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Encyclopedia > WCW World Heavyweight Championship
WCW World Heavyweight Championship

The WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt 1991, 1994 - 2001
Details
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date created 1991
Most reigns Ric Flair (7 reigns)
First champion(s) Ric Flair
Longest reign Hulk Hogan (469 days)
Shortest reign Sting (90 minutes)
Oldest champion Ric Flair (51 years)
Youngest champion The Giant (23 years)
Heaviest champion The Giant (500 lb (227 kg))
Lightest champion David Arquette (150 lb (68 kg))
Other name(s)
  • WCW Championship
  • World Championship
Title retired December 9, 2001
Past design(s)

The World Championship Wrestling (WCW) World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world championship in World Championship Wrestling. It was deactivated after being unified with the WWF Championship. Image File history File linksMetadata BigGoldBelt. ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... Ric Flair (born February 25, 1949 [1] and named Richard Morgan Fliehr upon his adoption several weeks later), is an iconic American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment on its RAW brand. ... The following is the title history of the WCW World Heavyweight 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 other uses, see Sting (disambiguation). ... Paul Randall Wight, Jr. ... The pound or pound-mass (abbreviations: lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States, #) is a unit of mass (sometimes called weight in everyday parlance) in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... “Kg” redirects here. ... David James Arquette (born September 8, 1971 in Winchester, Virginia) is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ... The pound or pound-mass (abbreviations: lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States, #) is a unit of mass (sometimes called weight in everyday parlance) in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... “Kg” redirects here. ... is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 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. ... The WWE United States Championship belt, an example of a championship belt in professional wrestling. ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling world championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ...

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History

In December 1988, Ted Turner purchased Jim Crockett Promotions, which had promoted under the name "NWA World Championship Wrestling". While the promotion remained a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), the use of the NWA name was gradually reduced on televised programming, in favor of the name "World Championship Wrestling", or "WCW". Robert Edward Turner III (born November 19, 1938) in Cincinnati, Ohio[1]) is an American media mogul and philanthropist. ... Jim Crockett Promotions was the name of a professional wrestling promotion owned by Jim Crockett, Jr. ... National Wrestling Alliance logo The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the largest governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ...


On January 11, 1991, Ric Flair defeated Sting to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, and was recognized as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. The new championship was not initially represented by its own title belt, and WCW continued to use the NWA World Heavyweight Championship title belt. Because of this, WCW regularly claimed the NWA World Championship lineage for its own championship. is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Ric Flair (born February 25, 1949 [1] and named Richard Morgan Fliehr upon his adoption several weeks later), is an iconic American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment on its RAW brand. ... For other uses, see Sting (disambiguation). ... The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship is the primary professional wrestling title in the National Wrestling Alliance. ...


On July 1, 1991, a creative disagreement with WCW Executive Vice President Jim Herd led to Flair leaving WCW for Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation. When Herd refused to return his $25,000 deposit (that was left with the NWA), Flair kept the "Big Gold Belt" that had represented the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. WCW was forced to create its own title belt (a belt owned by Dusty Rhodes from the then-defunct Championship Wrestling from Florida used as the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship with a gold plate tacked on its faceplate with the words "WCW World Heavyweight Champion"), which was awarded to Lex Luger after he defeated Barry Windham in a cage match for the vacant championship at The 1991 Great American Bash. Shortly after the Bash, an original WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt was created. is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Jim Herd Jim Herd was the Executive Vice-President of World Championship Wrestling from 1989 to 1992, following Turner Broadcastings acquisition of the NWA-affiliated Jim Crockett Promotions in 1988. ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr. ... Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF) was the corporate and brand name of the Tampa, Florida wrestling office starting in 1961 when Eddie Graham first bought into the promotion. ... The NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship was a major title in Championship Wrestling Florida and is now the major title in NWA Florida. ... Lawrence (Larry) Wendell Pfohl (born June 2, 1958), is an American former bodybuilder, professional wrestler, and American football player better known by his wrestling ring name, Lex Luger. ... Barry Windham (born July 4, 1960, Sweetwater, Texas) is a professional wrestler and the son of the infamous heel wrestler Blackjack Mulligan. ... The Great American Bash is an annual summer professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ...


In late 1991, WCW sued Flair for using the Big Gold Belt on WWF television, but later settled out of court, paying Flair $38,000 for the amount of the NWA deposit, plus interest. Flair returned the Big Gold Belt to WCW. The Big Gold Belt was used for the revived NWA World Heavyweight Championship, a co-promotional gimmick between WCW and New Japan Pro Wrestling. New Japan Pro Wrestling (新日本プロレス, shin nihon puroresu) is a major professional wrestling federation in Japan, founded by Antonio Inoki in 1972. ...


