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The WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship and the top title contested for in the Puerto Rican professional wrestling promotion, the World Wrestling Council. The championship was established in July 1982, as the WWC World Heavyweight Championship, when the company was named Capitol Sports Promotions. The championship received its current name following a match between Carlos Colón (WWC Heavyweight Champion) and Ric Flair (NWA World Heavyweight Champion) where the "champion of the universe" was supposed to be determined. The first champion was Abdullah the Butcher, who was billed as champion upon the title's creation. Since being established the Universal Championship has been possessed by thirty-eight different wrestlers. Its has also been held up on nineteen occasions and vacated or stripped eleven times.


The Universal Championship was first introduced as the WWC World Heavyweight Championship, when it was awarded to Abdullah the Butcher, after he won a "tournament" that supposedly took place in Japanmarker. The tournament was part of a storyline and was used to relate to Abdullah's previous run in All Japan Pro Wrestling. Three days later Carlos Colón became the first local wrestler to win the championship. During the championship's first years Colón would defend the championship successfully against several international wrestlers, only losing it when a "feud angle" was being promoted.

During December 1983, Capitol Sports Promotions gave a significant amount of promotion to an angle between Ric Flair and Carlos Colón. At the moment when the feud happened Colón was the WWC World Heavyweight Champion and Flair was the NWA World Heavyweight Champion. The angle included a spot where Flair would criticize Capitol's championship claiming that he was the only "real world champion". This led to a match on December 18, 1983 where both wrestler's competed in an event organized Bayamón, Puerto Ricomarker. The match was billed as a fight to determine the "undisputed champion of the Universe", and it took place inside a steel cage. Flair lost the match and Colón was declared the "undisputed champion of the Universe", in the process the championship was renamed to Universal Heavyweight Championship. February 17, 1985 marked the first time that the championship's holder changed outside of Puerto Rico, when Dory Funk, Jr. won it. After a rematch ended in a draw, the title was held up for the first time since its foundation. After Colon defeated Flair in he would go on several undefeated streaks, this lasted until Funk "injured" him in a match which led the championship being vacated for the first time.

He subsequently competed in a tournament to determine the new champion where he won it for a fifth time. After this he was involved in an angle where Hercules Ayala turned on him and won the championship. This led to the organization of several matches, before he won it on a rematch. Sadistic Steve Strong was the next champion, upon his entrance to the company he was billed as a "satanic heel". Both wrestlers traded the title until it was held up and won by Colón (in what marked his tenth title reign) who held it until December 17, 1989, when he lost it to Leo Burke.

Following this Burke would go on to feud with Juan Rivera who at the time was referred to as "TNT". Both wrestlers had been involved in a mid-card feud prior to this. Rivera won the championship on February 9, 1990, eventually losing it to Abdullah the Butcher, who lost it to Colon. The title was held up numerous times on 1991, as part of feuds between Colon, Greg Valentine and Dino Bravo.

On August 1, 1993 Colón announced that he was retiring, vacating the championship in the process. Following this a tournament was scheduled to determine a new champion. On August 8, 1993, the final took place when Greg Valentine defeated the Invader to become the new champion, which led to a feud between both men. During this time Invader was part of the booking team and was interested in giving Ray González a push as the company's top face. Then on April 24, 1994 Invader was supposed to challenge Valentine for the championship but was replaced by Gonzalez following a "injury". Gonzalez won the match and became the championship in an unexpected result. Gonzalez wasn't well received as a face and lost the championship to Dutch Mantel on June 22, 1994. This led to an angle between Mantel and Colon who won the championship a sixteenth time. He was subsequently involved in a feud with Mabel., in which both wrestlers had a reing, which Colón eventually ended with Abdulla the Butcher winning the championship and engaging in a feud with Bronco. Who won the championship on March 23, 1996. This led to a feud with Colón who defeated Bronco in a retirement vs. deportation match. After this Colon retained the championship, with it being held up once during this period. On June 25, 1996 Jesus Castillo, Jr. won the title while working a tour in Puerto Rico when he was part of Los Boricuas. Castillo dropped the title back to Colón on the last date of this tour. Colón was then involved in angles with El Nene and Jim Steele with both of the winning the title once before dropping it back. Following this Colón announced a semi-retirement and vacated the championship. A tournament was held with Gonzalez winning it again.

