October 12, 1996--Present
Compiled by Samuel Eanes and Earl Oliver
Defeats Michael Modest in tournament final.
Fernandez leaves the promotion.
3."The Natural One" Michael Modest
Defeats Donovan Morgan in tournament finals.
5.Michael Modest 
6.Robert Thompson 
01/30/98-San Jose, CA
7."La Migra" Maxx Justice
03/27/98-San Jose, CA
Grimes leaves for the WWF.
9.Maxx Justice 
Defeats Sam Fatu.
10.Boom Boom Comini
11.Michael Modest 
12.Maxx Justice 
03/12/99-San Jose, CA
13.Bad Boy Boyce LeGrande
14.Maxx Justice (4)
15."Gigolo" Vinny Massarro
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 
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
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 
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
03/11/2000-San Leandro, CA
19."Filthy" Frank Murdoch
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
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
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
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 
25.Robert Thompson 
Defeateed American Dragon in a tournament final to win vacant title.
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 
Bobby Quance stripped of the title.
Defeated Robert Thompson to win vacant title.
Defeated Kafu in a No DQ Lumberjack Match to win the title.
Stripped of the title immediately after the match due to his actions in the APW Wrestling School.
33.Derrick Sanders 
Defeated The Great Tenshi to win the vacant title in a tournament final.
34.Dana Lee 
38.Mr. Prime Time
Defeated Thornstowe and Oliver John to win the title.
39.Oliver John 
Steel Cage Match
42.Jeckles the Jester
43.Derek Sanders 
07/10/2010-Santa Rosa, CA
44.Dylan Drake 
Thatcher is unable to complete in a scheduled defense.
Immediately forfeited the title right after winning it due to his development deal with WWE.
45.Timothy Thatcher 
Won a 4-way elimination match against A.J. Kirsch, Dylan Drake, and Jeckles.
Defeated Dylan Drake(c) and Timothy Thatcher in 3-way match.
06/13/2014-Daly City, CA
49.JR Kratos 
03/13/2015-Daly City, CA (Bayshore Community Center)
50.Jody Kristofferson 
02/26/2016-Daly City, CA
10/14/2016-Daly City, CA
52.Luster the Legend
03/25/2017-Daly City, GA
05/06/2017-San Francisco, CA
Defeated Luster the Legend, John Morrison, and Brian Cage in 4-way match.
11/02/2018-Daly City, CA
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