NWA National Heavyweight Championship

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NWA National Heavyweight Championship
Current champion(s) Arrick Andrews
Date won July 11, 2015
Date established October, 1980
Promotion National Wrestling Alliance

The original version NWA National Heavyweight Championship was the major singles title in the NWA-affiliated Georgia Championship Wrestling from 1980 until 1986. In spite of its name, the championship was never defended on a national basis but, rather, it was used only within the territorial region in which Georgia Championship Wrestling ran its operations.

In 1984, Vince McMahon's Titan Sports, Inc. (which operated under the World Wrestling Federation brand name) bought Georgia Championship Wrestling, Inc. The National champion at the time of the sale was The Spoiler (Don Jardine). Spoiler went to work for the WWF and was briefly recognized by that company as National Heavyweight Champion.

Meanwhile, a rival group with NWA sanctioning began in Georgia. This group was called Championship Wrestling from Georgia. They awarded the NWA National Heavyweight Championship to Ted DiBiase (proclaiming that he had won the title from The Spoiler, which actually wasn't the case except for storyline purposes).

In 1985, Jim Crockett Promotions purchased the TBS Saturday night and Sunday night television slots from the WWF and began production on a new era of "World Championship Wrestling." JCP essentially consolidated Championship Wrestling from Georgia (taking over that group's Saturday morning time slot as well) and began to recognize their championships.

Eventually Crockett held a unification match between his company's United States champion and the National champion. The U.S. champ won and that version of the National title was abandoned.[1]

Beginning in 1997, the NWA Board of Directors reactivated the NWA National Heavyweight Championship. Unlike its original incarnation, the revived NWA National Heavyweight Championship is defended in various NWA affiliated promotions throughout the United States.

The NWA National Heavyweight Championship is the third most prestigious title in the National Wrestling Alliance behind the North American and World Heavyweight Championships.

The current champion is Arrick Andrews, who is in his first reign as champion. He won the title on July 11, 2015 in Cookeville, Tennessee in a one-night tournament hosted by NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling. The title had been vacated in May 2015 due to an injury to then-reigning National and North American champion Jax Dane. Dane had defended the National and North American titles as a unified championship, but the titles were split by the NWA after Dane's injury.

Title history[edit]

Original version (1980–1986)[edit]

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Jack Brisco 1 October 1980 Defeated Terry Funk in a tournament final to become the first champion.
Mongolian Stomper 1 December 6, 1980 Atlanta, Georgia
Steve Olsonoski 1 March 29, 1981 Atlanta, Georgia
Masked Superstar 1 August 15, 1981 Columbus, Georgia
Tommy Rich 1 September 28, 1981 Augusta, Georgia
Masked Superstar 2 November 25, 1981 Atlanta, Georgia
Tommy Rich 2 January 17, 1982 Atlanta, Georgia
Ron Bass 1 March 15, 1982 Augusta, Georgia
Tommy Rich 3 April 19, 1982 Augusta, Georgia
Buzz Sawyer 1 May 2, 1982 Atlanta, Georgia
Paul Orndorff 1 June 20, 1982 Atlanta, Georgia
Vacated 1982 Orndorff vacated the title to train for a World Title match.
Super Destroyer 1 August 29, 1982 Atlanta, Georgia Won a tournament to win the vacant title.
Paul Orndorff 2 October 3, 1982 Atlanta, Georgia
Masked Superstar 3 October 17, 1982 Atlanta, Georgia
Paul Orndorff 3 November 17, 1982 Atlanta, Georgia
Killer Karl Kox 1 1982
Tommy Rich 4 1983
Paul Orndorff 4 March 1983
Killer Tim Brooks 1 March 20, 1983 Atlanta, Georgia
Larry Zbyszko 1 March 20, 1983 Atlanta, Georgia Bought the title from Brooks for $25,000
Vacated April 30, 1983 Zbyszko was stripped of the title by NWA President Bob Geigel for buying it.
Larry Zbyszko 2 June 5, 1983 Atlanta, Georgia Defeated Mr. Wrestling II in a tournament final to win the vacant title.
Brett Wayne 1 September 25, 1983 Atlanta, Georgia
Ted DiBiase 1 November 18, 1983 Cleveland, Ohio
Brad Armstrong 1 February 18, 1984 Atlanta, Georgia Wrestled under a mask as "Mr. R"(thought to be Tommy Rich under the mask) and pinned DiDibase to win the title when DiBiase was distracted by Rich standing at the announcers' podium at ringside.
The Spoiler 1 April 12, 1984 Wheeling, West Virginia
Brad Armstrong 2 May 4, 1984 Marietta, Georgia
The Spoiler 2 July 1, 1984 Atlanta, Georgia
Ted DiBiase 2 July 14, 1984 Macon, Georgia This was a phantom match after The Spoiler went to the World Wrestling Federation.
Ron Garvin 1 October 11, 1984 Baltimore, Maryland
Black Bart 1 June 1, 1985 Atlanta, Georgia The match also had a Loser Leaves Town stipulation
Terry Taylor 1 September 22, 1985 Atlanta, Georgia
Buddy Landel 1 November 28, 1985 Greensboro, North Carolina Won at Starrcade.
Dusty Rhodes 1 December 19, 1985 Atlanta, Georgia Rhodes was awarded the title in a phantom match after Landel was fired due to his drug problem.
Tully Blanchard 1 March 4, 1986 Spartanburg, South Carolina
Wahoo McDaniel 1 August 28, 1986 Los Angeles, California
Nikita Koloff 1 September 28, 1986 Atlanta, Georgia
Title retired September 28, 1986 Atlanta, Georgia The title was unified with the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship, which Koloff won from Magnum T.A. on August 17, 1986 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Revived version (1997–)[edit]

