List of NWA World Heavyweight Champions

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The NWA World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship in the National Wrestling Alliance. Its lineage has been traced from the first World Heavyweight Championship (Catch as Catch Can version; 1905-1957), which traces its lineage to George Hackenschmidt's 1905 title which Frank Gotch won from him in 1908. This effectively makes it the oldest surviving wrestling championship in the world.

Title history[edit]

Reign The reign number for the specific champion listed
Location The city in which the title was won
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won
Indicates the title changes not recognized by the NWA
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
# Wrestler Times Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Brown, OrvilleOrville Brown 1 July 14, 1948 501 Des Moines, IA House show In July 1948, the National Wrestling Alliance was founded and Brown was recognized as the first official NWA World Heavyweight Champion. His reign length is calculated from the date he defeated Sonny Myers to first claim the world championship.
2 Thesz, LouLou Thesz 1 November 27, 1949 1,941 Awarded when Brown suffered career-ending injuries in an automobile accident on November 1, 1949. Thesz had earlier won the National Wrestling Association's World Heavyweight Championship on July 10, 1948 from Wild Bill Longson. Thesz became the Undisputed Champion of all of wrestling by winning the Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium World Heavyweight title, the remaining major World Championship at the time other than the NWA World title, defeating Baron Michele Leone on May 21, 1952.
Nomellini, LeoLeo Nomellini 1 March 22, 1955 115 San Francisco, CA House show Defeated Thesz by countout in the second fall and disqualification in the third fall. California Athletic Commission recognized the title change by disqualification, but both wrestlers continued to claim the title.
Thesz, LouLou Thesz 2 July 15, 1955 244 Toronto, ON House show Defeated Nomellini in a rematch.
3 Watson, Whipper BillyWhipper Billy Watson 1 March 15, 1956 239 Toronto, ON House show
4 Thesz, LouLou Thesz 2(3) November 9, 1956 217 St. Louis, MO House show
Carpentier, ÉdouardÉdouard Carpentier 1 June 14, 1957 40 Chicago, IL House show Carpentier was awarded the title when Thesz could not continue the match due to a back injury. In some territories, Thesz continued to be recognized as NWA champion while, in others, Carpentier was billed as the champion.
Thesz, LouLou Thesz 4 July 24, 1957 113 Montreal, Quebec House show Lou Thesz won a rematch against Carpentier by disqualification. The NWA initially continued to recognize Carpentier as the champion, but voided any recognition of Carpentier as champion when he withdrew the claim for the title when Montreal promoter Eddie Quinn quit the NWA in August 1958. Some territories such as Boston (AAC), Nebraska and Los Angeles (NAWA/WWA) continued to recognize Carpentier as NWA World Champion. The AAC recognized Killer Kowalski as World Champion when he defeated Carpentier in Boston. Nebraska later recognized Verne Gagne as World Champion when he defeated Carpentier in Omaha. The NAWA/WWA recognized Freddie Blassie as World Champion when he defeated Carpentier in 1961.
5 Hutton, DickDick Hutton 1 November 14, 1957 421 Toronto, ON House show
6 O'Connor, PatPat O'Connor 1 January 9, 1959 903 St. Louis, MO House show The AWA, under Verne Gagne, seceded from the NWA and declared O'Connor their first World Champion in May 1960. This was considered a compromise gesture by the AWA given that Gagne held Édouard Carpentier's disputed version of the title. O'Connor was given 90 days to defend the AWA title against number one contender Gagne and when he did not, the title was awarded to Gagne.
7 Rogers, BuddyBuddy Rogers 1 June 30, 1961 573
(145)
Chicago, IL House show On August 2, 1962, Bruno Sammartino defeated Rogers in Toronto, but refused to accept the title because Rogers had wrestled with an injury. The NWA considers Rogers' reign to last until Thesz.
Kowalski, KillerKiller Kowalski 1 November 22, 1961 425 Montreal, Quebec, Canada House show Kowalski defeated Rogers on November 21 after Rogers broke his ankle in the first fall, but was only recognized as champion in some states but not by the NWA.
