NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version)

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NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Mid-America version)
Black and white photo of the championship belt
Details
Promotion NWA Mid-America[1][2]
Date established March 6, 1962[1][2]
Date retired 1976[1][2]

The Mid-America version of the NWA United States Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling tag team championship and promoted by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)'s NWA Mid-America territory from 1962 until 1976. The title was intended solely for tag teams in tag team matches, not individuals, and was the secondary tag team championship in NWA Mid-America, with the Mid-America version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship being the primary championship. The promotion also had a third tag team championship at its peak, a testament to the popularity of tag team wrestling in the territory, as they promoted the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Championship as well. The championship was established around March 6, 1962, when Yoshinosato and Taro Sakuro were named champions upon arrival by NWA Mid-America instead of holding a tournament to establish the championship. With a number of NWA territories active at the time this version of the United States Tag Team Championship was one of at least six championships that shared the same name under the NWA's supervision.[3][4][5][6][7] The team of Dennis Condrey and Phil Hickerson, also known as "The Bicentennial Kings", held the championship the most times, five in total including the last reign when the titles were abandoned in 1976. 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.[8]

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.
No. Champions Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref(s)
1 Yoshinosato and Taru Sakuro 1 March 6, 1962 84 N/A N/A Billed as champions upon arrival. [1][2]
2 Lester Welch and Danny Hodge 1 May 29, 1962 32 Nashville, Tennessee Live event   [1][2]
3 Bad Boy Hines and Billy Boy Hines 1 June 30, 1962 [Note 1] Chattanooga, Tennessee Live event Still champions on July 12, 1962. [1][2]
 
4 Thatcher, LesLes Thatcher and Roger Kirby 1 1967 [Note 2] [Note 3] Live event   [1][2]
 
5 Thatcher, LesLes Thatcher and Bearcat Brown 1 1969 [Note 4] Nashville, Tennessee Live event Won a tournament to become champions [1][2]
 
6 The Mighty Yankees
(Mighty Yankee 1 and Mighty Yankee 2)
1 1969 [Note 5] [Note 3] Live event   [1][2]
7 Thatcher, LesLes Thatcher and Dennis Hall 1 1969 [Note 6] Chattanooga, Tennessee Live event   [1][2]
8 The Mighty Yankees
(Mighty Yankee 1 and Mighty Yankee 2)
2 1969 [Note 7] [Note 3] Live event   [1][2]
 
9 The Interns
(Intern #1 and Intern #2)
1 April 1970 [Note 8] [Note 3] Live event   [1][2]
10 The Continental Warriors
(Bobby Hart and Lorenzo Parente)
1 May 2, 1970 16 Chattanooga, Tennessee Live event   [1][2]
11 The Interns
(Intern #1 and Intern #2)
2 May 18, 1970 [Note 9] [Note 3] Live event   [1][2]
 
12 Ron Wright and Frank Morrell 1 August 1970 [Note 10] [Note 3] Live event   [1][2]
13 Greene, AlAl Greene and Frank Martinez 1 August 26, 1970 14 Nashville, Tennessee Live event Greene defeated Morrell on behalf of the team [1][2]
14 Walker, JohnnyJohnny Walker and Oni Maiva 1 September 9, 1970 14 Nashville, Tennessee Live event   [1][2]
15 The Continental Warriors
(Bobby Hart and Lorenzo Parente)
2 September 23, 1970 [Note 11] Nashville, Tennessee Live event Still champions on October 2, 1970 [1][2]
 
16 Dennis Hall and Mighty Atlas 1 November 1970 [Note 12] [Note 3] Live event   [1][2]
17 Big Bad John and Pepe Lopez 1 November 17, 1970 71 [Note 3] Live event   [1][2]
18 Len Rossi and Bearcat Brown 1 January 27, 1971 [Note 13] Nashville, Tennessee Live event   [1][2]
 
19 Mantell, DutchDutch Mantell and John Foley 1 February 28, 1975 [Note 14] [Note 3] Live event Still Champions on March 14, 1975 [1][2]
20 Thatcher, LesLes Thatcher and Nelson Royal 1 March 28, 1975 (NLT) [Note 15] [Note 3] Live event Still champions on April 4, 1975 [1][2]
 
