Wrestling Title Histories

Wrestling Title Histories
The title histories of former WWE, WCW, ECW & TNA wrestlers

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Lex Luger

The All-American bodybuilder Lex Luger was a muscular powerhouse. He destroyed many of his opponents through his Forearm Smash and Torture Rack. His muscles, power and strength made Luger an excellent champion in all wrestling divisions. He won many titles in WCW and WWE during his 21-year career including the WCW Championship.

WCW Championship (2 times)
July 14, 1991 (The Great American Bash) - February 29, 1992 (SuperBrawl II)
Ric Flair vacated the WCW Championship in July 1991 and left WCW to join WWE. His #1 contender Lex Luger took on the #2 contender Barry Windham for the vacant title in a Steel Cage match at The Great American Bash. In a highly competitive match between Luger and Windham, it was Luger, who under the guidance of 8-time world champion Harley Race, defeated Windham to capture the WCW Championship for the first time in his career. He held the title for eight months before losing it to Sting at SuperBrawl II.

August 4, 1997 (Monday Nitro) - August 9, 1997 (Road Wild)
On August 4, 1997 edition of Monday Nitro, Lex Luger took on the popular leader of nWo, Hulk Hogan for the WCW Championship that was nicknamed "nWo" Championship. To free it from nWo, Luger served as a WCW leader and defeated Hogan for the title, becoming the first man to win the title from nWo since Hogan captured the title at Hog Wild, back in 1996. Luger's second WCW Championship reign lasted only five days as he lost the title back to Hogan at Road Wild.

United States Championship (5 times)
July 11, 1987 - November 26, 1987 (Starrcade)
Lex Luger's first championship win in any major promotion came at a non-televised event on July 11, 1987 when he muscled out his way by his win over Nikita Koloff for his first United States Championship. Luger lost the title to Dusty Rhodes in a Steel Cage match at NWA's first pay-per-view Starrcade.

February 20, 1989 (Chi-Town Rumble) - May 7, 1989 (WrestleWar)
Full of anger and revenge, Lex Luger defeated his longtime rival Barry Windham to win his second United States Championship at Chi-Town Rumble pay-per-view. Luger held the title for nearly three months before losing it to Michael Hayes at WrestleWar after interference by Hayes' Fabulous Freebirds ally Terry Gordy.

May 22, 1989 - October 27, 1990 (Halloween Havoc)
On May 22, 1989, Luger easily defeated the Fabulous Freebird Michael Hayes at a non-televised event for his third United States Championship. He held the title for longer than a year and his third title reign is the longest reign in the history of the United States Championship. His seventeen-month reign ended at Halloween Havoc when he lost the title to Stan Hansen.

December 16, 1990 (Starrcade) - July 14, 1991 (The Great American Bash)
At Starrcade, Luger took his revenge from the cowboy Stan Hansen for ending his long title reign by defeating him for his fourth United States Championship. Luger was never defeated for the title in his fourth reign. Instead, his reign ended when the title was vacated at The Great American Bash, due to Luger defeating Barry Windham for the WCW Championship.

August 10, 1998 (Monday Nitro) - August 13, 1998 (Thunder)
On August 10, 1998 edition of Monday Nitro, Lex Luger defeated the man with whom he co-won the WWE Royal Rumble match in 1994; Bret Hart for his fifth United States Championship. However, Luger's reign did not last long as he lost the title back to Hart, three days later on Thunder.

WCW Television Championship (2 times)
February 17, 1996 - February 18, 1996
After having won nearly all the championships of WCW, Lex Luger added yet another title reign by winning the WCW Television Championship from the young Johnny B. Badd at a non-televised event. However, his reign lasted only one day, as he lost the title back to Badd at another non-televised event on February 18.
March 6, 1996 - August 31, 1996 (Nitro)
After exchanging the WCW Television Championship once with Johnny B. Badd, Lex Luger continued his pursuit and rivalry with Badd, defeating him again at another non-televised event on March 6, earning his second title reign. He held the title for nearly six months until he was defeated by the British Lord Steven Regal on August 31, 1996 edition of Nitro.

WCW Tag Team Championship (3 times)
March 27, 1988 (Clash of the Champions) - April 23, 1988 (Saturday Night)
On March 27, 1988, Lex Luger, who had recently left Ric Flair's Four Horsemen teamed with another Horsemen rival Barry Windham on the first-ever edition of Clash of the Champions, and this newly formed team defeated Horsemen Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard for the WCW Tag Team Championship. A month later, on April 23 edition of Sunday Night, Luger and Windham lost the titles back to Anderson and Blanchard, when Windham betrayed Luger by attacking him and allowing the former champions to regain their titles.
January 22, 1996 (Nitro) - June 24, 1996 (Nitro)
On January 22, 1996, the unlikely pairing of the fan favorite Sting and the bad guy Lex Luger was formed and it worked out as they defeated then 4-time WCW Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) for the WCW Tag Team Championship. Despite their unlikely pairing, Luger and Sting did a great deal of teamwork and held on the titles for five months before losing to Harlem Heat on June 24 edition of Nitro.

February 23, 1997 (SuperBrawl VII) - February 24, 1997 (Nitro)
At SuperBrawl VII, one of the greatest nWo rivals Lex Luger teamed up with The Giant, who had recently left New World Order. This combination of a muscular and a big man were too much for nWo's The Outsiders (Scott Hall and Kevin Nash) and defeated Outsiders for the WCW Tag Team Championship. However, their reign lasted only a day, as they were forced to return the titles to Outsiders, the following night on Nitro, by the WCW/nWo President Eric Bischoff, who cited that Luger was not medically cleared to wrestle.

Royal Rumble Winner (1 time)
January 22, 1994 (Royal Rumble)
In the 1994 Royal Rumble, 30 of WWE's wrestlers competed for a WWE Championship opportunity at WrestleMania X. The final two competitors, #23 entrant Lex Luger and #27 entrant Bret Hart simultaneously eliminated each other. It was the first time in a Royal Rumble match that both men had eliminated each other. Although it had been repeated in 2005, it was the only Royal Rumble match, in which both men were declared the winners and their WrestleMania title shots were determined through a coin toss.
Jim Crockett Cup Tournament Winner (1 time)
April 22 - April 23, 1988 (3rd Annual Jim Crockett Cup)
In the 3rd edition of Jim Crockett Cup in April 1988 that was held on two nights, Lex Luger, who was scheduled to team with Barry Windham had been betrayed by Windham. As a result, he teamed with Sting, whose scheduled partner Ronnie Garvin was injured before the tournament. Luger and Sting overcame the teams of Ivan Koloff and Dick Murdoch in the second round, Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) in the quarterfinal round, Powers of Pain (Warlord and Barbarian) in the semifinal round and defeated then-WCW Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard in the final round to win the 3rd annual Jim Crockett Cup Tournament.

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