World Heavyweight Championship (Omaha)

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World Heavyweight Championship
Details
Promotion American Wrestling Association
Date established June 14, 1957
Date retired September 7, 1963

The World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship sanctioned by a group of National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) promoters led by the NWA affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. These promoters chose to recognize Édouard Carpentier as NWA World Heavyweight Champion following his disputed win over NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz on June 14, 1957.[1] The majority of NWA promoters continued to recognize Thesz as their champion.

It was often contested alongside the AWA World Heavyweight Championship, and the two titles were finally unified when AWA champion Verne Gagne defeated Omaha champion Fritz Von Erich on September 7, 1963.

Title history[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  Édouard Carpentier  June 14, 1957  House show Chicago, Illinois  1  421 Recognized as champion after a disputed win over NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz. The majority of the NWA promotions continue to recognize Thesz as their champion. [1]
 2  Verne Gagne  August 9, 1958  House show Omaha, Nebraska  1  98
 3  Wilbur Snyder  November 15, 1958  House show Omaha, Nebraska  1  [Note 1]
 4  Dick the Bruiser  1959  House show Omaha, Nebraska  1  [Note 2] Sometime after January 27, 1959.
 5  Wilbur Snyder  July 25, 1959  House show Omaha, Nebraska  2  70
 6  Dr. X  October 3, 1959  House show Omaha, Nebraska  1  96
 7  Don Leo Jonathan  January 7, 1960  House show Omaha, Nebraska  1  394
 8  Dr. X  February 4, 1961  House show Omaha, Nebraska  2  58
 9  Don Leo Jonathan  April 3, 1961  House show Omaha, Nebraska  2  [Note 3] [2]
Vacated  April 1961 Vacant after a disqualification loss to Bobo Brazil.
 10  Don Leo Jonathan  May 20, 1961  House show Omaha, Nebraska  3  119 Defeated Bobo Brazil to win the vacant title.
 11  Verne Gagne  September 16, 1961  House show Omaha, Nebraska  2  318
 12  Fritz Von Erich  July 31, 1962  House show Omaha, Nebraska  1  25
 13  Verne Gagne  August 25, 1962  House show Omaha, Nebraska  3  174
 14  The Crusher  February 15, 1963  House show Omaha, Nebraska  1  155 Also won the AWA World Heavyweight Championship from Verne Gagne on July 9, 1963 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
 15  Verne Gagne  July 20, 1963  House show Minneapolis, Minnesota  4  7 Won both the Omaha title and AWA title.
 16  Fritz Von Erich  July 27, 1963  House show Omaha, Nebraska  2  42 Won both the Omaha title and AWA title.
 17  Verne Gagne  September 7, 1963  House show Omaha, Nebraska  5  0 Won the AWA title from Fritz Von Erich on August 8, 1963 in Amarillo, Texas.
Deactivated  September 7, 1963 The Omaha title was unified with the AWA title.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The exact date Snyder lost the championship is uncertain, putting his title reign at between 47 and 251 days.
  2. ^ The exact date Dick the Bruiser won the championship is uncertain, putting his title reign at between 1 day and 179 days.
  3. ^ The exact date the championship was vacated is uncertain, putting the title reign at between 1 and 27 days.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Canadian Hall of Fame: Edouard Carpentier". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  2. ^ F4W Staff (April 3, 2015). "ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING TITLE CHANGE HISTORY: GOTCH VS. HACKENSCHMIDT, INOKI VS. HANSEN, GUERRERO VS. JERICHO". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 

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