- This article is about the Premiere Wrestling Alliance title. For the Psychotic Wrestling Alliance title, see LPW World Heavyweight Championship.
|PWA World Heavyweight Championship|
|Current champion||Michael Smart|
|Date won||January 1, 2011|
|Date created||June 11, 2006|
|Formerly|| GWF Undisputed Championship|
GWF World Heavyweight Championship
|First champion||Jesse Klijinsma|
|Most reigns||James Murphy (2 reigns)|
|Most defenses||Chris Williams (8 defenses)|
|Longest reign||Chris Williams (218 days)|
|Shortest reign||Mike Miller (30 days)|
The PWA World Heavyweight Championship is a championship belt defended exclusively in the Premiere Wrestling Alliance. It was established on June 11, 2006, and remained active until August 2008 when the GWF ceased operation. It remained dormant when the GWF returned in early 2009, but the title finally returned in December 2009 when the GWF was born again as the PWA. The title is unofficially recognized as the technical wrestling division of the PWA.
GameFAQs Wrestling Federation (2006-2009)
The PWA World Heavyweight championship is one of the most coveted titles in professional wrestling. Tracing its lineage back to 2006, it was originally defended in the GWF as the top championship. Matches for the title have headlined the largest events in GWF history. The title was originally known as the GWF Undisputed championship, and it was fought for by every major player in the company from 2006 to the company's hiatus in summer 2008. Jesse Klijinsma was the first champion, winning the title in the finals of a tournament at the first ever GWF pay-per-view, Rise and Fall.
Klijinsma held on to the title for just over a month, until the second pay-per-view, New Beginnings, where he was defeated by James Murphy. Murphy's reign didn't have as much impact as Klijinsma's had, and it came to an end just under a month later on a special Canadian episode of Friday Night Brawl. It was there that Mike Miller, Canadian born, won the title in his homeland of Toronto, Ontario.
Mike Miller held on to the title for one month, after successfully defending the title against the former champion Murphy in a three way dance also featuring Harry Jackson, he went on to defend it in yet another three way, this time against Murphy and the undefeated Bryan Daniels. In controversial fashion, Daniels had wormed his way in to the title match, which took place at Triple Threat. After a little help from his Deadly Alliance group, Daniels pinned Miller to win the title.
Daniels continued his winning streak, and broke the pattern of one month title reigns by clinging to the belt for two full months. After defending the title against longstanding GWF wrestler Dave Shadow, Daniels' title reign came to end the same way it began, in controversial fashion. At Destiny Fulfilled, Daniels was forced to defend his title in a four way match, a match that was also billed for the GWF Intercontinental Championship. Shelton Splash turned on his own ally Daniels, and then laid Ken Davidson on the champion, ending Daniels' unpinned streak. Ken Davidson attained the title through controversy, and Daniels had not charted near the title's territory again, due to his ongoing rivalry with Shelton, which dragged him away from the title scene. Davidson embarked on what would become one of the longest reigns in the title's history, as he defended the title for over four months. He defeated Miller and Daniels, both former champions, to successfully defend the title. Davidson's run as king finally came to an end when James Murphy, Davidson's greatest foe, made Kevin McAuliffe tap out in a three way for the title. Ken Davidson was never truly defeated for the belt.
After walking out of the three way match with the ten pounds of gold, James Murphy went on to Rise and Fall II, the biggest pay-per-view of the year, as champion. The man whom he faced was the winner of Survival Success, and the same man that he had defeated to win the belt... Kevin McAuliffe. After outsmarting his rival, James Murphy walked out of Rise and Fall with the belt, the only man in history to have successfully defended his title at the showcase event of the year. After finishing off a multi-man cage match with the belt, James Murphy formed one of the most powerful groups in GWF history when he allied himself with Shelton Splash and Chris O'Malley, dubbed Cataclysm. Michael Toaster, the man who was looking to win his first World Heavyweight championship, was ripped off at the hands of the group.
