Catch Wrestling Association
The Catch Wrestling Association (CWA) was a professional wrestling organization based in Austria and Germany that was founded in 1973. It was run by Otto Wanz. The CWA featured a traditional brand of mat wrestling mixed with various “Strong Man” competitions. The company was engaged in talent-share agreements with other wrestling promotions, including New Japan Pro-Wrestling and the American Wrestling Association. These agreements expanded the opportunities given to many European wrestlers. CWA's biggest card was the Euro Catch Festival, which was held twice a year (it was held in Graz, Austria in the summer, while in the winter, it was held in Bremen, Germany).
Matches were fought using European rules, including dividing the match into three-minute rounds and having the possibility of a victory by knockout. The CWA World Heavyweight Championship was recognized as the legitimate European World Championship as counterpart to the AWA, NWA and WWF titles in North America and NJPW's IWGP Heavyweight Championship in Japan.
|Championship||Date of entry||First champion(s)
(Tag team name)
|Date retired||Last champion(s)
(Tag team name)
|CWA World Heavyweight Championship||August 14, 1973||Otto Wanz||December 4, 1999||Rambo||1973–1999|
|CWA World Middleweight Championship||December 22, 1984||Tony St. Clair||December 4, 1999||Franz Schumann||1984–1999|
|CWA World Tag Team Championship||November 23, 1988||Mile Zrno and Tony St. Clair||December 4, 1999||Black Navy Seal and Ricky Santana||1988–1999|
|CWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship||December 21, 1991||Bull Power||December 4, 1999||Tony St. Clair||1991–1999|
|CWA British Commonwealth Championship||October 11, 1992||Tony St. Clair||December 4, 1999||Tony St. Clair||1992–1999|
|CWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship||July 3, 1993||Hiroyoshi Yamamoto||September 1, 2000||Eric Schwarz||1993–2000|
|CWA Submission Shootfighting Championship||September 21, 1997||Osamu Nishimura||December 4, 1999||Tony St. Clair||1997–1999|
|CWA German Championship||October 10, 1998||Christian Eckstein||December 4, 1999||Christian Eckstein||1998–1999|
|Tournament||Current winner(s)||Date won||Previous winner||Reference|
|VDB European Heavyweight Tournament||Charles Verhulst||3 March 2016||Hermann Iffland|||
|Hanover Tournament||Ecki Eckstein||10 October 2015||Dave Taylor|||
|Bremen Catch Cup||Big Tiger Steele||4 December 1999||Tony St. Clair|
|Graz Catch Cup||Franz Schumann||4 July 1997||August Smisl|
|Vienna Catch Cup||Viktor Krüger||3 October 1998||Cannonball Grizzly|
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