Won By Title Won From Location Date
1. Ric Flair NWA Dusty Rhodes Kansas City Sept. 17, 81
Midnight Rider (Dusty Rhodes) Miami, FL Feb. 9, 82
2. Ric Flair Given Back Miami, FL Feb. 9, 82
The Midnight Rider wouldn't unmasked and so according to NWA Rules then
The Midnight Rider couldn't be the champ and the title was given back
to Flair. This switch isn't recognized by The NWA or WCW.
Jack Veneno Ric Flair Dominican
3. Ric Flair Jack Veneno Dominican
Republic Sept. 7, 82
Carlos Colon Ric Flair San Juan, PR Jan. 6, 83
4. Ric Flair Carlos Colon Jan. 21, 83
Victor Jovica Ric Flair Trinidad 1983
5. Ric Flair Victor Jovica Trinidad 1983
Reigns 3, 4 and 5 aren't recognized as legit by The NWA or WCW either.
I received the following e-mail from Sam Batman on February 29, 2000 before
I had reigns 3, 4 and 5 listed on this page.
"What's not listed here are the Caribbean switches with Venena, Colon, and
Jovica in late 82 or early 83; this of course gives us 22 (I only recently
learned of the Colon switch when the Pro Wrestling Title Histories page was
updated). I note the these three reigns aren't officially recognized by the
NWA, either, but if fans saw them happen, we must conclude they happened."
I went to Pro Wrestling Title Histories (the link is below) to get the info
on the three reigns that Sam mentioned and I included it above.
I received an e-mail from Nestor Brea on March 6, 2001:
"Veneno Never gave a rematch to Flair, he had to give the belt back to
Flair when he refused to defend it outside his native country."
In Part 3 of The Rock Bottom Wrestling Newsletter dated August 13, 2000
it says: "they recently aired the match in which Jack Veneno defeated
Ric Flair for the NWA Title in Dominican Republic" so the match in which
Veneno defeated Flair and won the NWA World Title actually DID happen,
because it was shown on TV in the Summer of 2000.
Harley Race Ric Flair St. Louis June 10, 83
6. Ric Flair NWA Harley Race Greensboro NC Nov. 24, 83
Harley Race Ric Flair Wellington,
New Zealand Mar. 21, 84
7. Ric Flair NWA Harley Race Kallang, Singapore Mar. 23, 84
WCW didn't recognize this switch until sometime in 1991.
Kerry Von Erich Ric Flair Irving, Texas May 6, 84
8. Ric Flair NWA Kerry Von Erich Yokosuka City, Jpn May 24, 84
Dusty Rhodes Ric Flair Greensboro July 26, 86
9. Ric Flair NWA Dusty Rhodes St. Louis Aug. 9, 86
Ronnie Garvin Ric Flair Detroit Sept. 25, 87
10. Ric Flair NWA Ronnie Garvin Chicago Nov. 27, 87
Ricky Steamboat Ric Flair Chicago Feb. 20, 89
11. Ric Flair NWA Ricky Steamboat Nashville, TN May 7, 89
Sting Ric Flair Baltimore July 7, 90
12. Ric Flair NWA Sting East Rutherford NJ Jan. 11, 91
13. Ric Flair WCW WCW proclaimed him WCW Champ during this reign
Tatsumi Fujinami NWA Ric Flair Tokyo, Japan Mar. 21, 91
14. Ric Flair NWA Tatsumi
Fujinami St. Petersburg FL May 19, 91
Fujinami backdropped Flair over the top rope on March 21, 1991 which was
a DQ as far as WCW was concerned. Minutes later, Fujinami pinned Flair,
and The NWA recognized Fujinami as NWA World Champ. Flair won the rematch
on May 19th at Superbrawl.
--------- WCW --------------------------------- July 1, 91
--------- NWA --------------------------------- Sep. 8, 91
WCW stripped him of the belt on July 1, and the NWA stripped him of the
belt in Sept when he went to the WWF as "The Real World's Champion"
15. Ric Flair WWF -------------- Albany NY Jan. 19, 92
Ric won the Royal Rumble, last eliminating Sid Justice
Randy Savage Ric Flair Indianapolis April 5, 92
16. Ric Flair WWF Randy Savage Hershey, PA Sept. 1, 92
Bret Hart Ric Flair Saskatoon Oct. 12, 92
17. Ric Flair NWA Barry Windham Biloxi, MS July 18, 93
18. Ric Flair WCW Vader Charlotte NC Dec. 27, 93
Ric Flair defended against Ricky Steamboat in a match at Spring Stampede
April 17, 1994 that resulted in a double pin. The next Saturday on WCW
Saturday Night, WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkle mentioned the possibility
of holding the belt up. As I recall, Flair came out enraged and either
threw the belt down or threw it at Bockwinkle and told him to hold it up.
Two weeks later on WCW Saturday Night, Flair met Steamboat and the winner
would be the new champion.
19. Ric Flair WCW Ricky Steamboat ----------- April 94
20. Ric Flair WCW I Sting Orlando Fl June 24, 94
Sting (WCW International World Champ) lost to Ric Flair (WCW World Champ)
in a Title-Unification bout at Clash of the Champions XXVII.
Hulk Hogan WCW Ric Flair Orlando Fl July 17, 94
21. Ric Flair WCW Randy Savage Nashville TN Dec. 27, 95
Randy Savage Ric Flair Las Vegas Jan 22, 96
22. Ric Flair WCW Randy Savage St. Petersburg F Feb 11, 96
The Giant Ric Flair Albany GA April 22, 96
23. Ric Flair WCW Hulk Hogan Louisville KY March 14, 99
Dallas Page Ric Flair Tacoma WA April 11, 99
24. Ric Flair Biloxi, MS May 15, 00
Stripped by Vince Russo on 00/05/22.
25. Ric Flair Salt Lake City, UT May 29, 00
Kevin Nash won the World Belt on May 23 and gave it back to Flair
Jeff Jarrett Ric Flair Salt Lake City, UT May 29, 00
This is NOT a complete list of WCW, NWA, WCW International, or WWF
Titles Reigns. This is a list of the World Titles that Ric Flair has won
over the years. There may be other disputed reigns, similar to the
Harley Race/Ric Flair title switches in March of 1984.
Why I put this page together is because WCW only recognized Ric Flair as
a 16 Time Champion, and I wonder which of the above title reigns don't
they recognize. I assume they don't recognize the two WWF Title Reigns.
They don't recognize the Flair/Steamboat Switch in 1994. They don't
recognize any of the switches between the time that Flair beat Rhodes
in 1981 to the time that Race beat Flair in June of 1983. I don't know
what other reigns they don't count.
The PWI Almanac (Most of the Title Reigns)
The Pro Wrestling FAQ. (A few disputed ones)
My own memory (for the Flair/Steamboat 1994 switch among others)
Professional Wrestling Title Histories (A few disputed ones)
Check out these sites for more information:
The National Wrestling Alliance
The NWA has a complete history of The NWA World Title on their site.
Professional Wrestling Title Histories
The Professional Wrestling FAQ