List of WCW World Television Champions
The WCW World Television Championship was a professional wrestling world television championship owned by the now-defunct promotion, World Championship Wrestling (WCW). The title was introduced on February 27, 1974 in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWO) and later called Jim Crockett Promotions. The promotion was renamed WCW in the early 1980s. In March 2001, WCW was sold by AOL Time Warner to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now World Wrestling Entertainment. As such all assets, including the rights to the WCW World Television Championship, which had been deactivated on April 10, 2000, were now WWF property. Before it was known as the WCW World Television Championship (starting in 1991 and continuing until the title's deactivation), it was known as the "NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Championship" (from the 1974 to 1977), the "NWA Television Championship" (from 1977 to 1985), and the "NWA World Television Championship" (from 1985 to 1991).
Being a professional wrestling championship, it was not won legitimately; it was instead won via a scripted ending to a match or awarded to a wrestler because of a storyline. All title changes occurred at NWA- or WCW-promoted events. The inaugural champion was Danny Miller, who defeated Ole Anderson on February 27, 1974, in the finals of a tournament. Booker T holds the record for most reigns, with six. Rick Steamboat's second reign ended due to vacancy for unknown reasons. The day on which the reign ended is also unknown, although it is known that the reign began on June 10, 1978, and came to a close sometime in 1980. As such, if the reign ended on January 1, 1980, or any later time during 1980, then Steamboat's second reign is the longest in the title's history, at over 570 days.[N 1] Five different reigns are tied for the record for shortest reign in the title's history, at one day. Hacksaw Jim Duggan was the last champion in his only reign. At the time, then-champion Scott Hall did not want to be champion, and after unsuccessfully trying to give the title to Kevin Nash, he abandoned the title by throwing the championship belt into a trashcan on the November 29, 1999, episode of one of WCW's television programs, Nitro. Duggan later found the championship belt in a dumpster on the February 16, 2000, episode of another of WCW's television programs, WCW Saturday Night and named himself champion. The championship was later retired on the April 10, 2000, episode of Nitro, after a storyline reboot by WCW authority figures Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo. Overall, there were 107 reigns shared among 55 wrestlers, with 11 vacancies.
|#||Order in reign history|
|Reign||The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed|
|Event||The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the titles were won|
|Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign|
|The information is not available or is unknown|
|NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Championship||1974–1977|
|NWA Television Championship||1977–1985|
|NWA World Television Championship||1985–1991|
|WCW World Television Championship||1991–2000|
|1||Danny Miller||1||February 27, 1974||72||Raleigh, North Carolina||Live event||Miller defeated Ole Anderson in a tournament final to become the first NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Champion.|
|2||Ivan Koloff||1||May 10, 1974||59||Richmond, Virginia||Live event|
|3||Paul Jones||1||July 8, 1974||108||Charlotte, North Carolina||Live event|
|4||Ivan Koloff||2||October 24, 1974||63||Anderson, South Carolina||Live event|
|5||Paul Jones||2||December 26, 1974||44||Greensboro, North Carolina||Live event|
|6||Ric Flair||1||February 8, 1975||181||Winston-Salem, North Carolina||Live event|||
|7||Paul Jones||3||August 8, 1975||117||Richmond, Virginia||Live event|
