NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship
The NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling championship contested for in Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), a territory-promotion governed by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). The title was only contestable by male individual wrestlers. Since 1974, JCP was also known as "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling" (MACW), which is why all of its championships included "Mid-Atlantic" in their names. Being a professional wrestling championship, it was not won legitimately; it was instead won via a scripted ending to a match or awarded to a wrestler because of a storyline. In 1970, the championship was introduced as the NWA Eastern Heavyweight Championship during a taping of Championship Wrestling[Note 2] on October 13, 1970. It was announced that the Missouri Mauler had defeated the defending champion Pat O'Connor in New York City to win the title; this title change was fictitious and a storyline to introduce the championship to the promotion; nevertheless, O'Connor's reign is denoted as the first official reign. Because it was fictitious, further information regarding O'Connor's reign is unavailable.
|NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship|
Ric Flair held the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship four times and had the eight-longest combined reign, at 408 days.
|Promotion||National Wrestling Alliance|
Jim Crockett Promotions
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
|Date established||October 13, 1970 (Re-established in 1996)|
|Date retired||December 26, 1986|
On the September 6, 1973 taping of Championship Wrestling,[Note 2] JCP owner Jim Crockett, Jr. announced the retirement of the NWA Eastern Heavyweight Championship and the establishment of the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship; this coincided with the rebranding of JCP as MACW. At the time of this change, Jerry Brisco was in his fourth reign as the NWA Eastern Heavyweight Champion, and as a result of never losing the title, he was recognized as the first NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion. Because Brisco's fourth reign did not end, being awarded the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title is not counted as a new reign overall in the title's history. On December 26, 1986, Ron Garvin, after winning JCP's version of the NWA United States Tag Team Championship with Barry Windham, vacated the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title and handed the belt to Crockett, Jr. on a taping of World Championship Wrestling.[Note 3] Crockett, Jr. deactivated the championship for unknown reasons, and eventually, JCP was sold to Ted Turner in 1988. As a result, Garvin was the final wrestler to hold the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title. In the late 1990s, a group of promoters was given permission by the NWA to establish a territory called "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling (MACW)"; however, this territory has not claimed any connection to the original JCP/MACW. As a result, their prime championship, called the MACW Heavyweight Championship, has no connection to this original JCP/MACW championship.
Overall, there were 60 reigns shared between 29 wrestlers. Fifteen of those reigns occurred while the title was called the "NWA Eastern Heavyweight Championship", while 46 occurred under the "NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship" name. The title had only one official vacancy, which occurred in July 1985. Jack Brisco and Wahoo McDaniel had the most reigns as champion, with six; Jerry Brisco and Rip Hawk had the second-most, with four. Ken Patera's second reign was the longest in the title's history, at 334 days; the Missouri Mauler had the second-longest, at 275 days. Johnny Valentine ranks first in combined reigns by length, at 504 days with 2 reigns; Patera ranks second, at 495 days with 4 reigns. All title changes occurred at JCP–promoted events: live events, pay-per-view events, and on televised events that aired on broadcast delay.
|No.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|NWA Eastern Heavyweight Championship|
|1||Pat O'Connor||1970||Live event||N/A||1||[Note 1]||It was announced in local advertisements that O'Connor was the reigning Eastern Heavyweight Champion until October 13, 1970, when he lost the championship to the Missouri Mauler; this reign was a storyline to introduce the championship to JCP, and as a result, further information regarding how O'Connor won the title is unavailable.|||