Brazil, BoboBobo Brazil 1 August 18, 1962 73 Newark, NJ House show Brazil refused the title because of a groin injury that Rogers had claimed to have. However, on September 6, 1962, Brazil was declared champion because a doctor had determined that Rogers hadn't suffered an injury. This title change wasn't recognized by the NWA.
Rogers, BuddyBuddy Rogers 2 October 30, 1962
(defeat of Brazil)
86
(Brazil to Thesz reign)
Toledo, OH House show Rogers was widely, though not universally, considered champion again after his wins over Brazil and Kowalski. Kowalski disputed that Rogers had won the title, arguing that the match had not been for the title. As the NWA had recognized none of Rogers's losses, no second title reign was counted for Rogers.
January 21, 1963
(defeat of Kowalski)

3
(Kowalski to Thesz reign)

New York House show
8 Thesz, LouLou Thesz 3(5) January 24, 1963 1,079 Toronto, ON House show Promoters in the northeast United States refused to recognize Rogers' one-fall loss to Thesz, thus breaking away from the NWA to form the World Wide Wrestling Federation. Rogers was declared the first WWWF World Heavyweight Champion three months later, on April 25.
9 Kiniski, GeneGene Kiniski 1 January 7, 1966 1,131 St. Louis, MO House show
10 Funk, Jr., DoryDory Funk, Jr. 1 February 11, 1969 1,563 Tampa, FL House show
11 Race, HarleyHarley Race 1 May 24, 1973 57 Kansas City, MO House show
12 Brisco, JackJack Brisco 1 July 20, 1973 500 Houston, TX House show
13 Baba, GiantGiant Baba 1 December 2, 1974 7 Kagoshima, Japan House show
14 Brisco, JackJack Brisco 2 December 9, 1974 366 Toyohashi, Japan House show
15 Funk, TerryTerry Funk 1 December 10, 1975 424 Miami, FL House show
16 Race, HarleyHarley Race 2 February 6, 1977 926 Toronto, ON House show
17 Rhodes, DustyDusty Rhodes 1 August 21, 1979 5 Tampa, FL House show
18 Race, HarleyHarley Race 3 August 26, 1979 66 Orlando, FL House show
19 Baba, GiantGiant Baba 2 October 31, 1979 7 Nagoya, Japan House show
20 Race, HarleyHarley Race 4 November 7, 1979 302 Amagasaki, Japan House show
21 Baba, GiantGiant Baba 3 September 4, 1980 5 Saga, Japan House show
22 Race, HarleyHarley Race 5 September 9, 1980 230 Otsu, Japan House show
23 Rich, TommyTommy Rich 1 April 27, 1981 4 Augusta, GA House show
24 Race, HarleyHarley Race 6 May 1, 1981 51 Gainesville, GA House show
25 Rhodes, DustyDusty Rhodes 2 June 21, 1981 88 Atlanta, GA House show
26 Flair, RicRic Flair 1 September 17, 1981 631 Kansas City, MO House show On February 9, 1983 in Miami, The Midnight Rider (Dusty Rhodes under a mask due to being under suspension in Florida) defeated Flair for the title, but he returned it when NWA President Bob Geigel asked Rider to unmask or return the belt as NWA rules then forbade masked wrestlers from holding it.
Veneno, JackJack Veneno 1 August 29, 1982 <1 Rep. Dom. House show Jack Veneno defeated Flair in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, but as he refused to defend the title outside his native country the title was returned to Flair on August 29, 1982. [1]
Colón, CarlosCarlos Colón 1 January 6, 1983 17 San Juan, PR House show This title change isn't recognized by the NWA. Colon's WWC World Heavyweight Championship was also on the line. [1]
Flair, RicRic Flair 1 January 23, 1983 138 Miami, FL House show This title change isn't recognized by the NWA. Victor Jovica defeated Flair on February 8, 1983 in Couva, Trinidad, but the decision was reversed three days later because Jovica's feet were on the rope during the pin. [1]
27 Race, HarleyHarley Race 7 June 10, 1983 167 St. Louis, MO House show
28 Flair, RicRic Flair 2 November 24, 1983 117 Greensboro, NC Starrcade (1983) This was a Steel Cage match. Former champion Gene Kiniski (above) was special referee.
