NWA World Tag Team Championship
|NWA World Tag Team Championship|
The NWA World Tag Team Championship belt
(1992 – 1995, 2003 - 2013)
|Current champion(s)||Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer)|
|Date won||October 13, 2014|
|Date established||July 12, 1992
April 11, 1995 (post-WCW)
|Promotion||National Wrestling Alliance|
NWA Tag Team Championship
The National Wrestling Alliance did not recognize a single World Tag Team Championship until 1992, while various NWA territories promoted their own "World Tag Team Championships". The following are the variations that existed at one point or another:
- San Francisco (1950-1979)
- Chicago (1953-1960)
- Georgia (1954-1969)
- Minneapolis (1957-1960)
- Texas (1957-1982)
- Mid-America (1957-1977)
- Central States (1958-1963, 1973-1979)
- Los Angeles (late 1950s, 1979-1982)
- Florida (1961-1969)
- Detroit (1964-1980)
- Vancouver (1966-1967)
- Mid Atlantic (1975-1991)
In the mid-1980s, Jim Crockett Promotions became the flag bearer for the NWA and began to openly refer to their Mid Atlantic version as the NWA World Tag Team Championship. In 1988, Jim Crockett Promotions was transformed into World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and the title was renamed the WCW World Tag Team Championship.
In July 1992, the NWA held a tournament to crown an officially sanctioned NWA World Tag Team Championship. The tournament was held by WCW, whose World Tag Team Championship by that time was the only existing claim within the NWA and which had the most widely available television broadcasting. The tournament was won by Terry Gordy & Steve Williams. Gordy & Williams also won the WCW World Tag Team Championship in a non-tournament match on July 5, prior to the NWA tournament final and the two sets of titles remained unified until September 1993, when WCW withdrew from the NWA, vacating the NWA World Tag Team Championship. The titles would remain vacant until a tournament was held in 1995, which was won by The Rock 'n' Roll Express.
The NWA title belts were paid for by WCW and after the withdrawal from the NWA, the belts were continued to be used for the WCW World Tag Team Championship. The NWA had to pay for new belts, which were later used in TNA until TNA and the NWA split on May 13, 2007. On January 17, 2008 the NWA withdrew its recognition of every tag team champion in WCW, but as of October 13, 2014 the NWA official website lists all title holders from WCW as former champions. In Summer of 2013, the NWA revealed brand new designs for its World Tag Team and North American Heavyweight Championships.
As of January 2015, there have been seventy-five total title reigns recognized by the NWA. The records for longest reign and most cumulative days as champions belong to Rasche Brown and Keith Walker; the team, known as the Skullkrushers, held the title for 777 days in their only reign before losing the belts to Jon Davis and Kory Chavis of The Dark City Fight Club. The record for most combined reigns belongs to America's Most Wanted, who held the titles six times together. Both members of America's Most Wanted, James Storm and Chris Harris, share the record for most individual reigns with seven as each won the championship with a member of Triple X; Harris won the title with Elix Skipper while Storm won the title with Christopher Daniels.
Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer, collectively known as Killer Elite Squad, are the reigning champions in their second reign as a team. The two men won the title on October 13, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan at New Japan Pro Wrestling's King of Pro-Wrestling (2014) event by defeating Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima). This is Smith's second individual reign and Archer's fourth; Archer previously won the titles with Kid Kash twice when he wrestled as Dallas in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
- "King of Pro-Wrestling". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-10-13.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- NWA's Facebook Page and NWA Shop
- nwawrestling.com. nwawrestling.com (2012-10-09). Retrieved on 2013-09-05.