UWA World Heavyweight Championship

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UWA World Heavyweight Championship
El Canek.jpg
El Canek the most prolific champion with 15 reigns.
Details
Promotion Universal Wrestling Association
Mexican independent circuit
Date established August 15, 1977
Current champion(s) Dr. Wagner, Jr.
Date won June 18, 2004

The UWA World Heavyweight Championship (Campeonato Mundial peso Completo de UWA in Spanish) is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship originally promoted by Universal Wrestling Association (UWA) until it closed in 1995 and since then been defended on the Mexican independent circuit. In the past the title has been defended in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) when the champion worked for those companies. Lou Thez was the first UWA World Heavyweight champion, having been awarded the title after wrestling Mil Mascaras to a draw on the very first UWA show. El Canek has held the Championship the most times, 15 reigns all in all, 13 of those before the UWA closed. Canek is also the champion that kept the UWA World Heavyweight Championship active after the UWA closed. Dr. Wagner, Jr. is the current UWA World Heavyweight champion having defeated Canek on June 18, 2004. Dr. Wagner, Jr. currently works regularly for AAA and they acknowledge the title, having shown him with the belt on numerous occasions.[1]

The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition.

Title history[edit]

Key
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed.
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the titles were won
N/A The specific information is not known
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
Indicates Championship reigns after the UWA closed down

As of April 22, 2017.

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Thesz, LouLou Thesz 1 August 15, 1977 377 N/A Live event Thesz was awarded the title after fighting Mil Máscaras to a time limit draw at the UWA's first event on July 26, 1976.  
2 El Canek 1 August 27, 1978 539 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
3 Singh, Tiger JeetTiger Jeet Singh 1 February 17, 1980 56 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [2]
4 Inoki, AntonioAntonio Inoki 1 April 13, 1980 194 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [3]
5 Singh, Tiger JeetTiger Jeet Singh 2 October 24, 1980 114 Okinawa, Japan Live event    
6 El Canek 2 February 15, 1981 523 Naucalpan, México Live event    
7 Choshu, RikiRiki Choshu 1 July 23, 1982 65 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
8 El Canek 3 September 26, 1982 219 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
9 Fujinami, TatsumiTatsumi Fujinami 1 May 1, 1983 42 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
10 El Canek 4 June 12, 1983 252 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
Vacated October 4, 1983 N/A N/A El Canek vacated the title to do an extended tour of wrestling in Japan. Tour is cut short and Canek returns in time for the tournament.  
11 Enrique Vera 1 October 23, 1983 126 Naucalpan, México Live event Defeated El Canek and Dos Caras to win the vacant championship.  
12 Dos Caras 1 February 26, 1984 119 Naucalpan, México Live event    
13 El Canek 5 June 24, 1984 310 Naucalpan, México Live event    
14 Scorpio 1 April 30, 1985 61 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
15 El Canek
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June 30, 1985 548 N/A Live event    
16 Dos Caras 2 December 30, 1986 N/A Naucalpan, México Live event    
17 El Canek 7 April 1987 (NLT) Unknown N/A Live event    
18 The Killer 1 1987 Unknown N/A Live event    
19 El Canek 8 1987 Unknown N/A Live event    
20 Perro Aguayo 1 March 4, 1988 62 N/A Live event    
21 El Canek 9 May 5, 1988 566 N/A Live event   [4]
22 Big Van Vader 1 November 22, 1989 382 Naucalpan, México Live event    
23 El Canek 10 December 9, 1990 420 Naucalpan, México Live event    
24 Dos Caras 3 February 2, 1992 154 Naucalpan, México Live event    
25 El Canek 11 July 5, 1992 210 Naucalpan, México Live event    
26 Canadian Vampire Casanova 1 January 31, 1993 322 Naucalpan, México Live event    
27 El Canek 12 December 19, 1993 75 Naucalpan, México Live event    
28 Yamato 1 March 14, 1994 4 Puebla, Puebla Live event    
29 El Canek 13 March 18, 1994 1976 Nezahualcóyotl, México UWA Live event The UWA closed in 1995, however the title continued to be defended in other promotions.  
30 Cadaver de Ultratomba † 1 August 15, 1999 22 Tehuacán, Puebla Live event  
31 El Canek 14 September 6, 1999 867 Tehuacán, Puebla AAA TV Taping    
32 Cibernético 1 January 20, 2002 299 Salamanca, Guanajuato AAA TV Taping   [5]
33 El Canek 15 November 15, 2002 581 Orizaba, Veracruz AAA TV Taping   [5]
34 Dr. Wagner, Jr. 1 June 18, 2004 4691+ Mexico City, Distrito Federal CMLL Infierno en el Ring (2004)   [1][6]

References[edit]

General reference for title changes before 2000
  • Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "MEXICO: Universal Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 397. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
Specific
  1. ^ a b "Número Especial - Lo mejr de la lucha ilbre mexicana durante el 2004". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 24, 2005. issue 91. 
  2. ^ Centinela, Teddy (February 17, 2015). "En un día como hoy… 1980: Mil Máscaras y Canek exponen sus respectivas versiones del Campeonato Mundial de Peso Completo". SuperLuchas Magazine (in Spanish). Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Centinela, Teddy (April 13, 2015). "En un día como hoy… 1980: Cartel súper internacional en El Toreo: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh — Fishman vs. Tatsumi Fujinami". SuperLuchas Magazine (in Spanish). Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ F4W Staff (May 5, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (May 5): Bruno Vs. Gorilla in Puerto Rico, 2nd annual Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "2002: considerar detrás". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 19, 2003. issue 2593. 
  6. ^ LuchaLibreDeMexico (2012-05-16), CMLL 6 18 2004 El Canek vs Dr Wagner, retrieved 2016-09-01