NWA World Heavyweight Championship
Champion Date Won Location Notes
Orville Brown October 1948 -a-
Lou Thesz November 27, 1949 -b-
Whipper Billy Watson March 15, 1956 Toronto, Ontario -c-
Lou Thesz [2] November 9, 1956 St. Louis, MO -d-
Dick Hutton November 14, 1957 Toronto, Ontario
Pat O'Connor January 9, 1959 St. Louis, MO
Buddy Rogers June 30, 1961 Chicago, IL
Lou Thesz [3] January 24, 1963 Toronto, Ontario -e-
Gene Kiniski January 7, 1966 St. Louis, MO
Dory Funk Jr. February 11, 1969 Tampa, FL
Harley Race March 24, 1973 Kansas City, MO
Jack Brisco July 20, 1973 Houston, TX
Giant Baba December 2, 1974 Kagoshima, Japan
Jack Brisco [2] December 9, 1974 Toyohashi, Japan
Terry Funk December 10, 1975 Miami, FL
Harley Race [2] February 6, 1977 Toronto, Ontario
Dusty Rhodes August 21, 1979 Tampa, FL
Harley Race [3] August 26, 1979 Orlando, FL
Giant Baba [2] October 31, 1979 Nagoya, Japan
Harley Race [4] November 7, 1979 Amagasaki, Japan
Giant Baba [3] September 4, 1980 Saga, Japan
Harley Race [5] September 9, 1980 Ohtsu, Japan
Tommy Rich April 27, 1981 Augusta, GA
Harley Race [6] May 1, 1981 Gainsville, GA
Dusty Rhodes [2] June 21, 1981 Atlanta, GA
Ric Flair September 17, 1981 Kansas City, MO -f-
Jack Veneno January 15, 1983 Santo Domingo, DR -g-
Ric Flair January 16, 1983 San Juan, PR -g-
Victor Jovica February 8, 1983 Couva, Trinidad -g-
Ric Flair February 11, 1983 Manati, PR -g-
Harley Race [7] February 10, 1983 St. Louis, MO
Ric Flair [2] November 24, 1983 Greensboro, NC
Harley Race [8] March 21, 1984 Wellington, New Zealand
Ric Flair [3] March 23, 1984 Kallang, Singapore
Kerry Von Erich May 6, 1984 Irving, TX
Ric Flair [4] May 24, 1984 Yokosuka, Japan -h-
Dusty Rhodes [3] July 25, 1986 Greensboro, NC
Ric Flair [5] August 7, 1986 St. Louis, MO
Ronnie Garvin September 25, 1987 Detroit, MI
Ric Flair [6] November 26, 1987 Chicago, IL
Ricky Steamboat February 20, 1989 Chicago, IL
Ric Flair [7] May 7, 1989 Nashville, TN
Sting July 7, 1990 Baltimore, MD
Ric Flair [8] January 11, 1991 East Rutherford, NJ
Tatsumi Fujinami March 21, 1991 Tokyo, Japan
Ric Flair [9] May 19, 1991 St. Petersburg, FL -i-
Masahiro Chono August 12, 1992 Tokyo, Japan -j-
The Great Muta January 4, 1993 Tokyo, Japan
Barry Windham February 21, 1993 Ashville, NC
Ric Flair [10] July 18, 1993 Biloxi, MS -k-
Shane Douglas August 27, 1994 Philadelphia, PA -l-
Chris Candido November 19, 1994 Cherry Hill, NJ -m-
Dan Severn February 24, 1995 Erlanger, KY
Naoya Ogawa March 14, 1999 Yokohama, Japan
Gary Steele September 25, 1999 Charlotte, NC -n-
Naoya Ogawa [2] October 2, 1999 Thomaston, CN -o-
Mike Rapada September 19, 2000 Tampa, FL -p-
Sabu November 14, 2000 Tampa, FL
Mike Rapada [2] December 22, 2000 Nashville, TN
Steve Corino April 24, 2001 Tampa, FL -q-
Shin'ya Hashimoto December 15, 2001 McKeesport, PA -r-
Dan Severn [2] March 9, 2002 Tokyo, Japan -s-
Ken Shamrock June 19, 2002 Huntsville, AL -t-
Ron Killings August 7, 2002 Nashville, TN
Jeff Jarrett November 20, 2002 Nashville, TN -u-
A.J. Styles June 11, 2003 Nashville, TN
Jeff Jarrett [2] October 22, 2003 Nashville, TN
A.J. Styles [2] April 21, 2004 Nashville, TN -v-
Ron Killings [2] May 19, 2004 Nashville, TN -w-
Jeff Jarrett [3] June 2, 2004 Nashville, TN -x-
A.J. Styles [3] May 15, 2005 Orlando, FL
Raven June 19, 2005 Orlando, FL -y-
Jeff Jarrett [4] September 15, 2005 Winsdor, Ontario
Rhino October 23, 2005 Orlando, FL
Jeff Jarrett [5] October 25, 2005 Orlando, FL
Christian Cage February 12, 2006 Orlando, FL
Jeff Jarrett [6] June 18, 2006 Orlando, FL -z-
Sting [2] October 22, 2006 Plymouth, MI
Abyss November 19, 2006 Orlando, FL
Christian Cage [2] January 14, 2007 Orlando, FL -aa-
Adam Pearce September 1, 2007 Bayamon, PR -bb-
Brent Albright August 2, 2008 New York, NY
Adam Pearce [2] September 20, 2008 Philadelphia, PA
Blue Demon Jr. October 25, 2008 Mexico City, Mexico

