NWA Brass Knuckles Championship

The NWA Brass Knuckles Championship was a professional wrestling championship sanctioned by the National Wrestling Alliance and promoted primarily in the Texas territory in matches in which brass knuckles were worn by the combatants. The brass knuckles championship was promoted from 1953 through 1987, and was defended primarily in the Dallas area as part of Southwest Sports, Inc.. It continued to be used after the promotion changed its name to Big Time Wrestling and, finally, World Class Championship Wrestling. In 1987, a year after WCCW left the NWA and became the World Class Wrestling Association, the title was abandoned.

The Texas Brass Knuckles Championship was revived by the NWA in June 1998, and was renamed the NWA Texas Hardcore Championship on April 1, 1999. Finally, the title was abandoned on April 15, 2001.[1]

NWA Brass Knuckles Championship
Details
PromotionBig Time Wrestling
World Class Championship Wrestling
World Class Wrestling Association
NWA Southwest
Date establishedMarch 6, 1953
Date retiredApril 15, 2001
Other name(s)
  • NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Texas)
  • WCWA Brass Knuckles Championship
  • NWA Texas Hardcore Championship
Statistics
First champion(s)"Wild" Bull Curry
Most reigns"Wild" Bull Curry (24 reigns)
Longest reign"Wild" Bull Curry
(421 days)
Shortest reignDusty Rhodes
(24 hours)
Heaviest championAbdullah the Butcher (430 lb (200 kg; 31 st))
Lightest championMark Lewin (220 lb (100 kg; 16 st))