During this run Ray was pushed and his adversaries tried to put him over. This was followed by an angle where Gonzalez and Colón would experience trouble and after Gonzalez lost and regained the title against El Nene, both had a feud where Colón won the championship for a twenty-third time, but ended up losing it back to Ray the following day. Gonzalez defended the title until November 26, 1998 when Glamour Boy Shane won it, losing it to Gonzalez two days after. Over the course of three months Ray lost and regained the title against Colón again. This year the World Wrestling Council ran an invasion angle where personnel from Asistencia Asesoría y Administración wrested in the company, this led to a feud between Pierroth, Jr. and Gonzalez, this led to a hair vs. mask match for the championship, where Gonzalez won and Pierroth was forced to remove his mask. The following day Pierroth won the championship, this feud ended in a "loser leaves WWC" match that Gonzalez won and won the championship a ninth time. Soon after this Gonzalez was involved in an angle where [[Carly Colón made his debut in wrestling, eventually helping Colon win the championship for the last occasion in his career.

Gonzalez would win the championship back on January 6, 2000. This was followed by an angle that saw Carly win the title. The feud continued with Gonzalez bringing foreign wrestlers to challenge him for the title, among whom were Curt Hennig and Jerry Flynn who won the title eventually losing it to Bronco, who lost to Ray shortly after. Gonzlez was then involved in a feud where he retained against El Super Gladiador, during which the title was held up once. Carly won the championship back on the last show of 2001, which took place on December 1, 2001. This time he feuded with Vampiro who won the title once, with the title being subsequently held up and finally being won by Colón again. After this he was involved with Konnan who won and dropped the championship in a day. By this time Gonzalez left WWC and Carly was matched against Chicky Starr who won the championship and had a short run until losing it back. Carly's final feud before signing with World Wrestling Entertainment was against Sabu with both men trading the championship once.

When Carly left to Ohio Valley Wrestling a tournament was scheluded, where Lighting won the championship. He feuded with Thunder for some time and would go on to lost the championship to El Diamante on September 13, 2003. Diamante lost the championship losing it to Carly who was on a temporal stay with the company losing it to Abdullah the Butcher on the final days of his stay. The wrestler didn't defend the title many times, however, and it was vacated. Bronco won a tournament organized for the championship and lost it to Eddie Colón, leading to a feud between both. Eddie was pushed and defended against Jim Steele, Abyss and Abdullah the Butcher with the championship being held up only once. This led to a feud with El Diamante where both traded the championship before El Diamante left the company. During this time Bryan debuted with the company and on the championship shortly after, getting involved in a feud with Glamour Boy Shane who won it on the company's anniversary event on November 6, 2005.

The IWA's unification of the "Capitol World Heavyweight Championship"

Blitz holds the championships, with the "Capitol Heavyweight Championship" on the foreground
On December 15, 2007 Scott Hall failed to attend a title defense which led to the local box and wrestling commission's decision to vacate the championship and award it to the number one contender, who at the moment was Biggie Size. On December 29, 2007, the Universal championship was announced as "held-up" following the events where Biggie Size was declared the champion following Hall's absence to Lockout. The commission's decision was announced during the company's holiday recess and Biggie Size still retained physical possession of the championship belt. On January 6, 2008, Hector Melendez, who had been managing La Rabia, the stable where Biggie Size performed, abandoned the company citing differences with the company's personnel. Following Melendez's exit from the company, La Rabia abandoned the company as well, no-showing the special event scheduled for January 6, 2008. That same night, Biggie Size appeared at the International Wrestling Association's Histeria Boricua event, with the championship belt still in his possession and challenged Blitz, the current IWA World Heavyweight Champion to a unification match. The match took place later in the event with Blitz winning both belts. Following this match WWC's merchandise manager, Jose Roberto Rodríguez, who had been allowed entry into the building, publicly demanded that the belt was returned to WWC personnel. However, by this time, the IWA's personnel had replaced the belt with Revolution X-Treme Wrestling's championship belt (which was in Savio Vega's possession) and had transferred the Universal Championship to a secure location. This led to a discussion between personnel from both companies and Rodríguez's expulsion from the event. After the events conclusion, police officers were contacted but the IWA retained physical possession of the championship. The belt was returned to WWC personnel following an ultimatum, which claimed that the company would take legal action if it wasn't returned within forty-eight hours. Both the International Wrestling Association and the National Wrestling Alliance recognized the unification match, however, and considered Blitz the first Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion in Puerto Rico.

