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AWA World Tag Team Championship
Current
champion(s):
Date won:
Promotion: American Wrestling Association
Brand:
Date created: 1960
Date retired: 1991
Other name(s):
Most reigns: (as team) The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser (5 times) (as individual) The Crusher (9 times)
First champion(s): Murder, Inc. (Stan Kowalski and Tiny Mills)

The American Wrestling Association (AWA) World Tag Team Championship was professional wrestling world tag team championship in the American Wrestling Association from 1960 until the promotion folded in 1991.

History

When the NWA Minneapolis Wrestling and Boxing Club operated by Verne Gagne withdrew from the National Wrestling Alliance in May 1960, Daniel Grant and David Marsh were the recognized champions of the NWA World Tag Team Championship (Minneapolis version). At the time, the AWA continued to recognize the NWA champions as their World champions. However, by August 1960, and having recently recaptured the NWA Tag Team championships for a second time, Marsh and Grant were recognized as the first AWA World Tag Team Champions when AWA stopped recognizing NWA champions.

As the promotion grew, the AWA Tag Team Championships became one of the most coveted tag team titles in the United States from the beginning until the late 1980s, when the AWA's talent roster was depleted by the World Wrestling Federation and Jim Crockett Promotions. This led to the retirement of the titles when the AWA closed.

Title history

# Wrestlers Reigns Date Days held Location Event Notes
1


Murder, Inc.
(Stan Kowalski and Tiny Mills)
1


August 196064N/AN/AKowalski and Mills were awarded the NWA World Tag Team Championship on August 1960. They were recognized as the first AWA champions when the AWA withdrew from the NWA and recognized its own champions.
2


Hard Boiled Haggerty and Len Montana / Gene Kiniski
1


01960-10-04October 4, 1960 231Minneapolis, MinnesotaLive eventMontana suffered a broken leg in a match against Verne Gagne. On March 18, 1961, Haggerty chose Kiniski as his new partner.
3


Leo Nomellini and Wilbur Snyder
1


01961-05-23May 23, 1961 57Minneapolis, MinnesotaLive event
4


Hard Boiled Haggerty and Gene Kiniski
2


01961-07-19July 19, 1961 20St. Paul, MinnesotaLive event
-


Vacated
-


01961-08-08August 8, 1961 0N/ALive event Title vacated after Haggerty and Kiniski split up when Haggerty's interference in a cage match between Kiniski and Verne Gagne backfires.
5


Hard Boiled Haggerty (3) and Bob Geigel
1


01961-09-26September 26, 1961 51St. Paul, MinnesotaLive eventHaggerty defeated Kiniski for control of the titles and chose Geigel as his new partner.
6


Pat Kennedy and Dale Lewis
1


01961-11-16November 16, 1961 7Rochester, MinnesotaLive event
7


Bob Geigel (2) and Otto Von Krupp
1


01961-11-23November 23, 1961 39††Rochester, MinnesotaLive event
-


Vacated
-


January 19620N/AN/ATitle vacated when Von Krupp was injured.
8


Larry Hennig and Duke Hoffman
1


01962-01-15January 15, 1962 29St. Paul, MinnesotaLive eventDefeated Ivan and Nikita Kalmikoff in a tournament final.
9


Bob Geigel (3) and Stan Kowalski (2)
1


01962-02-13February 13, 1962 47††Minneapolis, MinnesotaLive event
10


The Neilsons
(Art Neilson and Stan Neilson)
1


April 1962259Cincinnati, OhioN/AThis was a "phantom" title change, as no match actually took place.
11