Title history

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
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Texas version)
1 Bull Curry March 6, 1953 House show Houston, Texas 1 Defeated Danny McShain to become the first champion.
2 Danny Savich October 1953 House show N/A 1
Championship history is unrecorded from October 1953 to April 8, 1954.
3 Don Evans April 8, 1954 House show N/A 1
Championship history is unrecorded from April 8, 19543.5 to 1954.
4 Rito Romero 1954 House show N/A 1
5 Joe Christie September 14, 1954 House show Dallas, Texas 1
6 Johnny Valentine September 21, 1954 House show Dallas, Texas 1
7 Joe Christie October 15, 1954 House show Houston, Texas 2
8 Bull Curry March 15, 1955 House show N/A 2 Still champion as of April 21, 1955.
Championship history is unrecorded from April 21, 1955 to December 1955.
9 Danny Savich December 1955 House show N/A 2
10 Duke Keomuka December 6, 1955 House show Dallas, Texas 1
Championship history is unrecorded from December 6, 1955 to February 8, 1956.
11 Rocky Columbo February 8, 1956 House show N/A 1
12 Danny McShain February 10, 1956 House show Houston, Texas 1
13 Bull Curry February 21, 1956 House show Dallas, Texas 3
14 Don Evans March 19, 1956 House show Fort Worth, Texas 2
15 Bull Curry March 26, 1956 House show Fort Worth, Texas 4
16 El Medíco November 23, 1956 House show Houston, Texas 1 Still champion as of December 18, 1956.
Championship history is unrecorded from November 23, 1956 to April 19, 1957.
17 Don Leo Jonathan April 19, 1957 House show Houston, Texas 1 Defeated Pepper Gomez.
Championship history is unrecorded from April 19, 1957 to January 9, 1958.
18 Stu Gibson January 9, 1958 House show Galveston, Texas 1 Defeated Casey McShain in tournament final after the first match on January 2, 1958 ends as double DQ.
19 Bull Curry January 23, 1958 House show Galveston, Texas 5
20 Danny McShain March 1958 House show N/A 2
21 Bull Curry March 8, 1958 House show Angleton, Texas 6
22 Fritz Von Erich April 15, 1958 House show Dallas, Texas 1
23 Bull Curry 1958 House show N/A 7
24 Stu Gibson July 14, 1958 House show Fort Worth, Texas 2
25 Fritz Von Erich August 1958 House show N/A 2
26 Bill Longson August 5, 1958 House show Dallas, Texas 1 Defeated Fritz Von Erich
27 Danny McShain September 15, 1958 House show N/A 3
Vacated 1958 Championship vacated for undocumented reasons
28 Joe Christie January 6, 1959 House show Dallas, Texas 3 Defeated Danny McShain, Tosh Togo and Al Costello in a tournament to win the vacant title.
29 Bull Curry April 7, 1959 House show Dallas, Texas 8
29 Golden Giant June 9, 1959 House show Dallas, Texas 1
30 The Zebra Kid June 16, 1959 House show Dallas, Texas 1
Championship history is unrecorded from June 16, 1959 to October 27, 1959.
31 Danny McShain October 27, 1959 House show N/A 4
32 Iron Mike DiBiase 1959 House show N/A 1
Vacated December 1959 Championship vacated for undocumented reasons
33 Danny McShain December 11, 1959 House show Houston, Texas 5 Defeated Mr. Moto; still champion as of December 18 1959.
Championship history is unrecorded from December 11, 1959 to May 5, 1960.
34 Bull Curry May 5, 1960 House show N/A 9
35 Tony Borne June 13, 1960 House show Fort Worth, Texas 1 Defeated Bull Curry.
Vacated 1960 Championship vacated for undocumented reasons
36 Danny McShain November 10, 1960 House show N/A 6
37 Bull Curry December 10, 1960 House show Beaumont, Texas 10 Still champion as of March 30, 1961.
Championship history is unrecorded from December 10, 1960 to July 13, 1961.
38 Tony Martin July 13, 1961 House show N/A 1
Championship history is unrecorded from July 13, 1961 to 1961.
39 Stu Gibson 1961 House show N/A 3
40 Waldo Von Erich August 1961 House show N/A 1
Championship history is unrecorded from August 1961 to February 27, 1962.
41 Bull Curry February 27, 1962 House show N/A 11
42 Jack Dalton March 12, 1962 House show Dallas, Texas 1
43 Bull Curry March 20, 1962 House show Dallas, Texas 12
44 Jack Dalton May 1962 House show N/A 2
45 Bull Curry May 15, 1962 House show Dallas, Texas 13
46 Tony Borne December 10, 1962 House show Fort Worth, Texas 2
47 Bull Curry January 21, 1963 House show Fort Worth, Texas 14
48 Rock Hunter February 8, 1963 House show Fort Worth, Texas 1
49 Bull Curry February 25, 1963 House show Fort Worth, Texas 15
50 Louie Tillet March 18, 1963 House show Fort Worth, Texas 1
51 Bull Curry May 16, 1963 House show Houston, Texas 16 Defeated Jack Dalton.
52 Bill Miller September 1963 House show N/A 1
53 Bull Curry November 15, 1963 House show Dallas, Texas 17 Defeated Louie Tillet.
