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UWA World Heavyweight Championship

The UWA World Heavyweight Championship (Campeonato Mundial peso Completo de UWA in Spanish) is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship originally promoted by Universal Wrestling Association (UWA) until it closed in 1995 and since then been 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.[1]

UWA World Heavyweight Championship
El Canek.jpg
El Canek the most prolific champion with 15 reigns.
Details
PromotionUniversal Wrestling Association
Mexican independent circuit
Date establishedAugust 15, 1977
Current champion(s)Dr. Wagner, Jr.
Date wonJune 18, 2004

The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition.

Title historyEdit

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
N/A Unknown information
Championship change is unrecognized by the promotion
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
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.
2 El Canek August 27, 1978 Live event Mexico City 1 539
3 Tiger Jeet Singh February 17, 1980 Live event Mexico City 1 56 [2]
4 Antonio Inoki April 13, 1980 Live event Mexico City 1 194 [3]
5 Tiger Jeet Singh October 24, 1980 Live event Okinawa, Japan 2 114
6 El Canek February 15, 1981 Live event Naucalpan, State of Mexico 2 523
7 Riki Choshu July 23, 1982 Live event Mexico City 1 65
8 El Canek September 26, 1982 Live event Mexico City 3 219
9 Tatsumi Fujinami May 1, 1983 Live event Mexico City 1 42
10 El Canek June 12, 1983 Live event Mexico City 4 252
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.
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.
12 Dos Caras February 26, 1984 Live event Naucalpan, State of Mexico 1 119
13 El Canek June 24, 1984 Live event Naucalpan, State of Mexico 5 310
14 Scorpio April 30, 1985 Live event Mexico City 1 61
15 El Canek June 30, 1985 Live event N/A 6 548
16 Dos Caras December 30, 1986 Live event Naucalpan, State of Mexico 2
17 El Canek April 1987 (NLT) Live event N/A 7
18 The Killer 1987 Live event N/A 1
19 El Canek 1987 Live event N/A 8
20 Perro Aguayo March 4, 1988 Live event N/A 1 62
21 El Canek May 5, 1988 Live event N/A 9 566 [4]
22 Big Van Vader November 22, 1989 Live event Naucalpan, State of Mexico 1 382
23 El Canek December 9, 1990 Live event Naucalpan, State of Mexico 10 420
24 Dos Caras February 2, 1992 Live event Naucalpan, State of Mexico 3 154
25 El Canek July 5, 1992 Live event Naucalpan, State of Mexico 11 210
26 Canadian Vampire Casanova January 31, 1993 Live event Naucalpan, State of Mexico 1 322
27 El Canek December 19, 1993 Live event Naucalpan, State of Mexico 12 75
28 Yamato March 14, 1994 Live event Puebla, Puebla 1 4
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.
30 Cadaver de Ultratomba † August 15, 1999 Live event Tehuacán, Puebla 1 22
31 El Canek September 6, 1999 AAA TV Taping Tehuacán, Puebla 14 867
32 Cibernético January 20, 2002 AAA TV Taping Salamanca, Guanajuato 1 299 [5]
33 El Canek November 15, 2002 AAA TV Taping Orizaba, Veracruz 15 581 [5]
34 Dr. Wagner Jr. June 18, 2004 CMLL Infierno en el Ring (2004) Mexico City 1 5619+ Title has not been defended in many years by Dr. Wagner Jr. [1][6]

ReferencesEdit

General reference for title changes before 2000
  • Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "MEXICO: Universal Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 397. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
Specific
  1. ^ a b "Número Especial - Lo mejor de la lucha libre mexicana durante el 2004". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 24, 2005. issue 91.
  2. ^ Centinela, Teddy (February 17, 2015). "En un día como hoy… 1980: Mil Máscaras y Canek exponen sus respectivas versiones del Campeonato Mundial de Peso Completo". SuperLuchas Magazine (in Spanish). Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Centinela, Teddy (April 13, 2015). "En un día como hoy… 1980: Cartel súper internacional en El Toreo: Antonio Inoki vs. Tiger Jeet Singh — Fishman vs. Tatsumi Fujinami". SuperLuchas Magazine (in Spanish). Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b "2002: considerar detrás". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 19, 2003. issue 2593.
  6. ^ LuchaLibreDeMexico (2012-05-16), CMLL 6 18 2004 El Canek vs Dr Wagner, retrieved 2016-09-01