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Encyclopedia > Undisputed Championship
Chris Jericho as the first WWF Undisputed Champion

An Undisputed Championship is a professional wrestling term for a champion who has obtained all of the major individual championships in his field during his era. Needless to say, the undisputed championship is an extremely rare and prestigious accomplishment. Image File history File links Jericho_Undisputed. ... Image File history File links Jericho_Undisputed. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references and jargon. ...

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The first undisputed champions

The reported first undisputed champion was Georg Hackenschmidt, who won a series of tournaments in Europe, including a world championship tournament to win the title. Amongst the other tournaments he won were the annual major tournaments in Paris, France; Hamburg, Germany, St. Petersburg, Russia, Elberfield, Germany, and Berlin, Germany. Hackenschmidt also defeated European Greco-Roman Champion Tom Cannon on September 4, 1902 in Liverpool, England to become the first undisputed World Heavyweight Champion. Hackenschmidt in 1903 Georg Karl Julius Hackenschmidt (August 2, 1878 in Tartu, Estonia - February 19, 1968 in London, England) was an early 20th-century strongman and professional wrestler. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... This article is about the city in Germany. ... Saint Petersburg  listen (Russian: Санкт-Петербу́рг, English transliteration: Sankt-Peterburg), colloquially known as Питер (transliterated Piter), formerly known as Leningrad (Ленингра́д, 1924–1991... For other uses, see Berlin (disambiguation). ... is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1902 (MCMII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... This article is about the city in England. ...


The only other reigning champion with claim to the belt at the time was Tom Jenkins, the American Heavyweight Champion, who unified the American Greco-Roman Championship with the American Catch-As-Catch Can Championship. Jenkins was eventually defeated by Frank Gotch, who took over as the only man with a potentially legitimate claim to being "the true champion". Tom Jenkins (born December 14, 1947 in Houston, Texas) is an American golfer. ... Frank Gotch in a published photo Frank Alvin Gotch (April 27, 1878 – December 17, 1917) was an American professional wrestler back when the contests were largely real (see catch wrestling). ...


Hackenschmidt and Gotch finally met in the ring on April 3, 1908 in Chicago, Illinois. Gotch defeated Hackenschmidt to win the World Heavyweight Championship, then abandoned the American Heavyweight Championship in a process similar to today's championship unification. Gotch wrestled for several years before retiring as undisputed champion is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Chris Jericho as WWF Undisputed Champion, holding the WWF Championship and World Championship belts Championship unification or championship consolidation are terms which mean the act of combining two or more separate championships into a single title. ...


Other wrestlers who were recognized as the only major World Champion following Gotch's retirement were Earl Caddock, Joe Stecher, Ed "Strangler" Lewis, Stanislaus Zbyszko, and Wayne Munn. The championship became disputed in the late 1920s, and remained that way for over 20 years, when several major World Championships split from the primary title (namely, the American Wrestling Association World Championship, the National Boxing Association (later, National Wrestling Association) World Championship of Wrestling, and the New York State Athletic Commission World Championship). Other governing bodies would create their own version of the World Championship in the 1930s and 40s, as well. Earl Caddock (February 27, 1888 - August 25, 1950) is a professional wrestler who was active in the early portion of the twentieth century. ... Joe Stecher, (April 4, 1893 - March 29, 1974), sometimes spelled Joe Stetcher, was a professional wrestler and multiple time World Heavyweight Champion. ... Ed Strangler Lewis (real name: Robert Herman Julius Friedrich June 30, 1891 - August 8, 1966), was a professional wrestler whose career spanned four decades. ... Stanislaus Zbyszko in Night and the City (1950) Stanislaus Zbyszko (Polish: Stanisław Jan Cyganiewicz; Zbyszko was really only his nickname, which was given him by friends due to his bravery, when he was a kid) was a professional wrestler popular in the United States during the 1920s. ... Wayne Munn was a professional wrestler. ... The National Wrestling Association was an off-shoot of the National Boxing Association, formed to sanction professional wrestling. ... The National Wrestling Association was an off-shoot of the National Boxing Association, formed to sanction professional wrestling. ...


Lou Thesz and the National Wrestling Alliance

After Gotch's retirement, several other men proceeded to hold the then World Heavyweight Title, including periods of time where the National Wrestling Association formed a second World Heavyweight Title to contend with the formerly undisputed belt. From that point onward, there was no undisputed champion, as multiple men laid claim to the title without ever backing it up by defeating multiple other contenders. The National Wrestling Association was an off-shoot of the National Boxing Association, formed to sanction professional wrestling. ...


