NWA Tri-State Tag Team Championship

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NWA Tri-State Tag Team Championship
Details
Promotion NWA Tri-State
Date established 1962
Date retired 1982
Other name(s)
  • NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Tri-State version)

The NWA Tri-State Tag Team Championship[1] was a tag team title created in 1962, and contested in the National Wrestling Alliance's Tri-State territory, which was promoted by Leroy McGuirk (Arkansas and Oklahoma) and Jack Curtis and Aurelian "Grizzly" Smith (Louisiana). For most of its existence, the title was the Tri-State version of the NWA United States Tag Team Championship.[2]

This group of promoters existed until Bill Watts' Mid-South Wrestling bought out the majority of the Tri-State territory, and also Gil Culkin and George Gulkin's Mississippi territory, in August 1979.[1] After Watts took over, McGuirk took the title to Oklahoma, the only part of the Tri-State territory not owned by Watts. The U.S. Tag Team Championship's name was then changed to the Tri-State Tag Title in 1980.[3]

The title lasted until Tri-State closed in 1982, when Mid-South Wrestling took over Oklahoma from McGuirk.[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
  Indicates that there was a period where the lineage is undocumented due to the lack of written documentation in that time period.
No. Champions Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref(s)
NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Tri-State version)
1 Jan Madrid and Louie Tillet 1 1962 [Note 1] [Note 2] House show Records are unclear as to whom they defeated. [2]
2 Alberto and Ramon Torres 1 1962 [Note 1] [Note 2] House show  
3 The Dirty Daltons
(Jack and Jim Dalton)
1 July 2, 1962 [Note 1] Tulsa, Oklahoma House show  
 
4 Jerry Kozak and Bill Watts 1 September 2, 1963 [Note 1] Tulsa, Oklahoma House show Defeated The Bolos to win the championship  
 
Vacated April 1966 (NLT) N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons  
5 The Assassins
(Assassin 1 and Assassin 2)
1 May 10, 1966 [Note 1] Little Rock, Arkansas House show Defeated Stan Kowalski and The Great Matsuda in a tournament final.  
 
6 Jack Brisco and Haystacks Calhoun 1 1966/1967 [Note 1] [Note 2] House show Records are unclear as to whom they defeated.  
 
7 The Assassins
(Assassin 1 and Assassin 2)
2 March 10, 1967 60 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma House show Defeated Skandor Akbar and Swede Karlson.  
8 Jack Brisco (2) and Gorgeous George, Jr. 1 May 9, 1967 7 Little Rock, Arkansas House show  
9 Togo Shikuma and Chati Yokouchi 1 May 16, 1967 [Note 3] Little Rock, Arkansas House show  
10 Skandor Akbar and Danny Hodge 1 October 1967 [Note 4] [Note 2] House show  
11 Chuck Karbo and Chati Yokouchi 1 December 1967 [Note 5] [Note 2] House show  
12 Jack Donovan and Ron Reed 1
[Note 6] Tulsa, Oklahoma House show  
 
13 Skandor Akbar and Danny Hodge 2 May 4, 1968 [Note 7] Shreveport, Louisiana House show Defeated Chuck Karbo and Chati Yokouchi.  
 
