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July 14, 1948--Present

From Wrestling Title Histories
by Royal Duncan & Gary Will
with additional information from Matt Benaka, Earl Oliver, Brian Westcott, Richard Sullivan, Andrew Zadarnowski, Joe Dean, Jason Fitzgerald and Manual Gonz´┐Żlez

1.Orville Brown
Orville Brown was the reigning Midwest Wrestling Association (MWA) World Heavyweight champion, awarded as the first National Wrestling Alliance World champion
MWA absorbed into NWA

Title Vacated
Brown injured in an automobile accident on November 1, 1949 and forced to abdicate the title

2.Lou Thesz
Thesz awarded the vacant title
Lou Thesz unified following titles to become the Undisputed World Heavyweight champion

3.Whipper Billy Watson
03/15/56-Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Whipper Billy Watson won the title by count-out.
The special referee was Jack Dempsey.

4.Lou Thesz (2)
11/09/56-St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Thesz lost to Edouard Carpentier on 06/14/57 in Chicago, IL when Thesz couldn't continue due to a back injury
NWA ruled the title couldn't change hands through an injury and gave the belt back to Thesz
Carpentier was recognized as World champion in Omaha and by World Wrestling Association (WWA) in Los Angeles to legitimize the lineages of their world titles.

5.Dick Hutton
11/14/57-Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

6.Pat O'Connor
01/09/59-St. Louis, Missouri, United States

7."The Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers {Herman Rohde}
06/30/61-Chicago, Illinois, United States (Comisky Park)
managed by Bobby Davis

8.Lou Thesz (3)
01/24/63-Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Promoters in northeast refused to recognize Buddy Rogers's one-fall loss to Thesz and started the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) with Rogers as the first WWWF World Heavyweight champion
Thesz unified the NWA Championship with the Ohio based American Wrestling Association championship.

9.Gene Kiniski
01/07/66-St. Louis, Missouri, United States

10.Dory Funk Jr.
02/11/69-Tampa, Florida, United States
Funk won by submission witha spinning toe-hold

11.Harley Race
03/24/73-Kansas City, Missouri, United States

12.Jack Brisco
07/20/73-Houston, Texas, United States

13.Giant Baba {Shohei Baba}
12/02/74-Kagoshimi, JAPAN
1st fall Baba@11:47, 2nd fall Brisco@5:39, 3rd fall Baba@3:20

14.Jack Brisco (2)
12/09/74-Toyohashi, JAPAN
1st fall Baba@13:47, 2nd fall Brisco@3:30, 3rd fall Brisco@2:34

15.Terry Funk
12/10/75-Miami, Florida, United States

16.Harley Race (2)
02/06/77-Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

17.Dusty Rhodes {Virgil Runnels Jr.}
08/21/79-Tampa, Florida, United States

18.Harley Race (3)
08/26/79-Orlando, Florida, United States

19.Giant Baba (2)
10/31/79-Nagoya, JAPAN

20.Harley Race (4)
11/07/79-Amagaseki, JAPAN

21.Giant Baba (3)
09/04/80-Saga, JAPAN

22.Harley Race (5)
09/09/80-Ohtsu, JAPAN

23.Tommy Rich {Tom Richardson}
04/27/81-Augusta, Georgia, United States

24.Harley Race (6)
05/01/81-Gainsville, Georgia, United States

25.Dusty Rhodes (2)
06/21/81-Atlanta, Georgia, The United States

26."The Nature Boy" Ric Flair {Richard Morgan Fliehr}
09/17/81-Kansas City, Missouri, United States
The Midnight Rider (Dusty Rhodes) defeated Ric Flair on 02/09/83 in Tampa, Florida, United States but returned the belt when asked to identify himself by NWA president Bob Geigel
Flair wrestled to a double count-out against WWF Heavyweight champion Bob Backlund {Robert Backlund} on 07/04/82 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
Flair wrestled Jack Veneno in the Dominican Republic for the Title sometime in late 1982 or early '83 and lost. He pinned Veneno a few days later in a rematch. NWA promoters in the U.S., Canada, Japan, or anywhere else for that matter, never mentioned the title switches with Veneno. A short time later, Flair alledgedly dropped the title to Victor Jovica in a similiar manner and won it back in a rematch.
Flair also wrestled Carlos Colon in Puerto Rico on January 6, 1983 in a match that was billed as a unification match for the NWA and WWC World Titles. Flair lost the match, and the title, but this was never acknowledged in the US. Some reports state that Flair then won the title back a few days later in Florida.

