NWA National Heavyweight Championship

The NWA National Championship is a professional wrestling championship owned and promoted by the U.S.-based, National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Its current titleholder is Trevor Murdoch, who is in his first reign.

NWA National Championship
NWA National Title 2018.jpg
The current NWA National Championship belt (2018-present)
Details
PromotionNWA
Date establishedJanuary 12, 1980
Current champion(s)Trevor Murdoch[1]
Date wonSeptember 29, 2020[1]
Other name(s)
NWA National Heavyweight Championship

The championship was established in January 1980 as the top singles title of Georgia Championship Wrestling (GCW), a prominent NWA-affiliated promotion. Until its September 1986 deactivation, the title remained Georgia-based -- across 3 different owners (GCW; Championship Wrestling from Georgia, and Jim Crockett Promotions).[2]

The title was reactivated in May 1997 and promoted by a handful of NWA-affiliated independent promotions, until its was vacated in October 2017.

In October 2018, the title was renamed the "NWA National Championship", reactivated, and the NWA (now a promotion, instead of a sanctioning body) held an 8-person tournament to crown a new titleholder.[3]

Title historyEdit

The NWA National Heavyweight Championship was the top singles title in the NWA-affiliated promotion, Georgia Championship Wrestling (GCW), from 1980 until 1986. Contrary to its name, the title was defended almost exclusively in just one state, Georgia. When World Wrestling Entertainment (then called, the World Wrestling Federation) purchased GCW (Black Saturday (1984)) in July 1984, then-champion The Spoiler signed with the WWF (which even, briefly, recognized the title).[4] Soon thereafter, Championship Wrestling from Georgia -- started by former GCW booker Ole Anderson -- launched and gained NWA affiliation. The title was awarded to Ted DiBiase.

In 1985, Jim Crockett Promotions purchased the weekend TBS timeslots for wrestling from the WWF, producing its own version of the "World Championship Wrestling" TV show. JCP had also purchased Championship Wrestling from Georgia (taking over its Saturday morning time slot, as well), and began recognizing CWG's championships. Eventually, Crockett held a unification match between his company's NWA United States Champion Nikita Koloff, and NWA National Champion Wahoo McDaniel, which Koloff won. The National title was deactivated, after that.[2]

In May 1997, the title was reactivated and promoted by various NWA-affiliated, independent promotions across the United States.

In October 2017, Billy Corgan's company Lightning One, Inc., purchased the National Wrestling Alliance's intellectual and physical properties. [5][6] At that point, all pre-existing NWA affiliation agreements with other promotions were ended; most NWA-branded championships (including the National) would be vacated in the months that immediately followed. The only two championships not vacated were the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship, and NWA World Women's Championship. Corgan transformed the NWA from a governing body, to a wrestling promotion -- one seeking to proudly revive and preserve the mood, look, and feel of the 1970s/1980s, Georgia/Mid-Atlantic era of wrestling.

In October 2018, the NWA announced the National title would be rebooted on the NWA 70th Anniversary Show, with an eight-man, championship tournament featuring: Jay Bradley; Colt Cabana; Sammy Guevara; Mike Parrow; Scorpio Sky; Sam Shaw; Ricky Starks; and Willie Mack. The championship was officially renamed the "NWA National Championship".[3] A new title belt was commissioned: its design was a faithful restoration of the 1970s, Crockett/Mid-Atlantic Wrestling version of the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship belt, with a few modern tweaks.[7]

List of NWA National ChampionsEdit

 
Current NWA National Champion Trevor Murdoch

The NWA currently recognizes 85 individual National Championship reigns.[8]

The inaugural champion was Austin Idol. The longest reigning champion is Phil Shatter, who held the title from January 17, 2009 to February 19, 2011 for a total of 763 days. Ricky Murdock holds the record for longest combined reigns (2) at 817 days. Killer Tim Brooks has the shortest reign. Damien Wayne, Phil "Nitro" Monahan, Greg Anthony, Lou Marconi, Paul Orndorff, Tommy Rich, Larry Zbyszko, and Masked Superstar have the most reigns with 3 apiece.

Trevor Murdoch is the current champion in his first reign. He won the title on September 29, 2020 during the UWN Primtime Live pay-per-view in Long Beach, California by defeating Aron Stevens.[1]

NamesEdit

Name Years
NWA National Heavyweight Championship January 12, 1980 – October 21, 2018
NWA National Championship October 21, 2018 – present

ReignsEdit

As of October 26, 2020.

