The CZW World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship owned and copyrighted by the Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) promotion. The championship was created and debuted on March 27, 1999 at CZW's The Staple Gun event. The first time the championship changed hands on foreign soil was on April 15, 2001, when Wifebeater defeated John Zandig for the championship in Birmingham, England at a live event.
Title reigns are determined by professionally wrestling matches, usually of the hardcore/ultraviolent type. All title changes happen at live events, which are usually released on DVD. The inaugural champion was Nick Gage, whom CZW recognized to have become the champion after defeating twenty other men in a battle royal on March 27, 1999 at CZW's The Staple Gun event. As of October 2019, John Zandig holds the record for most reigns, with six. At 567 days, Drake Younger's only reign is the longest in the title's history. The current champion is Joe Gacy, who defeated John Silver and Connor Claxton for the title on September 13, 2019.
|No.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|+||Current reign is changing daily|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|1||Nick Gage||March 27, 1999||The Staple Gun||Mantua, New Jersey||1||56||Gage won a 20-man battle royal to become the first champion.|
|2||John Zandig||May 22, 1999||Madness||Mantua, New Jersey||1||28|
|3||Nick Gage||June 19, 1999||Down in Flames||Mantua, New Jersey||2||91|
|4||Wifebeater||September 18, 1999||September Slam||Mantua, New Jersey||1||63|
|5||John Zandig||November 20, 1999||The War Begins||Mantua, New Jersey||2||245|
|6||Lobo||July 22, 2000||No Rules, No Limits||Sewell, New Jersey||1||49|
|7||Justice Pain||September 9, 2000||Cage of Death II...After Dark||Sewell, New Jersey||1||172|
|8||Nick Berk||February 28, 2001||Destruction in Dover||Dover, Delaware||1||<1|
|9||Yoshihiro Tajiri||February 28, 2001||Destruction in Dover||Dover, Delaware||1||<1|
|10||John Zandig||February 28, 2001||Destruction in Dover||Dover, Delaware||3||46|
|11||Wifebeater||April 15, 2001||Live event||Birmingham, England||2||27|
|12||John Zandig||May 12, 2001||Stretched in Smyrna||Smyrna, Delaware||4||33|
|13||Wifebeater||June 14, 2001||Live event||Aguascalientes, Mexico||3||23|
|14||Justice Pain||July 7, 2001||A New Beginning||Sewell, New Jersey||2||308|
|15||The Messiah||May 11, 2002||High Stakes||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1||28|
|16||Justice Pain||June 8, 2002||Best of the Best II||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||3||7|
|17||John Zandig||June 15, 2002||Live event||Dublin, Ireland||5||<1||Zandig won the championship at an Irish Whip Wrestling event.|
|18||Justice Pain||June 15, 2002||Live event||Dublin, Ireland||4||182||Pain won the championship at an Irish Whip Wrestling event.|
|19||The Messiah||December 14, 2002||Cage of Death IV||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||2||315|
|20||John Zandig||October 25, 2003||Shockwave||Pistoia, Italy||6||133|
|21||The Messiah||March 6, 2004||Overdrive||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||3||336|
|22||Ruckus||February 5, 2005||Only the Strong: Scarred 4 Life||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1||308|
|23||Super Dragon||December 10, 2005||Cage of Death VII: Living in Sin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1||63|||
|24||Ruckus||February 11, 2006||Seven Years Strong: Settling the Score||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||2||91||Christopher Daniels won the CZW Championship by pinning Derek Frazier in a three way tournament match at Best of the Best 6, but refused the championship, wanting to win it by pinning Ruckus one on one later in the tournament in a losing effort.|
|25||Chris Hero||May 13, 2006||Best of the Best 6||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1||119|||
|26||Eddie Kingston||September 9, 2006||Down with the Sickness 4-Ever: A Tribute to Chris Ca$h||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1||91|
|27||Justice Pain||December 9, 2006||Cage of Death VIII: Coming Undone||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||5||217|
|28||Ruckus||July 14, 2007||Best of the Best 7||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||3||147|