|—||Vacated||—||December 3, 1975||—||N/A||N/A||Jones gave up the TV Title after he won the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship on November 27, 1975.|
|8||Angelo Mosca||1||April 14, 1976||77||Raleigh, North Carolina||Live event||Mosca defeated Tim Woods in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.|
|9||Paul Jones||4||June 30, 1976||108||Raleigh, North Carolina||Live event|
|10||Mr. Wrestling||1||October 16, 1976||23||Greensboro, North Carolina||Live event|
|11||Greg Valentine||1||November 8, 1976||22||Fayetteville, North Carolina||Live event|
|12||Rufus R. Jones||1||November 30, 1976||50||Charleston, South Carolina||Live event|
|13||Greg Valentine||2||January 19, 1977||27||Raleigh, North Carolina||Live event|
|14||Rufus R. Jones||2||February 15, 1977||48||Raleigh, North Carolina||Live event|
|15||Ric Flair||2||April 4, 1977||72||Greenville, South Carolina||Live event|||
|16||Rick Steamboat||1||June 15, 1977||119||Raleigh, North Carolina||Live event|
|17||Baron Von Raschke||1||October 12, 1977||144||Raleigh, North Carolina||Live event||During Raschke's reign, he was said to have participated in and won a tournament of all the television champions in the country. This was a fictitious tournament said to have been held in San Francisco. The title was then known as the "NWA Television Title".|
|18||Johnny Weaver||1||March 5, 1978||21||Charlotte, North Carolina||Live event|
|19||Baron Von Raschke||2||March 26, 1978||73||Greensboro, North Carolina||Live event|
|20||Paul Jones||5||June 7, 1978||3||Raleigh, North Carolina||Live event|
|21||Rick Steamboat||2||June 10, 1978||[N 1]||Asheville, North Carolina||Live event|
|22||Masked Superstar||1||April 1, 1980||[N 2]||Raleigh, North Carolina||Live event||Masked Superstar defeated Blackjack Mulligan in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.|
|23||Roddy Piper||1||November 1, 1980||87||Richmond, Virginia||Live event||Piper defeated Paul Jones in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.|
|—||Vacated||—||January 27, 1981||—||N/A||N/A||The championship was vacated after Piper won the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship.|
|24||Sweet Ebony Diamond||1||April 29, 1981||[N 3]||Raleigh, North Carolina||Live event||Defeated Greg Valentine in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.|
|25||Greg Valentine||3||April 29, 1981 – May 30||[N 4]||N/A||Live event|
|26||Sweet Ebony Diamond||2||May 30, 1981||[N 5]||Charlotte, North Carolina||Live event|||
|27||Greg Valentine||4||1981||[N 5]||N/A||Live event|
|28||Ron Bass||1||September 6, 1981||58||Asheville, North Carolina||Live event|
|29||Ivan Koloff||3||November 3, 1981||60||Charlotte, North Carolina||Live event|
|30||Jimmy Valiant||1||January 2, 1982||[N 6]||Hampton, Virginia||Live event|
|31||Ivan Koloff||4||1982||[N 7]||N/A||Live event|
|32||Jimmy Valiant||2||June 6, 1982||[N 8]||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Live event|
|33||Ivan Koloff||5||1982||[N 9]||N/A||Live event|
|34||Jimmy Valiant||3||October 17, 1982||[N 10]||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Live event|
|35||Jos LeDuc||1||1982||[N 11]||N/A||Live event|
|—||Vacated||—||1982||—||N/A||N/A||Leduc was stripped of the championship due to cheating.|
|36||Bad Leroy Brown||1||November 27, 1982||28||Greensboro, North Carolina||Live event||Brown won a 20 man battle royal to win the vacant championship.|
|37||Mike Rotundo||1||December 25, 1982||59||Charlotte, North Carolina||Live event|
|38||Dick Slater||1||February 22, 1983||33||Columbia, South Carolina||Live event|
|39||Roddy Piper||2||March 27, 1983||7||Asheville, North Carolina||Live event|
|40||Dick Slater||2||April 3, 1983||27||Greensboro, North Carolina||Live event|
|41||Jos LeDuc||2||April 30, 1983||23||Richmond, Virginia||Live event|
|42||The Great Kabuki||1||May 23, 1983||185||Greenville, South Carolina||Live event|
|4||November 24, 1983||[N 12]||Greensboro, North Carolina||Starrcade (1983)|
