IWA World Heavyweight Championship

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Current Champion

Mil Mascaras, 1st Champion

History of Championship

The IWA World Heavyweight Championship was created in 1975, and Mil Mascaras was expected to be it's lead figure. Instead, IWA closed in 1977. Mil Mascaras continued to wear the belt to win, and occasionally defend it as an active championship. It's very unlikely it will ever change hands.

Ladd Controversy

Ernie Ladd claims to have defeated Mil Mascaras upon returning to IWA (77/04/01) but in the same date in other place Mil Mascaras defeated Gran Markus and still champion.

In early april 1977, Ernie Ladd told in a interview that he had won the IWA title from Mil Mascaras in Texas. Ernie Ladd was coming in to defend the title against Bulldog Brower in Winston-Salem, NC on April 23, 1977. Ernie Ladd no showed. Even though Ernie Ladd never defended the title, he was recognized as IWA Heavyweight Champion for about three weeks.

Record

Mil Mascaras has a great record of 200 title defenses in 40 years (146 matches taken into account so far) and still continues to defend the IWA title in Mexico and Japan.

Champions Listing

# Champion(s) Defeated Date Location
tournament to determine first IWA International Heavyweight Champion
1 Mil Mascaras ? 1975.02.?? Savannah, Georgia, United States
?[1] Eric the Red 1975.03.08 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Eric the Red 1975.03.09 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Rip Hawk 1975.03.30 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Eric the Red 1975.04.01 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
?[1] Rip Hawk 1975.05.02 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Ivan Koloff 1975.05.03 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Eric the Red 1975.05.04 Asheville, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Eric the Red 1975.05.06 Miami, Florida, United States
?[1] Eric the Red 1975.05.08 Washington, District of Columbia, United States
?[1] Dick Brower 1975.05.09 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
?[1] Ivan Koloff 1975.05.16 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
renamed IWA World Heavyweight Championship
?[1] Eric the Red 1975.05.19 Roanoke, Virginia, United States
?[1] Eric the Red 1975.05.20 Miami, Florida, United States
?[1] Ivan Koloff 1975.05.25 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Ivan Koloff 1975.05.26 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Ivan Koloff 1975.07.10 Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
?[2] Lou Thesz 1975.07.26 Toreo de Cuatro Caminos
?[2] Tinieblas 1975.07.28 Arena San Juan Pantitlan
?[1] Eric the Red 1975.08.04 Roanoke, Virginia, United States
?[1] Rip Hawk 1975.08.06 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Ernie Ladd 1975.08.07 Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
?[1] Rip Hawk 1975.08.09 Richmond, Virginia, United States
?[1] Eric the Red 1975.08.29 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Ernie Ladd 1975.09.01 Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
?[1] Ernie Ladd 1975.09.02 Roanoke, Virginia, United States
?[1] Eric the Red 1975.10.01 Walpole, Massachusetts, United States
?[1] Ernie Ladd 1975.10.02 New Haven, Connecticut, United States
?[1] Lou Thesz 1975.10.31 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Lou Thesz 1975.11.05 Mount Airy, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Dick Brower 1975.11.27 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Larry Heimeni 1975.11.29 Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
?[1] Lou Thesz 1975.11.30 Collinsville, Virginia, United States
?[1] Lou Thesz 1975.12.01 Danville, Virginia, United States
?[1] Dick Brower 1976.02.06 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Eric the Red 1976.02.19 Danville, Virginia, United States
?[1] Eric the Red 1976.02.20 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Eric the Red 1976.02.22 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Dick Brower 1976.02.23 Roanoke, Virginia, United States
?[1] Eric the Red 1976.02.24 Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
?[1] Dick Brower 1976.04.28 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Hartford Love 1976.04.30 Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Hartford Love 1976.05.15 Shelby, North Carolina, United States
?[1] Dick Brower 1976.05.18 Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
?[3] Lou Thesz 1976.07.26 Plaza México
?[2] Gran Markus 1976.11.24 Arena Coliseo Acapulco
?[4] Alfonso Dantes 1976.12.05 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
?[2] Gran Markus 1977.04.01 Arena Mexico
?[5] Temojin el Mongol 1978.01.29 Toreo de Cuatro Caminos
?[6] Canek 1978.11.22 Arena Xochimilco
?[7] Texas Ranger 1979.01.20 Palacio de los Deportes, Iztacalco, Distrito Federal
?[8] Gran Markus 1979.03.02 Arena México
?[9] TNT 1980.02.17 Arena Naucalpan
?[10] Chavo Guerrero 1981.09.04 Osaka, Japan
?[10] Gypsy Joe 1981.09.09 Oyama, Tochigi, Japan
?[10] Mighty Inoue 1981.10.09 Tokyo, Japan
?[10] Gen'ichiro Tenryu 1982.02.04 Tokyo, Japan
?[11] Gran Markus 1984.06.10 Auditorio Municipal Torreon
?[12] Dr. Wagner 1985.05.12 Auditorio Municipal, Torreón, Coahuila
? Buddy Roberts 1985.09.28 Chicago, Illinois, United States
?[10] Kuniaki Kobayashi 1986.01.28 Tokyo, Japan
?[13] Enrique Vera 1986.11.01 Arena Apatlaco
?[2] Enrique Vera 1988.02.14 Toreo de Cuatro Caminos
[14] Gran Markus 1988.10.23 Auditorio Municipal, Torreón, Coahuila
?[2] Scorpio 1990.02.24 Arena Xochimilco
?[2] Brazo de Plata 1991.01.06 Toreo de Cuatro Caminos
5[15] Canek 1991.06.07 Auditorio de Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California
?[2] Killer 1991.07.21 Toreo de Cuatro Caminos
?[2] Killer 1991.07.28 Toreo de Cuatro Caminos
? Canek 1992.08.05 Kawasaki, Japan
?[2] Scorpio Jr. 1993.06.26 Celaya
?[2] Gran Markus Jr. 1995.02.09 Pista Arena Revolucion
?[2] Herodes 1998.02.05 Monterrey
?[2] Gran Markus Jr. 1999.08.15 Osaka, Japan
?[2] Apolo Dantes 2000.02.11 Kawasaki, Japan
?[2] Pirata Morgan 2000.07.31 Osaka, Japan
?[2] Jerry Estrada 2000.10.08 Arena Solidaridad
?[2] ? 2003.04.19 Oaxaca
? Canek 2004.02.29 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
? Ari Romero 2007.09.16 Ciudad Juárez
? Herodes 2008.03.30 ?
? Tony Kozina 2009.04.29 ?
? El Hijo del Solitario 2012.10.06 Arena Lopez Mateos
? Nosawa 2016.11.28 Korakuen Hall
 
 
title change
successful title defense
championship matches which were announced, but results were not found

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