Race, HarleyHarley Race 8 March 20, 1984 3 Wellington, New Zealand House show This title change was briefly recognized by WCW, but it is currently not recognized by NWA nor WWE.
Flair, RicRic Flair 3 March 23, 1984 44 Kallang, Singapore House show This title change was briefly recognized by WCW, but it is currently not recognized by NWA or WWE.
29 Von Erich, KerryKerry Von Erich 1 May 6, 1984 18 Irving, TX 1st Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions
30 Flair, RicRic Flair 3(4) May 24, 1984 793 Yokosuka, Japan House show
31 Rhodes, DustyDusty Rhodes 3 July 26, 1986 14 Greensboro, NC The Great American Bash (1986)
32 Flair, RicRic Flair 4(5) August 9, 1986 412 St. Louis, MO House show
33 Garvin, RonRon Garvin 1 September 25, 1987 62 Detroit, MI House show
34 Flair, RicRic Flair 5(6) November 26, 1987 452 Chicago, IL Starrcade (1987) On November 21, 1988 the NWA's flagship promotion Jim Crockett Promotions was purchased by ((Ted Turner)) and renamed World Championship Wrestling (WCW)
35 Steamboat, RickyRicky Steamboat 1 February 20, 1989 76 Chicago, IL Chi-Town Rumble
36 Flair, RicRic Flair 6(7) May 7, 1989 426 Nashville, TN WrestleWar (1989)
37 Sting 1 July 7, 1990 188 Baltimore, MD The Great American Bash (1990)
38 Flair, RicRic Flair 7(8) January 11, 1991 69 East Rutherford, NJ House show After this title win, Flair was also recognized as the first WCW World Champion.
39 Fujinami, TatsumiTatsumi Fujinami 1 March 21, 1991 59 Tokyo, Japan WCW/New Japan Supershow I Briefly defended along with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. This title change was originally ignored in the USA. This title change was briefly recognized by WCW and is recognized by WWE. [2][3]
40 Flair, RicRic Flair 8(9) May 19, 1991 112 St. Petersburg, FL SuperBrawl I This title change was originally ignored in the USA. This title change was briefly recognized by WCW, but it is currently not recognized by WWE. [4]
Vacated September 8, 1991 Flair was stripped of the title upon signing with the WWF. This marked the first time the NWA World Heavyweight Championship was vacant.[5]
41 Chono, MasahiroMasahiro Chono 1 August 12, 1992 145 Tokyo, Japan G1 Climax 1992 - Day 5 Defeated Rick Rude in the final of the G1 Climax tournament.
42 The Great Muta 1 January 4, 1993 48 Tokyo, Japan WCW/New Japan Supershow III Muta's IWGP Heavyweight Championship was also on the line; briefly defended along with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
43 Windham, BarryBarry Windham 1 February 21, 1993 147 Asheville, NC SuperBrawl III
44 Flair, RicRic Flair 9(10) July 18, 1993 57 Biloxi, MS Beach Blast (1993) [6]
Vacated September 13, 1993 Vacated when WCW withdrew from the NWA. WCW continued to recognize Flair as their WCW International World Heavyweight Champion.
45 Douglas, ShaneShane Douglas 1 August 27, 1994 <1 Philadelphia, PA NWA World Title Tournament Defeated 2 Cold Scorpio in tournament final.
Vacated August 27, 1994 Philadelphia, PA NWA World Title Tournament Douglas threw the NWA World Heavyweight Championship belt down immediately after winning it and declared that he did not want to be the organization's champion; Douglas then declared the NWA-Eastern Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Championship, of which he was already in possession, to be a World Heavyweight Championship. Eastern Championship Wrestling then withdraws from the NWA and becomes Extreme Championship Wrestling.
