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NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship
Details
Current champion(s) J.T. Wolfen
Date established April 23, 1935
Promotion Island Xtreme Wrestling Federation
Other name(s)
  • Hawaii Heavyweight Championship
  • Hawaii Junior Heavyweight Championship

The NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship sanctioned by the National Wrestling Alliance and is defended in the US state of Hawaii. The title, which is still currently defended, began in 1935. From February 1940 through 1942 the title was known as the Hawaii Junior Heavyweight Championship.

Currently, the title is defended in the NWA affiliated promotion, Island Xtreme Wrestling Federation. Previously it was in Mid-Pacific Promotions and Polynesian Wrestling.[1]

Title history[edit]

Reign The reign number for the specific champion listed
Location The city in which the title was won
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
Silver areas Periods of unknown lineage
No. Champion Reign Date Location Notes Ref.
1 Wildcat Pete 1 April 23, 1935 Honolulu, HI Defeated Tetsuo Higami to become the first champion.
2 Toots Estes 1 April 30, 1935 Honolulu, HI
Vacated 1937
3 Oki Shikina 1 November 16, 1937 Honolulu, HI Defeated Rusty Wescoatt to win the vacant title.
4 Dean Detton 1 January 24, 1939 Honolulu, HI
5 Dick Raines 1 February 7, 1939 Honolulu, HI
6 Oki Shikina 2 April 4, 1939 Honolulu, HI
7 Ignacio Martinez 1 November 14, 1939 Honolulu, HI Won the title by forfeit after Shikina leaves the area.
8 Paul Jones 1 November 28, 1939 Honolulu, HI
Vacated February 1940 Title vacated and renamed Hawaii Junior Heavyweight Championship.
9 Billy Venable 1 April 24, 1940 Honolulu, HI Defeated Kimon Kudo to win the vacant title.
10 Tetsuo Higami 1 July 3, 1940 Honolulu, HI
11 Ben Pilar 1 January 22, 1941 Honolulu, HI
12 Tony Morelli 1 July 23, 1941 Honolulu, HI
13 Bill Weidner 1 November 12, 1941 Honolulu, HI
14 Charley Carr 1 1942 Hawaii
15 Jimmy Gonsalves 1 1945 Hawaii Defeated Ben Sherman.
16 Lee Grable 1 1947 Hawaii
17 Ted Travis 1 1947 Hawaii
18 Lee Grable 2 May 2, 1948 Honolulu, HI
19 Hisao Tanaka 1 August 8, 1948 Honolulu, HI
20 Jack Claybourne 1 October 31, 1948 Honolulu, HI
21 Bobby Managoff 1 November 9, 1949 Honolulu, HI
22 Dean Detton 2 December 11, 1949 Honolulu, HI
23 Hans Schnabel 1 December 14, 1949 Honolulu, HI
24 Sandor Szabo 1 February 5, 1950 Honolulu, HI
25 Arjan Singh 1 June 18, 1950 Honolulu, HI
26 Ray Eckert 1 July 16, 1950 Honolulu, HI
27 Terry McGinnis 1 July 23, 1950 Honolulu, HI
28 Sandor Szabo 2 September 3, 1950 Honolulu, HI
Vacated 1951
29 Terry McGinnis 2 August 20, 1951 Honolulu, HI Defeated Ted Travis to win the vacant title.
30 Al Kashey 1 October 11, 1951 Honolulu, HI
31 Lucky Simunovich 1 March 30, 1952 Honolulu, HI
32 Red Scorpion (Tom Rice) 1 May 18, 1952 Honolulu, HI
Vacated 1952
33 Bobby Bruns 1 September 14, 1952 Honolulu, HI Defeated Tom Rice to win the vacant title.
