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NWF North American Heavyweight Championship

The NWF North American Heavyweight Championship was a secondary singles title in the American professional wrestling promotion, the National Wrestling Federation. The title started in 1968 as a National Wrestling Alliance title, named the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Buffalo/Cleveland version) until the NWF was founded in 1970. It was then renamed with the NWF name. The NWF would close in 1974, and the title migrated to New Japan Pro Wrestling. The title was then abandoned in 1981.[1][2]

NWF North American Heavyweight Championship
Details
PromotionNational Wrestling Federation
International Wrestling Association
Date established1968
Date retired1977 & 1981
Other name(s)
  • NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Buffalo/Cleveland version)
  • IWA North American Heavyweight Championship

Contents

Title historyEdit

Key
No. The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific wrestler listed.
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title changed hands
N/A The specific information is not known
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
  Indicates that there was a period where the lineage is undocumented due to the lack of written documentation in that time period.
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref(s)
NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Buffalo/Cleveland version)
1 Moose Cholak 1 October 1968 (NLT) [Note 1] N/A live event Still champion as of December 11, 1968.  
2 Johnny Powers 1 1968 (NLT) [Note 2] N/A live event  
3 Bulldog Brower 1 1969 (NLT) [Note 3] N/A live event  
4 Johnny Powers 2 May 1969 (NLT) [Note 4] N/A live event  
5 Bulldog Brower 2 January 1, 1970 [Note 5] Cleveland, Ohio live event  
6 Johnny Powers 3 July 1, 1970 (NLT) [Note 6] N/A live event  
7 Bulldog Brower 3 July 2, 1970 [Note 7] Cleveland, Ohio live event  
NWF North American Heavyweight Championship
8 Ernie Ladd 1 December 5, 1970 117 Akron, Ohio live event  
Vacated April 1, 1971 Cleveland, Ohio N/A Championship vacated after a match between Ladd and Tex McKenzie  
9 Johnny Powers 4 April 3, 1971 5 Cleveland, Ohio live event  
10 Ernie Ladd 2 April 8, 1971 49 Cleveland, Ohio live event  
11 Waldo Von Erich 1 May 27, 1971 174 Cleveland, Ohio live event  
12 Johnny Powers 5 November 17, 1971 289 Buffalo, New York live event  
13 Johnny Valentine 1 September 1, 1972 21 Cleveland, Ohio live event  
14 Johnny Powers 6 September 22, 1972 0 Cleveland, Ohio live event  
Vacated September 22, 1972 N/A N/A Championship vacated pending a review of the match.  
15 Johnny Valentine 2 October 1972 (NLT) [Note 8] N/A live event Won the rematch.  
16 Ernie Ladd 3 November 22, 1972 1 Buffalo, New York live event  
17 Johnny Powers 7 November 23, 1972 72 Cleveland, Ohio live event  
18 Karl Von Krupp 1 February 3, 1973 14 Akron, Ohio live event  
19 Johnny Powers 8 February 17, 1973 77 Akron, Ohio live event  
20 Eric the Animal 1 May 5, 1973 11 Cleveland, Ohio live event  
21 Johnny Powers 9 May 16, 1973 31 Buffalo, New York live event  
22 J.B. Psycho 1 June 16, 1973 8 Buffalo, New York live event  
23 Johnny Powers 10 June 24, 1973 221 Akron, Ohio live event  
24 Ernie Ladd 4 January 31, 1974 [Note 9] Cleveland, Ohio live event  
25 Ox Baker 1 March 1974 (NLT) [Note 10] N/A live event  
26 Ernie Ladd 5 March 14, 1974 4 Cleveland, Ohio live event  
27 Johnny Powers 11 March 18, 1974 [Note 11] Akron, Ohio live event  
 
28 Dominic DeNucci 1 April 1974 (NLT) [Note 12] N/A live event  
29 George Steele 1 May 31, 1974 [Note 13] Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania live event  
30 Dominic Denucci 2 June 21, 1974 (NLT) [Note 14] N/A live event  
31 Stan Stasiak 1 July 27, 1974 (NLT) [Note 15] N/A live event Sometime between July 5, 1974 and July 27, 1974.  
32 Ox Baker 2 August 20, 1974 7 N/A live event  
33 Ernie Ladd 6 August 27, 1974 62 N/A live event  
IWA North American Heavyweight Championship
34 Tarzan Tyler 1 October 28, 1974 70 N/A live event On January 1975 billed as champion upon promotion startup.  
35 Ox Baker 3 January 6, 1975 [Note 16] Savannah, Georgia live event  
Vacated May 1975 N/A N/A Championship vacated when Baker left the promotion.  
36 Bulldog Brower 4 July 1975 [Note 17] N/A live event Awarded, or possibly by defeating Mighty Igor or Johnny Powers after Baker leaves the promotion; still champion as of August 1977.  
NWF North American Heavyweight Championship
37 Johnny Powers 12 January 1979 (NLT) [Note 18] N/A live event Billed as champion for a tour of Japan.  
38 Seiji Sakaguchi 1 January 26, 1979 238 Okayama, Japan live event  
39 Tiger Jeet Singh 1 September 21, 1979 608 Sendai, Japan live event  
Abandoned May 21, 1981 N/A N/A Championship abandoned  

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ The exact length of this reign is too uncertain to calculate but it lasted at least 101 days.
  2. ^ The date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 171 days
  3. ^ The date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 30 days
  4. ^ The date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 149 days
  5. ^ The date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 150 days
  6. ^ The date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 181 days
  7. ^ The date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 156 days
  8. ^ The date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 22 and 52 days
  9. ^ The date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 41 days
  10. ^ The date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 13 days
  11. ^ The date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 43 days
  12. ^ The date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 31 and 74 days
  13. ^ The date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 21 days
  14. ^ The date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 56 days
  15. ^ The date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 24 and 59 days
  16. ^ The exact date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 115 and 145 days.
  17. ^ The date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 208 days
  18. ^ The date the championship was won and/or lost is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 208 days

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  2. ^ Tanabe, Hisaharu. "N.W.F. North American Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved June 26, 2007.

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