NWA National Heavyweight Championship
The NWA National Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship created by the National Wrestling Alliance. It was the major singles title in the NWA-affiliated Georgia Championship Wrestling from 1980 until 1986 and was defended within the territorial region in which GCW operated; when GCW was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation in July 1984 the then-NWA National Champion The Spoiler went to work for the WWF and was recognised by that promotion as National Champion. Soon thereafter, a new promotion was formed and sanctioned by the NWA, they awarded the NWA National Championship to Ted DiBiase. In 1985, Jim Crockett Promotions purchased the TBS Saturday and Sunday night television slots from the WWF and began production on a new era of "World Championship Wrestling." JCP consolidated Championship Wrestling from Georgia and began to recognize their championships. Crockett held a unification match between his company's United States Champion and the National Champion.
The U. S. champion that version of the National title was abandoned. In 1997, the NWA reactivated the National Heavyweight Championship, which has since been defended throughout the United States in various NWA-affiliated promotions; the title is held by Willie Mack who won the title at the NWA's 70th Anniversary Show on October 21, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. As of April 13, 2019; as of April 13, 2019. List of National Wrestling Alliance championships Wrestling-Titles.com
Big Van Vader
Leon Allen White, better known by his ring names Big Van Vader or Vader, was an American professional wrestler and professional football player. He performed for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation, All Japan Pro Wrestling during the 1990s and 2000s. According to CBS Sports, White is "widely regarded as one of the greatest super-heavyweight pro wrestlers of all time". White performed as a monstrous wrestler capable of aerial maneuvers: his moonsault was voted the "Best Wrestling Maneuver" of 1993 by Wrestling Observer Newsletter readers. Among other accolades in WCW and Japan, he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship three times each, the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship twice, the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship once, won the battle royal main event of the 1993 Battlebowl pay-per-view. Vader was inducted into the WON Hall of Fame in 1996. White was a nationally ranked center, recruited by forty colleges.
He played offensive line at the University of Colorado, where he was a second-team All-American for the Buffaloes in 1977. He earned a business administration degree. In the 1978 NFL Draft, White was drafted as a center by the Los Angeles Rams with the 24th pick of the 3rd Round. During White's first season, he was put on the injured reserve list, retired due to a ruptured patella. While working out at a gym, White was spotted by a man who remembered him from his college football days who suggested he look into professional wrestling. Trained by Brad Rheingans, White got his first national exposure in the American Wrestling Association, he went by the moniker Baby Bull, changed to Bull Power. White honed his skills during this time, his ring work improved to the point that he was booked in a match with Stan Hansen for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship, where he was defeated. In May 1986, White went to Europe to compete for Otto Wanz and his promotion, Catch Wrestling Association, touring Austria and Germany, using the name Bull Power.
That summer, he took part in Austria. He made it before losing to Klaus Wallas. On March 22, 1987, he won his first championship, the CWA World Heavyweight Championship, defeating Otto Wanz in Denver, ending Wanz's reign of nearly nine years in its only title change in the United States, he held onto the title for nearly four months, before losing to back to Wanz on July 11 in Graz, Austria. In December 1987, he participated in the Bremen Catch Cup, in Germany, he defeated Rambo in the finals. In 1989, Bull Power returned to the CWA, to challenge Otto Wanz for the CWA World Heavyweight Championship. On August 21 in Vienna, Austria, he defeated Wanz to win his second CWA World title, he held onto the title for a little over four months before losing it back to Wanz in Bremen, Germany, on December 22. A year Otto Wanz retired and the CWA World title was held up. Bull Power defeated Rambo to win the vacant title for the final time, he held to the title for over six months, before losing it to Rambo in Graz, Austria on July 6, 1991.
