NWA World Women's Championship

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NWA World Women's Championship
Nwa-womens-2019.jpg
The center plate of the NWA World Women's Championship, introduced September 30, 2019. Pictured in the center is former champion Allysin Kay; the photo gets updated with every champion.
Details
PromotionNWA
Date established1937
Current champion(s)Kamille
Date wonJune 6, 2021
Other name(s)
  • NWA Women's Championship (1937–2016)

The NWA World Women's Championship is a women's professional wrestling world championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). The title was first won by Mildred Burke in 1937 defeating Clara Mortensen.[1] The championship is currently held by Kamille, who is in her first reign.

History[edit]

Mildred Burke is recognized as the inaugural champion. After her Two out of three falls match against June Byers in 1954 ended in a no contest, Byers was recognized as the NWA World Women's Champion, and Burke created the WWWA World Championship and was recognized as its first champion. Upon June Byers's retirement, it was held primarily (and operated) by Lillian Ellison (under the ring name of The Fabulous Moolah), who first won the championship in a battle royal in September 1956.

In 1983, the physical belt was sold by Ellison to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), where it became the WWF Women's Championship. The World Wrestling Federation recognized Moolah as the reigning champion but did not recognize any of the title changes that had occurred since Moolah was first awarded the title in 1956.[2] The NWA Women's title continued its lineage after Moolah's belt was purchased and renamed by the WWF.

The Fabulous Moolah has held the title more times than any other wrestler, with a total of four reigns. She also has the longest reign of 3,651 days, and is the oldest champion after winning the title at 55 years old.[3] Malia Hosaka has the shortest reign at 1 day. La Reina de Corazones is the youngest champion after winning the title at 21 years of age. Overall, the title has been held by 25 different women for a total of 35 reigns.

Via various partnerships, the NWA World Women's Championship has also been defended in other promotions.[4]

Reigns[edit]

Names[edit]