34 Hans Schnabel 2 June 7, 1953 Honolulu, HI
35 Bobby Managoff 2 July 19, 1953 Honolulu, HI
36 Ben Sharpe 1 August 23, 1953 Honolulu, HI
37 Al Lovelock 1 February 14, 1954 Honolulu, HI
Vacated May 1954
38 Larry Moquin 1 May 23, 1954 Honolulu, HI
39 Karl Von Schober 1 July 11, 1954 Honolulu, HI
!40 John Paul Henning 1 August 29, 1954 Honolulu, HI
41 Roger Mackay 1 November 21, 1954 Honolulu, HI
42 Lucky Simunovich 2 February 13, 1955 Honolulu, HI
43 The Zebra Kid
(George Bollas)
1 April 10, 1955 Honolulu, HI
44 Al Lolotai 1 December 16, 1955 Honolulu, HI
45 Billy Varga 1 March 18, 1956 Honolulu, HI
46 Tosh Togo 1 July 19, 1956 Honolulu, HI
47 Tom Rice 2 October 7, 1956 Honolulu, HI
48 Al Lolotai 2 May 19, 1957 Honolulu, HI
49 Ed Francis 1 May 13, 1959 Honolulu, HI
50 Al Lolotai 3 July 8, 1959 Honolulu, HI
51 Dick Hutton 1 January 18, 1961 Honolulu, HI
52 Sam Steamboat 1 January 25, 1961 Honolulu, HI
53 Luigi Macera 1 April 15, 1961 Honolulu, HI
54 Neff Maivia 1 June 14, 1961 Honolulu, HI
55 Curtis Iaukea 1 August 16, 1961 Honolulu, HI
56 Lord James Blears 1 October 25, 1961 Honolulu, HI
57 Masked Executioner 1 December 13, 1961 Honolulu, HI
58 Neff Maivia 2 April 4, 1962 Honolulu, HI
59 Gene LeBell 1 February 15, 1963 Honolulu, HI
60 Neff Maivia 3 April 24, 1963 Honolulu, HI
61 Hard Boiled Haggerty 1 February 6, 1964 Honolulu, HI
62 Neff Maivia 4 April 8, 1964 Honolulu, HI
63 Gene Kiniski 1 July 16, 1964 Honolulu, HI
64 Neff Maivia 5 August 27, 1964 Honolulu, HI
65 Johnny Barend 1 October 7, 1964 Honolulu, HI
66 Nick Bockwinkel 1 November 25, 1964 Honolulu, HI
67 Curtis Iaukea 2 December 18, 1964 Honolulu, HI
68 Luther Lindsay 1 September 29, 1965 Honolulu, HI
69 Ron Reed 1 January 5, 1966 Honolulu, HI
70 Ripper Collins 1 January 19, 1966 Honolulu, HI
71 Neff Maivia 6 August 24, 1966 Honolulu, HI
72 Ripper Collins 2 October 19, 1966 Honolulu, HI
73 Jim Hady 1 March 15, 1967 Honolulu, HI
74 Dutch Schultz 1 August 1967 Hawaii
75 Jim Hady 2 October 14, 1967 Honolulu, HI
76 Curtis Iaukea 3 February 28, 1968 Honolulu, HI
77 Klondike Bill 1 August 28, 1968 Honolulu, HI
78 Luke Graham 1 October 9, 1968 Honolulu, HI
79 Nick Bockwinkel 2 December 25, 1968 Honolulu, HI Defeated Johnny Barend to win the title.
80 Curtis Iaukea 4 December 29, 1968 Honolulu, HI
81 (The Missing Link) 1 July 1969 Hawaii
82 Ripper Collins 3 October 29, 1969 Honolulu, HI
83 Sam Steamboat 2 January 14, 1970 Honolulu, HI
84 Ripper Collins 4 February 4, 1970 Honolulu, HI
85 Sam Steamboat 2 June 10, 1970 Honolulu, HI
86 Ripper Collins 5 June 24, 1970 Honolulu, HI
87 Sam Steamboat 3 July 29, 1970 Honolulu, HI
88 Ripper Collins 6 November 4, 1970 Honolulu, HI
89 Johnny Barend 2 December 9, 1970 Honolulu, HI
90 Ripper Collins 7 January 2, 1971 Honolulu, HI
91 Frankie Laine 1 February 6, 1971 Honolulu, HI
92 Mad Dog Mayne 1 February 24, 1971 Honolulu, HI
93 Ed Francis 2 October 27, 1971 Honolulu, HI
94 Gene Kiniski 2 February 16, 1972 Honolulu, HI
95 Fred Curry 1 August 2, 1972 Honolulu, HI
