Wednesday, September 11, 2013

WWWF/WWF World Champion Challengers (1963-1983)

Since it's Wrestling Observer HOF season, I'll be publishing various stats that may be meaningful to some of the voters as they evaluate the various candidates.


The top column is the WWWF/WWF World Champion going into the match and the column on the left is represents who wrestled in the match. 



Disclaimers:


Mookie's Disclaimers/Notes


1. There are a few name changes that would add in additional challenges. I updated most, but I'm sure there are some that I didn't fix yet.


2. All results were taken from TheHistoryofWWE 1963-1983 this morning, so there is the possibility of misisng results, duplicated results, non-WWF cards and plenty of other shenanigans. There's a handful of matches that I left out - matches where the title was vacant (at least in local lore) and so the winner was declared the new champion (Bob Backlund defeated Bobby Duncum in a Texas Death Match to win the vacant WWF World Title at 17:18 in 1979) or all of the Antonio Inoki as world Champion matches (add one more for Backlund, Duncum, Morales if you're so inclined).


3. This doesn't give priority to major markets (i.e. MSG is weighted the same as House show in PA) and does include the shows where there's only a "A vs B" listing (which we'll assume actually happened, but the match may have not.). I filtered on explicitly on the phrase "World Champion" so it's possible some title defenses where the champion was involved, but for whatever reason the match listing failed to note they were "WWWF World Champion" could be excluded.


4. I excluded all multi-man matches - no six-man tags, no handicap Bruno beats up Buggsy McGraw & Lou Albano and only WWWF/WWF World Champion (i.e. 1980's Peter Maivia vs. AWA World Champion Nick Bockwinkel wasn't included).


FINAL COUNT OF WWWF/WWF CHALLENGERS (1963-1983)