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)
1 Austin Idol January 12, 1980 N/A Atlanta, GA 1 221 Also defeated Mr. Wrestling II to win the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship on March 29, 1980 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Vacated August 20, 1980 Vacated for unknown reasons.
2 Jack Brisco October 9, 1980 N/A Atlanta, GA 1 58 Defeated Terry Funk in a tournament final to win the vacant championship. [9]
3 The Mongolian Stomper December 6, 1980 Live event Atlanta, GA 1 113 [10]
4 Steve Olsonoski March 29, 1981 Live event Atlanta, GA 1 139
5 The Masked Superstar August 15, 1981 Live event Columbus, GA 1 44 On September 19, 1981, the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship was unified with the National Heavyweight Championship.
6 Tommy Rich September 28, 1981 Live event Augusta, GA 1 58 This was a mask vs. hair steel cage match. [11]
7 The Masked Superstar November 25, 1981 Live event Atlanta, GA 2 53 This was a Texas death match.
8 Tommy Rich January 17, 1982 Live event Atlanta, GA 2 57 This was a steel cage match. [12]
9 Ron Bass March 15, 1982 Live event Augusta, GA 1 35 [13]
10 Tommy Rich April 19, 1982 Live event Augusta, GA 3 13 [14]
11 Buzz Sawyer May 2, 1982 Live event Atlanta, GA 1 49 [15]
12 Paul Orndorff June 20, 1982 Live event Atlanta, GA 1 40 [16]
Vacated July 30, 1982 Paul Orndorff vacated the championship in order to focus on a challenge to NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair.
13 The Super Destroyer August 29, 1982 Live event Atlanta, GA 1 35 The Super Destroyer defeated Paul Orndorff in the finals of an 11-man tournament to win the vacant championship. [17]
14 Paul Orndorff October 3, 1982 Live event Atlanta, GA 2 14 [18]
15 The Masked Superstar October 17, 1982 Live event Atlanta, GA 3 21
16 Paul Orndorff November 7, 1982 Live event Atlanta, GA 3 133 This was a no disqualification match. While most records show that Orndorff held and defended the title uninterrupted during this reign, some records show that Killer Karl Kox won the title sometime in December 1982, losing it to Tommy Rich in February 1983 before being regained by Orndorff in March. [19][20][21]
17 Killer Tim Brooks March 20, 1983 Live event Atlanta, GA 1 0
18 Larry Zbyszko March 20, 1983 Live event Atlanta, GA 1 41 Bought the championship from Killer Tim Brooks for $25,000.
Vacated April 30, 1983 Larry Zbyszko was stripped of the championship by NWA President Bob Geigel for buying it.
19 Larry Zbyszko June 5, 1983 Live event Atlanta, GA 2 14 Zbyszko Defeated Mr. Wrestling II in the finals of an 12-man tournament to win the vacant championship.
20 Mr. Wrestling II June 19, 1983 Live event Atlanta, GA 1 28 Killer Brooks and Mr. Wrestling I served as the special guest referees. [22]
21 Larry Zbyszko July 17, 1983 Live event Huntington, WV 3 70 This was a no time limit no disqualification match.
22 Brett Wayne September 25, 1983 N/A Atlanta, GA 1 54 [23]
23 Ted DiBiase November 18, 1983 N/A Cleveland, OH 1 92 [24]
24 Brad Armstrong February 18, 1984 World Championship Wrestling Atlanta, GA 1 54 Armstrong wrestled under a mask as "Mr. R" (thought to be Tommy Rich under the mask) and pinned Ted DiBiase to win the championship when DiBiase was distracted by Rich standing at the announcers' podium at ringside. [25]
25 The Spoiler April 12, 1984 Live event Wheeling, WV 1 22 [26]
26 Brad Armstrong May 4, 1984 Live event Marietta, GA 2 58
27 The Spoiler July 1, 1984 Live event Atlanta, GA 2 13 The Spoiler left for the World Wrestling Federation during this reign and was briefly recognized as the National Champion by the WWF. [27]
28 Ted DiBiase July 14, 1984 N/A Macon, GA 2 89 This was a phantom match after The Spoiler went to the World Wrestling Federation. [28]
29 Ron Garvin October 11, 1984 GCW Night of Champions Baltimore, MD 1 233 [29]
30 Black Bart June 1, 1985 NWA World Championship Wrestling Atlanta, GA 1 113 The match also had a Loser Leaves Town match. [30]
31 Terry Taylor September 22, 1985 N/A Atlanta, GA 1 67
32 Buddy Landel November 28, 1985 Starrcade Greensboro, NC 1 21 [31]
33 Dusty Rhodes December 19, 1985 N/A Albuquerque, NM 1 75 Rhodes was awarded the title in a phantom match after Buddy Landel was fired due to his drug problem. [32]
34 Tully Blanchard March 4, 1986 MACW TV Taping Spartanburg, SC 1 177 [33]
35 Wahoo McDaniel August 28, 1986 Live event Los Angeles, CA 1 31 [34]
36 Nikita Koloff September 28, 1986 Live event Atlanta, GA 1 <1 This was a championship unification match, where Koloff also defended the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship.
Deactivated September 28, 1986 The championship was unified with the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship.
37 Big Slam May 17, 1997 N/A N/A 1 62 The championship was awarded after the NWA reactivated it.
38 Salvatore Sincere July 18, 1997 Live event Raeford, NC 1 85
Vacated October 11, 1997 The championship was vacated for undocumented reasons.
39 Doug Gilbert March 27, 1998 Live event Mount Holly, NJ 1 148 Defeated Barry Windham and Rocco Rock in a three-way match to win the vacant championship.
40 Stevie Richards August 22, 1998 Live event Mount Holly, NJ 1 63
41 Doug Gilbert October 24, 1998 NWA 50th Anniversary Show Cherry Hill, NJ 2 448 This was an eight-man tag team steel cage match. Gilbert won the title teaming with Steve Corino, Lance Diamond and Rik Ratchett versus Richards, The Pitbulls (#1 and #2) and Dead Man Walking.
