NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship

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NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship
Details
Current champion(s) Jushin Thunder Liger
Date won November 8, 2014
Date established 1945
Promotion National Wrestling Alliance

The NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world championship and secondary title in the National Wrestling Alliance that was for the lighter wrestlers. It started in 1945 and still exists today.[1] The title was unified with the National Boxing/Wrestling Association's World Junior Heavyweight Championship in 1949. To qualify to win this championship, wrestlers must weigh 220 lb or under.

Title history[edit]

Wrestler Times Date Days held Location Notes
Ken Fenelon 1 May 1945 N/A N/A Fenelon was awarded the title by Pinkie George, founder of the NWA.
Marshall Esteppe 1 May 30, 1945 216 Toronto, IA
Larry Tillman 1 January 1, 1946 69 Des Moines, IA
Ken Fenelon 2 March 11, 1946 301 Des Moines, IA
Marshall Esteppe 2 January 6, 1947 216 Des Moines, IA
Ray Steele 1 March 24, 1947 35 Des Moines, IA
Marshall Esteppe 3 April 28, 1947 77 Des Moines, IA
Billy Goelz 1 March 16, 1948 652 Des Moines, IA
Leroy McGuirk 1 December 28, 1949 41 Des Moines, IA Unifies National Boxing/Wrestling Association's World Junior Heavyweight Championship into National Wrestling Alliance title.
Vacated on February 7, 1950 when McGuirk is blinded in a car accident.
Verne Gagne 1 November 13, 1950 371 Tulsa, OK Defeats Sonny Myers in a tournament final.
Danny McShain 1 November 19, 1951 N/A Memphis, TN
Baron Michele Leone 1 August 1953 N/A Los Angeles, CA
Ed Francis 1 April 11, 1955 364 Tulsa, OK
Mike Clancy 1 April 10, 1956 350 Oklahoma City, OK
Fred Blassie 1 March 26, 1957 0 Nashville, TN
Immediately held up due to a controversial finish.
Mike Clancy 2 April 9, 1957 217 Nashville, TN Defeated Fred Blassie.
Held up during November 12,Mike Clancy defeat Jackie Fargo by DQ at November 15
Mike Clancy 3 November 19, 1957 N/A Nashville, TN Defeated Fred Blassie.
Angelo Savoldi 1 February 1958 N/A Oklahoma City, OK
Dory Funk 1 June 5, 1958 36 Amarillo, TX
Angelo Savoldi 2 July 11, 1958 224 Oklahoma City, OK
Ivan the Terrible 1 February 20, 1959 14 Oklahoma City, OK
Angelo Savoldi 3 March 6, 1959 84 Oklahoma City, OK
Mike DiBiase 1 May 29, 1959 84 Oklahoma City, OK
Angelo Savoldi 4 August 21, 1959 336 Oklahoma City, OK
Danny Hodge 1 July 22, 1960 1,450 Oklahoma City, OK
Hiro Matsuda 1 July 11, 1964 1,450 Tampa, FL
Angelo Savoldi 5 November 13, 1964 1,450 Oklahoma City, OK
Danny Hodge 2 April 23, 1965 214 Tulsa, OK
Lorenzo Parente 1 November 23, 1965 42 Little Rock, AR
Danny Hodge 3 January 4, 1966 10 Little Rock, AR
Lorenzo Parente 2 January 14, 1966 29 Tulsa, OK
Joe McCarthy 1 February 12, 1966 80 Oklahoma City, OK
Danny Hodge 4 May 3, 1966 1,361 Little Rock, AR
Sputnik Monroe 1 July 13, 1970 28 Shreveport, LA
Danny Hodge 5 August 10, 1970 283 Shreveport, LA
Roger Kirby 1 May 20, 1971 113 New Orleans, LA
Ramon Torres 1 September 10, 1971 84 Monroe, LA
Dr. X 1 December 3, 1971 108 Oklahoma City, OK
Danny Hodge 6 March 20, 1972 639 Shreveport, LA
Ken Mantell 1 December 19, 1973 542 Jackson, MS On September 17, 1974, Mantell lost a title match to Wrestling Pro via a disputed decision; this title change is only recognized in the Gulf Coast territory. Mantell defeated Pro on November 5, 1974 to become the undisputed champion.
Hiro Matsuda 2 June 14, 1975 262 St. Petersburg, FL
Danny Hodge 7 March 2, 1976 13 Shreveport, LA
Vacated on March 15, 1976 when Hodge retires after suffering a broken neck in a car accident.
Pat Barret 1 September 28, 1976 65 New Orleans, LA Defeated Nelson Royal in a tournament final.
Ron Starr 1 December 2, 1976 4 New Orleans, LA
Nelson Royal 1 December 6, 1976 566 New Orleans, LA Royal lost a title match to Chavo Guerrero, Sr. in April 1978 and regained it later that year; whether these changes are official is disputed.
Chavo Guerrero, Sr. 1 After 24 February 1978 list by NWA
Nelson Royal 2 1978 N/A
Al Madril 1 25 June 1978 398 Houston, TX
Nelson Royal 3 July 28, 1979 N/A Unknown Royal won via forfeit when Madril was too sick to attend a rematch.
Vacated in December, 1979 when Royal retires; Steve Keirn defeats Chavo Guerrero, Sr. in Los Angeles, CA on December 10 to seemingly win the vacant title, but NWA does not recognize the win as being for the title, though it is recognized by New Japan Pro Wrestling as well as Los Angeles and Florida; this version is later renamed the NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship.
Ron Starr 2 February 11, 1980 N/A Tulsa, OK Defeated Les Thornton in a tournament final.
Les Thornton 1 March 1980 Unknown Thornton won via forfeit.
Jerry Stubbs 1 January 26, 1981 5 Mobile, AL
Les Thornton 2 January 31, 1981 127 Dothan, AL
Terry Taylor 1 June 7, 1981 13 Roanoke, VA
Les Thornton 3 June 20, 1981 88 Roanoke, VA
Gerald Brisco 1 September 16, 1981 30 Miami, FL
Les Thornton 4 October 16, 1981 221 Knoxville, TN During a tour of Puerto Rico's World Wrestling Council, Thornton lost to and then defeated Joe Lightfoot on November 7 and 14; whether these matches were for the NWA or WWC junior heavyweight title is disputed.
