NWA World Women's Championship
|NWA World Women's Championship|
The current NWA World Women's Championship belt
|Date established||August 20, 1954|
|Date won||September 16, 2016|
The NWA World Women's Championship is a women's professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). The title descended from the original Women's World Championship won by Mildred Burke in 1935 from Clara Mortensen. The current champion is Jazz who is in her first reign.
June Byers is recognized as the inaugural champion after her Two out of three falls match against Mildred Burke in 1954 ended in a no contest. Subsequently, 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 in 1956, it was held primarily (and operated) by Lillian Ellison under her ring name, The Fabulous Moolah who first won the championship in a battle royal in September 1956.
In 1983, the title 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. The NWA Women's title continued its lineage after Moolah's title was purchased and renamed by the WWF.
The Fabulous Moolah has held the title more times than any other wrestler, with a total of five reigns. She also has the longest reign of 3,651 days. Moolah is the oldest champion after winning the title at 55 years old. Malia Hosaka has the shortest reign at 1 day. Barbi Hayden is the youngest champion after winning the title at 23 years of age. Overall, the title has been held by 25 different women for a total of 35 reigns.
As of February 18, 2018.
|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|
|—||Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign|
|+||Indicates the current reign is changing daily|
|—||Mildred Burke||1||1935||−||Unknown||Live event||Defeated Clara Mortensen to win the World Women's Championship|||
|1||June Byers||1||August 20, 1954||760||Atlanta, GA||Live event||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 sets up the WWWA World Championship and continued to recognize herself as the World Women's Champion|||
|—||Vacated||—||1956||—||—||—||The Baltimore Athletic Commission stripped Byers of the championship after she announced her plans to retire in 1956|||
|2||The Fabulous Moolah||1||September 18, 1956||3,651||Baltimore, MD||Live event||Defeated Judy Grable in a 13–woman battle royal. Moolah was not immediately recognized as the new NWA World Women's Champion because promoter Billy Wolfe, with whom Moolah had a falling-out earlier in her career, still controlled most of the National Wrestling Alliance|||
|3||Bette Boucher||1||September 17, 1966||13||Seattle, WA||Live event|||
|4||The Fabulous Moolah||2||October 1966||509||—||Live event|||
|5||Yukiko Tomoe||1||March 10, 1968||23||Osaka, Japan||Live event|||
|6||The Fabulous Moolah||3||April 2, 1968||3,841||Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan||Live event|||
|—||Sue Green||1||1975||0||Dallas, TX||This win is not recognized by the NWA|||
|—||The Fabulous Moolah||4||1975||0||Texas||The previous Green win is not recognized by the NWA. Moolah's reign from 1968 through 1978 is considered uninterrupted|||
|9||Evelyn Stevens||1||October 8, 1978||2||Dallas, TX||Live event|||
|10||The Fabulous Moolah||5||October 10, 1978||3,104||Fort Worth, TX||Live event|||
|—||Vacated||—||1983||—||—||—||The World Wrestling Federation (WWF) withdrew from NWA in 1983, and Moolah sold the title to the WWF. The WWF recognizes Moolah as champion but does not acknowledge previous title changes: see WWE Women's Championship|||
|11||Debbie Combs||1||February 12, 1986||—||Honolulu, Hawaii||Live event||Won the vacant title in a 9–woman battle royal against Sherri Martel, Candi Devine, Despina Montagos, Eva Savage, Lady Satan, Princess Jasmine, Roxie Rush and Reggie Schwartz|
|—||Vacated||—||1987||—||—||—||Title declared vacant in 1987 when the Kansas City promotion withdrew from the NWA|
|12||Debbie Combs||2||April 10, 1987||3,317||Kansas City, MO||Live event||Defeated Penny Mitchell to win the vacant title|||
|13||Malia Hosaka||1||May 9, 1996||1||Johnson City, TN||Live event|||
|14||Debbie Combs||3||May 10, 1996||144||Fall Branch, TN||Live event|||
|—||Vacated||—||October 1996||—||—||—||Title stripped|||
|15||Strawberry Fields||1||October 14, 2000||18||Nashville, TN||NWA 52nd Anniversary Show||Defeated Leilani Kai to win the vacant title|||
|—||Vacated||—||November 2000||—||—||—||Fields vacated the title due to injury|||
|16||Madison||1||August 23, 2002||64||Surrey, BC||Live event||Defeated Bam Bam Bambi|||
|17||Char Starr||1||October 26, 2002||41||Corpus Christi, TX||NWA 54th Anniversary Show|||
|18||Madison||2||December 6, 2002||96||Port Coquitlam, BC||Live event|||
|19||Leilani Kai||1||March 12, 2003||465||Nashville, TN||NWA:TNA live event|||
|—||Vacated||—||June 19, 2004||—||—||—||Stripped after several no-shows|||
|20||Kiley McLean||1||June 19, 2004||318||Richmond, VA||Live event||Defeated Kameo|||
|21||Lexie Fyfe||1||April 23, 2005||168||Richmond, VA||Live event|||
|22||Christie Ricci||1||October 8, 2005||476||Nashville, TN||NWA 57th Anniversary Show||Christie Ricci defeated Lexie Fyfe and Tasha Simone in a three–way match|||
|23||MsChif||1||January 27, 2007||98||Lebanon, TN||Live event|||
|24||Amazing Kong||1||May 5, 2007||358||Streamwood, IL||Live event|||
|25||MsChif||2||April 27, 2008||818||Cape Girardeau, MO||Live event|||
|26||Tasha Simone||1||July 24, 2010||70||Lebanon, TN||Live event|||
|27||La Reina de Corazones||1||October 2, 2010||35||Altus, OK||Live event|||
|—||Vacated||—||November 6, 2010||—||Lebanon, TN||Live event||La Reina de Corazones was stripped of the title, after refusing to defend it|
|28||Tasha Simone||2||November 6, 2010||364||Lebanon, TN||Live event||Tasha Simone defeated Rachel to win the vacant title|||
|29||Tiffany Roxx||1||November 5, 2011||50||Lebanon, TN||Live event||This was a no disqualification match|||
|30||Tasha Simone||3||December 25, 2011||300||Lebanon, TN||Live event||This was a steel cage match|||
|31||Kacee Carlisle||1||October 20, 2012||462||Lebanon, TN||Live event|||
|32||Barbi Hayden||1||January 25, 2014||378||Cypress, TX||Live event|||
|33||Santana Garrett||1||February 7, 2015||314||Plant City, FL||Live event|||
|34||Amber Gallows||1||December 18, 2015||273||Sherman, TX||Live event||This was a four–way elimination match, also involving Bree Ann and Nikki Knight. Gallows won the title, lastly eliminating Garrett.|||
|35||Jazz||1||September 16, 2016||520+||Sherman, TX||Live event||This was a three way match also involving Christi Jaynes|
|†||Indicates the current champion.|
|¤||The exact length of a title reign is uncertain; the combined length may not be correct.|
As of February 18, 2018.
|1||The Fabulous Moolah||5||11,106¤|
|19||La Reina de Corazones||1||35|
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