NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship (Calgary version)

The Calgary version of the NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship was established in 1946, and became the top championship in Stampede Wrestling when that promotion opened in 1948; it held that status until 1972, when the title was vacated and later abandoned after the last champion, Dave Ruhl, was injured.[1]

NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship (Calgary)
Details
PromotionStampede Wrestling
Date establishedNovember 1, 1946
Date retired1972

Title history

Key
No. The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific wrestler listed.
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title changed hands
N/A The specific information is not known
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
  Indicates that there was a period where the lineage is undocumented due to the lack of written documentation in that time period.
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref(s)
1 Jack Taylor 1 February 28, 1923 [Note 1] N/A Live event Records are unclear on how Jack Taylor became champion [2]
 
2 Earl McCready 1 April 20, 1933 [Note 1] Calgary, Alberta Live event Also won the British Empire Title; still champion on October 19, 1934 and February 7, 1935. [2]
 
3 Jack Forsgren 1 November 28, 1936 [Note 2] N/A Live event   [2]
 
4 Pat Meehan 1 February 10, 1939 [Note 3] Calgary, Alberta Live event Lost to Earl McCready on January 11, 1940 in Vancouver, may have been a non-title match [2]
 
5 Al Mills 1 November 1, 1946 [Note 4] Calgary, Alberta Live event Defeated Chief Thunderbird; also defeated Billy Watson on February 28, 1950 in Edmonton, Alberta to be recognized as Dominion Heavyweight champion by Stampede Wrestling. [2]
 
6 Ski Hi Lee 1 February 26, 1951 8 Edmonton, Alberta Live event Also billed as Western Canadian Title. [2][3]
7 Al Mills 2 March 6, 1951 56 Edmonton, Alberta Live event Also billed as Western Canadian Championship. [2]
8 Jack McDonald 1 May 1, 1951 7 Edmonton, Alberta Live event   [2]
9 Al Mills 3 May 8, 1951 266 Edmonton, Alberta Live event   [2]
10 Ski Hi Lee 2 January 29, 1952 7 Edmonton, Alberta Live event   [2]
11 Al Mills 4 February 5, 1952 98 Edmonton, Alberta Live event Recognized as champion in the '52 Official NWA Newsletter. [2]
12 Bob Langevin 1 May 13, 1952 28 Edmonton, Alberta Live event Won by forfeit when Mills no-showed a title match. [2]
13 Mr. X 1 June 10, 1952 477 Edmonton, Alberta Live event   [2]
14 Al Mills 5 September 30, 1953 [Note 1] Edmonton, Alberta Live event Still/again champion as of October 21, 1953. [2]
 
15 Lou Newman 1 October 18, 1954 [Note 1] Edmonton, Alberta Live event Tournament for the vacant title. [2]
 
16 George Gordienko 1 June 4, 1955 9 Calgary, Alberta Live event Defeated Adrien Baillargeon in tournament final for what was billed as "Alberta Gold Belt". [2]
 
17 George Gordienko 2 June 13, 1955 [Note 5] Lethbridge, Alberta Live event Defeated Earl McCready [2]
 
18 Lou Newman 1 October 18, 1955 176 Edmonton, Alberta Live event Defeated Al Mills [2]
19 George Gordienko 3 April 11, 1956 [Note 6] Regina, Saskatchewan Live event Still champion as of March 10, 1956 [2]
 
20 Johnny Valentine 1 December 17, 1956 51 N/A Live event   [2]
21 Sammy Berg 1 February 6, 1957 0 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Live event Title is stripped from Valentine and awarded to Berg as a result of a disputed decision on a January 30, 1957 match. [2]
22 Johnny Valentine 2 February 6, 1957 37 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Live event   [2]
23 John Paul Henning 1 March 15, 1957 [Note 1] Calgary, Alberta Live event   [2]
 
Vacated 1957 (NLT) N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [2]
24 Whipper Billy Watson 1 1958 [Note 1] N/A Live event Won a tournament [2]
 
25 Johnny Valentine 3 January 1959 [Note 1] N/A Live event Unknown who he defeated for the title. [2]
Vacated 1959 N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [2]
26 John Foti 1 June 5, 1959 [Note 7] Calgary, Alberta Live event Defeated Charro Azteca in 8-man tournament final. [2]
 
Vacated July 14, 1959 (NET) N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [2]
27 Dave Ruhl 1 November 13, 1959 336 Calgary, Alberta Live event Defeated Al Mills [2]
28 Cyclops 1 October 14, 1960 [Note 8] Calgary, Alberta Live event   [2]
 
29 Ed Francis 1 January 1961 [Note 9] N/A Live event Unknown whom Francis defeated for the title. [2]
30 John Smith 1 February 24, 1961 105 Calgary, Alberta Live event   [2]
31 John Foti 2 June 9, 1961 [Note 10] Calgary, Alberta Live event   [2]
 
