NWA World Tag Team Championship (Minneapolis version)

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NWA World Tag Team Championship
(Minneapolis version)
Details
Promotion NWA Minneapolis Wrestling and Boxing Club[1][2]
Date established January 8, 1957[1][2]
Date retired August 1960[1][2]

From January 8, 1957, through August 1960 the NWA Minneapolis Wrestling and Boxing Club promoted the Minneapolis version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship as the main professional wrestling championship for tag teams on their shows held in and around Minneapolis.[1][2] The Minneapolis Wrestling and Boxing Club was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) from its formation in 1948, but left the group in 1960 to help form the American Wrestling Association (AWA).[3] The NWA Board of Directors allowed each member, referred to as a NWA territory, to create and control its own individual "NWA World Tag Team Championship" to be defended within its territory.[3] At one point in 1957, no less than 13 different versions of the NWA World Tag Team Championship were recognized across the United States.[Championships] As with all professional wrestling championships, this championship was not contested for in competitive matches, but in matches with predetermined outcomes to maintain the illusion that professional wrestling is a competitive sport.[4]

Records indicate that brothers Al and Tiny Mills were recognized as NWA World Tag Team Champions in Minnesota in June 1953, as they lost the championship to Tony Baillargeon and Pat O'Connor on June 20, 1953. The records did not indicate how the Mills brothers won the championship, nor is it clear what happened after Baillargeon and O'Connor won the championship.[1][2] Records of an active NWA World Tag Team Championship in the Minneapolis area do not indicate new champions until January 8, 1957, when The Kalmikoffs (Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff) defeated Fritz Von Erich and Karl Von Schober in the finals of a tournament to win the championship.[1][2] In 1960 the Minneapolis promotion left the NWA to found the AWA, which meant that the last holders of the NWA championship, Murder Inc. (Stan Kowalski and Tiny Mills), became the first AWA World Tag Team Champions as all NWA-branded championships were abandoned.[1][2][5]

The Kalmikoffs held the championship a total of four times, the record both for teams and for Ivan and Karol Kalmikoffs as individuals. Verne Gagne shares the record of four championship reigns, with three different partners: Leo Nomellini, Bronco Nagurski, and Butch Levy.[1][2] Due to lack of details surrounding various championship changes, it is uncertain which team had the shortest reign; Herb and Seymore Freeman's reign of seven days is the shortest confirmed reign, but the possibility exists that another team had a shorter reign.[1][2] The last reign was also the longest reign, as Murder Inc. held the championship for 193 days before being awarded the AWA World Tag Team Championship.[1][2]

Title history[edit]

Key

Symbol Meaning
No. The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific wrestler listed.
Event The event in which the championship changed hands
N/A The specific information is not known
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
[Note #] Indicates that the exact length of the title reign is unknown, with a note providing more details.
  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)
1 Tiny and Al Mills 1 June 1953 [Note 1] [Note 2] House show Records are unclear on who they defeated to win the championship [1][2]
2 Tony Baillargeon and Pat O'Connor 1 June 20, 1953 [Note 3] St. Paul, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
 
3 Kalmikoffs, TheThe Kalmikoffs
(Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff)
1 January 8, 1957 49 Minneapolis, Minnesota House show Defeated Fritz Von Erich and Karl Von Schober in a tournament final. [1][2]
4 Joe and Guy Brunetti 1 February 26, 1957 100 Minneapolis, Minnesota House show   [1][2][6]
5 Kalmikoffs, TheThe Kalmikoffs
(Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff)
2 June 6, 1957 68 Minneapolis, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
6 Arakawa, MitsuMitsu Arakawa and Kinji Shibuya 1 August 13, 1957 105 Minneapolis, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
7 Joe and Guy Brunetti 2 November 26, 1957 14 Minneapolis, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
8 Atomic Blonds
(Johnny Valentine and Chet Wallick)
1 December 10, 1957 16 Minneapolis, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
9 Gagne, VerneVerne Gagne and Bronko Nagurski 1 December 26, 1957 86 Minneapolis, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
10 Gallagher Brothers
(Doc and Mike Gallagher)
1 March 22, 1958 54 St. Paul, Minnesota House show Hard Boiled Haggerty and Kinji Shibuya defeat the Gallaghers on April 22, 1958 but the title was returned a week later due to questionable decisions by referee Ilio DiPaolo. [1][2]
11 Verne Gagne (2) and Leo Nomellini 1 May 15, 1958 [Note 4] Minneapolis, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
12 Gallagher Brothers
(Doc and Mike Gallagher)
2 1958 [Note 5] [Note 2] House show   [1][2]
13 Hans Hermann and Fritz Von Erich 1 July 1, 1958 [Note 6] Minneapolis, Minnesota House show   [1][2][7]
Vacated 1958 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [1][2]
14 Reggie and Stan Lisowski 1 November 1958 [Note 7] [Note 2] House show Won a tournament [1][2]
15 Herb and Seymour Freeman 1 January 15, 1959 7 Minneapolis, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
16 Reggie and Stan Lisowski 2 January 22, 1959 42 Minneapolis, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
17 Kalmikoffs, TheThe Kalmikoffs
(Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff)
3 March 5, 1959 54 Minneapolis, Minnesota House show In April 1959, Ivan gave his half to Baron Gattoni after being injured. [1][2]
18 Verne Gagne (3) and Butch Levy 1 April 28, 1959 [Note 8] Minneapolis, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
19 Kalmikoffs, TheThe Kalmikoffs
(Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff)
4 June 1959 [Note 9] [Note 2] House show Awarded because Verne Gagne was on tour outside the territory. [1][2]
20 Levy, ButchButch Levy (2) and Leo Nomellini (2) 1 July 14, 1959 [Note 10] Minneapolis, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
Vacated 1959 N/A N/A N/A Nomelli returned to play for the San Francisco 49ers in 1959. [1][2]
21 Murder, Inc.
(Stan Kowalski and Tiny Mills (2))
1 March 5, 1960 193 N/A N/A Claimed to be International Tag Team champions in 1959, awarded the world title on this date. The Minneapolis promotion withdraws from NWA and forms American Wrestling Association in May but initially recognize NWA champions. [1][2]
22 Verne Gagne (4) and Leo Nomellini (3) 2 July 19, 1960 [Note 11] Minneapolis, Minnesota House show   [1][2]
23 Murder, Inc.
(Stan Kowalski and Tiny Mills (3))
2 August 1960 [Note 12] Minneapolis, Minnesota House show Awarded when Nomellini returned to the NFL. Became the first AWA World Tag Team Champions when AWA stopped recognizing NWA champions. [1][2]