This all changed when the National Wrestling Alliance was formed by multiple promotions. Orville Brown, the then NWA (Association) World Heavyweight Champion, was awarded the NWA World Heavyweight Championship of the Alliance. Brown lost it soon after to Lou Thesz, who began the tradition of the Undisputed Championship once more. National Wrestling Alliance logo The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ... Orville Brown (10 March 1908–24th January 1981) was a professional wrestler. ... The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship is the primary professional wrestling title in the NWA. Its lineage has been traced from the first World Heavyweight Championship, which traces its lineage to George Hackenschmidts 1905 title and Frank Gotchs 1908 version. ...


Thesz traveled to many areas, winning the National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title from Bill Longson on July 20, 1948. He then went on to defeat Orville Brown for the National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title (on November 27, 1949), as well as defeating the American Wrestling Association (a Boston based federation different from Verne Gagne's more famous organization of the same name) World Champion Gorgeous George on July 27, 1950 in a non-title match. Finally, he defeated Baron Michele Leon on May 21, 1952 for the Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium World Heavyweight Title. Wild Bill Longson (d. ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Verne Gagne (born May 10, 1926) is a former professional wrestler, trainer and wrestling promoter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gorgeous George may refer to: George Wagner, professional wrestler who used it as his ring name Stephanie Bellars, female professional wrestling valet who used it as her ring name George Galloway, a Scottish politician known by that nickname George Gillette, professional wrestling manager who used it as a ring name... is the 208th day of the year (209th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... May 21 is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


In light of having unified 3 of the major World Heavyweight Championships of his time (as well as numerous other lesser-prestige titles) and defeating the reigning AWA World Champion in a non-title match (a major title that was abandoned soon after), Thesz became the Undisputed Champion for some time. From that point onward, the National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title (the belt that Thesz opted to keep as the designation of all the championships he'd won) became the undisputed world heavyweight title for all contenders to seek.


This changed over the years, however, as the American Wrestling Association split off to form their own title in the 1950's, the World Wide Wrestling Federation split off in 1963, World Championship Wrestling split off in 1991, and Eastern Championship Wrestling split off in 1993. From that point onward, there were many promotions claiming to have a true World Heavyweight Championship, with only those mentioned above having a legitimate claim to the title (in light of promotional scope, international and overseas contention, etc). This article does not cite any references or sources. ... World Wide Wrestling Federation was one of the previous names used by Vincent J. McMahon for his wrestling federation. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... World Championship Wrestling (WCW) was an American professional wrestling promotion which existed from 1988 to 2001. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... ECW logo from 1994-2001. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The World Heavyweight Championship is the name given to a number of unrelated titles, meant to emphasize the top championship of boxing, professional wrestling, mixed martial arts, or other similar sports and performance arts. ...


World Wrestling Entertainment

After the AWA folded in 1991 (with Larry Zbyszko as their final champion), one of the major promotions claiming World Title status was gone. The NWA World Title lost its status as a World Championship, according to PWI, in January, 1991. ECW declared bankruptcy in 2001 (with Rhino as their last champion), bringing the legitimate claims down to two. WCW was the final promotion to fall, eventually being sold to the WWF in 2001. Lawrence (Larry) Whistler (born December 5, 1953) is a professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Larry Zbyszko. ... The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship is the primary professional wrestling title in the NWA. Its lineage has been traced from the first World Heavyweight Championship, which traces its lineage to George Hackenschmidts 1905 title and Frank Gotchs 1908 version. ... Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) is a professional wrestling magazine. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


WWF took full advantage of their situation, unifying the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and WWF Championship at WWF Vengeance 2001, with Chris Jericho becoming the first undisputed champion in over 50 years. The WWF Undisputed Championship (originally signified by both of its predecessors, and later, after Jericho lost the title to Triple H, a new version of the WWE Championship) became the main championship of the WWF (who by then changed their name to WWE in light of legal issues). Other holders of this title include Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, The Rock, and Brock Lesnar. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with World Heavyweight Championship (WWE). ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling world championship. ... Vengeance is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Christopher Keith Irvine (born November 9, 1970), better known by the ring name Chris Jericho, is an American-Canadian actor, radio host, rock musician, and inactive professional wrestler. ... The WWE Undisputed Championship title belt (2002) The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Undisputed Championship was a professional wrestling championship. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling world championship. ... Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... For the Combichrist song, see Everybody Hates You Mark Calaway (born March 24, 1965[2][3]) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name The Undertaker. ... The Rock has several meanings: // The Rock (entertainer), stage name for Dwayne Johnson, an American film actor, former football player, and professional wrestler Don Muraco - professional wrestler who was nicknamed The Rock. ... Brock Edward Lesnar (born July 12, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his time with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ...


