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October 12, 1996--Present

Compiled by Samuel Eanes and Earl Oliver

1.Robert Thompson
10/12/96-Modesto, CA
Defeats Michael Modest in tournament final.

2.Manny Fernandez
03/08/97-Cupertino, CA

Fernandez leaves the promotion.

3."The Natural One" Michael Modest
07/04/97-Hayward, CA
Defeats Donovan Morgan in tournament finals.

4.Donovan Morgan
09/05/97-Hayward, CA

5.Michael Modest [2]
01/03/98-Hayward, CA

6.Robert Thompson [2]
01/30/98-San Jose, CA

7."La Migra" Maxx Justice
03/27/98-San Jose, CA

8.Vic Grimes
05/01/98-Hayward, CA

Grimes leaves for the WWF.

9.Maxx Justice [2]
05/16/98-Pinole, CA
Defeats Sam Fatu.

10.Boom Boom Comini
10/17/98-Sacramento, CA

11.Michael Modest [3]
10/30/98-Hayward, CA

12.Maxx Justice [3]
03/12/99-San Jose, CA

13.Bad Boy Boyce LeGrande
05/01/99-Pinole, CA

14.Maxx Justice (4)
05/21/99-Hayward, CA

15."Gigolo" Vinny Massarro
05/22/99-San Jose

Title held up
The Pro Wrestling Council ruled that due to outside interference from unlicensed referees, the title would be stripped from Vinny Massaro and held in escrow. A Four Corners match was to be held on July 10, 1999 in San Jose, including Maxx Justice, Michael Modest, Vinny Massaro and Boyce LeGrande to determine the new APW Universal Heavyweight Champion

16.Maxx Justice [5]
07/10/99-San Jose, CA
Justice pinned Michael Modest in a Four Corners match after Mark Smith, who got in the ring to cheer on Modest, suprised everyone by clotheslining Modest

17.Shane Dynasty
09/25/99-Lompoc, CA
Justice faced masked newcomer Super Diabliquo for the title and there was a question about who was actually under the mask. In an earlier Battle Royal Super Diabliquo was thought to be Shane Dynasty but during the Title contest, Dynasty was revealed to be ringside wearing a clown mask. In the end, while the referee was being distracted, Dynasty was knocked unconscious by the Freaks, stripped to his underwear and then substituted for Chris Ward, who was wrestling as Super Diabliquo. Afterward he was unmasked and declared the Universal Champion.

18.Michael Modest [4]
10/09/99-Pacifica, CA
Defeated Shane Dynasty in a Dog Collar match
Modest is the first APW Double Crown winner, having won the Internet Title on February 27, 1999 in Pinole, California

19.Tony Jones
01/15/2000-Healdsburg, CA

03/11/2000-San Leandro, CA

19."Filthy" Frank Murdoch
04/15/2000-Livingston, Ca

20.The Honky Tonk Man (Wayne Ferris)
08/26/2000-Antioch, Ca (Antioch Fairgrounds)
Tony Jones tried to hit the Honky Tonk Man with a kendo stick, but accidently hit Murdoch to give the challenger the victory

Title Vacant

APW Commissioner Gabriel Ramirez declared the title vacant when the Honky Tonk Man failed to appear for a title defense

21.Ed "Moondog" Moretti
10/07/2000-San Francisco, CA

22.Donovan Morgan
10/07/2000-San Francisco, CA

Defeated Moretti the same evening
Donovan Morgan held the following Title is conjunction with the APW Universal Heavyweight Championship

23."Ice Pick" Vic Capri
04/28/2001-Chicago, Il.
During Morgan's tour of the Midwest, he was upset by 2000 KOTI participant Vic Capri in a 2-of-3-Falls Ladder match.
Capri becomes the first man to win the APW Universal Title outside of APW.

24.Michael Modest [5]
06/02/2001-Pacifica, CA

Title Vacant

25.Robert Thompson [3]
05/11/2002-Pacifica, CA
Defeateed American Dragon in a tournament final to win vacant title.

26.Larry Blackwell
10/25/2002-Hayward, CA
Pins Robert Thompson in a "Double Jeopardy" tag team match. Blackwell teamed up with Kafu, while Thompson teamed up with Jardi Frantz.

27.Robert Thompson [4]
12/06/2002-Hayward, CA

28.Bobby Quance
12/27/20020-Hayward, CA

Bobby Quance stripped of the title.

28.James Watkins
10/25/2003-Hayward, CA
Defeated Robert Thompson to win vacant title.

29.Nate Rulez
10/30/2004-Hayward, CA
Halloween Hell

06/11/2005-Hayward, CA

31.Derrick Sanders
12/0320/05-Hayward, CA
Defeated Kafu in a No DQ Lumberjack Match to win the title.

32.Dana Lee
07/29/2006-Hayward, CA
Stripped of the title immediately after the match due to his actions in the APW Wrestling School.

33.Derrick Sanders [2]
08/12/2006-Hayward, CA
Defeated The Great Tenshi to win the vacant title in a tournament final.

34.Dana Lee [2]
09/02/2006-Hayward, CA

35.Kafu [2]
10/14/2006-Hayward, CA

36.Oliver John
03/24/2007-Hayward, CA

37.Adam Thornstowe
09/22/2007-Hayward, CA

38.Mr. Prime Time
10/13/2007-Hayward, CA
Defeated Thornstowe and Oliver John to win the title.

39.Oliver John [2]
06/14/2008-Hayward, CA

40.Dylan Drake
12/06/2008-Hayward, CA
Steel Cage Match

11/07/2009-Hayward, CA

42.Jeckles the Jester
05/08/2010-Hayward, CA

43.Derek Sanders [3]
07/10/2010-Santa Rosa, CA

44.Dylan Drake [2]
12/04/2010-Hayward, CA

45.Jeckles [2]
07/16/2011-Hayward, CA

45.Timothy Thatcher
09/03/2011-Hayward, CA

Title Vacant
Thatcher is unable to complete in a scheduled defense.

45.Jeckles [3]
10/15/2011-Hayward, CA
Defeated Gangrel.

45.Jody Kristofferson
01/14/2012-Hayward, CA
Immediately forfeited the title right after winning it due to his development deal with WWE.

45.Timothy Thatcher [2]
02/18/2012-Hayward, CA
Won a 4-way elimination match against A.J. Kirsch, Dylan Drake, and Jeckles.

46.Dylan Drake
11/03/2012-Hayward, CA

47.Adam Thornstowe
04/13/2013-Hayward, CA
Defeated Dylan Drake(c) and Timothy Thatcher in 3-way match.

48.Rik Luxury
06/13/2014-Daly City, CA

49.JR Kratos [2]
03/13/2015-Daly City, CA (Bayshore Community Center)

50.Jody Kristofferson [2]
02/26/2016-Daly City, CA

10/14/2016-Daly City, CA

52.Luster the Legend
03/25/2017-Daly City, GA

53.Jeff Cobb
05/06/2017-San Francisco, CA
Defeated Luster the Legend, John Morrison, and Brian Cage in 4-way match.

54.Jacob Fatu
11/02/2018-Daly City, CA

65.Jake Atlas
08/02/2019-Daly City, GA

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