NWA National Heavyweight Championship
|NWA National Championship|
The current NWA National Championship belt (2018-present)
|Date established||January 12, 1980|
|Current champion(s)||Aron Stevens|
|Date won||December 14, 2019|
NWA National Heavyweight Championship
The NWA National Championship is a national championship owned and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). The current champion is Aron Stevens, who is in his first reign.
The championship was established in January 1980 as a major singles title for NWA promotion, Georgia Championship Wrestling (GCW). The title would be defended in NWA promotions such as GCW, Championship Wrestling from Georgia, and Jim Crockett Promotions until it was deactivated in September 1986.
The title was reactivated in May 1997 and defended through various NWA-affiliated promotions until it was vacated in October 2017.
In October 2018, the title was renamed the NWA National Championship with a tournament to determine a new champion.
The NWA National Heavyweight Championship was a major singles title in the NWA-affiliated Georgia Championship Wrestling (GCW) from 1980 until 1986 and was defended within the territorial region in which GCW operated. When GCW was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation in July 1984, the then-NWA National Champion The Spoiler went to work for the WWF and was briefly recognized by that promotion as National Champion. Soon thereafter, a new promotion (Championship Wrestling from Georgia) was formed and sanctioned by the NWA. They awarded the NWA National Championship to Ted DiBiase.
In 1985, Jim Crockett Promotions purchased the TBS Saturday 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 NWA United States Champion Nikita Koloff and the NWA National Champion Wahoo McDaniel. Koloff won to unify the two titles and that version of the National title was deactivated.
In May 1997, the NWA reactivated the National Championship, which was then defended throughout the United States in various NWA-affiliated promotions.
In October 2017, Billy Corgan's company, Lightning One, Inc., finalized its purchase of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), including its name, rights, trademarks, and championship belts.  At that point all existing NWA affiliation agreements were ended and all NWA championships, including the NWA National Heavyweight Championship, would be vacated in the months following the acquisition. The only two championships not vacated were the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship and NWA World Women’s Championship. The NWA was no longer a governing body and gradually evolved into a singular wrestling promotion.
In October 2018, NWA announced that the championship would be brought back as part of the NWA 70th Anniversary Show, with an eight-man tournament to crown a new champion which would include Jay Bradley, Colt Cabana, Sammy Guevara, Mike Parrow, Scorpio Sky, Sam Shaw, Ricky Starks and Willie Mack. The championship was renamed the NWA National Championship. The new belt’s design was a recreation of the 1970’s NWA Mid-Atlantic United States belt with some modern changes and a minimalist approach.
List of NWA National Champions
The NWA currently recognizes 85 individual National Championship reigns.
The inaugural champion was Austin Idol. The longest reigning champion is Phil Shatter, who held the title from January 17, 2009 to February 19, 2011 for a total of 763 days. Ricky Murdock holds the record for longest combined reigns (2) at 817 days. Killer Tim Brooks has the shortest reign. Damien Wayne, Phil "Nitro" Monahan, Greg Anthony, Lou Marconi, Paul Orndorff, Tommy Rich, Larry Zbyszko, and Masked Superstar have the most reigns with 3 apiece.
Aron Stevens is the current champion in his first reign. He won the title on December 18, 2019 during the NWA Into the Fire pay-per-view in Atlanta, Georgia by defeating Colt Cabana and Ricky Starks in a triple threat match. Stevens later declared his name was now "Shooter Stevens" and that he held the "NWA Third Degree National Championship" in a reference to martial arts grades under his training with The Question Mark.
|NWA National Heavyweight Championship||January 12, 1980 – October 21, 2018|
|NWA National Championship||October 21, 2018 – present|
As of January 26, 2020.
