WWA World Heavyweight Championship (Indianapolis)

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WWA World Heavyweight Championship
Details
Promotion World Wrestling Association
Date established 1964
Date retired 1991

The WWA World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship in the Indianapolis-based World Wrestling Association from the promotion's formation in 1964 until the late 1980s.

Title history[edit]

Silver areas in the history indicate periods of unknown lineage.

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Dick the Bruiser 1 April 22, 1964 Los Angeles, California Defeats Freddie Blassie for the Los Angeles version of the championship; starts his own promotion in Indiana.
Title held up March 12, 1965 Indianapolis, Indiana After a match in which the Bruiser is disqualifed against Johnny Valentine.
Dick the Bruiser 2 April 10, 1965 Indianapolis, Indiana Defeats Johnny Valentine in rematch.
Gene Kiniski 1 August 21, 1965 Indianapolis, Indiana
Dick the Bruiser 3 December 25, 1965 Indianapolis, Indiana Loses a unification match against AWA champion Mad Dog Vachon on March 26, 1966 in Chicago, IL but continues to be recognized in Indianapolis and other WWA towns (WWA started working with AWA and AWA titles are recognized in Chicago thereafter).
Mitsu Arakawa 1 October 8, 1966 Indianapolis, Indiana
Wilbur Snyder 1 September 30, 1967 Indianapolis, Indiana
Blackjack Lanza 1 December 27, 1967 Indianapolis, Indiana
Dick the Bruiser 4 August 29, 1969 Indianapolis, Indiana
Baron von Raschke 1 March 7, 1970 Indianapolis, Indiana
Dick the Bruiser 5 October 14, 1971 Indianapolis, Indiana Repeated on October 23, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan.
Baron von Raschke 2 November 26, 1971 Detroit, Michigan Repeated in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 29, 1971; Dick the Bruiser defeats Raschke in a death match on March 18, 1972 in Detroit, Michigan but is stripped in April 1972 with the match having no falls.
Billy Red Cloud 1 March 21, 1972 Indianapolis, Indiana Raschke continues to be billed as champion in Elkhart, IN where he loses to Art Thomas on March 25, 1972; Thomas also recognized as champion in Detroit; the Detroit version is held-up after a match between Thomas and Baron Von Raschke on May 20, 1972 in Detroit, MI.
Art Thomas 1 April 25, 1972 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Title Held up May 20, 1972 Detroit, Michigan After a match against Baron von Raschke.
Baron von Raschke 3 June 3, 1972 Detroit, Michigan Defeats Red Cloud for the recognition in Indianapolis; also defeats Art Thomas for the held-up Detroit version on June 3, 1972 in Detroit, Michigan.
Bob Ellis 1 March 31, 1973 Indianapolis, Indiana
Jimmy Valiant 1 January 1974 Detroit, Michigan
Bob Ellis 2 May 12, 1974 Detroit, Michigan
Ox Baker 1 August 10, 1974 Indianapolis, Indiana
Pepper Gomez 1 November 29, 1975 Indianapolis, Indiana
Masked Stranger 1 May 1, 1976 Indianapolis, Indiana
Dick the Bruiser 6 March 5, 1977 Indianapolis, Indiana [1]
Title held up April 30, 1977 After a match against Ivan Koloff.
Ivan Koloff 1 June 18, 1977 Indianapolis, Indiana Wins rematch.
Title held up November 12, 1977 After a match against Dick the Bruiser.
Dick the Bruiser 7 December 26, 1977 Indianapolis, Indiana Wins rematch.
Title held up April 28, 1979 After a match against King Kong Brody.
Dick the Bruiser 8 June 9, 1979 Indianapolis, Indiana Defeats King Kong Brody.
King Kong Brody 1 August 4, 1979 Indianapolis, Indiana
Dick the Bruiser 9 May 31, 1980 Indianapolis, Indiana
Title help up October 4, 1980 Indianapolis, Indiana After a match against Ernie Ladd.
Ernie Ladd 1 November 1, 1980 Indianapolis, Indiana Wins rematch.
Dick the Bruiser 10 November 29, 1980 Indianapolis, Indiana
Johnny Valiant 1 April 25, 1981 Indianapolis, Indiana
Dick The Bruiser 11 April 1981
Bobo Brazil 1 July 24, 1981 Bartonville, Illinois
Blackjack Mulligan 1 October 11, 1981 Indianapolis, Indiana
Bobo Brazil 2 November 1981 Knoxville, Tennessee
Title held up February 13, 1982 After a match against Harley Race where Race pins Brazil after using an illegal piledriver.
Harley Race 1 April 24, 1982 Indianapolis, Indiana Defeats Brazil in rematch; Brazil continues to defend in smaller towns.
Vacant July 1982 When the working agreement between WWA and CWA ends.
Dick the Bruiser 12 January 1983 Awarded title.
Bobby Colt 1 June 25, 1983 Indianapolis, Indiana
Spike Huber 1 January 7, 1984 Indianapolis, Indiana
Stormy Granzig 1 July 1984 Terre Haute, Indiana Phantom title change—Huber is fired after splitting with Bruiser's daughter.
Greg Wojokowski 1 October 1984 Indianapolis, Indiana
Dick the Bruiser 13 January 29, 1985 Indianapolis, Indiana
Greg Wojokowski 2 September 1985
Scott Rechsteiner 1 August 14, 1986 Dearborn, Michigan
Greg Wojokowski 3 May 3, 1987 Toledo, Ohio
Vacant 1988 Upon retirement.
Calypso Jim 1 Summer 1988 Fort Wayne, Indiana
Golden Lion 1 April 16, 1989 Fort Wayne, Indiana
Title retired November 10, 1991 Promotion closed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoops, Brian (March 5, 2017). "Daily Pro Wrestling History (03/05): The Hardy Boyz win WWF tag team gold". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved March 5, 2017. 

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