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APW Universal Heavyweight Championship

The APW Universal Heavyweight Championship is a title contested in All Pro Wrestling. It was introduced on October 12, 1996, when Robert Thompson became the first champion.

APW Universal Heavyweight Championship
Details
PromotionAll Pro Wrestling
Date establishedOctober 12, 1996
Current champion(s)Jacob Fatu
Date wonNovember 2, 2018

Contents

Title historyEdit

As of July 15, 2019.

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the titles were won
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
<1 Indicated reign was less than one day
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Notes Ref
1 Robert Thompson 1 October 12, 1996 147 Modesto, CA Defeated Michael Modest in tournament final to become the first champion.
2 Manny Fernandez 1 March 8, 1997 91 Cupertino, CA
Vacated June 7, 1997 Fernandez vacated the title upon leaving the promotion.
3 Michael Modest 1 July 4, 1997 63 Hayward, CA Defeated Donovan Morgan in tournament finals.
4 Donovan Morgan 1 September 5, 1997 120 Hayward, CA [1]
5 Michael Modest 2 January 3, 1998 27 Hayward, CA
6 Robert Thompson 2 January 30, 1998 56 San Jose, CA
7 Maxx Justice 1 March 27, 1998 35 San Jose, CA
8 Vic Grimes 1 May 1, 1998 8 Hayward, CA
- Vacated May 9, 1998 Grimes vacated the title upon leaving for the World Wrestling Federation.
9 Maxx Justice 2 May 16, 1998 154 Pinole, CA Defeated Sam Fatu to win the vacant title.
10 Boom Boom Comini 1 October 17, 1998 13 Sacramento, CA
11 Michael Modest 3 October 30, 1998 133 Hayward, CA
12 Maxx Justice 3 March 12, 1999 50 San Jose, CA
13 Boyce LeGrande 1 May 1, 1999 20 Pinole, CA
14 Maxx Justice 4 May 21, 1999 1 Hayward, CA
15 Vinny Massaro 1 May 22, 1999 3 San Jose, CA
Vacated May 25, 1999 The Pro Wrestling Council ruled that due to outside interference from unlicensed referees, the title would be stripped from Vinny Massaro and held in escrow. A four corners match was to be held on July 10, 1999, in San Jose, including Massaro, Maxx Justice, Michael Modest, and Boyce LeGrande to determine a new champion.
16 Maxx Justice 5 July 10, 1999 77 San Jose, CA Justice pinned Michael Modest in a four corners match after Mark Smith got in the ring, supposedly to support Modest, and clotheslined him.
17 Shane Dynasty 1 September 25, 1999 14 Lompoc, CA Justice faced masked newcomer Super Diabliquo for the title and there was a question about who was actually under the mask. In an earlier Battle Royal, Super Diabliquo was thought to be Shane Dynasty, but during the title contest, Dynasty was revealed to be ringside wearing a clown mask. While the referee was distracted, Dynasty was knocked unconscious by the Freaks, stripped to his underwear, then substituted for Chris Ward, who was wrestling as Super Diabliquo. Afterward, he was unmasked and declared the champion.
18 Michael Modest 4 October 1, 1999 106 Pacifica, CA Defeated Dynasty in a dog collar match.
19 Tony Jones 1 January 15, 2000 56 Healdsburg, CA
20 Ma'och 1 March 11, 2000 35 San Leandro, CA
21 Frank Murdoch 1 April 15, 2000 133 Livingston, CA
22 The Honky Tonk Man 1 August 26, 2000 42 Antioch, CA Tony Jones attempted to hit the Honky Tonk Man with a kendo stick, but accidentally struck Murdoch to give the challenger the victory.
Vacated October 7, 2000 APW commissioner Gabe Ramirez declared the title vacant when the Honky Tonk Man failed to appear for a title defense.
23 Ed Morretti 1 October 7, 2000 <1 San Francisco, CA APW commissioner Gabe Ramirez awarded the title to Ed Moretti when Honky Tonk Man failed to appear for a title defense.
24 Donovan Morgan 2 October 7, 2000 203 San Francisco, CA Morgan defeated Moretti the same evening for the title. Morgan also held the APW Worldwide Internet Championship in conjunction with the APW Universal Heavyweight Championship.
25 Vic Capri 1 April 28, 2001 35 Chicago, IL During Morgan's tour of the Midwest, he was upset by 2000 KOTI participant Vic Capri in a 2-out-of-3-Falls Ladder match.

Capri becomes the first man outside of APW to win the title.