|No.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|+||Current reign is changing daily|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)|
|1||Austin Idol||January 12, 1980||N/A||Atlanta, GA||1||221||Also defeated Mr. Wrestling II to win the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship on March 29, 1980 in Atlanta, Georgia.|
|—||Vacated||August 20, 1980||—||—||—||—||Vacated for unknown reasons.|
|2||Jack Brisco||October 9, 1980||N/A||Atlanta, GA||1||58||Defeated Terry Funk in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.|||
|3||The Mongolian Stomper||December 6, 1980||Live event||Atlanta, GA||1||113|||
|4||Steve Olsonoski||March 29, 1981||Live event||Atlanta, GA||1||139|
|5||The Masked Superstar||August 15, 1981||Live event||Columbus, GA||1||44||On September 19, 1981, the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship was unified with the National Heavyweight Championship.|
|6||Tommy Rich||September 28, 1981||Live event||Augusta, GA||1||58||This was a mask vs. hair steel cage match.|||
|7||The Masked Superstar||November 25, 1981||Live event||Atlanta, GA||2||53||This was a Texas death match.|
|8||Tommy Rich||January 17, 1982||Live event||Atlanta, GA||2||57||This was a steel cage match.|||
|9||Ron Bass||March 15, 1982||Live event||Augusta, GA||1||35|||
|10||Tommy Rich||April 19, 1982||Live event||Augusta, GA||3||13|||
|11||Buzz Sawyer||May 2, 1982||Live event||Atlanta, GA||1||49|||
|12||Paul Orndorff||June 20, 1982||Live event||Atlanta, GA||1||40|||
|—||Vacated||July 30, 1982||—||—||—||—||Paul Orndorff vacated the championship in order to focus on a challenge to NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair.|
|13||The Super Destroyer||August 29, 1982||Live event||Atlanta, GA||1||35||The Super Destroyer defeated Paul Orndorff in the finals of an 11-man tournament to win the vacant championship.|||
|14||Paul Orndorff||October 3, 1982||Live event||Atlanta, GA||2||14|||
|15||The Masked Superstar||October 17, 1982||Live event||Atlanta, GA||3||21|
|16||Paul Orndorff||November 7, 1982||Live event||Atlanta, GA||3||133||This was a no disqualification match. While most records show that Orndorff held and defended the title uninterrupted during this reign, some records show that Killer Karl Kox won the title sometime in December 1982, losing it to Tommy Rich in February 1983 before being regained by Orndorff in March.|||
|17||Killer Tim Brooks||March 20, 1983||Live event||Atlanta, GA||1||0|
|18||Larry Zbyszko||March 20, 1983||Live event||Atlanta, GA||1||41||Bought the championship from Killer Tim Brooks for $25,000.|
|—||Vacated||April 30, 1983||—||—||—||—||Larry Zbyszko was stripped of the championship by NWA President Bob Geigel for buying it.|
|19||Larry Zbyszko||June 5, 1983||Live event||Atlanta, GA||2||14||Zbyszko Defeated Mr. Wrestling II in the finals of an 12-man tournament to win the vacant championship.|
|20||Mr. Wrestling II||June 19, 1983||Live event||Atlanta, GA||1||28||Killer Brooks and Mr. Wrestling I served as the special guest referees.|||
|21||Larry Zbyszko||July 17, 1983||Live event||Huntington, WV||3||70||This was a no time limit no disqualification match.|
|22||Brett Wayne||September 25, 1983||N/A||Atlanta, GA||1||54|||
|23||Ted DiBiase||November 18, 1983||N/A||Cleveland, OH||1||92|||
|24||Brad Armstrong||February 18, 1984||World Championship Wrestling||Atlanta, GA||1||54||Armstrong wrestled under a mask as "Mr. R" (thought to be Tommy Rich under the mask) and pinned Ted DiBiase to win the championship when DiBiase was distracted by Rich standing at the announcers' podium at ringside.|||
|25||The Spoiler||April 12, 1984||Live event||Wheeling, WV||1||22|||
|26||Brad Armstrong||May 4, 1984||Live event||Marietta, GA||2||58|
|27||The Spoiler||July 1, 1984||Live event||Atlanta, GA||2||13||The Spoiler left for the World Wrestling Federation during this reign and was briefly recognized as the National Champion by the WWF.|||
|28||Ted DiBiase||July 14, 1984||N/A||Macon, GA||2||89||This was a phantom match after The Spoiler went to the World Wrestling Federation.|||
