GCW World Title

The GCW World Title is the top singles title in Global Championship Wrestling. The title was introduced on the very first card produced by GCW on January 5, 1963 in a 16-man tournament. Due to the caliber of wrestlers in the initial tournament, the GCW World Title was granted official World Title status from the very beginning.

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1 Title History

1.1 Names

Name Years
GCW World Title 1963-current

1.2 Reigns

# Wrestler Reigns Date Days Held Location Event Notes
1 Buddy Rogers 1 January 5, 1963 112 New York, NY Live event Finals of a 16-man tournament. Rogers defeated Bruno Sammartino in the finals.
2 Bruno Sammartino 1 April 27, 1963 84 New York, NY Live event -
3 Lou Thesz 1 July 20, 1963 840 Toronto, ON Live event Match of the Year for 1963.
4 Bill Watts 1 November 6, 1965 56 Baltimore, MD Live event Lou Thesz retired after this match.
5 Bruno Sammartino 2 January 1, 1966 252 Boston, MA Live event -
6 Gene Kiniski 1 September 10, 1966 224 New York, NY Live event -
7 Bobo Brazil 1 April 22, 1967 616 Baltimore, MD Live event -
8 Luke Graham 1 December 28, 1968 372 New York, NY Live event Lou Thesz was the special referee for this match.
9 Antonio Inoki 1 January 4, 1970 20 Tokyo, Japan Live event -
10 Luke Graham 2 January 24, 1970 168 Washington, DC Live event -
11 Bruno Sammartino 3 July 11, 1970 1026 Atlantic City, NJ Live event 2 out of 3 falls match that Sammartino won, 2 falls to 1.
12 Pedro Morales 1 May 2, 1973 237 Montreal, QB, CA Live event -
13 Ivan Koloff 1 December 25, 1973 321 New York, NY Live event -
14 Harley Race 1 November 11, 1974 842 Providence, RI Live event -
15 Jumbo Tsuruta 1 March 2, 1977 231 New York, NY Live event -
16 Billy Graham 1 October 19, 1977 106 New York, NY Live event -
17 Jumbo Tsuruta 2 February 2, 1978 27 Baltimore, MD Live event -
18 Harley Race 2 March 1, 1978 348 New York, NY Live event 2 out of 3 falls match that Race won, 2 falls to 1.
19 Bob Backlund 1 February 12, 1979 544 Boston, MA Live event -
20 Jimmy Snuka 1 August 9, 1980 143 Chicago, IL Live event -
21 Bob Backlund 2 December 30, 1980 161 New York, NY Live event Match of the Year for 1980.
22 Dusty Rhodes 1 June 9, 1981 566 Atlantic City, NJ Live event -
23 Stan Hansen 1 December 27, 1982 99 New York, NY Live event -
24 Dusty Rhodes 2 April 5, 1983 164 New York, NY Live event Steel cage match.
25 Ric Flair 1 September 16, 1983 98 New York, NY Live event Match of the year for 1983.
26 Stan Hansen 2 December 21, 1983 318 New York, NY Live event -
27 Bob Backlund 3 November 3, 1984 369 Hartford, CT Live event -
28 King Kong Bundy 1 November 7, 1985 222 Chicago, IL Grand 16 -
29 Hulk Hogan 1 June 17, 1986 - Tacoma, WA Live event Strap match.

2 List of top combined reigns

(does not include current reign)

Rank Wrestler # of Reigns Combined Days
1 Bruno Sammartino 3 1362
2 Harley Race 2 1190
3 Bob Backlund 3 1074
4 Lou Thesz 1 840
5 Dusty Rhodes 2 730
6 Bobo Brazil 1 616
7 Luke Graham 2 540
8 Stan Hansen 2 417
9 Ivan Koloff 1 321
10 Jumbo Tsuruta 2 258
11 Pedro Morales 1 237
12 Gene Kiniski 1 224
13 King Kong Bundy 1 222
14 Jimmy Snuka 1 143
15 Buddy Rogers 1 112
16 Billy Graham 1 106
17 Ric Flair 1 98
18 Bill Watts 1 56
19 Antonio Inoki 1 20
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