Late last year I made the decision to finally retire the longest running monthly series on the site that being the Superstar Recall series. Now on and off for the last year I have highlighted a variety of different titles from the past. I have looked back at both the obscure and the known but forgotten championship belts from companies like WCW, ECW, WAR, and a few others. With all the new titles that have shown up in both TNA and the WWE we may have the ability to eventually bring this series back.
However, at this point I have made the decision to retire this section of the site and move it to the achieve section of the site. Though it was a lot of fun looking back and really spotlighting the past and certain titles in particular I just feel like both the interest and just the timing has decided this for me. I think it's the right time to move forward and try something new and that is exactly what will be happening in the near future. Even though the Moment in time is the only Monthly post now it wont be that way for too long.
To continue with the series were I chose to shine the light on the championships instead of the wrestlers. For the first time we will be heading out to one of the many Japanese Wrestling promotions across the Pacific. Back in 1995 when the United States wrestling scene was struggling the Japanese wrestling circuit wasn't much better, but was good enough for a new company to appear. The new company was called WAR which stands for Wrestle and Romance and was founded by former top AJPW star Genichiro Tenryu.
This title was held by legendary NJPW star Gedo as he would become the first WAR International Junior heavyweight champion for the company. The tile would later be held by names such as Japanese wrestling legend Jushin Liger and Ultimo Dragon. As many of you are also aware before he became famous Chris Jericho traveled the world wrestling in Mexico, Europe, and in Japan where he won this championship under the name Lionheart. Below is the rest of the title history for the belt and a match. Enjoy!!
For the longest time the Television title was a staple of various companies during the territory era of pro-wrestling in companies like MACW, MSW, PNW, and a variety of other companies. Though it seems to be that this title was more present in southern wrestling companies. In modern pro-wrestling the idea of having a television title seems to be lost as only Ring of Honor has had the TV championship for any length of time.
Now to really pull out an obscure championship I bet not many of you knew that the American Wrestling Association had a Television Championship for a time. It should tell you something that at this point Ring of Honor has had the TV title active for longer than AWA did as even though the AWA went under in 1991 they retired the title less than year after creating it. Due to the fact that there were only two different wrestlers to hold this title there are no matches available showing this title on the line. So instead I chose to give you a tribute video of the AWA and a link to the very short title history of the AWA International Television Championship.
With the renewed talk of "Extreme" on Raw and in the WWE in general. The Dudley's feud with Wyatt Family has given a new generation a glimpse into the past of Bubba, Devon, Tommy, and Rhyno that some may not have been aware of. With that being said right now seems as good a time as any to take a look back at the titles that helped make the Dudley Boys famous and the only ECW title that Rhyno didn't win.
ECW was home to the "land of misfit toys" much like the Public Enemy. Johnny Grudge & Rocco Rock were in many ways Pau; Heyman's first real success story in ECW and in many ways that could be directly related to the reason they held the titles the longest out of any team in ECW. Much like I mentioned before ECW was not just the breading ground of the Public Enemy, but the birth place of the Dudley Boys. Over the course of their time in ECW they mounted the most amount title reigns with 8 reigns as ECW World Tag Team Champions.
Last month I opened the newest monthly series were we look back at those titles that we may have forgotten about after they had been retired. Our first title that we will be looking back at is the WWF European Championship. The European title was first won in the summer of 1997 when Owen Hart fought British Bulldog in the finals of the tournament over in the UK. The longest reigning champion was British Bulldog would held the title for 205 days and William Regal & D'Lo Brown share the most amount title reigns.
I posed this question: "If the title would the modern era of WWE"
Christelle: "Yes, I think. it would be even better represent today by presence of Cesaro, Rusev, Neville, and Wade Barret"
For the last few months I felt like the monthly post section has been missing something. Really since the end of the Superstar Recall series I have felt like something was missing. Well now everything will change as I have found a new monthly series to get going in place of the Superstar Recall. Instead of looking at the talent we will remember the titles of yesteryear.
It doesn't matter if it's a title from the WWE, WCW, ECW, or even a territory title we will look back and remember some of the best things never talked about. Numerous fans plead for the return of titles like the TV Title, Hardcore title, or the European Title. Now is when we talk the time to remember some title you may have forgotten I look forward to creating a lot nostalgia with this series and maybe great memories.