-NWA World Jr.Heavyweight
-NWA Canadian Jr.Heavyweight (X2)
-NWA-PNW Jr.Heavyweight (X6)
initially by Billy Jack Haynes in the summer of
1996. Began co-hosting the 'Inside the ring' wrestling
radio show with Haynes soon after, as well as refereeing
for Championship Wrestling USA inVancouver, Wa.
* Trained further by Matt Borne throughout 1997,
and helped Matt train students at Borne's "North
American Westling Asylum" Wrestled first match against
Oly Olson Jan. 26th 1997 in Vancouver, Wa.Tony lost
* Continued co-hosting a wrestling radio show once
Billy Jack quit. Matt Borne took over the show in
March 1997. Eventually Borne quit the show as well,
and Tony ran the show with various guests for the
next year including Bart Sawyer.
* Began wrestling for ECCW/NWA-PNW in April 1997,
and started developing a daredevil ariel style in
matches against Torch.
* Back in CWUSA, was attacked repeatedly by "The
Clique", (Col. DeBeers, Buddy Wayne and Richie Magnett)
in an effort to scare him out of the wrestling business.
Tony withstood the beatings and adapted a more agressive
* Began wrestling for the Kafoury's Pacific Coast
Wrestling in August 1997 where he scored some impressive
wins over The Raptor, Sumito, and Richie Magnett.
* Got in, perhaps a bit over his head, when he accepted
Bart Sawyer's offer to team with him against then
PCW tag team champions Matt Borne, and Brian Cox
in September 1997. Sawyer, and Borne were violently
feuding at the time, and Borne didn't take kindly
to Tony teaming with Bart. In the much antisipated
match, Borne expressed his anger by pressing Tony
overhead, and throwing him out of the ring, over
the top rope, and off a stage that the ring was
placed on. Tony fell approximately 17 feet to the
floor below. As Tony crawled back into the ring,
Brian Cox did the same thing to him. Tony injured
his wrists, and ribs, but missed only 2 weeks of
* Recieved a shot at then PCW Champion Bart Sawyer
in Nov.1997 after beating Chad Manning, Richie Magnett,
and winning two battle royals within two months
Caught the eye of Rey Misterio Sr. who signed Tony
to a deal with the Pro-Mell lucha libre promotion
when they came into Oregon state. Tony ended up
teaming with Misterio Sr. in a bout in Hillsboro,
Or. in Feb.1998.
* Formed a tag team-- The Portland Connection--
with Chad Manning, and came very close to capturing
the ECCW/NWA-PNW tag team titles from The Army of
Darkness in a series of brutal encounters that lasted
throughout the spring, and summer of 1998.
* The team with Manning broke up after repeated
attempts to win the ECCW/NWA-PNW tag titles failed.
* After going solo, in September 1998, captured
the ECCW/NWA-PNW Jr. Heavyweight title from Torch.
Kozina was declared the first ECCW/NWA-PNW Jr. Heavyweight
* Traded the belt with Torch four more times over
the course of twomonths.
* Lost the ECCW/NWA-PNW Jr. Heavyweight title to
The Ladies Choice in Jan. 1999.
* Tony returned to the states to train for his rematch
against The Ladies Choice which was to be in February
1999. Went to PCW, where he defeated Young Glory,
and veteran Buddy Wayne. It marked the first time
that Kozina had ever beaten Wayne by pinfall.
* After beating Buddy Wayne cleanly in McMinnville,
Or., traveled to Tacoma, Wa. the next day where
he wrestled for Cascade Championship Wrestling,
and pinned Nick Allen.
* A prepared, and determined Tornado Tony Kozina
returned to Canada, and pinned The Ladies Choice
to claim the ECCW/NWA-PNW Jr. Heavyweight title
for a fourth time.
* In March, Kozina traveled to California, wrestled
for World Grand Prix Wrestling, where he ripped
through their Lucha Libre division to become a top
contender. He publicly challenged the WGPW Lucha
Libre champion, "The American Wildchild" to a title
fight on the WGPW television show seen throughout
California, but because of a scheduling conflict
has not returned yet to wrestle for the championship.