Five months he defeated Tatsumi Fujinami to become the inaugural CWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion. He vacated the title in 1992 after signing with World Championship Wrestling. Although signed to All Japan Pro Wrestling, AJPW owner Giant Baba traded White's contract over to New Japan Pro-Wrestling in 1987 after consideration. Upon joining NJPW, White was given the ring name Big Van Vader and began to wear a black wrestling mask, his new identity was based on a strong warrior of the same name from Japanese folklore. He was introduced as the crown jewel of the Takeshi Puroresu Gundan stable, managed by Takeshi Kitano. Vader challenged Antonio Inoki, who had defeated Riki Choshu, defeated the worn-down Inoki; the pro-Inoki audience rioted, resulting in NJPW being banned from its home arena. The ban remained in effect until 1989, when NJPW did their first show back in Sumo Hall on February 22. After winning the final match of an eight-man tournament against Shinya Hashimoto, Vader was declared the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion.
He was the first gaijin wrestler to hold the title. On May 25, one month after being crowned champion, Vader lost the title to Russian suplex master Salman Hashimikov. Hashimikov dropped the title to Vader's old rival, Riki Choshu, on July 12. On August 10, Vader defeated Choshu to become a two-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion. On February 10, 1990, Vader faced Stan Hansen at an NJPW supercard show. Before Vader entered the ring, Hansen accidentally broke Vader's nose with the bullrope Hansen carried to the ring for his matches. During an exchange of stiff punches, Hansen unintentionally poked Vader's left eye with his thumb during their brawl, which caused the eye to pop out of its socket. After removing his mask, pushing the eye back into its socket and holding it in place with his eyelid, Vader continued wrestling Hansen until the match was rendered a no contest; as a result of the injury, Vader required a metal plate to be surgically placed under his eye. Vader's success garnered the attention of World Championship Wrestling, who convinced him to work for them while still the IWGP Heavyweight Champion and an active competitor in NJPW.
In January 1991, Vader defeated Tatsumi Fujinami to earn himself a third IWGP Heavyweight Title reign. This reign was short-lived however, as Vader lost the title back to Fujinami on March 4. At this point, WCW and NJPW were reaching a tentative working agreement. This
Ohio Valley Wrestling
Ohio Valley Wrestling is an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in Louisville, Kentucky. It was a member promotion of the National Wrestling Alliance from its inception in 1993 until 2000, when it became the primary developmental territory for the World Wrestling Federation, it remained in this role from 2000 until 2008. The promotion was unaffiliated from February 7, 2008 until November 2011, is run by Al Snow, who took over from founder and former owner Nightmare Danny Davis. In 2012, OVW became the farm territory for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling; the relationship ended on November 2, 2013. On March 19, 2019 it was announced that OVW and Impact Wrestling have re-established their developmental agreement; as of December 2011, over 100 OVW alumni have appeared in WWE. OVW was founded by Nightmare Danny Davis in 1993 as a NWA member under the name NWA Ohio Valley; the company ran in the Kentucky and Indiana territories that were run by the USWA with weekly shows run out of the Original Davis Arena on Mechanics street in Jeffersonville and larger shows run out of the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky.
In 1997 OVW would end its relationship with the National Wrestling Alliance and rename itself Ohio Valley Wrestling. Trailer Park Trash would become the first OVW Champion defeating Vic the Bruiser on August 17 of that year. On January 11, 1998, OVW would tape the first episode of its weekly television series, it would emanate from the original Davis Arena in Indiana. Louisville Gardens ring announcer Dean Hill did play by play duties with Faye Davis as the Ring Announcer; the show would feature an introduction to the company by owner Danny Davis. The main event would be Rob Conway vs Juan Hurtado and The Intern. In 1999, WWF creative team member Jim Cornette bought a stake in OVW and expressed his interest in starting a full-service developmental territory for up and comers. Cornette, a native of Louisville, was looking to move closer to his home as he was not fond of living in Connecticut, where the WWF was based, nor did he get along with several of his colleagues. Cornette, taking on the role of booker and show writer while appearing in an on-camera commentator role, made his first televised appearance on July 10, 1999, spoke of the changes that were to take place.