|—||Vacated||—||January 1984||—||N/A||N/A||Valiant dropped the "Charlie Brown" alias and vacated the title.|
|44||Mark Youngblood||1||March 7, 1984||21||Spartanburg, South Carolina||Live event||Youngblood defeated Dick Slater in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.|
|45||Tully Blanchard||1||March 28, 1984||353||N/A||Live event|
|46||Dusty Rhodes||1||March 16, 1985||43||Greensboro, North Carolina||Live event||During Rhodes' reign, the title was renamed the "NWA World Television Championship".|
|47||Tully Blanchard||2||April 28, 1985||69||Charlotte, North Carolina||Live event|
|48||Dusty Rhodes||2||July 6, 1985||105||Charlotte, North Carolina||The Great American Bash (1985)|
|—||Vacated||—||October 19, 1985||—||N/A||N/A||Rhodes was stripped of the title due to an injury sustained when Ric Flair, Ole and Arn Anderson attacked Rhodes in the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 29, 1985.|
|49||Arn Anderson||1||January 4, 1986||248||Greensboro, North Carolina||Live event||Anderson defeated Wahoo McDaniel in a tournament final to claim the vacant championship.|
|50||Dusty Rhodes||3||September 9, 1986||79||Columbia, South Carolina||Live event|
|51||Tully Blanchard||3||November 27, 1986||263||Greensboro, North Carolina||Starrcade (1986)||This was a "First Blood" NWA Pro||On November 27, 1987 at Starrcade, Koloff defeated Terry Taylor to unify the UWF Television Championship and the NWA World Television Championship.|
|53||Mike Rotunda||2||January 26, 1988||335||Raleigh, North Carolina||Live event|
|54||Rick Steiner||1||December 26, 1988||56||Norfolk, Virginia||Starrcade (1988)|
|55||Mike Rotunda||3||February 20, 1989||39||Chicago, Illinois||Chi-Town Rumble|
|56||Sting||1||March 31, 1989||156||Atlanta, Georgia||Live event|||
|57||The Great Muta||1||September 3, 1989||121||Atlanta, Georgia||Live event||Title was held up on 7-23-89 when Sting beat Muta, but a replay showed Muta's shoulder was up. Rematches resulted in disqualifications until this match - with Muta pinning Sting to win the title.|
|58||Arn Anderson||2||January 2, 1990||336||Gainesville, Georgia||NWA Power Hour||This episode aired on tape delay on January 12, 1990.|
|59||The Z-Man||1||December 4, 1990||41||Gainesville, Georgia||World Championship Wrestling||This episode aired on tape delay on December 29, 1990.|
|60||Arn Anderson||3||January 7, 1991||132||Perry, Georgia||WCW Worldwide||This episode aired on tape delay on February 2, 1991. During Anderson's reign, the title was renamed the "WCW World Television Championship".|
|61||Bobby Eaton||1||May 19, 1991||15||St. Petersburg, Florida||SuperBrawl I|
|62||Steve Austin||1||June 3, 1991||329||Birmingham, Alabama||WCW Worldwide||This episode aired on tape delay on June 29, 1991.|
|63||Barry Windham||1||April 27, 1992||26||Atlanta, Georgia||WCW Saturday Night||This episode aired on tape delay on May 9, 1992.|
|64||Steve Austin||2||May 23, 1992||102||Chattanooga, Tennessee||WCW Worldwide||This episode aired on tape delay on June 13, 1992.|
|65||Ricky Steamboat||3||September 2, 1992||27||Atlanta, Georgia||Clash of the Champions XX|
|66||Scott Steiner||1||September 29, 1992||[N 13]||Columbus, Georgia||WCW Worldwide||This episode aired on tape delay on October 17, 1992.|
|—||Vacated||—||November 1992||—||N/A||N/A||Steiner was stripped of the title after he and his brother Rick Steiner left for the World Wrestling Federation.|
|67||Paul Orndorff||1||March 2, 1993||169||Macon, Georgia||WCW Power Hour||Orndorff defeated Erik Watts in a tournament final to become the new champion. This episode aired on tape delay on March 27, 1993.|
|68||Ricky Steamboat||4||August 18, 1993||32||Daytona Beach, Florida||Clash of the Champions XXIV|
|69||Lord Steven Regal||1||September 19, 1993||225||Houston, Texas||Fall Brawl (1993)|||
|70||Larry Zbyszko||1||May 2, 1994||52||Atlanta, Georgia||WCW Saturday Night||This episode aired on tape delay on May 28, 1994.|
