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. The championship is currently held by Thunder Rosa, who is in her first reign.
|NWA World Women's Championship|
A previous design of the NWA World Women's Championship belt (?–2019)
|Current champion(s)||Thunder Rosa|
|Date won||January 24, 2020|
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. 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. 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.
|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.|
|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.|||
|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.|||
|—||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.|||
|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.|||
|4||Bette Boucher||September 17, 1966||House show||Seattle, WA||1||16|||
|5||The Fabulous Moolah||October 3, 1966||House show||Vancouver BC, Canada||2||524|||
|6||Yukiko Tomoe||March 10, 1968||House show||Osaka, Japan||1||23|||
|7||The Fabulous Moolah||April 2, 1968||House show||Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan||3||3,841|||
|†||Sue Green||February 2, 1976||House show||Dallas, TX||1||32|||
|†||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.|||
|9||Evelyn Stevens||October 8, 1978||House show||Dallas, TX||1||1|||
|10||The Fabulous Moolah||October 9, 1978||House show||Fort Worth, TX||4(5)||1,909|||
|—||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.|||
|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.|||
|14||Peggy Lee Leather||1994||N/A||N/A||1||[Note 5]|||
|15||Bambi||July 26, 1994||NWA TV tapings||East Ridge, TN||2||[Note 6]|||
|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.|||
|17||Debbie Combs||May 10, 1996||House show||Fall Branch, TN||3||[Note 7]|||
|—||Vacated||October 1996||—||—||—||—||Debbie Combs was stripped of the championship.|||
|18||Strawberry Fields||October 14, 2000||NWA 52nd Anniversary Show||Nashville, TN||1||[Note 8]||Fields defeated Leilani Kai to win the vacant championship.|||
|—||Vacated||November 2000||—||—||—||—||Strawberry Fields vacated the championship due to injury.|||
|19||Madison||August 23, 2002||House show||Surrey, British Columbia, Canada||1||64||Madison defeated Bam Bam Bambi to win the vacant championship.|||
|20||Char Starr||October 26, 2002||NWA 54th Anniversary Show||Corpus Christi, TX||1||41|||
|21||Madison||December 6, 2002||House show||Port Coquitlam, BC||2||96|||
|22||Leilani Kai||March 12, 2003||NWA:TNA House show||Nashville, TN||1||465|||
|—||Vacated||June 19, 2004||—||—||—||—||Leilani Kai was stripped after several no-shows|||
|23||Kiley McLean||June 19, 2004||House show||Richmond, VA||1||308||McLean defeated Kameo to win the vacant championship.|||
|24||Lexie Fyfe||April 23, 2005||House show||Richmond, VA||1||168|||
|25||Christie Ricci||October 8, 2005||NWA 57th Anniversary Show||Nashville, TN||1||476||This was a three–way match, also involving Tasha Simone.|||
|26||MsChif||January 27, 2007||House show||Lebanon, TN||1||98|||
|27||Amazing Kong||May 5, 2007||House show||Streamwood, IL||1||358|||
|28||MsChif||April 27, 2008||House show||Cape Girardeau, MO||2||818|||
|29||Tasha Simone||July 24, 2010||House show||Lebanon, TN||1||70|||
|30||La Reina de Corazones||October 2, 2010||House show||Altus, OK||1||35|||
|—||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.|||
|32||Tiffany Roxx||November 6, 2011||House show||Lebanon, TN||1||49||This was a no disqualification match.|||
|33||Tasha Simone||December 25, 2011||House show||Lebanon, TN||3||300||This was a steel cage match.|||
|34||Kacee Carlisle||October 20, 2012||House show||Lebanon, TN||1||462|||
|35||Barbi Hayden||January 25, 2014||House show||Cypress, TX||1||378|||
|36||Santana Garrett||February 7, 2015||House show||Plant City, FL||1||314|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|39||Allysin Kay||April 27, 2019||Crockett Cup||Concord, NC||1||272||Kay defeated Santana Garrett to win the vacant championship.|||
|40||Thunder Rosa||January 24, 2020||Hard Times||Atlanta, GA||1||159+|||
As of July 1, 2020.
|†||Indicates the current champion.|
|¤||The exact length of a title reign is uncertain; the combined length may not be correct.|
|1||The Fabulous Moolah||4||9,925¤|
|18||Thunder Rosa †||1||159+|
|21||La Reina de Corazones||1||35|
|28||Mildred Burke||1||N/A[Note 10]|
|29||Peggy Lee Leather||1||N/A[Note 11]|
- The exact date that Byers championship was vacated is disputed, therefore, it's unknown for how many days Byers held the championship.
- The exact date that Combs championship was vacated is unknown, therefore, it's unknown for how many days Combs held the championship.
- The exact date that Combs lost the championship is unknown, therefore, it's unknown for how many days Combs held the championship.
- The exact date that Bambi won the championship is unknown, therefore, it's unknown for how many days she held the championship.
- The exact date that Leather won the championship is unknown, therefore, it's unknown for how many days she held the championship.
- The exact date that Bambi lost the championship is unknown, therefore, it's unknown for how many days she held the championship.
- 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.
- 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.
- The length of Bambi's both championship reigns is unknown.
- The length of Burke's championship reigns is unknown.
- The length of Leather's championship reigns is unknown.
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