GCW United States Title

The GCW United States Title was the original secondary singles title in Global Championship Wrestling. The title was introduced on March 30, 1963 in a 8-man tournament. The title was scrapped on March 18, 1975.

1 Title History

1.1 Names

Name Years
GCW United States Title 1963-1975

1.2 Reigns

# Wrestler Reigns Date Days Held Location Event Notes
1 Danny Hodge 1 March 30, 1963 56 Baltimore, MD Live event This was the finals of a 8-man tournament. Hodge defeated The Sheik in the finals.
2 Gene Kiniski 1 May 25, 1963 196 Washington, DC Live event -
3 Bobo Brazil 1 December 7, 1963 28 New York, NY Live event -
4 Ernie Ladd 1 January 4, 1964 196 Washington, DC Live event -
5 Danny Hodge 2 July 18, 1964 56 New York, NY Live event -
6 Ernie Ladd 2 September 12, 1964 224 New York, NY Live event On January 30, 1965 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Edouard Carpentier defeated Ernie Ladd by countout. Due to the crowd nearly rioting, referee Greg Massie handed Carpentier the United States Title, though he is not officially recognized as a champion.
7 Edouard Carpentier 1 April 24, 1965 252 New York, NY Live event Ernie Ladd's manager, Jack Davis, was suspended in a cage above the ring for this match.
8 Luke Graham 1 January 1, 1966 476 Boston, MA Live event -
9 Antonio Inoki 1 April 22, 1967 140 Baltimore, MD Live event -
10 Luke Graham 2 September 9, 1967 196 New York, NY Live event -
- Vacant - March 23, 1968 - Baltimore, MD Live event Luke Graham vacated the title to focus on winning the World Title.
11 Chief Jay Strongbow 1 March 23, 1968 280 Baltimore, MD Live event Strongbow won an 18-man battle royal to win the vacant title, lastly eliminating Ernie Ladd.
12 The Sheik 1 December 28, 1968 182 New York, NY Live event -
13 Pedro Morales 1 June 28, 1969 14 Boston, MA Live event The Princess, The Sheik's manager, threw in the towel, thus awarding this match to Morales.
14 Johnny Valentine 1 July 12, 1969 168 New York, NY Live event Pedro Morales vacated the title after being unable to compete in a scheduled title defense against The Sheik. Johnny Valentine was named the top contender and wrestled The Sheik for the vacant championship.
15 Pedro Morales 2 December 27, 1969 112 New York, NY Live event -
16 Johnny Valentine 2 April 18, 1970 112 New York, NY Live event -
17 Dory Funk Jr. 1 August 8, 1970 28 New York, NY Live event -
18 Johnny Valentine 3 September 5, 1970 131 Toronto, ON, CA Live event -
19 Karl Gotch 1 January 14, 1971 275 Washington, DC Live event -
20 Wahoo McDaniel 1 October 16, 1971 277 New York, NY Live event -
21 Pedro Morales 3 July 19, 1972 54 New York, NY Live event -
22 Billy Robinson 1 September 11, 1972 135 Greensboro, NC Live event -
23 Billy Graham 1 January 24, 1973 335 Boston, MA Live event -
24 Luke Graham 3 December 25, 1973 142 New York, NY Live event -
25 Harley Race 1 May 16, 1974 242 Baltimore, MD Live event -
- Vacant - January 13, 1975 - Baltimore, MD Live event Harley Race was stripped of the title after winning the World Title.
26 Dory Funk Jr. 2 January 13, 1975 64 Baltimore, MD Live event Funk Jr. won a 16-man battle royal to win the vacant title, lastly eliminating Nikolai Volkoff. After a match with Volkoff on March 18, 1975 ended in a double pin, the US Title was declared vacant and subsequently scrapped and replaced by the Intercontinental Title.

2 List of top combined reigns

(does not include current reign)

Rank Wrestler # of Reigns Combined Days
1 Luke Graham 3 814
2 Ernie Ladd 2 420
3 Johnny Valentine 3 411
4 Billy Graham 1 335
5 Chief Jay Strongbow 1 280
6 Wahoo McDaniel 1 277
7 Karl Gotch 1 275
8 Edouard Carpentier 1 252
9 Harley Race 1 242
10 Gene Kiniski 1 196
11 The Sheik 1 182
12 Pedro Morales 3 180
13 Antonio Inoki 1 140
14 Billy Robinson 1 135
15 Danny Hodge 2 112
16 Dory Funk Jr. 2 82
17 Bobo Brazil 1 28
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