Mr. High and Mr. Low
1


01962-12-16December 16, 1962 16St. Paul, MinnesotaLive event
12


The Kalmikoffs
(Ivan Kalmikoff and Karol Kalmikoff)
1


01963-01-01January 1, 1963 231Minneapolis, MinnesotaLive event
13


The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser
1


01963-08-20August 20, 1963 173Minneapolis, MinnesotaLive event
14


Moose Evans and Verne Gagne
1


01964-02-09February 9, 1964 14Minneapolis, MinnesotaLive event
15


The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser
2


01964-02-23February 23, 1964 342St. Paul, MinnesotaLive event
16


Larry Hennig (2) and Harley Race
1


01965-01-30January 30, 1965 175Minneapolis, MinnesotaLive event
17


The Crusher (3) and Verne Gagne (2)
1


01965-07-24July 24, 1965 14Minneapolis, MinnesotaLive event
18


Larry Hennig (3) and Harley Race
2


01965-08-07August 7, 1965 294Minneapolis, MinnesotaLive event
19


The Crusher (4) and Dick the Bruiser
3


01966-05-28May 28, 1966 223Minneapolis, MinnesotaLive event
20


Larry Hennig (4) / Chris Markoff and Harley Race
3


01967-01-06January 6, 1967 308Chicago, IllinoisLive eventOn November 1, 1967, Markoff replaced Hennig, who had his leg broken by Verne Gagne in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
21


Pat O'Connor and Wilbur Snyder (2)
1


01967-11-10November 10, 1967 22Chicago, IllinoisLive event
22


Mitsu Arakawa and Dr. Moto
1


01967-12-02December 2, 1967 392Chicago, IllinoisLive event
23


The Crusher (5) and Dick the Bruiser
4


01968-12-28December 28, 1968 245Chicago, IllinoisLive event
24


The Vachons
(Butcher Vachon and Mad Dog Vachon)
1


01969-08-30August 30, 1969 623Chicago, IllinoisLive event
25


Red Bastien and Hercules Cortez / The Crusher (6)
1


01971-05-15May 15, 1971 250Milwaukee, WisconsinLive event In August 1971, Bastien chose The Crusher as his new partner after Cortez was killed in a car accident on July 23 near St. Cloud, Minnesota.
26


Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens
1


01972-01-20January 20, 1972 345Denver, ColoradoLive event
27


Verne Gagne (3) and Billy Robinson
1


01972-12-30December 30, 1972 7Minneapolis, MinnesotaLive event
28


Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens
2


01973-01-06January 6, 1973 561St. Paul, MinnesotaLive event
29


The Crusher (7) and Billy Robinson (2)
1


01974-07-21July 21, 1974 95Green Bay, WisconsinLive event
30


Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens
3


01974-10-24October 24, 1974 296Winnipeg, ManitobaLive event
31


The Crusher (8) and Dick the Bruiser
5


01975-08-16August 16, 1975 342Chicago, IllinoisLive event
32


Bobby Duncum and Blackjack Lanza
1


01976-07-23July 23, 1976 349Chicago, IllinoisLive event
33


The High Flyers
(Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne)
1


01977-07-07July 7, 1977 443Winnipeg, ManitobaLive event
34


Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens (4)
1


01978-09-23September 23, 1978 256N/AN/AAwarded the titles when Brunzell was injured in a charity softball game.
35


Verne Gagne (4) and Mad Dog Vachon (2)
1


01979-06-06June 6, 1979 410Winnipeg, ManitobaLive event
36


The East-West Connection
(Adrian Adonis and Jesse Ventura)
1


01980-07-20July 20, 1980 329Denver, ColoradoLive eventWon by forfeit when Gagne no-showed scheduled defence.
37


The High Flyers
2


01981-06-14June 14, 1981 742Green Bay, WisconsinLive event
38


The Sheiks
(Jerry Blackwell and Ken Patera)
1


01983-06-26June 26, 1983 315Minneapolis, MinnesotaLive event
39


The Crusher (9) and Baron Von Raschke
1


01984-05-06May 6, 1984 111Green Bay, WisconsinLive event
40


The Road Warriors
(Animal and Hawk)
1


01984-08-25August 25, 1984 400Las Vegas, NevadaLive event
41


Jimmy Garvin and Steve Regal
1


01985-09-29September 29, 1985 111St. Paul, MinnesotaLive event
42


Scott Hall and Curt Hennig
1


01986-01-18January 18, 1986 119Albuquerque, New MexicoLive event
43


Buddy Rose and Doug Somers
1


01986-05-17May 17, 1986 255Hammond, IndianaAWA All-Star Wrestling
44


The Midnight Rockers
(Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels)
1


