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Here's the final version of that: <a href='http://clixby.wronger.com/lineage.html' target='_blank'>World Title Lineage</a>
Scroll down to the bottom for the actual picture. The article was originally made for a feature on IGN.com (The Weekly Wrestling Report on their Insider site), thus the formatting. Also, the current holders listed in the article and on the diagram are only current as of October 18, 2001, so they're way outdated by now.
Nice article. However, a few mistakes I found that should be brought to attention.
1) After beating Lou Thesz, Edouard Carpentier WAS initially recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance as their World heavyweight champion. It wasn't until his manager/promoter Eddie Quinn parted ways with the organization after a dispute that they gave the title back to Thesz and acted like it never happend.
2) Carlos Colon is not recognized as ever having officially held the NWA World title
3) World Championship Wrestling was not owned by Jim Crockett. Jim Crockett Promotions, Inc. sold out to Turner Broadcasting in November 1988, which had formed World Championship Wrestling, Inc. (initially known as Universal Wrestling Corporation) a month prior. Crockett remained on their payroll for a few years after that (even serving as a Vice President and Director for the company) and pretty much maintained his role as their main rep to the NWA during that time (he stayed NWA president until 1991), but Turner was the owner.
4) WWE legally owns the WCW trademark. It's their intellectual property, and so is all the history associated with it. Therefore, if they want to say that Triple H's "World heavyweight title" was the WCW championship in a previous life, then they are perfectly entitled to do so.
However, Jim Crockett Promotions, following the buyout of the Gerogia area and its subsequent merger with Crockett's existing Mid Atlantic territory, was widely known as "World Championship Wrestling" "WCW" - or more commonly "the World Championship area".
This practice of referring to JCP by the name of its most prestigious TV outlet (the 2-hour Saturday WTBS TV studio show, later renamed WCW Saturday night) was popularised mostly by the Aptermags, which listed "World Championship" as an individual territory, with the US title listed as its top strap (especially after Nikita Koloff's title unification win over National champ Wahoo McDaniel).
Therefore, in at least one important sense, it is basically correct to talk in terms of Turner "buying WCW" from Crockett. It all depends on just what you mean by WCW.
The promotion didn't become known as "WCW" nor was that logo introduced until Turner bought out Crockett. Before that "World Championship Wrestling" was just the name of the show on TBS, not the company itself. It was Jim Crockett Promotions, Inc. To the best of my knowledge, the promotion never referred to itself as "World Championship Wrestling" until Turner took over. All mention was of either Jim Crockett Promotions or the National Wrestling Alliance.
And the Apter Mags always did their own thing. They also called the Memphis territory the "Mid-Southern area" and the Southern title the "Mid-Southern title" too when the promotion itself just used the name "Championship Wrestling".
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