NWA Western States Heavyweight Championship

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NWA Western States Heavyweight Championship
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The current NWA Western States Heavyweight Championship belt, introduced by NWA Vendetta Pro Wrestling in 2015. Identical to the NWA Western States Heritage Championship belt used from 1987-1989.
Details
Promotion NWA Western States Sports, 1969[1]
Vendetta Pro Wrestling, 2015[2]
Date established 1969
Date retired Amarillo, 1981

The NWA Western States Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling title in the National Wrestling Alliance's Amarillo, Texas territory, NWA Western States Sports.[1]

The title was in use from 1969, when it replaced Amarillo's version of the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship,[3] through the promotion's 1981 closure.[4]

The title was revived in 2015 by NWA Vendetta Pro Wrestling, with a new champion being crowned via a tournament held in Santa Maria, California. This was an eight-man, single-elimination tournament, won by "Loverboy" Matt Riviera.[5] Though created as a "new" title, all previous champions have received recognition.[2]

This title is not related to the NWA Western States Heritage Championship, which was used in Jim Crockett Promotions from 1987 to 1989, though the 2015 version does use the same title belt design, and as such, is often referred to as the Western States "Heritage" Championship.[6]

Title history[edit]

Silver areas in the history indicate periods of unknown lineage. An (n) indicates that a title changes occurred no later than the listed date.