* Has formally issued a challenge to NWA Canadian
Jr. Heavyweight Champion "Showtime' Robby Royce.
ECCW/NWA-PNW Commissioner Dave Republic, petitioned
the NWA Board of Directors. It resulted in an agreement
by the NWA championship committee to sanction a
match between Kozina, and Royce, this summer, although
the date is still undisclosed.
* At the upcoming Northern Hell Tour 99, Kozina
will attempt to defend his ECCW/NWA-PNW Jr. Heavyweight
title 13 times in 16 days. This, inspired by the
1986 Great American Bash schedule by then NWA World
Champion Ric Flair is an attempt by Kozina to get
publicity for his upcoming showdown with NWA Canadian
Jr. Heavyweight Champion RobbyRoyce.
* As Kozina headed into the ECCW/NWA-PNW Northern
Hell Tour 99, rumors surfaced about both All Pro
Wrestling in California, and The Pacific Wrestling
Federation, in Washington state wanting to acquire
Completed the grueling Northern Hell Tour with title
in tact after outlasting the likes of Torch, Strife,
Chance Beckett, The Prophet, The Ladies Choice,
and Disco Fury. The final count; 19 defenses in
31 days. After his final title win, shot an interview
for a Cranbrook, B.C. television station and said
that the NWA Canadian Jr. Heavyweghit Champion had
nowhere else to hide. Kozina also slammed NWA World
Jr. Heavyweight Champion Logan Caine, saying that
19 defenses in 31 days is the schedule of a real
* The NWA responded to Kozina's request, and accomplishments
by granting him an NWA Canadian Jr. Heavyweight
Championship title bout scheduled for June 26th
in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
* Suffered a surprising loss of his ECCW/NWA-PNW
Jr. Heavyweight title to rookie Disco Fury in Maple
Ridge, B.C. on May 13th when Fury countered Kozina's
top rope frankensteiner to score a clean 3 count
in a triangle match with Kozina vs. Torch vs. Disco
Came back two nights later to claim a fifth ECCW/NWA-PNW
Jr. Heavyweight title after he flattened Disco Fury
with a 450*"Tornado splash" to score the pinfall.
* Traveled to All Pro Wrestling in May 1999, and
wrestled two nights in the Bay area, impressing
promoter Roland Alexander, and getting himself an
open invitation back to APW. Also impressed Alan
Bolte, photographer, and writer for Wrestling World
magazine, and Bolte did a photo shoot with Kozina
for a future edition of Wrestling World magazine.
* From APW went to Los Angeles to wrestle for a
small Lucha Libre organization. Caught the eye of
several Lucha Libre promoters who were interested
in his potential abilities.
* Listed in the NWA Junior Heavyweight division
rankings as number 3. Only World Champion Logan
Caine, and Canadian Champion Robby Royce ranked
higher than The Tornado in the NWA's official rankings.
After doing internet interviews for the NWA fanzine,
SLAM Canadian wrestling sports website, and several
others, The Tornado travelled to Winnipeg and on
June 26th defeated "Kool Daddy Swing" Tony McGuire,
and NWA Canadian Jr. Heavyweight Champion "Showtime"
Robby Royce in a triangle match to capture the NWA
Canadian Jr. Heavyweght title.
* Rumors surfaced about Stampede Wrestling being
interested in bringing Kozina to Calgary to wrestle
* As of July 3rd, 1999 "Tornado" Tony Kozina moved
to number two in the NWA junior rankings. Only NWA
World Jr. Heavyweight Champion Logan Caine ranked
higher. ECCW/NWA-PNW Commissioner Dave Republic
continued to lobby the NWA championship committee
for a one-on-one bout with Kozina and Caine at the
NWA "Battle of the Belts" on September 25th in Charlotte,
* In a surprising move, Kozina vacated the ECCW/NWA-PNW
Jr. Heavyweight title on July 23rd in New Westminster,
B.C. He said that he couldn't commit to staying
in the PNW area for the next few months, and that
he would concentrate on defending the NWA Canadian
Jr. title throughout Canada, continuing his campaign
for the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Championship.