54 Stan Stasiak November 20, 1963 House show N/A 1 Sometime after November 15, 1963.
55 Bull Curry December 1963 House show N/A 18
56 Killer Karl Kox July 31, 1964 House show Houston, Texas 1
57 Bull Curry August 1964 House show N/A 19
58 Killer Karl Kox August 21, 1964 House show Houston, Texas 2
59 Tony Borne October 26, 1964 House show Fort Worth, Texas 3
60 Bull Curry November 30, 1964 House show Fort Worth, Texas 20 Defeated The Wrecker (Frank Shields).
61 Killer Karl Kox February 21, 1965 House show N/A 3
62 Bull Curry May 17, 1965 House show Fort Worth, Texas 21
63 Louie Tillet July 12, 1966 House show Dallas, Texas 2 [2]
64 Tony Borne July 25, 1966 House show Fort Worth, Texas 4
65 Waldo Von Erich August 8, 1966 House show Fort Worth, Texas 2
Championship history is unrecorded from August 8, 1966 to 1967.
66 Bull Curry 1967 House show N/A 22
67 Brute Bernard August 1967 House show N/A 1
68 Bull Curry September 1967 House show N/A 23
69 Brute Bernard September 18, 1967 House show Fort Worth, Texas 2 Possibly won the title on September 13, 1967 in San Antonio, Texas or title change was repeated in Forth Worth
70 Louie Tillet October 1967 House show Atlanta, Georgia 3
71 Fritz Von Erich October 31, 1967 House show Dallas, Texas 3
72 Spoiler #2 November 14, 1967 House show N/A 1 Previously known as Smasher Sloan
73 Chris Markoff April 1968 House show Dallas, Texas 1
74 El Mongol June 29, 1968 House show Atlanta, Georgia 1
75 Fritz Von Erich July 8, 1968 House show Fort Worth, Texas 4
Vacated July 1968 Title vacated when Von Erich became NWA United States Heavyweight Champion.
76 Kurt Von Hess August 6, 1968 House show N/A 1 Defeated Duke Keomuka in the finals of a 6-man tournament final to win the vacant title.
Championship history is unrecorded from August 6, 1968 to June 3, 1969.
77 Baron von Raschke June 3, 1969 House show Dallas, Texas 1 Defeated Wahoo McDaniel in a tournament final to win the vacant title still champion as of June 17, 1969.
78 Bull Curry August 22, 1969 House show Houston, Texas 23
Vacated February 1970 Championship vacated for undocumented reasons
79 Johnny Valentine February 24, 1970 House show Dallas, Texas 2 Defeated Killer Karl Kox
80 The Spoiler May 1970 House show N/A 1
81 Killer Kowalski May 30, 1970 House show Houston, Texas 1
82 Johnny Valentine June 16, 1970 House show N/A 3
83 Killer Kowalski June 30, 1970 House show Dallas, Texas 2
84 Johnny Valentine February 12, 1971 House show Houston, Texas 4
85 Toru Tanaka April 30, 1971 House show Houston, Texas 1
86 Johnny Valentine July 2, 1971 House show N/A 5
87 José Lothario January 7, 1972 House show N/A 1
Championship history is unrecorded from January 7, 1972 to July 14, 1972.
88 Stan Stasiak July 14, 1972 House show N/A 2
Championship history is unrecorded from July 14, 1972 to December 1972.
89 Blackjack Lanza December 1972 House show N/A 1
Championship history is unrecorded from December 1972 to May 29, 1973.
90 Blackjack Mulligan May 29, 1973 House show Dallas, Texas 1 Won a battle royal
91 José Lothario July 13, 1973 House show Houston, Texas 2
92 Blackjack Lanza October 1974 House show N/A 2
93 José Lothario November 1974 House show N/A 3 Sometime after November 22, 1974.
94 Blackjack Lanza December 5, 1974 House show Corpus Christi, Texas 3
95 Superstar Billy Graham April 4, 1975 House show Houston, Texas 1
96 Mad Dog Vachon May 2, 1975 House show N/A 1
97 Superstar Billy Graham August 5, 1975 House show Dallas, Texas 2
98 José Lothario September 23, 1975 House show Dallas, Texas 4 Still/again champion as of July 2, 1976.
Championship history is unrecorded from September 23, 1975 to 1976.
99 Davey O'Hannon 1976 House show N/A 1
Championship history is unrecorded from 1976 to July 7, 1977.
100 Captain USA July 7, 1977 House show N/A 1
Championship history is unrecorded from July 7, 1977 to 1978.
101 Fritz Von Erich N/A House show N/A 5
102 Killer Karl Krupp February 3, 1978 House show Houston, Texas 1
Championship history is unrecorded from February 3, 1978 to 1978.
103 Mark Lewin 1978 House show N/A 1
104 Superstar Billy Graham 1978 House show N/A 3
Championship history is unrecorded from 1978 to May 1978.
105 Killer Karl Krupp May 1978 House show N/A 2
106 Terry Funk May 6, 1978 House show Houston, Texas 1
107 Killer Karl Krupp July 28, 1978 House show N/A 3
108 The Lawman 1978 House show N/A 1
109 Killer Karl Krupp August 23, 1978 House show Abilene, Texas 4
110 Bruiser Brody August 25, 1978 House show Houston, Texas 1
111 Rocky Johnson September 8, 1978 House show N/A 1
112 Bruiser Brody October 13, 1978 House show Houston, Texas 2
Championship history is unrecorded from October 13, 1978 to December 1978.
