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.
|UWA World Heavyweight Championship|
El Canek the most prolific champion with 15 reigns.
|Promotion||Universal Wrestling Association|
Mexican independent circuit
|Date established||August 15, 1977|
|Current champion(s)||Dr. Wagner, Jr.|
|Date won||June 18, 2004|
|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.|
|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|||
|4||Antonio Inoki||April 13, 1980||Live event||Mexico City||1||194|||
|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|||
|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|||
|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||5619+||Title has not been defended in many years by Dr. Wagner Jr.|||
- 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.
- "Número Especial - Lo mejor de la lucha libre mexicana durante el 2004". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 24, 2005. issue 91.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "2002: considerar detrás". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 19, 2003. issue 2593.
- LuchaLibreDeMexico (2012-05-16), CMLL 6 18 2004 El Canek vs Dr Wagner, retrieved 2016-09-01