* Turned back the challenge of "Kool Daddy Swing"
Tony McGuire, his first challenger for the NWA Canadian
Jr.Heavweight title. Kozina defeated McGuire in
one-on-one encounters on July 24th in Nanaimo, B.C.,
and again in Victoria B.C. on July 25th.
* As of July 3rd the NWA ranked Kozina at #3, down
one from the previous month. By August 11th, Kozina
had dropped to #4 in the NWA Junior rankings, behind
Twiggy Ramirez, and NWA Georgia State Jr. Heavyweight
Champion Air Paris.
* Kozina responded by going back on the road for
two weeks, and defending his NWA Canadian Jr. Heavyweight
title in incredible fashion. The Tornado outlasted
the very best in CWF/NWA Canada, and ECCW/NWA-PNW
in four-way dances, and triple threat matches from
Regina, to Kamloops. Kozina also came away with
victories in singles bouts against Torch, and against
newly crowned ECCW/NWA-PNW Jr. Heavyweight Champion
The Ladies Chioce.
August 18th saw Tony Kozina debut for the Bad Boys
of Wrestling in Billings, Montana, with a hard fought
victory over Torch.
* Kozina traveled on to Alberta, Canada where he
debuted for Can-Am Wrestling. Kozina held his own
for three nights in Grande Prarie, Edmonton, and
Red Deer, before travelling back to British Columbia
to resume his scheduled title defenses.
Kozina heads to Charlotte, North Carolina and is
first to the ring in a 12 man Royal Rumble rules
battle royal with the winner to face NWA World Jr.
Heavyweight Champion Logan Caine. Kozina nearly
comes away with the win, but is the last wrestler
to be eliminated by Twiggy Ramirez, who won the
event with an assist from his manager. Impressed
with his performance and determination, both NWA
President Howard Brody, and NWA Vice President Bill
Behrens agree to book a one-on-one match with Kozina
and the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Champion before
the end of the year.
* Kozina meets with WWF talent scouts for the first
time before the Unforgiven Pay-per-view event in
Charlotte, North Carolina.
* Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranks "Tornado" Tony
Kozina at number 341 in the yearly PWI 500.
Kozina faces Can-Am Mid-Heavyweight Champion The
Black Dragon for Kozina's NWA Canadian Jr. Heavyweight
title. Kozina retains his title after two victories
* In a stunning upset, Kozina loses the NWA Canadian
Jr. Heavyweight title to Buddy Rose Jr. in New Westminster,
B.C. on Nov. 12th in a horribly bloody match. Rose
who had mocked Kozina for weeks was given the title
shot at Kozina's request even though he was clearly
over the 215lb. weight limit set by the NWA for
the junior heavyweight division. The mostly one-sided
match saw The "Tornado" unleash a vicious attack
opening a gash on Rose that would later require
10 stitches to close. With the help of Beautiful
Bruce, and a metal floor scale which Rose used to
hit Kozina in the head with, Rose secured a 3-count
and was awarded the title.
* Kozina falls to number 12 in the NWA Junior Heavyweight
rankings for Nov. 22nd.
* Rumors arise that NWA East/PWX promoter Jim Miller
is trying to grant "Tornado" Tony Kozina an opportunity
to wrestle for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight
Championship in a four-way dance in Pittsburg. The
pressure builds for Kozina who is told by the NWA
that he first must regain the NWA Canadian Jr. Heavyweight
title to have a spot in the bout.
* Kozina defeats Buddy Rose Jr. in Victoria, B.C.
to claim a second NWA Canadian Jr. Heavyweight title.
In a show of respect, TORCH, Havoc, and Juggernaut
enter the ring to congradulate the new champion
and hoist him on their shoulders parading him around
for all to see.
* The "Tornado's" campaign for the NWA World Jr.
Heavyweight title continues and the fan support
is clearly visible as the NWA message forum is literally
swamped with postings concerning Tony Kozina and
the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Championship.
