Alberta Tag Team Championship

In professional wrestling, the Alberta Tag Team Championship was a tag team championship promoted by the Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based professional wrestling promotion Stampede Wrestling in the mid-1950s.[1][2]

Alberta Tag Team Championship
Details
PromotionStampede Wrestling
Date establishedMarch 5, 1954
Date retiredc.1957

HistoryEdit

The Alberta Tag Team Championship was created in 1954. The inaugural champions were Bob Mike and Seelie Samara, who defeated Jim Henry and Frank Marconi on 5 March 1954 in what was billed as the final bout of a tournament.[1][2]

The Alberta Tag Team Championship was one of two tag team championships contested in Stampede Wrestling during the mid-1950s, with the other being the NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (which was also created in 1954). On several occasions, the same tag team held the two championships concurrently.

The championship was defended exclusively within Calgary, with bouts taking place in the Victoria Pavilion. The championship was frequently defended in two-out-of-three falls matches.[3][4][5][6]

There are two gaps in the recorded lineage of the Alberta Tag Team Championship: from 2 August 1954 to March 1955, and again between 27 May 1955 and 5 April 1956. It is unknown whether the championship continued to be defended and change hands over these periods or whether it was quietly abandoned and subsequently resurrected.

The final champions were John Foti and John Paul Henning, who won the championship on 14 December 1956, and were billed as champions until at least 30 May 1957.[7] The championship was abandoned that year. In February 1958, the NWA International Tag Team Championship was introduced in its place.

ReignsEdit

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Bob Mike and Seelie Samara March 5, 1954 House show Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1 5 Mike and Samara defeated Jim Henry and Frank Marconi in the final of a tournament. [1][2]
2 Jim Henry and Frank Marconi March 10, 1954 House show Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1 44 [1][2]
3 Jean Baillargeon and Seelie Samara (2) April 23, 1954 House show Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1 14 [1][2][3][8]
4 Jim Henry (2) and Mr. E May 7, 1954 House show Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1 55 During the reign the masked Mr. E revealed his identity as Abe Zvonkin. [1][2]
5 The Flying Scotts (George Scott and Sandy Scott) July 1, 1954 House show Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1 15 [1][2]
6 Chico Garcia and Roberto Pico March 5, 1954 House show Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1 7 [1][2]
7 The Flying Scotts (George Scott and Sandy Scott) July 23, 1954 House show Calgary, Alberta, Canada 2 ≥10 The date and manner of the end of the reign is not recorded. The Flying Scotts held the championship until at least 2 August 1954. [1][2]
 
8 Steve Gob and Ivan Kameroff Unknown Unknown Unknown 1 ≥20 The date and manner of the beginning of the reign is not recorded. Steve Gob and Ivan Kameroff held the championship from at least 2 March 1955. [1][2]
9 Lou Sjoberg and Fritz Von Erich March 25, 1955 House show Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1 11 [1][2]
10 Sky Hi Lee and Earl McCready April 5, 1955 House show Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1 34 [1][2]
11 Lou Sjoberg and Fritz Von Erich May 6, 1954 House show Calgary, Alberta, Canada 2 14 [1][2][4][9]
12 Don Lee and Sky Hi Lee (2) May 20, 1955 House show Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1 ≥7 The date and manner of the end of the reign is not recorded. Don Lee and Sky Hi Lee held the championship until at least 27 May 1955. [1][2]
 
13 Roberto Pico (2) and Jim Wright Unknown Unknown Unknown 1 ≥8 The date and manner of the beginning of the reign is not recorded. Robert Pico and Jim Wright held the championship from at least 5 April 1956. [1][2]
14 The Flying Scotts (George Scott and Sandy Scott) April 13, 1956 House show Calgary, Alberta, Canada 3 211 [1][2]
15 Charro Azteca and Fritz Von Ulm November 10, 1956 House show Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1 34 [1][2]
16 John Foti and John Paul Henning December 10, 1956 House show Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1 ≥167 The date and manner of the end of the reign is not recorded. John Foti and John Paul Henning held the championship until at least May 30, 1957. [1][2][7]
 

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Alberta Tag Team Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. 4 April 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Philip Kreikenbohm. "NWA Alberta Tag Team Championship". Cagematch.net. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Baillargeon, Samara win Championship". Calgary Herald (via Newspapers.com). 24 April 1954. p. 38. Retrieved 2 June 2019. Jean Baillargeon and Selie Samara won the Alberta tag team championship from Jim "Goon" Henry and Frank Marconi [...] It was a one hour match for the best of three falls.
  4. ^ a b "Sjoberg, Von Erich take tag team laurels". Calgary Herald (via Newspapers.com). 7 May 1955. p. 38. Retrieved 2 June 2019. Lou Sjoberg and Fritz Von Erich defeated Earl McCready and Sky Hi Lee to win the best-of-three fall main event and also capture the Alberta Tag Team championship at Victoria Pavilion Friday night.
  5. ^ "Smiths still undefeated". Calgary Herald (via Newspapers.com). 7 May 1955. p. 47. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Wrestling Friday". Calgary Herald (via Newspapers.com). 5 April 1956. p. 39. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Wrestling Friday". Calgary Herald (via Newspapers.com). 30 May 1957. p. 39. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Jean Baillargeon". Canoe.com. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  9. ^ Donald G. Smith (2012). Fritz Von Erich: Triumph and Tragedy. Midnight Marquee and BearManor Media. p. 43. ISBN 978-1-93616-823-1.

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