|29||Nick Gage||December 8, 2007||Cage of Death IX||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||3||217|
|30||Drake Younger||July 12, 2008||A Tangled Web||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1||567|
|31||B-Boy||January 30, 2010||High Stakes||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1||14|
|32||Jon Moxley||February 13, 2010||CZW 11th Anniversary Show||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1||175|
|33||Nick Gage||August 7, 2010||Southern Violence||Lumberton, North Carolina||4||7|
|34||Jon Moxley||August 14, 2010||Tangled Web 3||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||2||182|||
|35||Robert Anthony||February 12, 2011||CZW 12th Anniversary Show||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1||56|
|36||Devon Moore||April 9, 2011||Best of the Best X||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1||301||This was a six-man tag match between Devon Moore and The Briscoe Brothers, and Robert Anthony and Philadelphia's Most Wanted (Joker and Sabian); where The Briscoes' CZW Tag Team Championship were also on the line.|
|37||Scotty Vortekz||February 4, 2012||CZW Super Saturday||Indianapolis, Indiana||1||35|
|38||Masada||March 10, 2012||CZW Aerial Assault||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1||518||Won title in a four-way match also involving against DJ Hyde and Devon Moore|
|39||Drew Gulak||August 10, 2013||CZW Tangled Web 6||Voorhees, New Jersey||1||273|
|40||Biff Busick||May 10, 2014||CZW Proving Grounds||Voorhees, New Jersey||1||161||Helped by Sozio as part of "The Front".|
|41||Sozio||October 18, 2014||CZW Tangled Web 7||Voorhees, New Jersey||1||56||Turned on his former stablemate Biff Busick|
|42||BLK Jeez||December 13, 2014||CZW Cage of Death||Voorhees, New Jersey||1||238||This was a Cage of Death also included Biff Busick and Drew Gulak.|
|43||Matt Tremont||August 8, 2015||CZW Retribution||Voorhees, New Jersey||1||399|
|44||Jonathan Gresham||September 10, 2016||Down With The Sickness 2016||Voorhees, New Jersey||1||91||This was a Four Way Boards Of Nails Carpet Stripes Pains Of Glass Death Match including Greg Excellent and Joe Gacy.|
|45||Joe Gacy||December 10, 2016||Cage Of Death 18||Voorhees, New Jersey||1||154|||
|46||Lio Rush||May 13, 2017||Sacrifices||Voorhees, New Jersey||1||13|
|47||Davey Richards||May 26, 2017||Defy 3: Swerve City||Seattle, Washington||1||43||This title change took place at an event held by Defy Wrestling.|
|48||Shane Strickland||July 8, 2017||Evilution||Voorhees, New Jersey||1||126||This was a four-way match, also including Joe Gacy and Lio Rush and contested for the Defy Wrestling Championship.|
|49||Joe Gacy||November 11, 2017||Night of Infamy||Sewell, New Jersey||2||<1|
|50||Rickey Shane Page||November 11, 2017||Night of Infamy||Sewell, New Jersey||1||154||This was Page's Ultimate Opportunity Coin match.|
|51||Maxwell Jacob Friedman||April 14, 2018||Best of the Best 17||Sewell, New Jersey||1||225|
|—||Vacated||November 25, 2018||-||-||—||—||Maxwell Jacob Friedman stripped of the title due to injury.|
|52||Mance Warner||December 9, 2018||Cage of Death 20||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1||125||Warner defeated Rickey Shane Page in a Cage of Death match to win the title.|
|53||Anthony Greene||April 13, 2019||Best of the Best 18||Voorhees, New Jersey||1||<1||This was a Fatal 4 Way match also including Anthony Gangone and B-Boy|
|54||David Starr||April 13, 2019||Best of the Best 18||Voorhees, New Jersey||1||<1|
|55||John Silver||April 13, 2019||Best of the Best 18||Voorhees, New Jersey||1||153||Defeated Starr in the finals of the Best of the Best tournament.|
|56||Joe Gacy||September 13, 2019||Down with the Sickness 2019||Voorhees, New Jersey||3||39+||This was triple threat match also including Conor Claxton|
List of combined reigns
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|+||Indicates the reign is changing daily|
|<1||Indicates that the reign lasted less than one day.|
As of October 22, 2019.
|Rank ||Wrestler||No. of
|13||Maxwell Jacob Friedman||1||225|
|14||Joe Gacy †||3||193+|
|16||Rickey Shane Page||1||154|
- 1.^ – Each reign is ranked highest to lowest; reigns with the exact same number mean that they are tied for that certain rank.
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