CWA Southwestern Heavyweight Championship

The CWA Southwestern Heavyweight Championship was a short-lived professional wrestling championship defended in the United States Wrestling Association (USWA, formerly the Championship Wrestling Association, hence the CWA name) and the World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA) during their joint promotion in 1989 and 1990. The title was abandoned when the two companies split.[4][5]

CWA Southwestern Heavyweight Championship
PromotionUnited States Wrestling Association
World Class Wrestling Association
Date establishedSeptember 1989
Date retiredAugust 1990

The Dirty White Boy defeated Dustin Rhodes in the finals of a tournament to become the first CWA Southwestern Heavyweight Champion, records are unclear on who else competed in the tournament.[4][5] Three wrestlers in total have shared seven total reigns, with Bill Dundee and John Tatum tied for most with three each. Dundee held the championship for a combined 205 days, longer than anyone else.[4][5] His first reign, from November 19, 1989 to May 3, 1990 is the longest of any individual reign at 165 days.[4][5]

The CWA Southwestern Heavyweight Championship is often mistakenly listed as being part of the USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship history.[4][5] As it is a professional wrestling championship, it is won not by actual competition, but by a scripted ending to a match.[c]

Title historyEdit

No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 The Dirty White Boy October 2, 1989 House show Memphis, Tennessee 1 48 Defeated Dustin Rhodes in a tournament final to become the first champion. [4][5]
2 Bill Dundee November 19, 1989 House show Memphis, Tennessee 1 165 [4][5][7]
3 John Tatum May 3, 1990 House show Dallas, Texas 1 15 [4][5]
4 Bill Dundee May 18, 1990 House show Dallas, Texas 2 28 [4][5]
5 John Tatum June 15, 1990 House show Dallas, Texas 2 7 [4][5]
6 Bill Dundee June 22, 1990 House show Dallas, Texas 3 12 [4][5][8]
7 John Tatum July 4, 1990 House show Dallas, Texas 3 [d] [4][5]
Deactivated August 1990 Abandoned when World Class seceded from the USWA. [4][5]

List of combined reignsEdit

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 Bill Dundee 3 205
2 John Tatum 3 50¤[d]
3 The Dirty White Boy 1 48


  1. ^ a b Wrestlers' ages they won the championship:
    • Dirty White Boy - 29 years, 173 days[1]
    • Bill Dundee - first:46 years, 26 days, third: 46 years, 241 days [2]
    • John Tatum - first: 30 years, 194 days, third: 30 years, 256 days[3]
  2. ^ a b Wrestlers' weight when:
    • Dirty White Boy - 211 lb (96 kg)[1]
    • Bill Dundee - 214 lb (97 kg)[2]
    • John Tatum - 233 lb (106 kg)[3]
  3. ^ Hornbaker (2016) p. 550: "Professional wrestling is a sport in which match finishes are predetermined. Thus, win/loss records are not indicative of a wrestler's genuine success based on their legitimate abilities – but on now much, or how little they were pushed by promoters"[6]
  4. ^ a b The exact date the championship was abandoned is uncertain, which means that this reign lasted between 28 and 58 days.


  • Hornbaker, Tim (2016). "Statistical notes". Legends of Pro Wrestling - 150 years of headlocks, body slams, and piledrivers (Revised ed.). New York, New York: Sports Publishing. ISBN 978-1-61321-808-2.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  1. ^ a b "Online World of Wrestling Profiles: Tony Anthony". Retrieved 2007-09-18.
  2. ^ a b "Bill Dundee profile". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 29 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
  3. ^ a b "John Tatum". Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Will, Gary; Duncan, Royal (2000). "Texas: CWA Southwestern Heavyweight title [Jarrett]". Wrestling Title Histories: professional wrestling champions around the world from the 19th century to the present. Pennsylvania: Archeus Communications. p. 272. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "CWA Southwestern Title". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  6. ^ Hornbaker 2016, p. 550.
  7. ^ Hoops, Brian (November 19, 2018). "Daily pro wrestling history (11/19): Bret Hart wins WWF title at Survivor Series 1995". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  8. ^ Hoops, Brian (June 22, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (June 22): Ric Flair vs. Wahoo, Stan Hansen vs. Nick Bockwinkel cage match, Chris Jericho wins ECW gold". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 19, 2017.

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