|Pat O'Connor||January 9, 1959||Saint Louis, MO||-a-|
|Verne Gagne||August 16, 1960||-b-|
|Gene Kiniski||July 11, 1961||Minneapolis, MN|
|Verne Gagne ||August 8, 1961||Minneapolis, MN|
|Mister M (Bill Miller)||January 9, 1962||Minneapolis, MN|
|Verne Gagne ||August 21, 1962||Minneapolis, MN|
|Crusher Lisowski||July 3, 1963||Minneapolis, MN||-c-|
|Verne Gagne ||July 20, 1963||Minneapolis, MN||-d-|
|Fritz Von Erich||July 27, 1963||Omaha, NE||-e-|
|Verne Gagne ||August 8, 1963||Amarillo, TX||-f-|
|Crusher Lisowski ||November 28, 1963||St. Paul, MN|
|Verne Gagne ||December 14, 1963||Minneapolis, MN|
|Maurice Vachon||May 2, 1964||Omaha, NE|
|Verne Gagne ||May 15, 1964||Omaha, NE|
|Maurice Vachon ||October 20, 1964||Minneapolis, MN|
|Mighty Igor Vodic||May 15, 1965||Omaha, NE|
|Maurice Vachon ||May 22, 1965||Omaha, NE|
|Crusher Lisowski ||August 21, 1965||St. Paul, MN|
|Mauice Vachon ||November 12, 1965||Denver, CO|
|Dick the Bruiser||November 12, 1966||Omaha, NE|
|Maurice Vachon ||November 19, 1966||Omaha, NE|
|Verne Gagne ||February 26, 1967||St. Paul, MN|
|Dr. X (Dick Beyer)||August 17, 1968||Bloomington, MN|
|Verne Gagne ||August 31, 1968||Minneapolis, MN|
|Nick Bockwinkle||November 8, 1975||St. Paul, MN|
|Verne Gagne ||July 18, 1980||Chicago, IL|
|Nick Bockwinkle ||May 19, 1981||-g-|
|Hulk Hogan||April 18, 1982||St. Paul, MN|
|Otto Wanz||August 29, 1982||St. Paul, MN|
|Nick Bockwinkle ||October 9, 1982||Chicago, IL|
|Hulk Hogan ||April 23, 1983||Minneapolis, MN|
|Jumbo Tsuruta||February 22, 1984||Tokyo, Japan|
|Rick Martel||May 13, 1984||St Paul, MN|
|Stan Hansen||Decemeber 29, 1985||East Rutherford, NJ|
|Nick Bockwinkle ||June 28, 1986||Denver, CO||-h-|
|Curt Hennig||May 2, 1987||San Francisco, CA|
|Jerry Lawler||May 9, 1988||Memphis, TN||-i-|
|Larry Zbysko||February 7, 1989||St. Paul, MN||-j-|
|Masa Saito||February 10, 1990||Tokyo, Japan|
|Laryy Zbysko ||April 8, 1990||St. Paul, MN||-k-|
-a- Pat O'Connor is recognized as the first AWA World Heavyweight Champion in May of 1960/ He is then given 90 to defend the belt against Verne Gagne or be stripped.
-b- Title is awarded to Gagne after O'Connor fails to defend it against him in the time limit.
-c- Crusher Lisowski wins the Omaha version of the World Heavyweight title from Fritz Von Erich on February 15, 1963.
-d- Gagne wins both the Omaha version and the AWA World title.
-e- Von Erich wins both the Omaha and AWA World title.
-f- Gagne wins the AWA World title, then defeats Fritz Von Erich on September 7, 1963 to unify the AWA and Omaha titles.
-g- Bockwinkle is awarded the title upon Verne Gagne's retirement.
-h- Title is awarded to Bockwinkle when Stan Hansen leaves the AWA after no-shoing a match on June 28, 1986 in Denver, CO. However, Hansen took the actual belt with him to Japan and defended it on New Japan cards throughout July of 1986.
-i- Lawler unifies the AWA World title with the World Class Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Kerry Von Erich on December 13, 1988 in Chicago, IL but is stripped of the AWA World Title on January 20, 1989 after the CWA breaks away from the AWA.
-j- Zbysko wins the title in a battle royal, last eliminating Tom Zenk.
-k- Zbysko is stripped of the belt on December 12, 1990 when he leaves the AWA for WCW. The title is still vacant when the AWA folds in 1991.