The first WWE contracted. The first group of developmental stars would prove historical as prospects developed under this class would go on to be the biggest names in pro wrestling and beyond in the 2000s. With the influx of new talent the company outgrew its small location in Jeffersonville and needed to expand; the final show at the original arena would be on August 21, 2002 headlined by a match between Damaja and Rene Dupree. On September 4, 2002 the company would debut its show at the current Davis Arena at 4400 Shepherdsville Rd in Louisville, Ky; this venue could seat up to 500. With the expansion, lines before the show would start hours beforehand with a large standing room crowd being let in after seats were filled; the first main event would be Doug Basham vs Chris Benoit. On July 10, 2005 Jim Cornette would be fired from the WWE which would include being relieved of his position overseeing OVW; this was after an incident where he was reported to have slapped one of OVW's beginners class students Anthony Carelli for having an inappropriate reaction when being confronted by a horror character called The Boogeyman during one of the companies shows.
The two have not been on positive terms since, with them having a confrontation during an event in which both were booked as recent as October 2017. Cornette would be replaced in the OVW Broadcast booth by WWE Trainer Al Snow with his position overseeing creative being taken over by Paul Heyman; this would be short lived as Heyman would be put in charge of the revived ECW brand leaving OVW television having a revolving door of producers which included many ECW alum as well as former AWA booker Greg Gagne. The booking duties would go to Al Snow who would have the longest tenure outside of Cornette. Jim Cornette was still part owner of the company for another two years before selling his end to Davis in 2007. Rumors circulated; the main reason given being location of OVW being a main factor with WWE's talent relations not wanting to have to travel to Kentucky with the preferred location being Florida where many of them lived. Deep South Wrestling was established in Georgia but did not last long as it was never able to reach the popularity in its market that OVW had in Louisville.
In 2007 the rumors were proven true when WWE helped fund Florida Championship Wrestling in Tampa, Florida. The two operated together but on February 7, 2008, WWE announced that it had ended its relationship with OVW as a developmental territory, moving all contracted talent to Florida Championship Wrestling. However, on September 23, 2009, OVW announced via a press release from WWE that Senior EVP John Laurinaitis visited and scouted OVW wrestlers and that WWE will take "a much more active role in recruiting OVW developed talent". Throughout 2008 and 2009 WWE-contracted talent would make occasional appearances on OVW shows including a John Cena vs Lance Cade main event for the companies final Kentucky Kingdom Show and OVW talent has remained a large part of WWE's recruiting classes with many talents signed to the WWE since February 2008 and many more being used on WWE programming as extras or enhancement talent. On February 22 and 23, 2010 the WWE in conjunction with OVW held a two-day tryout camp for independent wrest
IWCCW Tag Team Championship
The ICW / IWCCW Tag-Team Championship was the top tag-team championship of International World Class Championship Wrestling between 1984 and 1995 where IWCCW closed down operations. Since the ICW/IWCCW championships were not given "world title" status by Pro Wrestling Illustrated, this championship was seen as a regional championship, although it was considered the top singles championship of the promotion. ICW’s main title was the WWC World Tag Team Championship, through a talent exchange program and a close working relationship between ICW and WWC the Universal Title was promoted in the New England area as the main ICW title without mentioning the WWC name, nor was it presented as a title owned by ICW; when the arrangement came to an end in 1985 a specific “ICW Tag-Team Championship” was created with the lineage of the WWC Tag-Team title during the time of the working relationship. Because the championship is a professional wrestling championship, it is not won or lost competitively but instead by the decision of the bookers of a wrestling promotion.
The championship is awarded after the chosen team "wins" a match to maintain the illusion that professional wrestling is a competitive sport. Key General sourcesRoyal Gary Will. "Boston: International Championship Wrestling Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. "International Championship Wrestling /International World Class Championship Wrestling Tag Team Title". Wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved April 8, 2015. Specific sources
Brian Christopher Lawler was an American professional wrestler. He is best remembered for his career in the World Wrestling Federation, where he performed as Brian Christopher and Grand Master Sexay. Lawler was a one-time WWF Tag Team Champion as part of Too Cool with Scotty 2 Hotty, won 44 titles within the United States Wrestling Association, he was the son of professional wrestler Jerry Lawler and brother of wrestling referee Kevin Christian. Lawler began his career as one half of the masked tag team "The Twilight Zone" with Tony Williams under the individual ring names of Nebula and Quasar. After they were unmasked, Brian continued to wrestle in the United States Wrestling Association under the name "Too Sexy" Brian Christopher, he feuded with wrestlers such as Jeff Jarrett, Bill Dundee, Tom Prichard, The Moondogs, his father Jerry Lawler. Among his partners were Tony Williams, Doug Gilbert, Scotty Flamingo, "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert. Lawler, still known as Brian Christopher, joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1997 and began competing in the light heavyweight division.
