NWA "Beat the Champ" Television Championship

The NWA "Beat the Champ" Television Championship was a secondary professional wrestling singles title defended in Johnny Doyle's NWA Los Angeles from 1951 to 1959. The title was defended in the same area during the 1960s under promoters Gene and Mike LeBell.

Title historyEdit

An (n) indicates that a title changes occurred no later than the listed date.

Wrestler: Times: Date: Days Place: Notes:
Joe Pazandak 1 June 28, 1951 295 First champion.
Sandor Szabo 1 April 18, 1952 249 Los Angeles, CA
Zebra Kid (George Bollas) 1 December 23, 1952 42 Los Angeles, CA
Sandor Szabo 2 February 3, 1953 26/56 Los Angeles, CA
Vacated March 1953 - When the television program of the promotion is cancelled and Szabo continues to be billed as the "Beat the Champ" title holder in other cities at least until April 2, 1959.
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Sandor Szabo 3 November 30, 1953 21 Los Angeles, CA Defeats Lord James Blears.
Mr. Moto 1 December 21, 1953 21 Hollywood, CA
Wilbur Snyder 1 January 11, 1954 355/385 Los Angeles, CA Defeated The Great Bolo for the title and still champion as of November 06, 1954.
Nick Bockwinkel 1 January 1955 (n) 25/55
Sandor Szabo 4 February 25, 1955 213 Still champion as of March 18, 1955.
Hard Boiled Haggerty 1 September 26, 1955 35 Haggerty is still champion as of October 24, 1955.
Rocky Valentine 1 October 31, 1955 35
Red Berry 1 December 5, 1955 8
Rocky Valentine 2 December 13, 1955 6/12
Nick Bockwinkel 2 December 1955 13/19 Sometime between December 19, 1955 and December 25, 1955.
Wilbur Snyder 2 January 7, 1956 1/22
Rocky Brown 1 January 1956 22/1
Oyama Okato 1 January 30, 1956 21
Don Leo Jonathan 1 February 20, 1956 14 Hollywood, CA [1]
Oyama Okato 2 March 5, 1956 26
Wilbur Snyder 3 March 31, 1956 9
Don Leo Jonathan 2 April 9, 1956 14
Rito Romero 1 April 23, 1956 150 Sometime after April 16, 1956.
Sandor Szabo 5 September 20, 1956 70/102
Vacated December 1956 9/41 Sometime after November 28, 1956.
Al Kashey 1 January 9, 1957 63 Los Angeles, CA Defeats Lord James Blears for the title.
Sandor Szabo 6 March 13, 1957 19
Leo Garibaldi 1 April 1, 1957 2
Shag Thomas 1 April 3, 1957 59/87 Los Angeles, CA Still champion as of June 22, 1957.
Bobo Brazil 1 June 1957 (n) 1/29
Mr. Moto 2 June 1957 (n) 91/120
Sandor Szabo 7 September 1957 (n) 253/282
Lee Grable 1 June 10, 1958 21 Wilmington, CA Title held up on June 26, 1958 against Sandor Szabo.
Sandor Szabo 8 July 1, 1958 204 Wilmington, CA Won the rematch.
Mr. Moto 3 January 21, 1959 126 Los Angeles, CA Defeats Reggie Siki for the title.
Black Zorro 1 May 27, 1959 3402