|29||Ron Garvin||October 11, 1984||GCW Night of Champions||Baltimore, MD||1||233|||
|30||Black Bart||June 1, 1985||NWA World Championship Wrestling||Atlanta, GA||1||113||The match also had a Loser Leaves Town match.|||
|31||Terry Taylor||September 22, 1985||N/A||Atlanta, GA||1||67|
|32||Buddy Landel||November 28, 1985||Starrcade||Greensboro, NC||1||21|||
|33||Dusty Rhodes||December 19, 1985||N/A||Albuquerque, NM||1||75||Rhodes was awarded the title in a phantom match after Buddy Landel was fired due to his drug problem.|||
|34||Tully Blanchard||March 4, 1986||MACW TV Taping||Spartanburg, SC||1||177|||
|35||Wahoo McDaniel||August 28, 1986||Live event||Los Angeles, CA||1||31|||
|36||Nikita Koloff||September 28, 1986||Live event||Atlanta, GA||1||<1||This was a championship unification match, where Koloff also defended the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship.|
|—||Deactivated||September 28, 1986||—||—||—||—||The championship was unified with the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship.|
|37||Big Slam||May 17, 1997||N/A||N/A||1||62||The championship was awarded after the NWA reactivated it.|
|38||Salvatore Sincere||July 18, 1997||Live event||Raeford, NC||1||85|
|—||Vacated||October 11, 1997||—||—||—||—||The championship was vacated for undocumented reasons.|
|39||Doug Gilbert||March 27, 1998||Live event||Mount Holly, NJ||1||148||Defeated Barry Windham and Rocco Rock in a three-way match to win the vacant championship.|
|40||Stevie Richards||August 22, 1998||Live event||Mount Holly, NJ||1||63|
|41||Doug Gilbert||October 24, 1998||NWA 50th Anniversary Show||Cherry Hill, NJ||2||448||This was an eight-man tag team steel cage match. Gilbert won the title teaming with Steve Corino, Lance Diamond and Rik Ratchett versus Richards, The Pitbulls (#1 and #2) and Dead Man Walking.|
|42||Don Brodie||January 15, 2000||N/A||Memphis, TN||1||90|
|43||Kevin Northcutt||April 14, 2000||NWA Southwest Parade of Champions||North Richland Hills, TX||1||152|
|44||Stone Mountain||September 13, 2000||N/A||Athens, GA||1||52|
|45||Terry Knight||November 4, 2000||N/A||Cornelia, GA||1||69||Knight defeated Jesse Taylor on November 18, 2000 in Cornelia, Georgia to unify the NWA Wildside United States Heavyweight Championship|
|46||Don Brodie||January 12, 2001||N/A||Greenville, MS||2||201 – 222|
|—||Vacated||August 2001||—||—||—||—||The championship was vacated after Don Brodie was injured in an automobile accident.|
|47||Kevin Northcutt||August 22, 2001||N/A||N/A||2||52||Northcutt was awarded the championship.|
|48||Hotstuff Hernandez||October 13, 2001||NWA 53rd Anniversary Show||St. Petersburg, FL||1||455||On May 5, 2002, Shinya Hashimoto defeated Hernandez in a championship match in Tokyo. The championship was returned to Hernandez after Hashimoto refused it. The NWA later claimed that Hashimoto and Hernandez's match in Japan was not for the championship.|
|49||Ricky Murdock||January 11, 2003||N/A||Greenville, MS||1||643|
|50||Spyder||October 15, 2004||NWA 56th Anniversary Show – night 1||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada||1||358|
|—||Vacated||October 8, 2005||—||—||—||—||Spyder stripped of the championship when he no-shows a title defense.|
|51||Ricky Murdock||October 8, 2005||NWA 57th Anniversary Show||Nashville, TN||2||174||Murdock defeated Conscience and The Juggulator in a three-way match to win the vacant championship.|
|—||Vacated||March 31, 2006||—||—||—||—||The championship was held up after a match against Big Bully Douglas, due to interference from Kory Williams.|
|52||Big Bully Douglas||April 1, 2006||N/A||Columbia, TN||1||182||Douglas defeated Ricky Murdock in a rematch to win the held up championship.|
|53||Kory Williams||September 30, 2006||N/A||Lebanon, TN||1||217|
|54||Chance Prophet||May 5, 2007||N/A||Salyersville, KY||1||160|
|—||Vacated||October 12, 2007||—||—||—||—||Chance Prophet was stripped of the championship by the NWA Board of Directors due to injury.|