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Dory Funk, Sr. 1 June 12, 1969 Amarillo, Texas Funk was the final holder of the Amarillo version of the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship and awarded the title when it was replaced.
Tex McKenzie 1 November 13, 1969 Amarillo, Texas By forfeit after Funk suffers arm injury previous night in Lubbock, Texas.
The Beast 1 November 24, 1969 Amarillo, Texas
Ricky Romero 1 February 2, 1970 El Paso, Texas
Title vacated on February 20, 1970 when Romero wins the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Championship.
Terry Funk 1 March 19, 1970 Amarillo, Texas The match ends with a controversial decision when two referees award the victory to each man.
The beast 2 March 1970 (n) Awarded back sometime after March 26, 1970 and defends in Abilene, TX on March 27, 1970.
Terry Funk 2 May 7, 1970 Amarillo, Texas [7]
Bull Ramos 1 July 1, 1970 Lubbock, Texas [8]
Terry Funk 3 July 7, 1970 Amarillo, Texas
Pak Song 1 July 16, 1970 Amarillo, Texas
The Spartan (Ricky Hunter) 1 February 25, 1971 Amarillo, Texas
The Spartan (Ricky Hunter) 2 April 14, 1971 Amarillo, Texas
Terry Funk 4 April 29, 1971 Amarillo, Texas
Mr. Wrestling (Gordon Nelson) 1 June 21, 1971 (n) Amarillo, Texas Sometime after May 6, 1971.
Terry Funk 5 June 28, 1971 Abilene, Texas
Ciclón Negro 1 July 6, 1971 Odessa, Texas
Terry Funk 6 August 3, 1971 Odessa, Texas
Pak Song 2 August 5, 1971 Amarillo, Texas
Terry Funk 7 August 12, 1971 Amarillo, Texas
Ciclón Negro 2 August 26, 1971 Amarillo, Texas
Dory Funk 2 September 9, 1971 Amarillo, Texas
Title vacated when Funk is injured during the match. Ciclón Negro and Terry Funk wrestle to a draw for the vacant title on September 16, 1971 in Amarillo, Texas.
Ciclón Negro 3 September 30, 1971 Amarillo, Texas Defeats Terry Funk.
Lord Alfred Hayes 1 December 2, 1971 Amarillo, Texas
Duke Myers 1 March 13, 1972 Abilene, Texas Maybe held up after this match.
Lord Alfred Hayes 2 March 20, 1972 Abilene, Texas Maybe for the held-up title.
Ciclón Negro 4 June 13, 1972 Odessa, Texas
Lord Alfred Hayes 3 June 20, 1972 Odessa, Texas
Ciclón Negro 5 June 29, 1972 Amarillo, Texas
Lord Alfred Hayes 4 July 6, 1972 Amarillo, Texas
Dory Funk 3 August 16, 1972 Lubbock, Texas
Lord Alfred Hayes 5 August 21, 1972 Abilene, Texas Billed as Champion.
Ciclón Negro 6 August 31, 1972 Amarillo, Texas
Terry Funk 8 November 1972 (n) Possibly on November 12, 1972 in Clovis, New Mexico.
Karl Von Steiger 1 1972 (n)
Ricky Romero 2 1973 (n)
King Curtis Iaukea 1 1973 (n)
Ciclón Negro 7 July 6, 1973 Abilene, Texas
Terry Funk 9 July 10, 1973 (n)
Kung Fu Lee 1 October 18, 1973 Amarillo, Texas
Title held up Against Terry Funk.
Terry Funk 10 October 25, 1973 Amarillo, Texas Defeated Kung Fu Lee in a rematch.
Buck Robley 1 January 24, 1974 Clovis, New Mexico
Terry Funk 11 March 3, 1974 Clovis, New Mexico
Karl Von Steiger 2 March 1974 (n)
Bob Backlund 1 March 9, 1974 Amarillo, Texas
Dick Murdoch 1 May 10, 1974
Bob Backlund 2 May 22, 1974 Lubbock, Texas
Karl Von Steiger 3 May 23, 1974 Amarillo, Texas
Dick Murdoch 2 May 30, 1974 Amarillo, Texas
Title vacant in June 1974 after winning the NWA International Title.
Siegfried Stanke 1 July 4, 1974 Amarillo, Texas Defeats Akio Sato in a 4-man tournament final.
Akio Sato 1 August 16, 1974
Siegfried Stanke 2 August 24, 1974
Bob Backlund 3 September 4, 1974
Killer Karl Kox 1 September 10, 1974 Odessa, Texas
Bob Backlund 4 September 11, 1974 Lubbock, Texas Maybe billed as champion.
Jim Dillon 1 September 19, 1974 Amarillo, Texas Defeated Killer Karl Kox.
Terry Funk 12 October 17, 1974 Amarillo, Texas
Title vacated when Funk left for Florida in April 1975.
Bobby Jaggers 1 June 11, 1975 Lubbock, Texas Defeats Nick Kozak 4-man a tournament final.
Ray Candy 1 July 30, 1975 Lubbock, Texas
Bruiser Brody 1 October 17, 1975 Lubbock, Texas
Scott Casey 1 December 18, 1975 Amarillo, Texas
Jerry Brisco 1 April 16, 1976 Amarillo, Texas
Scott Casey 2 June 4, 1976 Lubbock, Texas
Tank Patton 1 October 13, 1976 Abilene, Texas
Super Destroyer 1 February 24, 1977 Amarillo, Texas
Doug Somers 1 April 7, 1977 Amarillo, Texas
Bull Ramos 2 September 1977 (n) Wichita Falls, Texas
Ricky Romero 3 December 15, 1977 Amarillo, Texas
Roger Kirby 1 April 14, 1978 (n)
Ricky Romero 4 July 21, 1978 (n) Sometime after June 27, 1978; still champion as of August 10, 1978.
Title vacated.
Bob Morgan 1 February 28, 1980 Amarillo, Texas Defeats Larry Lane in tournament final.
Larry Lane 1 March 6, 1980 Amarillo, Texas Won a tournament.
Bob Morgan 2 March 7, 1980 Amarillo, Texas
Title vacated.
Ricky Romero 5 August 27, 1981 Amarillo, Texas Defeated Doug Somers in a tournament final after the initial match on August 20, 1981 ends with DDQ.
Title retired in 1981 when the promotion closed. Revived in 2015 by Vendetta Pro Wrestling.
Matt Riviera 1 January 17, 2015 Santa Maria, California Defeated Brian Kendrick in a tournament final.[5]
Jeff Jarrett 1 May 15, 2015 King City, California [6]
Matt Riviera 2 May 17, 2015 Chowchilla, California [9]
Ricky Ruffin 1 October 30, 2015 Santa Maria, California
Rik Luxury 1 May 20, 2016 Santa Maria, California

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pro-Wrestling Title Histories: Amarillo". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved December 19, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "NWA Western States Championship". Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "N.W.A. North American Heavyweight Title (Amarillo)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved December 19, 2007. Replaced with Western States Heavyweight Title. 
  4. ^ "N.W.A. Western States Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved December 19, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "National Wrestling Alliance Western States Heavyweight title". wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "New Western States Heritage Champion". Alliance-Wrestling.com. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  7. ^ F4W Staff (May 7, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (May 7): Jeff Jarrett ends David Arquette's WCW title reign, Nick Bockwinkel Vs. Ray Stevens". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ Hoops, Brian (July 1, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (July 1): Ric Flair stripped of WCW title, Von Erich win WCCW Tag titles". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Riviera regains Western States Heritage at Vendetta Pro". Alliance-Wrestling.com. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 

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