* Kozina signs for only one title defense in the
month of December as he stays home to rest and begins
training for the possible World title showdown in
* The NWA ranked "Tornado" Tony Kozina at #3 for
Dec. 21st. Only NWA 2000 Heavyweight Champion Twiggy
Ramirez and NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Champion "Big
Time" Vince Kaplack ranked higher.
* Tony makes the Top 50 indy wrestlers list for
whoowrestling.com for Jan. 1, 2000 ranking in at
Kozina travels to Pittsburgh to wrestle for NWA
East/PWX. On Jan. 14th, 2000 at the Wrestleplex,
The "Tornado" pins Vince "Big Time" Kaplack clean
in the ring with a roll up into a bridge to capture
the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight title. The two shake
hands in a show of mutual respect as the crowd gives
them a standing ovation.
* Within the first eight days as Champion Tony defends
the title against Croc Hunter Kaplack, Vince Viper,
Disco Fury, and holds off The Black Dragon twice
by dq in their first series of title bouts.
* With offers beginning to mount, Kozina signs to
wrestle in ECCW/NWA-PNW, (British Columbia, and
Washington state) All-Pro Wrestling, (California)
World Power Wrestling, (California) Portland Wrestling,
(Oregon) and Pacific Northwest Championship Wrestling
(Oregon). The west coast tour schedule has 17 shows
in 29 days starting Jan. 27th and ending Feb. 25th.
After defeating Disco Fury in New Westminster, BC
on Jan. 21st is attacked by "Gorgeous" Michelle
Starr, and "Loverboy" Johnny Canuck - The Glamour
Order of Disipline (GOD). They
beat Tony with a garbage can, and superbomb him
throught a table as a message of protest to NWA-PNW
commissioner Dave Republic, NWA/CWF promoter Ernie
Todd, and NWA President Howard Brody over recent
treatment, and Ernie Todd's refusal to grant Michelle
Starr a title shot against NWA Canadian Heavyweight
Champion Crusher Carlsen. Kozina escapes serious
injury from the attack, but experiences pain in
his hand, kidneys, and neck throughout the following
* Travels to San Franciso for APW and defeats APW's
premire high flyer Jardi Frantz by pinfall to retain
both the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight and NWA Canadian
Jr. Heavyweight title.
* Talks with Rey Misterio Sr. and several Lucha
Libre promoters about bringing the NWA World Jr.
Heavyweight title to Mexico sometime this summer.
* Gained a measure of revenge against "Gorgeous"
Michelle Starr when he pinned Starr clean in Newport,
Oregon and again the next night in Corvallis, Oregon
for the weekend debut of Pacific Northwest Championship
* NWA UK expresses interest in having "Tornado"
Tony Kozina defend the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight
title in England at the end of February 2000.
Signs with NWA UK to compete in the TransAtlantic
Wrestling challenge and travels to Southampton,
UK for the two day 16 man elimination tournament.
Kozina makes it to the final four beating Psycho
Steve in the first round. Jon Ryan in the second
round. Gets a decision over NWA Worldwide TV Champion
"Prodigy" TJ Grey after a draw. Pins Kory Williams
of The New South tag team in the third round. In
the semi-final round Kozina is pinned by SINN (Chris
Champion) and eliminated. SINN goes on to pin former
NWA World Champion Gary Steele in the final bout
to win the tournament.
* Spends the month of March wrestling in his home
state of Oregon for both Portland Wrestling and
Pacific Northwest Championship Wrestling. While
home Kozina trains for the first leg of the upcoming
Northern Hell Tour 2000 where he is scheduled to
defend the NWA World Jr. Heavyweght title 11 times
in 13 days against a wide variety of opponents.
Some of which have joined the NHT 2000 from other
NWA promotions specifically for a shot at the NWA
World Jr. Heavyweight title.
* During the Northern Hell Tour, controversy surrounds
a title match between Kozina and NWA Canadian Jr.