Tournament and belt design

WWC organized a tournament to determine the next champion. Eliminatories for this event lasted for six months, using a points system to select the finalists. The final was held on July 19, 2008, at Aniversario 2008, with a match between Noriega and Orlando Colón. A new belt was introduced, while the former design was awarded to Carlos Colón who held a retirement ceremony at the event. Noriega won the event by pinfall. After 36 days with the title, he left the company while still the champion, signing a contract with a promotion named EWO. Shorly after, EWO folded and Noriega returned to the IWA, while still holding physical possession of the title. This forced to company to return to the former design, with Ray Gonzalez being the first to claim it in oder to fill the vacancy. At Aniversario 2009, Noriega returned to the company with the second belt and was included in an angle with the holder of the original belt, BJ. A first unification match was held at Summer Madness, with both titles being held up following a controversial finish. On September 26, 2009, Noriega was booked to defeat BJ, winning both belts and unifying the title, holding it for a day before dropping them to Shane Sewell.On November 1, 2009, Sewell and the incumbent IWA Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion, Joe Bravo, performed in a Dominican Wrestling Entertainment event, with Bravo's DWE Dominican National Championship being held up after the creative team booked a no contest. This marked the first instance that the two major champions worked together while holding full recognition by both promotions.

Title history

: indicates reigns and title changes not recognized by WWC.
Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Abdullah the Butcher 1 July 21, 1982 San Juan, Puerto Ricomarker Abdullah was billed as the WWC World Heavyweight Champion upon arrival and later billed as having defeated Antonio Inoki on June 20 in Okinawa, Japanmarker to win the title.
Carlos Colón 1 July 24, 1982 San Juan, Puerto Ricomarker
Ox Baker 1 April 23, 1983 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Carlos Colón 2 May 14, 1983 San Juan, Puerto Rico Following this event the title was renamed to the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship
Dory Funk, Jr. 1 February 27, 1985 Bangor, Mainemarker At an International Championship Wrestling event. This marked the first (and, to date, only) time that the title changed hands outside of Puerto Rico.
Title held up May 18, 1985 Bayamón, Puerto Ricomarker Held up after a match against Carlos Colón.
Carlos Colón 3 June 15, 1985 San Juan, Puerto Rico Won rematch against Dory Funk, Jr.
Title held up September 21, 1985 San Juan, Puerto Rico Held up after a match against Abdullah the Butcher.
Carlos Colón 4 October 19, 1985 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Won rematch against Abdullah the Butcher.
Vacated April 30, 1986 The title was vacated when Colón was injured.
Carlos Colón 5 September 21, 1986 San Juan, Puerto Rico Defeated Terry Funk in a tournament final.
Hercules Ayala 1 July 18, 1987 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Carlos Colón 6 September 20, 1987 Ponce, Puerto Ricomarker
Hercules Ayala 2 February 13, 1988 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Carlos Colón 7 April 9, 1988 Caguas, Puerto Ricomarker
Hercules Ayala 3 July 23, 1988 Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Stripped August 24, 1988 Ayala was stripped of the title after attacking Carlos Colón's wife during a banquet.
Ron Garvin 1 November 24, 1988 Carolina, Puerto Ricomarker Defeated Carlos Colón in a tournament final.
Carlos Colón 8 December 12, 1988 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Steve Strong 1 May 27, 1989 Caguas, Puerto Rico
Carlos Colón 9 October 7, 1989 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Title held up October 28, 1989 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Held up after a match against Steve Strong.
Carlos Colón 10 November 23, 1989 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Defeated Strong in a rematch.
Leo Burke 1 December 17, 1989 Mayagüez, Puerto Ricomarker
TNT 1 February 9, 1990 Caguas, Puerto Ricomarker
Abdullah the Butcher 2 March 24, 1990 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Carlos Colón 11 March 31, 1990 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Title held up December 15, 1990 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Held up after a match involving Greg Valentine.
Carlos Colón 12 February 2, 1991 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Defeated Valentine in a rematch.
Title held up October 5, 1991 Carolina, Puerto Rico Held up after a match against Dino Bravo.
