WCWA World Heavyweight Championship

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WCWA World Heavyweight Championship
Details
Promotion World Class Wrestling Association
Date established June 6, 1966
Date retired 1990
Other name(s)
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Texas)
  • NWA American Heavyweight Championship

The WCWA World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship in World Class Championship Wrestling. The title was originally created in June 1966 as the Texas version of the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship before being renamed the NWA American Heavyweight Championship in May 1968.[1] When WCCW pulled out of the NWA in 1986, the championship was renamed the World Class Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Championship.[2] The title was unified by Jerry Lawler with the AWA World Heavyweight Championship in 1989 and continued as the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship. World Class returned in September 1990 when the organization withdrew from the United States Wrestling Association (USWA), but the promotion ceased operations three months later.

Title history[edit]

Silver areas in the history indicate periods of unknown lineage.

Wrestler: Reigns: Date: Place: Notes:
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Texas version)
Fritz Von Erich 1 June 6, 1966 Texas Defeated Brute Bernard.
Johnny Valentine 1 June 9, 1966 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 2 August 4, 1966 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 3 December 15, 1966
Brute Bernard 1 March 1967 Texas Sometime after March 22, 1967.
Fritz Von Erich 4 March 27, 1967 Ft. Worth, TX
The Spoiler 1 April 5, 1968 Houston, TX
Held Up April 1968 Title held up due to interference by manager Gary Hart.
Renamed NWA American Heavyweight Championship in May 1968
Fritz Von Erich 5 June 3, 1968 Ft. Worth, TX Won rematch.
Kenji Shibuya 1 1968 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 6 July 26, 1968 Houston, TX
Baron Von Raschke 1 April 10, 1969
Fritz Von Erich 7 April 29, 1969
Johnny Valentine 2 May 2, 1969 Houston, TX
Fritz Von Erich 8 June 1969
Johnny Valentine 3 June 9, 1969 Ft. Worth, TX
Fritz Von Erich 9 August 4, 1969 Ft. Worth, TX
Held Up August 5, 1969 Title held up after match against Johnny Valentine in Dallas, TX because of the interference of Wahoo McDaniel.
Fritz Von Erich 10 October 21, 1969 Dallas, TX Won rematch against Johnny Valentine.
Johnny Valentine 4 January 23, 1970 Houston, TX
Fritz Von Erich 11 February 13, 1970 Houston, TX
Boris Malenko 1 May 18, 1970 Ft. Worth, TX Defeated Mil Máscaras in tournament final.
Fritz Von Erich 12 June 2, 1970 Dallas, TX Defeats Great Malenko.
Baron von Raschke 2 June 1970 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 13 June 14, 1970 Texas
Toru Tanaka 1 December 18, 1970 Houston, TX
Fritz Von Erich 14 February 22, 1971 Ft. Worth, TX
Toru Tanaka 2 February 23, 1971 Dallas, TX
Wahoo McDaniel 1 March 5, 1971 Houston, TX
The Spoiler 2 December 11, 1971 San Antonio, TX
Billy Red Lyons 1 June 24, 1972 Irving, TX
Johnny Valentine 5 July 8, 1972 Corpus Christi, TX
Missouri Mauler 1 March 2, 1973 Chicago, IL Awarded when Valentine goes to Japan.
Fritz Von Erich 15 August 7, 1973 Dallas, TX
The Texan 1 March 26, 1974 Dallas, TX
Fritz Von Erich 16 April 16, 1974 Dallas, TX
Vacant November 30, 1974 Dallas, TX After a match against Blackjack Lanza.
Blackjack Lanza 1 December 2, 1974 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 17 December 29, 1974 Dallas, TX
Bruiser Brody 1 January 3, 1977 Atlanta, GA
Fritz Von Erich 18 April 12, 1977 Dallas, TX
Bruiser Brody 2 April 13, 1977 Dallas, TX
Captain USA 1 July 25, 1977 Fort Worth, TX
Ox Baker 1 September 30, 1977 Houston, TX