-a- Brown is the reigning MWA World Heavyweight Champion and is awarded the title when the MWA is absorbed by the NWA.

-b- Awarded title on November 27, 1949 when Brown is injured in a car accident.

-c- Wins via count-out.

-d- Defeated by Eduardo Carpentier by DQ on June 14, 1957, but NWA rules prohibit a title change on a disqualification, and the belt is returned to Thesz. He defeated Carpentier via DQ on July 24, 1957.

-e- Capital Wrestling refuses to recognize Rogers' one-fall loss to Thesz and broke away from the NWA, recognizing Rogers as the first WWWF World Heavyweight Champion. Thesz defeated Rogers in a rematch on February 7, 1963.

-f- Defeated by the Midnight Rider on February 9, 1982. Rider returns to belt to Flair after refusing to unmask after ordered to do so by NWA President Bob Geigle. Wrestled to a double countout with WWF Champion Bob Backlund on July 4, 1982.

-g- Unofficial title changes in the Carribean. NWA recognizes one contiguous reign for Flair.

-h- Wrestled to a double count out with AWA World Champion Rick Martel on October 2, 1985.

-i- Stripped of the title on September 8, 1991 when Flair signs with the WWF. Title is then vacant for the first time in its history.

-j- Defeated Rick Rude in the finals of a tournament for the vacant title.

-k- WCW leaves the NWA in September 1993, vacating the title.

-l- Defeated 2 Cold Scorpio in the finals of a tournament for the vacant title. Douglas immediately throws down the belt, declaring himself the new ECW World Heavyweight Champion, once again vacating the title.

-m- Defeated Tracey Smothers in the finals of a tournament for the vacant title.

-n- Defeated Ogawa and Anthony in a three-way dance when Steele pins Ogawa.

-o- Vacated on July 2, 2000.

-p- Defeated Jerry Flynn in the finals of a tournament for the vacant title.

-q- Held-up after a match between Hashimoto and Corino on October 13, 2001 when Corino is injured and unable to continue.

-r- Defeated Steele and Corino in a Round-Robin Ironman match.

-s- Stripped on May 28, 2002 for not being able to schedule a title defense on June 19.

-t- Defeated Malice to win the vacant title. Malice and Shamrock were the final 2 men in a Gauntlet for the Gold.

-u- Unified with the WWA World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Sting on May 25, 2003.

-v- Steel cage match.

-w- Defeated Chris Harris, Raven, and AJ Styles in a four-way match for the title.
-x- Defeated Chris Harris, Ron Killings, Raven, and AJ Styles in a King of the Mountain match.

-y- Defeated Abyss, Monty Brown, AJ Styles, and Sean Waltman in a King of the Mountain match.

-z- Declared vacant immediately after Jarrett's title win by Jim Cornette. Jarrett had just defeated Abyss, Christian Cage, Ron Killings, and Sting in a King of the Mountain match. Cornette held the belt up due to interference by Larry Zbyzko and referee Earl Hebner. However, Cornette returned the belt to Jarrett the next week on Impact.

-aa- Cage is stripped of the NWA title after TNA and the NWA sever their relationship. The NWA regains full control of the NWA World Heavyweight Title and NWA World Tag Team Titles. The belt is declared vacant.

-bb- Defeated Brent Albright in the finals of a tournament for the vacant title. Pearce had lost to Bryan Danielson in the semifinals, but was named Danielson's replacement after he suffers a detached retna.

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