The title lost its undisputed status in 2002. The title came in dispute, in light of maintaining a roster too large to control, WWE created its brand split, in which the roster was halfed, with each half being showcased on one of WWE's flagship shows. The Undisputed Title eventually became exclusive to SmackDown after Brock Lesnar agreed to only defend the championship on that show, with RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff creating the World Heavyweight Championship as a separate World Championship to contend. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The logo for the 2007 WWE Draft The World Wrestling Entertainment Brand Extension was a device first used in 2002 by said professional wrestling organization as a means of providing separate brands of wrestling through its two top shows, RAW and SmackDown!, with the addition of ECW in 2006. ... WWE Friday Night SmackDown! is a professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the flagship broadcast of the SmackDown! brand. ... Brock Edward Lesnar (born July 12, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his time with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... // This is a list of authority figures, people who have (kayfabe) power, in selective professional wrestling promotions or brands within North America. ... Eric Bischoff (born May 27, 1955[1]), is a former professional wrestling promoter and on-screen personality, most known for serving as President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later on-air General Manager of World Wrestling Entertainments RAW brand. ... The World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world championship. ...


Titles disputed again

During that same year, two current major players in the wrestling business started business, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and Ring of Honor. TNA Wrestling took the quick route to success, signing a deal that gave them a 10-year lease on the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the only North American World Heavyweight Title not owned by WWE. The NWA Title had lost value in light of having been treated as a belt from the independent circuit over the previous decade, but TNA presented the title defenses on an international scale as well as defended the belts overseas, instantly regaining its world title status. TNA eventually split from NWA, and later began to recognize their own world championship. Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett and his father Jerry Jarrett in May 2002. ... Ring of Honor (ROH) is an American independent professional wrestling promotion. ... The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship is the primary professional wrestling title in the NWA. Its lineage has been traced from the first World Heavyweight Championship, which traces its lineage to George Hackenschmidts 1905 title and Frank Gotchs 1908 version. ... -1... The Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) World Heavyweight Championship is the primary professional wrestling championship in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). ...


Ring of Honor took a much longer route, with then-champion Samoa Joe defending the title overseas in 2003 to unofficially give the belt world title status. Nuufolau Joel Joe Seanoa (born March 17, 1979), is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, Samoa Joe, and currently performing for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) where he is the reigning X Division Champion and TNA World Tag Team Champion. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2005-2006, two more promotions entered the realm of major world championships. AWA was restored under the name AWA Superstars of Wrestling in 1996 and revived the AWA World Heavyweight Championship, which become part of Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX in 2005. Whether this version of the AWA World Title is the same championship as the original is debated. Some, including the WWE, say Greg Gagne, the owner of AWA Superstars, only has control of the "American Wrestling Association" name, and not the history of the original organization. In fact, the WWE has sued Greg Gagne over this, because they own the rights to the AWA video library. Nevertheless, the new AWA World Heavyweight Championship has yet to be officially awarded (re-awarded) world title status by the authority on the matter, Pro Wrestling Illustrated. The AWA Superstars of Wrestling was the reopening of the former promotion American Wrestling Association restarted in 1996 under the ownership of Dale Gagne with new owners as an independent promotion called AWA Superstars of Wrestling. ... The AWA World Heavyweight Championship belt. ... Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX, formerly known as Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE, is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion founded in 2001. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Greg Gagne can refer to either of the following: Greg Gagne — a former major-league baseball player, most notably with the Minnesota Twins Greg Gagne — a former professional wrestler best-known for his work in the American Wrestling Association in the 1970s and 1980s This is a disambiguation page, a... Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) is a professional wrestling magazine. ...


In addition, WWE proceeded to revive the Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion under their own banner, reviving the ECW World Heavyweight Championship in the process. However, the title has yet to be re-awarded world title status. The ECW World Heavyweight Championship belt The ECW World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship title. ...


At this moment there is no undisputed world heavyweight title. The current promotions with potential claims to such legacy include World Wrestling Entertainment (the WWE Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, and ECW World Championship); the National Wrestling Alliance (the NWA World Heavyweight Championship); Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (the TNA World Heavyweight Championship); Ring of Honor (the ROH World Championship); and AWA Superstars of Wrestling (the AWA World Heavyweight Championship). Of these, only World Wrestling Entertainment's WWE championship and World Heavyweight Championship, the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship hold world title status by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling world championship. ... The World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world championship. ... The Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) World Championship is a professional wrestling championship. ... National Wrestling Alliance logo The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ... The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship is the primary professional wrestling title in the NWA. Its lineage has been traced from the first World Heavyweight Championship, which traces its lineage to George Hackenschmidts 1905 title and Frank Gotchs 1908 version. ... Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett and his father Jerry Jarrett in May 2002. ... The Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) World Heavyweight Championship is the primary professional wrestling championship in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). ... The ROH World Championship The Ring of Honor (ROH) World Championship, originally named the ROH Title, is the top title contested for the independent professional wrestling promotion Ring of Honor. ... The AWA Superstars of Wrestling was the reopening of the former promotion American Wrestling Association restarted in 1996 under the ownership of Dale Gagne with new owners as an independent promotion called AWA Superstars of Wrestling. ... The AWA World Heavyweight Championship belt. ... Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) is a professional wrestling magazine. ...


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