NWA Brass Knuckles Championship

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NWA Brass Knukcles Championship
Details
Promotion Big Time Wrestling
World Class Championship Wrestling
World Class Wrestling Association
NWA Southwest
Date established March 6, 1953
Date retired April 15, 2001
Other name(s)
  • NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Texas)
  • WCWA Brass Knuckles Championship
  • NWA Texas Hardcore Championship

The NWA Brass Knuckles Championship was a professional wrestling championship sanctioned by the National Wrestling Alliance and promoted primarily in the Texas territory in matches in which brass knuckles were worn by the combatants. The brass knuckles championship was promoted from 1953 through 1987, and was defended primarily in the Dallas area as part of Southwest Sports, Inc.. It continued to be used after the promotion changed its name to Big Time Wrestling and, finally, World Class Championship Wrestling. In 1987, a year after WCCW left the NWA and became the World Class Wrestling Association, the title was abandoned.

The Texas Brass Knuckles Championship was revived by the NWA in June 1998, and was renamed the NWA Texas Hardcore Championship on April 1, 1999. Finally, the title was abandoned on April 15, 2001.[1]

Title history[edit]

Silver areas in the history indicate periods of unknown lineage.

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Texas version)
Bull Curry 1 March 6, 1953 Houston, Texas Defeated Danny McShain to become the first champion.
Danny Savich 1 October 1953
Don Evans 1 April 8, 1954
Rito Romero 1 1954
Joe Christie 1 September 14, 1954 Dallas, Texas
Johnny Valentine 1 September 21, 1954 Dallas, Texas
Joe Christie 2 October 15, 1954 Houston, Texas
Bull Curry 2 March 15, 1955 Still champion as of April 21, 1955.
Danny Savich 2 December 1955
Duke Keomuka 1 December 6, 1955 Dallas, Texas
Rocky Columbo 1 February 8, 1956
Danny McShain 1 February 10, 1956 Houston, Texas
Bull Curry 3 February 21, 1956 Dallas, Texas
Don Evans 1 March 19, 1956 Fort Worth, Texas
Bull Curry 4 March 26, 1956 Fort Worth, Texas
El Medíco 1 November 23, 1956 Houston, Texas Still champion as of December 18, 1956.
Don Leo Jonathan 1 April 19, 1957 Houston, Texas Defeated Pepper Gomez.
Stu Gibson 1 January 9, 1958 Galveston, Texas Defeats Casey McShain in tournament final after the first match on January 2, 1958 ends as double DQ.
Bull Curry 5 January 23, 1958 Galveston, Texas
Danny McShain 2 March 1958 Sometime after May 21, 1958.
Bull Curry 6 March 8, 1958 Angleton, Texas
Fritz Von Erich 1 April 15, 1958 Dallas, Texas
Bull Curry 7 1958
Stu Gibson 2 July 14, 1958 Fort Worth, Texas
Fritz Von Erich 2 August 1958
Bill Longson 1 August 5, 1958 Dallas, Texas Defeated Fritz Von Erich.
Danny McShain 3 September 15, 1958
Vacated 1958
Joe Christie 3 January 6, 1959 Dallas, Texas Defeated Danny McShain, Tosh Togo and Al Costello in a tournament to win the vacant title.
Bull Curry 8 April 7, 1959 Dallas, Texas
Golden Giant 1 June 9, 1959 Dallas, Texas
The Zebra Kid 1 June 16, 1959 Dallas, Texas
Danny McShain 4 October 27, 1959
Mike DiBiase 1 1959
Vacated December 1959
Danny McShain 5 December 11, 1959 Houston, Texas Defeated Mr. Moto; still champion as of December 18 1959.
Bull Curry 9 May 5, 1960
Tony Borne 1 June 13, 1960 Fort Worth, Texas Defeated Bull Curry.
Vacated 1960
Danny McShain 6 November 10, 1960
Bull Curry 10 December 10, 1960 Beaumont, Texas Still champion as of March 30, 1961.
Tony Martin 1 July 13, 1961
Stu Gibson 3 1961
Waldo Von Erich 1 August 1961
Bull Curry 11 February 27, 1962
Jack Dalton 1 March 12, 1962 Dallas, Texas
Bull Curry 12 March 20, 1962 Dallas, Texas
Jack Dalton 2 May 1962
Bull Curry 13 May 15, 1962 Dallas, Texas
Tony Borne 2 December 10, 1962 Fort Worth, Texas
