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NWA National Heavyweight Championship

The NWA National Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship created by the National Wrestling Alliance. It was the major singles title in the NWA-affiliated Georgia Championship Wrestling (GCW) from 1980 until 1986 and was defended within the territorial region in which GCW operated. When GCW was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation in July 1984 the then-NWA National Champion The Spoiler went to work for the WWF and was briefly recognised by that promotion as National Champion.[1] Soon thereafter, a new promotion (Championship Wrestling from Georgia) was formed and sanctioned by the NWA. They awarded the NWA National Championship to Ted DiBiase.

NWA National Heavyweight Championship
NWA National Title 2018.jpg
The current NWA National Heavyweight Championship belt
Details
PromotionNWA
Date establishedJanuary 12, 1980
Current champion(s)James Storm
Date wonJune 29, 2019
Past design(s)NWA National Heavyweight Championship belt 2017.png
Other name(s)
NWA National Championship

In 1985, Jim Crockett Promotions purchased the TBS Saturday and Sunday night television slots from the WWF and began production on a new era of "World Championship Wrestling." JCP essentially consolidated Championship Wrestling from Georgia (taking over that group's Saturday morning time slot as well) and began to recognize their championships. Eventually, Crockett held a unification match between his company's United States Champion and the National Champion. The U.S. champion won and that version of the National title was abandoned.[2]

In 1997, the NWA reactivated the National Heavyweight Championship, which has since been defended throughout the United States in various NWA-affiliated promotions. The title is currently held by James Storm who won the title on June 29, 2019.[3]

Contents

Title historyEdit

As of July 18, 2019.

