NWA International Tag Team Championship (Georgia version)

The NWA International Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling tag team championship in Georgia Championship Wrestling (GCW). A secondary title after the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Georgia version), it was one of several international tag team championships recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance. It was the first NWA tag team championship to be billed as an "international" title and active from 1956 to 1963.

NWA International Tag Team Championship
Details
PromotionGeorgia Championship Wrestling
Date establishedOctober 1956
Date retiredNo later than June 1963

Some reigns were held by champions using a ring name, while others used their real name. There have been a total of 34 recognized individual champions and 23 recognized teams, who have had a combined 28 official reigns. The first champions were Fred Atkins and Ike Eakins, and the final champions were Ray Gunkel and Dick Steinborn. At 63 days, Ray Gunkel and Ron Etchison's first and only reign was the longest, while the team of Karl Heinkler and Kurt Von Brauner's reign was the shortest, at seven days.

Five teams - Don McIntyre and Red McIntyre, Freddie Blassie and Bob Shipp, Ray Gunkel and Don McIntyre, Ray Gunkel and Dick Steinborn, and Tarzan Tyler and Len Montana - are tied with the most reigns with two each. Gunkel has the most individual reigns with seven. The following is a chronological list of teams that have been International Tag Team Champions by ring name.

KeyEdit

Reigns The number of times a specific set of wrestlers have won the titles
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the titles were won
N/A The information is not available.
Wrestler name (#) The number represents the number of times the wrestler has held the title individually
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
(n) Indicates that a title change took place "no later than" the date listed.[Note 1]
  Indicates that there was a period where the lineage is undocumented due to the lack of written documentation

Title historyEdit

# Wrestlers Reigns Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Fred Atkins and Ike Eakins 1 October 1956 N/A N/A House show Billed as champions upon arrival in the territory. [1]
2 Red McIntyre and Chief Big Heart 1 December 7, 1956 63 Atlanta, GA House show [1]
3 Mark Lewin and Donn Lewin 1 February 8, 1957 35 Atlanta, GA House show [1][2]
4 Don McIntyre and Red McIntyre (2) 1 March 15, 1957 N/A Atlanta, GA House show [1][3]
                 
5 Kurt Von Brauner and Freddie Blassie 1 June, 1957 (n) [Note 2] N/A House show   [1]
6 Don McIntyre and Red McIntyre 2 June 21, 1957 N/A Atlanta, GA House show [1]
                 
7 Don McIntyre (3) and Tarzan White 1 July 20, 1957 (n) N/A N/A House show  
8 The Von Brauners
(Kurt Von Brauner and Fritz Von Brauner)
1 August 24, 1957 41 Rome, GA House show [1]
9 Ray Gunkel and Don McIntyre (4) 1 October 4, 1957 N/A Atlanta, GA House show [1]
                 
10 Ray Gunkel (2) and Billy Red Lyons 1 February, 1958 (n) [Note 3] N/A House show   [1]
11 The Mighty Yankee and Don Lee 1 April 4, 1958 14 Atlanta, GA House show [1]
12 Karl Heinkler and Kurt Von Brauner (3) 1 April 18, 1958 7 Atlanta, GA House show [1][4]
13 Angelo Martinelli and Rocky Columbo 1 April 25, 1958 N/A Atlanta, GA House show
                 
14 Jack Dillon and Don Lee (2) 1 June, 1958 (n) [Note 4] N/A House show   [1]
15 Ray Gunkel (3) and Ron Etchison 1 June 13, 1958 63 Atlanta, GA House show [1]
Vacated August 15, 1958 Atlanta, GA House show Championship is held-up after a controversial title defense against Freddie Blassie and Angelo Poffo ended in a no-contest.
                 
16 Ray Gunkel (4) and Nick Roberts 1 October, 1958 (n) [Note 5] N/A House show   [1]
17 Freddie Blassie (2) and Bob Shipp 2 October 10, 1958 N/A Atlanta, GA House show [1][5]
                 
18 Ray Gunkel (5) and Don McIntyre (5) 2 January, 1959 (n) N/A N/A House show   [1]
                 
19 Ray Gunkel (6) and Dick Gunkel 1 December, 1959 (n) N/A N/A House show   [1]
                 
20 Freddie Blassie (3) and Eric Pederson 1 May 3, 1960 (n) N/A N/A House show  
                 
21 The Corsicans
(Corsica Joe and Corsica Jean)
1 June, 1960 (n) N/A N/A House show  
                 
22 Gypsy Joe and Skull Murphy 1 April, 1961 (n) N/A N/A House show  
                 
23 Jean Gaullois and Paul Gaullois 1 January 5, 1962 (n) N/A N/A House show  
                 
24 Tarzan Tyler and Len Montana 1 April, 1963 (n) N/A N/A House show  
25 Dick Steinborn (2) and Chief Little Eagle 1 April 27, 1963 N/A Atlanta, GA House show [6]
26 Tarzan Tyler and Len Montana 2 June, 1963 (n) N/A N/A House show  
27 Bill Dromo and Chief Little Eagle (2) 1 June 5, 1963 9 Columbus, GA House show
28 Ray Gunkel (7) and Dick Steinborn (3) 2 June 14, 1963 N/A Atlanta, GA House show

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ The exact date on which the title was won is not known, which means their title reign lasted between 1 and 20 days.
  3. ^ The exact date on which the title was won is not known, which means their title reign lasted between 35 and 62 days.
  4. ^ The exact date on which the title was won is not known, which means their title reign lasted between 1 and 12 days.
  5. ^ The exact date on which the title was won is not known, which means their title reign lasted between 1 and 9 days.

ReferencesEdit

General

  • Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "United States: Georgia". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 140–141. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  • "International Tag Team Title (Georgia)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Puroresu Dojo. 2003.
  • Norris, Mike (2004). "Regional Territories: GCW". KayfabeMemories.com.

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