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Big Slam 1 1997 Title was awarded after the NWA revived it.
Salvatore Sincere 1 July 18, 1997 Raeford, North Carolina
Vacated October 11, 1997
Doug Gilbert 1 March 27, 1998 Mount Holly, New Jersey Defeated Barry Windham and Rocco Rock in a three-way match to win the vacant title.
Stevie Richards 1 August 22, 1998 Mount Holly, New Jersey
Doug Gilbert 2 October 24, 1998 Cherry Hill, New Jersey Won the title in an eight-man tag team steel cage match at the NWA 50th Anniversary Show.
Don Brodie 1 January 15, 2000 Memphis, Tennessee
Kevin Northcutt 1 April 14, 2000 North Richland Hills, Texas
Stone Mountain 1 September 13, 2000 Athens, Georgia
Terry Knight 1 November 4, 2000 Cornelia, Georgia Defeated Jesse Taylor on November 18, 2000 in Cornelia, Georgia to unify the NWA Wildside United States Heavyweight Championship.
Don Brodie 2 January 12, 2001 Greenville, Mississippi
Vacated August 2001 Title vacated after Brodie is injured in an automobile accident.
Kevin Northcutt 2 August 22, 2001 Northcutt was awarded the title.
Hotstuff Hernandez 1 October 13, 2001 St. Petersburg, Florida Won the title at the NWA 53rd Anniversary Show. On May 5, 2002, Shinya Hashimoto defeated Hernandez in a title match in Tokyo. The title was returned to Hernandez after Hashimoto refused it. The NWA later claimed that Hashimoto and Hernandez's match in Japan was not for the title.
Ricky Murdock 1 January 11, 2003 Greenville, Mississippi Also won the NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship on October 10, 2003, defeating Shane Somers at the NWA 55th Anniversary Show in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Spyder 1 October 15, 2004 Winnipeg, Manitoba Won the title at the NWA 56th Anniversary Show.
Vacated October 8, 2005 Nashville, Tennessee Spyder stripped of the title when he no-shows a title defense.
Ricky Murdock 2 October 8, 2005 Nashville, Tennessee Defeated Conscience and The Juggulator in a three-way match at the NWA 57th Anniversary Show to win the vacant title.
Vacated March 31, 2006 Lebanon, Tennessee Title held up after a match against Big Bully Douglas, due to interference from Kory Williams.
Big Bully Douglas 1 April 1, 2006 Columbia, Tennessee Defeated Murdock in a rematch to win the held up title.
Kory Williams 1 September 30, 2006 Lebanon, Tennessee
Chance Prophet 1 May 5, 2007 Salyersville, Kentucky
Vacated October 12, 2007 Stripped of the title by the NWA Board of Directors due to injury.
Pepper Parks 1 October 20, 2007 Lebanon, Tennessee Defeats Kory Williams in a match to determine the new champion.
Crusher Hansen 1 April 18, 2008 McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Phill Shatter 1 January 19, 2009 McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Chance Prophet 2 February 19, 2011 Franklinville, New Jersey
Kahagas 1 March 29, 2012 Miami, Florida NWA Ring Warriors Battle of the Belts
Vacated November 14, 2012 Title vacated after Kahagas wins the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.[2]
Damien Wayne 1 January 5, 2013 Nashville, North Carolina Defeated Chance Prophet and Lance Erikson in a three-way match to fill the vacant title.[3]
Vordell Walker 1 June 14, 2013 Millersville, Tennessee [4]
Damien Wayne 2 August 2, 2013 Millersville, Tennessee [5]
Nitro 1 September 14, 2013 Toledo, Ohio
Lou Marconi 1 March 1, 2014 Williamston, NC
Nitro 2 March 22, 2014 Hillsdale, MI
Lou Marconi 2 March 23, 2014 Toledo, OH
Nitro 3 April 5, 2014 Carolina Beach, NC
Lou Marconi 3 July 7, 2014 Carolina Beach, NC
Jax Dane 1 February 6, 2015 Millersville, TN Dane won the North American title on April 12 in Las Vegas, NV. He defended both belts as a unified championship until his injury.[6]
Vacated May 28, 2015 Title vacated, and separated from the North American title, after Jax Dane suffered an injury.
Arrick Andrews 1 July 11, 2015 Cookeville, TN Defeats Chase Owens in an eight-man tournament final.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  2. ^ Martin, Adam (2012-11-14). "NWA Heavyweight Title once again vacated on 11/2". WrestleView. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  3. ^ Martin, Adam (2013-01-06). "New NWA Champion crowned this weekend". WrestleView. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Vordell Walker wins NWA National Heavyweight Title". gerweck.net. 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  5. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: Damien Wayne Regains National Title". Alliance-Wrestling.com. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  6. ^ Caldwell, James (2015-02-07). "NWA news: Former TNA KO captures Women's Title, Jax captures Nat'l Title, Conway defends NWA World Title, two big title matches at NJPW's "New Beginning" next week". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2015-01-08. 
  7. ^ "New NWA National Champion Crowned at last nights NWA SAW Event!". NWA Ringside. 2015-07-12. Retrieved 2015-07-14. 

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