Heavyweight Champion Disco Fury on April 11th in
Fraser Lake BC. The referee counts both men's shoulders
to the mat and stops the match. After careful consideration
the match is re-started and again both men are counted
out. The match is stopped for a second time and
once again re-started. After almost 20 minutes,
Kozina scores a decisive pinfall following a tombstone
* With the birth of the ECCW-IWA Japan relationship,
Kozina, ECCW/NWA-PNW commissioner Dave Republic,
and IWA Japan officials begin talks in an attempt
to bring the NWA World Jr. Heayweight title to Japan
for a series of title defenses later in the year.
* Complete's an intense road schedule for ECCW/NWA-PNW
working both the Northern Hell Tour and the Kootney
Kaos Tour. The final figure is 23 title defenses
in 37 days.
* The NWA website announces that Kozina will travel
to Manitoba, and Ontario to defend the NWA World
Jr. Heavyweight title on a tour in the month of
* NWA/CWF tour falls through and Kozina stays in
the northwest getting involved in a heated feud
with ECCW newcomer Rockford 2000. The two battle
throughout British Columbia in the months of June
* July 22nd 2000, Rockford 2000 defeats Kozina to
capture the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight title in a
cage match in Surrey, BC.
* ECCW opens a second House of Pain wrestling school
in Portland, Oregon with "Tornado" Tony Kozina as
head trainer. * The lobbying begins for a series
of rematches against Rockford 2000. But with recent
losses to both Bulldog Bob Brown Jr. and Torch,
and a 20 minute draw against Havoc, Kozina is given
only one rematch in the month of August in Nanaimo,
* After failing to regain the title in a rematch
against Rockford 2000 on Aug. 25th in Nanaimo, BC,
Kozina faces Rockford once again the next night
in New Westminster, BC. With the orginal referee
knocked down temporarily a second referee heads
to the ring. Kozina executes a German suplex on
Rockford 2000 with the original referee counting
Rockford's shoulder's and the second ref counting
down Tony's shoulder's. The title is declared held
up by ECCW/NWA-PNW commissioner Dave Republic until
the tape can be reviewd by NWA officials.
* After the tape is reviewed by both ECCW/NWA-PNW
commissioner Dave Republic, and NWA Vice President
Bill Behrens it is decided that the original referee's
decision would stand and thus the NWA World Jr.
Heavyweight title was awarded to "Tornado" Tony
Kozina for a second time.
* NWA Vice President Bill Behrens informs Kozina
that the challenger for the NWA 52nd anniversary
show will be former Champion Vince Kaplack, and
the two are scheduled to meet Saturday Oct. 14th
2000 at the Nashville Fairgrounds.
* Vince Kaplack defeats Tony Kozina to win a second
NWA World Junior Heavyweight title in Nashville,
TN. on October 14th after reversing a top rope frankensteiner
into a sunset flip.
* Kozina defeats Count Monsterod Von Hugenstein
to become number one contender to the NWA Canadian
Jr. Heavyweight title.
* Faces The Asian Cougar from IWA Japan for the
Japanese Independent Cruiser Class Championship
in Nanaimo, BC on Nov. 23rd, 2000. They wrestle
to a 15 minute draw.
* Kozina makes it to the finals in ECCW"s first
annual Pacific Cup Junior Tournament. The final
match see's Tony Kozina vs. Havoc vs. Asian Cougar.
Asian Cougar walks out the Pacific Cup 2000 Champion.
* ECWA promoter Jim Kettner invites Tony Kozina
to the prestigious ECWA Super 8 tournament set for
Feb. 24th in Wilmington, Delaware.
* Kozina scores a huge upset when he pins UPW Heavyweight
Champion and the 2000 Super 8 tournament winner
"The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels in a non-title
match in Auburn, Washington. Kozina countered a
powerbomb with a legdrop to the back of Daniels
head which he had injured a week earlier on WCW
Nitro. He then unleashed a new finishing move called
the "Sky-Twister" to score the pinfall.
Continuing to build momentum for the ECWA Super
8, Kozina defeats IWA Japan's Asian Cougar in Nanaimo,
* Feb. 24th 2001 ECWA Super 8 Wilmington, DE. Jayson
Reign defeats Tony Kozina in just over 14 minutes
to eliminate him in the first round of the tournament.