26 Michael Modest 5 June 2, 2001 149 Pacifica, CA
Vacated October 29, 2001
27 Robert Thompson 3 May 11, 2002 167 Pacifica, CA Defeated Bryan Danielson in the tournament final to win the title.
28 Larry Blackwell 1 October 25, 2002 42 Hayward, CA Pinned Thompson in a "Double Jeopardy" tag team match. Blackwell teamed up with Kafu while Thompson teamed up with Jardi Frantz.
29 Robert Thompson 4 December 6, 2002 21 Hayward, CA
30 Bobby Quance 1 December 27, 2002 302 Hayward, CA
Vacated October 25, 2003 Quance was stripped of the title.
31 James Watkins 1 March 14, 2004 230 Hayward, CA Watkins "won" the title on October 23rd, 2003 when Robert Thompson laid down for Watkins to pin him. APW stripped him of the title and put up the title in the first ever Garage Rumble on March 14, 2004.
32 Nate Rulez 1 October 30, 2004 224 Hayward, CA Defeated Watkins at Halloween Hell VII.
33 Kafu 1 June 11, 2005 175 Hayward, CA
34 Derek Sanders 1 December 3, 2005 238 Hayward, CA Defeated Kafu in a no-disqualifcation lumberjack match.
35 Dana Lee 1 July 29, 2006 <1 Hayward, CA
Vacated July 29, 2006 Hayward California Lee was immediately stripped of the title after the match due to his actions in the APW Boot Camp.
36 Derek Sanders 2 August 12, 2006 21 Hayward, CA Defeated The Great Tenshi in tournament final to win the title.
37 Dana Lee 2 September 2, 2006 42 Hayward, CA
38 Kafu 2 October 14, 2006 161 Hayward, CA
39 Oliver John 1 March 24, 2007 182 Bakersfield, CA
40 Adam Thornstowe 1 September 22, 2007 21 Hayward, CA
41 Mr. Prime Time 1 October 13, 2007 245 Hayward, CA Defeated Thornstowe and Oliver John in a three-way dance.
42 Oliver John 2 June 14, 2008 175 Hayward, CA
43 Dylan Drake 1 December 6, 2008 336 Hayward, CA Defeated John in a steel cage match.
44 Malachi 1 November 7, 2009 182 Hayward, CA
45 Jeckles the Jester 1 May 8, 2010 63 Hayward, CA
46 Derek Sanders 3 July 10, 2010 147 Santa Rosa, CA
47 Dylan Drake 2 December 4, 2010 224 Hayward, CA
48 Jeckles the Jester 2 July 16, 2011 49 Hayward, CA
49 Timothy Thatcher 1 September 3, 2011 42 Hayward, CA
Vacated October 15, 2011 Hayward, CA Commissioner J.J. Perez announced at Halloween Hell XIV that Thatcher was unable to compete and vacated the title.
50 Jeckles 3 October 15, 2011 91 Hayward, CA Defeated Gangrel for the vacated title.
51 Jody Kristofferson 1 January 14, 2012 0 Hayward, CA Won the annual "Pick The Winner" battle royal, granting him a Universal Heavyweight Title opportunity which he used the same night to defeat Jeckles the Jester.
Vacated January 14, 2012 Upon winning the championship, Jody Kristofferson reluctantly forfeited the title citing his recent developmental deal with WWE.
52 Timothy Thatcher 2 February 18, 2012 259 Hayward, CA Won a 4-Way Elimination match against A.J. Kirsch, Dylan Drake, and Jeckles to win the vacated championship.
53 Dylan Drake 3 November 3, 2012 161 Hayward, CA Won the championship in a Steel Cage Match. Drake regained the title from JR Kratos after Commissioner Blackwell was forced to return the title to Drake after fearing multiple lawsuits from Drake's Attorney Mr. Ramirez. Drake continues his reign as champion, though Kratos held the physical belt since January 5, 2013.
54 Adam Thornstowe 2 April 13, 2013 426 Hayward, CA
55 Rik Luxury 1 June 13, 2014 273 San Francisco, CA
56 JR Kratos 1 March 13, 2015 351 San Francisco,CA
57 Jody Kristofferson 2 February 27, 2016 230 San Francisco, CA
58 MVP 1 October 14, 2016 162 Daly City, CA
59 Luster the Legend 1 March 25, 2017 42 Daly City, CA
60 Jeff Cobb 1 May 6, 2017 545 San Francisco, CA
61 Jacob Fatu 1 November 2, 2018 255+ Daly City, CA

List of combined reignsEdit

As of July 15, 2019.

Indicates the current champion(s)
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.
<1 Indicates that the combined total is less than one day.
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
1 Dylan Drake 3 721
2 Jeff Cobb 1 545
3 JR Kratos 1 453
4 Adam Thornstowe 2 437
5 Derek Sanders 3 406
6 Robert Thompson 4 391
7 Oliver John 2 357
8 Kafu 2 336
9 Donovan Morgan 2 323
10 Michael Modest 5 329
11 Maxx Justice 5 317
12 Bobby Quance 1 302
13 Timothy Thatcher 2 301
14 Rik Luxury 1 273
15 Jacob Fatu † 1 255+
16 Mr. Prime Time 1 245
17 James Watkins 1 230
Jody Kristofferson
19 Nate Rulez 1 224
20 Jeckles 3 203
21 Malachi 1 182
22 MVP 1 162
23 Frank Murdoch 1 133
24 Manny Fernandez 1 91
25 Tony Jones 1 56
26 The Honky Tonk Man 1 42
Larry Blackwell
Dana Lee
Luster the Legend
30 Ma'och 1 35
Vic Capri
32 Boyce LeGrande 1 20
33 Hane Dynasty 1 14
34 Boom Boom Comini 1 13
35 Vic Grimes 1 8
36 Vinny Massaro 1 3
37 Ed Morretti 1 <1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hoops, Brian (September 5, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history: Gagne vs. Crusher loser leaves town, Von Erichs vs. Freebirds, Young Bucks vs. Machine Guns". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 16, 2017.

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