UWA World Tag Team Championship

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Current Champions

History of Championship

The UWA World Tag Team championships were part of LLI/El Toreo promotion until 1995, when the group folded. Since that time, various teams have made claims on the title or spontaneously declared themselves champions, occasionally inventing a loose story to explain the belts. As with most of the UWA belts, the championships themselves have no present significances and are purely drawing on past name value to make the champion seem more important.

At present time, there are at least three different teams who may claim to be UWA World Tag Team Champions:

  • Villano IV & Villano V, who were the last champions while LLI was still around
  • Animal & Kensuke Sasaki, who won a match for the vacant championship on May 11, 2008, in a match declared as the authentic battle for the titles by a former official of the UWA
  • Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei of Japan's El Dorado promotion. Those belts stem originally with NOSAWA & MASADA, who claimed they won the belts on a tour of Mexico

There was also a fourth title line, involving Los Rayos Tapatíos, but it has been dropped.

Animal & Kensuke Sasaki are the closest thing to 'offical'champions. Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei may be the most meaningful championship, since their championship is actually used on an ongoing basis in a promotion. All the different branches are still people claiming to be the champion of a promotion that has not existed in many years, so none of them are especially important.

Champions Listing (UWA/LLI era)

# Champion(s) Defeated Date Location
decision match to determine initial championship
1[1] Riki Choshu & Gran Hamada Canek & Baby Face 1982.08.01 Palacio de los Deportes
1[2] Sangre Chicana & Perro Aguayo 1982.09.19 Palacio de los Deportes, Distrito Federal
championship vacant around 1984 for unknown reasons
championship inactive for an extended period
decision match for vacant championship
2 Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata Gran Hamada & Perro Aguayo 1991.03.10 Korakuen Hall - Tokyo
1 Silver King & El Texano 1991.04.10 Plaza De Toros El Cortijo
2 Silver King & El Texano 1991.05.28 Arena Queretaro
3 Gran Hamada & Perro Aguayo 1991.06.07 Korakuen Hall - Tokyo
3 Gran Hamada [2] & Perro Aguayo Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata 1991.06.13 Korakuen Hall - Tokyo
championship vacant on 1992.01.15 when Aguayo jumps to CMLL
decision match for vacant championship
4 Gran Hamada [3] & Kendo Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata 1992.01.19 Korakuen Hall - Tokyo
5 Cowboys (Silver King & El Texano) Gran Hamada & Kendo 1992.01.19 Korakuen Hall - Tokyo
1 Espanto Jr. & Negro Casas 1992.02.24 Arena Puebla
2 Los Head Hunters 1992.04.24 Arena Neza
3 Los Head Hunters 1992.05.28 Guanajuato
6 Can-Am Express (Dan Kroffat & Doug Furnas) Silver King & El Texano 1992.06.28 El Toreo De Naucalpan
1 Silver King & El Texano 1992.07.10 Arena Neza
2 Silver King & El Texano 1992.07.17 Arena Neza
7 Villano IV & Villano V Dan Kroffat & Doug Furnas 1992.11.08 El Toreo De Naucalpan
1 Dos Caras & Gran Hamada 1993.01.23 Korakuen Hall - Tokyo
2 Ringo Mendoza & Cachorro Mendoza 1993.02.12 Arena Neza
8 Can-Am Express (Dan Kroffat & Doug Furnas) [2] Villano IV & Villano V 1993.03.07 El Toreo De Naucalpan
9 Villano IV [2] & Villano V [2] Dan Kroffat & Doug Furnas 1993.04.?? ?
UWA/LLI stops promoting in 1995
 
 
title change
successful title defense
championship matches which were announced, but results were not found

Dragonmania Branch

On May 11, 2008, at the annual May Dragonmania show, the previously scheduled Terrible & Damian 666 versus Animal & Kensuke Sasaki was changed to a title match for the vacant UWA World Tag Team Titles. New belts, matching the design used for the UWA World Heavyweight Championship were presented to the winners and the match was made official by the UWA.

# Champion(s) Defeated Date Location
10 Animal & Kensuke Sasaki Terrible & Damian 666 2008.05.11 Arena Mexico
 
 
title change
successful title defense
championship matches which were announced, but results were not found

Sources:

Villanos Branch

# Champion(s) Defeated Date Location
10 Emilio Charles Jr. & Scorpio Jr. Villano IV & Villano V 2004.04.07 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco
11 Villano IV [3] & Villano V [3] Emilio Charles Jr. & Scorpio Jr. 2004.04.14 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco
1 Andy Barrow & Chicano Power 2004.05.15 Arena Aztahuacan
2 El Signo & Negro Navarro 2006.10.18 Arena Xalapa
3 El Signo & Negro Navarro 2006.10.26 Polideportivo de la Universidad de Pachuca - Pachuca
4 Hector Garza & Chucho el Roto 2011.12.25 Arena Lopez Mateos
 
 
title change
successful title defense
championship matches which were announced, but results were not found

Sources:

Tapatios Branch

In the post-UWA era, during the long stretch where their Villano's championships were inactive, Los Rayo Tapatios briefly defended and lost a set of the tag team championship as the UWA World Tag Team Championships. These might have been the Distrio Federal Tag championships under a different name (getting around not being defending in DF).

