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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)Colt Cabana
Date wonOctober 1, 2019
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 Nikita Koloff and the National Champion Wahoo McDaniel. Koloff won to unify the two titles 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 Colt Cabana who won the title during the second day of the NWA Power tapings in Atlanta on October 1, 2019.

Title historyEdit

NamesEdit

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

As of December 8, 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 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. [3]
3 The Mongolian Stomper December 6, 1980 Live event Atlanta, GA 1 113 [4]
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. [5]
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. [6]
9 Ron Bass March 15, 1982 Live event Augusta, GA 1 35 [7]
10 Tommy Rich April 19, 1982 Live event Augusta, GA 3 13 [8]
11 Buzz Sawyer May 2, 1982 Live event Atlanta, GA 1 49 [9]
12 Paul Orndorff June 20, 1982 Live event Atlanta, GA 1 40 [10]
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 Orndorff defeated Paul Orndorff in the finals of an 11-man tournament to win the vacant championship. [11]
14 Paul Orndorff October 3, 1982 Live event Atlanta, GA 2 14 [12]
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. [13][14][15]
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. [16]
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 [17]
23 Ted DiBiase November 18, 1983 N/A Cleveland, OH 1 92 [18]
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. [19]
25 The Spoiler April 12, 1984 Live event Wheeling, WV 1 22 [20]
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. [21]
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. [22]
29 Ron Garvin October 11, 1984 GCW Night of Champions Baltimore, MD 1 233 [23]
30 Black Bart June 1, 1985 NWA World Championship Wrestling Atlanta, GA 1 113 The match also had a Loser Leaves Town match. [24]
31 Terry Taylor September 22, 1985 N/A Atlanta, GA 1 67
32 Buddy Landel November 28, 1985 Starrcade Greensboro, NC 1 21 [25]
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. [26]
34 Tully Blanchard March 4, 1986 MACW TV Taping Spartanburg, SC 1 177 [27]
35 Wahoo McDaniel August 28, 1986 Live event Los Angeles, CA 1 31 [28]
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.
Revived version (1997 – present)
37 Big Slam May 17, 1997 N/A N/A 1 62 The championship was awarded after the NWA revived 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. [29]
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. [30]
63 Vordell Walker June 14, 2013 NWA SAW Gathering of the Champions Millersville, TN 1 49 This was a steel cage match. [31]
64 Damien Wayne August 2, 2013 Live event Millersville, TN 2 43 [32]
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 [33]
68 Lou Marconi March 23, 2014 Live event Oregon, OH 2 13 [34]
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. [35]
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. [36]
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
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. [37]
82 Colt Cabana April 27, 2019 Crockett Cup Concord, NC 1 63 [38]
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. [39]
84 Colt Cabana October 1, 2019 NWA Power Atlanta, Georgia 2 68+ Aired on YouTube on November 5, 2019. [40]

Combined reignsEdit

 
Former champion Willie Mack with the belt in March 2019

As of December 8, 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 Paul Orndorff 3 187
20 Big Bully Douglas 1 182
21 Ted DiBiase 2 181
22 Pepper Parks 1 181
23 Tully Blanchard 1 177
24 Arrick Andrews 1 175
25 Steve Olsonoski 1 139
26 Colt Cabana 2 131+
27 Tommy Rich 3 128
28 Larry Zbyszko 3 125
29 Masked Superstar 3 118
30 Black Bart 1 113
Mongolian Stomper 1 113
32 Brad Armstrong 2 112
Jax Dane 1 112
34 James Storm 1 94
35 Salvatore Sincere 1 85
36 Dusty Rhodes 1 75
37 Terry Knight 1 69
38 Terry Taylor 1 67
39 Stevie Richards 1 63
40 Big Slam 1 62
41 Jack Brisco 1 58
42 Brett Wayne 1 54
43 Stone Mountain 1 52
44 Buzz Sawyer 1 49
Vordell Walker 1 49
46 Jake Logan 1 42
47 Ron Bass 1 35
Super Destroyer 2 35
The Spoiler 1 35
50 Wahoo McDaniel 1 31
51 Mr. Wrestling II 1 28
52 Buddy Landel 1 21
John Saxon 1 21
54 Mustang Mike 1 7
55 Brandon K 1 4
56 Killer Tim Brooks 1 <1
Nikita Koloff 1 <1

See alsoEdit

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