WSL World Heavyweight Championship

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WSL World Heavyweight Championship
Details
Promotion Wrestling Superstars Live
Date established June 6, 1996
Current champion(s) Keith Walker
Date won February 21, 2009
Other name(s)
AWA Superstars of Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship
AWA World Heavyweight Championship

The WSL World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship in the Wrestling Superstars Live promotion. It was originally known as the AWA Superstars of Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship.

History[edit]

In 1996, Dale Gagne and his associate Jonnie Stewart, former American Wrestling Association (AWA) employees, filed corporate papers to license the AWA name in the state of Minnesota and formed an organization known as AWA Superstars of Wrestling. In April 2007 World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) filed a lawsuit against Dale Gagner and Jonnie Stewart, citing trademark infringement, as WWE owned all American Wrestling Association properties due to their purchase after the AWA's closure.[1][2][3]

In October 2008, the court ruled that although Gagne and Stewart had licensed the AWA in the state of Minnesota, they had never filed for a federal trademark and ruled in favor of WWE. The court ruling prohibits Gagne and his associate from exploiting or trading on the AWA name or any other derivatives.[4] As a result, the organization was renamed to Wrestling Superstars Live. Due to there being no connection to the American Wrestling Association, Wrestling Superstars Live championship reigns are recognized from 1996 and forward.

Current champion[edit]

The current recognized WSL World Heavyweight Champion is Keith Walker. He defeated Rick Landell on February 21, 2009.

Title history[edit]

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Jonnie Stewart 1 June 6, 1996 Rochester, Minnesota Defeated Larry Gligorovich to win the AWA Superstars of Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship.
King Kong Bundy 1 March 31, 1999 Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Dale Gagne 1 July 29, 2000 Pine Bluff, Arkansas The owner stripped Bundy from the title and declared himself the champion.
The Patriot
(Danny Dominion)
1 July 29, 2000 Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Larry Gligorovich 1 July 29, 2000 Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Eric Priest 1 June 3, 2001 Hillside, Illinois
Evan Karagias 1 March 22, 2002 Casa Grande, Arizona
Horshu 1 October 12, 2002 Mercedes, Texas Stripped of the title due to missing mandatory title defenses.
Evan Karagias 2 July 6, 2003 Lemoore, California Defeated Eric Priest to win the vacated title. Karagias was fired in January 2005 by Dale Gagne for misconduct and refusal of defending the title as scheduled.
Takao Omori 1 February 15, 2005 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Steve Corino in the finals of a tournament when Pro Wrestling Zero1 joins AWA Superstars of Wrestling.
Steve Corino 1 June 11, 2005 Bay City, Michigan
Shinjiro Otani 1 January 22, 2006 Tokyo, Japan
Takao Omori 2 April 1, 2006 Tokyo, Japan
Ric Converse 1 June 14, 2006 Indianapolis, Indiana
Steve Corino 2 January 7, 2007 Pottstown, Pennsylvania On March 23, 2007, Corino lost the title to TNT at an AWF event; however, on March 28, the AWA Superstars of Wrestling Board of Directors returned the title to Corino when the proper paperwork for the match could not be found.
Takao Omori 3 March 31, 2007 Yokohama, Japan
Masato Tanaka 1 October 26, 2007 Tokyo, Japan Tanaka is stripped of the title on December 10, 2007, when the Zero1 severs ties with AWA Superstars of Wrestling. Tanaka is still recognized as AWA Superstars of Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion in Japan, the title is called the Zero1 World Heavyweight Championship in the US.
Larry Zbyszko 1* February 5, 2008 Minneapolis, Minnesota Title awarded.
Brian Logan # April 20, 2008 Fayetteville, West Virginia Logan defeated Zbyszko and Ricky Landell in a triple threat match. Shortly thereafter, Mountaineer Wrestling Association of West Virginia, the promotion for which Logan primarily performs, pulled out of AWA Superstars of Wrestling to form American Wrestling Affiliates with several other promotions. The title was returned to Zbyszko, and Logan's reign was never officially recognized by AWA Superstars of Wrestling.
Larry Zbyszko 2* Title returned to Zbyszko.
Ricky Landell 1 October 11, 2008 Indianapolis, Indiana Title becomes known as the WSL World Heavyweight Championship when the promotion is forced to rename.
Keith Walker 1 February 21, 2009 Michigan City, Indiana Still champion as of September 15, 2009.

* Wrestling Superstars Live considers Zbyszko's reign before and his reign after his loss to Brian Logan to be one continuous reign.
† Unofficial title changes not recognized by Wrestling Superstars Live.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Browning, Dan (2007-04-28). "World Wrestling sues promoter". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ "News and Notes, May 4, 2007". GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com. 2007-05-04. 
  3. ^ Ryder, Bob (2007-04-26). "WWE Files Lawsuit Against "Gagne" For Trademark Violations Associated With AWA". 1wrestling.com. 
  4. ^ "WWE wins trademark infringement lawsuit over AWA". wrestleview.com. 2008-10-28.