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
Original version (1980 – 1986)
1 Austin Idol January 12, 1980 N/A N/A 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, Georgia 1 58 Defeated Terry Funk in a tournament final to win the vacant title. [4]
3 Mongolian Stomper December 6, 1980 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 1 113 [5]
4 Steve Olsonoski March 29, 1981 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 1 139
5 Masked Superstar August 15, 1981 N/A Columbus, Georgia 1 44 On September 19, 1981, the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship was unified with the National Heavyweight Championship.
6 Tommy Rich September 28, 1981 N/A Augusta, Georgia 1 58 [6]
7 Masked Superstar November 25, 1981 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 2 53
8 Tommy Rich January 17, 1982 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 2 57 [7]
9 Ron Bass March 15, 1982 N/A Augusta, Georgia 1 35 [8]
10 Tommy Rich April 19, 1982 N/A Augusta, Georgia 3 13 [9]
11 Buzz Sawyer May 2, 1982 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 1 49 [10]
12 Paul Orndorff June 20, 1982 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 1 40 [11]
Vacated July 30, 1982 Orndorff vacated the title in order to focus on a challenge to NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair.
13 Super Destroyer August 29, 1982 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 1 35 Defeated Paul Orndorff in a tournament final to win the vacant title. [12]
14 Paul Orndorff October 3, 1982 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 2 14 [13]
15 Masked Superstar October 17, 1982 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 3 21
16 Paul Orndorff November 7, 1982 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 3 24 – 44 [14]
17 Killer Karl Kox December 1982 N/A N/A 1 32 – 89
18 Tommy Rich February 1983 N/A N/A 4 1 – 47
19 Paul Orndorff March 1983 N/A N/A 4 0 – 19
20 Killer Tim Brooks March 20, 1983 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 1 0
21 Larry Zbyszko March 20, 1983 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 1 41 Bought the title from Brooks for $25,000.
Vacated April 30, 1983 Zbyszko was stripped of the title by NWA President Bob Geigel for buying it.
22 Larry Zbyszko June 5, 1983 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 2 14 Defeated Mr. Wrestling II in a tournament final to win the vacant title.
23 Mr. Wrestling II June 19, 1983 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 1 28 [15]
24 Larry Zbyszko July 17, 1983 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 3 70
25 Brett Wayne September 25, 1983 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 1 54 [16]
26 Ted DiBiase November 18, 1983 N/A Cleveland, Ohio 1 92 [17]
27 Brad Armstrong February 18, 1984 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 1 54 Wrestled under a mask as "Mr. R" (thought to be Tommy Rich under the mask) and pinned DiBiase to win the title when DiBiase was distracted by Rich standing at the announcers' podium at ringside. [18]
28 The Spoiler April 12, 1984 N/A Wheeling, West Virginia 1 22 [19]
29 Brad Armstrong May 4, 1984 N/A Marietta, Georgia 2 58
30 The Spoiler July 1, 1984 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 2 13 The Spoiler left for the World Wrestling Federation during this reign and was briefly recognized as the National Champion by the WWF. [20]
31 Ted DiBiase July 14, 1984 N/A Macon, Georgia 2 89 This was a phantom match after The Spoiler went to the World Wrestling Federation. [21]
32 Ron Garvin October 11, 1984 N/A Baltimore, Maryland 1 233 [22]
33 Black Bart June 1, 1985 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 1 113 The match also had a Loser Leaves Town stipulation. [23]
34 Terry Taylor September 22, 1985 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 1 67
35 Buddy Landel November 28, 1985 Starrcade '85 Greensboro, North Carolina 1 21 [24]
36 Dusty Rhodes December 19, 1985 N/A Albuquerque, New Mexico 1 75 Rhodes was awarded the title in a phantom match after Landel was fired due to his drug problem. [25]
37 Tully Blanchard March 4, 1986 N/A Spartanburg, South Carolina 1 177 [26]
38 Wahoo McDaniel August 28, 1986 N/A Los Angeles, California 1 31 [27]
39 Nikita Koloff September 28, 1986 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 1 0
Deactivated September 28, 1986 The title was unified with the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship.
Revived version (1997 – present)
40 Big Slam May 17, 1997 N/A N/A 1 62 Title was awarded after the NWA revived it.
41 Salvatore Sincere July 18, 1997 N/A Raeford, North Carolina 1 85
Vacated October 11, 1997 Vacated for undocumented reasons
42 Doug Gilbert March 27, 1998 N/A Mount Holly, New Jersey 1 148 Defeated Barry Windham and Rocco Rock in a three-way match to win the vacant title.
43 Stevie Richards August 22, 1998 N/A Mount Holly, New Jersey 1 63
44 Doug Gilbert October 24, 1998 NWA 50th Anniversary Show Cherry Hill, New Jersey 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.
45 Don Brodie January 15, 2000 N/A Memphis, Tennessee 1 90
46 Kevin Northcutt April 14, 2000 N/A North Richland Hills, Texas 1 152
47 Stone Mountain September 13, 2000 N/A Athens, Georgia 1 52
48 Terry Knight November 4, 2000 N/A Cornelia, Georgia 1 69 Defeated Jesse Taylor on November 18, 2000 in Cornelia, Georgia to unify the NWA Wildside United States Heavyweight Championship
49 Don Brodie January 12, 2001 N/A Greenville, Mississippi 2 201 – 222
Vacated August 2001 Title vacated after Brodie is injured in an automobile accident.
50 Kevin Northcutt August 22, 2001 N/A N/A 2 52 Northcutt was awarded the title.
51 Hotstuff Hernandez October 13, 2001 NWA 53rd Anniversary Show St. Petersburg, Florida 1 455 On May 5, 2002, Shinya Hashimoto defeated Hernandez in a title match in Tokyo. The title was returned to Hernandez after Hashimoto refused it. The NWA later claimed that Hashimoto and Hernandez's match in Japan was not for the title.
52 Ricky Murdock January 11, 2003 N/A Greenville, Mississippi 1 643
53 Spyder October 15, 2004 NWA 56th Anniversary Show Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 1 358
Vacated October 8, 2005 Spyder stripped of the title when he no-shows a title defense.
54 Ricky Murdock October 8, 2005 NWA 57th Anniversary Show Nashville, Tennessee 2 174 Defeated Conscience and The Juggulator in a three-way match
Vacated March 31, 2006 Title held up after a match against Big Bully Douglas, due to interference from Kory Williams.
55 Big Bully Douglas April 1, 2006 N/A Columbia, Tennessee 1 182 Defeated Murdock in a rematch to win the held up title.
56 Kory Williams September 30, 2006 N/A Lebanon, Tennessee 1 217
57 Chance Prophet May 5, 2007 N/A Salyersville, Kentucky 1 160
Vacated October 12, 2007 Stripped of the title by the NWA Board of Directors due to injury.
58 Pepper Parks October 20, 2007 N/A Lebanon, Tennessee 1 181 Defeats Kory Williams in a match to determine the new champion.
59 Crusher Hansen April 18, 2008 N/A McKeesport, Pennsylvania 1 239
60 Brandon K December 13, 2008 N/A McKeesport, Pennsylvania 1 4
61 Crusher Hansen December 17, 2008 N/A McKeesport, Pennsylvania 2 31
62 Phil Shatter January 17, 2009 N/A McKeesport, Pennsylvania 1 763
63 Chance Prophet February 19, 2011 N/A Franklinville, New Jersey 2 404
64 Kahagas March 29, 2012 NWA Ring Warriors:
Battle of the Belts
Miami, Florida 1 230
Vacated November 14, 2012 Title vacated after Kahagas wins the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. [28]
65 Damien Wayne January 5, 2013 N/A Nashville, North Carolina 1 160 Defeated Chance Prophet and Lance Erikson in a three-way match to fill the vacant title. [29]
66 Vordell Walker June 14, 2013 N/A Millersville, Tennessee 1 49 [30]
67 Damien Wayne August 2, 2013 N/A Millersville, Tennessee 2 43 [31]
68 Phil "Nitro" Monahan September 14, 2013 N/A Toledo, Ohio 1 168
69 Lou Marconi March 1, 2014 N/A Williamston, North Carolina 1 21
70 Phil "Nitro" Monahan March 22, 2014 WrestleRama 13 Hillsdale, Michigan 2 1 [32]
71 Lou Marconi March 23, 2014 N/A Toledo, Ohio 2 13 [33]
72 Phil "Nitro" Monahan April 5, 2014 N/A Carolina Beach, North Carolina 3 98
73 Lou Marconi July 12, 2014 N/A Carolina Beach, North Carolina 3 209
74 Jax Dane February 6, 2015 N/A Millersville, Tennessee 1 111 From April 12, Dane holds the National and North American championships. NWA allows him to defend both titles together. [34]
Vacated May 28, 2015 Dane forfeits both of his titles due to injury.
75 Arrick Andrews July 11, 2015 N/A Cookeville, Tennessee 1 175 Defeated Chase Owens in an eight-man tournament final. [35]
Vacated January 2, 2016 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 title.
76 John Saxon January 9, 2016 N/A Dyersburg, Tennessee 1 21 Won a battle royal for the vacant title.
77 Greg Anthony January 30, 2016 N/A Dyersburg, Tennessee 1 154
78 Mustang Mike July 2, 2016 N/A Morgan City, Louisiana 1 7 This was a steel cage match.
79 Greg Anthony July 9, 2016 N/A Dyersburg, Tennessee 2 70
80 Jake Logan September 17, 2016 N/A Amarillo, Texas 1 42
81 Greg Anthony October 29, 2016 N/A Dyersburg, Tennessee 3 21
82 Damien Wayne November 19, 2016 N/A Gallatin, Tennessee 3 76
83 Kahagas February 3, 2017 N/A Franklin, Kentucky 2 239
Vacated September 30, 2017 Vacated when NWA terminated all contracts with its licensees
84 Willie Mack October 21, 2018 NWA 70th Anniversary Show Nashville, Tennessee 1 188 Defeated Sam Shaw in the end of a tournament to win the vacant title.
85 Colt Cabana April 27, 2019 Crockett Cup Concord, North Carolina 1 63
86 James Storm June 29, 2019 Ring of Honor Wrestling Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1 19+ Title change took place during TV tapings and will air on tape delay.