46 Candido, ChrisChris Candido 1 November 19, 1994 97 Cherry Hill, NJ SMW/NWA Championship Wrestling America Defeated Tracy Smothers in tournament final.
47 Severn, DanDan Severn 1 February 24, 1995 1,479 Erlanger, KY House show [7]
48 Ogawa, NaoyaNaoya Ogawa 1 March 14, 1999 195 Yokohama, Japan House show
49 Steele, GaryGary Steele 1 September 25, 1999 7 Charlotte, NC 51st Anniversary Show Gary Steele pinned Ogawa in a three-way match also involving Brian Anthony.
50 Ogawa, NaoyaNaoya Ogawa 2 October 1, 1999 275 Thomaston, CT House show
Vacated July 2, 2000 Ogawa vacated the title.
51 Rapada, MikeMike Rapada 1 September 19, 2000 56 Tampa, FL House show Defeated Jerry Flynn in tournament final.
52 Sabu 1 November 14, 2000 38 Tampa, FL House show
53 Rapada, MikeMike Rapada 2 December 22, 2000 123 Nashville, TN House show
54 Corino, SteveSteve Corino 1 April 24, 2001 172 Tampa, FL House show
Vacated October 13, 2001 St. Petersburg, FL 53rd Anniversary Show Title was held up when Corino lost a title match against Shinya Hashimoto when he became unable to compete due to head injury sustained in the match.
55 Hashimoto, ShinyaShinya Hashimoto 1 December 15, 2001 84 McKeesport, PA House show This was three matches round robin style; Gary Steele vs. Steve Corino, Gary Steele vs. Shinya Hashimoto, and Steve Corino vs. Shinya Hashimoto. Hashimoto won.
56 Severn, DanDan Severn 2 March 9, 2002 80 Tokyo, Japan House show Match ended in controversy, as the referee gave a fast count.
Vacated May 28, 2002 Severn was stripped of the title after failing to make a defense in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Title made exclusive to TNA.
57 Shamrock, KenKen Shamrock 1 June 19, 2002 49 Huntsville, AL Weekly pay-per-view event #1 Defeated Malice in the finals of a Gauntlet for the Gold.
58 Killings, RonRon Killings 1 August 7, 2002 105 Nashville, TN Weekly pay-per-view event #8
59 Jarrett, JeffJeff Jarrett 1 November 20, 2002 203 Nashville, TN Weekly pay-per-view event #22 Unified with the WWA World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Sting on May 25, 2003 in Auckland, New Zealand.
60 Styles, A.J.A.J. Styles 1 June 11, 2003 133 Nashville, TN Weekly pay-per-view event #48 This was a three-way match, also involving Raven.
61 Jarrett, JeffJeff Jarrett 2 October 22, 2003 182 Nashville, TN Weekly pay-per-view event #67
62 Styles, A.J.A.J. Styles 2 April 21, 2004 28 Nashville, TN Weekly pay-per-view event #91 This was a Steel Cage match.
63 Killings, RonRon Killings 2 May 19, 2004 14 Nashville, TN Weekly pay-per-view event #95 This was a four-way match, also involving Raven and Chris Harris.
64 Jarrett, JeffJeff Jarrett 3 June 2, 2004 347 Nashville, TN Weekly pay-per-view event #97 This was a King of the Mountain match, also involving A.J. Styles, Raven, and Chris Harris. Ron Killings defeated Jarrett on the June 23 TNA Weekly PPV for the title, however due to issues surrounding the title change, the title was held up, before Vince Russo gave Jarrett the title back.[8]
65 González, RayRay González 1 April 3, 2005 <1 San Juan, PR IWAPR Juicio Final Live event González was stripped of the title later in the evening due to the fall having been counted by the wrong referee. This reign was ignored by the NWA and TNA, with Jarrett continuing to be recognized as champion. Retroactively recognized by the NWA beginning February 16, 2015. [9]
66 Styles, A.J.A.J. Styles 3 May 15, 2005 35 Orlando, FL Hard Justice Defeated Jeff Jarrett for title. Tito Ortiz was the special referee. [10]
67 Raven 1 June 19, 2005 88 Orlando, FL Slammiversary This was a King of the Mountain match, also involving Abyss, Monty Brown, and Sean Waltman. [11]
68 Jarrett, JeffJeff Jarrett 4 September 15, 2005 38 Windsor, ON International Incident
69 Rhino 1 October 23, 2005 2 Orlando, FL Bound for Glory Rhino won the right to face Jarrett in a Gauntlet for the Gold match after designated challenger Kevin Nash fell ill and withdrew. [12]