Carlos Colón 13 November 2, 1991 Carolina, Puerto Rico Defeated Bravo in a rematch.
Ron Garvin 2 February 1, 1992 Caguas, Puerto Rico
Carlos Colón 14 April 4, 1992 Caguas, Puerto Rico
Invader I 1 August 8, 1992 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Abdullah the Butcher 3 September 19, 1992 Carolina, Puerto Rico
Invader I 2 September 23, 1992 Awarded the title when decision of the September 19 match is overturned because of outside interefence by Dick Murdoch.
Title held up October 10, 1992 Ponce, Puerto Rico Held up after a match against Dick Murdoch.
Dick Murdoch 1 October 25, 1992 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Defeated the Invader in a rematch.
Carlos Colón 15 November 28, 1992 Manatí, Puerto Rico
Vacated August 1, 1993 Colón retired.
Greg Valentine 1 August 8, 1993 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Defeated Invader I in a tournament final.
Ray González 1 April 24, 1994 Caguas, Puerto Rico
Dutch Mantel 1 June 22, 1994 Toa Alta, Puerto Rico
Carlos Colón 16 August 6, 1994 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Title held up December 15, 1995 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Held up after a match against Mabel.
Carlos Colón 17 January 6, 1996 Caguas, Puerto Rico Defeated Mabel in a rematch.
Mabel 1 January 7, 1996 San Germán, Puerto Ricomarker
Abdullah the Butcher 4 February 10, 1996 Caguas, Puerto Rico
El Bronco 1 March 23, 1996 Caguas, Puerto Rico
Carlos Colón 18 April 20, 1996 Caguas, Puerto Rico
Title held up May 25, 1996 Caguas, Puerto Rico Held up after a match against Mr. Hughes.
Carlos Colón 19 June 15, 1996 Caguas, Puerto Rico Defeated Hughes in a rematch.
Huracán Castillo 1 October 19, 1996 Humacao, Puerto Ricomarker
Carlos Colón 20 October 23, 1996 Awarded by official decision.
El Nene 1 February 22, 1997 Ponce, Puerto Rico
Carlos Colón 21 March 9, 1997 Humacao, Puerto Rico
Title held up March 22, 1997 Yabucoa, Puerto Ricomarker Held up after a match against Jim Steele.
Carlos Colón 22 April 5, 1997 Caguas, Puerto Rico
Vacated May 11, 1997 Cabo Rojo, Puerto Ricomarker
Ray Gonzalez 2 August 13, 1997 Humacao, Puerto Rico Defeated Tom Brandi in a tournament final.
Title held up February 1, 1998 Manatí, Puerto Rico Held up after a match against Fidel Sierra.
Ray Gonzalez 3 February 14, 1998 Caguas, Puerto Rico Defeated Sierra in a rematch.
El Nene 2 March 29, 1998 Gurabo, Puerto Ricomarker
Stripped May 9, 1998 El Nene was stripped of the title for using a foreign object.
Ray Gonzalez 4 May 9, 1998 Awarded.
Carlos Colón 23 August 1, 1998 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Ray Gonzalez 5 August 2, 1998 Mayagüez, Puerto Rico Defeated Colón in rematch.
Glamour Boy Shane 1 November 26, 1998 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Ray Gonzalez 6 November 28, 1998 Guaynabo, Puerto Ricomarker
Carlos Colón 24 January 6, 1999 Caguas, Puerto Rico
Stripped January 9, 1999 Colón was stripped of the title for using an illegal object against the referee and against Gonzalez.
Ray Gonzalez 7 January 9, 1999 Awarded.
Title held up March 27, 1999 Guaynabo, Puerto Rico Held up after a match against Pierroth, Jr.
Ray Gonzalez 8 April 3, 1999 Guaynabo, Puerto Rico Defeated Pierroth Jr. in a rematch.
Pierroth, Jr. 1 April 4, 1999 San Germán, Puerto Rico
Ray Gonzalez 9 April 17, 1999 Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Carlos Colón 25 August 14, 1999 Caguas, Puerto Rico
Title held up November 13, 1999 Naguabo, Puerto Rico Held up after a match against Ray Gonzalez.
Carlos Colón 26 November 27, 1999 Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Ray Gonzalez 10 January 8, 2000 Fajardo, Puerto Ricomarker
Carly Colón 1 January 29, 2000 Carolina, Puerto Rico
Ray Gonzalez 11 February 19, 2000 Carolina, Puerto Rico
Carly Colón 2 July 16, 2000 Caguas, Puerto Rico
Curt Hennig 1 September 30, 2000 Caguas, Puerto Rico
Title held up October 4, 2000 Held up after a match against Carly Colón.
Carly Colón 3 November 25, 2000 Carolina, Puerto Rico Defeated Hennig in a rematch.
Jerry Flynn 1 February 17, 2001 Manatí, Puerto Rico
El Bronco 2 March 3, 2001 Carolina, Puerto Rico
Ray Gonzalez 12 March 31, 2001 Carolina, Puerto Rico
Title held up June 16, 2001 Carolina, Puerto Rico Held up after a match against Super Gladiador.
Ray Gonzalez 13 July 7, 2001 Carolina, Puerto Rico Defeated Super Gladiador in a rematch.
Carly Colón 4 December 1, 2001 Caguas, Puerto Rico
Vacated April 6, 2002 Carly Colón surrendered the title to Vampiro, following a controversial match between the two.
Vampiro 1 April 6, 2002
Title held up April 6, 2002 Held up by official decision.
Carly Colón 5 April 13, 2002 Fajardo, Puerto Rico Defeated Vampiro for the held up title.
Konnan 1 November 2, 2002 San Sebastián, Puerto Rico