Tiger Mask 1 May 25, 1982 313 Shizuoka, Japan In 1982, some North American promoters declared the title vacant due to Tiger Mask wrestling for the WWF; however, during an annual meeting between the NWA and New Japan Pro Wrestling, it's announced that Tiger Mask is still recognized as the official champion.
Vacated on April 3, 1983 when Tiger Mask is injured two days prior.
Tiger Mask 2 June 2, 1983 71 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Kuniaki Kobayashi in a decision match.
Vacated on August 12, 1983 when Tiger Mask retires.
The Cobra 1 November 3, 1983 633 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Davey Boy Smith in a decision match. Around this time, Les Thornton is recognized by promoters in the US as champion.
Hiro Saito 1 July 28, 1985 0 Osaka, Japan
The Cobra 2 July 28, 1985 4 Osaka, Japan
Vacated on August 1, 1985.
Denny Brown 1 August 1985 N/A Won disputed version of title at Starrcade 1984 by defeating Mike Davis; recognized as champion by NWA vice president Shohei Baba, promoter of All Japan Pro Wrestling, after rival promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling withdraws from the NWA.
Gary Royal 1 August 15, 1985 31 St. Louis, MO
Denny Brown 2 September 15, 1985 321 Atlanta, GA
Steve Regal 1 August 2, 1986 30 Atlanta, GA
Denny Brown 3 September 1, 1986 187 Greenville, SC
Lazor Tron 1 March 7, 1987 N/A Atlanta, GA
Vacated in 1987 when Tron leaves World Championship Wrestling.
Nelson Royal 4 October 16, 1987 N/A N/A Royal was awarded the title. Leaves WCW in 1988, at which point Masanobu Fuchi, the reigning (AJPW) World Junior Heavyweight Champion, is disputably recognized as the new champion; however, Royal continues defending the title across the country until 1989, when it is abandoned.
Abandoned in 1989.
Masayoshi Motegi 1 August 30, 1995 338 Tokyo, Japan Defeated El Hijo del Santo in a tournament final when the NWA revives the title.
The Great Sasuke 1 August 2, 1996 70 Tokyo, Japan Wins an 8-man tournament to decide the first J-Crown holder, a combination of eight junior heavyweight titles. These titles are still technically considered separate, as opposed to one unified championship, and continue to be defended.
Último Dragón 1 October 11, 1996 85 Osaka, Japan
Jushin Thunder Liger 1 January 4, 1997 183 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Dragón at Wrestling World.
El Samurai 1 July 6, 1997 35 Sapporo, Japan
Shinjiro Otani 1 August 10, 1997 87 Nagoya, Japan
Vacated on November 5, 1997 when the J-Crown is dematerialized.
Logan Caine 1 March 5, 1999 237 Parkersburg, WV Defeated Viper in a tournament final.
Stripped on October 28, 1999 due to no-showing a title defense against Vince Kaplack.
Vince Kaplack 1 October 28, 1999 78 Pittsburgh, PA Defeated Chris Hero as a replacement for Logan Caine.
Tony Kozina 1 January 14, 2000 190 North Versailles, PA
Rockford 2000 1 July 22, 2000 35 Surrey, BC
Tony Kozina 2 August 30, 2000 39 N/A Awarded when NWA officials review the tape of a title match between Rockford and Kozina on August 26.
Vince Kaplack 2 October 14, 2000 175 Nashville, TN Won the title at the NWA 52nd Anniversary Show.
Rocky Reynolds 1 April 7, 2001 27 Pennsboro, WV
Mike Thunder 1 May 4, 2001 109 North Richland Hills, TX
Lex Lovett 1 August 21, 2001 53 Tampa, FL
Jason Rumble 1 October 13, 2001 112 Saint Petersburg, FL Defeated Lovett, Jimmy Rave, Brandon K & BJ Turner in a five-way match at the NWA 53rd Anniversary Show.
Rocky Reynolds 2 February 2, 2002 14 Titusville, PA
Jason Rumble 2 February 16, 2002 49 Malden, MA
Rocky Reynolds 3 April 6, 2002 56 Parkersburg, WV
Jimmy Rave 1 June 29, 2002 42 Cornelia, GA Defeated Reynolds and Jeremy Lopez in a three-way match.
Star 1 August 10, 2002 7 Columbia, TN
Jimmy Rave 2 August 17, 2002 154 Columbia, TN
Brother Love 1 January 18, 2003 140 Greenville, MS
Rocky Reynolds 4 June 7, 2003 56 Parkersburg, WV
Chris Draven 1 August 2, 2003 161 Parkersburg, WV
Jerrelle Clark 1 January 10, 2004 281 Saint Petersburg, FL
Jason Rumble 3 October 17, 2004 312 Winnipeg, MB Defeated Clark and Vance Desmond in a three-way match at the NWA 56th Anniversary Show.
Black Tiger IV 1 August 25, 2005 178 Columbia, TN Wins IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on October 8.
Tiger Mask IV 1 February 19, 2006 446 Tokyo, Japan Also wins IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
Mike Quackenbush 1 May 11, 2007 1,275 Portage, IN
Craig Classic 1 November 6, 2010 247 Fort Pierce, FL
Classic relinquished the title on July 11, 2011, in protest of The Sheik being stripped of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Classic brought his own version of the title to Pro Wrestling Zero1 as the New Wrestling Alliance championship.
Kevin Douglas 1 October 7, 2011 373 Charlotte, NC Defeated Chase Owens in a tournament final.
Douglas was stripped of the title for no-showing a scheduled title defense on October 13, 2012 against Chase Owens. A one-night tournament was held in Kingsport, TN in lieu of the Douglas-Owens match.
Chase Owens 1 October 13, 2012 302 Kingsport, TN Defeated Matt Conard and Zac Vincent in a tournament final.
Jason Kincaid 1 August 10, 2013 69 Kingsport, TN
Chase Owens 2 October 18, 2013 78 Houston, TX
Ricky Morton 1 January 4, 2014 62 Kingsport, TN
Chase Owens 3 March 7, 2014 246 Church Hill, TN
Jushin Thunder Liger 2 November 8, 2014 40+ Osaka, Japan