|55||Pepper Parks||October 20, 2007||Live event||Lebanon, TN||1||181||Parks defeats Kory Williams to win the vacant championship.|
|56||Crusher Hansen||April 18, 2008||PWX Crossfire||McKeesport, PA||1||239|
|57||Brandon K||December 13, 2008||N/A||McKeesport, PA||1||4|
|58||Crusher Hansen||December 17, 2008||N/A||McKeesport, PA||2||31|
|59||Phil Shatter||January 17, 2009||PWX Genesis 2||McKeesport, PA||1||763||This was a three-way elimination match also involving Chris LeRusso.|
|60||Chance Prophet||February 19, 2011||N/A||Franklinville, NJ||2||404|
|61||Kahagas||March 29, 2012||NWA Ring Warriors Battle of the Belts||Miami, FL||1||230||This was a four corners weapons Russian chain match with The New Heavenly Bodies serving as the special guest referees.|
|—||Vacated||November 14, 2012||—||—||—||—||The chamnpionship was vacated after Kahagas won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.|||
|62||Damien Wayne||January 5, 2013||NWA Edge||Nashville, NC||1||160||Wayne defeated Chance Prophet and Lance Erikson in a three-way dance to win the vacant championship.|||
|63||Vordell Walker||June 14, 2013||NWA SAW Gathering of the Champions||Millersville, TN||1||49||This was a steel cage match.|||
|64||Damien Wayne||August 2, 2013||Live event||Millersville, TN||2||43|||
|65||Phil Monahan||September 14, 2013||Live event||Toledo, OH||1||168|
|66||Lou Marconi||March 1, 2014||N/A||Williamston, NC||1||21|
|67||Phil Monahan||March 22, 2014||WrestleRama 13||Hillsdale, MI||2||1|||
|68||Lou Marconi||March 23, 2014||Live event||Oregon, OH||2||13|||
|69||Phil Monahan||April 5, 2014||N/A||Carolina Beach, NC||3||98|
|70||Lou Marconi||July 12, 2014||NWA Smoky Mountain Steel Cage Showdown||Carolina Beach, NC||3||209|
|71||Jax Dane||February 6, 2015||Live event||Millersville, TN||1||111||From April 12, Dane holds the National and North American championships. NWA allows him to defend both titles together.|||
|—||Vacated||May 28, 2015||—||—||—||—||Jax Dane forfeits both of his championships due to injury.|
|72||Arrick Andrews||July 11, 2015||Live event||Cookeville, TN||1||175||Andrews defeated Chase Owens in an eight-man tournament final.|||
|—||Vacated||January 2, 2016||—||—||—||—||Arrick Andrews announced that he had suffered a knee injury in a hunting accident that would keep him out of wrestling for 8 months, and forfeited the championship.|
|73||John Saxon||January 9, 2016||N/A||Dyersburg, TN||1||21||Saxon Won a battle royal to win the vacant championship.|
|74||Greg Anthony||January 30, 2016||N/A||Dyersburg, TN||1||154|
|75||Mustang Mike||July 2, 2016||N/A||Morgan City, LA||1||7||This was a steel cage match.|
|76||Greg Anthony||July 9, 2016||N/A||Dyersburg, TN||2||70|
|77||Jake Logan||September 17, 2016||N/A||Amarillo, TX||1||42|
|78||Greg Anthony||October 29, 2016||Live event||Dyersburg, TN||3||21|
|79||Damien Wayne||November 19, 2016||N/A||Gallatin, TN||3||76|
|80||Kahagas||February 3, 2017||N/A||Franklin, KY||2||239|
|National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) / Lightning One|
|—||Vacated||September 30, 2017||—||—||—||—||The championship was vacated when NWA terminated all contracts with its licensees.|
|81||Willie Mack||October 21, 2018||NWA 70th Anniversary Show||Nashville, TN||1||188||Mack defeated Sam Shaw to win the vacant championship.|||
|82||Colt Cabana||April 27, 2019||Crockett Cup 2019||Concord, NC||1||63|||
|83||James Storm||June 29, 2019||Ring of Honor Wrestling||Philadelphia, PA||1||94||This was a dark match which aired on NWA's YouTube channel on July 12, 2019.|||
|84||Colt Cabana||October 1, 2019||NWA Power||Atlanta, Georgia||2||74||Aired on YouTube on November 5, 2019.|||
|85||Aron Stevens||December 14, 2019||NWA Into the Fire||Atlanta, Georgia||1||43+||This was a Triple Threat match also involving Ricky Starks.|||
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|¤||The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.|
|11||Phil "Nitro" Monahan||3||267|
|20||Big Bully Douglas||1||182|
|52||Mr. Wrestling II||1||28|
|57||Killer Tim Brooks||1||<1|
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