Defunct Titles: A Look at Some Memorable and Forgettable Titles (Part 1)

Matthew HesterSenior Writer IAugust 8, 2010

When we talk pro wrestling, the first thing we often bring up is a certain match or wrestler. Another good conversation starter when it comes to wrestling is the titles.

We will debate if this guy is more worthy than others. Sometimes we reminisce on certain championship matches that really got our juices flowing.

Titles in wrestling in general don't mean much as belts from legit sports. They do, however, hold some leverage.

They are used to push wrestlers that the promoter wants to sell and further along storylines. We have had many various titles over the years used as tools in this business.

Some lasted longer than others, while some have become forgotten and will likely never see the light of day.

I decided to take a look at the belts that couldn't stand the test of time. We will cover titles that gave it a good run, and also look at titles that spent a cup of coffee in the bigs.

It is interesting to look back at some of these belts. It gives us a glimpse into a past that doesn't exist anymore. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey into wrestling's past glory.


The WWF Women's tag team titles 1983 to 1988

In the early and late '80s, WWE took wrestling to levels it hadn't seen since the NWA days. The company would recruit most of the AWA and NWA talent.

This would give WWE the backbone to become the biggest name in wrestling today. It was at this point in time WWE would have what is considered their best crop of women's wrestlers.

They had a successful women's heavyweight title that was defended on a regular basis. What they didn't have was tag titles. In 1983, the WWE would make an attempt to bring tag action to the women's division. It was a sporadic short-lived venture to say the least.

The first champs were a a pair of ladies taken from the NWA named Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria. Victoria would later be replaced by Desiree Peterson. They would hold onto these belts until 1985, when they would lose them to the Glamour Girls (Judy Martin & Leilani Kai).

The Glamour Girls would keep these belts for three years. The problem was they really didn't have anyone to defend the belts against.

Their biggest feud was against the Jumping Bomb Angels, a very talented pair of lady wrestlers from Japan.

The Angels would eventually capture the titles in 1988 only to lose them back to the Glamour Girls a short time later. The title was abandoned in 1989 with no reason given.


WWWF/WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship 1978 to 1989

In the last '70s the WWWF often teamed up with NJPW to do cross-over promotions with each other.

The belt was awarded to Antonio Inoki by Vince Senior in 1978. What made this title special was the fact that it would be defended in real shoot-style matches, much like we see in MMA today.

Inkoki would hold on to this title for almost 10 years before losing it once to Shota Chochishvili in 1989. He would knock out Inoki in the fifth round to become the champ.

The run wouldn't last too long, because Inoki would reclaim the belt a month later. A short time after that, the WWF and NJPW would stop working with each other. This would cause the demise of the World Martial Arts Title.


The NWA/WCW title

In 1988, Jim Crockett ran a promotion called NWA World Championship Wrestling. By 1991, the name would be shortened for TV purposes to World Championship Wrestling. Even though they changed the name, the title was still technically the NWA title.

It wasn't until 1991 that the WCW title became its own entity. This was in large part to the Ric Flair scandal. For those that don't know or remember, Flair left WCW to go the WWF.

The problem was Flair refused to return the title belt back to WCW. That is why we would see the WCW title on WWF programing at the time.

This would force WCW to make a new belt for their show. It is said by many that WCW just took Dusty Rhodes' Florida Championship and renamed it. The belt would become unified in 1993 at Starcade after he would defeat Vader.

The WCW title would have a good 10 years of history on it before being defunct. Guys like Flair, Sting, Hogan, The Giant, and many others would hold this belt.

In 2001, WCW would be purchased by WWE. This would be the ultimate demise of the WCW title. It would be passed around to the top WWE stars like it was candy.

We would see guys like The Rock, Stone Cold, Jericho, and others hold this once-prestigious title. In 2001, the WCW title and the WWF title would be unified after Jericho became the first undisputed WWE champ.

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