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The WSL World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship in the Wrestling Superstars Live promotion. It was originally known as the AWA Superstars of Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship.

History

In 1996, Dale Gagner and his associate Jonnie Stewart, former American Wrestling Association (AWA) employees, began using the AWA name in the state of Minnesota and formed an organization known as AWA Superstars of Wrestling, infringing on the AWA name. Finally, in April 2007 World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) filed a lawsuit against Dale Gagner and Jonnie Stewart, citing trademark infringement, as WWE owned all American Wrestling Association properties due to their purchase after the AWA's closure.

In October 2008, the court ruled in favor of WWE. The court ruling prohibits Gagner and his associate from exploiting or trading on the AWA name or any other derivatives. As a result, the organization was renamed to Wrestling Superstars Live. Due to there being no connection to the American Wrestling Association, Wrestling Superstars Live championship reigns are recognized from 1996 and forward.

Current champion

The current recognized WSL World Heavyweight Champion is Keith Walker. He defeated Ricky Landell for the title on February 21, 2009 in Michigan City, Indianamarker.

Title history

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Jonnie Stewart 1 June 6, 1996 Rochester, Minnesotamarker
King Kong Bundy 1 March 31, 1999 Oshkosh, Wisconsinmarker
The Patriot

(Danny Dominion)
1 July 29, 2000 Pine Bluff, Arkansasmarker
Ricky Enrique 1 July 29, 2000 Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Eric Priest 1 June 3, 2001 Hillside, Illinoismarker
Evan Karagias 1 March 22, 2002 Casa Grande, Arizonamarker
Horshu 1 October 12, 2002 Mercedes, Texasmarker
Evan Karagias 2 July 6, 2003 Lemoore, California
Takao Ōmori 1 February 15, 2005 Tokyo, Japanmarker
Steve Corino 1 June 11, 2005 Bay City, Michiganmarker
Shinjiro Otani 1 January 22, 2006 Tokyo, Japan
Takao Ōmori 2 April 1, 2006 Tokyo, Japan
Ric Converse 1 June 14, 2006 Indianapolis, Indianamarker
Steve Corino 2 January 7, 2007 Pottstown, Pennsylvaniamarker
Takao Ōmori 3 March 31, 2007 Yokohama, Japan
Masato Tanaka 1 October 26, 2007 Tokyo, Japan
Tanaka is stripped of the title on December 10, 2007, when the Zero1 severs ties with AWA Superstars of Wrestling. Tanaka is still recognized as AWA Superstars of Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion in Japan, the title is called the Zero1 World Heavyweight Championship in the US.
Larry Zbyszko 1* February 5, 2008 Minneapolis, Minnesotamarker
Brian Logan # April 20, 2008 Fayetteville, West Virginiamarker
Larry Zbyszko 1*
Ricky Landell 1 October 11, 2008 Indianapolis, Indianamarker
Keith Walker 1 February 21, 2009 Michigan City, Indianamarker


* Wrestling Superstars Live considers Zbyszko's reign before and his reign after his loss to Brian Logan to be one continuous reign.

† Unofficial title changes not recognized by Wrestling Superstars Live.

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