AWA World Heavyweight Championship

Current Champion

Since: January 01, 1970

Days Held: 17314 Days

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Champion

Date Won

Days Held

Observations

December 12, 1990
0 days
championship stripped when Zbyszko left the inactive AWA for WCW. The AWA closed in 1991.
April 08, 1990
248 days
January 10, 1990
88 days
February 07, 1989
337 days
Zbyszko won a battle royal, last eliminating Tom Zenk.
January 20, 1989
18 days
Lawler was stripped of the championship after the Continental Wrestling Association split from the AWA.
May 09, 1988
256 days
Lawler defeated Kerry Von Erich on December 13, 1988 in Chicago to win the WCWA World Heavyweight Championship, and become the first USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship.
May 02, 1987
373 days
championship held up immediately after the match due to controversy over interference by Larry Zbyszko on Hennig's behalf, but the championship is returned to Hennig days later after the AWA Championship Committee rules that there was no evidence of interference.
June 28, 1986
308 days
Awarded when Hansen left the AWA.
December 29, 1985
181 days
May 13, 1984
595 days
Wrestled NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair to a double count-out on October 2, 1985 in Tokyo, Japan.
February 22, 1984
81 days
October 09, 1982
501 days
August 29, 1982
41 days
May 19, 1981
467 days
Awarded the championship when Gagne retired.
July 18, 1980
305 days
Gagne retired from active wrestling while still the champion.
November 08, 1975
1837 days
Wrestled WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund to a double count-out on March 25, 1979 in Toronto, ON.
August 31, 1968
2625 days
August 17, 1968
14 days
February 26, 1967
538 days
November 19, 1966
99 days
November 12, 1966
7 days
November 12, 1965
365 days
August 21, 1965
83 days
May 22, 1965
91 days
May 15, 1965
7 days
October 20, 1964
207 days
May 16, 1964
157 days
May 02, 1964
14 days
December 14, 1963
140 days
November 16, 1963
28 days
August 08, 1963
100 days
Wins AWA championship only; also wins Omaha championship from Fritz Von Erich on September 7, 1963 in Omaha, NE to unify the championships.
July 27, 1963
12 days
Wins both the AWA championship and the Omaha championship.
July 09, 1963
18 days
Wins both the AWA championship and the Omaha championship.
July 09, 1963
11 days
Also won Omaha version of World Heavyweight Championship from Verne Gagne on February 15, 1963 in Omaha, Nebraska.
August 21, 1962
322 days
January 09, 1962
224 days
August 08, 1961
154 days
July 11, 1961
28 days
August 16, 1960
329 days
Awarded after O'Connor failed to defend the championship.
May 18, 1960
90 days
Held NWA World Heavyweight Championship, won on January 9, 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri; recognized as the first AWA World Champion in May 1960, but was given 90 days to defend the championship against Verne Gagne or be stripped of the championship.