113 Bull Ramos December 1978 House show N/A 1
114 Mark Lewin December 15, 1978 House show Houston, Texas 2
115 Dusty Rhodes January 7, 1979 House show Houston, Texas 1
116 Mark Lewin January 28, 1979 House show Houston, Texas 3
117 Bruiser Brody April 2, 1979 House show Ft. Worth, Texas 3
Vacated 1979 Championship vacated for undocumented reasons
118 Mark Lewin May 18, 1979 House show Houston, Texas 4 Won a battle royal.
119 Bruiser Brody June 10, 1979 House show Dallas, Texas 4 [3]
120 Mark Lewin July 22, 1979 House show Dallas, Texas 5
121 Bruiser Brody July 29, 1979 House show Dallas, Texas 5
122 Toru Tanaka 1979 House show N/A 3
123 Bruiser Brody 1979 House show N/A 6
Vacated 1979 Championship vacated for undocumented reasons
124 Mark Lewin December 1979 House show N/A 6
125 Dusty Rhodes December 21, 1979 House show Houston, Texas 2 Defeated Mark Lewin.
126 Mark Lewin January 15, 1980 House show N/A 7
127 Dusty Rhodes January 17, 1980 House show Houston, Texas 3
128 Superstar Billy Graham January 18, 1980 House show Houston, Texas 4
129 Mark Lewin 1980 House show N/A 8
130 Bruiser Brody March 14, 1980 House show Houston, Texas 7
131 Toru Tanaka April 14, 1980 House show Fort Worth, Texas 4
Vacated 1980 Sometime after May 6, 1980. No documented reason given
132 Stan Stasiak August 7, 1980 House show Amarillo, Texas 3 Won a 10-man battle royal.
133 Bruiser Brody November 14, 1980 House show Houston, Texas 8
134 Bugsy McGraw December 12, 1980 House show Houston, Texas 1
Vacated August 1981 Championship vacated for undocumented reasons
Championship history is unrecorded from August 1981 to November 1981.
135 Ernie Ladd November 1981 House show N/A 1 Defeated José Lothario.
136 José Lothario December 25, 1981 World Class Championship Wrestling Christmas Star Wars 1981 Dallas, Texas 5
137 Bugsy McGraw March 29, 1982 House show Fort Worth, Texas 2
Championship history is unrecorded from March 29, 1982 to September 1982.
138 Bugsy McGraw September 1982 House show N/A 3 Defeated Superfly.
139 The Great Kabuki January 14, 1983 House show Dallas, Texas 1
140 Terry Gordy March 25, 1983 House show Dallas, Texas 1
141 Chris Adams August 1983 House show N/A 1
142 Gino Hernandez October 1984 House show N/A 1
Vacated 1985 Championship vacated for undocumented reasons
143 The Great Kabuki July 1985 House show N/A 2 Won a tournament to win the vacant title.
N/A N/A N/A
144 Abdullah the Butcher July 4, 1986 House show Dallas, Texas 1 World Class Championship Wrestling left the NWA in February 1986.
145 Tony Atlas August 1987 House show Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1
Deactivated 1987 WCWA left the NWA
NWA Brass Knuckles Championship
146 Krusher Kong June 2, 1998 House show Denton, Texas 1 Defeated Perry Jackson in a tournament final to win the title after it was revived by the NWA.
147 Eclipse August 14, 1998 House show North Richland Hills, Texas 1 Defeated Awesome Kong to win the title.
148 Nitetrain C. Crane October 1998 N/A North Richland Hills 1 Title awarded to Nitetrain C. Crane when Eclipse failed to appear for a title defense.
149 Super T October 9, 1998 House show North Richland Hills 1
150 Cedric of Hollywood January 22, 1999 House show North Richland Hills, Texas 1
151 Jimmy James February 26, 1999 House show North Richland Hills, Texas 1 Title renamed NWA Texas Hardcore Championship on April 1, 1999.
NWA Texas Hardcore Championship
152 Canyon April 9, 1999 House show North Richland Hills, Texas 1
153 Jimmy James June 10, 1999 House show North Richland Hills, Texas 2
154 The New Dr. X October 1, 1999 House show North Richland Hills, Texas 1
155 Canyon November 26, 1999 House show North Richland Hills, Texas 2
156 Necro Butcher February 18, 2000 House show North Richland Hills, Texas 1
157 Convict 00187 March 3, 2000 House show North Richland Hills, Texas 1
158 Necro Butcher April 1, 2000 House show Blue Mound, Texas 2
159 Abdullah the Butcher April 14, 2000 House show North Richland Hills, Texas 2
Vacated May 2000 Abdullah was stripped of the title for undocumented reasons
160 Necro Butcher May 26, 2000 House show North Richland Hills, Texas 3 Defeated Canyon to win the vacant title. [4]
161 Mr. Mayhem October 15, 2000 House show Nashville, Tennessee 1
162 Necro Butcher November 24, 2000 House show North Richland Hills, Texas 4
162 Beast February 23, 2001 House show North Richland Hills, Texas 1
163 Convict 00187 March 16, 2001 House show North Richland Hills, Texas 2 Defeated Beast and Necro Butcher in a three-way match.
Deactivated April 15, 2001 Title abandoned when the NWA Texas hardcore division was discontinued.