96 The Sheik 1 October 21, 1972 Honolulu, HI
97 Ed Francis 3 January 17, 1973 Honolulu, HI
98 Superstar Billy Graham 1 January 9, 1974 Honolulu, HI
Inactive
99 Bill Francis 1 July 1977 Hawaii Defeated Steve Strong to win the inactive title.
100 Steve Strong 1 January 1978 Hawaii
101 John Tolos 1 February 1978 Hawaii
102 John Anson 1 March 1978 Hawaii
103 Buddy Rose 1 May 1978 Hawaii
104 Don Muraco 1 July 1978 Hawaii
105 Tor Kamata 1 August 1978 Hawaii
106 Don Muraco 2 September 1978 Hawaii
107 Larry Sharpe 1 November 1978 Hawaii Awarded title as he was top contender for the title following Muraco's defeat of Big John Studd for the NWA Pacific International Heavyweight Championship in September 1978.
108 Mando Guerrero 1 November 22, 1978 Honolulu, HI
Vacated December 22, 1978
109 Mando Guerrero 2 January 1979 Honolulu, HI
110 Hans Schroeder 1 March 5, 1979 Honolulu, HI
111 Don Muraco 3 March 1979 Hawaii
Vacated 1979
112 Karl Von Steiger 1 April 4, 1979 Pearl Harbor, HI Defeated Kevin Von Erich in a tournament final to win the vacant title.
113 Siva Afi 1 April 18, 1979 Hawaii
114 Ripper Collins 8 Unknown Hawaii
115 Peter Maivia 1 March 1980 Hawaii
116 Hans Schroeder 2 March 5, 1980 Hawaii
117 Tama Tonga 1 April 1980 Hawaii
118 Wildman Austin 1 July 1980 Hawaii
119 Tor Kamata 2 October 1980 Hawaii
Vacated 1980 Title vacated when Kamata was injured by the Samoans.
120 Keethan Hawke 1 February 5, 2000 Hawaii Title awarded when it is revived by the NWA for use in the Island Xtreme Wrestling Federation.
Vacated June 2000 Title vacated when Hawke left the IXWF.
121 Dark Ninja 1 July 16, 2000 Waipahu, HI Defeated Black Rain and Don Lee in a three-way match to win the vacant title.
122 Black Rain 1 August 27, 2000 Kāne'ohe, HI Defeated The Jet, subbing for Dark Ninja.
123 The Jet 1 April 21, 2001 Kāne'ohe, HI
124 Johnny Allback
(Black Rain)
2 August 18, 2001 Kāne'ohe, HI
125 The Sassy Assassin 2 October 6, 2001 Kāne'ohe, HI
126 Johnny Allback 3 October 20, 2001 Kāne'ohe, HI
127 Kaimana 1 July 4, 2002 Honolulu, HI
128 Tiki 1 November 17, 2002 Honolulu, HI
129 Sickdog 1 June 28, 2003 Honolulu, HI
130 Tiki 2 December 20, 2003 Honolulu, HI
131 Kris Kavanaugh 1 March 13, 2004 Honolulu, HI
132 Superfly Ete 1 July 4, 2005 Pearl Harbor, HI
133 Kenjiro Katahira 1 November 18, 2005 Honolulu, HI Katahira unified the NWA Hawaii title with Hawai'i Championship Wrestling's Kamehameha Heritage Championship.
Vacated March 2006 Katahira vacated both his championships upon returning to Japan.
134 Kaimana 2 March 25, 2006 Wahiawā, HI Defeated Ahuna, Kapu and Jody Lopez in a four-way elimination match to win the vacant title.
135 Kapu 1 May 13, 2006 Wahiawā, HI
136 Sickdog 2 May 26, 2007 Honolulu, HI
137 Jody Lopez 1 August 18, 2007 Honolulu, HI
138 Sickdog 3 August 18, 2007 Honolulu, HI
139 Kapu 2 March 8, 2009
140 J.T. Wolfen 1 July 4, 2009 Pearl Harbor, HI

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

External links[edit]


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