NWA Western States Tag Team Championship

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NWA Western States Tag Team Championship
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The third Vendetta Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championship belt, which represent the NWA International Tag Team Championship
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Promotion NWA Western States Sports, 1969-1981[1],
Vendetta Pro Wrestling, 2014-present[2]
World Wonder Ring Stardom, 2016
Date established 1969

The NWA International Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling title, originally created as the NWA Western States Tag Team Championship 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 Tag Team Championship,[3] through the promotion's 1981 closure.[4] The title was revived on July 15, 2014 by Vendetta Pro Wrestling when they joined the NWA.[5] The Vendetta Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champions at the time, Shane and Shannon Ballard, were recognized as the NWA Western States Tag Team Champions, and since then, the Vendetta Pro Wrestling Tag Team title belts have represented the NWA Western States Tag Team Championship.[2]

On September 30, 2016, The Twisted Sisterz (the team of Holidead and Thunder Rosa) defeated Alexander G. Bernard and Jimi Mayhem for the title to become the first team of women to win the NWA Western States Tag Team Championship.[2]

On October 19, 2016, Vendetta Pro Wrestling awarded temporary, provisional control of the title to joshi puroresu promotion World Wonder Ring Stardom, while the reigning champions were on tour there.[6] The Twisted Sisterz successfully defended the title at Stardom's December 22 Korakuen Hall show.[7]

On December 30, 2016, NWA Director of Operations James Beard announced that the title controlled by Vendetta Pro Wrestling had been renamed the NWA International Tag Team Championship following a title defense in Japan.[8]

Names[edit]

Name Years
NWA Western States Tag Team Championship 1969 – December 30, 2016
NWA International Tag Team Championship December 30, 2016 – present

Title history (1969-1981)[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.