Bull Curry 14 January 21, 1963 Fort Worth, Texas
Rock Hunter 1 February 8, 1963 Fort Worth, Texas
Bull Curry 15 February 25, 1963 Fort Worth, Texas
Louie Tillet 1 March 18, 1963 Fort Worth, Texas
Bull Curry 16 May 16, 1963 Houston, Texas Defeated Jack Dalton.
Bill Miller 1 September 1963
Bull Curry 17 November 15, 1963 Dallas, Texas Defeated Louie Tillet.
Stan Stasiak 1 November 20, 1963 Sometime after November 15, 1963.
Bull Curry 18 December 1963
Killer Karl Kox 1 July 31, 1964 Houston, Texas
Bull Curry 19 August 1964
Killer Karl Kox 2 August 21, 1964 Houston, Texas
Tony Borne 3 October 26, 1964 Fort Worth, Texas
Bull Curry 20 November 30, 1964 Fort Worth, Texas Defeated The Wrecker (Frank Shields).
Killer Karl Kox 3 February 21, 1965
Bull Curry 21 May 17, 1965 Fort Worth, Texas
Louie Tillet 2 July 12, 1966 Dallas, Texas [2]
Tony Borne 4 July 25, 1966 Fort Worth, Texas
Waldo Von Erich 2 August 8, 1966 Fort Worth, Texas
Bull Curry 22 1967
Brute Bernard 1 August 1967
Bull Curry 23 September 1967
Brute Bernard 2 September 18, 1967 Fort Worth, Texas Or September 13, 1967 in San Antonio, Texas.
Louie Tillet 3 October 1967 Atlanta, Georgia Tillet defended the title.
Fritz Von Erich 3 October 31, 1967 Dallas, Texas
Spoiler #2 1 November 14, 1967 Former Known as Smasher Sloan.
Chris Markoff 1 April 1968 Dallas, Texas
El Mongol 1 June 29, 1968 Atlanta, Georgia
Fritz Von Erich 4 July 8, 1968 Fort Worth, Texas
Title vacated July 1968 Title vacated when Von Erich becomes a WCCW World Heavyweight Champion.
Kurt Von Hess 1 August 6, 1968 Defeated Duke Keomuka in a 6 man tournament final to win the vacant title.
Title vacated
Baron von Raschke 1 June 3, 1969 Dallas, Texas Defeated Wahoo McDaniel in a tournament final to win the vacant title still champion as of June 17, 1969.
Bull Curry 23 August 22, 1969 Houston, Texas
Title vacated February 1970
Johnny Valentine 2 February 24, 1970 Dallas, Texas Defeats Killer Karl Kox.
The Spoiler 1 May 1970
Killer Kowalski 1 May 30, 1970 Houston, Texas
Johnny Valentine 3 June 16, 1970
Killer Kowalski 2 June 30, 1970 Dallas, Texas
Johnny Valentine 4 February 12, 1971 Houston, Texas
Toru Tanaka 1 April 30, 1971 Houston, Texas
Johnny Valentine 5 July 2, 1971
Jose Lothario 1 January 7, 1972
Stan Stasiak 2 July 14, 1972
Blackjack Lanza 1 December 1972
Blackjack Mulligan 1 May 29, 1973 Dallas, Texas Wins a battle royal.
Jose Lothario 2 July 13, 1973 Houston, Texas
Blackjack Lanza 2 October 1974
Jose Lothario 3 November 1974 Sometime after November 22, 1974.
Blackjack Lanza 3 December 5, 1974 Corpus Christi, Texas
Superstar Billy Graham 1 April 4, 1975 Houston, Texas
Mad Dog Vachon 1 May 2, 1975
Superstar Billy Graham 2 August 5, 1975 Dallas, Texas
Jose Lothario 4 September 23, 1975 Dallas, Texas Still/again champion as of July 2, 1976.
Davey O'Hannon 1 1976
Captain USA 1 July 7, 1977
Fritz Von Erich 5
Killer Karl Krupp 1 February 3, 1978 Houston, Texas
Mark Lewin 1 1978
Superstar Billy Graham 3 1978
Killer Karl Krupp 2 May 1978
Terry Funk 1 May 6, 1978 Houston, Texas
Killer Karl Krupp 3 July 28, 1978
The Lawman 1 1978
Killer Karl Krupp 4 August 23, 1978 Abilene, Texas Defeated The Lawman.
Bruiser Brody 1 August 25, 1978 Houston, Texas
Rocky Johnson 1 September 8, 1978
Bruiser Brody 2 October 13, 1978 Houston, Texas
Bull Ramos 1 December 1978
Mark Lewin 2 December 15, 1978 Houston, Texas
Dusty Rhodes 1 January 7, 1979 Houston, Texas Defeats Mark Lewin.
Mark Lewin 3 January 28, 1979 Houston, Texas
Bruiser Brody 3 April 2, 1979 Ft. Worth, Texas
Title vacated 1979
Mark Lewin 4 May 18, 1979 Houston, Texas Wins battle royal.
Bruiser Brody 4 June 10, 1979 Dallas, Texas [3]
Mark Lewin 5 July 22, 1979 Dallas, Texas
Bruiser Brody 5 July 29, 1979 Dallas, Texas
Toru Tanaka 3 1979
Bruiser Brody 6 1979
Title vacated 1979
