Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
The Missouri State Title
- NWA St. Louis
- John Edwards
Missouri State Heavyweight Title was the
“regional” title recognized by the St. Louis
Wrestling Club in the NWA St. Louis promotion
from 1972 to 1986. In its heyday, it was the
most highly regarded regional belt in the
country, and was seen (often correctly) as a
“steppingstone” to the NWA World Heavyweight
is interesting (among many things) about this
title is the fact that until 1972 the only belt
contested in St. Louis was the NWA World Title.
This fits in with Sam Muchnick’s philosophy
that all matches, and certainly championships,
should “mean” something and have
credibility. That is probably why there was
never a “TV Title” or even Missouri State
Tag Team Titles in St. Louis. The Missouri title
was always defended at house shows - never on
back, it was the rare card that had both a
Missouri Title match and a World Title match.
(One that does come to mind was the famous
“Sam Muchnick Retirement Card” on January 1,
1982 in front of 19,821 at the St. Louis Arena.)
Normally, the Missouri belt was defended on the
odd card from the NWA Title. This makes sense,
as it gave the St. Louis fans a major main event
in the days when the NWA champion was on the
road 300 days a year and hit St. Louis usually
once a month.
the St. Louis fans spoiled by this abundance of
talent and good matches? Here are samples of
Missouri title matches from 1972-1986
(title history courtesy of: http://www.puroresu.com):
Race v. Dory Funk, Jr.
Brisco v. Ted DiBiase 10/2/81
(Brisco wins his 2nd MO title)
(Tournament after Harley Race vacates
due to winning the NWA World title in St. Louis