|71||Lord Steven Regal||2||June 23, 1994||87||Charleston, South Carolina||Clash of the Champions XXVII|||
|72||Johnny B. Badd||1||September 18, 1994||112||Roanoke, Virginia||Fall Brawl (1994)|||
|73||Arn Anderson||4||January 8, 1995||161||Atlanta, Georgia||WCW Main Event|
|74||The Renegade||1||June 18, 1995||91||Dayton, Ohio||The Great American Bash (1995)|
|75||Diamond Dallas Page||1||September 17, 1995||42||Asheville, North Carolina||Fall Brawl (1995)|
|76||Johnny B. Badd||2||October 29, 1995||111||Detroit, Michigan||Halloween Havoc (1995)|
|77||Lex Luger||1||February 17, 1996||1||Baltimore, Maryland||Live event|
|78||Johnny B. Badd||3||February 18, 1996||17||Norfolk, Virginia||Live event|
|79||Lex Luger||2||March 6, 1996||167||Macon, Georgia||Live event|
|80||Lord Steven Regal||3||August 20, 1996||181||Dalton, Georgia||Saturday Night||This episode aired on tape delay on August 31, 1996.|
|81||Prince Iaukea||1||February 17, 1997||49||Tampa, Florida||Nitro|||
|82||Último Dragón||1||April 7, 1997||41||Huntsville, Alabama||Nitro|
|83||Lord Steven Regal||4||May 18, 1997||65||Charlotte, North Carolina||Slamboree (1997)|||
|84||Último Dragón||2||July 22, 1997||30||Jacksonville, Florida||Nitro|||
|85||Alex Wright||1||August 21, 1997||32||Nashville, Tennessee||Clash of the Champions XXXV|
|86||Disco Inferno||1||September 22, 1997||42||Salt Lake City, Utah||Nitro|
|87||Perry Saturn||1||November 3, 1997||35||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Nitro|
|88||Disco Inferno||2||December 8, 1997||21||Buffalo, New York||Nitro|
|89||Booker T||1||December 29, 1997||49||Baltimore, Maryland||Nitro|||
|90||Rick Martel||1||February 16, 1998||6||Tampa, Florida||Nitro|
|91||Booker T||2||February 22, 1998||67||San Francisco, California||SuperBrawl VIII|
|92||Chris Benoit||1||April 30, 1998||1||Augusta, Georgia||Live event|
|93||Booker T||3||May 1, 1998||1||Greenville, South Carolina||Live event|||
|94||Chris Benoit||2||May 2, 1998||1||Charleston, South Carolina||Live event|||
|95||Booker T||4||May 3, 1998||1||Savannah, Georgia||Live event|||
|96||Fit Finlay||1||May 4, 1998||41||Indianapolis, Indiana||Nitro|||
|97||Booker T||5||June 14, 1998||30||Baltimore, Maryland||The Great American Bash (1998)|||
|98||Stevie Ray||1||July 14, 1998||27||Baltimore, Maryland||Live event||Ray was awarded the championship by a "power of attorney", which he claimed came from his injured brother.|
|99||Chris Jericho||1||August 10, 1998||112||Rapid City, South Dakota||Nitro|||
|100||Konnan||1||November 30, 1998||28||Chattanooga, Tennessee||Nitro|||
|101||Scott Steiner||2||December 28, 1998||76||Baltimore, Maryland||Nitro|
|102||Booker T||6||March 14, 1999||56||Louisville, Kentucky||Uncensored (1999)|||
|103||Rick Steiner||2||May 9, 1999||127||St. Louis, Missouri||Slamboree (1999)|
|104||Chris Benoit||3||September 13, 1999||41||Chapel Hill, North Carolina||Nitro|
|105||Rick Steiner||3||October 24, 1999||28||Las Vegas, Nevada||Halloween Havoc (1999)|
|106||Scott Hall||1||November 21, 1999||8||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Mayhem (1999)||Hall won the title by forfeit when Steiner, who was to be his opponent at Mayhem, was deemed too injured to compete.|
|—||Vacated||—||November 29, 1999||—||Denver, Colorado||Nitro||Hall abandoned the title by throwing the belt into a trashcan.|
|107||Jim Duggan||1||February 16, 2000||54||Bethlehem, Pennsylvania||WCW Thunder||Duggan found the championship belt in a dumpster and claimed the title.|
|—||Retired||—||April 10, 2000||—||Denver, Colorado||Nitro||The title was retired after Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff rebooted WCW.|
List of combined reigns
|¤||The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.|
- The exact date in 1980 on which Rick Steamboat vacated the championship during his second reign is unknown, which means that his reign lasted between 570 and 661 days.
