World Heavyweight Championship (National Wrestling Association)

The World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship of the National Wrestling Association (NWA), an offshoot of the National Boxing Association (NBA).

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The title existed from 1929 through 1949, when it was unified with the National Wrestling Alliance's World Heavyweight Championship.

Title historyEdit

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 Dick Shikat August 23, 1929 N/A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1 287 Defeats Jim Londos to be recognized by the athletic commissions of New York and Pennsylvania and the National Boxing Association, all three of which have stripped Gus Sonnenberg of the World Title in July 1929 for failing to meet real contenders. Retroactively recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance as the real World champion.
2 Jim Londos June 6, 1930 N/A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1 1,847 Defeats Shikat and is initially recognized by the National Boxing Association. At the annual convention on September 1930, NBA agrees to create National Wrestling Association but does not recognize any world champion despite the previous decision made by NBA. In September 30, 1931, Jim Londos officially recognized by the members of NWA. Recognized as the first official champion by the National Wrestling Association after he defeated Dick Shikat for the NYSAC World Title. Also won the NYSAC World Title in June 25, 1934, defeating Jim Browning and unified both titles, to be become recognized as the Undisputed World champion. Retroactively recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance as the real World champion. [1]
3 Danno O'Mahony June 27, 1935 N/A Boston, Massachusetts 1 249 Defeats Ed Don George on July 30, 1935 and unifies Boston AWA World Title and becomes the "Unified World Champion".[2]
Vacated N/A NWA/NBA title is declared vacant in September 1936.
4 Dean Detton October 8, 1936 N/A St. Louis, MO 1 264 Has defeated a title claimant Dave Levin on 28/09/1936 in Philadelphia. Awarded the recognition as the first NWA champion since Danno O’Mahoney this day. Recognition later withdrawn.
5 John Pesek September 12, 1937 N/A White Sulphur Springs, Virginia 1 333 Title awarded at the NWA/NBA annual meeting.
Vacated N/A Stripped on August 16, 1938, for failure to defened against worthy opponents.
6 Everett Marshall September 14, 1938 N/A Montréal, Quebec 1 101 Title awarded at the NWA/NBA annual meeting. Retroactively recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance as the real World champion.
7 Lou Thesz February 23, 1939 N/A St. Louis, Missouri 1 120 Recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance as the real World champion.
8 Bronko Nagurski June 23, 1939 N/A Houston, Texas 1 258 Recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance as the real World champion.
9 Ray Steele March 7, 1940 N/A St. Louis, Missouri 1 369 Recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance as the real World champion. [3]
10 Bronko Nagurski March 11, 1941 N/A Houston, Texas 2 86 Recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance as the real World champion.
11 Sándor Szabó June 5, 1941 N/A St. Louis, Missouri 1 259 Recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance as the real World champion.
12 Bill Longson February 19, 1942 N/A St. Louis, Missouri 1 230 Recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance as the real World champion.[4]
13 Yvon Robert October 7, 1942 N/A Montreal, Quebec 1 20 Recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance as the real World champion.
14 Bobby Managoff November 27, 1942 N/A Houston, Texas 1 115 Recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance as the real World Champion.
15 Bill Longson February 19, 1943 N/A St. Louis, Missouri 2 1,463 Recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance as the real World champion.[4]
16 Whipper Billy Watson February 21, 1947 N/A St. Louis, Missouri 1 63
17 Lou Thesz April 25, 1947 N/A St. Louis, Missouri 2 210
18 Bill Longson November 21, 1947 N/A Houston, Texas 3 232
19 Lou Thesz July 20, 1948 N/A Indianapolis, IN 3 505 Recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance as the real World champion.
Deactivated November 27, 1949 Title unified with the National Wrestling Alliance's World Heavyweight Championship, which is forfeited to Thesz by previous champion Orville Brown when he cannot defend due to career-ending injuries from an automobile accident on November 1.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Professional Wrestling Online Museum - Ring Chronicle Hall of Fame Inductee - Jim Londos". www.wrestlingmuseum.com.
  2. ^ "AWA World Heavyweight Title (Boston)". Wrestling-Titles.com.
  3. ^ Hoops, Brian (March 7, 2020). "Daily Pro Wrestling history (03/07): Bruno Sammartino vs. Giant Baba". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Hoops, Brian (February 19, 2017). "Daily Pro Wrestling History (02/19): Kurt Angle vs. Undertaker at No Way Out 2006". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 27, 2017.

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