14 Danny Hodge (3) and Lorenzo Parente 1 December 3, 1968 [Note 8] Little Rock, Arkansas House show Records unclear as to whom they defeated.  
15 Treach Phillips and Karl Von Stroheim 1 January 1969 [Note 9] [Note 2] House show  
16 Alberto and Ramon Torres 2 May 6, 1969 [Note 10] Little Rock, Arkansas House show [4]
17 The Medics
(Billy Garrett and Jim Starr)
1 October 1969 [Note 11] Little Rock, Arkansas House show [5]
18 Alberto and Ramon Torres 3 1969 [Note 12] [Note 2] House show  
19 The Medics
(Billy Garrett and Jim Starr)
2 1969 [Note 13] [Note 2] House show [5]
20 Tarzan Baxter and Karl Karlson 1 November 2, 1969 91 Little Rock, Arkansas House show  
21 Luke Brown and Dutch Savage 1 February 1, 1970 59 Tulsa, Oklahoma House show  
Vacated April 1970 N/A N/A Championship vacated when Dutch Savage left the promotion  
22 The Hollywood Blonds
(Jerry Brown and Buddy Roberts)
1 May 8, 1970 19 [Note 2] House show Records unclear as to whom they defeated.  
23 Luke Brown (2) and Danny Hodge (4) 1 May 27, 1970 2 Springfield, Missouri House show  
24 The Hollywood Blonds
(Jerry Brown and Buddy Roberts)
2 May 29, 1970 [Note 14] Oklahoma City, Oklahoma House show  
25 Billy Red Lyons and Bill Watts (2) 1 January 1971 [Note 15] [Note 2] House show  
26 Karl Von Brauner and Waldo Von Erich 1 March 1971 [Note 16] [Note 2] House show  
27 The Kentuckians
(Luke Brown (3) and Grizzly Smith)
1 April 1971 [Note 17] [Note 2] House show  
28 The Spoilers
(Spoiler #1 and Spoiler #2)
1 1971 [Note 18] [Note 2] House show [6]
29 Tom Jones and Billy Red Lyons (2) 1 May 31, 1971 295 Shreveport, Louisiana House show  
30 The Continental Warriors
(Bobby Hart and Lorenzo Parente)
1 March 21, 1972 153 Monroe, Louisiana House show  
31 Tom Jones (2) and Ken Mantell 1 August 21, 1972 7 Shreveport, Louisiana House show  
32 Terry Garvin and Duke Myers 1 August 28, 1972 [Note 19] Monroe, Louisiana House show This was a disputed victory. Garvin and Myers defeated The Continental Warriors and Tom Jones and Ken Mantell in a three-team tournament on September 4, 1972 in Shreveport, Louisiana, making them the rightful champions.  
33 Yasu Fuji and Chati Yokouchi 1 December 1972 [Note 20] [Note 2] House show The title change occurred no later than this date.  
34 Bull Bullinski and Dennis Stamp 1 February 13, 1973 7 Shreveport, Louisiana House show  
35 The Hollywood Blonds
(Jerry Brown and Buddy Roberts)
3 February 20, 1973 [Note 21] Tulsa, Oklahoma House show  
36 Eddie Sullivan and Rip Tyler 1 1973 [Note 22] [Note 2] House show  
37 Dewey Robertson and Dennis Stamp (2) 1 May 1973 [Note 23] [Note 2] House show  
38 Alex Perez and El Gran Tapio 1 July 1973 [Note 24] [Note 2] House show  
39 Kim Duk and Stan Kowalski 1 September 1973 [Note 25] [Note 2] House show  
40 Luke Brown (4) and Klondike Bill 1 January 1974 [Note 26] [Note 2] House show  
41 Brown and Siegfried Stanke 1 March 1974 [Note 27] [Note 2] House show Brown and Stanke also defeated Bob Kelly and Rocket Monroe in March 1974 in Shreveport, Louisiana, unifying the Gulf Coast version of the U.S.Tag Team Championship.  
42 Chief Thundercloud and Chief White Cloud 1 June 1974 [Note 28] [Note 2] House show  
43 Steve Lawler and Jim White 1 September 1974 [Note 29] [Note 2] House show  
44 Johnny Eagles and Terry Lathan 1 October 1974 [Note 30] [Note 2] House show  
45 Frank Goodish and Stan Hansen 1 October 1974 [Note 31] [Note 2] House show  
46 Jay Clayton and Danny Hodge (5) 1 July 9, 1975 [Note 32] Fort Smith, Arkansas House show  
47 Killer Karl Kox and Dick Murdoch 1 October 1975 [Note 33] [Note 2] House show  
Vacated December 1975 N/A N/A Championship vacated when Knox and Murdoch broke up the team  
48 Greg Valentine and Bill Watts (3) 1 January 7, 1976 [Note 34] [Note 2] House show Defeated The Hollywood Blonds.  