Gorilla Monsoon (111), Prof Toru Tanaka (95), Killer Kowalski (93), George Steele (90), Waldo Von Erich (89), Ivan Koloff (82), Luke Graham (66), Sgt Slaughter (63), Superstar Billy Graham (62), Bill Miller (57), Don Muraco (57), Baron Mikel Scicluna (56), Greg Valentine (51), Hans Mortier (50), Ken Patera (50), Spiros Arion (49), Stan Stasiak (47), Peter Maivia (39), Bobby Duncum (38), Bulldog Brower (37), Killer Khan (36), Freddie Blassie (35), Chief Jay Strongbow (34), Bob Orton Jr (33), Mr Fuji (33), Blackjack Mulligan (31), Curtis Iaukea (30), Tarzan Tyler (28), Larry Zbyszko (28), Stan Hansen (28), Dr Jerry Graham (27), Buddy Rose (25), Pat Patterson (24), Jimmy Snuka (24), Smasher Sloan (23), Afa (22), Jimmy Valiant (21), Nikolai Volkoff (21), Adrian Adonis (20), The Beast (19), Ivan Putski (18), Angelo Mosca (18), the Iron Sheik (18), Bill Watts (17), Tony Garea (17), Jesse Ventura (16), Ray Stevens (16), The Masked Superstar (15), the Hangman (15), the Sheik (15), Virgil the Kentucky Butcher (15), Ernie Ladd (14), Hulk Hogan (14), Dusty Rhodes (14), Moondog Mayne (13), Don Leo Jonathan (13), Buddy Wolfe (13), Bull Ortega (13), the Shadow (12), the Golden Terror (12), Lou Albano (12), Bruno Sammartino (11), Buddy Austin (11), Bull Ramos (11), Big John Studd (11), Gene Kiniski (11), Magnificent Maurice (11), Blackjack Lanza (11), the Black Demon (10), the Spoiler (10), Johnny Powers (10), Johnny Valiant (10), Bob Backlund (9), Klondike Bill (9), Karl Kovacs (9), Tank Morgan (9), Bruiser Brody (9), Bobo Brazil (9), Mike McCord (9), Brute Bernard (8), Swede Hanson (8), Tony Nero (8), the Wolfman (7), Antonio Inoki (7), Skull Murphy (7), Jerry Valiant (7), Larry Hennig (6), Johnny Barend (6), Crusher Verdu (6), the Destroyer (6), Dan Miller (6), Frank Martinez (6), Pedro Morales (5), Tony Altimore (5), Boris Malenko (5), Harley Race (5), Johnny Valentine (5), Mr Saito (5), Frank Hickey (5), Tor Kamata (5), Rocky Johnson (5), Strong Kobayashi (5), Baron Von Raschke (5), Giant Baba (5), Jos LeDuc (4), Gene Kelly (4), Rocky Fitzpatrick (4), Dory Dixon (4), Pedro Rodriguez (4), Iron Mike Sharpe (4), Victor Rivera (4), Johnny Rodz (4), Beautiful Bobby (4), Joe Quinones (4), Butcher Vachon (3), Edouard Carpentier (3), Paul Reinhardt (3), Billy White Wolf (3), Pampero Firpo (3), Bugsy McGraw (3), the Crusher (3), Bull Johnson (3), Dick Murdoch (3), Otto Von Heller (3), Haystacks Calhoun (3), Ron Bass (3), Jose Estrada (3), Joe Cox (2), Gordo Chihuahua (2), Rocky Cookson (2), Johnny Boyd (2), Jean DuBois (2), Dominic DeNucci (2), Raymond Rougeau (2), Buddy Wolf (2), Ron Reed (2), Art Nielson (2), Chuck O'Conner (2), Jose Quintero (2), Tiger Jeet Singh (2), Duke Hoffman (2), Pablo Iturbi (2), Lord Alfred Hayes (2), Ric Flair (2), Matt Gillmore (2), Geto Mongol (2), Mike Loren (2), Cal West (2), Bull Pometti (2), Tatsumi Fujinami (2), Mil Mascaras (2), the Executioner (2), Mitsu Arakawa (2), Bob Boyington (2), Moondog Rex (2), Tony Atlas (2), Mr X (2), Ox Anderson (2), Riki Choshu (2), Guillotine Gordon (1), Tom Andrews (1), Crusher Blackwell (1), Miguel Torres (1), Wildman Austin (1), Jose Gonzales (1), Hiro Matsuda (1), Mike Madero (1), Ed Francis (1), Johnny Carr (1), Max Mortier (1), Mike Rivera (1), Sika (1), Mike York (1), Hans Schmidt (1), Mike Zeabes (1), Chuck Richards (1), Don Serrano (1), Jack Evans (1), Bob Sweetan (1), Jim Garvin (1), El Olympico (1), Dick the Bruiser (1), Kengo Kimura (1), unknown (1), Moose Morowski (1), Seiji Sakaguchi (1), Eric the Red (1), Carlos Rocha (1), Black Angus (1), Steve Keirn (1), Kevin Sullivan (1), Al Costello (1), Nick Bockwinkel (1), Ted Adams (1), Nikita Mulkovitch (1), the Blue Demon (1), Firpo Zbyzsko (1), Jack Brisco (1), Orwell Paris (1), the Kentucky Butcher (1), Osamu Kido (1), Jim Conroy (1), Frank Durso (1), Tiger Chung Lee (1), Killer Austin (1), Tommy O'Toole (1), Ox Baker (1), Tony Manousas (1), Billy Robinson (1), Darrell Cochrane (1), Bengali (1), John Meinger (1), Bulldog Brown (1), Miguel Perez (1), Paul Adams (1), Le Bourreau (1), Paul Jones (1), Bob Gonzalez (1), Frank Pickens (1), Charie Fulton (1), Frank Rodriguez (1), Chavo Guerrero (1), Bulldog Gannon (1), Steve King (1), Pete Austin (1), Hans Schroeder (1), Geeto Montol (1), Chuck Adcock (1), Prof Hiro (1), Art Thomas (1), Butcher Brannigan (1), Luis Garcia (1), Prof X (1), the Black Shadow (1), Baron Gattoni (1), Col Currie (1), Don Kent (1), Ed Castillio (1), King Kong Tonga (1), the Great Kudo (1), Dave Morgan (1), Mad Dog Vachon (1), Robert Duranton (1), the Masked Marvel (1), Duke Keomuka (1), Crybaby Cannon (1), Buzz Tyler (1), The Shiek (1), Gerald Finley (1), Jim Grabmire (1), Roddy Piper (1), Manuel Soto (1), Roger Kirby (1), Tomas Marin (1), Duke Miller (1), Buddy Bicon (1), Ron Cummings (1), Bob Bradley (1), Duke Myers (1), Tony Marino (1), Ron Romero (1), Tony Newberry (1), Ron Starr (1), Twin Devil #2 (1), Ronnie Etchison (1), Joe Thomas (1), Rugged Russian #2 (1), John Tolos (1), Salvatore Bellomo (1), Willie Farkas (1), Samula (1), SD Jones (1), 

A year by year / champion by champion list is available at http://prowrestlingonly.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=20981&view=findpost&p=5561805 based on work from Hollinger.

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