NWA World Women's Championship


The NWA World Women's Championship is a women's professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). The title was first won by Mildred Burke in 1935 defeating Clara Mortensen.[1] The championship is currently held by Thunder Rosa, who is in her first reign.

NWA World Women's Championship
NWA World Women's Championship belt 2017.png
A previous design of the NWA World Women's Championship belt (?–2019)
Details
PromotionNWA
Date established1935
Current champion(s)Thunder Rosa
Date wonJanuary 24, 2020
Other name(s)
NWA Women's Championship

Mildred Burke is recognized as the inaugural champion. After her Two out of three falls match against June Byers in 1954 ended in a no contest, Byers was recognized as the NWA World Women's Champion, and Burke created the WWWA World Championship and was recognized as its first champion. Upon June Byers's retirement, it was held primarily (and operated) by Lillian Ellison (under the ring name of The Fabulous Moolah), who first won the championship in a battle royal in September 1956.

In 1983, the physical belt was sold by Ellison to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), where it became the WWF Women's Championship. The World Wrestling Federation recognized Moolah as the reigning champion but did not recognize any of the title changes that had occurred since Moolah was first awarded the title in 1956.[2] The NWA Women's title continued its lineage after Moolah's belt was purchased and renamed by the WWF.

The Fabulous Moolah has held the title more times than any other wrestler, with a total of five reigns. She also has the longest reign of 3,651 days, and is the oldest champion after winning the title at 55 years old.[3] Malia Hosaka has the shortest reign at 1 day. La Reina de Corazones is the youngest champion after winning the title at 21 years of age. Overall, the title has been held by 25 different women for a total of 35 reigns.

