The (Original) World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship was the first recognized professional wrestling world heavyweight championship created in 1905 to identify the best catch as catch can professional wrestler in the world. The first recognized World Heavyweight Champion was George Hackenschmidt, who officially won the championship on May 4, 1905 by defeating Tom Jenkins in New York City, New York, the championship remained active for the next 51 years with the last recognized reign beginning on November 9, 1956.

Several of the championship reigns are also recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) under the NWA World Heavyweight Championship's lineage. World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) current World Heavyweight Championship's lineage can also be traced back to it.

Championship LineageEdit

Vacated - April 1, 1913 - Vacated due to Gotch's retirement

Vacated - January 28, 1946

Retired - July 24, 1957 - Lineage continued over to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

See Also WWE, WCW World Heavyweight Championship

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