32 Killer Kowalski 1 November 17, 1961 112 N/A Live event Recognized as N.A.W.A. Canadian champion; unknown whom Kowalski defeated for the title. [2]
33 Czaya Nandor 1 March 9, 1962 [Note 11] Calgary, Alberta Live event   [2]
34 Alexis Bruga 1 March 1962 [Note 12] N/A Live event   [2]
35 Czaya Nandor 2 March 23, 1962 [Note 13] Calgary, Alberta Live event   [2]
36 Killer Kowalski 2 May 1962 [Note 14] N/A Live event   [2]
37 Czaya Nandor 3 May 12, 1962 55 Calgary, Alberta Live event   [2]
38 Killer Kowalski 3 July 6, 1962 [Note 15] Calgary, Alberta Live event   [2]
 
39 Waldo Von Erich 1 March 9, 1964 [Note 1] N/A Live event Unknown whom Von Erich defeated for the title and still/again champion as of July 6, 1964. [2]
 
40 Don Leo Jonathan 1 1964 [Note 1] N/A Live event Unknown whom Jonathan defeated for the title. [2]
41 Stan Stasiak 1 1965 [Note 1] N/A Live event   [2]
42 Don Leo Jonathan 2 1965 [Note 1] N/A Live event   [2]
43 Sweet Daddy Siki 1 1965 [Note 1] N/A Live event   [2]
44 Dave Ruhl 2 1966 [Note 1] N/A Live event   [2]
45 The Beast 1 1966 [Note 1] N/A Live event   [2]
46 Dave Ruhl 3 December 6, 1966 [Note 16] N/A Live event   [2]
47 Stan Stasiak 2 March 1967 [Note 1] N/A Live event   [2]
48 Luther Lindsay 1 1967 [Note 1] N/A Live event   [2]
49 Stan Stasiak 3 June 5, 1967 22 N/A Live event   [2]
50 Dave Ruhl 4 June 27, 1967 2 Calgary, Alberta Live event   [2]
51 Stan Stasiak 4 June 29, 1967 5 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Live event   [2]
52 Dave Ruhl 5 July 4, 1967 136 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Live event   [2]
53 Archie Gouldie 1 November 17, 1967 −254 Calgary, Alberta Live event   [2]
54 Ox Baker 1 March 8, 1967 7 Calgary, Alberta Live event   [2]
55 Waldo Von Erich 2 March 15, 1967 [Note 17] Calgary, Alberta Live event   [2]
 
56 Dave Ruhl 6 December 2, 1967 755 N/A Live event   [2]
57 Danny Lynch 1 December 26, 1969 14 Calgary, Alberta Live event   [2]
58 Dave Ruhl 7 January 9, 1970 21 Calgary, Alberta Live event   [2]
59 Abdullah the Butcher 1 January 30, 1970 21 Calgary, Alberta Live event   [2]
60 Billy Robinson 1 February 20, 1970 [Note 1] Calgary, Alberta Live event   [2]
61 Dave Ruhl 8 1971 [Note 1] N/A Live event   [2]
Vacated 1972 N/A N/A Rhul was injured and the championship was abandoned [2]

Footnotes

  1. The length of this championship reign is too uncertain to calculate.
  2. The date the championship was either won or lost is uncertain, which means this specific reign lasted between 1 and 804 days.
  3. The date the championship was either won or lost is uncertain, which means this specific reign lasted between 1 and 2,821 days.
  4. The date the championship was either won or lost is uncertain, which means this specific reign lasted between 1 and 1,578 days.
  5. The date the championship was either won or lost is uncertain, which means this specific reign lasted between 1 and 127 days.
  6. The date the championship was either won or lost is uncertain, which means this specific reign lasted between 1 and 250 days.
  7. The date the championship was either won or lost is uncertain, which means this specific reign lasted between 39 and 161 days.
  8. The date the championship was either won or lost is uncertain, which means this specific reign lasted between −287 and −257 days.
  9. The date the championship was either won or lost is uncertain, which means this specific reign lasted between 390 and 420 days.
  10. The date the championship was either won or lost is uncertain, which means this specific reign lasted between 1 and 161 days.
  11. The date the championship was either won or lost is uncertain, which means this specific reign lasted between 1 and 13 days.
  12. The date the championship was either won or lost is uncertain, which means this specific reign lasted between 1 and 13 days.
  13. The date the championship was either won or lost is uncertain, which means this specific reign lasted between 39 and 50 days.
  14. The date the championship was either won or lost is uncertain, which means this specific reign lasted between 1 and 12 days.
  15. The date the championship was either won or lost is uncertain, which means this specific reign lasted between 1 and 612 days.
  16. The date the championship was either won or lost is uncertain, which means this specific reign lasted between 85 and 115 days.
  17. The date the championship was either won or lost is uncertain, which means this specific reign lasted between 1 and 262 days.

References

  1. Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  2. "TBD". wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  3. Hoops, Brian (February 26, 2017). "Daily pro wrestling history (02/26): Verne Gagne wins AWA title on his birthday". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
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