USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship

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USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship
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Promotion United States Wrestling Association
Date established December 13, 1988
Date retired November 1997

The USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship formed in 1988, which consisted of the WCWA World Heavyweight Championship from World Class Championship Wrestling and the AWA World Heavyweight Championship from the American Wrestling Association. The title was unified on December 13, 1988, when AWA World Champion Jerry Lawler defeated WCWA World Champion Kerry Von Erich in a unification match.

The title was primarily recognized by and defended in the United States Wrestling Association until 1997, when the company ceased operations. However, the AWA withdrew its recognition of the championship shortly after the unification match when Lawler was stripped of the AWA world title. The title was also contested in a non-televised match in the World Wrestling Federation in 1993.[1]

Title history[edit]

Wrestler: Reign #: Date won: Place won: Notes:
Jerry Lawler 1 December 13, 1988 Chicago, Illinois Lawler was the reigning AWA World Heavyweight Champion. He defeats Kerry Von Erich to win the WCWA World Heavyweight Championship. This results in the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship being formed. In January 1989, he was stripped of the AWA title by the AWA, ending the AWA title's connection with the USWA Unified World Heavyweight title. Lawler continues to be recognized as the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion by the USWA. On January 16, 1989, Dutch Mantell apparently defeated Lawler to win the title after guest referee Ricky Morton (who had been paid off by Mantell) helped Mantell win by knocking Lawler's feet off the ropes in Mantell's pinfall attempt. The CWA Championship Committee reversed the decision the following week, returning the title to Lawler.
Master of Pain 1 April 1, 1989 Memphis, Tennessee
Jerry Lawler 2 April 25, 1989 Memphis, TN The WCWA World Heavyweight Championship is held up in April 1989. Regardless, the USWA continues to recognize the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship. On April 14 Lawler defeats Kerry Von Erich to win the WCWA World Heavyweight Championship again. Lawler claims to still be champion in AWA and wins the USWA Unified World Heavyweight title on April 25.
The Soultaker 1 October 23, 1989 Memphis, TN This title change was not recognised in the Texas/World Class branch of the USWA.
Jerry Lawler 3 November 6, 1989 Memphis, TN
King Cobra 1 December 30, 1989 Memphis, TN This title change was not recognised in the Texas/World Class branch of the USWA.
Jerry Lawler 4 January 8, 1990 Memphis, TN
Jimmy Valiant 1 February 26, 1990 Memphis, TN This title change was not recognised in the Texas/World Class branch of the USWA.[2]
Jerry Lawler 5 March 12, 1990 Memphis, TN
Jimmy Valiant 2 April 28, 1990 Memphis, TN This title change was not recognised in the Texas/World Class branch of the USWA.
Jerry Lawler 6 May 5, 1990 Memphis, TN [3]
Snowman 1 June 18, 1990 Memphis, TN
Stripped August 27, 1990 Snowman no-shows title defense. (World Class Championship Wrestling ends business relationship with USWA in September 1990, ending the WCWA title's connection with the USWA Unified World Heavyweight title. Regardless, the USWA continues to recognize the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship.)
Jerry Lawler 7 October 8, 1990 Memphis, TN Defeated Austin Idol in tournament final.
Terry Funk 1 November 5, 1990 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler 8 March 11, 1991 Memphis, TN
Awesome Kong 1 July 29, 1991 Memphis, TN [4]
Jerry Lawler 9 August 12, 1991 Memphis, TN
The Dragon Master 1 August 26, 1991 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler 10 September 2, 1991 Memphis, TN
Kamala 1 November 25, 1991 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler 11 December 2, 1991 Memphis, TN
Held Up December 7, 1991 Title held up after match with Kamala.
Kamala 2 December 9, 1991 Memphis, TN Won rematch.
Held Up February 2, 1992 Title held up after match against Koko Ware.
Kamala 3 February 10, 1992 Memphis, TN Won rematch.[5]
Koko B. Ware 1 February 24, 1992 Memphis, TN [6]
Kamala 4 March 16, 1992 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler 12 May 4, 1992 Memphis, TN Defeats Eddie Gilbert on June 8, 1992 to unify GWF and USWA World Titles.
Eddie Gilbert 1 June 15, 1992 Memphis, TN
Ricky Morton 1 July 13, 1992 Memphis, TN
Eddie Gilbert 2 July 20, 1992 Memphis, TN [7]
Junkyard Dog 1 September 21, 1992 Memphis, TN
Butch Reed 1 October 12, 1992 Memphis, TN
Todd Champion 1 October 17, 1992 Cleveland, Ohio Phantom title change after Reed left the territory.
Jerry Lawler 13 November 2, 1992 Memphis, TN
Koko B. Ware 2 December 7, 1992 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler 14 December 14, 1992 Memphis, TN
Papa Shango 2 May 3, 1993 Memphis, TN [8]
Owen Hart 1 June 21, 1993 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler 15 July 5, 1993 Memphis, TN
Tatanka 1 September 13, 1993 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler 16 September 20, 1993 Memphis, TN
Randy Savage 1 October 11, 1993 Memphis, TN
Vacated November 20, 1993 United States Wrestling Association (USWA) & World Wrestling Federation (WWF) temporarily end co-promotion.
Jeff Jarrett 1 November 22, 1993 Memphis, TN Won Battle Royal.
Jerry Lawler 17 December 20, 1993 Memphis, TN
Eddie Gilbert 3 January 31, 1994 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler 18 February 7, 1994 Memphis, TN [9]
Eddie Gilbert 4 February 14, 1994 Memphis, TN [10]
Jerry Lawler 19 March 25, 1994 Senatobia, MS
Sid Vicious 1 July 16, 1994 Memphis, TN Won by forfeit.[11]
Jerry Lawler 20 February 6, 1995 Memphis, TN
Bill Dundee 1 February 25, 1995 Memphis, TN
Razor Ramon 1 April 3, 1995 Memphis, TN [12]
Jerry Lawler 21 May 1, 1995 Memphis, TN
Ahmed Johnson 1 November 6, 1995 Memphis, TN
Jeff Jarrett 2 December 20, 1995 Tunica, Mississippi
Stripped March 2, 1996 Jarrett suffers back injury.
Jerry Lawler 22 March 4, 1996 Memphis, TN Defeated Mabel in tournament final.[13]
Held Up March 8, 1996 Title held up after match against Bill Dundee.
Jerry Lawler 23 April 5, 1996 Memphis, TN Lawler won rematch. Records remain unclear.
Jeff Jarrett 3 April 20, 1996 Memphis, TN Referee Frank Morrell helped Jarrett.
Jerry Lawler 24 July 24, 1996 West Helena, Arkansas
Sid Vicious 2 August 30, 1996 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler 25 September 2, 1996 Memphis, TN
The Colorado Kid 1 October 4, 1996 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler 26 November 16, 1996 Memphis, TN
Tank 1 March 15, 1997 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler 27 March 22, 1997 Memphis, TN
King Reginald 1 April 12, 1997 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler 28 April 27, 1997 Memphis, TN
Dutch Mantel 1 August 8, 1997 Memphis, TN
Title Retired November 1997 USWA closed.

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