, 1969 28 Knoxville, Tennessee House show  
11 Whitey Caldwell (3) and Johnny Walker (2) 1 January 16, 1970 6 Knoxville, Tennessee House show  
12 The Spoilers
(Spoiler #1 and #Spoiler 2)
1 January 22, 1970 15 Chattanooga, Tennessee House show Defeat Ron and Don Wright for the titles[6]  
13 Ron and Don Wright 3 February 6, 1970 63 [Note 3] House show Ron and Don Wright became co-champions with The Avengers after their match on March 13, 1970 with two referees ending in a split decision  
14 The Avengers
(Avenger #1 and Avenger #2)
1 April 10, 1970 [Note 5] [Note 3] House show Defeat Ron and Don Wright to became the undisputed champions  
15 Ron Wright (4) and Frank Morrell (2) 1 May 17, 1970 NLT [Note 6] [Note 3] House show  
16 Whitey Caldwell (4) and Frankie Cain 1 June 5, 1970 28 Knoxville, Tennessee House show  
17 Ron Wright (5) and Frank Morrell (3) 2 July 3, 1970 [Note 7] Knoxville, Tennessee House show  
18 Les Thatcher (4) and Whitey Caldwell (5) 3 November 13, 1970 [Note 8] Knoxville, Tennessee House show  
19 The Heavenly Bodies
(Don (2) and Al Greene)
1 December 23, 1970 [Note 9] Knoxville, Tennessee House show Billed as having "defeated the Scott brothers Wednesday at Jackson" (Knoxville News-Sentinel, 70/12/27); the actual Jackson card has the Greenes facing Tojo Yamamoto & Jerry Jarrett for Southern Title.[7]  
20 Ron Wright (6) and Don Wright 4 January 8, 1971 [Note 10] Knoxville, Tennessee House show  
21 The Untouchables
(Karl Von Stroheim and Frank Martinez)
1 May 2, 1971 NLT [Note 11] Knoxville, Tennessee House show  
21 Len Rossi and Bearcat Brown 1 June 4, 1971 56 Knoxville, Tennessee House show  
22 Ron Wright (7) and Don Wright 5 July 30, 1971 35 Knoxville, Tennessee House show Ron defeated Rossi on July 16th for one half of the titles and Don defeated Brown on July 30th for the other half of the titles
23 The Alaskans 1 September 3, 1971 14 Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
24 Ron Wright (8) and Whitey Caldwell (6) 1 September 17, 1971 35 Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
25 Whitey Caldwell (7) and Bearcat Brown (2) 1 October 8, 1971 7 Knoxville, Tennessee House show Defeat Ron and Don Wright after Wright and Caldwell split up
Vacant N/A October 15, 1971 N/A N/A N/A Vacant following a match against The Von Brauners[8]  [9]
26 The Von Brauners
(Kurt and Karl Von Brauner)
1 October 22, 1971 21 Knoxville, Tennesse House show Wins rematch
27 The Avengers
(Avenger #1 and Avenger #2)
2 November 12, 1971 70 Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
28 The Heavenly Bodies
(Don (3) and Al Greene)
2 January 21, 1972 35 Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
29 Ron Wright (9) and Jack Donovan 1 February 25, 1972 63 Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
30 Robert Fuller and Roy Lee Welch 1 April 28, 1972 [Note 12] Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
31 The Heavenly Bodies
(Don (4) and Al Greene)
3 May 1972 [Note 13] Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
32 The Australians
(Larry O'Day and Ron Miller)
1 May 19, 1972 14 Knoxville, Tennessee House show  
32 Ron Wright (10) and Jack Donovan 2 June 2, 1972 14 Knoxville, Tennessee House show  
Vacant N/A June 16, 1972 N/A N/A N/A Vacant after Donovan turned on Wright in a tag match between Ron and Don Wright & Jack Donovan vs. Whitey Caldwell, Larry O'Day, and Ron Miller
33 Ron Wright (11) and Don Wright 6 June 30, 1972 1 Knoxville, Tennessee House show Defeated Jack Donovan and Whitey Caldwell[10]
34 Sputnik Monroe and Tommy Gilbert 1 July 1, 1972 14 Chattanooga, Tennessee House show   [11]
35 Ron Wright (12) and Don Wright 7 July 15, 1972 7 Chattanooga, Tennessee House show    
36 Sputnik Monroe and Tommy Gilbert 2 July 22, 1972 7 Chattanooga, Tennessee House show    
37 Ron Wright (13) and Don Wright 8 July 29, 1972 [Note 14] Chattanooga, Tennessee House show    
 
