Friday, April 22, 2016

House Show Title Changes

With Samoa Joe winning the NXT Championship tonight at the house show in Lowell, a show I wanted to go to but decided against because of other issues but my friends went and now I'm way more jealous that I already was, it lead to a couple of discussions in regards to there are hardly any title changes at house shows.

Ultimately one or two always come to mind, Diesel beating Bob Backlund and Edge defeating Jeff Jarrett, so it got me wondering just how often it happens.  The answer is not often at all.

Obviously back in the day all title changes happened at house shows and never on Television because TV was just a marketing tool to get people to come out to the matches.  So the parameters for this list are very simple, the birth of Pay-Per-View.  That really changed it all so I'm only counting house show title changes that happened after WrestleMania for WWE and Starrcade 1987 for the NWA/WCW.

I'm counting the NWA / WCW & WWE United States Championship as one title

The WWE & WCW Light-Heavyweight Championships are separate from the WCW / WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

With 229 Title Reigns in it's less than four year existence the WWE Hardcore Championship doesn't count.

NWA World Championship is only counted when part of Crockett & WCW as well as TNA

In the end it was longer than I thought it would be, but I have this issue with being thorough.

Active Championships

WWE World Heavyweight Championship

October 12, 1992 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Bret "Hitman" Hart submitted "Nature Boy" Ric Flair - this was Bret's first title run

November 26, 1994 Madison Square Garden
Diesel defeated Bob Backlund who had won the title 3 days prior at Survivor Series

WWE Intercontinental Championship

June 6, 1993 Albany, NY
"Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels defeated Marty Jannetty

May 19, 1995 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Razor Ramon defeated "Double J" Jeff Jarrett in a ladder match

May 21, 1995 Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada
"Double J" Jeff Jarrett defeated Razor Ramon

August 10, 2003 Des Moines, IA
Christian defeated Booker T

WWE / WCW United States Championship

May 22, 1989 Bluefield, WV
"Total Package" Lex Luger defeated Michael "PS" Hayes

August 25, 1991 Atlanta, GA
Sting defeated "Stunning" Steve Austin  - tournament final for vacant championship
The title was vacated back July 14th when Lex Luger won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at the Great American Back.  Why they held a non-televised tournament I couldn't tell you, but this has future blog post written all over it.

November 13, 1995 Tokyo, Japan
Kensuke Saski defeated Sting

September 22, 2000 Amarillo, TX
Terry Funk defeated Lance Storm

September 23, 2000 Lubbock, TX
Lance Storm defeated Terry Funk - neither title change was recognized by WCW however WWE does acknowledge them.

There are no house show title changes in the WWE

WWE Tag Team Championships

January 15, 2012 Oakland, CA
Primo & Epico defeated Air Boom: Evan Bourne & Kofi Kingston

NXT Championship

April 21, 2016 Lowell, MA
Samoa Joe pinned Finn Balor

NWA World Heavyweight Championship

January 11, 1991 East Rutheford, NJ
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair defeated Sting

September 15, 2005 Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Jeff Jarrett defeated Raven

TNA X-Division Championship

September 23, 2010 New York City
Amazing Red defeated Jay Lethal

September 25, 2010 Rahway, NJ
Jay Lethal defeated Amazing Red

TNA King of the Mountain Championship
aka Global & Television

January 27, 2010 Cardiff, Wales
Rob Terry defeated Eric Young

Inactive Championships

WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Active January 11, 1991 - December 9, 2001

January 11, 1991 East Rutheford, NJ
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair defeated Sting

December 30, 1992 Baltimore, MD
Big Van Vader pinned Ron Simmons

March 11, 1993 London, England
Sting defeated Big Van Vader

March 17, 1993 Dublin, Ireland
Big Van Vader defeated Sting

WCW/ WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Active March 20, 1996 - March 3, 2008

March 20, 1996 Nagoya, Japan
Shinjiro Otani defeated Wild Pegasus (Chris Benoit) tournament final

March 30, 2000 Baltimore, MD
Billy Kidman defeated The Artist

March 31, 2000 Pittsburgh, PA
The Artist defeated Billy Kidman

November 15, 2005 Rome, Italy
Nunzio defeated Juventud Guerrera

WCW Light Heavyweight Championship
Active October 27, 1991 - September 2, 1992

December 25, 1991 Atlanta, GA
Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Brian Pillman

July 5, 1992 Atlanta, GA
Brad Armstrong defeated Scotty Flamingo

WCW World Television Championship
Active February 27, 1974 - April 10, 2000

January 26, 1988 Raleigh, NC
Mike Rotunda defeated Nikita Koloff

March 31, 1989 Atlanta, GA
Sting defeated Mike Rotunda

September 3, 1989 Atlanta, GA
The Great Muta defeated Sting for the vacant championship

December 4, 1990 Gainesville, GA
The Z-Man defeated "Enforcer" Arn Anderson

January 14, 1991 Marietta, GA
"Enforcer" Arn Anderson defeated The Z-Man

February 17, 1996 Baltimore, MD
Lex Luger defeated Johnny B. Badd

February 18, 1996 Norfolk, VA
Johnny B. Badd defeated Lex Luger

April 30, May 1 - 3, 1998
Chris Benoit & Booker T traded the title back and forth
4/30 Benoit beat Booker Augusta, GA
5/1 Booker beat Benoit Greenville, SC
5/2 Benoit beat Booker Charleston, SC
5/3 Booker beat Benoit Savannah, GA

WWE World Tag Team Championships
Active June 3, 1971 - August 16, 2010

February 7, 1992 Denver , CO
Money Inc: Ted DiBiase & IRS defeated The Legion of Doom: Hawk & Animal

