NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship

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NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship / AIWF Mid-America Heavyweight Championship
Details
Current champion(s) Toby Farley
Date won November 1, 2013
Promotion Allied Independent Wrestling Federations
Date established May 1957

The NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling title defended in the US states of Tennessee and Alabama.

The title began in 1957 and lasted first 1980 when it was first abandoned when Jerry Jarrett took over the Mid-American titles from Nick Gulas. Jarrett revived it in 1981, making it a part of the Memphis-based Continental Wrestling Association, and it then lasted until 1987 when it was unified with the newly created CWA (now renamed Championship Wrestling Association) Heavyweight Championship.[1]

Main Event Wrestling left the NWA in 2013 and joined the AIWF. Soon after, Main Event Wrestling brought back the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight championship and renamed it the AIWF Mid-America Heavyweight Championship.

Toby Farley, who won the title on November 1, 2013 is the current AIWF Mid-America Heavyweight Champion.

Title history[edit]

Mid-America / CWA[edit]

Silver marks in the history indicate periods of unknown lineage.
NLT — No later than

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Buddy Rogers 1 NLT May 1957
Mighty Atlas 1 NLT April 1958
Tor Yamata 1 April 24, 1958 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Len Rossi 1 NLT July 1971
Tony Charles 1 NLT June 1972
Don Kent 1 NLT October 1974
Jackie Fargo 1 January 4, 1975 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Don Kent 2 January 1975
Luke Graham 1 February 5, 1975 Nashville, Tennessee
Don Kent 3 April 1975
Luke Graham 2 May 7, 1975 Nashville, Tennessee
Harley Race 1 1975
Magnificent Zulu 1 NLT September 1975
Harley Race 2 September 9, 1975 Memphis, Tennessee
Jackie Fargo 2 NLT December 1975
Dick Steinborn 1 NLT March 1976
Roger Kirby 1 NLT June 1976
Bob Armstrong 1 August 14, 1976 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Big Bad John 1 September 1976
Bob Armstrong 2 September 25, 1976 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Roger Kirby 2 October 1976
Tommy Rich 1 NLT November 1976
Russian Stomper 1 January 1977
Ken Lucas 1 February 13, 1977 Chattanooga, Tennessee
The Executioner 1 April 15, 1977 Huntsville, Alabama
Jackie Fargo 3 May 28, 1977 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Title vacated in 1977 when Fargo was injured.
Lanny Poffo 1 October 9, 1977 Chattanooga, Tennessee Defeated Dennis Hall in a tournament final to win the vacant title.
Don Kent 4 December 10, 1977 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Randy Savage 1 January 3, 1978 Birmingham, Alabama
Dutch Mantel 1 March 26, 1978 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Don Garfield (Don Fargo) 1 May 21, 1978 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Dutch Mantel 2 May 28, 1978 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Whipper Watson, Jr. 1 July 12, 1978 Nashville, Tennessee
Dutch Mantel 3 July 22, 1978 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Blue Yankee 1 August 12, 1978 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Title vacated in September 1978 after a match against Dutch Mantel.
Mexican Angel 1 September 20, 1978 Nashville, Tennessee Won a 13-man tournament to win the vacant title.
Dutch Mantel 4 November 11, 1978 Nashville, Tennessee
Randy Savage 2 November 11, 1978 Nashville, Tennessee
Bobby Eaton 1 NLT February 1979
Chris Colt 1 April 29, 1979 Nashville, Tennessee
Ron Garfield 1 May 23, 1979 Nashville, Tennessee
Dennis Condrey 1 June 2, 1979 Chattanooga, Tennessee Defeated Gorgeous George, Jr.
Dutch Mantel 5 October 20, 1979 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Bobby Eaton 2 October 24, 1979 Nashville, Tennessee
Chris Colt 2 November 25, 1979 Nashville, Tennessee
Bobby Eaton 3 December 1979
Gorgeous George, Jr. 1 February 17, 1980 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Bobby Eaton 4 February 1980
Tojo Yamamoto 1 NLT February 1980
Steve Travis 1 NLT April 1980
Roger Mason (Roger Smith) 1 April 5, 1980 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Rocky Johnson 1 May 10, 1980 Chattanooga, Tennessee
The Great Togo 1 May 1980
Robert Gibson 1 June 25, 1980 Nashville, Tennessee
Bobby Eaton 5 July 23, 1980 Nashville, Tennessee
Title abandoned in October 1980 when Jerry Jarrett took over the Mid-American titles from Nick Gulas. Jarrett revived the title as part of the Continental Wrestling Association in 1981.