Wrestlers: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Mr. Ito and Chati Yokouchi 1 December 4, 1968 Lubbock, Texas Defeat Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk for the World Title; billed as Western States Title after April 1968.
Buddy Colt and Gorgeous George, Jr. 1 June 8, 1969 Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nick Kozak & Ricky Romero 1 July 23, 1969 Lubbock, Texas
Buddy Colt & Gorgeous George Jr. 2 July 31, 1969 Amarillo, Texas
Art Nelson and Kurt Von Brauner 1 August 20, 1969 Lubbock, Texas
Terry Funk & The Lawman (Don Slatton) 1 October 6, 1969 Abilene, Texas
Art Nelson and Kurt Von Brauner 2 October 13, 1969 Lubbock, Texas
Terry Funk (2) and Ricky Romero (2) 1 October 21, 1969 Odessa, Texas
The Beast and Bull Ramos 1 April 4, 1970 Amarillo, Texas Vacant sometime after May 21, 1975 when the team splits.
Kim II and Pak Song 1 June 17, 1970 Lubbock, Texas Defeat Rufus R. Jones & Gorgeous George Jr.
Terry Funk (3) and Ricky Romero (3) 2 June 24, 1970 Lubbock, Texas
The Gladiator and Mr. Wrestling (Gordon Nelson) 1 August 20, 1970 Amarillo, Texas
The Kozak Brothers
(Jerry Kozak and Nick Kozak (2))
1 October 26, 1970 Abilene, Texas
The Gladiator and Mr. Wrestling 2 December 10, 1970 (n) Hobbs, New Mexico Sometime after November 2, 1970.
The Kozak Brothers
(Jerry Kozak (2) and Nick Kozak (3))
2 January 4, 1971 El Paso, Texas
The Gladiator and Mr. Wrestling 3 January 13, 1971 Lubbock, Texas
The Beast (2) and The Butcher 1 January 21, 1971 Amarillo, Texas
Bobby Duncum, Sr. and Woody Farmer 1 April 8, 1971 Amarillo, Texas Defeated The Beast and Bulldog Brower.
The Continental Warriors
(Bobby Hart and Lorenzo Parente)
1 May 27, 1971 Amarillo, Texas
Nick Kozak (4) & Ricky Romero (4) 2 June 22, 1971 Odessa, Texas May win the title defeating the Warriors only for a local recognition.
The Infernos
(Frankie Cain and Rocky Smith)
1 August 4, 1971 Lubbock, Texas
The Continental Warriors
(Bobby Hart and Lorenzo Parente)
2 August 11, 1971 Lubbock, Texas
Eric Rommel and Mr. Wrestling (4) 1 November 11, 1971 Hobbs, New Mexico
Masio Koma and Mr. Okuma 1 November 25, 1971 Amarillo, Texas
Ricky Romero (5) and Lord Alfred Hayes 1 April 10, 1972 El Paso, Texas
Masio Koma and Mr. Okuma 2 May 14, 1972 (n)
Bobby Duncum, Sr. (2) and Dick Murdoch 1 July 9, 1972 Clovis, New Mexico
Lord Alfred Hayes (2) and Ricki Starr 1 August 24, 1972 Amarillo, Texas
Karl Von Steiger & Hans Mueller 1 September 28, 1972 Amarillo, Texas
Nick Kozak (5) and Moose Morowski 1 October 23, 1972 El Paso, Texas
Ciclón Negro and Karl Von Steiger (2) 1 November 20, 1972 El Paso, Texas
Lord Alfred Hayes (3) and Nick Kozak (6) 1 November 27, 1972 El Paso, Texas
Don and Johnny Fargo 1 February 8, 1973 Amarillo, Texas
Moose Morowski (2) and Ricky Romero (6) 1 May 10, 1973 Amarillo, Texas Morowski & Nick Kozak are billed as champions in El Paso, TX on May 14, 1973 and May 21, 1973.
Black Gordman & Goliath 1 June 18, 1973 El Paso, Texas
Moose Morowski (3) and Ricky Romero (7) 2 July 2, 1973 El Paso, Texas
Hank James and Buck Robley 1 July 4, 1973 Lubbock, Texas Still champions as of August 3, 1973.
Karl Von Steiger (3) and The Patriot 1 September 21, 1973 Abilene, Texas Defeat The Lawman & Dick Murdoch and Tomomi Tsuruta & Nick Kozak in a 3-team tournament.
Jerry Kozak (3) and Les Thornton 1 October 5, 1973 Abilene, Texas
Don Fargo (2) and Hank James (2) 1 November 8, 1973 (n)