27.Harley Race (7)
10/06/83-St. Louis, Missouri, United States

28."The Nature Boy" Ric Flair (2)
11/24/83- Greensboro, North Carolina, United States (Greensboro Coliseum)
Ric Flair defeated Harley Race in a steel cage with special referee Gene Kiniski.

29.Harley Race (8)
03/21/84-Wellington, NEW ZEALAND

30."The Nature Boy" Ric Flair (3)
03/23/84-Kallang, SINGAPORE

31.Kerry Von Erich {Kerry Gene Adkisson}
05/06/84-Irving, Texas, United States (Texas Stadium)
1st David Von Erich Parade of Champions

32."The Nature Boy" Ric Flair (4)
05/24/84-Yokosuka, JAPAN
Member of The Four Horsemen beginning in 1985 and throughout the rest of his reign.
Managed by J.J.Dillion beginning in 1985 and throughout the rest of his reign.
Flair defeated Kerry Von Erich in a two out of three falls match.
1st fall Von Erich@15:51, 2nd fall Flair@3:24, 3rd fall Flair@7:19
Flair wrestled to a double count-out against AWA World heavyweight champion Rick Martel {Richard Vignault} on 10/02/85 in Tokyo, JAPAN.

33.Dusty Rhodes (3)
07/25/86-Greensboro, North Carolina, United States (Greensboro Coliseum)
Great American Bash
Rhodes defeated Flair in a steel cage match

34."The Nature Boy" Ric Flair (5)
08/07/86-St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Member of The Four Horsemen (2)
managed by J.J.Dillion (2)

35.Ronnie Garvin {Roger Barnes}
09/25/87-Detroit, Michigan, United States
Garvin defeated Flair in a steel cage using a sunset flip off of the top of the cage

36."The Nature Boy" Ric Flair (6)
11/26/87-Chicago, Illinois, United States (UIC Pavilion)
Member of The Four Horsemen (3)
Member of The Yamazaki Corporation
managed by J.J.Dillion (3) & Hiro Matsuda
Flair defeated Ronnie Garvin in a steel cage match.

37.Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat {Richard Blood}
02/20/89-Chicago, Illinois, United States (UIC Pavilion)
Chi-Town Rumble

38."The Nature Boy" Ric Flair (7)
05/07/89-Nashville, Tennessee, United States (Municipal Auditorium)
Music City Showdown
Member of The Four Horsemen (4)
managed by Ole Anderson {Ole Rogowski} & Woman {Nancy Sullivan}

39.Sting {Steven Borden}
07/07/90-Baltimore, Maryland, United States (Baltimore Arena)
The Great American Bash

40."The Nature Boy" Ric Flair (8)
01/11/91- East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States (Meadowland Byrne Arena)
Member of The Four Horsemen (5)
With the NWA no longer operating as an organization, the title exclusively was referred to as theWCW World Heavyweight title from January of 1991.

41. Tatsumi "The Dragon" Fujinami
03/21/91-Tokyo, JAPAN (Egg Dome)
WCW/NJ Supershow I
Tatsumi Fujinami was recognized as NWA champion in Japan
WCW title was given back to Flair after the decision was reversed to a disqualification thus splitting the WCW/NWA Titles.

42."The Nature Boy" Ric Flair (9)
05/19/91-St. Petersburg, Florida, United States (Bayfront Center)
Superbrawl I
Member of The Four Horsemen (6)
Flair reunified the WCW/NWA Titles but then was stripped of the Championship on 09/08/91 after signing with World Wrestling Federation (WWF), where he claims the "Real World Heavyweight Title"
NWA World Heavyweight Title is vacant for the first time in its history.

43.Masahiro Chono
08/12/92-Tokyo, JAPAN (G-1 Climax)
Masahiro Chono defeated Rick Rude {Richard Rood} in a tournament final to crown the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion.

44.The Great Muta {Keiji Muto}
01/04/93-Tokyo, JAPAN (Bayfront Center)
WCW/NJ Supershow III

45.Barry Windham
02/21/93-Ashville, North Carolina, United States (SuperBrawl III)

46."The Nature Boy" Ric Flair (10)
07/18/93-Biloxi, Missippi, United States (Gulf Coast Coliseum)
Beach Blast
Member of The Four Horsemen (7)
Managed by Fifi {Wendy Barlow}
Recognition was dropped by the NWA in September,'93 when WCW withdraws from NWA
Flair continued to be recognized as world champion by WCW
The NWA continues as a legal entity following the withdrawal of WCW and holds a tournament for the revived NWA World Heavyweight Title in 1994.