38 Don Wright (9) and Sam Bass 1 October 4, 1972 NLT [Note 15] [Note 3] House show    
39 Jerry Lawler and Jim White 1 November 10, 1972 NLT [Note 16] [Note 3] House show    
40 Tommy Gilbert (3) and Bearcat Brown (3) 1 December 8, 1972 28 Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
41 Ron Wright (14) and Don Wright (10) 9 January 5, 1973 7 Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
42 Tommy Gilbert (4) and Ed Wolfe 1 January 12, 1973 [Note 17] Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
43 Ron Wright (15) and Don Wright (11) 10 March 24, 1973 NLT [Note 18] Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
44 The Continental Warriors
(Bobby Hart and Lorenzo Parente)
1 May 1973 NLT [Note 19] [Note 3] House show    
45 Ron Wright (16) and Don Wright (12) 11 July 1973 NLT [Note 20] [Note 3] House show    
46 The Mighty Yankees
(Frank Morrell (4) and Eddie Sullivan)
1 November 2, 1973 NLT [Note 21] [Note 3] House show    
47 Mike Paidousis and Rocky Smith 1 November 5, 1973 [Note 22] Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
48 Frank Monte and Nick deCarlo 1 March 3, 1974 NLT [Note 23] [Note 3] House show    
49 The Mighty Yankees
(Frank Morrell (5) and Eddie Sullivan)
2 March 8, 1974 14 Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
50 Don Greene (5) and Dennis Hall (4) 1 March 22, 1974 [Note 24] Chilhowee Park, Knoxville, Tennessee House show Defeated the Bounty Hunters (David Novak and Jerry Novak) to win the championship  
51 The Mighty Yankees
(Frank Morrell (6) and Eddie Sullivan)
3 April 12, 1974 [Note 25] [Note 3] House show Mighty Yankees & Don Greene and Steve Kovacs became co-champions on April 19th after a double pin
52 Don Greene (6) and Steve Kovacs 1 April 26, 1974 7 Knoxville, Tennessee House show  
53 The Bounty Hunters
(David Novak and Jacob Novak)
1 May 3, 1974 49 Knoxville, Tennessee House show  
54 Steve Kovacs (2) and Jimmy Kent 1 June 21, 1974 35 Knoxville, Tennessee House show  
55 Ron Wright (17) and Don Wright (13) 12 July 26, 1974 [Note 26] Knoxville, Tennessee House show  
56 The Bounty Hunters
(David Novak and Jacob Novak)
2 August 11, 1974 NLT 40 [Note 3] House show  
57 Ron Wright (18) and Don Wright (14) 13 September 20, 1974 35 [Note 3] House show  
58 Ron and Terry Garvin 1 October 25, 1974 21 Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
59 Ron Wright (19) and Tommy Gilbert (4) 1 November 15, 1974 21 Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
60 Dutch Mantell and John Foley 1 December 6, 1974 35 Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
61 Les Thatcher (5) and Nelson Royal 1 January 10, 1975 35 Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
62 Dutch Mantell and John Foley 2 February 14, 1975 37 Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
63 Les Thatcher (6) and Nelson Royal 2 March 23, 1975 [Note 27] Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
64 Ron and Don Bass 1 April 1975 [Note 28] [Note 3] House show    
65 Ron Wright (20) and Nelson Royal 1 April 1975 [Note 29] [Note 3] House show    
66 Ron and Don Bass 2 May 1975 [Note 30] [Note 3] House show    
67 Jerry Jarrett and George Gulas 1 May 7, 1975 [Note 31] Nashville, Tennessee House show Defeated Ron and Don Wright to win the champiohnship [12]
68 Jimmy Golden (2) and Ricky Gibson 1 May 31, 1975 NLT [Note 32] Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
69 Ron Fuller and The Assassin 1 June 27, 1975 49 Knoxville, Tennessee House show    
70 The Assassin (2) and Rock Hunter 1 August 15, 1975 21 Knoxville, Tennessee House show Assassin defeated Fuller for control of the titles and selected Rock Hunter as his new partner  
71 Ron (21) and Don Wright (15) 14 September 1975 NLT [Note 33] [Note 3] House show    
72 The Assassin (3) and Rock Hunter 2 October 3, 1975 [Note 34] Knoxville, Tennessee House show  
40 Norvell Austin and Butch Malone 1 December 27, 1975 NLT [Note 35] [Note 3] House show    
 
41 Danny Little Bear and Chief Thundercloud 1 April 1977 NLT [Note 36] [Note 3] House show    
42 Luke Graham and Ripper Collins 1 May 2, 1977 [Note 37] Memphis, Tennessee House show    
43 Don Greene (2) and Joey Rossi 1 May 1977 NLT [Note 38] [Note 3] House show    
Abandoned N/A 1977 N/A N/A N/A The Championship was abandoned.  

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 273 days.
  2. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 180 days.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u The location of the match was not captured as part of the championship documentation.
  4. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 19 days.
  5. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 37 days.
  6. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 19 days.
  7. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 133 days.
  8. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 40 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 16 days.
  10. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 114 days.
  11. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 33 days.
  12. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 8 days.
  13. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 9 days.
  14. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 67 days.
  15. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 37 days.
  16. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 313 days and 131 days.
  17. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 71 days.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 91 days.
  20. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 123 days.
  21. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 3 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 118 days.
  23. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 5 days.
  24. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 21 days.
  25. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 14 days.
  26. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 16 days.
  27. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 9 days and 38 days.
  28. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 29 days.
  29. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 35 days.
  30. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 5 days.
  31. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 54 days.
  32. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 27 days.
  33. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 62 days and 183 days.
  34. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 85 days.
  35. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 606 days.
  36. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 2 days and 517 days.
  37. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 29 days.
  38. ^ The date the championship was abandoned has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 242 days.

References[edit]

General reference
  • Will, Gary; Royal Duncan (1994). "Tennessee: NWA Tennessee Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4 ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-1-1.
  • "NWA Tennessee Tag Team Title". Wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
Specific references