Carly Colón 6 November 23, 2002 Las Piedras, Puerto Ricomarker
Chicky Starr 1 January 11, 2003 Morovis, Puerto Ricomarker
Carly Colón 7 February 1, 2003 Humacao, Puerto Rico
Sabu 1 March 15, 2003 Carolina, Puerto Rico
Carly Colón 8 May 31, 2003 Carolina, Puerto Rico
Title held up June 7, 2003 Cayey, Puerto Ricomarker Held up after a match against El Bronco.
Carly Colón 9 June 14, 2003 Cataño, Puerto Ricomarker Defeated El Bronco in a rematch.
Vacated June 27, 2003 Vacated when Carly Colón signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment.
Lightning 1 July 18, 2003 Guayama, Puerto Rico Defeated Eddie Colón in a tournament final.
Dominican Boy 1 September 13, 2003 Yabucoa, Puerto Ricomarker
Carly Colón 10 December 20, 2003 Caguas, Puerto Rico
Abdullah the Butcher 4 January 3, 2004 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Vacated September 11, 2004
El Bronco 3 September 25, 2004 Carolina, Puerto Rico Defeated Huracan Castillo in a tournament final.
Eddie Colón 1 November 6, 2004 Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Title held up December 11, 2004 Caguas, Puerto Rico
Eddie Colón 2 January 6, 2005 Caguas, Puerto Rico Defeated Titus for the held up title.
El Diamante 2 May 28, 2005 Gurabo, Puerto Ricomarker
Eddie Colón 3 July 16, 2005 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Title held up September 9, 2005 Manatí, Puerto Rico
La Amenaza Bryan 1 September 11, 2005 Sabana Grande, Puerto Ricomarker
Glamour Boy Shane 2 November 6, 2005 Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
La Amenazá Bryan 2 February 4, 2006 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Stripped March 25, 2006 Bryan was stripped for failing to defend the title.
Black Pain 1 March 25, 2006 Carolina, Puerto Rico Defeated Lance Hoyt in the finals of a tournament.
La Amenaza Bryan 3 August 12, 2006 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Title Vacant September 20, 2006 Amenaza Bryan was stripped of the title after leaving the company due to payment and creative differences.
Abbad 1 September 30, 2006 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Won a tournament final to determine the new champion
Jon Heidenreich 1 October 28, 2006 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Carlito 11 December 16, 2006 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Jon Heidenreich 2 December 16, 2006 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Carlito was stripped of the belt due to his WWE commitments.
Eddie Colón 4 January 6, 2007 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Alofa The Samoan Tank 1 March 17, 2007 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Apollo 1 May 12, 2007 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Eddie Colón 5 May 19, 2007 Manatí, Puerto Rico Colón participated in a Battle Royal where Apolo defended the championship
Apollo 2 June 10, 2007 Yauco, Puerto Rico
Razor Ramon 1 July 14, 2007 Mayaguez, Puerto Rico Won a three way match that included Carlito and Apollo
Biggie Size 1 December 15, 2007 Caguas, Puerto Rico Won the title by forefit when Scott Hall failed to show up and Biggie Size pinned Moddy Melendez
Title held up December 29, 2007 Announced on a spot during television programming, the decision was not officially announced by the company and the incumbent retained custody of the championship
Vacant January 6, 2008 San Juan, Puerto Rico The title was vacated when Biggie Size didn't attend a title match, instead choosing to participate in a unification match against the International Wrestling Association's heavyweight champion
Blitz 1 January 6, 2008 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Blitz defeated Biggie Size in a unification match and became the first Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion in Puerto Rico that is recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance
Noriega 1 July 19, 2008 San Juan, Puerto Rico Defeated Orlando Colón in a tournament final
Vacant August 25, 2008 Vacated when Noriega leaves the company; decision announced during television segment.
Ray González 14 September 21, 2008 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Defeated Shane to win the vacant title.
Steve Corino 1 February 8, 2009 Naguabo, Puerto Rico
BJ 1 July 11, 2009 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Defeated Steve Corino at Aniversario 2009.
Title held up August 15, 2009 Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Noriega 2 September 26, 2009 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Defeated BJ to become the first ever WWC Unified Universal Heavyweight Champion at Septiembre Negro.
Glamour Boy Shane 3 September 27, 2009 Aguadilla, Puerto Rico Defeated BJ, Noriega and Orlando Colón.


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