01987-01-27January 27, 1987 118St. Paul, MinnesotaLive event
45


Soldat Ustinov and Boris Zhukov / Doug Somers (2)
1


01987-05-25May 25, 1987 139Lake Tahoe, NevadaLive eventSomers replaced Zhukov on October 1987 after he jumped to the WWF.
46


Bill Dundee and Jerry Lawler
1


01987-10-11October 11, 1987 8Memphis, TennesseeLive event (Continental Wrestling Association)
47


Dr. D and Hector Guerrero
1


01987-10-19October 19, 1987 7Memphis, Tennessee Live event (Continental Wrestling Association)
48


Bill Dundee and Jerry Lawler
2


01987-10-26October 26, 1987 4Memphis, TennesseeLive event (Continental Wrestling Association)
49


The Midnight Express
(Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose)
1


01987-10-30October 30, 1987 58Whitewater, WisconsinAWA Championship Wrestling
50


The Midnight Rockers
2


01987-12-27December 27, 1987 83Las Vegas, NevadaAWA Championship WrestlingTitles were held up on February 15, 1988, after a controversial match with The Rock 'n' Roll Express in Memphis. The Rockers won a rematch on February 22, 1988, also in Memphis, but this was never recognized and they remain two-time champions.
51


Badd Company
(Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka)
1


01988-03-19March 19, 1988 371Las Vegas, NevadaAWA Championship Wrestling
52


The Olympians
(Ken Patera (2) and Brad Rheingans)
1


01989-03-25March 25, 1989 177Rochester, MinnesotaAWA Championship Wrestling
-


Vacated
-


01989-09-18September 18, 1989 0N/AN/ATitle vacated when Patera was injured.
53


The Destruction Crew
(Wayne Bloom and Mike Enos)
1


01989-10-01October 1, 1989 314Rochester, MinnesotaAWA Championship WrestlingDefeated Paul Diamond and Greg Gagne in a tournament final.
54


DJ Peterson and The Trooper
1


01990-08-11August 11, 1990 143††Rochester, MinnesotaAWA Championship Wrestling
-


Title retired.
-


January 19910N/AN/AAWA closes.

There are no records of the day the reign began, only the month so the first day of the month is counted.

††There are no records of the day the reign ended, only the month so the first day of the month is counted.

List of top combined reigns

By team

Rank Team # Of Reigns Combined Days
1.The Crusher and Dick the Bruiser51,325
2.Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens31,202
3.The High Flyers (Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne)21,185
4.Harley Race and Larry Hennig / Chris Markoff* 3777
5.Butcher and Mad Dog Vachon1623
6.Verne Gagne and Mad Dog Vachon1410
7.Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk) 1400
8.Mitsu Arakawa and Dr. Moto 1392
9.Badd Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka)1371
10.Bobby Duncum and Blackjack Lanza1349
11.The East-West Connection (Adrian Adonis and Jesse Ventura)1329
12.The Sheiks (Jerry Blackwell and Ken Patera) 1315
13.The Destruction Crew (Wayne Bloom and Mike Enos) 1314
14.Art and Stan Nielson 1259
15.Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens 1256
16.Buddy Rose and Doug Somers 1255
17.Red Bastien and Hercules Cortez/The Crusher* 1250

*Chris Markoff replaced Larry Hennig in their third reign. *The Crusher replaced Hercules Cortez after Cortez died.

By wrestler

Rank Wrestler # Of Reigns Combined Days
1.The Crusher91,717
2.Ray Stevens41,458
3.Dick the Bruiser51,325
4.Nick Bockwinkel31,202
5.Jim Brunzell21,185
5.Greg Gagne21,185
7.Mad Dog Vachon21,033
8.Larry Hennig4797
9.Harley Race3777
10.Butcher Vachon1623

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