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NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Florida version)

The Florida version of the NWA Brass Knuckles Championship was a secondary professional wrestling championship defended sporadically in the National Wrestling Alliance's Florida territory, Championship Wrestling from Florida. As its name suggests, the title was contested in matches in which the participants wore brass knuckles and it existed from 1960 until the title was abandoned, no earlier than late 1984.[2][3]

NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Florida version)
Details
PromotionChampionship Wrestling from Florida
Date establishedJanuary, 1960
Date retired1984
Other name(s)
NWA World Brass Knuckles Championship (Florida version)[1]

Contents

Title historyEdit

Key
Symbol Meaning
No. The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific wrestler listed.
Event The event in which the championship changed hands
N/A The specific information is not known
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
(nlt) Indicates that a title change took place "no later than" the date listed.[Note 2]
  Indicates that there was a period where the lineage is undocumented due to the lack of written documentation
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref(s).
1 Danny McShain 1 January 11, 1960 (nlt) ?[Note 3] N/A live event Newspaper reports indicate that McShain had been awarded the championship recently [1]
2 Jan Madrid 1 February 22, 1960 7 Orlando, Florida live event   [1]
3 Eddie Graham 1 February 29, 1960 50 Orlando, Florida live event   [1]
4 Mike DiBiase 1 April 19, 1960 7 Tampa, Florida live event   [1]
5 Eddie Graham 2 April 26, 1960 ?[Note 3] Tampa, Florida live event Listed as champion on May 20, 1963. Later inactive [1]
                 
6 Johnny Valentine 1 April 23, 1968 48 Tampa, Florida live event Championship was reactivated as the Florida version. Unclear if Valentine was the first holder of the reactivated championship [3]
7 Eddie Graham 3 June 10, 1968 24 Orlando, Florida live event   [3]
8 Johnny Valentine 1 July 4, 1968 26 Jacksonville, Florida live event   [3]
9 Joe Scarpa 1 July 30, 1968 23 Tampa, Florida live event   [3]
10 Boris Malenko 2 August 22, 1968 74 Jacksonville, Florida live event   [3]
11 José Lothario 1 November 4, 1968 14 Orlando, Florida live event   [4]
12 Boris Malenko 3 November 18, 1968 136 Orlando, Florida live event   [3]
13 The Gladiator 1 April 3, 1969 14 Jacksonville, Florida live event   [5]
14 Boris Malenko 4 April 17, 1969 6 Jacksonville, Florida live event   [3]
15 Joe Scarpa 2 April 23, 1969 67 Miami Beach, Florida live event   [3][6]
16 Boris Malenko 5 June 29, 1969 66 Miami Beach, Florida live event   [3]
17 Beautiful Brutus 1 September 3, 1969 62 Miami Beach, Florida live event   [7]
18 Dale Lewis 1 November 4, 1969 16 Miami Beach, Florida live event   [3]
19 Don Curtis 1 November 20, 1969 21 Jacksonville, Florida live event   [3]
20 The Missouri Mauler 1 December 11, 1969 26 Jacksonville, Florida live event   [3]
21 Danny Miller 1 January 6, 1970 42 Tampa, Florida live event   [3]
22 The Missouri Mauler 2 February 17, 1970 74 Tampa, Florida live event   [3]
23 José Lothario 2 May 2, 1970 24 San Juan, Puerto Rico live event   [3]
24 Thunderbolt Patterson 1 May 26, 1970 88 Tampa, Florida live event   [3]
25 José Lothario 3 August 22, 1970 101 San Juan, Puerto Rico live event   [3]
26 Dusty Rhodes 1 December 1, 1970 [Note 3] Tampa, Florida live event   [3]
Vacated December 1970 N/A N/A Dusty Rhodes was stripped of the title for undocumented reasons [3]
27 Tarzan Tyler 1 December 22, 1970 39 Tampa, Florida live event   [3]
28 Ciclón Negro 1 January 30, 1971 24 Miami Beach, Florida live event   [3]
29 Boris Malenko 6 February 23, 1971 57 Tampa, Florida live event   [3]
30 The Champion 2 April 21, 1971 14 Miami Beach, Florida live event   [3]
31 Dale Lewis 2 May 5, 1971 38 Miami Beach, Florida live event   [8][9]
32 Bob Roop 1 June 12, 1971 19 Jacksonville, Florida live event   [3]
33 Bobby Duncum 1 July 1, 1971 166 Jacksonville, Florida live event   [10]
34 George Gaiser 1 December 14, 1971 7 Tampa, Florida live event   [3]
35 Bobby Duncum 2 December 21, 1971 37 Tampa, Florida live event   [3]
36 Boris Malenko 7 January 27, 1972 61 Tampa, Florida live event   [3]
37 Bearcat Wright 1 March 28, 1972 48 Tampa, Florida live event   [3]
38 Boris Malenko 8 May 15, 1972 22 Tampa, Florida live event   [3]
39 Paul Jones 1 June 6, 1972 7 Tampa, Florida live event   [3]
40 Jack Brisco 1 June 13, 1972 0 Tampa, Florida live event   [3]
Vacated June 13, 1972 N/A N/A The championship was vacated for undocumented reasons [3]
                 