In September 1993, WCW left the NWA over a dispute regarding the other NWA members demanding that NWA world champion be available for booking, and due to the use of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on syndicated programming recorded months in advance. By fall 1993, Rick Rude was appearing at the "Disney Tapings" as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, despite the fact that in regards to the storyline, Flair was still champion. After leaving the NWA, WCW kept the Big Gold Belt, and it was re-named the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The WCW Disney tapings were a series of television tapings of professional wrestling matches conducted by World Championship Wrestling at the Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida. ... For the NWA International championship now part of the AJPW Triple Crown Championship, see NWA International Heavyweight Championship. ...


At Starrcade '93, Flair won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, by defeating Vader. WCW decided to unify the WCW World Heavyweight Championship (represented by the new belt) and International Championship (represented by the "Big Gold Belt"), by having Flair wrestle Sting in June 1994. Flair won and the WCW International Heavyweight belt replaced the old WCW World Heavyweight Championship while the International Heavyweight Championship itself was dropped. When Hulk Hogan entered WCW and won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship (now represented by the "Big Gold Belt") from Flair, Hogan helped WCW become the top wrestling company in the United States. However, by 2001, WCW suffered a succession of failures. Starrcade was the primary supercard of the NWA and World Championship Wrestling from 1983-2000. ... For the football player of the same name see Leon White (football player). ... 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. ...


During Hogan's 1996-97 run as champion, the title was spray painted with the NWO initials and referred to by New World Order members as the "nWo" World Heavyweight Championship. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In March 2001, the World Wrestling Federation purchased World Championship Wrestling. Following this Vince McMahon orchestrated the "Invasion" storyline, in which The Alliance was ultimately dismantled. During the "Invasion", only four WCW championship titles remained active, including the WCW World Heavyweight title, which was referred to simply as the WCW Championship. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... The InVasion was a professional wrestling storyline in the World Wrestling Federation that began shortly after the WWFs purchase of World Championship Wrestling. ... In professional wrestling, an angle is a fictional storyline. ... The Alliance (a. ...


After the "Invasion" concluded at Survivor Series 2001, the title was unbranded and renamed the World Championship. The company co-owners, Vince McMahon and Ric Flair, then agreed to unify the title with the WWF Championship at Vengeance 2001. At the event Chris Jericho defeated The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin to win the unbranded World Championship and the WWF Championship respectively. As a result, Chris Jericho was named the last WCW World Champion[1] and became the first WWF Undisputed Champion. From December 2001-March 2002, the WWF Undisputed Champion carried both the "Big gold Belt" World Championship and the "attitude" WWF Championship belt, until both of the belts were retired, and a new "Undisputed" WWF Championship belt was created. Survivor Series 2001 was the fifteenth annual Survivor Series pay-per-view professional wrestling event for the World Wrestling Federation. ... Ric Flair (born February 25, 1949 [1] and named Richard Morgan Fliehr upon his adoption several weeks later), is an iconic American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment on its RAW brand. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling world championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Vengeance is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... 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 professional wrestler. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Steven James Williams (born Steven Anderson on December 18, 1964)[2] better known by his ring name Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling world championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ...


(WWE) World Heavyweight Championship

In September 2002, RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff awarded Triple H the "big gold belt" and named him the new World Heavyweight Champion, after Brock Lesnar, the reigning Undisputed WWE Champion, signed a contract with Stephanie McMahon to wrestle exclusively for the SmackDown! brand. Some consider the World Heavyweight Championship to be the exact same title as the WCW Championship. But in September 2007, on WWE.com, in an article celebrating the five year anniversary of the World Heavyweight Championship, WWE stated that the World Heavyweight Championship is a new incarnation of the WCW Championship, thus a new title, which has inherited the lineage of the WCW Championship and part of the lineage the NWA Championship.[2] For more information, see the "World Heavyweight Championship (WWE)" page. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Brock Edward Lesnar[4] (born July 12, 1977[3]) is an American mixed martial artist, former professional and amateur wrestler, best known for his professional wrestling career in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling world championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Stephanie Marie McMahon-Levesque[1] (born September 24, 1976), better known by her maiden name Stephanie McMahon, is World Wrestling Entertainments Executive Vice President of Talent and Creative Writing. ... WWE SmackDown! is a professional wrestling show that airs in the USA on UPN and in Canada on The Score Network. ... The World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ...


See also

The following is the title history of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. ... See also WCW World Heavyweight Championship World Heavyweight Championship (WWE) NWA World Heavyweight Championship Category: ... The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship is the primary professional wrestling title in the National Wrestling Alliance. ... The World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling world championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
WCW World Heavyweight Championship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1230 words)
The WCW World Heavyweight Championship was the primary championship in the World Championship Wrestling professional wrestling organization.
WCW was forced to create its own title belt, which was awarded to Lex Luger after he defeated Barry Windham in a cage match for the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
Kurt Angle, The Rock, and Chris Jericho won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship between WCW's purchase by the WWF and the unification of the WCW and WWF Championships in late 2001.
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