Fritz Von Erich 19 December 12, 1977 Fort Worth, TX
Bruiser Brody 3 September 11, 1978 Ft. Worth, TX
Kevin Von Erich 1 December 25, 1978 Ft. Worth, TX
The Spoiler 3 April 1, 1979 Puerto Rico
Wahoo McDaniel 2 May 13, 1979 Houston, TX
The Spoiler 4 June 2, 1979 Houston, TX Awarded due to injury to Wahoo.
El Halcon 1 August 5, 1979 Dallas, TX
The Spoiler 5 October 7, 1979 Dallas, TX
Bruiser Brody 4 November 30, 1979 Houston, TX
Ox Baker 2 January 2, 1980 San Francisco, CA
Kevin Von Erich 2 January 12, 1980 Dallas, TX
Toru Tanaka 3 April 20, 1980 Dallas, TX
Kevin Von Erich 3 April 28, 1980 Ft. Worth, TX
Gino Hernandez 1 May 19, 1980 Ft. Worth, TX
El Halcon 2 August 1, 1980 Houston, TX
Gino Hernandez 2 August 15, 1980 Houston, TX
Held Up December 20, 1980 Title held up after match against Kevin Von Erich.
Kerry Von Erich 1 December 28, 1980 Dallas, TX Subbed for injured Kevin and won rematch against Hernandez.
Ken Patera 1 1981 Texas
Masked Superstar 1 1981 Texas
Kerry Von Erich 2 1981 Texas
Ernie Ladd 1 May 11, 1981 Ft. Worth, TX
Kerry Von Erich 3 June 4, 1981 New Orleans, LA
Great Kabuki 1 September 25, 1981 Lawton, OK
Bugsy McGraw 1 December 26, 1981 Columbus, OH
Kerry Von Erich 4 March 8, 1982 Ft. Worth, TX
King Kong Bundy 1 May 5, 1982 Lawton, OK
Fritz Von Erich 20 June 14, 1982 Irving, TX
Vacated June 14, 1982 Fritz won the title in his retirement match and vacated it immediately.
King Kong Bundy 2 June 15, 1982 Awarded when Fritz retired.
Kevin Von Erich 4 September 5, 1982 Ft. Worth, TX
Terry Gordy 1 January 21, 1983 Dallas, TX
Kevin Von Erich 5 March 4, 1983 Dallas, TX
Held Up July 11, 1983 Title held up after match against Jimmy Garvin.
Jimmy Garvin 1 July 25, 1983 Ft. Worth, TX Won rematch.
Chris Adams 1 November 24, 1983 Dallas, TX
Jimmy Garvin 2 December 25, 1983 Dallas, TX
Chris Adams 2 January 30, 1984 Ft. Worth, TX
Jimmy Garvin 3 April 2, 1984 Ft. Worth, TX
Chris Adams 3 April 4, 1984 Texas
Jimmy Garvin 4 April 1984 Texas
Gino Hernandez 3 May 18, 1984 San Juan, PR
Mike Von Erich 1 August 3, 1984 Dallas, TX
Gino Hernandez 4 September 3, 1984 Ft. Worth, TX
Kerry Von Erich 5 October 29, 1984 Ft. Worth, TX
Chris Adams 4 February 8, 1985 Dallas, TX
Iceman King Parsons 1 July 5, 1985 Dallas, TX
Rick Rude 1 November 4, 1985 Ft. Worth, TX
Renamed WCWA World Heavyweight Championship February 20, 1986
Chris Adams 5 July 4, 1986 Dallas, TX
Black Bart 1 September 15, 1986 Dallas, TX Was billed as taken place in Los Angeles; title awarded when Chris Adams left WCCW.
Kevin Von Erich 6 October 12, 1986 Dallas, TX
Al Perez 1 August 21, 1987 Dallas, TX Won by forfeit.
Kerry Von Erich 6 March 6, 1988 Dallas, TX
Iceman King Parsons 2 March 25, 1988 Dallas, TX
Kerry Von Erich 7 May 9, 1988 Irving, TX
Jerry Lawler 1 October 23, 1988 Memphis, TN
Kerry Von Erich 8 November 4, 1988 Dallas, TX
Tatsumi Fujinami 1 December 9, 1988 Tokyo, JPN Von Erich was bleeding too heavily to continue.
Kerry Von Erich 9 December 10, 1988 Title returned when Fujinami refuses it because of ending.
Jerry Lawler 2 December 13, 1988 Chicago, IL 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 continued to be recognized as the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion by the USWA.
Held Up April 5, 1989 The WCWA World Heavyweight Championship is held up after the match against Kerry Von Erich. Regardless, the USWA continued to recognize the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship.
Jerry Lawler 3 April 14, 1989 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.
Title retired 1990 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. World Class Championship Wrestling later closes down. Regardless, the USWA continued to recognize the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship.

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