American Heavyweight Championship

American Heavyweight Championship
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Date establishedJanuary 19, 1881

The American Heavyweight Wrestling Championship was the first heavyweight professional wrestling championship in the United States. The title existed from 1881 through approximately 1922.[1]

Title history[]

Wrestler Times Date won Location Notes
Edwin Bibby 1 January 19, 1881 New York City Defeats Duncan C. Ross in a catch-as-catch-can match for "the championship of America".[2][3]
Joe Acton 1 August 7, 1882 New York City Has defeated Tom Cannon on December 9, 1881, in London, England, for the Catch-as-Catch-Can Title; Bibby is billed as champion for a match against World Greco-Roman champion William Muldoon on September 3, 1882, in Elmira, NY.
Evan "Strangler" Lewis 1 April 11, 1887 Chicago Lewis unified the American Catch-as-Catch Can Championship and the American Greco-Roman Heavyweight Championship by defeating Ernest Roeber on March 2, 1893, in a 3 out of 5 falls match with alternating Greco-Roman match and Catch-as-Catch can matches. The two titles became known as the American Heavyweight Wrestling Championship.
Martin "Farmer" Burns 1 April 20, 1895 Chicago
Dan McLeod 1 October 26, 1897 Indianapolis
Yusuf İsmail 1 June 20, 1898 Chicago Ismail defeated Evan "Strangler" Lewis for the American Heavyweight Championship in Chicago, Illinois. Lewis was neither able to overcome Ismail's massive size and strength nor manage to use his sleeper hold during the match. Ismail had the $5,000 prize money converted to gold and carried it in a money belt along with the title.
Tom Jenkins 1 November 7, 1901
Dan McLeod 2 December 25, 1902 Worcester, Mass. Jenkins forfeited the title to McLeod after having blood poisoning in his leg during their match.
Tom Jenkins 2 April 3, 1903 Buffalo, N.Y. [4]
Frank Gotch 1 January 27, 1904 Bellingham, Wash.
Tom Jenkins 3 March 15, 1905 New York City
Frank Gotch 2 May 23, 1906 Kansas City, Mo. [5]
Fred Beell 1 December 1, 1906 New Orleans [6]
Frank Gotch 3 December 17, 1906 Kansas City, Mo. [6]
Vacant 1910 Gotch vacates the title after two years as a double crown champion to concentrate on the World Heavyweight Championship he won from Georg Hackenschmidt on April 3, 1908, in Chicago, Illinois.[4]
Henry Ordemann 1 October 25, 1910 Minneapolis Defeats Charlie Cutler and awarded the title by special referee Frank Gotch.
Charlie Cutler 1 February 1, 1911 Minneapolis
Dr. Benjamin Roller 1 March 6, 1911 Chicago
Charlie Cutler 2 March 25, 1911 Buffalo, N.Y.
Jess Reimer 1 November 7, 1911 Des Moines, Iowa
Henry Ordemann 2 December 14, 1911 Minneapolis
Charlie Cutler 3 March 25, 1912 Chicago Jess Westergaard (Reimer) defeats Ordemann on January 7, 1913, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to claim a title but loses to Cutler on January 22, 1913, in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Benjamin Roller 2 July 4, 1913 Benton Harbor, Mich.
Ed "Strangler" Lewis 1 September 18, 1913 Lexington, Ky.
William Demetral 1 October 21, 1913 Lexington, Ky.
Dr. Benjamin Roller 3 July 10, 1914 Rock Island, Ill. Ed "Strangler" Lewis defeats Roller during an international tournament on January 15, 1916, in New York City (title may not be on line).
Wladek Zbyszko 1 January 8, 1917 Wilkes-Barre, Penn. Still/again champion as of September 22, 1922 (or a different reign, possibly by winning a tournament which has started on February 21, 1922).

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References[]

  1. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1881/01/20/archives/bibby-throws-ross-winning-a-match-with-the-giant-three-out-of-five.html
  2. ^ https://sites.google.com/site/allaboutbibby/prominent-bibbys/edwin-bibby
  3. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1881/01/20/archives/bibby-throws-ross-winning-a-match-with-the-giant-three-out-of-five.html
  4. ^ a b F4W Staff (April 3, 2015). "ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING TITLE CHANGE HISTORY: GOTCH VS. HACKENSCHMIDT, INOKI VS. HANSEN, GUERRERO VS. JERICHO". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  5. ^ Hoops, Brian (May 23, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (May 23): Antonio Inoki Vs. Hulk Hogan, Andre Vs. Sakaguchi, Frank Gotch in a 57-minute match". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Wisconsin Historical Society. Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles; "Milwaukee Journal"; "Marshfield", "WI"; "August 8, 1933"; viewed online at https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Newspaper/BA335

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