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NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE HISTORY




More detail on each title reign.

Champion Date Location Event Notes

Orville Brown October 1948 Awarded
Lou Thesz November 27, 1949 Unifies 4 Titles.
Whipper Billy Watson March 15, 1956 Toronto, ON
Lou Thesz (2) 56/11/09 St. Louis, MO
Dick Hutton 57/11/14 Toronto, ON
Pat O'Connor 59/01/09 St. Louis, MO
Buddy Rogers 61/06/30 Chicago, IL
Bobo Brazil 62/08/18 Newark, NJ Refused Title
Buddy Rogers 62/10/39 Chicago, IL Won the Rematch with Bobo
Lou Thesz (3) 63/01/24 Toronto, ON
Gene Kiniski 66/01/07 St. Louis, MO
Dory Funk Jr. 69/02/11 Tampa, FL
Harley Race 73/03/24 Kansas City, MO
Jack Brisco 73/07/20 Houston, TX
Giant Baba 74/12/02 Kagoshima, JAPAN
Jack Brisco [2] 74/12/09 Toyohashi, JAPAN
Terry Funk 75/12/10 Miami, FL
Harley Race [2] 77/02/06 Toronto, ON
Dusty Rhodes 79/08/21 Tampa, FL
Harley Race [3] 79/08/26 Orlando, FL
Giant Baba [2] 79/10/31 Nagoya, JAPAN
Harley Race [4] 79/11/07 Amagasaki, JAPAN
Giant Baba [3] 80/09/04 Saga, JAPAN
Harley Race [5] 80/09/09 Ohtsu, JAPAN
Tommy Rich 81/04/27 Augusta, GA
Harley Race [6] 81/05/01 Gainsville, GA
Dusty Rhodes [2] 81/06/21 Atlanta, GA
Ric Flair 81/09/17 Kansas City, MO
Carlos Colon 83/01/06 San Juan, PR Not Recognized
Ric Flair 83/01/23
Harley Race [7] 83/06/10 St. Louis, MO
Ric Flair [2] 83/11/24 Greensboro, NC
Harley Race [8] 84/03/21 NEW ZEALAND
Ric Flair [3] 84/03/23 SINGAPORE
Kerry Von Erich 84/05/06 Irving, TX
Ric Flair [4] 84/05/24 Yokosuka, JAPAN
Dusty Rhodes [3] 86/07/26 Greensboro, NC
Ric Flair [5] 86/08/07 St. Louis, MO
Ronnie Garvin 87/09/25 Detroit, MI
Ric Flair [6] 87/11/26 Chicago, IL
Ricky Steamboat 89/02/20 Chicago, IL
Ric Flair [7] 89/05/07 Nashville, TN
Sting 90/07/07 Baltimore, MD
Ric Flair [8] 91/01/11 East Rutherford, NJ
Tatsumi Fujinami 91/03/21 Tokyo, JAPAN
Ric Flair [9] 91/05/19 St. Petersburg, FL Vacated 91/09/08
Masahiro Chono 92/08/12 Tokyo, JAPAN Defeated Rick Rude
Great Muta 93/01/04 Tokyo, JAPAN
Barry Windham 93/02/21 Ashville, NC
Ric Flair [10] 93/07/18 Biloxi, MS WCW pulled out of NWA
Shane Douglas 94/08/27 Phiadelphia, PA Defeated 2 Cold Scorpio;
Proceeded to throw down title.

The Dead Era
Chris Candido 94/11/19 Cherry Hill, NJ Defeated Tracy Smothers
Dan Severn 95/02/24 Erlanger, KY
Naoya Ogawa 99/03/14 Yokohama, JAPAN
Gary Steele 99/09/25 Charlotte, NC Defeated Ogawa & Brian Anthony
Naoya Ogawa [2] 99/10/02 Thomaston, CT Vacated on 00/07/02
Mike Rapada 00/09/19 Tampa, FL Defeated Jerry Flynn in tourney final.
Sabu 00/11/14 Tampa, FL
Mike Rapada [2] 00/12/22 Nashville, TN
Steve Corino 01/04/24 Tampa, FL Held up 01/10/13
Shin'ya Hashimoto 01/12/15 McKeesport, PA Defeated Corino & Gary Steele.
Dan Severn [2] 02/03/09 Tokyo, JAPAN Stripped

The Total Nonstop Wrestling Era
Ken Shamrock June 19, 2002 Huntsville, AL TNA PPV Won Gauntlet for the Gold.
Ron Killings August 7, 2002 Nashville, TN TNA PPV
Jeff Jarrett November 20, 2002 Nashville, TN TNA PPV
AJ Styles June 11, 2003 Nashville, TN TNA PPV
Jeff Jarrett (2) October 22, 2003 Nashville, TN TNA PPV
AJ Styles (2) April 21, 2004 Nashville, TN TNA PPV
Ron Killings (2) May 19, 2004 Nashville, TN TNA PPV
Jeff Jarrett (3) June 02, 2004 Nashville, TN TNA PPV
AJ Styles (3) May 15, 2005 Orlando, FL Hard Justice
Raven June 19, 2005 Orlando, FL Slammiversary
Jeff Jarrett (4) September 15, 2005 Windsor, ONT Border City Wrestling
Rhino October 23, 2005 Orlando, FL Bound For Glory
Jeff Jarrett (5) November 3, 2005 Orlando, FL Prime Time Special
Christian Cage February 12, 2006 Orlando, FL Against All Odds
Jeff Jarrett (6) June 18, 2006 Orlando, FL Slammiversary
Sting (2) October 22, 2006 Detroit, MI Bound For Glory
Abyss (1) Noveber 19, 2006 Orlando, FL Genesis Won by Disqualification
Christian Cage (2) January 14, 2007 Orlando, FL Final Resolution Beat Abyss & Sting
Kurt Angle May 13, 2007 Orlando, FL Sacrifice NWA cuts all ties with TNA

Total Nonstop Action creates their own World Heavyweight title due to The NWA cutting all business ties with them
Kurt Angle (2) June 17, 2007 Nashville, TN Slammiversary Kurt Angle became the first ever TNA World champion by winning a King of the Mountain Match
Sting October 14, 2007 Duluth, GA Bound for Glory
Kurt Angle (2) October 16, 2007 Orlando, FL TNA Impact Episode was aired October 25th
Samoa Joe April 16, 2008 Lowell, MA Lockdown If Samoa Joe had lost, he would have had to retire from wrestling
Sting (2) October 12, 2008 Hoffman Estates, IL Bound for Glory
Mick Foley April 19, 2009 Philadelphia, PA Lockdown Six Sides of Steel Match
Kurt Angle (3) June 21, 2009 Auburn Hills, MI Slammiversary King of the Mountain match also involving Jeff Jarrett, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe.
AJ Styles September 20, 2009 Orlando, FL No Surrender 5 way match also involving Hernandez, Matt Morgan and Sting.
Rob Van Dam April 19, 2010 Orlando, FL Impact

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