October 15th, United Wrestling Network owner David Marquez announced that there will be a brand realignment for the Heritage Championship. The Heritage Championship will now be a national championship for the United Wrestling Network. The championship split duties with the United Television Championship as the main title for Championship Wrestling from Hollywood after their relationship with the National Wrestling Alliance ended in 2012.
The Heritage Championship was initially established as the main title of the promotions associated with NWA Pro Wrestling (the California member of the National Wrestling Alliance). The inaugural champion “Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce laid the foundation of the importance of the championship, prior to winning the Ten Pounds of Gold. The title would be defended on shows at Alternative Pro Wrestling, Empire Wrestling Federation, Mach-1 Wrestling, and Pro Wrestling-Revolution. Second, only to the Ten Pounds of Gold, the title was also showcased as part of the NWA Pro Wrestling Summits that stretched from Florida to California and stops in between Texas, Arizona, British Columbia, and Indiana. The title was thought to be lost during the Fushima Earthquakes in 2011. However, the title would be returned to David Marquez last year.
Heritage Championship 2.0
With the National Wrestling Alliance ending its relationship with Championship Wrestling from Hollywood in 2012, the International Television Championship was briefly the primary title of Hollywood. At the Red Carpet Rumble in 2013, WWE’s LA Knight outlasted 32 other men to become the first new champion in two years. This championship would become the star of Hollywood, replacing the Television Championship. Although a staple in Hollywood, the regional title grew legs in 2016 as it was defended at Championship Wrestling from Arizona and in New Jersey at Combat Zone Wrestling the Boss is Back. Willie Mack defended the title in Japan at Dragon Gate Storm Gate in 2018.
Current Champion Jordan Cruz defeated Richie Slade to win the Championship, back in May at Halston Boddy’s Coastline Clash. Since then he’s defended the title at Level Up in San Diego, MPW in Los Angeles, and Wrestling’s Best fo the West in Las Vegas, Nevada. He’s also recently appeared at Championship Wrestling from Memphis as well as defending the title on Prime Time LIVE.
a new title design as the champion becomes recognized as a National Championship for the United Wrestling Network.