41 Dusty Rhodes 2 December 1972 (nlt) ?[Note 3] N/A live event   [3]
Vacated December 1972 N/A N/A Dusty Rhodes was stripped of the title for striking NWA President Sam Muchnick. [3]
42 Tarzan Tyler 3 December 22, 1972 ?[Note 3] Tampa, Florida live event Won a tournament to become champion [3]
                 
43 Killer Karl Kox 1 1975 ?[Note 3] N/A live event Won a tournament to become champion. [3]
44 Rocky Johnson 1 1976 ?[Note 3] N/A live event   [3]
                 
45 Steve Keirn 1 October 2, 1978 ?[Note 3] West Palm Beach, Florida live event Defeated Killer Karl Kox to win the championship, records are unclear of in Kox was the champion at the time [3]
                 
46 Killer Karl Kox 2 1978 ?[Note 3] N/A live event   [3]
47 Sonny King 2 February 1979 (nlt) [Note 4] N/A live event   [3]
48 Killer Karl Kox 3 May 1979 (nlt) ?[Note 3] N/A live event   [3]
                 
49 Dick Slater 1 October 1980 (nlt) ?[Note 3] N/A live event   [3]
                 
50 Jerry Lawler 1 September 29, 1981 (nlt) ?[Note 3] St. Petersburg, Florida live event EIther defended the championship against Bobby Jaggers on that date or won it from Jaggers. [3]
                 
51 Ciclón Negro 2 May 1982 (nlt) ?[Note 3] N/A live event   [3]
                 
Vacated N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons. [3]
52 Blackjack Mulligan 1 September 1983 (nlt) ?[Note 3] N/A live event Defeated Kareem Muhammad in a tournament final to become champion [3]
53 Black Bart 1 January 1984 [Note 5] N/A live event   [3]
54 Blackjack Mulligan 2 May 5, 1984 ?[Note 3] St. Petersburg, Florida live event   [9]
55 Panama Gang 1 November 1984 (nlt) ?[Note 3] St. Petersburg, Florida live event   [3]
Inactive N/A N/A N/A Championship abandoned. [3]

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ There are several reigns where the start or end date is unclear, which means there could be a reign that lasted longer than 166 days but an exact length has not been verified.
  2. ^ Documentation of the specific date of a title change is not found but documentation of the champion holding the title on that date/in that period.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p The length of the reign is too uncertain to calculate.
  4. ^ The exact date the championship was won and lost is uncertain, which means that the championship reign lasted at least 62 days.
  5. ^ The exact date the championship was won is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 95 and 125 days.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "NWA World Brass Knuckles Title [Florida]". wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Duncan, Royal & Will, Gary (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax Tanabe, Hisaharu (2003). "N.W.A. Florida Brass Knuckles Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved May 19, 2007.
  4. ^ Rose, Barry. "Event: Orlando on November 4th, 1968". CWF Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2007.
  5. ^ F4W Staff (April 3, 2015). "On this day in Pro Wrestling title change history" Gotch Vs. Hackenschmidt, Inoki Vs. Hansen, Guerrero Vs. Jerico". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  6. ^ Rose, Barry. "Event: Miami and Miami Beach on April 23rd, 1969". CWF Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2007.
  7. ^ Hoops, Brian (September 3, 2015). "On this day in Pro Wrestling history (Sept. 3): Ric Fair Vs. Terry Funk Texas Death Match, Great Muta V. Sting, Ted Dibiae and Stan Hansen win AJPW tag titles". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  8. ^ Rose, Barry. "Event: Miami and Miami Beach on May 5th, 1971". CWF Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2007.
  9. ^ a b F4W Staff (May 5, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (May 5): Bruno Vs. Gorilla in Puerto Rico, 2nd annual Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  10. ^ Hoops, Brian (July 1, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (July 1): Ric Flair stripped of WCW title, Von Erich win WCCW Tag titles". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017.