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George Cannon 1 September 18, 1968 168 Los Angeles, CA Defeats the Medic in tournament final to become the first champion.
Chris Markoff 1 March 5, 1969 1/26 Los Angeles, CA
Vacated March 1969 (n) 10/35 When Markoff is suspended.
Black Gordman 1 April 10, 1969 195 Bakersfield, CA Defeats Alfonso Dantes after the two become the last men remaining in a battle royal on April 2, 1969 in Los Angeles, California and may be a repeat of the match on previous day.
Pepper Martin 1 September 17, 1969 63 Los Angeles, CA
Great Kojika 1 November 19, 1969 28 Los Angeles, CA
Pepper Martin 2 December 17, 1969 49 Los Angeles, CA
Don Carson 1 February 4, 1970 49 Los Angeles, CA
Rocky Johnson 1 March 25, 1970 51 Los Angeles, CA Held up after a match against Fred Blassie on April 15, 1970 in Los Angeles, CA.
Rocky Johnson 2 May 15, 1970 63 Los Angeles, CA? Wins rematch.
Les Roberts 1 June 17, 1970 40 Los Angeles, CA
Great Kojika 2 August 26, 1970 21 Los Angeles, CA
Great Goliath 1 September 16, 1970 84 Los Angeles, CA
Takachiho 1 December 9, 1970 9 Los Angeles, CA
Great Goliath 2 December 18, 1970 14/42 Los Angeles, CA
Vacated January 1971 (n) - When Beat the Champ moves to Channel 13.
The Professional (Doug Gilbert) 1 January 30, 1971 14 Los Angeles, CA Defeats Takachiho in tournament final.
Suni War Cloud 1 February 13, 1971 49
Kinji Shibuya 1 April 3, 1971 63
Earl Maynard 1 June 5, 1971 49
John Tolos 1 July 24, 1971 52
Black Gordman 2 September 14, 1971 ?
John Tolos 2 August 21, 1971 ?
Kinji Shibuya 2 November 27, 1971 49
Dory Dixon 1 January 15, 1972 49 [2]
Masa Saito 1 March 4, 1972 21 Los Angeles, CA
Don Carson 2 March 25, 1972 33
Kinji Shibuya 3 April 27, 1972 1/21 Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Wrestling 1 1972 (n) 1/21
Kinji Shibuya 4 May 19, 1972 22 Los Angeles, CA
John Tolos 3 June 10, 1972 35
Kinji Shibuya 5 July 15, 1972 28
Eric Froelich 1 August 12, 1972 35
Masa Saito 2 September 16, 1972 35
Peter Maivia 1 October 21, 1972 72/83 Hollywood, CA
Ripper Collins 1 1973 (n) 1/12
Earl Maynard 2 January 13, 1973 1/293
Tony Rocco 1 1973 (n) 1/293
Raul Mata 1 November 3, 1973 21 Hollywood, CA
Great Yamamoto 1 November 24, 1973 7 Hollywood, CA
Duane Allen 1 December 1, 1973 35 Hollywood, CA
John Tolos 4 January 5, 1974 56 Hollywood, CA
Pantera Negra 1 March 2, 1974 14 Hollywood, CA
Butcher Brannigan 1 March 16, 1974 77/106 Hollywood, CA
John Burich 1 June 1974 (n) 6/35
Mr. California (Salvator Lothario) 1 July 6, 1974 56
Manny Soto 1 August 31, 1974 7 Hollywood, CA
Man Mountain Mike 1 September 7, 1974 34 Hollywood, CA
Victor Rivera 1 October 11, 1974 22 Los Angeles, CA Immediately held up.
Man Mountain Mike 2 November 2, 1974 <1 Given belt back.
Dennis Stamp 1 November 2, 1974 241/271
Greg Valentine 1 July 1975 (n) 1/30
Dennis Stamp 2 July 1975 (n) 63/92
Inferno #3 1 October 2, 1975 (n) 29
Greg Valentine 2 October 1975 (n) Defeats Reno Tuufuli.
Tom Jones 1
Black Gordman 3
Don Fargo 1
Larry Zbyszko 1
The Hangman 1
Black Gordman 4
Mando Guerrero 1 1978 (n) 668/1032
Battleship Johnson 1 October 29, 1980 1/122 Los Angeles, CA Defeats Butcher Brannigan in a tournament final; still champion as of November 23, 1980.
The Assassin 1 1/122
Chris Adams 1 March 1981 (n) 31/61
Peter Maivia 2 May 1, 1981 335/364 Los Angeles, CA
Victor Rivera 2 April 1982 (n) 43/72 Still champion as of May 23, 1982.
Mr. Go (Ryuma Go) 1 June 12, 1982 (n) 50/80
Killer Kim (Kim Kwang-sik) 1 August 1982 (n) 59/89
Billy Anderson 1 October 29, 1982 38
Vacated December 6, 1982 - Title become inactive when the promotion closes.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

General

Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "LOS ANGELES: Beat the Champ International TV Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 293. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.

Specific

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