70 Jarrett, JeffJeff Jarrett 5 October 25, 2005 110 Orlando, FL TNA Impact! Aired November 3, 2005.
71 Christian Cage 1 February 12, 2006 126 Orlando, FL Against All Odds [13]
72 Jarrett, JeffJeff Jarrett 6 June 18, 2006 126 Orlando, FL Slammiversary This was a King of the Mountain match. Jarrett won due to interference by referee Earl Hebner. Jim Cornette stripped Jarrett of the belt later that week, then returned it to him the following week on the condition that he would have faced the winner of a #1 contender match being held at Victory Road on July 16, 2006. The period of vacancy is not recognized. [14][15]
73 Sting 2 October 22, 2006 28 Plymouth, MI Bound for Glory Kurt Angle was the special outside enforcer. This was a Title vs. Career match where Sting put his career on the line. [16]
74 Abyss 1 November 19, 2006 56 Orlando, FL Genesis Abyss defeated Sting by disqualification after Sting pushed the official. [17]
75 Christian Cage 2 January 14, 2007 119 Orlando, FL Final Resolution This was a Three-Way Elimination match, also involving Sting. [18]
Vacated May 13, 2007 Cage was stripped of the title when the NWA and TNA Wrestling ended their business relations and title agreements.
76 Pearce, AdamAdam Pearce 1 September 1, 2007 336 Bayamón, Puerto Rico House show Defeated Brent Albright in the finals of the Reclaiming the Glory Tournament. Pearce competed as a substitute for Bryan Danielson, who defeated Pearce in the semifinals but withdrew from the tournament due to a detached retina. Danielson was the referee.
77 Albright, BrentBrent Albright 1 August 2, 2008 49 New York City, NY ROH Death Before Dishonor VI [19]
78 Pearce, AdamAdam Pearce 2 September 20, 2008 35 Philadelphia, PA Glory By Honor VII [20]
79 Blue Demon, Jr. 1 October 25, 2008 505 Mexico City, Mexico House show [21]
80 Pearce, AdamAdam Pearce 3 March 14, 2010 357 Charlotte, NC House show Three-Way Elimination match also featuring Phill Shatter. [22]
81 Cabana, ColtColt Cabana 1 March 6, 2011 48 West Hollywood, CA NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood taping [23]
82 Sheik, TheThe Sheik 1 April 23, 2011 79 Jacksonville, FL NWA Pro Wrestling Fusion "Subtle Hustle" [24]
Vacated July 11, 2011 Sheik was stripped of the title for refusing to defend against Adam Pearce on July 31, 2011. [25]
83 Pearce, AdamAdam Pearce 4 July 31, 2011 252 Columbus, OH NWA at the Ohio State Fair Defeated Chance Prophet, Jimmy Rave and Shaun Tempers in a four-way match to win the vacant title. [26]
84 Cabana, ColtColt Cabana 2 April 8, 2012 104 Glendale, CA NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood taping [27]
85 Pearce, AdamAdam Pearce 5 July 21, 2012 98 Kansas City, KS Metro Pro Wrestling event This was a Two Out of Three Falls match. It was match four of a seven-match series between Cabana and Pearce. [28]
Vacated October 27, 2012 Berwick, Victoria Melbourne, Australia NWA Warzone Wrestling 14 Pearce left the NWA and resigned as champion after the organization refused to allow him to defend the title in the concluding match of the best-of-seven series against Cabana. The match did take place with Cabana winning, but both wrestlers refused the title in the aftermath. [29]