Michael Toaster's time finally came at New Beginnings '07, when he successfully defeated the kingpin of Cataclysm and crowned himself World Heavyweight champion. The group wasn't done with the title, however, and soon enough, Toaster fell victim to the student of James Murphy and Shelton Splash. Chris O'Malley, who won the belt with help from James Murphy following a referee being knocked out, rose like a phoenix from the grassroots of Cataclysm. Having beaten Toaster for the title, and then defending it successfully against GWF mainstay Alex Storm, O'Malley was forced to defend the belt in a four way match against Storm, Toaster... and his own ally, Shelton Splash.
Shelton finally won the big one at Valentine's Vengeance '08, defeating his own ally Chris O'Malley, as well as the champion before him, Michael Toaster. Shel was perhaps one of the most successful champions in the title's history, winning a best of five series against Robert Garland, and then defending against the always determined Chris Williams. Shelton's reign came to an unexpected end on the biggest night of the year, Rise and Fall III. It was on that night that the youngest champion in history, Don Cicinni, was crowned. Don would hold the title until the GWF ceased operation in the summer of 2008. When the GWF returned in early 2009, the title remained dormant, and the unification of the GWF United States Championship and the GWF Intercontinental Championship took over the main event title slot.
Premiere Wrestling Alliance (2010)
The title was held up until December 2009, when it was brought back as the centerpiece of technical wrestling in the PWA. The rights to the championship were purchased, along with the trademarks of Sunday Brunch and all GWF video footage, by RD Corp. RD Corp is a parent company run by the former booker of Sunday Brunch, The Reprobate. Although the title was the top championship in GWF, all of the PWA's title divisions are treated as equals, with the World Heavyweight championship being a technical wrestling division.
Chris Williams defeated former ally Michael Smart in the main event of PWA's first standalone pay-per-view, Chapter 2. Williams would go on to hold the title for a grandiose eight months, racking up 8 title defenses and becoming the most successful champion by every stretch of the imagination. During his reign, he defeated Michael Smart, Damian DeNiro, Shelton Splash, and Frank Washington. Williams became the greatest champion in the title's four year history, breaking the records for reign length and title defenses.
At Dead End 2, the PWA's flagship pay-per-view event, Roc Anderson ambushed Williams in the ring following another classic Williams/Smart bout, demanding a title shot. Williams, never one to back down, granted Anderson his title match. But the pressures of being World Heavyweight champion finally caught up to the battered and bruised Williams, who took two Tombstone piledrivers before finally being defeated for his prized possession.
Anderson began defending the title against any and all challengers, taking part in many match of the year candidates against Joseph Appice, Stan Vishis, The Reprobate, and various other technical wrestlers. Anderson continued his reign for over four months, but he finally lost his belt to Michael Smart, a man who was chasing the title for his entire career, after feeling passed up for over five years. Smart successfully defended the title against his greatest foe Chris Williams, further establishing himself as the credible undisputed champion.
The strict rules set in play for the division were created to differentiate it from the PWA World Interbrand Championship division. The World Heavyweight title division is far more strict and features pure, technical wrestling between mat wrestlers. The division rarely hosts gimmick matches.
- Matches are decided by either a three count pinfall, a submission (through verbal quitting or the tapping of a hand on a surface more than three times), or a wrestler being unable to answer a referee's call (TKO). Matches may result in Doctor's stoppage if a competitor is hurt beyond wrestling capability.
- Wrestlers must respect rope breaks, and if a wrestler does not break a submission hold following a rope break after the count of five, it may lead to stoppage and a subsequent referee's decision.
- Wrestlers have a strict count of 10 seconds to return to the ring when the match has gone to the outside. Ignoring the count or taking advantage of it may also result in stoppage and a subsequent a referee's decision.
- Any form of interference detected by a referee during the match will result in stoppage and a subsequent referee's decision. Interference detected after the match has been decided may result in a reversed decision or a rematch.