|2||The Missouri Mauler||October 13, 1970||Championship Wrestling||N/A||1||275||The Missouri Mauler announced on local television from WGHP television studios that he had defeated O'Connor for the title in New York City; the title change was a continuation of the storyline to introduce the championship to JCP, and as a result, further information regarding the title change is unavailable. This title change aired on broadcast delay.||[Note 2]|
|3||Danny Miller||July 15, 1971||Live event||Greensboro, North Carolina||1||67|
|4||The Missouri Mauler||September 20, 1971||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||2||71|
|5||Jack Brisco||November 30, 1971|| Championship Wrestling
|High Point, North Carolina||1||76||This title change aired on broadcast delay.|
|6||Rip Hawk||February 14, 1972||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||1||56|
|7||Jack Brisco||April 10, 1972||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||2||[Note 4]|
|8||Rip Hawk||[Note 5]||Live event||San Juan, Puerto Rico||2||[Note 5]||The exact date on which Rip Hawk won his second reign is unknown, however, it is confirmed by sources that he won the title from Jack Brisco between April 25 and May 25, 1972 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.|
|9||Jerry Brisco||June 13, 1972||Live event||Columbia, South Carolina||1||76|
|10||Rip Hawk||August 28, 1972||Live event||Greenville, South Carolina||3||7|
|11||Jerry Brisco||September 4, 1972||Live event||Greenville, South Carolina||2||115|
|12||Rip Hawk||December 28, 1972||Live event||Greensboro, North Carolina||4||65|
|13||Jerry Brisco||March 3, 1973||Live vent||Salem, North Carolina||3||67|
|14||Ole Anderson||May 9, 1973||All Star Wrestling[Note 6]||Raleigh, North Carolina||1||55||This title change aired on broadcast delay.|
|NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship|
|15 (1)||Jerry Brisco||July 3, 1973||Live event||Columbia, South Carolina||4||[Note 7]||On September 6, 1973 the NWA retired the NWA Eastern Heavyweight Championship and introduced the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship to JCP as its replacement. As a result of Brisco being recognized as the final NWA Eastern Heavyweight Champion later the NWA recognized him as the first NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion. However, this reign is not considered to be a new reign overall in the title's history because Jerry Brisco originally never lost the title.|
|16 (2)||Johnny Valentine||January 1974||Live event||N/A||1||[Note 8]||From the information known, Johnny Valentine was awarded the championship by Jim Crockett Jr. after Brisco traveled to Japan to wrestle and was unable to defend the title in the United States; a formal vacancy was not established, however.|
|—||Vacated||October 28, 1974||—||—||—||—|
|17 (3)||Johnny Valentine||November 4, 1974||Live event||N/A||2||135|
|18 (4)||Paul Jones||March 9, 1975||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||1||10||Jones' title win became a controversy as a result of Valentine having his leg on the ring rope when the referee counted the pinfall, which the referee failed to see. If this were seen, the pin count would have been stopped.|||
|19 (5)||Johnny Valentine||March 19, 1975||All Star Wrestling||Raleigh, North Carolina||3||102||Valentine demanded a review of his match with Jones by NWA President Sam Muchnick, who ruled in favor of Valentine. As a result, Muchnick stripped Jones of the championship and awarded it to Valentine; a formal vacancy was not established, however. This title change aired on tape delay.|||
|20 (6)||Wahoo McDaniel||June 29, 1975||Live event||Asheville, North Carolina||1|
|21 (7)||Ric Flair||July 1975||Live event||N/A||1|
|22 (8)||Wahoo McDaniel||July 26, 1975||Live event||Asheville, North Carolina||2||56|
|23 (9)||Ric Flair||September 20, 1975||Live event||Hampton, Virginia||2||226|||
|24 (10)||Wahoo McDaniel||May 3, 1976||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||3||21|
|25 (11)||Ric Flair||May 24, 1976||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||3||110|||
|26 (12)||Wahoo McDaniel||September 11, 1976||Live event||Greenville, South Carolina||4||35|
|27 (13)||Ric Flair||October 16, 1976||Live event||Greensboro, North Carolina||4||72|
|28 (14)||Wahoo McDaniel||December 27, 1976||Live event||Richmond, Virginia||5||166|
