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Abandoned: The History of the Two WCW Women's Championships

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer INovember 30, 2011

Abandoned: The History of the Two WCW Women's Championships

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    Throughout history, professional wrestling has seen many championships.

    In WWF/E, there are six major titles. Not many know that the company has had a total of at least 19 different titles, 13 of which have been abandoned for one reason or another.

    The other two major companies owned by WWE are WCW and ECW, which have at least 15 abandoned and forgotten titles between them.

    For as long as it takes, I will be concentrating on those forgotten titles.

    Each slide will feature the champion, who they defeated, where and when they won it, the length of their title reign, any special circumstances that happened during their reign, and a bit of commentary.

    Belts with a lengthy history will get their own articles and may be broken up into two depending on the length. Titles with a short history may be featured in a standard article, but if they’re really short they’ll be at the end of another title.

    For this edition of Abandoned, I present the two women’s titles of WCW.

    The first popped up in 1996 and was the WCW Women’s World Heavyweight Championship.

    The title was created as a joint venture between World Championship Wrestling and a Japanese women’s wrestling promotion named GAEA Japan.

    The title only stuck around for a year and saw only two champions.

Akira Hokuto

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    Defeated: Medusa

    Where: Nashville, TN

    When: Dec. 29, 1996

    Title Reign: 168 days

    Hokuto defeated Medusa in an eight-woman tournament final to become the first WCW Women’s World Heavyweight Champion.

    WCW, and Jim Crockett Promotions before them, recognized two regional NWA women’s titles but JCP never had their own title. Each one travelled from territory to territory being defended against that region's top woman wrestler.

    Years later, WCW revived their women’s division and created this title as well as one other.

    Akira Hokuto was a huge star in her native Japan and won many titles throughout her career. She was a member of GAEA Japan at the time of the venture with WCW and was given the distinction of becoming the first women’s champion of WCW.

    The title was declared vacant, though, on June 15, 1997, when Hokuto left the United States.

Devil Masami

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    Defeated: Zero

    Where: Kawasaki, Japan

    When: Sept. 20, 1997

    Title Reign: ~three months

    The title returned to GAEA Japan and Devil Masami defeated Zero to become the new champion.

    During her reign as champion, it was mentioned in December by Mike Tenay during an episode of WCW Nitro that Akira Hokuto was still the reigning champion despite the title not being seen in WCW since she left the country.

    Even though WCW apparently still recognized Hokuto as champion, GAEA Japan recognized Masami as the champion.

    She wouldn’t hold the title for long, though, as the WCW Women’s World Heavyweight Championship was abandoned by the end of the year when WCW and GAEA Japan broke ties.

WCW Women's World Cruiserweight Championship

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    The second title they had for their women’s division was the WCW Women’s World Cruiserweight Championship.

    The title was created in 1997 with a weight limit of 130 pounds. This title was also a joint venture between WCW and GAEA Japan.

    Like the heavyweight title, the cruiserweight title didn’t have much staying power. It was abandoned the same time as the heavyweight title.

    It saw only three champions and was mostly seen in Japan.

Toshie Uematsu

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    Defeated: Malia Hosaka

    Where: Huntsville, Ala.

    When: April 7, 1997

    Title Reign: 103 days

    Uematsu defeated Hosaka in a tournament final to become the first WCW Women’s World Cruiserweight Champion.

    She won the title on an episode of WCW Nitro but the match wasn’t shown to the television audience. To see the match, you had to watch WCW Main Event, which had become a recap show by that time.

    It has been speculated that this was a title solely created for GAEA Japan and was never intended to be used in the States.

Yoshiko Tamura

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    Defeated: Toshie Uematsu

    Where: Yokohama, Japan

    When: July 19, 1997

    Title Reign: 63 days

    Tamura would hold titles all throughout Japan competing in All-Japan Pro Wrestling, NEO, as well as GAEA Japan.

    She would retire from professional wrestling in 2010.

Sugar Sato

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    Defeated: Yoshiko Tamura

    Where: Kawasaki, Japan

    When: Sept. 20, 1997

    Title Reign: ~three months

    Sugar Sato would also hold titles throughout Japan in her career, but she unfortunately wouldn’t hold this title for long.

    The WCW Women’s World Cruiserweight Championship was abandoned by the end of the year when WCW and GAEA Japan broke ties.

Final Thoughts

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    Both of WCW’s women’s titles were very short-lived. Women’s wrestling was something that was well respected in Japan, so it made sense that the titles were mostly kept there.

    WCW never really featured women’s wrestling too much. The only time you saw a woman was if she was a valet/manager or a Nitro Girl.

    Towards the end of WCW’s existence, they rebuilt their women’s division. Many of the women you saw accompanying wrestlers to the ring were now in the ring themselves.

    WCW’s last ditch effort of a division included the likes of Medusa, Mona (later Molly Holly), Daffney, Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson. They even brought in former WWF women’s champions Sherri Martel, Bertha Fey and Lelani Kei.

    Despite all the potential they had, including the training of the Nitro Girls, neither of the women’s titles were revived.

    Both the WCW Women’s World Heavyweight and Cruiserweight Championships are gone and forgotten.

    Thanks for reading! Come back on Sunday for the ninth edition of Abandoned when I present the ECW World Heavyweight Championship!

     

    Past Installments

    WWE Women’sWWE EuropeanECW TelevisionWCW HardcoreWCW US Tag TeamWWF Martial ArtsWWF International

     

    Sources

    http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-wm.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WCW_Women%27s_Championship

    http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/gaea/wcw-wm-c.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WCW_Women%27s_Cruiserweight_Championship

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