WWWF United States Tag Team Championship

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WWWF United States Tag Team Championship
One of the belts that represented the WWWF United States Tag Team Championship
Details
Promotion Capitol Wrestling Corporation
World Wide Wrestling Federation
Date established July 1958[1][2]
Date retired July 29, 1967[1][2]
Other name(s)
  • NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Northeast)[1][2]

The WWWF United States Tag Team Championship was the first version of the main tag team title in the World Wide Wrestling Federation from 1963 until 1967. Originally, the WWWF was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance operating out of the Northeast and was called the Capitol Wrestling Corporation. The championship began as Capitol Wrestling's territorial version of the NWA United States Tag Team Championship from 1958 until 1963.[1][2]

Title history[edit]

Names[edit]

Name Years
NWA United States Tag Team Championship (Northeast version) July 1958 – April 1963
WWWF United States Tag Team Championship April 1963 – July 30, 1967

Reigns[edit]

Key
No. The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific champion listed
Days The number of the days that the champion held the title for
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Mark Lewin and Don Curtis July 1958 House show Kansas City, Missouri 1 65 Defeated Hans Schmidt and Dick the Bruiser in a tournament final [1][2]
2 The Grahams
(Jerry and Eddie)
September 4, 1958 House show Washington, D.C. 1 98   [1][2]
3 Mark Lewin and Don Curtis December 11, 1958 House show Washington, D.C. 2 167   [1][2]
4 The Grahams
(Jerry and Eddie)
May 27, 1959 House show Bridgeport, Connecticut 2 66   [1][2]
Vacated August 1959 Championship was vacated when Eddie Graham left the promotion [1][2]
5 Jerry Graham (3) and Johnny Valentine November 14, 1959 House show West Hempstead, New York 1 [Note 1] Defeated Mark Lewin and Don Curtis to win the vacant championship. [1][2]
6 The Grahams
(Jerry (4) and Eddie (3))
March 1960 House show New Haven, Connecticut 3 [Note 2] Eddie Graham returned and took over Valentine's half of the championship. [1][2]
7 The Bastiens
(Red Bastien and Lou Bastien)
April 2, 1960 House show New Haven, Connecticut 1 14   [1][2]
8 The Grahams
(Jerry (5) and Eddie (4))
April 16, 1960 House show New Haven, Connecticut 4 7   [1][2]
9 The Bastiens
(Red Bastien and Lou Bastien)
April 23, 1960 House show Chicago, Illinois 2 89   [1][2]
10 The Fabulous Kangaroos
(Al Costello and Roy Heffernan)
July 21, 1960 House show Washington, D.C. 1 18   [1][2]
11 The Bastiens
(Red Bastien and Lou Bastien)
August 8, 1960 House show Washington, D.C. 3 16   [1][2]
12 The Fabulous Kangaroos
(Al Costello and Roy Heffernan)
August 24, 1960 House show Bridgeport, Connecticut 2 87   [1][2]
13 Johnny Valentine (2) and Buddy Rogers November 19, 1960 House show Teaneck, New Jersey 1 9   [1][2]
14 The Fabulous Kangaroos
(Al Costello and Roy Heffernan)
November 28, 1960 House show Washington, D.C. 3 409 Defeated Johnny Valentine and Chief Big Heart to win the championship [1][2]
15 Johnny Valentine (3) and Bob Ellis January 11, 1962 House show Washington, D.C. 1 175   [1][2]
16 Buddy Rogers (2) and Johnny Barend July 5, 1962 House show Washington, D.C. 1 245   [1][2]
17 Buddy Austin and Great Scott March 7, 1963 House show Washington, D.C. 1 70 Championship was renamed the WWWF United States Tag Team Championship in April 1963 [1][2]
18 Skull Murphy and Brute Bernard May 16, 1963 House show Washington, D.C. 1 182   [1][2]
19 Killer Kowalski and Gorilla Monsoon November 14, 1963 House show Washington, D.C. 1 44   [1][2]
20 The Tolos Brothers
(John and Chris)
December 28, 1963 House show Teaneck, New Jersey 1 [Note 3]   [1][2]
21 Don McClarity and Vittorio Apollo February 1964 House show New Haven, Connecticut 1 [Note 4]   [1][2]
22 Dr. Jerry Graham (6) and Luke Graham March 20, 1964 House show New Haven, Connecticut 1 321   [1][2]
23 Gene Kiniski and Waldo Von Erich February 4, 1965 House show Washington, D.C. 1 63   [1][2]
24 Gorilla Monsoon (2) and Bill Watts April 8, 1965 House show Washington, D.C. 1 119   [1][2]
25 Dr. Bill Miller and Dan Miller August 5, 1965 House show Washington, D.C. 1 200   [1][2]
26 Antonio Pugliese and Johnny Valentine (4) February 21, 1966 House show New York, New York 1 213   [1][2]
27 Baron Mikel Scicluna and Smasher Sloan September 22, 1966 House show Washington, D.C. 1 77   [1][2]
28 Spiros Arion and Tony Parisi (2) December 8, 1966 House show Washington, D.C. 1 [Note 5] This was a two-out-of-three falls match. Arion and Parisi were given the belts by heel-turned Valentine when Parisi was injured in the second fall after winning the first fall. [1][2]
29 Spiros Arion (2) and Arnold Skaaland June 1967 House show Atlantic City, New Jersey 1 [Note 6] Pugliese left the WWWF and Skaaland was awarded half of the title [1][2]
30 The Sicilians
(Lou Albano and Tony Altimore)
July 10, 1967 House show Atlantic City, New Jersey 1 14 Defeated Skaaland and Chuck Richards to win the championship [1][2]
31 Bruno Sammartino and Spiros Arion (3) July 24, 1967 House show Atlantic City, New Jersey 1 5   [1][2]
Deactivated July 29, 1967 Sammartino was also the WWWF champion and thus unable to defend both championships. [1]