Name Year
NWA Women's Championship N/A N/A, 1937 – September 16, 2016
NWA World Women's Championship September 16, 2016 – present
Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Championship change is unrecognized by the promotion
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)
1 Mildred Burke 1937 House show N/A 1 Burke defeated Clara Mortensen to win the inaugural championship. Officially recognized by the NWA between 1950 and 1953. [5]
2 June Byers August 20, 1954 House show Atlanta, GA 2 [Note 1] Byers wrestled Mildred Burke for the NWA World Women's Championship in a two out of three falls match. The commission stopped the match between Burke and Byers at the end of the second fall, stripped Burke of the title, and awarded it to Byers. Burke set up the WWWA World Championship and continued to recognize herself as the World Women's Champion. [1][6][7]
Vacated 1956/1964 In 1956, the NWA promoters of New York, New Jersey and Baltimore (led by Vince McMahon Sr.) stopped recognizing June Byers as champion and she was stripped of the championship by the Baltimore Athletic Commission. Byers, with the support of promoter Billy Wolfe, continued to be recognized by the majority of the National Wrestling Alliance until her retirement in 1964. [8][9][10][11][12]
3 The Fabulous Moolah September 18, 1956 House show Baltimore, MD 1 3,651 Moolah defeated Judy Grable at the end of a 13-woman battle royal. Moolah was not fully recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance as the new NWA World Women's Champion until 1964 because Billy Wolfe, with whom Moolah had a falling-out earlier in her career, still controlled most of the NWA. Penny Banner, the AWA World Women's champion, was also briefly recognized in some NWA territories after Byers' retirement in 1964. [6][12][13][14][15]
4 Bette Boucher September 17, 1966 House show Seattle, WA 1 16 [9][11]
5 The Fabulous Moolah October 3, 1966 House show Vancouver BC, Canada 2 524 [9][16]
6 Yukiko Tomoe March 10, 1968 House show Osaka, Japan 1 23 [9][11]
7 The Fabulous Moolah April 2, 1968 House show Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan 3 3,841 [9]
8 Evelyn Stevens October 8, 1978 House show Dallas, TX 1 1 [9][10][17]
9 The Fabulous Moolah October 9, 1978 House show Fort Worth, TX 4(5) 1,909 [9][10]
Vacated December 31, 1983 The World Wrestling Federation (WWF) withdrew from the NWA in 1983, and The Fabulous Moolah sold the championship to the WWF. The WWF recognized Moolah as champion but did not acknowledge previous title changes: see WWE Women's Championship. [8][9][10][11]
10 Debbie Combs February 12, 1986 House show Honolulu, HI 1 [Note 2] Combs won the vacant championship in a 9-woman battle royal against Candi Devine, Despina Montagos, Eva Savage, Lady Satan, Princess Jasmine, Roxie Rush, Reggie Schwartz, and Sherri Martel.
Vacated 1987 The championship was declared vacant in 1987 when the Kansas City promotion withdrew from the NWA.
11 Debbie Combs April 10, 1987 House show Kansas City, MO 2 [Note 3] Combs defeated Penny Mitchell to win the vacant championship. [9]
12 Bambi 1994 N/A N/A 1 [Note 4] [18]
13 Peggy Lee Leather 1994 N/A N/A 1 [Note 5] [19]
14 Bambi July 26, 1994 NWA TV tapings East Ridge, TN 2 [Note 6] [18]
15 Malia Hosaka May 9, 1996 House show Johnson City, TN 1 1 Hosaka defeated Debbie Combs, who continued to defend the championship despite Bambi being recognized as the champion by Jim Crockett Promotions. [9]
16 Debbie Combs May 10, 1996 House show Fall Branch, TN 3 [Note 7] [9]
Vacated October 1996 Debbie Combs was stripped of the championship. [9]
17 Strawberry Fields October 14, 2000 NWA 52nd Anniversary Show Nashville, TN 1 [Note 8] Fields defeated Leilani Kai to win the vacant championship. [9]
Vacated November 2000 Strawberry Fields vacated the championship due to injury. [9]
18 Madison August 23, 2002 House show Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 1 64 Madison defeated Bam Bam Bambi to win the vacant championship. [9]
19 Char Starr October 26, 2002 NWA 54th Anniversary Show Corpus Christi, TX 1 41 [9]
20 Madison December 6, 2002 House show Port Coquitlam, BC 2 96 [9]
21 Leilani Kai March 12, 2003 NWA:TNA Weekly PPV #36 Nashville, TN 1 465 [9][20]
Vacated June 19, 2004 Leilani Kai was stripped after several no-shows [9]
22 Kiley McLean June 19, 2004 House show Richmond, VA 1 308 McLean defeated Kameo to win the vacant championship. [9]
23 Lexie Fyfe April 23, 2005 House show Richmond, VA 1 168 [9]
24 Christie Ricci October 8, 2005 NWA 57th Anniversary Show Nashville, TN 1 476 This was a three-way match, also involving Tasha Simone. [9]
25 MsChif January 27, 2007 House show Lebanon, TN 1 98 [9]
26 Amazing Kong May 5, 2007 House show Streamwood, IL 1 358 [9]
27 MsChif April 27, 2008 House show Cape Girardeau, MO 2 818 [9]
28 Tasha Simone July 24, 2010 House show Lebanon, TN 1 70 [21]
29 La Reina de Corazones October 2, 2010 House show Altus, OK 1 35 [22]
Vacated November 6, 2010 House show Lebanon, TN La Reina de Corazones was stripped of the championship after refusing to defend it.
30 Tasha Simone November 6, 2010 House show Lebanon, TN 2 365 Simone defeated Rachel to win the vacant championship. [23]
31 Tiffany Roxx November 6, 2011 House show Lebanon, TN 1 49 This was a no disqualification match. [24]
32 Tasha Simone December 25, 2011 House show Lebanon, TN 3 300 This was a steel cage match. [25]
33 Kacee Carlisle October 20, 2012 House show Lebanon, TN 1 462 [26]
34 Barbi Hayden January 25, 2014 House show Cypress, TX 1 378 [27]
35 Santana Garrett February 7, 2015 House show Plant City, FL 1 314 [28]
36 Amber Gallows December 18, 2015 House show Sherman, TX 1 273 This was a four-way elimination match, also involving Bree Ann and Nikki Knight. Gallows won the championship by lastly eliminating Santana Garrett. [29]
National Wrestling Alliance/Lightning One Inc.
37 Jazz September 16, 2016 House show Sherman, TX 1 948 This was a three-way match, also involving Christi Jaynes.
Vacated April 22, 2019 Jazz vacated the championship due to medical and personal reasons. [30][31]
38 Allysin Kay April 27, 2019 Crockett Cup Concord, NC 1 272 Kay defeated Santana Garrett to win the vacant championship. [32]
39 Thunder Rosa January 24, 2020 Hard Times Atlanta, GA 1 277 [33]
40 Serena Deeb October 27, 2020 UWN Primetime Live Long Beach, CA 1 222 Deeb defended the title on October 22 on an AEW Dynamite taping, five days prior to winning the title. The match aired on October 28, 2020, the day after she won the title. [34]
41 Kamille June 6, 2021 When Our Shadows Fall Atlanta, GA 1 424+ [35]