|29 (15)||Greg Valentine||June 11, 1977||Live event||Greensboro, North Carolina||1||59|
|30 (16)||Wahoo McDaniel||August 9, 1977||Live event||Raleigh, North Carolina||6||29|
|31 (17)||Greg Valentine||September 7, 1977|| Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
|Raleigh, North Carolina||2||207||This title change aired on broadcast delay. As part of the storyline, Valentine "broke" Wahoo's leg, but this was not a legitimate injury.|
|32 (18)||Wahoo McDaniel||April 2, 1978||Live event||Greensboro, North Carolina||7||7|
|33 (19)||Ken Patera||April 9, 1978||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||1||161|
|33 (20)||Tony Atlas||September 17, 1978||Live event||Roanoke, Virginia||1||28|
|34 (21)||Ken Patera||October 15, 1978||Live event||Roanoke, Virginia||2||334|
|35 (22)||Jim Brunzell||September 14, 1979||Live event||Richmond, Virginia||1||69|
|36 (23)||Ray Stevens||November 22, 1979||Live event||Greensboro, North Carolina||1||33|
|37 (24)||Jim Brunzell||December 25, 1979||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||2||168|
|38 (25)||The Iron Sheik||May 11, 1980||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||1||174|
|39 (26)||Ricky Steamboat||November 1, 1980||Live event||Richmond, Virginia||1||166|
|40 (27)||Ivan Koloff||April 16, 1981||Live event||Norfolk, Virginia||1||177|
|41 (28)||Ricky Steamboat||October 10, 1981||Live event||Greensboro, North Carolina||2||22|
|42 (29)||Roddy Piper||November 1, 1981||Live event||Greensboro, North Carolina||1||180|
|43 (30)||Jack Brisco||May 10, 1982||Live event||Greenville, North Carolina||3 (1)||58|
|43 (31)||Roddy Piper||July 7, 1982|| World Wide Wrestling
|Charlotte, North Carolina||2||27||This title change aired on broadcast delay.|
|44 (32)||Jack Brisco||August 3, 1982||Live event||Raleigh, North Carolina||4 (2)||29|
|45 (33)||Paul Jones||September 1, 1982|| World Wide Wrestling
|Charlotte, North Carolina||2||47||This title change aired on broadcast delay.|
|46 (34)||Jack Brisco||October 18, 1982||Live event||Greenville, South Carolina||5 (3)||15|
|47 (35)||Paul Jones||November 2, 1982||Live event||Raleigh, North Carolina||3||28|
|48 (36)||Jack Brisco||November 30, 1982||Live event||Columbia, South Carolina||6||61|
|49 (37)||Dory Funk Jr.||January 30, 1983||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||1||187|
|50 (38)||Rufus Jones||August 5, 1983||Live event||Richmond, Virginia||1||120|
|51 (39)||Dick Slater||December 3, 1983||Live event||Hampton, Virginia||1||[Note 10]|
|52 (40)||Ivan Koloff||[Note 11]||[Note 12]||N/A||2||[Note 11]||After Dick Slater won the NWA United States Championship on December 14, 1983, he elected to award Ivan Koloff the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship; however, the exact date and location of this title change is unknown, although it has been confirmed to have aired on broadcast delay.|
|53 (41)||Angelo Mosca Jr.||January 25, 1984||Live event||Shelby, North Carolina||1||53|
|54 (42)||Ivan Koloff||March 18, 1984||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||3||35|
|55 (43)||Angelo Mosca Jr.||April 22, 1984||[Note 12]||Charlotte, North Carolina||2||20||This title change aired on broadcast delay.|
|56 (44)||The Masked Outlaw||May 12, 1984||[Note 12]||Spencer, North Carolina||2||46||The Masked Outlaw was an alternate ring name of Dory Funk Jr. (who was suspended for shoving NWA representative Sandy Scott), who had won the title under his real name previously. This title change aired on broadcast delay.|
|57 (45)||Angelo Mosca Jr.||June 27, 1984||[Note 12]||Norfolk, Virginia||3||63||This title change aired on broadcast delay.|
|58 (46)||Ron Bass||August 29, 1984||[Note 12]||Spartanburg, South Carolina||1||199||This title change aired on broadcast delay.|
|59 (47)||Buzz Tyler||March 16, 1985||[Note 12]||Greensboro, North Carolina||1||[Note 13]||This title change aired on broadcast delay.|
|—||Vacated||July 1985||—||—||—||—||Buzz Tyler was stripped of the championship after he left JCP; title was declared vacant as a result.|
|60 (48)||Krusher Khrushchev||November 28, 1985||Starrcade (1985)||Greensboro, North Carolina||1||44||Krusher Khrushchev defeated Sam Houston in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.|
|61 (49)||Sam Houston||January 11, 1986|| World Championship Wrestling
|Atlanta, Georgia||1||66||This title change aired on broadcast delay.
Khrushchev legitimately injured his knee during this match; he would miss six months of action.
