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.
|CWA Southwestern Heavyweight Championship|
|Promotion||United States Wrestling Association|
World Class Wrestling Association
|Date established||September 1989|
|Date retired||August 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. 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. His first reign, from November 19, 1989 to May 3, 1990 is the longest of any individual reign at 165 days.
The CWA Southwestern Heavyweight Championship is often mistakenly listed as being part of the USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship history. As it is a professional wrestling championship, it is won not by actual competition, but by a scripted ending to a match.[c]
|No.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|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.|||
|2||Bill Dundee||November 19, 1989||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||165|||
|3||John Tatum||May 3, 1990||House show||Dallas, Texas||1||15|||
|4||Bill Dundee||May 18, 1990||House show||Dallas, Texas||2||28|||
|5||John Tatum||June 15, 1990||House show||Dallas, Texas||2||7|||
|6||Bill Dundee||June 22, 1990||House show||Dallas, Texas||3||12|||
|7||John Tatum||July 4, 1990||House show||Dallas, Texas||3||[d]|||
|—||Deactivated||August 1990||—||—||—||—||Abandoned when World Class seceded from the USWA.|||
List of combined reignsEdit
|¤||The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.|
|Rank||Wrestler||# of reigns||Combined days|
|3||The Dirty White Boy||1||48|
- Wrestlers' ages they won the championship:
- Wrestlers' weight when:
- 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"
- The exact date the championship was abandoned is uncertain, which means that this reign lasted between 28 and 58 days.
- "Online World of Wrestling Profiles: Tony Anthony". Retrieved 2007-09-18.
- "Bill Dundee profile". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 29 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
- "John Tatum". Cagematch.net. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
- 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.
- "CWA Southwestern Title". ProWrestlingHistory.com. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
- Hornbaker 2016, p. 550.
- 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.
- 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.