Ron Bass 1 NLT July 1981 Awarded the title.
Steve Keirn 1 July 6, 1981 Memphis, Tennessee
Bugsy McGraw 1 August 24, 1981 Memphis, Tennessee
Steve Keirn 2 September 7, 1981 Memphis, Tennessee
Dutch Mantel 6 September 21, 1981 Memphis, Tennessee
Title vacated and inactive after Mantel wins the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship on October 26, 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee. The title was reactivated in April 1982.
Dream Machine 1 April 19, 1982 Memphis, Tennessee
Dutch Mantel 7 May 17, 1982 Memphis, Tennessee
Bobby Eaton 6 May 24, 1982 Memphis, Tennessee
King Cobra 1 May 31, 1982 Memphis, Tennessee
Dutch Mantel 8 July 5, 1982 Memphis, Tennessee
Bobby Eaton 7 July 12, 1982 Memphis, Tennessee
Bill Dundee 1 July 1982
Dutch Mantel 9 September 6, 1982 Memphis, Tennessee
Jesse Barr 1 November 15, 1982 Memphis, Tennessee
Dutch Mantel 10 November 22, 1982 Memphis, Tennessee
Apocalypse 1 November 29, 1982 Memphis, Tennessee
Jacques Rougeau 1 December 5, 1982 Memphis, Tennessee
Sabu the Wildman 1 December 27, 1982 Memphis, Tennessee
Jacques Rougeau 2 January 2, 1983 Memphis, Tennessee
Bobby Eaton 8 January 10, 1983 Memphis, Tennessee
Title vacated in January 1983.
Bobby Eaton 9 February 14, 1983 Memphis, Tennessee Defeated Sweet Brown Sugar in a tournament final to win the vacant title.
Sweet Brown Sugar 1 February 25, 1983 Tupelo, Mississippi
Bobby Eaton 10 February 28, 1983 Memphis, Tennessee This was a loser leaves town match. Sweet Brown Sugar would reappear as the masked Stagger Lee.
Stagger Lee 2 March 7, 1983 Memphis, Tennessee
Frankie Laine 1 July 4, 1983 Memphis, Tennessee
Dutch Mantel 11 July 18, 1983 Memphis, Tennessee
Buddy Landel 1 August 15, 1983 Memphis, Tennessee
Stagger Lee / Koko Ware 3 August 22, 1983 Memphis, Tennessee Ware removed his mask before the match with Landel.
Buddy Landel 2 September 10, 1983 Memphis, Tennessee
Terry Taylor 1 December 1, 1983 Lexington, Kentucky
Randy Savage 3 December 26, 1983 Memphis, Tennessee
Jerry Lawler 1 April 9, 1984 Lexington, Kentucky The title may have been vacated since Lawler also held the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship when he won the Mid-America title.
Korstia Korchenko 1 November 19, 1984 Memphis, Tennessee Defeated Jacques Rougeau.
Mike Sharpe 1 NLT December 17, 1984
Jimmy Valiant 1 February 11, 1985 Memphis, Tennessee
Man Mountain Link 1 July 1985 Awarded the title.
Jerry Lawler 2 July 15, 1985 Memphis, Tennessee
Title vacated when Lawler wins the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship on July 29, 1985 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Koko Ware 4 August 12, 1985 Memphis, Tennessee Defeated Bota the Witch Doctor in a tournament final to win the vacant title.
Bota the Witch Doctor 1 August 1985
Koko Ware 5 September 1985
Harley Race 3 October 7, 1985 Memphis, Tennessee
Tom Branch 1 November 1985 Kansas City, Missouri
Koko Ware 6 November 16, 1985 Memphis, Tennessee
Buddy Landel 3 January 21, 1986 Louisville, Kentucky
Dirty Rhodes (Roger Smith) 2 February 2, 1986 Memphis, Tennessee
Buddy Landel 4 February 18, 1986 Memphis, Tennessee
Dutch Mantel 12 April 7, 1986 Memphis, Tennessee
Rip Rogers 1 May 19, 1986 Memphis, Tennessee
Dutch Mantel 13 June 16, 1986 Memphis, Tennessee
Title vacated in July 1986 when Mantel left the area.
Tracy Smothers 1 August 11, 1986 Memphis, Tennessee
Boy Tony (Tony Falk) 1 October 7, 1986 Memphis, Tennessee
Tracy Smothers 2 October 20, 1986 Memphis, Tennessee
Big Bubba 1 October 27, 1986 Memphis, Tennessee Also held CWA/AWA International Heavyweight Championship.
Bubba vacated the title in November 1986.
The Great Kabuki 1 November 1986 Jackson, Tennessee Defeated Paul Diamond in a tournament final.
Title vacated in December 1986 when Kabuki left the area.
Moondog Spot 1 May 1987 Billed as champion on arrival.
Jeff Jarrett 1 May 11, 1987 Memphis, Tennessee
Moondog Spot 2 May 25, 1987 Memphis, Tennessee Won the title by disqualification.
Jeff Jarrett 2 June 1, 1987 Memphis, Tennessee
Moondog Spot 3 June 8, 1987 Memphis, Tennessee
Jeff Jarrett 3 June 22, 1987 Memphis, Tennessee
Carl Fergie 1 September 7, 1987 Memphis, Tennessee
Jeff Jarrett 4 September 14, 1987 Memphis, Tennessee
Jimmy Jack Funk (Jesse Barr) 2 November 2, 1987 Memphis, Tennessee
Jeff Jarrett 5 November 9, 1987 Memphis, Tennessee
Jerry Lawler 3 December 7, 1987 Memphis, Tennessee
Lawler also defeats Manny Fernandez on December 7, 1987 to win the CWA/AWA International Heavyweight Championship and unifies the two titles with his AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship to create the CWA Heavyweight Championship.