47.Shane Douglas {Troy Martin}
08/27/94- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (ECW Arena)
Managed by Sherri Martel {Sherri Russell}
Shane Douglas, Eastern Championship Wrestling (ECW) Heavyweight Champion, defeated Too Cold Scorpio {Charles Skaggs} in the final of a tournament to crown the new champion.
Douglas immediately refused the belt and instead elevated his ECW Heavyweight Title to World Title status.
ECW immediately withdrew from the NWA and changed their name to Extreme Championship Wrestling.

48.Chris Candido
11/19/94-Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States (The Armory)
Managed by Tammy Fytch {Noreen Tamara Fytch}
Chris Candido defeated Tracey Smothers in the final of a tournament to crown a new champion.

49.Dan "The Beast" Severn
02/24/95-Erlanger, Kentucky, United States
Dan Severn held the following title in conjunction to the NWA World Heavyweight Title:

50.Naoya Ogawa
03/14/99-Yokohama, Japan (Yokohama Arena)
Ogawa beat Dan Severn by submission for title

51.Gary Steele
09/25/99-Charlotte, NC
Ogawa made Brian Anthony submit then Steele beat Ogawa in a Three-Way-Dance for the title
Anthony eliminated at 4:25, Ogawa eliminated at 7:12

52.Naoya Ogawa [2]
10/02/99-Thomaston, CT

Title Vacant
Naoya Ogawa forfeited the NWA World Heavyweight Title at the press conference, saying his schedule wouldn't allow for title defenses since he wanted to concentrate on Rickson Gracie.

53."Colorado Kid" Mike Rapada
09/19/2000-Tampa, FL
Defeats Jerry Flynn in an 8-man tournament final to win vacant title.

11/14/2000-Tampa, FL

55.Mike Rapada [2]
12/22/2000-Nashville, TN.

55.Steve Corino
04/24/2001-Tampa, FL

Title Held Up
10/13/2001-St. Petersburg, FL (Florida Wrestleplex)
NWA 53rd Anniversary Show
The title was held-up after a match between Steve Corino and Shin'ya Hashimoto was stopped by the referee at 10:05

56.Shin'ya Hashimoto
12/15/2001-McKeesport, PA
Defeated Steve Corino and Gary Steele in a round-robin triangle match to win the held-up title.

57.Dan Severn [2]
03/09/2002-Tokyo, JAPAN (Tokyo Korakuen Hall)

Title Vacant
Dan Severn was stripped of the NWA World Title by unanimous vote of the NWA Board of Directors. A new champion to be crowned on 6/19/02 in Huntsville, AL at the first NWA TNA event.

58.Ken Shamrock
06/19/2002-Birmingham, AL
Defeated The Wall in Gauntlet finals for vacant title
First TNA NWA event

59.Ron "The Truth" Killings
08/07/2002-Nashville, TN
Killings (formerly K-Krush) is the first black NWA World Champ

60.Jeff Jarrett
11/20/2002-Nashville, TN

The WWAS World Heavyweight Title was unified with the NWA World Heavyweight Title on 05/25/2003, in Auckland, NEW ZEALAND when Jeff Jarrett defeated WWAS World Champion Sting.

61.A.J. Styles
06/11/03-Nashville, TN
Defeated Jeff Jarrett and Raven to become the new Champion

62.Jeff Jarrett
10/22/2003-Nashville, TN (Nashville Fairgrounds Sports Arena)

63.A.J. Styles [2]
04/21/2004-Nashville, TN
Styles also held the following titles in conjunction with the NWA Heavyweight Title:

64.Ron Killings [2]
05/19/2004-Nashville, TN
Defeated A.J. Styles, Chris Harris, and Raven in a Four Way match.

65.Jeff Jarrett [3]
06/02/2004-Nashville, TN
Defeated Ron Killings, Raven, A.J. Styles, and Chris Harris in a King of the Mountain match.
Jeff Jarrett held the following titles in conjunction with the NWA World Heavyweight Title

66.A.J. Styles [3]
05/15/2005-Orlando, FL
Special Referee: Former UFC Middleweight Champion Tito Ortiz.
NWA TNA Hard Justice PPV

06/19/2005-Orlando, FL (Universal Studios)
Defeated A.J. Styles, Sean Waltman, Monty Brown, and Abyss in a King of the Mountain match.
NWA TNA Slammiversary PPV

68.Jeff Jarrett [4]
09/16/2005-Oldcastle, ON, Canada
Defeated Raven on a TNA/BCW joint card.

10/23/2005-Orlando, FL (Universal Studios)
NWA TNA Bound for Glory PPV
Rhino was subbing for Kevin Nash. Nash had to be hospitalized due to heart problems. As soon as he was released, TNA announced a replacement for the main event.