Mark Lewin 6 December 1979
Dusty Rhodes 2 December 21, 1979 Houston, Texas Defeated Mark Lewin.
Mark Lewin 7 January 15, 1980
Dusty Rhodes 3 January 17, 1980 Houston, Texas
Billy Graham 4 January 18, 1980 Houston, Texas
Mark Lewin 8 1980
Bruiser Brody 7 March 14, 1980 Houston, Texas
Toru Tanaka 4 April 14, 1980 Fort Worth, Texas
Title vacated 1980 Sometime after May 6, 1980.
Stan Stasiak 3 August 7, 1980 Amarillo, Texas Wins a 10-man battle royal.
Bruiser Brody 8 November 14, 1980 Houston, Texas
Bugsy McGraw 1 December 12, 1980 Houston, Texas
Title vacated August 1981
Ernie Ladd 1 November 1981 Defeated Jose Lothario.
Jose Lothario 5 December 25, 1981 Dallas, Texas
Bugsy McGraw 2 March 29, 1982 Fort Worth, Texas
Bugsy McGraw 3 September 1982 Defeated Superfly.
The Great Kabuki 1 January 14, 1983 Dallas, Texas
Terry Gordy 1 March 25, 1983 Dallas, Texas
Chris Adams 1 August 1983
Gino Hernandez 1 October 1984
Title vacated 1985
The Great Kabuki 2 July 1985 Won a tournament to win the vacant title.
WCWA Brass Knuckles Championship
Abdullah the Butcher 1 July 4, 1986 Dallas, Texas World Class Championship Wrestling leaves the NWA in February 1986.
Tony Atlas 1 August 1987 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Title abandoned 1987
NWA Brass Knuckles Championship
Krusher Kong 1 June 2, 1998 Denton, Texas Defeated Perry Jackson in a tournament final to win the title after it is revived by the NWA.
Eclipse 1 August 14, 1998 North Richland Hills, Texas Defeated Awesome Kong to win the title.
Nitetrain C. Crane October 1998 North Richland Hills Title awarded to Nitetrain C. Crane when Eclipse fails to appear for a title defense.
Super T 1 October 9, 1998 North Richland Hills Defeated Nitetrain C. Crane to win the title.
Cedric of Hollywood 1 January 22, 1999 North Richland Hills, Texas
Jimmy James 1 February 26, 1999 North Richland Hills, Texas Title renamed NWA Texas Hardcore Championship on April 1, 1999.
NWA Texas Hardcore Championship
Canyon 1 April 9, 1999 North Richland Hills, Texas
Jimmy James 2 June 10, 1999 North Richland Hills, Texas
The New Dr. X 1 October 1, 1999 North Richland Hills, Texas
Canyon 2 November 26, 1999 North Richland Hills, Texas
Necro Butcher 1 February 18, 2000 North Richland Hills, Texas
Convict 00187 1 March 3, 2000 North Richland Hills, Texas
Necro Butcher 2 April 1, 2000 Blue Mound, Texas
Abdullah the Butcher 2 April 14, 2000 North Richland Hills, Texas
Title vacated May 2000 Abdullah was stripped of the title.
Necro Butcher 3 May 26, 2000 North Richland Hills, Texas Defeated Canyon to win the vacant title.[4]
Mr. Mayhem 1 October 15, 2000 Nashville, Tennessee
Necro Butcher 4 November 24, 2000 North Richland Hills, Texas
Beast 1 February 23, 2001 North Richland Hills, Texas
Convict 00187 2 March 16, 2001 North Richland Hills, Texas Defeated Beast and Necro Butcher in a three-way match.
Title abandoned April 15, 2001 Title abandoned when the NWA Texas hardcore division is discontinued.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  2. ^ Hoops, Brian (July 12, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (July 12): Gagne, Bruiser & Crusher, Ladd wins Americas title, 1992 Bash with Sting vs. Vader". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ F4W Staff (June 10, 2015). "ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (JUNE 10): HARLEY RACE BEATS RIC FLAIR FOR NWA TITLE, JERRY BLACKWELL TURNS BABYFACE". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  4. ^ F4W Staff (May 26, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (May 26): Dick the Bruiser & Crusher beat Larry Hennig & Harley Race in a nine fall death match, Tiger Mask wins WWF Jr. Heavyweight gold". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 

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