Combined reignsEdit

 
Former champion Willie Mack with the belt in March 2019

As of July 18, 2019.

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 Damien Wayne 3 279
10 Crusher Hansen 2 270
11 Phil "Nitro" Monahan 3 267
12 Greg Anthony 3 245
13 Lou Marconi 3 243
14 Ron Garvin 1 233
15 Austin Idol 1 221
16 Kory Williams 1 217
17 Kevin Northcutt 2 204
18 Willie Mack 1 188
19 Big Bully Douglas 1 182
20 Ted DiBiase 2 181
21 Pepper Parks 1 181
22 Tully Blanchard 1 177
23 Arrick Andrews 1 175
24 Steve Olsonoski 1 139
25 Tommy Rich 4 129¤
26 Larry Zbyszko 3 125
27 Masked Superstar 3 118
28 Mongolian Stomper 1 113
29 Black Bart 1 113
30 Brad Armstrong 2 112
31 Jax Dane 1 112
32 Salvatore Sincere 1 85
33 Paul Orndorff 4 78¤
34 Dusty Rhodes 1 75
35 Terry Knight 1 69
36 Terry Taylor 1 67
37 Stevie Richards 1 63
38 Colt Cabana 1 63
39 Big Slam 1 62
40 Jack Brisco 1 58
41 Brett Wayne 1 54
42 Stone Mountain 1 52
43 Buzz Sawyer 1 49
44 Vordell Walker 1 49
45 Jake Logan 1 42
46 Ron Bass 1 35
47 Super Destroyer 2 35
48 The Spoiler 1 35
49 Killer Karl Kox 1 32¤
50 Wahoo McDaniel 1 31
51 Mr. Wrestling II 1 28
52 Buddy Landel 1 21
53 John Saxon 1 21
54 James Storm 1 19+
55 Mustang Mike 1 7
56 Brandon K 1 4
57 Killer Tim Brooks 1 <1
58 Nikita Koloff 1 <1

See alsoEdit

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