* Kozina does a phone interview for Pro Wrestling
Illustrated, and several more for various wrestling
* Makes it to the finals of the NWA-PNW Junior Heavyweight
tournament after defeating Adam Firestorm and "Fallen
Angel" Christopher Daniels. The final match is a
three-way dance between Kozina, Disco Fury, and
Scotty Mac. Scotty wins the tournament after pinning
Disco Fury. It is immediately announced that Kozina
will face Sotty May 26th in Vancouver, WA one-on-one
for the title.
* Travels once again to ECWA where Tony finds himself
in another three-way dance- this time with Jayson
Reign and Reckless Youth. After an incredible effort
by all three wrestlers, Jayson Reign walks out the
* Faces the legendary Sabu in a wild encounter in
Eugene, OR at "Anarchy at Piper's Pit".
The action spills over the ringside barricades into
the rows of people, and after chairs are thrown,
and tables are broken Sabu wins with a camel clutch.
In a rare show of respect, Sabu helps Kozina to
him feet and shakes his hand.
Recieves a dark match tryout with the WWF on July
2nd in Tacoma, WA defeating "Heartthrob" Buddy Wayne.
* Competes in NWA Florida's Super Junior Open in
Tampa on July 10th losing in the first round to
"Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels.
After challenging repeatedly throughout the summer
but coming up short, finally defeats Scotty Mac
for a 6th ECCW/NWA-PNW Jr. Heavyweight title in
Vancouver, WA on July 21st 2001. Immediately states
that he wants another crack at the NWA World Jr.
* Faces Sabu in wild rematches in both the U.S.
and Canada for ECCW/NWA-PNW.
* Faces NWA Canadian Jr. Heavyweight Champion "Mr.
Showtime" Chance Beckett and appears to have him
beaten for the title when Kozina is attacked by
American Dragon causing him to lose the bout.
* Signed to face the PWF Jr. Heavyweight Champion,
Red in Pottstown, PA and the NWA New England Jr.
Heavyweight Champion in Malden, Mass. in the month
of August as well as wrestle for NWA Jersey.
Controversy erupts in Pottstown, PA on August 15th,
2001 when Kozina faces PWF Jr. Champion Red, and
IWA Jr. Champion Billy Bax in a title unification
match-up. While it was made clear to promoters that
Kozina's NWA-PNW Jr. title was not on the line,
Billy Bax who won the match grabbed the northwest
title and declad himself champion. The internet
websites reported this title change adding to the
confusion but later corrected. Kozina still remained
NWA-PNW Jr. Heavyweight Champion.
* Kozina tours throughout the northeast US facing
Chris Chetti in New Jersey, defeating Jayce North
in Boston and challenging Billy Bax for the IWA
and PWF Jr. titles in Reading, PA which ended in
a 20 minute draw.
* Along with Juggernaut and Dr, Luther invades Western
Canadian Extreme Wrestling in September 2001. While
Luther and Juggernaut take the tag belts on the
1st night, the plan foils when Luther and Juggeraut's
interference in Kozina's title match with WCEW Crusierweight
Champion, Highlander backfires and Kozina gets pinned.
Juggernaut and Luther attack Tony after he tells
them "thanks but I'd rather do the wrestling by
* Contiunes touring through Alberta and Saskatchewan
and after an impressive list of victories receives
another shot at the WCEW Cusierweight title in Calgary.
This time a triple threat match against Highlander
and newly crowned Chamion "Hotshot" Johnny Devine.
Devine retains his title after pinning Highlander.
* October 4th NWA rankings lists "Tornado" Tony
Kozina as the number one contender to NWA World
Jr. Heavyweight Champion Lex Lovett.
* Was scheduled to partisipate at the NWA 53rd anniversary
show in Tampa, FL for the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight
title in a 5-way frenzy with Jason Rumble, Jimmy
Rave, Brandon K and World Champion Lex Lovett. Kozina,
who couldn't make the date was replaced and Jason
Rumble walked away with the title.