Title historyEdit

 
Current reigning champion Thunder Rosa.
Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Championship change is unrecognized by the promotion
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
 1  Mildred Burke  1935  House show N/A  1 Burke defeated Clara Mortensen to win the inaugural championship. Officially recognized by the NWA between 50 and 53. [4]
 2  June Byers  August 20, 1954  House show Atlanta, GA  2  [Note 1] Byers wrestled Mildred Burke for the NWA World Women's Championship in a two out of three falls match. The commission stopped the match between Burke and Byers at the end of the second fall, stripped Burke of the title, and awarded it to Byers. Burke sets up the WWWA World Championship and continued to recognize herself as the World Women's Champion. [1][5][6]
Vacated  1956/1964 In 1956, the NWA promoters of New York, New Jersey and Baltimore (led by Vince McMahon Sr.) stop recognizing June Byers as champion and she is stripped of the championship by the Baltimore Athletic Commission. Byers, with the support of promoter Billy Wolfe, continues to be recognized by the majority of the National Wrestling Alliance until her retirement in 1964. [7][8][9][10][11]
 3  The Fabulous Moolah  September 18, 1956  House show Baltimore, MD  1  3,651 Moolah defeated Judy Grable at the end of a 13–woman battle royal. Moolah was not fully recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance as the new NWA World Women's Champion until 1964 because Billy Wolfe, with whom Moolah had a falling–out earlier in her career, still controlled most of the NWA. Penny Banner, AWA World Women's champion, is also briefly recognized in some NWA territories after Byers' retirement in 1964. [5][11][12][13][14]
 4  Bette Boucher  September 17, 1966  House show Seattle, WA  1  16 [8][10]
 5  The Fabulous Moolah  October 3, 1966  House show Vancouver BC, Canada  2  524 [8][15]
 6  Yukiko Tomoe  March 10, 1968  House show Osaka, Japan  1  23 [8][10]
 7  The Fabulous Moolah  April 2, 1968  House show Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan  3  3,841 [8]
 Sue Green  February 2, 1976 House show Dallas, TX  1 32 [4][16][17]
 The Fabulous Moolah  March 5, 1976 House show Stamford, CT  4 The Sue Green win is not recognized by the NWA. Moolah's reign from 1968 through 1978 is considered uninterrupted. [4]
 9  Evelyn Stevens  October 8, 1978  House show Dallas, TX  1  1 [8][9][18]
 10  The Fabulous Moolah  October 9, 1978  House show Fort Worth, TX  4(5)  1,909 [8][9]
Vacated  December 31, 1983 The World Wrestling Federation (WWF) withdrew from the NWA in 1983, and The Fabulous Moolah sold the championship to the WWF. The WWF recognizes Moolah as champion but does not acknowledge previous title changes: see WWE Women's Championship. [7][8][9][10]
 11  Debbie Combs  February 12, 1986  House show Honolulu, HI  1  [Note 2] Combs won the vacant championship in a 9–woman battle royal against Candi Devine, Despina Montagos, Eva Savage, Lady Satan, Princess Jasmine, Roxie Rush, Reggie Schwartz and Sherri Martel.
Vacated  1987 The championship was declared vacant in 1987 when the Kansas City promotion withdrew from the NWA.
 12  Debbie Combs  April 10, 1987  House show Kansas City, MO  2  [Note 3] Combs defeated Penny Mitchell to win the vacant championship. [8]
 13   Bambi  1994  N/A N/A  1  [Note 4] [19]
 14  Peggy Lee Leather  1994  N/A N/A  1  [Note 5] [20]
 15   Bambi  July 26, 1994  NWA TV tapings East Ridge, TN  2  [Note 6] [19]
 16  Malia Hosaka  May 9, 1996  House show Johnson City, TN  1  1 Hosaka defeated Debbie Combs who continued to defend the championship despite Bambi being recognized as the champion by Jim Crockett Promotions. [8]
 17  Debbie Combs  May 10, 1996  House show Fall Branch, TN  3  [Note 7] [8]
Vacated  October 1996 Debbie Combs was stripped of the championship. [8]
 18  Strawberry Fields  October 14, 2000  NWA 52nd Anniversary Show Nashville, TN  1  [Note 8] Fields defeated Leilani Kai to win the vacant championship. [8]
Vacated  November 2000 Strawberry Fields vacated the championship due to injury. [8]
 19  Madison  August 23, 2002  House show Surrey, British Columbia, Canada  1  64 Madison defeated Bam Bam Bambi to win the vacant championship. [8]
 20  Char Starr  October 26, 2002  NWA 54th Anniversary Show Corpus Christi, TX  1  41 [8]
 21  Madison  December 6, 2002  House show Port Coquitlam, BC  2  96 [8]
 22 Leilani Kai  March 12, 2003  NWA:TNA House show Nashville, TN  1  465 [8][21]
Vacated  June 19, 2004 Leilani Kai was stripped after several no-shows [8]
 23  Kiley McLean  June 19, 2004  House show Richmond, VA  1  308 McLean defeated Kameo to win the vacant championship. [8]
 24  Lexie Fyfe  April 23, 2005  House show Richmond, VA  1  168 [8]
 25  Christie Ricci  October 8, 2005  NWA 57th Anniversary Show Nashville, TN  1  476 This was a three–way match, also involving Tasha Simone. [8]
 26   MsChif  January 27, 2007  House show Lebanon, TN  1  98 [8]
 27  Amazing Kong  May 5, 2007  House show Streamwood, IL  1  358 [8]
 28   MsChif  April 27, 2008  House show Cape Girardeau, MO  2  818 [8]
 29  Tasha Simone  July 24, 2010  House show Lebanon, TN  1  70 [22]
 30  La Reina de Corazones  October 2, 2010  House show Altus, OK  1  35 [23]
Vacated  November 6, 2010  House show Lebanon, TN La Reina de Corazones was stripped of the championship, after refusing to defend it.
 31  Tasha Simone  November 6, 2010  House show Lebanon, TN  2  365 Simone defeated Rachel to win the vacant championship. [24]
 32  Tiffany Roxx  November 6, 2011  House show Lebanon, TN  1  49 This was a no disqualification match. [25]
 33  Tasha Simone  December 25, 2011  House show Lebanon, TN  3  300 This was a steel cage match. [26]
 34  Kacee Carlisle  October 20, 2012  House show Lebanon, TN  1  462 [27]
 35  Barbi Hayden  January 25, 2014  House show Cypress, TX  1  378 [28]
 36  Santana Garrett  February 7, 2015  House show Plant City, FL  1  314 [29]
 37  Amber Gallows  December 18, 2015  House show Sherman, TX  1  273 This was a four–way elimination match, also involving Bree Ann and Nikki Knight. Gallows won the championship, lastly eliminating Santana Garrett. [30]
 38   Jazz  September 16, 2016  House show Sherman, TX  1  948 This was a three–way match, also involving Christi Jaynes.
Vacated  April 22, 2019  — Jazz vacated the championship due to medical and personal reasons. [31][32]
 39  Allysin Kay  April 27, 2019  Crockett Cup Concord, NC  1 272 Kay defeated Santana Garrett to win the vacant championship. [33]
 40  Thunder Rosa  January 24, 2020  Hard Times Atlanta, GA  1 159+ [34]