- Any wrestler intentionally striking an official will be fined. Repeat offenders may face suspension or the stripping of their title and/or title shots.
|1||Jesse Klijinsma||June 11, 2006 |
(Rise and Fall I)
|Asbury Park, New Jersey ||49 days||Crowned in the finals of a one-night tournament.||
|2||James Murphy||July 30, 2006 |
(New Beginnings '06)
|Edison, New Jersey ||19 days||—||
|3||Mike Miller||August 18, 2006 |
(Friday Night Brawl)
|Toronto, Ontario ||30 days||—||
|4||Bryan Daniels||September 17, 2006 |
(Triple Threat '06)
|Edison, New Jersey ||63 days||This win marked the beginning of Bryan's win streak.|
|5||Ken Davidson||November 19, 2006 |
(Destiny Fulfilled '06)
|Asbury Park, New Jersey ||140 days||Shelton turned on Bryan and aided Ken in winning the match. Davidson is the second most successful champion in the title's history, holding the record for second longest reign, as well as the second amount of most successful defenses.||
|6||James Murphy ||April 8, 2007 |
(Sunday Night Sacrifice)
|Newark, New Jersey ||119 days||This was a 3-way also involving Kevin McAuliffe, who was pinned in the match. As per the GWF's 3-way rules, Davidson remained unbeaten for the title.||
|7||Michael Toaster||August 5, 2007 |
(New Beginnings '07)
|Jersey City, New Jersey ||106 days||—||
|8||Chris O'Malley||November 19, 2007 |
(Destiny Fulfilled '07)
|Edison, New Jersey ||90 days||—||
|9||Shelton Splash||February 17, 2008 |
(Valentine's Vengeance '08)
|Asbury Park, New Jersey ||133 days||Shelton won the title in a four way match also involving his ally Chris O'Malley, Alex Storm and Michael Toaster.||
|10||Don Cicinni||June 29, 2008 |
(Rise and Fall III)
|New York, New York ||48 days||Don Cicinni walked out of the GWF shortly after winning the title. The title was held up, though the GWF ceased operation before the title was vacated.||
|Title was deactivated when Cicinni refused to defend it, and the GWF subsequently ceased operation.|
|11||Chris Williams||January 31, 2010 |
|Boston, Massachusetts ||218 days||Williams became the first champion under the PWA banner, pinning Michael Smart. He holds the record for having the single longest reign, as well as having the most successful defenses.||
|12||Roc Anderson||September 6, 2010 |
(Dead End 2)
|New York, New York ||117 days||Anderson ended Williams' reign in an impromptu challenge. Anderson is the only man in history to win the title in an impromptu match.||
|13||Michael Smart||January 1, 2011 |
(New Year's Rotten Eve)
|Boston, Massachusetts ||157 days||—|
List of Combined Reigns
|1||Chris Williams||1||218 days||8|
|2||Michael Smart||1||157 days||3|
|2||Ken Davidson||1||140 days||5|
|4||James Murphy||2||138 days||1|
|5||Shelton Splash||1||133 days||4|
|6||Roc Anderson||1||117 days||6|
|7||Michael Toaster||1||106 days||?|
|8||Chris O'Malley||1||90 days||1|
|9||Bryan Daniels||1||63 days||2|
|10||Jesse Klijinsma||1||49 days||?|
|11||Don Cicinni||1||48 days||0|
|12||Mike Miller||1||30 days||1|
|Jesse Klijinsma||James Murphy||Singles||June 11, 2006||Rise and Fall||Title win|
|James Murphy||Jesse Klijinsma||Singles||July 30, 2006||New Beginnings||Title win|
|Mike Miller||Jesse Klijinsma||Singles||August 18, 2006||Friday Night Brawl||Title win|
|Mike Miller||Harry Jackson and James Murphy||Three way dance||September 2, 2006||Sunday Sacrifice||Title defense|
|Bryan Daniels||Mike Miller and James Murphy||Three way dance||September 17, 2006||Triple Threat||Title win|
|Bryan Daniels||Soldier Dark||Singles||October 13, 2006||Friday Night Brawl||Title defense|
|Bryan Daniels||Dave Shadow||Singles||October 20, 2006||Friday Night Brawl||Title defense|
