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Last updated on 2018/02/14

British Heavyweight Title

Pat Connolly # 1909/09/12<  
Claims the title in Canada and the United States; still/again champion as of 12/08/01 and 14/04/22.

Jim Esson 1913/09/05<
Atholl Oakeley 1930
Wins series of matches to become the champion; retires in 35 due to injury; Douglas Clark claims the title after 31/06; Michael O'Leary is billed as champion at the Blackfriar in London as of 32/09/01.
Bill Garnon1935London
Recognized as champion after Oakeley's retirement; has claimed the title since 34 although he loses the version to Douglas Clark on 34/11/02 in Manchester; George Boganski is billed as champion in Manchester as of 36/02/28.
M. Fazal1937
Defeats Garnon for the title.
Alan Muir 1938
Holds both British and British Empire titles as of 38/02/24; George Gregory claims the title in the same year for winning by default when the claimant Douglas Clark no-shows scheduled defense; Gregory's version is later declared vacant.
Michael O'Leary 1938/09/24<
Defeats Muir for the title; vacant when O'Leary killed during the outbreak of the war.
Bert Assirati1945/01/27Manchester
Assirati had been claiming the title since Douglas Clark's reign; vacant in 1950 when Assirati leaves for India.
Ernie Baldwin1952/01<Newcastle
Defeats Dave Armstrong in tournament final.
Alf Rawlings 1953  
Dai Sullivan 1953  
Ernie Baldwin [2] 1953  
Tony Mancelli 1954/08/05 Wimbledon
Ernie Baldwin [3] 1954/09  
Dai Sullivan [2] 1955 Leicester
Most likely in 55/02.
Ernie Baldwin [4] 1955  
Tony Mancelli [2] 1955/09/09  
Vacant in 55.
Bert Assirati [2] 1955/10/19  
Defeats Ernie Baldwin; stripped by Joint Promotions in 58; continues to claim title and is recognized by British Wrestling Federation; stripped by BWF in 60 while recovering from injury.
Billy Joyce1958/04/15London
Defeats Gordon Nelson in tournament final.
Ernie Baldwin [4]1959/11Glasgow
Billy Joyce [2]1959/12
Dennis Mitchell1959/12
Billy Joyce [3]1960/07/15Bradford
Shirley Crabtree wins a tournament for BWF version in 60.
Geoff Portz1964/03/09Bradford
Billy Joyce [4]1964/09/26Middlesborough
Albert Wall 1966/01/20Nottingham
Gwynn Davies1966/02/17Nottingham
Billy Joyce [5]1966/03/17Nottingham
Ian Campbell1966/05/04Perth
Billy Joyce [6]1966/06/28Edinburgh
Becomes the undisputed champion when Shirley Crabtree vacates the BWF version in 66 and no replacement is crowned.
Billy Robinson 1967/01/23Bradford
Or 67/01/18 in Manchester; vacant in 70/02 when Robinson leaves for North America.
Albert Wall [2]1970/04/13Nottingham
Defeats Steve Veidor.
Gwynn Davies [2]1971/01/18Loughborough
Albert Wall [3]1971/05/08Manchester
Vacant in 74 when Wall retires temporarily.
Gwynn Davies [3]1975/02/15Manchester
Tony St. Clair1977/05/28Manchester
Giant Haystacks1978/11/23London
Tony St. Clair [2]1979/04/25London
Moves to All Star Promotions in 82 with the title; recognition eventually withdrawn by Joint Promotions in 85; Pat Roach wins tournament to be recognized by the Joint version and loses to Ray Steele in 85; Dalibur Singh wins Joint version from Steele in 86.
Kendo Nagasaki (Peter Thornley)1988/04/07?Bristol?
Joint Promotions continues to recognize Singh.
Tony St. Clair [3]1988
Becomes undisputed champion after Singh joins All Star in 89 and renounces his claim.
David Finlay1990/02/06Croydon
Dave Taylor1991/04/06King's Lynn
Tony St. Clair [4]1993/05/04Croydon
Vacant in 95.
Dave Taylor [2]1995/07/04Croydon
Defeats Marty Jones in tournament final.
Marty Jones1996Croydon
Vacant in 96 upon retirement.
Karl Krammer # 1996
Claims the All Star version.
Drew McDonald 2001/03
Awarded by The Wrestling Alliance.
Justin Starr 2001/07/05Weymouth
Vacant on 01/07/12 following a controversial finish in the rematch against McDonald.
Robbie Brookside 2001/12
Stripped on 01/12/16 for sanctioning his own defenses resulting in a breach of contract; may also be recognized by All Star.
Justin Starr [2]2002/01/17Southampton
Doug Williams2002/01/26Bognor Regis
Reigning FWA champion, defeats Justin Starr to be recognized by The Wrestling Alliance; has claimed the All Star version as of the previous year, possibly by defeating Robbie Brookside.
Robbie Brookside [2]2002/01/26Bognor Regis
Vacates on 02/02/01 in Exmouth and declares the winner of the royal rumble match that night, of which he enters, will be the new champion.
Justin Starr [3]2002/02/01Exmouth
Wins a royal rumble.
Doug Williams [2]2002/06/18Southampton
Defeats Zebra Kid in a tournament final to be recognized as Universal British Heavyweight champion by All Star, TWA, FWA, WAW, and Premiere Promotions; defeats TWA version champion Justin Starr in earlier round.
Robbie Brookside [3]2002/09/29Liverpool
Drew McDonald [2]2005/06/07Croydon
Steve Sonic2006/01/17Croydon
Vacant in 06/06 when Sonic goes to America for a tryout with OVW, a developmental league for WWE.

British Wrestling Association ( 1930 - 1950 )
Joint Promotions ( 1952 - 1988 )
All Star Wrestling ( 1982 -   )
Frontier Wrestling Alliance/X Wrestling Alliance ( 1999/07 - 2012/08 )
The Wrestling Alliance ( 2001/03 - 2003 )
World Association of Wrestling ( 2002< -   )
Revolution British Wrestling ( 2004/05 - 2004/07 )
LDN Wrestling ( 2004/11 -   )
International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom ( 2009/09 - 2012/09 )
Revolution Pro Wrestling ( 2012/09 -   )
Fight Nation Wrestling ( 2015/07 -   )