UWA World Heavyweight Championship
The UWA World Heavyweight Championship (Campeonato Mundial peso Completo de UWA in Spanish) was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship originally promoted by Universal Wrestling Association (UWA) until it closed in 1995. After UWA's closure, the title was sporadically, unofficially defended on the Mexican independent circuit. In the past the title has been defended in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) when the champion worked for those companies. Lou Thez was the first UWA World Heavyweight champion, having been awarded the title after wrestling Mil Mascaras to a draw on the very first UWA show. El Canek has held the Championship the most times, 15 reigns all in all, 13 of those before the UWA closed. Canek is also the champion that kept the UWA World Heavyweight Championship active after the UWA closed. Dr. Wagner, Jr. is the current UWA World Heavyweight champion having defeated Canek on June 18, 2004. Dr. Wagner, Jr. currently works regularly for AAA and they acknowledge the title, having shown him with the belt on numerous occasions.
|UWA World Heavyweight Championship|
THe front of the championship belt
|Promotion||Universal Wrestling Association|
Mexican independent circuit
|Date established||August 15, 1977|
|Current champion(s)||Dr. Wagner, Jr.|
|Date won||June 18, 2004|
As it was a professional wrestling championship, the championship was not won not by actual competition, but by a scripted ending to a match determined by the bookers and match makers.[a] On occasion the promotion declares a championship vacant, which means there is no champion at that point in time. This can either be due to a storyline,[b] or real life issues such as a champion suffering an injury being unable to defend the championship,[c] or leaving the company.[d]
|No.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|†||Championship change is unrecognized by the promotion|
|+||Current reign is changing daily|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|1||Lou Thesz||August 15, 1977||Live event||N/A||1||377||Thesz was awarded the title after wrestling Mil Máscaras to a time limit draw at the UWA's first event on July 26, 1976.||[e]|
|2||El Canek||August 27, 1978||Live event||Mexico City||1||539||[e]|
|3||Tiger Jeet Singh||February 17, 1980||Live event||Mexico City||1||56||[e]|
|4||Antonio Inoki||April 13, 1980||Live event||Mexico City||1||194||[e]|
|5||Tiger Jeet Singh||October 24, 1980||Live event||Okinawa, Japan||2||114||[e]|
|6||El Canek||February 15, 1981||Live event||Naucalpan, State of Mexico||2||523||[e]|
|7||Riki Choshu||July 23, 1982||Live event||Mexico City||1||65||[e]|
|8||El Canek||September 26, 1982||Live event||Mexico City||3||219||[e]|
|9||Tatsumi Fujinami||May 1, 1983||Live event||Mexico City||1||42||[e]|
|10||El Canek||June 12, 1983||Live event||Mexico City||4||252||[e]|
|—||Vacated||October 4, 1983||—||—||—||—||El Canek vacated the title to do an extended tour of wrestling in Japan. Tour is cut short and Canek returns in time for the tournament.||[e]|
|11||Enrique Vera||October 23, 1983||Live event||Naucalpan, State of Mexico||1||126||Defeated El Canek and Dos Caras to win the vacant championship.||[e]|
|12||Dos Caras||February 26, 1984||Live event||Naucalpan, State of Mexico||1||119||[e]|
|13||El Canek||June 24, 1984||Live event||Naucalpan, State of Mexico||5||310||[e]|
|14||Scorpio||April 30, 1985||Live event||Mexico City||1||61||[e]|
|15||El Canek||June 30, 1985||Live event||N/A||6||548||[e]|
|16||Dos Caras||December 30, 1986||Live event||Naucalpan, State of Mexico||2||[e]|
|17||El Canek||April 1987 (NLT)||Live event||N/A||7||[e]|
|18||The Killer||1987||Live event||N/A||1||[e]|
|19||El Canek||1987||Live event||N/A||8||[e]|
|20||Perro Aguayo||March 4, 1988||Live event||N/A||1||62||[e]|
|21||El Canek||May 5, 1988||Live event||N/A||9||566||[e]|
|22||Big Van Vader||November 22, 1989||Live event||Naucalpan, State of Mexico||1||382||[e]|
|23||El Canek||December 9, 1990||Live event||Naucalpan, State of Mexico||10||420||[e]|
|24||Dos Caras||February 2, 1992||Live event||Naucalpan, State of Mexico||3||154||[e]|
|25||El Canek||July 5, 1992||Live event||Naucalpan, State of Mexico||11||210||[e]|
|26||Canadian Vampire Casanova||January 31, 1993||Live event||Naucalpan, State of Mexico||1||322||[e]|
|27||El Canek||December 19, 1993||Live event||Naucalpan, State of Mexico||12||75||[e]|
|28||Yamato||March 14, 1994||Live event||Puebla, Puebla||1||4||[e]|
|29||El Canek||March 18, 1994||UWA Live event||Nezahualcóyotl, México||13||1976||The UWA closed in 1995, however the title continued to be defended in other promotions.||[e]|
|30||Cadaver de Ultratomba||August 15, 1999||Live event||Tehuacán, Puebla||1||22||[e]|
|31||El Canek||September 6, 1999||AAA TV Taping||Tehuacán, Puebla||14||867||[e]|
|32||Cibernético||January 20, 2002||AAA TV Taping||Salamanca, Guanajuato||1||299|||
|33||El Canek||November 15, 2002||AAA TV Taping||Orizaba, Veracruz||15||581|||
|34||Dr. Wagner Jr.||June 18, 2004||CMLL Infierno en el Ring (2004)||Mexico City||1||5973+||Title has not been defended in many years by Dr. Wagner Jr.|||
As of October 25, 2020.
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|¤||The exact length of the title reign is uncertain.|
|2||Dr. Wagner Jr. †||1||5,973+|
|3||Big Van Vader||1||382|
|5||Canadian Vampire Casanova||1||322|
|9||Tiger Jeet Singh||2||170|
|15||Cadaver de Ultratomba||1||22|
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