21 Bass, RonRon Bass and Don Bass 1 May 5, 1975 [Note 16] [Note 3] Live event   [1][2]
 
22 Monroe, RocketRocket Monroe and Randy Tyler 1 May 1975 [Note 17] [Note 3] Live event   [1][2]
23 Fargo, JackieJackie Fargo and George Gulas 1 May 17, 1975 9 Chattanooga, Tennessee Live event   [1][2]
24 Von Steiger, KarlKarl Von Steiger and Otto Von Heller 1 May 26, 1975 82 Nashville, Tennessee Live event   [1][2]
25 Yamamoto, TojoTojo Yamamoto and Tommy Rich 1 August 16, 1975 [Note 18] Chattanooga, Tennessee Live event   [1][2]
26 The Bicentennial Kings
(Phil Hickerson and Dennis Condrey)
1 September 1975 [Note 19] [Note 3] Live event   [1][2]
27 Fuller, RobertRobert Fuller and Ron Fuller 1 September 9, 1975 27 Memphis, Tennessee Live event   [1][2]
28 The Bicentennial Kings
(Phil Hickerson and Dennis Condrey)
2 October 6, 1975 21 [Note 3] Live event   [1][2]
29 Fargo, JackieJackie Fargo and Don Carson 1 October 27, 1975 18 Birmingham, Alabama Live event   [1][2]
30 The Bicentennial Kings
(Phil Hickerson and Dennis Condrey)
3 November 14, 1975 5 [Note 3] Live event   [1][2]
31 Fargo, JackieJackie Fargo and Jerry Lawler 1 November 19, 1975 [Note 20] Nashville, Tennessee Live event   [1][2]
32 The Bicentennial Kings
(Phil Hickerson and Dennis Condrey)
4 December 1975 [Note 21] [Note 3] Live event   [1][2]
 
33 Wild Samoans, TheThe Wild Samoans
(Afa and Sika)
1 January 10, 1976 98 [Note 3] Live event Still Champions on February 5, 1976 [1][2]
34 The Bicentennial Kings
(Phil Hickerson and Dennis Condrey)
5 April 17, 1976 [Note 22] [Note 3] Live event Still Champions on April 29, 1976 [1][2]
Abandoned N/A 1976 N/A N/A N/A Championship abandoned. [1][2]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 6,470,456 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 1,095 days.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r The location of the match was not captured as part of the championship documentation.
  4. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 364 days.
  5. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 364 days.
  6. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 364 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 484 days.
  8. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 2 days and 31 days.
  9. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 75 days and 105 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 25 days.
  11. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 68 days.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 1,492 days.
  14. ^ The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 15 days and 28 days.
  15. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 7 days and 65 days.
  16. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 26 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 16 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 23 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 8 days.
  20. ^ The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 12 days and 42 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 40 days.
  22. ^ The date the championship was abandoned has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 12 days and 258 days.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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 Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Tennessee: U.S. Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 194. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  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 "NWA United States Tag Team Title (Mid-America)". wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ Will, Gary; Royal Duncan (1994). "United States: 19th century and widely defended titles - NWA, WWF, AWA, IWA, ECW, NWA". Wrestling Title Histories (3 ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 23. ISBN 0-9698161-1-1. 
  4. ^ Will, Gary; Royal Duncan (1994). "Florida: NWA U.S. Tag Team title". Wrestling Title Histories (3 ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 157–163. ISBN 0-9698161-1-1. 
  5. ^ Will, Gary; Royal Duncan (1994). "Louisiana/Oklahoma: NWA U.S. Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (3 ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 232. ISBN 0-9698161-1-1. 
  6. ^ Will, Gary; Royal Duncan (1994). "United States: 19th century and widely defended titles - NWA, WWF, AWA, IWA, ECW, NWA". Wrestling Title Histories (3 ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 21. ISBN 0-9698161-1-1. 
  7. ^ Will, Gary; Royal Duncan (1994). "New Jersey: NWA U.S: Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (3 ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 53. ISBN 0-9698161-1-1. 
  8. ^ Ed Grabianowski. "How Pro Wrestling Works". How Stuff Works. Retrieved April 5, 2009.