42 Don Brodie January 15, 2000 N/A Memphis, TN 1 90
43 Kevin Northcutt April 14, 2000 NWA Southwest Parade of Champions North Richland Hills, TX 1 152
44 Stone Mountain September 13, 2000 N/A Athens, GA 1 52
45 Terry Knight November 4, 2000 N/A Cornelia, GA 1 69 Knight defeated Jesse Taylor on November 18, 2000 in Cornelia, Georgia to unify the NWA Wildside United States Heavyweight Championship
46 Don Brodie January 12, 2001 N/A Greenville, MS 2 201 – 222
Vacated August 2001 The championship was vacated after Don Brodie was injured in an automobile accident.
47 Kevin Northcutt August 22, 2001 N/A N/A 2 52 Northcutt was awarded the championship.
48 Hotstuff Hernandez October 13, 2001 NWA 53rd Anniversary Show St. Petersburg, FL 1 455 On May 5, 2002, Shinya Hashimoto defeated Hernandez in a championship match in Tokyo. The championship was returned to Hernandez after Hashimoto refused it. The NWA later claimed that Hashimoto and Hernandez's match in Japan was not for the championship.
49 Ricky Murdock January 11, 2003 N/A Greenville, MS 1 643
50 Spyder October 15, 2004 NWA 56th Anniversary Show – night 1 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 1 358
Vacated October 8, 2005 Spyder stripped of the championship when he no-shows a title defense.
51 Ricky Murdock October 8, 2005 NWA 57th Anniversary Show Nashville, TN 2 174 Murdock defeated Conscience and The Juggulator in a three-way match to win the vacant championship.
Vacated March 31, 2006 The championship was held up after a match against Big Bully Douglas, due to interference from Kory Williams.
52 Big Bully Douglas April 1, 2006 N/A Columbia, TN 1 182 Douglas defeated Ricky Murdock in a rematch to win the held up championship.
53 Kory Williams September 30, 2006 N/A Lebanon, TN 1 217
54 Chance Prophet May 5, 2007 N/A Salyersville, KY 1 160
Vacated October 12, 2007 Chance Prophet was stripped of the championship by the NWA Board of Directors due to injury.
55 Pepper Parks October 20, 2007 Live event Lebanon, TN 1 181 Parks defeats Kory Williams to win the vacant championship.
56 Crusher Hansen April 18, 2008 PWX Crossfire McKeesport, PA 1 239
57 Brandon K December 13, 2008 N/A McKeesport, PA 1 4
58 Crusher Hansen December 17, 2008 N/A McKeesport, PA 2 31
59 Phil Shatter January 17, 2009 PWX Genesis 2 McKeesport, PA 1 763 This was a three-way elimination match also involving Chris LeRusso.
60 Chance Prophet February 19, 2011 N/A Franklinville, NJ 2 404
61 Kahagas March 29, 2012 NWA Ring Warriors Battle of the Belts Miami, FL 1 230 This was a four corners weapons Russian chain match with The New Heavenly Bodies serving as the special guest referees.
Vacated November 14, 2012 The chamnpionship was vacated after Kahagas won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. [35]
62 Damien Wayne January 5, 2013 NWA Edge Nashville, NC 1 160 Wayne defeated Chance Prophet and Lance Erikson in a three-way dance to win the vacant championship. [36]
63 Vordell Walker June 14, 2013 NWA SAW Gathering of the Champions Millersville, TN 1 49 This was a steel cage match. [37]
64 Damien Wayne August 2, 2013 Live event Millersville, TN 2 43 [38]
65 Phil Monahan September 14, 2013 Live event Toledo, OH 1 168
66 Lou Marconi March 1, 2014 N/A Williamston, NC 1 21
67 Phil Monahan March 22, 2014 WrestleRama 13 Hillsdale, MI 2 1 [39]
68 Lou Marconi March 23, 2014 Live event Oregon, OH 2 13 [40]
69 Phil Monahan April 5, 2014 N/A Carolina Beach, NC 3 98
70 Lou Marconi July 12, 2014 NWA Smoky Mountain Steel Cage Showdown Carolina Beach, NC 3 209
71 Jax Dane February 6, 2015 Live event Millersville, TN 1 111 From April 12, Dane holds the National and North American championships. NWA allows him to defend both titles together. [41]
Vacated May 28, 2015 Jax Dane forfeits both of his championships due to injury.
72 Arrick Andrews July 11, 2015 Live event Cookeville, TN 1 175 Andrews defeated Chase Owens in an eight-man tournament final. [42]
Vacated January 2, 2016 Arrick Andrews announced that he had suffered a knee injury in a hunting accident that would keep him out of wrestling for 8 months, and forfeited the championship.
73 John Saxon January 9, 2016 N/A Dyersburg, TN 1 21 Saxon Won a battle royal to win the vacant championship.
74 Greg Anthony January 30, 2016 N/A Dyersburg, TN 1 154
75 Mustang Mike July 2, 2016 N/A Morgan City, LA 1 7 This was a steel cage match.
76 Greg Anthony July 9, 2016 N/A Dyersburg, TN 2 70
77 Jake Logan September 17, 2016 N/A Amarillo, TX 1 42
78 Greg Anthony October 29, 2016 Live event Dyersburg, TN 3 21
79 Damien Wayne November 19, 2016 N/A Gallatin, TN 3 76
80 Kahagas February 3, 2017 N/A Franklin, KY 2 239
National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) / Lightning One
Vacated September 30, 2017 The championship was vacated when NWA terminated all contracts with its licensees.
81 Willie Mack October 21, 2018 NWA 70th Anniversary Show Nashville, TN 1 188 Mack defeated Sam Shaw to win the vacant championship. [43]
82 Colt Cabana April 27, 2019 Crockett Cup 2019 Concord, NC 1 63 [44]
83 James Storm June 29, 2019 Ring of Honor Wrestling Philadelphia, PA 1 94 This was a dark match which aired on NWA's YouTube channel on July 12, 2019. [45]
84 Colt Cabana October 1, 2019 NWA Power Atlanta, GA 2 74 Aired on YouTube on November 5, 2019. [46]
85 Aron Stevens December 14, 2019 NWA Into the Fire Atlanta, GA 1 290 This was a Triple Threat match also involving Ricky Starks. [47]
86 Trevor Murdoch September 29, 2020 UWN Primetime Live Long Beach, CA 1 27+ [1]

