|LPW International Heavyweight Championship|
|Current champion||Mass Chaos|
|Date won||March 26, 2009|
|Promotion||Lords of Pain Wrestling|
|Formerly||PWA International Heavyweight Championship|
|Most defenses||D. Hammond Samuels (7 defenses)|
|Longest reign||D. Hammond Samuels (495 days)|
|Shortest reign||White Falcon (26 days)|
The Lords of Pain Wrestling (LPW) International Heavyweight Championship is a professional e-wrestling championship. The title is the highest ranked championship on the Inferno brand of Lords of Pain Wrestling.
In the first four years of the championship's existence, the reigning champion was never defeated in the ring. Coincidently, all three champions were stripped of the title in controversial fashion at some point in time. Because of this strange occurrence, the title gained a reputation as being cursed for those who held it.
In 2004 due to the rapid success of the Psychotic Wrestling Alliance, management decided to split the rosters into separate brands, respectively naming their brands Schizophrenia (now known as Insanity) and Pyromania (now known as Inferno). The PWA World Heavyweight Championship stayed on the flagship Schizophrenia brand, while the upstart Pyromania brand created their own World championship, naming it the PWA International Heavyweight Championship (commonly referred to as IHC for short).
At the first Altered Reality, the newly created PWA International Heavyweight Championship was up for grabs in a triple threat ladder match between Stone, Son of Repoman, and Sashaband. The match is infamous for its ending when all three men stood on three different ladders stretching for the title, then all three men crashing down to the ground at once. As the three competitors laid under the ladders, Stone rose out of the rubble with the title in hand to become the first champion.
After a full year defending the International Heavyweight Championship, Stone battled SoL (Schizophrenia's World Heavyweight Champion) at Altered Reality II in the inaugural Martinez Cup match to decide the promotion's top world champion. SoL went on to win the Martinez Cup, while Stone exited the company and was consequently stripped of the title, leaving Pyromania without a champion.
At Rumble in the Bronx, an eight-man Rising Stars Tournament was held to crown the new International Heavyweight Champion. In the finals, a popular rookie named Jaro defeated Son of Repoman to win the title and lit a new spark for the fledging Pyromania brand. During Jaro's reign, Pyromania reached new competitive heights to which had never been seen before in e-wrestling history. Jaro's reign was famous for the feuds he took part in, first defeated cYnical at Capital Punishment, then retaining over Robb Larsen after stealing his fiance. Days before Jaro was ready to challenge for the second-ever Martinez Cup at Altered Reality III, he was controversially fired from the promotion and consequently stripped of his title after holding it for a full year.
With both of its International Heavyweight Champions having been stripped during Altered Reality, the title gained a reputation as being cursed.
D. Hammond SamuelsAfter Jaro's shocking dismissal, the PWA's flagship pay-per-view, Altered Reality III, was without a Martinez Cup main event. Just days before the event was to take place, the decision was made by PWA management to award the title to D. Hammond Samuels (who had recently lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Pen at Schizos Wild). Despite losing to Pen for a second time in the Martinez Cup match, Samuels brought back a competitive fire to the title, even after his controversial way of "winning" the title. Because of this, Samuels declared himself as the International Heavyweight Non-Champion, often carrying the title belt in a briefcase.
In April 2007, due to a continuing dispute among PWA management, the decision was made to separate the PWA name from the promotion and was immediately renamed to Lords of Pain Wrestling (while Pyromania was renamed to Inferno). The IHC would be renamed the LPW International Heavyweight Championship.
At Inferno 10.3: Night of Champions during their main event build-up for the upcoming Sacrament pay-per-view, Samuels and Drew "Headbanger" Michaels were ordered by Inferno General Manager Spectre to not touch each other or they would be stripped of their championship opportunities. But during Headbanger's United States Championship title defense in an Unlucky Seven TLC Match, Samuels interfered by pushing Headbanger off a ladder to cost him the U.S. title (but Samuels never actually touched him). As a result of the interference, Spectre stripped Samuels of the title that night and announced that he would award the title to Headbanger. At the next Inferno 10.4, Spectre presented Headbanger with the championship, but Headbanger refused to accept the title in such controversial fashion. Things only escalated when Samuels interrupted the presentation and challenged the ruling through a series of technical loopholes by the aid of his legal advisor. Reluctantly, Spectre reinstated Samuels as International Heavyweight Champion. Despite a strong effort by Michaels, Samuels retained the title at Sacrament by beating Michaels in a 60-minute Iron Man Match.
Drew Michaels defeated D. Hammond Samuels in a Tijuana Cage Fight at the Dead Reckoning pay-per-view in Los Angeles, California on February 12, 2008. The victory ended Samuels' 17-month reign as champion.
|Stone||Son of Repoman and Sashaband||Altered Reality||• Won in a Triple Threat Ladder Match to become first champion |
• Stripped of title after Altered Reality II
|• Draw vs. Son of Repoman at Apollyon|
• def. NPD at Pyromania 3.3
• def. cYnical at Reign Fall
• def. Rick Stallion at Cold Front
|Jaro||Son of Repoman||Rumble in the Bronx |
|• Won in the finals of the eight-man Rising Stars Tournament |
• Stripped of title before Altered Reality III
|• def. BC at Pyromania 6.2 |
• def. Son of Repoman in a First Blood Match at Prevalence
• def. cYnical at Capital Punishment
• def. Robb Larsen at One Way Ticket
|D. Hammond Samuels||-||Pre-Altered Reality III |
(October 5, 2006)
|• Appointed champion after Jaro was stripped of title||• def. N'itomniskittel at Homecoming |
• def. BiggiE at Pyromania 9.1
• def. N'itomniskittel and King NPD at Pyromania 9.3
• def. "Sick" Nick in a Death match at The Rising
• def. The Rik at Night of Champions
• def. Drew Michaels in a 60-Minute Iron Man match at Sacrament
• def. Wevv Mang at Inferno 11.2
|Drew Michaels||D. Hammond Samuels||Dead Reckoning |
(February 12, 2008)
|• Won in a Tijuana Cage Fight||• def. Sheepster and Wevv Mang at Redemption |
• def. Sheepster at Homecoming
• def. Jeff Watson at Inferno 13.1
|NPD||Drew Michaels, Ash Strife, and Eric Scorpio||Honor Roll |
(January 18, 2009)
|• Won in a Fatal Four-way match||• None|
|White Falcon||NPD||Inferno 13.4 |
(February 28, 2009)
|• None||• None|
|Mass Chaos||White Falcon||Take No Prisoners |
(March 26, 2009)
|• None||• None|
|Current Lords of Pain Wrestling championships and accomplishments|
|Current Championships|| Insanity: World Heavyweight • Transatlantic • Hardcore |
Inferno: International Heavyweight • Western States Heritage • Television
Undisputed World Tag Team
|Other Accomplishments||Martinez Cup • Achievement Awards • Apex 25|
|Championship Milestones||Grand Slam • Triple Crown|
|Defunct Championships||World Tag Team • U.S. Tag Team • Owner's Cup|
|Gallery||Gallery of LPW championships|