List of combined reigns[edit]

By team[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.
Rank Team # of reigns Combined days
1 The Fabulous Kangaroos
(Al Costello and Roy Heffernan)
3 514
2 Dr. Jerry Graham and Luke Graham 1 321
3 Buddy Rogers and Johnny Barend 1 245
4 Mark Lewin and Don Curtis 2 232
5 Antonio Pugliese and Johnny Valentine 1 213
6 Dr. Bill Miller and Dan Miller 1 200
7 Skull Murphy and Brute Bernard 1 182
8 Johnny Valentine and Bob Ellis 1 175
Spiros Arion and Tony Parisi 1 175¤
10 The Grahams
(Jerry and Eddie)
4 173¤
11 The Bastiens
(Red and Lou)
3 119
Gorilla Monsoon and Bill Watts 1 119
13 Jerry Graham and Johnny Valentine 1 108¤
14 Baron Mikel Scicluna and Smasher Sloan 1 77
15 Buddy Austin and Great Scott 1 70
16 Gene Kiniski and Waldo Von Erich 1 63
17 Killer Kowalski and Gorilla Monsoon 1 44
18 The Tolos Brothers
(John and Chris)
1 35¤
19 Don McClarity and Vittorio Apollo 1 21¤
20 The Sicilians
(Lou Albano and Tony Altimore)
1 14
21 Spiros Arion and Arnold Skaaland 1 10¤
22 Johnny Valentine and Buddy Rogers 1 9
23 Bruno Sammartino and Spiros Arion 1 5

By wrestler[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.
Rank Wrestler # of reigns Combined days
1 Dr. Jerry Graham 6 632¤
2 Al Costello 3 514
Roy Heffernan 3 514
4 Johnny Valentine 4 505¤
5 Antonio Pugliese/Tony Parisi 2 388¤
6 Luke Graham 1 321
7 Buddy Rogers 2 254
8 Johnny Barend 1 245
9 Mark Lewin 2 232
Don Curtis 2 232
11 Spiros Arion 3 219¤
12 Dan Miller 1 200
Dr. Bill Miller 1 200
14 Skull Murphy 1 182
Brute Bernard 1 182
16 Bob Ellis 1 175
17 Eddie Graham 4 171¤
18 Gorilla Monsoon 2 163
19 Red Bastien 3 119
Lou Bastien 3 119
Bill Watts 1 119
22 Baron Mikel Scicluna 1 77
Smasher Sloan 1 77
24 Buddy Austin 1 70
Great Scott 1 70
26 Gene Kiniski 1 63
Waldo Von Erich 1 63
28 Killer Kowalski 1 44
29 John Tolos 1 35¤
Chris Tolos 1 35¤
31 Don McClarity 1 21¤
Vittorio Apollo 1 21¤
33 Lou Albano 1 14
Tony Altimore 1 14
37 Arnold Skaaland 1 10¤
36 Bruno Sammartino 1 5

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The exact date that this championship reign ended is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 108 and 138 days.
  2. ^ The exact date where the Grahams won the championship is uncertain, which means that the championship reign lasted between 2 and 32 days.
  3. ^ The exact date that the Tolos Brothers lost the championship is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 35 and 62 days.
  4. ^ The exact date that McLarity and Apollo won the championship is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 21 and 48 days.
  5. ^ The exact date Airon and Parisi's reign ended is uncertain, which means that the championship reign lasted between 204 and 175 days.
  6. ^ The exact date that Arion and Skaaland became champions is uncertain, which means that the championship reign lasted between 10 and 39 days.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq Will, Gary; Duncan, Royal (2000). "United States: 19th century & widely defended titles - NWA, WWF, AWA, IWA, ECW, NWA: WWWF U.S Tag Team Title [McMahon]". Wrestling Title Histories: professional wrestling champions around the world from the 19th century to the present. Pennsylvania: Archeus Communications. p. 28. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap "= WWWF United States Tag Team Title [Capitol / WWWF]". Wrestling-Titles. Retrieved March 18, 2017.