The Beast (3) and Leo Burke 1 January 10, 1974 Amarillo, Texas
Dory Funk, Jr. and Ricky Romero (8) 1 February 25, 1974 El Paso, Texas
Siegfried Steinke and Karl Von Steiger (4) 1 September 9, 1974 El Paso, Texas
Dory Funk, Jr. (2) and Ricky Romero (9) 2 September 16, 1974 El Paso, Texas
The Interns
(Tom Andrews and Jim Starr)
1 June 26, 1975 Amarillo, Texas
Johnny Starr & Scott Casey 1 July 11, 1975 Abilene, Texas
The Interns
(Tom Andrews and Jim Starr)
2 July 22, 1975 (n)
Ray Candy and Dory Funk, Jr. (3) 1 August 20, 1975 Lubbock, Texas
Title vacated sometime after October 15, 1975.
The Beast (4) and Leo Burke (3) 2 February 20, 1976 Lubbock, Texas Defeated Ricky Romero and Silver Streak in a tournament final.
Ricky Romero (10) and Silver Streak 1 February 27, 1976 Lubbock, Texas
Bobby Jaggers and Randy Tyler 1 April 16, 1976 Lubbock, Texas
Scott Casey (2) and Reggie Parks 1 May 12, 1976 Abilene, Texas
Davey O'Hannon and Dennis Stamp 1 June 11, 1976 Lubbock, Texas
Abe Jacobs and Pez Whatley 1 July 8, 1976 Amarillo, Texas
Rip Hawk and Swede Hanson 1 July 16, 1976 Lubbock, Texas
Abe Jacobs and Pez Whatley 2 July 22, 1976 Amarillo, TX Title vacated by The NWA president Eddie Graham in October 1976 when Hawk is suspended for 30 days.
Al Perez and Dennis Stamp (2) 1 November 18, 1976 (n)
Rip Hawk and Swede Hanson 2 December 9, 1976 Amarillo, Texas
Dory Funk, Jr. (4) and The Super Destroyer 1 February 10, 1977 Amarillo, Texas
Rip Hawk and Swede Hanson 3 April 1977 (n)
Dory Funk, Jr. (5) and The Super Destroyer (2) 2 May 27, 1977 (n)
Ted DiBiase and Ervin Smith 1 July 1977 (n) Held up after a match against Brute Bernard & Frank Morrell on December 1, in Amarillo, Texas.
Brute Bernard and Frank Morrell 1 December 15, 1977 Amarillo, Texas Win the rematch.
Dory Funk, Jr. (6) and Larry Lane 1 February 2, 1978 Amarillo, Texas
Roger Kirby and Doug Somers 1 September 28, 1978 Amarillo, Texas
Blackjack Mulligan and Dick Murdoch (2) 1 October 31, 1978 Odessa, Texas
Roger Kirby and Doug Somers 2 November 2, 1978 Amarillo, Texas
Blackjack Mulligan (2) and Dick Murdoch (3) 2 November 3, 1978 Lubbock, Texas
Mr. Pogo and Mr. Sato 1 November 30, 1978 Amarillo, Texas
Ted DiBiase (2) and Merced Solis 1 February 8, 1979 Amarillo, Texas
Mr. Pogo and Mr. Sato 2 February 15, 1979 Amarillo, Texas
Ricky Romero (11) and Akihisa Takachiho 1 April 22, 1979 Albuquerque, New Mexico Fictitious title change.
Mr. Sato (3) and John Tolos 1 May 3, 1979 Amarillo, Texas [9]
Title vacated in June 1979 when Tolos left the area.
Mr. Kiyomoto and Mr. Sato (4) 1 June 14, 1979 Amarillo, Texas Defeated Dory Funk, Jr. and Larry Lane in a tournament final.
Ati Tago and Reno Tuu Fuli 1 July 21, 1979 Amarillo, Texas
The Von Erichs
(Kevin Von Erich and David Von Erich)
1 August 8, 1979 Lubbock, Texas
Gino Caruso and Gary Young 1 December 5, 1979 (n) Houston, Texas
Tim Brooks & Gypsy Joe 1 December 15, 1979 Amarillo, Texas Title vacated in January 1980 when Joe refuses to wrestle at the Amarillo Sports Arena, claiming that "the wrestlers do not receive enough protection.
Gary Young & Gino Caruso 2 January 10, 1980 Amarillo, Texas Defeat Tim Brooks & Jim Dillon.
Mitsu Ishikawa and Hugo Savinovich 1 March 20, 1980 Amarillo, Texas
Mitsu Ishikawa (2) and Haru Sonoda 1 April 1980 (n) Amarillo, Texas
Ted Heath and Larry Lane (2) 1 1980 (n)
Title retired in 1981 when the promotion closed.