Combined reignsEdit

As of July 1, 2020.

 
Current champion Thunder Rosa
 
The Fabulous Moolah was the longest reigning champion
Indicates the current champion.
¤ The exact length of a title reign is uncertain; the combined length may not be correct.
Rank Wrestler No. of
Reigns
Combined
Days
1 The Fabulous Moolah 4 9,925¤
2 Debbie Combs 2 3,461¤
3 Jazz 1 948
4 MsChif 2 916
5 June Byers 1 760¤
6 Tasha Simone 3 734
7 Christie Ricci 1 476
8 Leilani Kai 1 465
9 Kacee Carlisle 1 462
10 Barbi Hayden 1 378
11 Amazing Kong 1 358
12 Kiley McLean 1 318
13 Santana Garrett 1 314
14 Amber Gallows 1 273
15 Allysin Kay 1 272
16 Lexie Fyfe 1 168
17 Madison 2 160
18 Thunder Rosa 1 159+
19 Tiffany Roxx 1 50
20 Char Starr 1 41
21 La Reina de Corazones 1 35
Sue Green 1 32
22 Yukiko Tomoe 1 23
23 Strawberry Fields 1 18–47¤
24 Bette Boucher 1 16
25 Evelyn Stevens 1 1
26 Malia Hosaka 1 1
27 Bambi 2 N/A[Note 9]
28 Mildred Burke 1 N/A[Note 10]
29 Peggy Lee Leather 1 N/A[Note 11]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The exact date that Byers championship was vacated is disputed, therefore, it's unknown for how many days Byers held the championship.
  2. ^ The exact date that Combs championship was vacated is unknown, therefore, it's unknown for how many days Combs held the championship.
  3. ^ The exact date that Combs lost the championship is unknown, therefore, it's unknown for how many days Combs held the championship.
  4. ^ The exact date that Bambi won the championship is unknown, therefore, it's unknown for how many days she held the championship.
  5. ^ The exact date that Leather won the championship is unknown, therefore, it's unknown for how many days she held the championship.
  6. ^ The exact date that Bambi lost the championship is unknown, therefore, it's unknown for how many days she held the championship.
  7. ^ The exact date that Combs lost the championship is unknown, other than it happened in October 1996, which means the title reign lasted between 144 and 174 days.
  8. ^ The exact date that Fields vacated the championship is unknown, other than it happened in November 2000, which means the title reign lasted between 18 and 47 days.
  9. ^ The length of Bambi's both championship reigns is unknown.
  10. ^ The length of Burke's championship reigns is unknown.
  11. ^ The length of Leather's championship reigns is unknown.