July 20, 1992
The Natural Disasters: Earthquake & Typhoon defeated Money Inc: Ted DiBiase & IRS

June 14, 1993 Columbus, OH
The Steiner Brothers: Rick & Scott defeated Money Inc: Ted DiBiase & IRS

June 16, 1993 Rockford, IL
Money Inc: Ted DiBiase & IRS defeated The Steiner Brothes: Rick & Scott

June 19, 1993 St. Louis, MO
The Steiner Brothers: Rick & Scott defeated Money Inc: Ted DiBiase & IRS

January 17, 1994 Madison Square Garden
The Quebecers: Jacques & Pierre defeated The 1-2-3 Kid & Marty Jannetty

March 29, 1994 London, England
Men On A Mission: Mo & Mabel defeated The Quebecers: Jacques & Pierre

March 31, 1994 Sheffield, England
The Quebecers: Jacques & Pierre defeated Men On A Mission: Mo & Mabel

August 28, 1994
Two Dudes with Attitudes: Diesel & Shawn Michaels defeated The Headshrinkers

May 19, 1996 Madison Square Garden
The Godwinns: Henry O & Phineas I defeated The Bodydonnas: Skip & Zip

January 16, 2005 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
La Resistance: Rob Conway & Sylvain Grenier defeated William Regal & Jonathan Coachman who was substituting for in injured Eugene

September 5, 2007 Cape Town, South Africa
Paul London & Brian Kendrick defeated Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch

September 8, 2007 Johannesburg, South Africa
Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch defeated Paul London & Brian Kendrick

December 13, 2008 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
John Morrison & The Miz defeated CM Punk & Kofi Kingston

WCW World Tag Team Championship
Active January 29, 1975 - November 18, 2001

September 10, 1988 Philadelphia, PA
The Midnight Express: Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane defeated "Enforcer" Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard

October 29, 1988 New Orleans, LA
The Road Warriors: Animal & Hawk defeated The Midnight Express: Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane

January 16, 1992 Jacksonville, TN
"Enforcer" Arn Anderson & "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton defeated Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat & "The Natural" Dustin Rhodes

May 3, 1992 Chicago, IL
The Steiner Brothers: Rick & Scott defeated "Enforcer" Arn Anderson & "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton

July 5, 1992 Atlanta, GA
Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy & "Dr. Death" Steve Williams defeated The Steiner Brothers: Rick & Scott

July 24, 1996 Cincinnati, OH
The Steiner Brothers: Rick & Scott defeated Harlem Heat: Booker T & Stevie Ray

July 27, 1996 Dayton, OH
Harlem Heat: Booker T & Stevie Ray defeated The Steiner Brothers: Rick & Scott

February 12, 2000 Oberhausen, Germany
The Harris Brothers: Ron & Don defeated The Mamalukes: Johnny The Bull & Big Vito

February 13, 2000 Leipzig, Germany
The Mamalukes: Johnny The Bull & Big Vito defeated The Harris Brothers: Ron & Don

WCW United States Tag Team Championship
Active September 28, 1986 - July 31, 1992

August 24, 1990 East Rutherford, NJ
The Steiner Brothers: Rick & Scott defeated The Midnight Express: Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane

WWE Women's Championship
Active September 18, 1956 - September 19, 2010

November 25, 1985 Madison Square Garden
The Spider (The Fabulous Moolah) defeated Wendi Richter

July 3, 1986 Brisbane, Australia
Velvet McIntyre defeated The Fabulous Moolah

July 9, 1986 Sydney, Australia
The Fabulous Moolah defeated Velvet McIntyre

July 24, 1987 Houston, TX
Sensational Sherri defeated The Fabulous Moolah

November 20, 1994 Tokyo Dome
Bull Nakano defeated Alundra Blayze

April 24, 2007 Paris, France
Mickie James defeated Champion: Melina & Victoria in a Threat Match

Melina defeated Mickie James was awarded and immediate re-match as Mickie James had pinned Victoria to win the title

Active / Inactive Championships With No House Show Title Changes

Women's Champion April 3, 2016 - present

NXT Tag Team Championships January 23, 2013 - present

NXT Women's Championship April 5, 2013 - present

TNA World Heavyweight Championship May 13, 2007 - present

TNA King of the Mountain Championship October 23, 2008 - present

TNA World Tag Team Championships May 17, 2007 - present

TNA Knockouts Championship October 14, 2007 - present

TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championships September 20, 2009 - June 27, 2013

World Championship September 2, 2002 - December 15, 2013

European Championship February 26, 1997 - July 22, 2002

Light-Heavyweight Championship December 7, 1997 - November 30, 2001

WWE Diva's Championship July 20, 2008 - April 3, 2016

WW-ECW Championship June 13, 2006 - February 16, 2010

WCW Hardcore Championship November 21, 1999 - March 26, 2001

WCW Women's Championship December 29, 1996 - September 20, 1997

WCW Women's Crusierweight Championship April 7, 1997 - September 20, 1997

WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship March 18, 2001 - March 26, 2001

WCW World Six-Man Tag Tea Championship February 17, 1991 - November 30, 1991

The only TNA Championships to change hands at a house show was the X-Division & Global

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  1. Excellent article. This was the exact thing I was wondering about when news broke about Samoa Joe. I assumed that back in the day that it could have possibly changed hands quite often bc, like you said... No TV. Thanks for doing the research and lots of interesting facts here!

  2. Thanks for reading, I got way more in detail than I thought it would when I started, but I really enjoyed researching it because, it's wrestling after all!

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