Championship tournaments

NWA Brass Knuckles Championship Tournament (1968)

The NWA Brass Knuckles Championship Tournament was a one-night single elimination tournament held on August 6, 1968, for the vacant NWA Brass Knuckles Championship.[5]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
Kurt Von Hess
Grizzly Smith
BYE
BYE
Dusty Rhodes
Duke Keomuka
Kurt Von Hess
Duke Keomuka
Spoiler #1 Draw
Sky Hi McKenzie
BYE
BYE
BYE
BYE

NWA Brass Knuckles Championship Tournament (1969)

The NWA Brass Knuckles Championship Tournament was a one-night single elimination tournament held in Dallas, Texas on June 3, 1969, for the vacant NWA Brass Knuckles Championship.[6]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
Baron Von Raschke
Gorilla Lopez
Baron Von Raschke
Jose Lothario
Mike Paidousis
Jose Lothario
Baron Von Raschke
Wahoo McDaniel
Waldo Von Erich
Johnny Valentine
Waldo Von Erich
Wahoo McDaniel
Dusty Rhodes
Wahoo McDaniel

See also

References

  1. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  2. ^ Hoops, Brian (July 12, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (July 12): Gagne, Bruiser & Crusher, Ladd wins Americas title, 1992 Bash with Sting vs. Vader". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  3. ^ F4W Staff (June 10, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (June 10): Harley Race beats Ric Flair for NWA title,Jerry Blackwell turns babyface". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  4. ^ F4W Staff (May 26, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (May 26): Dick the Bruiser & Crusher beat Larry Hennig & Harley Race in a nine fall death match, Tiger Mask wins WWF Jr. Heavyweight gold". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "Brass Knuckles Title Tournament 1968". ProWrestlingHistory.com.
  6. ^ "Brass Knuckles Title Tournament 1969". ProWrestlingHistory.com.

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