Taka Michinoku defeated him in the finals of a tournament for the Light Heavyweight Championship. In mid-1998, he started teaming up with Scott "Too Hot" Taylor to form the tag team Too Much; when he was known as Brian Christopher, his father Jerry Lawler would talk him up as being superior to all the other Light Heavyweights but never publicly acknowledged that Brian was his son, although after Paul Heyman revealed that fact on Raw, Jim Ross always hinted at it. A running joke was that someone would mention their relationship, which led to both of them adamantly denying that they were related. On the June 13, 1999, episode of Heat and Scott adopted the ring names Grandmaster Sexay and Scotty 2 Hotty, returning after a hiatus, their tag team was renamed Too Cool, they were joined by Rikishi. They defeated Christian in May 2000 on Raw to become the Tag Team Champions, they were occasionally involved with top-card feuds, notably being enemies to the McMahon-Helmsley Faction and their associates, such as The Radicalz and Christian, T & A.
The trio's run ended in late 2000 when Rikishi was revealed as the man behind the wheel of the car that hit Stone Cold Steve Austin at Survivor Series. Shortly after, Rikishi turned on his teammates. While Scotty was sidelined in 2001 with a broken ankle, Lawler formed a short-lived tag team with Steve Blackman and was released from the company for illegally conveying drugs across the Canada–United States border. On February 24, 2002, at the second World Wrestling All-Stars pay per view in Las Vegas, Lawler wrestled WWA Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett for the title, but lost. In April 2002, Lawler wrestled in a fatal-four-way match for the championship at a house show but lost to Nathan Jones, Scott Steiner and Jarrett. From June 2002 until April 2004, he worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as Brian Lawler, he formed a group called Next Generation with fellow second generation stars David Flair and Erik Watts. They were involved in a rivalry with Dusty Rhodes and harassed him with a replica of the NWA World Title belt that he wore when he was champion.
In April 2004, Lawler was signed back to the WWE roster as Jim Ross's last act as head of WWE Talent Relations. He only appeared in four matches: against Kane, Wavell Starr and Garrison Cade, he was released after only one month with the company after John Laurinaitis took over as head of WWE Talent Relations. Prior to his release, Lawler was scheduled to take part in a Battle Royal for the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, but he was replaced by Maven. After his departure from WWE, Lawler wrestled for several independent promotions, including Memphis Wrestling and UWF Live. Christopher worked with his teammates Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty, making several reunions of Too Cool. On the March 14, 2011 episode of Raw, Lawler returned to the WWE as a heel in a segment between Michael Cole and his father, Jerry Lawler, where Brian would side with Cole, saying that he felt that Jerry never cared for him and that he was ashamed to be his son. Lawler indirectly agreed. Lawler returned to the WWE on January 6, 2014, appearing on the "Old School" edition of Raw and reuniting with Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty, for what would be the final time, to take on 3MB in a six man tag team match.
His team was successful in winning. He made what would be his final WWE appearance, on NXT Arrival in February 2014 as part of Too Cool in a losing effort as mystery opponents to The Ascension, who defended their NXT Tag Team Championship. Lawler was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, in stark contrast to his father, a diehard Cleveland Browns fan. According to his brother Kevin, Lawler was buried in a Steelers-themed casket with his ring name. Lawler was arrested in February 2009 for disorderly conduct. On June 26, 2009, he was arrested for public intoxication just before 3 a.m. According to the police report, he "became belligerent" once in custody and threatened the police officer who arrested him. On July 13, 2009, he was jailed for 30 days after failing to attend an in-patient treatment center as part of his plea agreement. In early July 2018, Lawler was again jailed for evading police. On the early morning of July 29, 2018, Lawler was found hanging in a cell at the Hardeman County Jail and was observed to be brain dead.
His life support was disabled after his father Jerry Lawler had arrived to the hospital to bid his farewell. Lawler was pronounced dead at around 4:40 p.m. EST at the age of 4