70.Jeff Jarrett [5]
10/25/2005-Orlando, FL (Universal Studios)
NWA TNA Impact TV Taping

71.Christian Cage
02/12/2006-Orlando, FL (Universal Studios)
NWA TNA Against All Odds PPV

72.Jeff Jarrett [6]
06/18/2006-Orlando, FL (Universal Studios)
Defeats Christian Cage, Sting, Abyss, and Ron Killings in a King of the Mountain match.
TNA Slammiversary PPV
Jarrett ordered to face the winner of a match between Sting, Cage, Steiner and Samoa Joe at the July 16, 2006 Victory Road PPV to retain his title. TNA Director of Authority Jim Cornette first declared the title vacant, then changed his mind during a company meeting in the ring, after the match.

73.Sting [2]
10/22/2006-Plymouth, MI (Compuware Arena)
Special Enforcer: Kurt Angle
TNA Bound for Glory PPV

11/19/2006-Orlando, FL (Universal Studios)
Won by DQ.

75.Christian Cage [2]
01/14/2007-Orlando, FL (Universal Studios)
Defeated Abyss and Sting in an Three Way Elimination match.
TNA Final Resolution PPV

Title Vacated
NWA Executive Director, Robert K. Trokich announced that the National Wrestling Alliance has ended its 5 year relationship with TNA Entertainment, LLC. Trobich also stripped Christain Cage and Team 3-D of the NWA branded Championships. A title tourny is being planned to establish a new NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion.

See Total Non-Stop Action World Heavyweight Title

76."Scrap Iron" Adam Pearce
09/01/2007-Bayamon, PR
Defeats Brent Albright to fill the vacant title
Adam Pearce held the following titles in conjunction with the NWA World Heavyweight Title

77.Brent Albright
08/02/2008-New York, NY
Ring of Honor card.

78.Adam Pearce [2]
09/20/2008-Philadelphia, PA

79.Blue Demon, Jr.
10/25/2008-Mexico City

80.Adam Pearce [3]
03/14/2010-Charlotte, NC
Defeated Blue Demon Jr [c] and NWA National Heavyweight Champ Phill Shatter in a 3-way match

81.Colt Cabana
03/06/2011-Hollywood, CA (Regent Showcase Theatre)
NWA Championship Wrestling TV Taping

82.The Sheik (Joseph Cabibbo)
04/23/2011-Jacksonville, FL (Sin City)
NWA Florida Subtle Hustle

Title Vacant
Stripped by NWA BOD from the Sheik for failure to defend the title

83.Adam Pearce [4]
07/31/2011-Columbus, OH (Expo Center)
Defeated Chance Prophet, Jimmy Rave, and Shaun Tempers in a Four Way match to win vacant title.
Ohio State Fair

84.Colt Cabana [2]
04/08/2012-Glendale, CA

85.Adam Pearce [5]
07/21/2012-Kansas City, KS

Adam Pearce vacated the title after losing to Colt Cabana in a non-sanctioned steel cage match at the Berwick Secondary College Performing Arts Centre in Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA.

11/02/2012-Clayton, NJ
Kahagas added himself to an 8-man elimination, making it 9-man, then won the match last eliminating Damien Wayne.

87."Ironman" Rob Conway
03/16/2013-San Antonio, TX
Conway replaced Jax Dane, who was injured after being attacked by Scot Summers and Ryan Genesis earlier on the card, and defeats Kahagas

88.Satoshi Kojima
01/04/2014-Tokyo, JAPAN

90.Rob Conway [2]
06/02/2014-Las Vegas, NV

91.Lou Marconi [3]
07/12/2014-Carolina Beach, NC (Carolina Beach Recreation Center)

92.Rob Conway [3]
06/02/2014-Las Vegas, NV

93.Hiroyoshi Tenzan
02/14/2015-Sendai, JAPAN

94.Jax Dane
08/29/2015-San Antonio, TX

95.Tim Storm
10/21/2016-Sherman, TX

96.Nick Aldis
12/09/2017-Sewell, NJ

97.Cody (Cody Rhodes)
09/01/2018-Hoffman Estates, IL

98.Nick Aldis [2]
10/21/2018-Nashville, TN

99.Trevor Murdoch
08/29/2021-St. Louis, MO

100.Matt Cardona (aka Zack Ryder)
02/12/2022-Oak Grove, KY

Title Vacant
Matt Cardona vacates on due to the injury suffered on 22/05/28.

101.Trevor Murdoch [2]
06/11/2022-Knoxville, TN
Defeated Nick Aldis, Thomas Latimer, and Sam Shaw in a 4-way match.

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