Combined reigns[edit]

As of August 4, 2022.

Four-time and longest reigning champion The Fabulous Moolah
Current champion Kamille
Indicates the current champion.
¤ The exact length of a title reign is uncertain; the combined length may not be correct.
Rank Wrestler No. of
Reigns
Combined
Days
1 The Fabulous Moolah 4(5) 9,925¤
2 Debbie Combs 2 3,461¤
3 Jazz 1 948
4 MsChif 2 916
5 June Byers 1 760¤
6 Tasha Simone 3 734
7 Christie Ricci 1 476
8 Leilani Kai 1 465
9 Kacee Carlisle 1 462
10 Kamille 1 424+
11 Barbi Hayden 1 378
12 Amazing Kong 1 358
13 Kiley McLean 1 318
14 Santana Garrett 1 314
15 Thunder Rosa 1 277
16 Amber Gallows 1 273
17 Allysin Kay 1 272
18 Serena Deeb 1 222
19 Lexie Fyfe 1 168
20 Madison 2 160
21 Tiffany Roxx 1 50
22 Char Starr 1 41
23 La Reina de Corazones 1 35
24 Yukiko Tomoe 1 23
25 Strawberry Fields 1 18–47¤
26 Bette Boucher 1 16
27 Evelyn Stevens 1 1
28 Malia Hosaka 1 1
29 Bambi 2 N/A[Note 9]
30 Mildred Burke 1 N/A[Note 10]
31 Peggy Lee Leather 1 N/A[Note 11]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The exact date that Byers' championship was vacated is disputed, therefore, it is unknown for how many days Byers held the championship.
  2. ^ The exact date that Combs' championship was vacated is unknown, therefore, it is unknown for how many days Combs held the championship.
  3. ^ The exact date that Combs lost the championship is unknown, therefore, it is unknown for how many days Combs held the championship.
  4. ^ The exact date that Bambi won the championship is unknown, therefore, it is unknown for how many days she held the championship.
  5. ^ The exact date that Leather won the championship is unknown, therefore, it is unknown for how many days she held the championship.
  6. ^ The exact date that Bambi lost the championship is unknown, therefore, it is unknown for how many days she held the championship.
  7. ^ The exact date that Combs lost the championship is unknown, other than it happened in October 1996, which means the title reign lasted between 144 and 174 days.
  8. ^ The exact date that Fields vacated the championship is unknown, other than it happened in November 2000, which means the title reign lasted between 18 and 47 days.
  9. ^ The length of Bambi's both championship reigns is unknown.
  10. ^ The length of Burke's championship reigns is unknown.
  11. ^ The length of Leather's championship reigns is unknown.

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