|Ken Davidson||Bryan Daniels, Shelton Splash and Kevin McAuliffe||Four corners||November 19, 2006||Destiny Fulfilled||Title win|
|Ken Davidson||James Murphy||London Dungeon||January 14, 2007||Sunday Sacrifice||Title defense|
|Ken Davidson||James Murphy||Singles||February 11, 2007||Valentine's Vengeance||Title defense|
|Ken Davidson||Harry Jackson||Singles||March 25, 2007||Ultimate Decision||Title defense|
|Ken Davidson||Bryan Daniels||Singles||N/A||N/A||Title defense|
|Ken Davidson||Dave Shadow||Singles||N/A||N/A||Title defense|
|James Murphy||Ken Davidson and Kevin McAuliffe||Three way dance||April 8, 2007||Sunday Sacrifice||Title win|
|Michael Toaster||James Murphy||Singles||August 5, 2007||New Beginnings||Title win|
|Chris O'Malley||Michael Toaster||Singles||November 19, 2007||Destiny Fulfilled||Title win|
|Shelton Splash||Chris O'Malley, Alex Storm and Michael Toaster||Four corners||February 17, 2008||Valentine's Vengeance||Title win|
|Shelton Splash||Robert Garland||Singles||N/A||N/A||Title defense|
|Shelton Splash||Robert Garland||Singles||N/A||N/A||Title defense|
|Shelton Splash||Robert Garland||Singles||N/A||N/A||Title defense|
|Shelton Splash||Chris Williams||Singles||N/A||N/A||Title defense|
|Don Cicinni||Shelton Splash||Singles||June 29, 2008||Rise and Fall 3||Title win|
|Chris Williams||Michael Smart||Singles||January 31, 2010||Chapter 2||Title win|
|Chris Williams||Michael Smart||Judge's Orders||March 31, 2010||Life Sentence||Title defense|
|Chris Williams||Damian DeNiro||2/3 Falls||May 31, 2010||Capital Punishment||Title defense|
|Chris Williams||Shelton Splash||Singles||June 20, 2010||PWA TV||Title defense|
|Chris Williams||Robert Garland||Singles||June 23, 2010||House show||Title defense|
|Chris Williams||Michael Smart||Singles||June 30, 2010||Gang Wars||Title defense|
|Chris Williams||Darrius T. Jackson||Singles||July 15, 2010||PWA TV||Title defense|
|Chris Williams||Frank Washington||Singles||July 31, 2010||Locked N Loaded||Title defense|
|Chris Williams||Michael Smart||Singles||September 6, 2010||Dead End 2||Title defense|
|Roc Anderson||Chris Williams||No rules||September 6, 2010||Dead End 2||Title win|
|Roc Anderson||Stan Vishis||Singles||October 16, 2010||House show||Title defense|
|Roc Anderson||Shelton Splash||Singles||October 21, 2010||House show||Title defense|
|Roc Anderson||Joseph Appice||Singles||October 31, 2010||Obscene Halloween||Title defense|
|Roc Anderson||The Reprobate||Singles||November 28, 2010||Destiny Fulfilled||Title defense|
|Roc Anderson||Aku Samui||Singles||December 10, 2010||House show||Title defense|
|Roc Anderson||Chris Williams||Singles||December 23, 2010||House show||Title defense|
|Michael Smart||Roc Anderson||Singles||January 1, 2011||New Year's Rotten Eve||Title win|
|Michael Smart||Chris Williams||Singles||January 3, 2011||ACW Goodbye Game||Title defense|
|Michael Smart||Chris Williams||Steel cage||February 14, 2011||Valentine's Venom||Title defense|
|Premiere Wrestling Alliance|
|Championships||PWA World Heavyweight championship • PWA World Interbrand championship • PWA World Tag Team championship|
|Television||Premiere Wrestling Television • PWA Wrestling on HBO • PWA Underground|
|Pay-Per-Views||Chapter 2 • New Year's Rotten Eve • Life Sentence • Five Year Anniversary • Capital Punishment • Dead End • Obscene Halloween • Destiny Fulfilled|
|Supercards||Valentine's Venom • Chicago Style • Ultimate Decision • Anniversary Show • International Incident • Gang Wars • Going Back to Cali • Locked 'N Loaded • Big Apple Street Fight • Chicago Style Christmas|
|See also||List of PWA Alumni • List of PWA Events • List of PWA Music|