- The exact day in October 1980 Masked Superstar vacated the title during his only reign is unknown, which means that his reign lasted between 0 and 213 days.
- The exact date on which Sweet Ebony Diamond lost the title during his first reign is unknown, which means that his reign lasted between 0 and 31 days.
- The exact date on which Greg Valentine won the title during his third reign is unknown, which means that his reign lasted between 0 and 31 days.
- The exact date on which Sweet Ebony Diamond lost the title during his second reign is unknown, which means that his reign lasted between 0 and 99 days. Since this day is unknown, the day on which Greg Valentine won the title is also unclear.
- The exact date on which Jimmy Valiant lost the title during his first reign is unknown, which means that his reign lasted between 0 and 155 days.
- The exact date on which Ivan Koloff won the title during his fourth reign is unknown, which means that his reign lasted between 0 and 155 days.
- The exact date on which Jimmy Valiant lost the title during his second reign is unknown, which means that his reign lasted between 0 and 133 days.
- The exact date on which Ivan Koloff won the title during his fifth reign is unknown, which means that his reign lasted between 0 and 133 days.
- The exact date on which Jimmy Valiant lost the title during his third reign is unknown, which means that his reign lasted between 0 and 41 days.
- The exact date on which Jos LeDuc won and vacated the title during his first reign is unknown, which means that his reign lasted between 0 and 41 days.
- The exact date on which Charlie Brown (Jimmy Valiant) lost the title during his fourth reign in January 1984 is unknown, which means that his reign lasted between 38 and 68 days.
- The exact date on which Scott Steiner was stripped of the title during his first reign is unknown, which means that his reign lasted between 33 and 63 days.
- Each reign is ranked highest to lowest; reigns with the exact number mean that they are tied for that certain rank.
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Two weeks later, he won the Television title from Rick Steiner, when Steiner was unable to defend the title due to injury. In a baffling decision, Hall claimed he had no interest in the TV title, and when he unsuccessfully tried to give it to Kevin Nash, he threw it in the trash instead.
- "Nitro: The Ultimate Fight". Wayback Machine. WCW.com. Archived from the original on 2000-02-29. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
The WCW TV Title has resurfaced after Jim Duggan found the belt in the trash on a recent episode of WCW Thunder.
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Although Sting would come up short in his quest to win the NWA World Tagteam titles with Rhodes, he would defeat Mike Rotunda for the NWA Television Championship in March 1989.
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- Milner, John; Kamchen, Richard (2005-03-22). "Chris Jericho". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
Jericho would feud with Dean Malenko, Booker T (over the WCW Television title, a belt Jericho won from Booker's brother, Stevie Ray) and Bill Goldberg. Or rather, Jericho tried to feud with Goldberg, cutting several promos but the match never actually took place.
- Milner, John; Molinaro, John (2005-10-21). "Konnan". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
Konnan would join forces with the NWO and eventually defeat Jericho< for the WCW Television Championship on November 30, 1998.