Originally Posted by Kowalski's Killer
My question is was this title officially recognized as a "World Title" or was it just another regional title?
During the time that you are talking about there were three major World Heavyweight Championships that I was aware of as a wrestling fan. The NWA title was the most widely recognized in the U.S., Canada, and overseas. The AWA title was mostly in the Midwest of the United States, but got play in other areas. The WWA was mostly recognized on the west coast and probably in some areas of Canada. I believe Blassie defended in Japan, but I won't swear to it.
In the September, 1961 issue of BOXING ILLUSTRATE/WRESTLING NEWS there are two big articles. The main one reports on Rogers defeating O'Connor before the record crowd at Comiskey Park on June 30, 1961. That is the title that WRESTLING REVUE and BOXING ILLUSTRATED/WRESTLING NEWS recognized.
However, they also had a report on Fred Blassie taking the WWA championship from Edouardo Carpentier in California.
Hang on and I'm going to dig out my copy of BI/WR with the articles and photograph them. I'll post some photos in 15 or 20 minutes.
But, to answer your question - I would consider it a regional title back in the early sixties. Neither the WWA or Gagne's AWA was nearly as widespread and influential as the NWA at that time.