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American Wrestling Association
A.W.A. Heavyweight
World Heavyweight Championship
(May 16, 1960 - Early 1991)
Won By: Won From:     Date: Event: Location: Length of         
Title Reign:         
Pat O'Connor -- May 18, 1960        -- -- 90 days     
The Reigning N.W.A. World Heavyweight champion, O'Connor is recognized as the first A.W.A. World Heavyweight champion in May of 1960, however, he is only given 90 days to defend the title against Verne Gagne or be stripped of the championship.
Verne Gagne Pat O'Connor Aug. 16, 1960        -- -- 329 days     
Gagne is awarded the title after O'Connor fails to defend it.
Gene Kiniski Verne Gagne Jul. 11, 1961        -- Minneapolis, MN, USA 28 days     
Verne Gagne (2) Gene Kiniski Aug. 08, 1961        -- Minneapolis, MN, USA 154 days     
Mr. M Verne Gagne Jan. 09, 1962        -- Minneapolis, MN, USA 224 days     
Verne Gagne (3) Mr. M Aug. 21, 1962        -- Minneapolis, MN, USA 322 days     
Crusher Lisowski Verne Gagne Jul. 09, 1963        -- Minneapolis, MN, USA 11 days     
Verne Gagne (4) Crusher Lisowski Jul. 20, 1963        -- Minneapolis, MN, USA 7 days     
Fritz Von Erich Verne Gagne Jul. 27, 1963        -- Omaha, NE, USA 12 days     
Verne Gagne (5) Fritz Von Erich Aug. 08, 1963        -- Amarillo, TX, USA 100 days     
On September 9, 1963, in Omaha, NB, Gagne defeats Von Erich to win Omaha's World Heavyweight Championship and unify the titles. The Omaha title is abandoned.
Crusher Lisowski (2) Verne Gagne Nov. 16, 1963        -- St. Paul, MN, USA 28 days     
Verne Gagne (6) Crusher Lisowski Dec. 14, 1963        -- Minneapolis, MN, USA 139 days     
"Mad Dog" Vachon Verne Gagne May 02, 1964        -- Omaha, NE, USA 14 days     
Verne Gagne (7) "Mad Dog" Vachon May 16, 1964        -- Omaha, NE, USA 157 days     
"Mad Dog" Vachon (2) Verne Gagne Oct. 20, 1964        -- Minneapolis, MN, USA 207 days     
Mighty Igor "Mad Dog" Vachon May 15, 1965        -- Omaha, NE, USA 7 days     
"Mad Dog" Vachon (3) Mighty Igor May 22, 1965        -- Omaha, NE, USA 91 days     
Crusher Lisowski (3) "Mad Dog" Vachon Aug. 21, 1965        -- St. Paul, MN, USA 83 days     
"Mad Dog" Vachon (4) Crusher Lisowski Nov. 12, 1965        -- Denver, CO, USA 1 yr, 0 days     
Dick The Bruiser "Mad Dog" Vachon Nov. 12, 1966        -- Omaha, NE, USA 7 days     
"Mad Dog" Vachon (5) Dick The Bruiser Nov. 19, 1966        -- Omaha, NE, USA 99 days     
Verne Gagne (8) "Mad Dog" Vachon Feb. 26, 1967        -- St. Paul, MN, USA 1 yr, 172 days     
Dr. X Verne Gagne Aug. 17, 1968        -- Bloomington, MN, USA 14 days     
Verne Gagne (9) Dr. X Aug. 31, 1968        -- Minneapolis, MN, USA 7 yrs, 71 days     
Nick Bockwinkel Verne Gagne Nov. 08, 1975        -- St. Paul, MN, USA 4 yrs, 254 days     
Verne Gagne (10) Nick Bockwinkel Jul. 18, 1980        Superbowl Chicago, IL, USA 305 days     
Nick Bockwinkel (2) Verne Gagne May 19, 1981        -- -- 334 days     
Bockwinkel was awarded the championship after the current champion, Verne Gagne, retires from the A.W.A.
Hulk Hogan Nick Bockwinkle Apr. 18, 1982        -- St. Paul, MN, USA 6 days     
Nick Bockwinkel (3) Hulk Hogan Apr. 24, 1982        -- -- 127 days     
After hearing Heenan’s claims that Hogan won the title unfairly, A.W.A. president Stanley Blackburn made the controversial decision to suddenly strip Hogan of the title and return it to Bockwinkle.
Otto Wanz Nick Bockwinkel Aug. 29, 1982        -- St. Paul, MN, USA 41 days     
Nick Bockwinkel (4) Otto Wanz Oct. 09, 1982        -- Chicago, IL, USA 197 days     
Hulk Hogan (2) Nick Bockwinkle Apr. 24, 1983        -- Minneapolis, MN, USA 0 days     
Nick Bockwinkel (5) Hulk Hogan Apr. 24, 1983        -- Minneapolis, MN, USA 304 days     
After the match, A.W.A. President Stanley Blackburn came down to the ring and tried to have Hogan disqualified for having thrown Bockwinkle over the top rope. But since this was a no DQ match, Blackburn simply stripped Hogan of the belt and again returned it to Bockwinkle. Understandably upset at the way he had been treated, Hogan left the AWA shortly thereafter.
Jumbo Tsuruta Nick Bockwinkel Feb. 22, 1984        -- Tokyo, Kantō, Japan 81 days     
Rick Martel Jumbo Tsuruta May 13, 1984        -- St. Paul, MN, USA 1 yr, 230 days     
Stan Hansen Rick Martel Dec. 29, 1985        NWA/AWA Star Wars East Rutherford, NJ, USA 181 days     
Nick Bockwinkel (6) Stan Hansen Jun. 28, 1986        -- Denver, CO, USA 308 days     
Bockwinkle is awarded the championship when Hansen fails to appear at the match to defend the title.
Curt Hennig Nick Bockwinkel May 02, 1987        SuperClash San Francisco, CA, USA 1 yr, 8 days     
Jerry Lawler Curt Hennig May 09, 1988        -- Memphis, TN, USA 256 days     
On December 13, 1988, Lawler defeats the WCWA World Heavyweight Champion, Kerry Von Erich, in Chicago, IL, to become the Unified World Heavyweight Champion
** Title Vacated ** Jerry Lawler Jan. 20, 1989        -- -- 18 days     
The title is vacated when the C.W.A. splits with the A.W.A. Lawler continues to defend the W.C.W.A. World Heavyweight Championship as the Unified World Heavyweight Championship.
Larry Zbyszko Battle Royal Feb. 07, 1989        -- St. Paul, MN, USA 1 yr, 3 days     
Wins a battle royal for the vacated championship, last eliminating Tom Zenk.
Mr. Saito Larry Zbyszko Feb. 10, 1990        -- Tokyo, Kantō, Japan 57 days     
Larry Zbyszko (2) Mr. Saito Apr. 08, 1990        SuperClash St. Paul, MN, USA 248 days     
The championship is vacated in December when Larry Zbyszko signs a contract with W.C.W. The A.W.A. closes shortly after in early 1991.