History of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship

Orville Brown # 40 *
Recognized locally by Iowa promoter Pinkie George as "National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight champion"; said to have held the title for seven years before losing to Sonny Myers; some reports say Ronnie Etchison defeats Brown for the title in Montana in either 47 or 48.

Sonny Myers # 47/11/03 Des Moines, IA

Orville Brown [2] # 48/01/05 Des Moines, IA
Also wins Midwest Wrestling Association World Heavyweight title for the 5th time, defeating Bobby Bruns on 48/05/04 in Kansas City, KS; in 48/07, Pinkie George founds the current version of National Wrestling Alliance in Waterloo, IA with 5 other promoters and recognizes Brown as the first NWA World champion.

Lou Thesz 49/11/27
Unifies following titles to become the Undisputed World Heavyweight champion :
National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight title, having defeated Bill Longson on 48/07/20 in Indianapolis, IN

National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight title, awarded on 49/11/27 when champion Orville Brown is injured in an automobile accident on 49/11/01 before a unification match scheduled on 49/11/25 in St. Louis, MO

Also defeats American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight (Boston) champion Gorgeous George on 50/07/27 in Chicago, IL (AWA title not on line).

Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium version of the world title, defeating Baron Michele Leone on 52/05/21 in Los Angeles, CA.

Whipper Billy Watson 56/03/15 Toronto, ON
Wins by count out.

Lou Thesz [2] 56/11/09 St. Louis, MO

Edouard Carpentier # 57/06/14 Chicago, IL
Wins when Thesz cannot continue due to a back injury; recognized as World champion in Omaha and by World Wrestling Association in Los Angeles to legitimate the lineages of their world titles.

Lou Thesz # 57/07/24 Montreal, QC
Defeats Carpentier by disqualification; NWA initially continues to recognize Carpentier as the champion; however, Carpentier withdraws his claim to the title when Montreal promoter Eddie Quinn leaves NWA; NWA voids all recognition of Carpentier as champion.

Dick Hutton 57/11/14 Toronto, ON

Pat O'Connor 59/01/09 St. Louis, MO

Buddy Rogers 61/06/30 Chicago, IL

Bobo Brazil # 62/08/18 Newark, NJ
Wins when Rogers claims a groin injury; Brazil refuses the victory; however, it is announced on 62/09/06 that Brazil is the new champion because nothing has been found wrong with Rogers by the doctor.

Buddy Rogers # 62/10/30 Toledo, OH

Killer Kowalski defeats Rogers on 62/11/21 in Montreal, QC after Rogers' ankle is broken in first fall; Kowalski is recognized as champion in some places including Texas; Rogers defeats Kowalski on 63/01/21 in New York, NY, but Kowalski claims the match is not for the title.

Lou Thesz [3] 63/01/24 Toronto, ON
Promoters in northeast refuse to recognize Rogers's one-fall loss to Thesz and start World Wide Wrestling Federation with Rogers as the first WWWF World Heavyweight champion; Thesz defeats Rogers in a two-out-of-three-falls rematch on 63/02/07 in Toronto, ON; defeats Kowalski on 63/02/01 in Houston, TX.

Gene Kiniski 66/01/07 St. Louis, MO

Dory Funk Jr. 69/02/11 Tampa, FL

Harley Race 73/03/24 Kansas City, MO

Jack Brisco 73/07/20 Houston, TX

Giant Baba 74/12/02 Kagoshima, JAPAN

Jack Brisco [2] 74/12/09 Toyohashi, JAPAN

Terry Funk 75/12/10 Miami, FL

Harley Race [2] 77/02/06 Toronto, ON

Dusty Rhodes 79/08/21 Tampa, FL

Harley Race [3] 79/08/26 Orlando, FL

Giant Baba [2] 79/10/31 Nagoya, JAPAN

Harley Race [4] 79/11/07 Amagasaki, JAPAN

Giant Baba [3] 80/09/04 Saga, JAPAN

Harley Race [5] 80/09/09 Ohtsu, JAPAN

Tommy Rich 81/04/27 Augusta, GA

Harley Race [6] 81/05/01 Gainsville, GA

Dusty Rhodes [2] 81/06/21 Atlanta, GA

Ric Flair 81/09/17 Kansas City, MO
Wrestles to a double count-out against WWF Heavyweight champion Bob Backlund on 82/07/04 in Atlanta, GA; around 82 in DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Flair allows himself to be pinned by Jack Veneno to avoid the riot from the audience, but the title is returned to Flair; Midnight Rider (Dusty Rhodes under mask) defeats Flair on 83/02/09 in Miami, FL but returns the belt when asked to indentify himself by NWA president Bob Geigel.

