Wrestlepedia Wiki

The World Championship Wrestling International World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). "WCW International" referred to a fictional international subsidiary of World Championship Wrestling. The title replaced the use of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship within WCW following the promotion's secession from the NWA in 1993. It was one of two world titles in WCW, complementing the WCW World Heavyweight Championship until 1994 when it was ultimately unified with the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. It is one of a number of world titles represented by the historic Big Gold Belt. The championship was generally contested in professional wrestling matches.

Sting eventually won the WCW International Title from Rick Rude, only to lose it back to Rude at a New Japan Pro Wrestling event titled Wrestling Dontaku 1994. Rude was stripped of the title for cheating during the match and WCW officials were going to award it to Sting. Sting refused and said he wanted to win the belt in the ring against Big Van Vader, whom Rick Rude was originally slated to defend the Championship against at that same event before being struck with an injury. Sting defeated Vader at Slamboree 1994 to win the then vacant title. At that point Ric Flair had possession of the proper WCW world title and it was decided that the two titles would be unified. Sting and Flair then faced off at WCW Clash of the Champions XXVII with Flair winning the match and unifying the two championships, with the Big Gold Belt being used as the new unified championship.

Championship Lineage

Vacated — May 1, 1994

Unfied — June 23, 1994 — Unified with Ric Flair's WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

See Also

Championship Unification, WCW