86 Kahagas 1 November 2, 2012 134 Clayton, NJ NWA DAWG: Wrath of Champions Won an elimination match for the vacant title by last eliminating Damien Wayne. Match also featured Chance Prophet, Jason Kincaid, Lance Erikson, Anthony Nese, Papadon, Biggie Biggs, and Lance Anoa'i. Kahagas was the reigning NWA National Heavyweight Champion at the time of his victory. [30]
87 Conway, RobRob Conway 1 July 4, 2013 294 San Antonio, TX NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling Rob Conway replaced an injured Jax Dane and defeated Kahagas for the title [31]
88 Kojima, SatoshiSatoshi Kojima 1 January 4, 2014 149 Tokyo, Japan Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome [32]
89 Conway, RobRob Conway 2 June 2, 2014 257 Las Vegas, NV Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion Show [33]
90 Tenzan, HiroyoshiHiroyoshi Tenzan 1 February 14, 2015 196 Sendai, Japan The New Beginning in Sendai [34]
91 Dane, JaxJax Dane 1 August 29, 2015 337+ San Antonio, TX NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling [35]

Combined reigns[edit]

Record 9-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair

As of July 31, 2016.

Indicates the current champion
<1 The reign is shorter than one day.
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Thesz, LouLou Thesz 3 3,749
2 Flair, RicRic Flair 9 3,103
3 Race, HarleyHarley Race 7 1,799
4 Funk, Jr., DoryDory Funk, Jr. 1 1,563
5 Severn, DanDan Severn 2 1,559
6 Kiniski, GeneGene Kiniski 1 1,131
7 Pearce, AdamAdam Pearce 5 1,078
8 Jarrett, JeffJeff Jarrett 6 1,006
9 O'Connor, PatPat O'Connor 1 903
10 Brisco, JackJack Brisco 2 866
11 Brown, OrvilleOrville Brown 1 692
12 Rogers, BuddyBuddy Rogers 1 573
13 Conway, RobRob Conway 2 551
14 Blue Demon, Jr. 1 505
15 Ogawa, NaoyaNaoya Ogawa 2 469
16 Funk, TerryTerry Funk 1 424
17 Hutton, DickDick Hutton 1 421
18 Dane, JaxJax Dane 1 337+
19 Cage, ChristianChristian Cage 2 245
20 Watson, Whipper BillyWhipper Billy Watson 1 239
21 Sting 2 216
22 Styles, A.J.A.J. Styles 3 196
Tenzan, HiroyoshiHiroyoshi Tenzan 1 196
24 Rapada, MikeMike Rapada 2 176
25 Corino, SteveSteve Corino 1 175
26 Cabana, ColtColt Cabana 2 152
27 Kojima, SatoshiSatoshi Kojima 1 149
28 Windham, BarryBarry Windham 1 147
29 Chono, MasahiroMasahiro Chono 1 145
30 Kahagas 1 134
31 Killings, RonRon Killings 2 119
32 Rhodes, DustyDusty Rhodes 3 107
33 Candido, ChrisChris Candido 1 97
34 Raven 1 88
35 Hashimoto, ShinyaShinya Hashimoto 1 84
36 Sheik, TheThe Sheik 1 79
37 Steamboat, RickyRicky Steamboat 1 76
38 Garvin, RonRon Garvin 1 62
39 Fujinami, TatsumiTatsumi Fujinami 1 59
40 Abyss 1 56
41 Albright, BrentBrent Albright 1 49
Shamrock, KenKen Shamrock 1 49
43 The Great Muta 1 48
44 Sabu 1 38
45 Baba, GiantGiant Baba 3 19
46 Von Erich, KerryKerry Von Erich 1 18
47 Steele, GaryGary Steele 1 7
48 Rich, TommyTommy Rich 1 4
49 Rhino 1 2
50 González, RayRay González 1 <1
Douglas, ShaneShane Douglas 1 <1

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