49 Greg Valentine and Gorgeous George Jr. 1 January 1976 [Note 35] [Note 2] House show Watts was injured, and Gorgeous George, Jr. replaced him.  
50 The Hollywood Blonds
(Jerry Brown and Buddy Roberts)
4 March 18, 1976 11 New Orleans, Louisiana House show  
51 Buck Robley and Bob Slaughter 1 March 29, 1976 30 Tulsa, Oklahoma House show  
52 Ted DiBiase and Dick Murdoch (2) 1 April 28, 1976 13 Fort Smith, Arkansas House show  
53 Killer Karl Kox (2) and Bob Sweetan 1 May 11, 1976 161 Shreveport, Louisiana House show  
54 Killer Karl Kox (3) and Ken Patera 1 October 19, 1976 [Note 36] [Note 2] House show Defeated Bob Sweetan and Randy Tyler  
55 Billy Robinson and Bill Watts (4) 1 1976 [Note 37] Shreveport, Louisiana House show  
56 Skandor Akbar (2) and Choi Sun 1 January 1977 [Note 38] Shreveport, Louisiana House show  
57 Tony Rocco and Bob Sweetan 1 March 16, 1977 10 Shreveport, Louisiana House show  
58 The Medics
(Billy Garrett and Jim Starr)
3 March 26, 1977 143 Shreveport, Louisiana House show [5]
59 Porkchop Cash and Mike George 1 August 16, 1977 7 Shreveport, Louisiana House show  
60 The Medics
(Billy Garrett and Jim Starr)
4 August 23, 1977 35 Shreveport, Louisiana House show [5]
61 Porkchop Cash and Dr. X 1 September 27, 1977 30 Shreveport, Louisiana House show  
62 Ciclón Negro and Dr. X 1 October 27, 1977 [Note 39] [Note 2] House show Defeated Ray Candy and Porkchop Cash after Cash and Dr. X split up.  
63 The Brute and Dr. X 1 1977 [Note 40] [Note 2] House show  
64 Ray Candy and Steven Little Bear 1 February 22, 1978 42 Baton Rouge, Louisiana House show   [7]
65 The Assassin (3) and Ernie Ladd 1 April 5, 1978 18 Baton Rouge, Louisiana House show  
66 Ray Candy and Steven Little Bear 2 April 23, 1978 12 Baton Rouge, Louisiana House show  
67 Jerry Brown (5) and Bobby Jaggers 1 May 5, 1978 197 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma House show   [8]
68 Mike George (2) and Randy Tyler 1 November 18, 1978 [Note 41] Tulsa, Oklahoma House show  
Vacated December 1978 N/A N/A Championship vacated after a match against Jerry Brown and Bobby Jaggers ended inconclusively.  
69 André the Giant and Dusty Rhodes 1 December 25, 1978 [Note 42] New Orleans, Louisiana House show Defeated Stan Hansen and Ernie Ladd in the finals of the 10-team tournament.  
70 Dusty Rhodes and The Spoiler (2) 1 January 1979 [Note 43] [Note 2] House show The Spoiler took the place of André the Giant.  
71 The Angel and The Assassin (4) 1 January 25, 1979 177 New Orleans, Louisiana House show The Spoiler turned on Rhodes.  
72 Buck Robley and Bill Watts (5) 1 July 21, 1979 27 New Orleans, Louisiana House show  
Vacated August 17, 1979 N/A N/A Championship vacated when Robley was injured by Angelo Mosca during a match. At this point Bill Watts formed Mid-South Wrestling and introduced the Mid-South Tag Team Championship.  
73 Sugar Bear Harris and Oki Shikina 1 October 1979 [Note 44] [Note 2] House show Records are unclear as to whom they defeated.  
74 Herb Calvert and Jimmy Garvin 1 November 5, 1979 [Note 45] Tulsa, Oklahoma House show  
75 Steve Lawler and Siegfried Stanke 1 December 1979 [Note 46] [Note 2] House show  
76 Gilbert and Tommy Gilbert 1 March 3, 1980 [Note 2] Tulsa, Oklahoma House show [3]
NWA Tri-State Tag Team Championship
77 Ron McFarlane and Doug Somers 1 1980 [Note 2] [Note 2] House show [3]
78 Hector Guerrero and Ron Sexton 1 1980 [Note 2] [Note 2] House show [3]
79 Ron McFarlane and Doug Somers 2 1980 [Note 2] [Note 2] House show [3]
80 Gilbert and Tommy Gilbert 2 1980 [Note 2] [Note 2] House show [3]
Vacated 1980 N/A N/A Championship vacated when Tommy Gilbert was injured.  
81 Chief Frank Hill and Terry Orndorff 1 1981 [Note 2] [Note 2] House show Won a tournament. [3]
 
