NWA National Television Championship

The NWA National Television Championship was a secondary singles championship in the National Wrestling Alliance's Georgia Championship Wrestling territory. It started as the NWA Georgia Television Championship before becoming the National TV Championship. From 1983 to 1985, it was renamed the NWA World Television Championship, but when Jim Crockett Promotions purchased the from the World Wrestling Federation, the Georgia version of the NWA World Television Championship was reduced back to the NWA National Television Championship, in favor of the Crocket version. On April 21, 1985, the championship was abandoned.

NWA National Television Championship
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A version of the championship belt
Details
PromotionGeorgia Championship Wrestling
Date established1969
Date retired1972, 1981 & 1985
Other name(s)
  • NWA Georgia Television Championship
  • NWA World Television Championship

Title historyEdit

Name Duration
NWA Georgia Television Championship 1969–1979
NWA National Television Championship 1979–1984
NWA World Television Championship 1984–1985
NWA National Television Championship 1985
Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Joe Scarpa November 22, 1969 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 42 Scarpa defeated Assassin #2 in a 8-man tournament final to become the first champion. [1]
2 Nick Bockwinkel January 3, 1970 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 63
3 El Mongol March 7, 1970 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 3
Vacated March 10, 1970 Title held-up after the tape shows Mongol using an illegal karate blow.
4 Nick Bockwinkel March 20, 1970 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 2 22 Bockwinkel defeated El Mongol in a rematch.
5 Assassin #2 April 11, 1970 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 42
Vacated May 23, 1970 The Assassins were suspended and Assassin #2 was stripped of the title. Nick Bockwinkel and Joe Scarpa had a match for the vacant title on May 29, 1970 in Atlanta, Georgia that ended in a no-contest.
6 Nick Bockwinkel June 15, 1970 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 3 61 Defeated Joe Scarpa.
7 Bobby Shane August 15, 1970 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 126 [2]
8 Luke Graham December 19, 1970 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 91
9 Klondike Bill March 20, 1971 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 203
10 Big Bad John October 9, 1971 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 6
11 Ray Gunkel October 15, 1971 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 291
Deactivated August 1, 1972 Title deactivated when Gunkel died of heart attack after match with Ox Baker in Savannah, Georgia.
12 Tony Atlas February 1, 1977 Live event N/A 1 10 Defeated Ole Anderson in a tournament final.
13 Abdullah the Butcher February 11, 1977 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 49
14 Thunderbolt Patterson April 1, 1977 Live event N/A 1 85
15 French Angel May 7, 1977 Live event N/A 1 20
16 Thunderbolt Patterson May 27, 1977 Live event N/A 2 66
Vacated August 1, 1977 Title vacated when Thunderbolt Patterson lost in a loser leaves town match.
17 Bob Armstrong December 9, 1977 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 63 Defeated Jacques Goulet in a tournament final.
18 Ole Anderson February 10, 1978 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 81
19 Thunderbolt Patterson May 2, 1978 Live event Macon, Georgia 3 287
20 Ole Anderson February 13, 1979 Live event N/A 2 71
21 Bob Armstrong April 25, 1979 Live event Columbus, Georgia 2 19
22 Blackjack Lanza May 14, 1979 Live event Augusta, Georgia 1 81
23 Ray Candy August 3, 1979 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 88
24 Ernie Ladd October 30, 1979 Live event N/A 1 3
25 Stan Hansen November 2, 1979 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 1
26 Killer Karl Kox November 3, 1979 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 28
27 Ray Candy November 30, 1979 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 2 7
28 Austin Idol December 7, 1979 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 29 Title renamed NWA National Television Championship.
29 Steve Travis January 5, 1980 Live event N/A 1 7
30 Austin Idol January 12, 1980 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 2 15 [3]
31 Kevin Sullivan January 27, 1980 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 25
32 Austin Idol February 21, 1980 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 3 2
33 Tommy Rich February 23, 1980 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 71
Vacated May 4, 1980 Rich vacated the title in order to pursue Harley Race's NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
34 Terry Taylor August 22, 1980 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 51 Defeated Ken Patera and Bob Armstrong in a tournament round-robin final.
35 Terry Funk October 12, 1980 Live event Columbus, Ohio 1 21
36 Steve Keirn November 2, 1980 Live event N/A 1 27
37 Kevin Sullivan November 29, 1980 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 2 48
38 Steve O January 16, 1981 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 6 [4]
39 Bobby Eaton January 22, 1981 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 1 [5]
40 Steve O January 23, 1981 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 2 29 [6]
41 Kevin Sullivan February 21, 1981 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 3 8
42 Steve Keirn March 1, 1981 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 2 31 [7]
Deactivated April 1, 1981
43 The Iron Sheik May 28, 1983 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 50 Defeated Ron Garvin by disqualification in a tournament final to win the reactivated title.
44 Ron Garvin July 17, 1983 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 112 [8]
45 Jake Roberts November 6, 1983 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 1 153 Title recognized as the NWA World Television Championship after March 1984.
46 Ron Garvin April 7, 1984 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 2 71
47 Jake Roberts June 17, 1984 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 2 0 [9]
Vacated June 17, 1984 Atlanta, Georgia Immediately vacated because Roberts used a foreign object. [9]
48 Ron Garvin July 1, 1984 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 3 63
49 Bob Roop September 2, 1984 Live event N/A 1 117
50 Ron Garvin December 28, 1984 Live event Saginaw, Michigan 4 190 [10]
51 Bob Roop January 7, 1985 Live event N/A 2 97 In March 1985, the title reverted to the National TV title when Jim Crockett Promotions, which already had its own TV title, purchased Championship Wrestling from Georgia
51 Ron Garvin April 14, 1985 Live event Atlanta, Georgia 5 7
Deactivated April 21, 1984 Title deactivated

List of combined reignsEdit

Rank[N 1] Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 Ron Garvin 5 443
2 Thunderbolt Patterson 3 438
3 Ray Gunkel 1 291
4 Bob Roop 2 214
5 Klondike Bill 1 203
6 Jake Roberts 2 153
7 Ole Anderson 2 152
8 Nick Bockwinkel 3 146
9 Bobby Shane 1 126
10 Ray Candy 2 95
11 Luke Graham 1 91
12 Bob Armstrong 2 82
13 Blackjack Lanza 1 81
Kevin Sullivan 3 81
15 Tommy Rich 1 71
16 Steve Keirn 2 58
17 Terry Taylor 1 51
18 The Iron Sheik 1 50
19 Abdullah the Butcher 1 49
20 Joe Scarpa 1 42
Assassin #2 1 42
21 Austin Idol 3 36
22 Steve O 2 35
23 Killer Karl Kox 1 28
24 Terry Funk 1 21
25 French Angel 1 20
26 Tony Atlas 1 10
27 Steve Travis 1 7
28 Big Bad John 1 6
29 El Mongol 1 3
Ernie Ladd 1 3
31 Stan Hansen 1 1
Bobby Eaton 1 1

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Each reign is ranked highest to lowest; reigns with the same number are tied for that rank.

ReferencesEdit

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