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British Heavyweight Championship (XWA)

The British Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship contested for in the XWA. The championship was originally created and contested for in the Frontier Wrestling Alliance (FWA) but moved to XWA when the former company became defunct. It has also been contested for in Ring of Honor (ROH) due to a working relationship between them and FWA.

XWA British Heavyweight Championship
Details
PromotionXWA
Frontier Wrestling Alliance
Date established11 July 1999
Current champion(s)Rhia O’Reilly
Date won11 March 2017
Other name(s)
FWA British Heavyweight Championship

The championship has been known as:

  • FWA British Heavyweight Championship (1999–2007)
  • XWA British Heavyweight Championship (2007 – current)

HistoryEdit

The first Champion was Mark Sloan, who defeated Paul Glory in a tournament final on 11 July 1999.[1] Jody Fleisch was the first person to win the belt twice after being stripped of it, while American wrestler Christopher Daniels was the first non-British person to win the belt[2] and go on to defend it on foreign soil.[3]

Originally the belt was mostly defended under two out of three falls match rules, as was the tradition in British wrestling. This changed on 12 April 2005, when champion Alex Shane signed a cast-iron contract to make new FWA British Title rules official and permanent making all future championship matches simply one fall.[citation needed]

On 13 May 2006 the FWA British Heavyweight Title belt was stolen from the Morecambe Dome immediately following the FWA event at the venue during an FWA versus All-Star Wrestling show.[4] Due to being stolen a new belt had to be created.[5] When the FWA was forced to retire in its interpromotional war with International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom, the XWA carried the lineage of the championship simply renaming it the British Heavyweight Championship and using the same physical belt.[6] However, in April 2009, XWA founder Greg Lambert announced the creation of a new British Heavyweight Championship that did not bear the FWA initials and gave the original belt back to Alex Shane in time for the resurrection of the FWA.[7]

On 17 February 2018 Rhia O’Reilly became the first woman to hold the title, defeating Cara Noir in an inter-promotional show with Pro Wrestling: EVE.[citation needed]

Title historyEdit

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1
Mark Sloan
1
11 July 1999 231 Portsmouth, Hampshire No Surprises Defeated Paul Glory in a tournament final [1]
2
Alex Shane
1
27 February 2000 129 Birmingham, West Midlands Black Country Chaos Two out of three falls match [2]
3
Guy Thunder
1
5 July 2000 8 Hertford, Hertfordshire Live event Two out of three falls match [2]
-
Vacant
-
13 July 2000 N/A [8]
4
Justin Richards
1
5 August 2000 259 Halifax, West Yorkshire Evil Intentions Defeated Scottie Rock, Guy Thunder & Jorge Castano in a four-way match [2]
-
Vacant
-
21 April 2001 Bolton, Greater Manchester When Thunder Strikes Stripped for missing title defence [8]
5
Doug Williams
1
19 May 2001 307 Portsmouth, Hampshire High Potential Defeated Scott Parker in a tournament final [9]
6
Flash Barker
1
22 March 2002 128 Walthamstow, London Urban Legends Two out of three falls match [10]
7
Jody Fleisch
1
28 July 2002 6 Portsmouth, Hampshire No Surprises Two out of three falls match [10]
-
Vacant
-
3 August 2002 N/A [8]
8
Jody Fleisch
2
13 October 2002 12 Bethnal Green, London British Uprising Defeated Flash Barker in a ladder match [10]
9
Christopher Daniels
1
25 October 2002 148 Walthamstow, London London Calling Defeated Jody Fleish & Doug Williams in a three-way match [10]
10
Doug Williams
2
22 March 2003 602 Philadelphia, PA Night of Champions [3]
11
Alex Shane
2
13 November 2004 449 Coventry, West Midlands British Uprising 3 [11]
12
Hade Vansen
1
5 February 2006 160 Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire New Frontiers Defeated Alex Shane, Joe Legend, Jody Fleisch and Jonny Storm in The Champion Series five-way match [12]
13
Robbie Brookside
1
15 July 2006 266 Morecambe, Lancashire Summer Classic Defeated Hade Vansen & Jonny Storm in a no-disqualification three-way match. Championship renamed British Heavyweight Championship [12]
14
Jonny Storm
1
7 April 2007 455 Morecambe, Lancashire War On The Shore 3 [13]
15
Stevie Knight
1
5 July 2008 63 Morecambe, Lancashire Vendetta 2008 Defeated Jonny Storm, Sam Slam, and Johnny Phere in a Final Four match [14]
16
Sam Slam
1
6 September 2008 371 Morecambe, Lancashire Last Fight at the Prom 2008 [15]
17
Spud
1
12 September 2009 203 Morecambe, Lancashire Last Fight at the Prom 2009 Spud becomes XWA's first double champion by holding the British Flyweight Championship before this match [16]
18
Johnny Phere
1
3 April 2010 0 Morecambe, Lancashire War On The Shore 6 [17]
19
Alex Shane
3
3 April 2010 553 Morecambe, Lancashire War On The Shore 6 [17]
20
Johnny Phere
2
8 October 2011 294 Morecambe, Lancashire Last Fight At The Prom 2011
-
Vacant
-
28 July 2012 Morecambe, Lancashire XWA vs GPW Vendetta The company went on hiatus after being defeated by GPW
21
Damian O'Connor
1
31 October 2014 653 Sudbury, Suffolk XWA Revival Defeated Doug Williams, Martin Stone and Jimmy Havoc in a Four-way match [18]
22
Lion Kid
1
14 August 2016 1165 Colchester, Essex XWA 42: The Summer Supershow [19]
23
Thomas Dawkins
1
27 November 2016 104 Colchester, Essex XWA 44: Go Big! Defeated Paul London and Lion Kid in a triple threat match [20]
-
Vacant
-
11 March 2017 Colchester, Essex XWA 45: Goldrush Vacated after interference from a mystery assailant on behalf of the champion, the winner of the Goldrush rumble later in the evening would become the new champion [21]
24
Cara Noir
(formerly Thomas Dawkins)
2
11 March 2017 956+ Colchester, Essex XWA 45: Goldrush [21]

As of October 23, 2019.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Champion No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Alex Shane 2 1,131
2 Doug Williams 2 909
3 Damian O'Connor 1 653
4 Jonny Storm 455
5 Lion Kid 399
6 Sam Slam 371
7 Johnny Phere 2 356
8 Thomas Dawkins/Cara Noir† 1061+
8 Robbie Brookside 1 266
9 Justin Richards 259
10 Mark Sloan 231
11 Spud 203
12 Hade Vansen 160
13 Christopher Daniels 148
14 Alex Shane 129
15 Flash Barker 128
16 Stevie Knight 63
17 Jody Fleisch 2 18
18 Guy Thunder 1 8

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ a b "Past Events". Ring of Honor. Archived from the original on 22 March 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
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  17. ^ a b "XWA War On The Shore VI – Official Review". XWA. 13 September 2009. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
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  21. ^ a b "#Results: XWA (@XWAUK) "45: Saturday Night Wrestling" *New Champion*". 12 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.