Team reigns by combined length[edit]

Key

Symbol Meaning
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.
Rank Team No. of reigns Combined days
1 Murder, Inc. (Stan Kowalski and Tiny Mills) 2 281¤[Note 12]
2 Kalmikoffs, TheThe Kalmikoffs
(Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff)
4 174¤[Note 9]
3 Joe and Guy Brunetti 2 114
4 Arakawa, MitsuMitsu Arakawa and Kinji Shibuya 1 105
5 Gagne, VerneVerne Gagne and Bronko Nagurski 1 86
6 Gagne, VerneVerne Gagne and Butch Levy 1 85¤[Note 8]
7 Gallagher Brothers
(Doc and Mike Gallagher)
2 55¤[Note 4]
8 Atomic Blonds
(Johnny Valentine and Chet Wallick)
1 16
9 Gagne, VerneVerne Gagne and Leo Nomellini 2 14¤[Note 11]
10 Herb and Seymour Freeman 1 7
11 Levy, ButchButch Levy and Leo Nomellini 1 [Note 10]
12 Hans Hermann and Fritz Von Erich 1 [Note 6]
13 Tiny and Al Mills 1 [Note 1]
14 Tony Baillargeon and Pat O'Connor 1 [Note 3]

Individual reigns by combined length[edit]

Key

Symbol Meaning
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.
Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 Mills, TinyTiny Mills 3 282¤[Note 1][Note 12]
2 Stan Kowalski 2 281¤[Note 12]
3 Gagne, VerneVerne Gagne 4 185¤[Note 8][Note 11]
4 Kalmikoff, IvanIvan Kalmikoff 4 174¤[Note 9]
Kalmikoff, KarolKarol Kalmikoff 4 174¤[Note 9]
6 Guy Brunetti 2 114
Joe Brunetti 2 114
8 Shibuya, KinjiKinji Shibuya 1 105
Arakawa, MitsuMitsu Arakawa 1 105
10 Nagurski, BronkoBronko Nagurski 1 86
Levy, ButchButch Levy 2 86¤[Note 8][Note 10]
12 Doc Mike Gallagher 2 55¤[Note 4]
Mike Gallagher 2 55¤[Note 4]
14 Chet Wallick 1 16
Valentine, JohnnyJohnny Valentine 1 16
16 Nomellini, LeoLeo Nomellini 3 15¤[Note 10][Note 11]
17 Herb Freeman 1 7
Seymour Freeman 1 7
19 Tony Baillargeon 1 [Note 3]
Hans Hermann 1 [Note 6]
Al Mills 1 [Note 1]
Von Erich, FritzFritz Von Erich 1 [Note 6]
O'Connor, PatPat O'Connor 1 [Note 3]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d The date the championship was won and lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 20 days.
  2. ^ a b c d The location of the match was not captured as part of the championship documentation.
  3. ^ a b c d The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 1,297 days.
  4. ^ a b c d The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and −318 days.
  5. ^ The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 46 days.
  6. ^ a b c d The date the championship was vacated has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 151 days.
  7. ^ The date the championship won lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 46 days and 75 days.
  8. ^ a b c d The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 85 days and 115 days.
  9. ^ a b c d The date the championship was won has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 3 days and 43 days.
  10. ^ a b c d The date the championship was vacated has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 1 day and 170 days.
  11. ^ a b c d The date the championship was lost has not been documented which means the championship reign lasted anywhere between 13 days and 43 days.
  12. ^ a b c d The exact date the AWA stopped promoting the NWA Tag Team Championship is unclear, leaving length of the reign too uncertain to calculate.

Concurrent championships[edit]

Sources for 13 simultaneous NWA World Tag Team Championships

References[edit]

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