Carlos Colon * 83/01/06 San Juan, PR

Ric Flair * 83/01/23<

Harley Race [7] 83/06/10 St. Louis, MO

Ric Flair [2] 83/11/24 Greensboro, NC

Harley Race [8] 84/03/21 Wellington, NEW ZEALAND

Ric Flair [3] 84/03/23 Kallang, SINGAPORE

Kerry Von Erich 84/05/06 Irving, TX

Ric Flair [4] 84/05/24 Yokosuka, JAPAN
Wrestles to a double count-out against AWA World heavyweight champion Rick Martel on 85/10/02 in Tokyo, JAPAN.

Dusty Rhodes [3] 86/07/26 Greensboro, NC

Ric Flair [5] 86/08/07 St. Louis, MO

Ronnie Garvin 87/09/25 Detroit, MI

Ric Flair [6] 87/11/26 Chicago, IL

Ricky Steamboat 89/02/20 Chicago, IL

Ric Flair [7] 89/05/07 Nashville, TN

Sting 90/07/07 Baltimore, MD

Ric Flair [8] 91/01/11 East Rutherford, NJ

Tatsumi Fujinami 91/03/21 Tokyo, JAPAN

Ric Flair [9] 91/05/19 St. Petersburg, FL
Stripped on 91/09/08 when Flair signs with WWF, where he claims the "Real World Heavyweight Title"; NWA World Heavyweight Title is vacant for the first time in its history; Flair wins WWF World Heavyweight Title on 92/01/19 in Albany, NY; some reports say Lex Luger, who has won the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Title by defeating Barry Windham on 91/07/14 in Baltimore, MD, is briefly given recognition as NWA World champion by the NWA board, controlled by WCW Vice President Jim Herd; Luger is not recognized by NWA as a former champion.

Masahiro Chono 92/08/12 Tokyo, JAPAN
Defeats Rick Rude in tournament final to win the vacant title.

Great Muta 93/01/04 Tokyo, JAPAN

Barry Windham 93/02/21 Ashville, NC

Ric Flair [10] 93/07/18 Biloxi, MS

Recognition dropped by NWA in 93/09 after WCW withdraws from NWA; WCW continues to recognize "WCW International" World Heavyweight title with Flair as the champion.

Shane Douglas 94/08/27 Phiadelphia, PA
Defeats Too Cold Scorpio in tournament final but refuses the belt; ECW immediately announces their withdrawal from the NWA.

Chris Candido 94/11/19 Cherry Hill, NJ
Defeats Tracy Smothers in tournament final.

Dan Severn 95/02/24 Erlanger, KY

Naoya Ogawa 99/03/14 Yokohama, JAPAN

Gary Steele 99/09/25 Charlotte, NC
Defeats Ogawa and Brian Anthony in a three way dance.

Naoya Ogawa [2] 99/10/02 Thomaston, CT
Vacates on 00/07/02.

Mike Rapada 00/09/19 Tampa, FL
Defeats Jerry Flynn in 8-man tournament final.

Sabu 00/11/14 Tampa, FL

Mike Rapada [2] 00/12/22 Nashville, TN

Steve Corino 01/04/24 Tampa, FL
Title held-up after a match against Shin'ya Hashimoto on 01/10/13 in St. Petersburg, FL when Corino is unable to continue due to injury.

12/15/01  Shin'ya Hashimoto    McKeesport, PA
Defeats Corino and Gary Steele in a round-robin triangle match.

03/09/02  Dan Severn [2]       Tokyo, JAPAN
NWA Senior official Fred Richards gives a "fast count";

05/28/02  TITLE VACANT
* Severn stripped by unanimous vote of the NWA Board of Directors for not being able to schedule a title defense on 06/19/02 in Huntsville, AL.

06/19/02  Ken Shamrock         Huntsville, AL
Defeats Malice after the two become the finalists of a battle royal.

08/07/02  Ron Killings         Nashville, TN

11/2/02   Jeff Jarrett         Nashville, TN
Defeats Sting 05/25/03 in Auckland, NEW ZEALAND to unify World Wrestling All-Stars World Heavyweight Title.

06/03/11  A. J. Styles         Nashville, TN

10/22/03  Jeff Jarrett [2]     Nashville, TN

05/19/04  Ron Killings [2]     Nashville, TN
* beat AJ Styles, Chris Harris & Raven for title.

10/23/05  Rhino                Orlando, FL

02/12/06  Christian Cage       Orlando, FL

06/18/06  Jeff Jarrett         Orlando, FL
* beat Abyss, Christian Cage, Sting, & Ron Killings in King of the Mountain Match

10/22/06  Sting [2]            Plymouth, MI

11/19/06  Abyss                Orlando, FL 

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