|Orville Brown||October 1948||-a-|
|Lou Thesz||November 27, 1949||-b-|
|Whipper Billy Watson||March 15, 1956||Toronto, Ontario||-c-|
|Lou Thesz ||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 ||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 ||December 9, 1974||Toyohashi, Japan|
|Terry Funk||December 10, 1975||Miami, FL|
|Harley Race ||February 6, 1977||Toronto, Ontario|
|Dusty Rhodes||August 21, 1979||Tampa, FL|
|Harley Race ||August 26, 1979||Orlando, FL|
|Giant Baba ||October 31, 1979||Nagoya, Japan|
|Harley Race ||November 7, 1979||Amagasaki, Japan|
|Giant Baba ||September 4, 1980||Saga, Japan|
|Harley Race ||September 9, 1980||Ohtsu, Japan|
|Tommy Rich||April 27, 1981||Augusta, GA|
|Harley Race ||May 1, 1981||Gainsville, GA|
|Dusty Rhodes ||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 ||February 10, 1983||St. Louis, MO|
|Ric Flair ||November 24, 1983||Greensboro, NC|
|Harley Race ||March 21, 1984||Wellington, New Zealand|
|Ric Flair ||March 23, 1984||Kallang, Singapore|
|Kerry Von Erich||May 6, 1984||Irving, TX|
|Ric Flair ||May 24, 1984||Yokosuka, Japan||-h-|
|Dusty Rhodes ||July 25, 1986||Greensboro, NC|
|Ric Flair ||August 7, 1986||St. Louis, MO|
|Ronnie Garvin||September 25, 1987||Detroit, MI|
|Ric Flair ||November 26, 1987||Chicago, IL|
|Ricky Steamboat||February 20, 1989||Chicago, IL|
|Ric Flair ||May 7, 1989||Nashville, TN|
|Sting||July 7, 1990||Baltimore, MD|
|Ric Flair ||January 11, 1991||East Rutherford, NJ|
|Tatsumi Fujinami||March 21, 1991||Tokyo, Japan|
|Ric Flair ||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 ||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 ||October 2, 1999||Thomaston, CN||-o-|
|Mike Rapada||September 19, 2000||Tampa, FL||-p-|
|Sabu||November 14, 2000||Tampa, FL|
|Mike Rapada ||December 22, 2000||Nashville, TN|
|Steve Corino||April 24, 2001||Tampa, FL||-q-|
|Shin'ya Hashimoto||December 15, 2001||McKeesport, PA||-r-|
|Dan Severn ||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 ||October 22, 2003||Nashville, TN|
|A.J. Styles ||April 21, 2004||Nashville, TN||-v-|
|Ron Killings ||May 19, 2004||Nashville, TN||-w-|
|Jeff Jarrett ||June 2, 2004||Nashville, TN||-x-|
|A.J. Styles ||May 15, 2005||Orlando, FL|
|Raven||June 19, 2005||Orlando, FL||-y-|
|Jeff Jarrett ||September 15, 2005||Winsdor, Ontario|
|Rhino||October 23, 2005||Orlando, FL|
|Jeff Jarrett ||October 25, 2005||Orlando, FL|
|Christian Cage||February 12, 2006||Orlando, FL|
|Jeff Jarrett ||June 18, 2006||Orlando, FL||-z-|
|Sting ||October 22, 2006||Plymouth, MI|
|Abyss||November 19, 2006||Orlando, FL|
|Christian Cage ||January 14, 2007||Orlando, FL||-aa-|
|Adam Pearce||September 1, 2007||Bayamon, PR||-bb-|
|Brent Albright||August 2, 2008||New York, NY|
|Adam Pearce ||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.