Title history (Since 2014)[edit]

Wrestlers: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Vendetta Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championship
The Ballard Brothers
(Shane and Shannon Ballard)
1 July 15, 2014 Santa Maria, California Title revived with Vendetta Pro Wrestling to joining the NWA and The Ballard Brothers recognized as the Western States Tag Champions upon Vendetta Pro joining the NWA. [2]
SU/KA
(Sunami and Kadin Anthony)
1 August 2, 2014 Santa Maria, California Defeated Ballard Brothers in a Tag Team Steel Cage Match.
Championships stripped from SU/KA by Vendetta Pro Commissioner Joseph Duncan due to Kadin Anthony being unable appear.
Parental Discretion
(Mike Menace, Mario Banks and Mike Rayne)
1 September 12, 2014 Santa Maria, California Already scheduled to face The Ballard Brothers in a #1 Contendership match, the match was made to be for the vacant Tag titles. Parental Discretion have elected to use the “Freebird Rule”, allowing any two members of the team to defend the titles.
The Ballard Brothers
(Shane and Shannon Ballard)
2 May 16, 2015 (Interim)
June 12, 2015 (Undisputed)
Lompoc, California On May 16, 2015 in Lompoc, California; The Ballard Brothers won a four-way Tag Team match to become the Interim NWA Western States Tag Team Champions, while Parental Discretion would continue to hold the Vendetta Pro Wrestling Tag Team title.
On June 12, 2015, The Ballard Brothers would defeat Parental Discretion members Mike Menace and Mike Rayne to become undisputed NWA Western States Tag Team Champions by capturing their Vendetta Pro Tag Team titles, and thus, having the "Interim" tag removed. Although their second NWA Western States Tag Team title, this was the third title for The Ballards in Vendetta Pro.
The Classic Connection
(Buddy Royal and Levi Shapiro)
1 August 8, 2015 Santa Maria, California Won the NWA Western States Tag Team title along with the Apex Pro Tag Team title in a Tag Team Triangle Tag match, defeating The Ballards and The Von Dooms. The Classic Connection put up their APW Universal Tag Team title, PCW Tag Team title, and FCW-LA Tag Team title, retaining all three.[2]
The Von Dooms
(Vintage Dragon and Cyanide Von Doom)
1 January 8, 2016 Santa Maria, California Defeated The Classic Connection, The Midnight Delight and The Ballard Brothers in a Four Corners Tag Team Match.[2]
Alexander G. Bernard & Jimi Mayhem 1 July 29, 2016 Santa Maria, California Defeated The Ballard Brothers, The Twisted Sisterz and the team of Vintage Dragon and Espiritu (who filled in for an injured Cyanide Von Doom) in a Four Corners Tag Team Match.[2]
The Twisted Sisterz
(Holidead and Thunder Rosa)
1 September 30, 2016 Santa Maria, California Defeated Alexander G. Bernard and Jimi Mayhem to become the first pair of women to win the NWA Western States Tag Team Championship. Title renamed the NWA International Tag Team Championship on December 30, 2016[2][8]
Vacant February 13, 2017 Brownsville, Texas On January 6, 2017, The Ballard Brothers (Shane and Shannon Ballard) defeated The Twisted Sisterz with a fast count performed by Vendetta Pro Wrestling Commissioner Joseph Duncan. On February 13, NWA announced it would not recognize The Ballard Brothers as champions and held the title up.[10]
The Ballard Brothers
(Shane and Shannon Ballard)
3 February 24, 2017 Santa Maria, California Defeated The Twisted Sisterz in a rematch for the held up titles.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pro-Wrestling Title Histories: Amarillo". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved December 20, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "NWA/Vendetta Pro Western States Tag Team Championship title history". Vendetta Pro Wrestling. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "N.W.A. North American Tag Team Title (Amarillo)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved December 20, 2007. Replaced with Western States Tag Team Title. 
  4. ^ "N.W.A. Western States Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved December 20, 2007. 
  5. ^ "NWA Welcomes Vendetta Pro Wrestling". National Wrestling Alliance. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Status of NWA Western States Tag Team Championship". Vendetta Pro Wrestling. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Sisterz retain titles in Japan". Vendetta Pro Wrestling. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Beard, James (30 December 2016). "NWA Special Report". 
  9. ^ F4W Staff (May 3, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history: Low Ki Vs. Dewitt, Punk wins OVW title, Mutoh wins IWGP belt, Bret wins NA title, Dibiase & Dr. Death, Sheik, Watts, Fargos". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  10. ^ "NWA International Tag titles HELD UP". Vendetta Pro Wrestling. Retrieved 14 February 2017.