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: Place: Notes:
Joe Pazandak 1 June 28, 1951 First champion.
Sandor Szabo 1 April 18, 1952 Los Angeles, CA
Zebra Kid (George Bollas) 1 December 23, 1952 Los Angeles, CA
Sandor Szabo 2 February 3, 1953 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 Los Angeles, CA Defeats Lord James Blears.
Mr. Moto 1 December 21, 1953 Hollywood, CA
Wilbur Snyder 1 January 11, 1954 Los Angeles, CA Defeated The Great Bolo for the title and still champion as of November 06, 1954.
Nick Bockwinkel 1 January 1955 (n)
Sandor Szabo 4 February 25, 1955 Still champion as of March 18, 1955.
Hard Boiled Haggerty 1 September 26, 1955 Haggerty is still champion as of October 24, 1955.
Rocky Valentine 1 October 31, 1955
Red Berry 1 December 5, 1955
Rocky Valentine 2 December 13, 1955
Nick Bockwinkel 2 December 1955 Sometime between December 19, 1955 and December 25, 1955.
Wilbur Snyder 2 January 7, 1956
Rocky Brown 1 January 1956
Oyama Okato 1 January 30, 1956
Don Leo Jonathan 1 February 20, 1956 Hollywood, CA [1]
Oyama Okato 2 March 5, 1956
Wilbur Snyder 3 March 31, 1956
Don Leo Jonathan 2 April 9, 1956
Rito Romero 1 April 23, 1956 Sometime after April 16, 1956.
Sandor Szabo 5 September 20, 1956
Vacated December 1956 Sometime after November 28, 1956.
Al Kashey 1 January 9, 1957 Los Angeles, CA Defeats Lord James Blears for the title.
Sandor Szabo 6 March 13, 1957
Leo Garibaldi 1 April 1, 1957
Shag Thomas 1 April 3, 1957 Los Angeles, CA Still champion as of June 22, 1957.
Bobo Brazil 1 June 1957 (n)
Mr. Moto 2 June 1957 (n)
Sandor Szabo 7 September 1957 (n)
Lee Grable 1 June 10, 1958 Wilmington, CA Title held up on June 26, 1958 against Sandor Szabo.
Sandor Szabo 8 July 1, 1958 Wilmington, CA Won the rematch.
Mr. Moto 3 January 21, 1959 Los Angeles, CA Defeats Reggie Siki for the title.
Black Zorro 1 May 27, 1959 Los Angeles, CA
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George Cannon 1 September 18, 1968 Los Angeles, CA Defeats the Medic in tournament final to become the first champion.
Chris Markoff 1 March 5, 1969 Los Angeles, CA
Vacated March 1969 (n) When Markoff is suspended.
Black Gordman 1 April 10, 1969 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 Los Angeles, CA
Great Kojika 1 November 19, 1969 Los Angeles, CA
Pepper Martin 2 December 17, 1969 Los Angeles, CA
Don Carson 1 February 4, 1970 Los Angeles, CA
Rocky Johnson 1 March 25, 1970 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 Los Angeles, CA? Wins rematch.
Les Roberts 1 June 17, 1970 Los Angeles, CA
Great Kojika 2 August 26, 1970 Los Angeles, CA
Great Goliath 1 September 16, 1970 Los Angeles, CA
Takachiho 1 December 9, 1970 Los Angeles, CA
Great Goliath 2 December 18, 1970 Los Angeles, CA
Vacated January 1971 (n) When Beat the Champ moves to Channel 13.
The Professional (Doug Gilbert) 1 January 30, 1971 Los Angeles, CA Defeats Takachiho in tournament final.
Suni War Cloud 1 February 13, 1971
Kinji Shibuya 1 April 3, 1971
Earl Maynard 1 June 5, 1971
John Tolos 1 July 24, 1971
Black Gordman 2 September 14, 1971
John Tolos 2 August 21, 1971
Kinji Shibuya 2 November 27, 1971
Dory Dixon 1 January 15, 1972 [2]
Masa Saito 1 March 4, 1972 Los Angeles, CA
Don Carson 2 March 25, 1972
Kinji Shibuya 3 April 27, 1972 Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Wrestling 1 1972 (n)
Kinji Shibuya 4 May 19, 1972 Los Angeles, CA
John Tolos 3 June 10, 1972
Kinji Shibuya 5 July 15, 1972
Eric Froelich 1 August 12, 1972
Masa Saito 2 September 16, 1972
Peter Maivia 1 October 21, 1972 Hollywood, CA
Ripper Collins 1 1973 (n)
Earl Maynard 2 January 13, 1973
Tony Rocco 1 1973 (n)
Raul Mata 1 November 3, 1973 Hollywood, CA
Great Yamamoto 1 November 24, 1973 Hollywood, CA
Duane Allen 1 December 1, 1973 Hollywood, CA
John Tolos 4 January 5, 1974 Hollywood, CA
Pantera Negra 1 March 2, 1974 Hollywood, CA
Butcher Brannigan 1 March 16, 1974 Hollywood, CA
John Burich 1 June 1974 (n)
Mr. California (Salvator Lothario) 1 July 6, 1974
Manny Soto 1 August 31, 1974 Hollywood, CA
Man Mountain Mike 1 September 7, 1974 Hollywood, CA
Victor Rivera 1 October 11, 1974 Los Angeles, CA Immediately held up.
Man Mountain Mike 2 November 2, 1974 Given belt back.
Dennis Stamp 1 November 2, 1974
Greg Valentine 1 July 1975 (n)
Dennis Stamp 2 July 1975 (n)
Inferno #3 1 October 2, 1975 (n)
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)
Battleship Johnson 1 October 29, 1980 Los Angeles, CA Defeats Butcher Brannigan in a tournament final; still champion as of November 23, 1980.
The Assassin 1
Chris Adams 1 March 1981 (n)
Peter Maivia 2 May 1, 1981 Los Angeles, CA
Victor Rivera 2 April 1982 (n) Still champion as of May 23, 1982.
Mr. Go (Ryuma Go) 1 June 12, 1982 (n)
Killer Kim 1 August 1982 (n)
Billy Anderson 1 October 29, 1982
Vacated December 6, 1982 Title become inactive when the promotion closes.

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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