NWA World Tag Team Championship
|NWA World Tag Team Championship|
The NWA World Tag Team Championship belt
(1995 – Present)
|Current champion(s)||Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer)|
|Date won||April 20, 2013|
|Promotion||National Wrestling Alliance|
|Date established||April 11, 1995|
|Other name(s)||NWA Tag Team Championship|
The National Wrestling Alliance did not officially recognize any set of World Tag Team Champions until 1992, while the various NWA affiliates promoted their own "World Tag Team Championships", many of which were not eligible for World Title status considering they were rarely defended outside of the region in which they were created. 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 united until September 1993, when WCW withdrew from the NWA, vacating the NWA World Tag Team Championship.
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. As of January 17, 2008 the NWA withdrew its recognition of every tag team champion in WCW.:
As of May 2013, there have been seventy-three 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.
Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer) are the reigning champions in their first reign as a team. Individually, this is the first reign for Smith and the third for Archer, having previously held the title in TNA twice with Kid Kash. They defeated The Kingz of the Underground (Scot Summers and Ryan Genesis) on April 20, 2013, in a match in Houston, Texas, where their IWGP Tag Team Championship was also on the line.
See also 
- Caldwell, James (2013-04-20). "Show Results - 4/20 NWA Houston Parade of Champions: Caldwell's in-person report on Conway vs. Masters for NWA Title, Hoyt & Archer defend IWGP Tag Titles, three title changes". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.