|62 (50)||Black Bart||March 18, 1986||Live event||Mooresville, North Carolina||1||168|
|63 (51)||Ron Garvin||September 2, 1986||Live event||Spartanburg, South Carolina||1||115||After winning JCP's version of the NWA United States Tag Team Championship with Barry Windham, Garvin vacated the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship and handed it to Jim Crockett Jr. on the December 26, 1986 taping of World Championship Wrestling. The title was deactivated afterwards for unknown reasons by Crockett Jr., and JCP was then sold to Ted Turner in 1988. As a result, Ron Garvin was the final wrestler to hold the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title.|
|NWA MACW Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (1996-2011)|
|64 (52)||Preston Quinn||July 17, 1996||Suffolk, Virginia||1||571||Defeated Rising Sun.|
|65 (53)||Carolina Kid||February 8, 1998||Norfolk, Virginia||1|
|66 (54)||Colt Steel||October 2, 1999||Columbus, North Carolina||1||371||Defeated The Metal Maniac.|
|67 (55)||Bunkhouse Buck||October 7, 2000||Morganton, North Carolina||1|
|68 (56)||Rick Nelson||2001||N/A||1|
|69 (57)||Buff Bagwell||December 14, 2001||Hartsville, South Carolina]||1|
|—||Vacated||2002||—||—||—||—||Title vacated as of September 5, 2002.|
|70 (58)||Steve Williams||December 30, 2003||Guangzhou, China||1||Defeated Terry Taylor.|
|71 (59)||Scott Steiner||September 24, 2005||Concord, North Carolina||1||Defeated Buff Bagwell|
|72 (60)||Buff Bagwell||March 17, 2006||Laurens, South Carolina||2||1,807||Defeated Rikki Nelson|
|73 (61)||Rick Nelson||February 26, 2011||Cheraw, South Carolina||2||MACW leaves the NWA in 2012. Title vacated as of October 1, 2012. No Championship by Ricky Nelson or the old MACW is sanctioned or recognized by the NWA after this date|
|NWA MACW Heavyweight Championship (2012-present)|
|—||Vacated||2012||—||—||—||—||NWA Sanctions a new MACW to be formed October 1st, 2012|
|—||Vacated||2013||—||—||—||—||NWA World Wide introduces new Eastern States Championship but it is not the Mid-Atlantic Championship.|
|74 (62)||Lance Erikson||July 4, 2015||Beckley, West Virginia||1||239||Lance Erickson becomes first NWA Mid-Atlantic Champion since 2012 when he Defeated William Huckaby.|
|—||Vacated||February 28, 2016||—||—||—||—||Title vacated when Erickson fails to defend the title|
|#=||The equal sign next to a number means that entry is equal in length with the preceding and/or following entry|
|¤||The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.|
|†||Indicates the current champion.|
|Rank||Wrestler||# of reigns||Combined days|
|15||Dory Funk, Jr./The Masked Outlaw||2||233|
|20||The Iron Sheik||1||174|
|23||Angelo Mosca, Jr.||3||136|
|37||"Dr. Death" Steve Williams||1||1¤|
- The exact date on which Pat O' Connor won his only reign is unknown, which means that it lasted between 1 and 285 days.
- Championship Wrestling was a television program for JCP that began airing on local WGHP television markets in 1964.
- World Championship Wrestling was a television program for JCP that began airing on WTBS television markets in 1981.
- The exact date on which Jack Brisco lost his second reign in unknown, which means that it lasted between 15 and 45 days.
- The exact date on which Rip Hawk won his second reign is unknown, although it is confirmed in sources that it took place between April 25, 1972 and May 25, 1972. As a result, his reign lasted between 19 and 49 days.
- All Star Wrestling, Wide World Wrestling, and World Wide Wrestling were television programs for JCP that began airing on local WRAL television markets in the late 1950s.
- The exact date on which Jerry Brisco lost his fourth championship reign is unknown, which means that it lasted between 182 and 212 days.
- The exact date on which Johnny Valentine won his first reign is unknown, which means that it lasted between 402 and 432 days.
- World Wide Wrestling (renamed from Wide World Wrestling in 1978) began airing on local WPCQ-TV television markets in 1981, after it moved from WRAL.
- The exact date on which Dick Slater awarded Ivan Koloff the championship is unknown, which means that his only reign lasted between 11 and 28 days.
- The exact date on which Ivan Koloff was awarded the championship by Dick Slater took place between December 14 and December 31, 1983, which means that his second reign lasted between 25 and 42 days.
- From 1983 to 1984, JCP taped programming in indoor arenas to air on television markets; however, the name of the programming and the markets it aired on is unknown.
- The exact date on which Buzz Tyler was stripped of the championship is unknown, which means that his only reign lasted between 107 and 137 days.
- General (title history)
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- General (television programming)
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- "WPCQ - Charlotte, NC". Mid-Atlantic Gateway. Archived from the original on November 18, 2008. Retrieved July 27, 2009.
- Bourne, Dick; David Chappell. "What's In a Name?". Mid-Atlantic Gateway. Archived from the original on August 21, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2009.
- Bourne, Dick. "The Origin and Evolution of the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship". Mid-Atlantic Gateway. Archived from the original on March 10, 2009. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
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- "MACW's Latest Rankings". Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. Archived from the original on August 14, 2009. Retrieved August 1, 2009.
- "Clippings from the collection of Mark Eastridge". Mid-Atlantic Gateway. January 1971. Archived from the original on November 14, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2009.
- Bourne, Dick. "Why Paul Jones' victory over Johnny Valentine for the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship Should Be Recognized". Mid-Atlantic Gateway. Archived from the original on 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
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