FootnotesEdit

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  2. ^ "The Fabulous Moolah's first reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2007-04-24.
  3. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  4. ^ a b c https://web.archive.org/web/20170727064329/http://www.ringside.nwaondemand.com/champions/nwa-world-womens-championship/
  5. ^ a b Ellison, Lillian. First Goddess of the Squared Circle, p.97.
  6. ^ Hoops, Brian (August 20, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (August 20): June Byers wins NWA Women's belt, Michael Shane wins TNA X-Division title". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Steve Slagle. "The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame: Fabulous Moolah". The Ring Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2007-10-26.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "NWA World Women's Championship". Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling. Archived from the original on January 18, 2010. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
  9. ^ a b c d Slagle, Steve. "Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame: Fabulous Moolah". Ring Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
  10. ^ a b c d Solomon, Brian (2006). WWE Legends. Simon and Schuster. p. 92. ISBN 0-7434-9033-9.
  11. ^ a b Javier Osjt. "The Fabulous Moolah – Her Career and Controversial Legacy". ProWrestlingStories.com. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  12. ^ Chris Schramm (October 5, 1998). "Moolah: Twenty-eight years was the reign". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-10-26.
  13. ^ Burke, Tom. "The Fabulous Moolah". Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. Archived from the original on 2009-03-03. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  14. ^ Ellison, Lillian. First Goddess of the Squared Circle, p.104.
  15. ^ http://www.wrestling-titles.com/nwa/world/nwa-wm.html
  16. ^ http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/bios/s/sue-green/
  17. ^ https://www.cagesideseats.com/2017/2/2/14452270/today-pro-wrestling-history-feb-2-brock-lesnar-debuts-in-the-octagon-ufc-81
  18. ^ "NWA Big Time Wrestling October 9, 1978 Event". cagematch.net. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  19. ^ a b "Bambi". Online World of Wrestling.
  20. ^ "Peggy Lee Leathers". Online World of Wrestling.
  21. ^ "Madison's profile". GLORY Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  22. ^ Gerweck, Steve (2010-07-25). "New NWA World Women's Champion". WrestleView. Archived from the original on 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2010-07-25.
  23. ^ "Card Results - NWA-OK - Altus, OK - 10/2/2010". oklafan.com. 2010-10-02. Archived from the original on 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
  24. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2010-11-08). "Mon. update: Ross announcing, Dreamer injury notes, Why people don't watch TNA, Mania tickets". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  25. ^ Oliver, Lekisha (2011-11-05). "New NWA World Women's Champion crowned". RingBellesOnline. Archived from the original on 2011-11-12. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  26. ^ Gerweck, Steve (2011-12-27). "New NWA World Women's Champion". WrestleView. Retrieved 2011-12-27.
  27. ^ "Kacee Carlisle wins the NWA World Women's Championship over Tasha Simone in Lebanon TN". Unlimited Radio 24/7. 2012-10-20. Archived from the original on 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  28. ^ Caldwell, James (2014-01-26). "NWA News: New champions determined this weekend, including new NWA Women's Champion". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
  29. ^ Caldwell, James (2015-02-07). "NWA news: Former TNA KO captures World Women's Title, Jax captures Nat'l Title, Conway defends NWA World Title, two big title matches at NJPW's "New Beginning" next week". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2015-01-08.
  30. ^ Caldwell, James (2015-12-18). "New NWA Women's Champ ends Santana's lengthy reign". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2015-12-19.
  31. ^ https://www.pwinsider.com/ViewArticle.php?id=125919
  32. ^ https://twitter.com/Phenom_Jazz/status/1120460042883432449
  33. ^ Powell, Jason. "NWA Crockett Cup 2019 results: Powell's live review of Nick Aldis vs. Marty Scurll for the NWA Championship, the eight-team Crockett Cup tag team tournament to crown the new NWA Tag Team Champions, Allysin Kay vs. Santana Garrett for the vacant NWA Women's Championship". Pro Wreslting Dot Net. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  34. ^ Ravens, Andrew (January 24, 2020). "NWA Hard Times PPV Results". sescoops.com. Retrieved January 24, 2020.

ReferencesEdit

  • Ellison, Lillian (2003). The Fabulous Moolah: First Goddess of the Squared Circle. ReaganBooks. ISBN 978-0-06-001258-8.

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