Combined reignsEdit

As of October 26, 2020.

Indicates the current champion
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Ricky Murdock 2 817
2 Phil Shatter 1 763
3 Doug Gilbert 2 596
4 Chance Prophet 2 564
5 Kahagas 2 469
6 Hotstuff Hernandez 1 455
7 Spyder 1 358
8 Don Brodie 2 291¤
9 Aron Stevens 1 290
10 Damien Wayne 3 279
11 Crusher Hansen 2 270
12 Phil "Nitro" Monahan 3 267
13 Greg Anthony 3 245
14 Lou Marconi 3 243
15 Ron Garvin 1 233
16 Austin Idol 1 221
17 Kory Williams 1 217
18 Kevin Northcutt 2 204
19 Willie Mack 1 188
20 Paul Orndorff 3 187
21 Big Bully Douglas 1 182
22 Ted DiBiase 2 181
23 Pepper Parks 1 181
24 Tully Blanchard 1 177
25 Arrick Andrews 1 175
26 Steve Olsonoski 1 139
27 Colt Cabana 2 137
28 Tommy Rich 3 128
29 Larry Zbyszko 3 125
30 Masked Superstar 3 118
31 Black Bart 1 113
Mongolian Stomper 1 113
33 Brad Armstrong 2 112
Jax Dane 1 112
35 James Storm 1 94
36 Salvatore Sincere 1 85
37 Dusty Rhodes 1 75
38 Terry Knight 1 69
39 Terry Taylor 1 67
40 Stevie Richards 1 63
41 Big Slam 1 62
42 Jack Brisco 1 58
43 Brett Wayne 1 54
44 Stone Mountain 1 52
45 Buzz Sawyer 1 49
Vordell Walker 1 49
47 Jake Logan 1 42
48 Ron Bass 1 35
Super Destroyer 2 35
The Spoiler 1 35
51 Wahoo McDaniel 1 31
52 Mr. Wrestling II 1 28
53 Buddy Landel 1 21
John Saxon 1 21
55 Trevor Murdoch 1 27+
56 Mustang Mike 1 7
57 Brandon K 1 4
58 Killer Tim Brooks 1 <1
Nikita Koloff 1 <1

See alsoEdit

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