Vacated 1981 N/A N/A Championship vacated after a match against The Akbar Army (Jerry Brown and Ron McFarlane).  
 
82 The Akbar Army
(Jerry Brown (6) and Ron McFarlane (3))
1 1981 [Note 2] [Note 2] House show Records unclear as to whom they defeated. [3]
83 Eddie Gilbert (3) and Ricky Morton 1 May 16, 1981 [Note 47] Tulsa, Oklahoma House show [3]
84 Mike George (3) and Ed Wiskoski 1 July 11, 1981 14 Tulsa, Oklahoma House show [3]
85 Eddie Gilbert (4) and Ricky Morton 2 July 25, 1981 [Note 2] Tulsa, Oklahoma House show [3]
 
86 Dave and Joel Deaton 1 1981 [Note 2] [Note 2] House show Records unclear as to whom they defeated. [3]
87 Eric Embry and Chief Frank Hill 1 1981 [Note 2] [Note 2] House show [3]
88 Porkchop Cash and Doug Somers 1 1981 [Note 2] [Note 2] House show [3]
Vacated 1981 N/A N/A Championship vacated when Cash and Somers broke up the team  
89 Turk Ali Bey and El Toro 1 1981 [Note 2] [Note 2] House show Records unclear as to whom they defeated. [3]
 
Retired 1982 N/A N/A NWA Tri-State closed, territory was taken over by Mid-South Wrestling. [3]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f The length of the reign is too uncertain to calculate
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc The location of the championship change has not been found documented.
  3. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 138 and 138 days.
  4. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 31 and 91 days.
  5. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 92 and 151 days.
  6. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 4 and 33 days.
  7. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 day and 213 days.
  8. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 29 and 59 days.
  9. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 95 and 125 days.
  10. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 148 and 178 days.
  11. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 day and 31 days.
  12. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 day and 30 days.
  13. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 day and 30 days.
  14. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 217 and 247 days.
  15. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 29 and 89 days.
  16. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 day and 60 days.
  17. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 day and 59 days.
  18. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 day and 60 days.
  19. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 95 and 125 days.
  20. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 44 and 74 days.
  21. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 day and 99 days.
  22. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 day and 99 days.
  23. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 day and 91 days.
  24. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 32 and 91 days.
  25. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 93 and 152 days.
  26. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 29 and 89 days.
  27. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 62 and 121 days.
  28. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 63 and 121 days.
  29. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 day and 59 days.
  30. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 day and 30 days.
  31. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 251 and 281 days.
  32. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 84 and 114 days.
  33. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 32 and 91 days.
  34. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 day and 24 days.
  35. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 47 and 77 days.
  36. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 74 days.
  37. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 103 days.
  38. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between −321 and −291 days.
  39. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 day and 65 days.
  40. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 53 and 117 days.
  41. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 13 and 36 days.
  42. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 7 and 30 days.
  43. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 day and 25 days.
  44. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 5 and 35 days.
  45. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 26 and 56 days.
  46. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 63 and 93 days.
  47. ^ The exact date the championship was won or lost is unknown, which means the reign lasted between 1 day and 56 days.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "N.W.A. United States Tag Team Title (Tri-State)". Puroresu Dojo. Retrieved May 9, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "N.W.A. Tri-State Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. Retrieved May 9, 2008. 
  4. ^ F4W Staff (May 6, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (May 6): Verne Gagne Vs. Danny Hodge, 1st Annual Von Erich Parade of Champions show". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d "The Medics' profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved May 9, 2008. The Medics were in Leroy McGuirk's area in 1969 and they were Jim Starr and Billy Garrett 
  6. ^ "The Spoilers' profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved May 9, 2008. Oklahoma Version: Don Jardine and Buddy Wolff 
  7. ^ Hoops, Brian (February 22, 2017). "Daily pro wrestling history (02/22): Sting defeats Hogan to win vacant WCW title". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  8. ^ F4W Staff (May 5, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (May 5): Bruno Vs. Gorilla in Puerto Rico, 2nd annual Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
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