List of top combined reigns[edit]

As of December 18, 2014

Indicates the current champion(s)
+ Indicates the reign is changing daily
<1 Indicates that the combined total is less than one day.
Rank Wrestler # of reigns Combined days
1. Danny Hodge 8 4,134
2. Mike Quackenbush 1 1,275
3. Angelo Savoldi 2 728
4. The Cobra 2 637
5. Chase Owens 3 626
6. Nelson Royal 1 566
7. Hiro Matsuda 2 548
8. Ken Mantell 1 542
9. Denny Brown 2 508
10. Jason Rumble 3 473
11. Tiger Mask IV 1 446
12. Les Thornton 3 436
13. Al Madril 1 398
14. Tiger Mask 2 384
15. Kevin Douglas 1 373
16. Verne Gagne 1 371
17. Masayoshi Motegi 1 338
18. Ken Fenelon 2 301
19. Marshall Esteppe 3 293
20. Jerrelle Clark 1 281
21. Vince Kaplack 2 253
22. Craig Classic 1 247
23. Logan Caine 1 237
24. Tony Kozina 2 229
25. Jushin Thunder Liger 2 223+
26. Jimmy Rave 2 196
27. Rocky Reynolds 4 181
28. Black Tiger IV 1 178
29. Chris Draven 1 161
30. Brother Love 1 140
31. Roger Kirby 1 113
32. Mike Thunder 1 109
33. Dr. X 1 108

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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