# Champion(s) Defeated Date Location
- Vuelo Especial & El Endeivor Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II 2001.03.11 Oaxaca
1 Sombra de Plata (CMLL) & Mastin 2001.04.15 Oaxaca
figured out they were defending the D.F. Tag Team Titles using the UWA name?
 
 
title change
successful title defense
championship matches which were announced, but results were not found

Sources:

Japan Branch

In 2008, Nosawa and Masada proclaimed themselves as UWA World Tag Team Champions, claiming they had defeated Rayo de Tapatio I & Rayo de Tapatio II in July 2000. (They apparently kept the title win quiet for a good six to eight years.) It's possible these were the belts the Tapatios were defending, or that they purchased them from the Villanos or the belts were just grabbed out of a closet somewhere.

Nosawa & Masada quickly lost the championship to El Dorado's KAGETORA & Kota Ibushi. El Dorado's ancestral promotion, Toryumon, used the UWA World Trios Championship among other UWA titles, and it appeared as though the tag team titles may serve a similar purpose of giving a newer group some additional legitimacy new championships wouldn't provide. The El Dorado promotion did not last long, but the championships have remained active. They've transferred thru the Michinoku Pro, Kaientai and DDT promotions.

There's no actual connection to the UWA, which has been deceased for many years, but UWA means something in that niche. The Japan belts means as much as the Mexico belts - there's no governing body or promotion backing them, they're simply whatever the people who have them want them to be. However, since there's a trail of title events to explain the Mexico branch and there's not the same with the Japan branch, the Japan championships are decided to be a Disputed Branch.

# Champion(s) Defeated Date Location
Rayo de Tapatios win championship? or is this also the DF state title?
- NOSAWA & MASADA Rayo de Tapatio I & Rayo de Tapatio II 2000.??.?? ?
- KAGETORA &Kota Ibushi Nosawa & Masada 2008.03.26 Tokyo
1 Touru Owashi & Takuya Sugawara 2008.04.24 Tokyo
championship vacated due to inactivity
decision match for vacant championship
- Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga KAGETORA & Jumping Kid Okimoto 2008.11.25 Tokyo
- Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga 2008.12.03 Tokyo
1 Great Sasuke & Yoshitsune 2009.01.18 Sendai, Japan
- Tsutomu Oosugi [2] & Hercules Senga [2] Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei 2010.04.14 Tokyo
- Masamune & Minoru Fujita Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei 2010.12.22 ?
- Tsutomu Oosugi [3] & Hercules Senga [3] Masamune & Minoru Fujita 2011.12.01 Shin-kiba 1st Ring
- Ikuto Hidaka & Menso~re Oyaji Tsutomu Oosugi [3] & Hercules Senga [3] 2012.11.29 ?
- Tsutomu Oosugi [4] & Hercules Senga [4] Ikuto Hidaka & Menso~re Oyaji 2013.07.15 ?
- HIROKI & Yasu Urano Tsutomu Oosugi [4] & Hercules Senga [4] 2014.02.05 ?
1 Hiro Tonai & Yuki Sato 2014.02.22 Blue Field, Chiba, Chiba
- Hiroshi Fukuda & Men's Teioh HIROKI & Yasu Urano 2014.04.27 Radiant Hall, Yokohama
1 FUMA & Seiya Morohashi 2014.05.18 Korakuen Hall
2 Tsutomu Osugi & Hercules Senga 2014.07.26 Korakuen Hall
- Fuma & Isami Kodaka Hiroshi Fukuda & Men's Teioh 2014.08.31 Shinjuku FACE
1 Shuji Ishikawa & SAGAT 2014.09.15 Radiant Hall, Yokohama
2 Hiraku Sato & Masato Shibata 2014.11.03 Radiant Hall, Yokohama
3[1] Shuji Ishikawa & Masato Shibata 2015.01.24 Radiant Hall, Yokohama
- Masato Shibata & Shuji Ishikawa Fuma & Isami Kodaka 2015.01.24 Radiant Hall, Yokohama
- Brahman Shu [2] & Brahman Kei [2] Masato Shibata & Shuji Ishikawa 2015.06.17 Shin-kiba 1st Ring
-[2] Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei 2016.06.10 Korakuen Hall
-[3] Yapperman 1 & Yapperman 2 2017.04.15 Shin-kiba 1st Ring
-[4] Yapperman 3 & Yapperman 3 2017.06.18 Korakuen Hall
-[5] Rui Hyugaji & Ayumu Gunji Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita 2017.09.16 Yahaba-machi Chomin Sogo Taiikukan, Iwate
-[6] Manjimaru & Kengo 2017.11.05 Yahaba-machi Chomin Sogo Taiikukan, Iwate
 
 
title change
successful title defense
championship matches which were announced, but results were not found

Sources:

  1. no contest
  2. Puroresu Spirit; title for title with the Tohoku Jr. Tag Team championship
  3. Puroresu Spirit]
  4. Puroresu Spirit]
  5. Puroresu Spirit
  6. Puroresu Spirit

Source: Wrestling Data

Gallery of Champions

Riki Choshu & Gran Hamada, 1st Champions
Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata, 2nd Champions (Tournament in Japan, 1991.03.10)
Silver King & Texano, 5th Champions
Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat, 6th & 8th Champions
Animal & Kensuke Sasaki, 10th Champions

Sources

Universal Wrestling Association Championships
Official: Heavy (Dr. Wagner Jr.), Tag (Animal & Kensuke Sasaki)
Outlaw: Light (Kato Kung Lee Jr.), Junior Light Heavy (Diluvio Negro II)
Now in Japan: Welter, Middle, Junior Heavy, Tag, Trios,
Defunct: Feather, Light Heavy, Women, International Women, Women Junior, Women's Tag,
Associated: WWF Light Heavy