NWA Main Event[edit]

NLT — No later than

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Title revived by the NWA for use in NWA Main Event in 2001.
Kory Williams 1 March 17, 2001 Nashville, Tennessee Defeated Doug Gilbert to win the revived title.
Title vacated in June 2001 when Williams leaves the promotion.
Rex Sexton 1 December 25, 2002 Columbia, Tennessee Won a battle royal, last eliminating Mikey Woods, to win the vacant title.
Mike Woods 1 March 22, 2003 Columbia, Tennessee
Kory Williams returns to the promotion in May 2003, claiming to still be champion, since he was never defeated for the title.
Kory Williams 2 June 20, 2003 Columbia, Tennessee Defeated Woods to become undisputed champion.
Mike Woods 2 September 13, 2003 Columbia, Tennessee
Lonestar 1 November 8, 2003 Columbia, Tennessee
Tommy Capone 1 April 3, 2004 Columbia, Tennessee
Mike Woods 3 May 3, 2004 Columbia, Tennessee
Buzz Dupp 3 July 17, 2004 Columbia, Tennessee Won the title by forfeit.
Mike Woods 4 NLT January 2005
L.A. Player 1 January 8, 2005 Columbia, Tennessee
Mike Woods 5 NLT September 2005
Kevin Rhodes 1 October 7, 2005 Springfield, Tennessee
Title vacated NLT March 31, 2006.
J.T. Quest 1 April 1, 2006 Columbia, Tennessee Defeated Jason Cain to win the vacant title.
Larry Cooter 1 April 29, 2006 Columbia, Tennessee
J.T. Quest 2 May 20, 2006 Columbia, Tennessee
Steve O 1 July 22, 2006 Columbia, Tennessee
J.T. Quest 3 November 4, 2006 Columbia, Tennessee
Lee Condry 1 December 23, 2006 Columbia, Tennessee Won a four-corners survival match.
Johnny Swinger 1 April 13, 2007 Columbia, Tennessee
Lee Condry 2 April 14, 2007 Columbia, Tennessee

AIWF Main Event[edit]

NLT — No later than

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Title revived under the AIWF banner for use in AIWF Main Event in 2013
Zack Hartnell 1 October 11, 2013 Gallatin, Tennessee reinstated under the AIWF
Toby Farley 1 November 1, 2013 Gallatin, Tennessee

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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