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Champion historyEdit

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Orville Brown 1 January 5, 1948 Des Moines, IA TBA.
Lou Thesz 1 November 27, 1949 Unknown TBA.
Billy Watson 1 March 15, 1956 Toronto, ON TBA.
Lou Thesz 2 November 9, 1956 St. Louis, MO TBA.
Dick Hutton 1 November 14, 1957 Toronto, ON TBA.
Pat O'Connor 1 January 9, 1959 St. Louis, MO TBA.
Buddy Rogers 1 June 30, 1961 Chicago, IL TBA.
Lou Thesz 3 January 24, 1963 Toronto, ON TBA.
Gene Kiniski 1 January 7, 1966 St. Louis, MO TBA.
Dory Funk, Jr. 1 February 11, 1969 Tampa, FL TBA.
Harley Race 1 May 24, 1973 Kansas City, MO TBA.
Jack Brisco 1 July 20, 1973 Houston, TX TBA.
Giant Baba 1 December 2, 1974 Kagoshima, Japan TBA.
Jack Brisco 2 December 8, 1974 Toyohashi, Japan TBA.
Terry Funk 1 December 10, 1975 Miami, FL TBA.
Harley Race 2 February 6, 1977 Toronto, ON TBA.
Dusty Rhodes 1 August 21, 1979 Tampa, FL TBA.
Harley Race 3 August 26, 1979 Orlando, FL TBA.
Giant Baba 2 October 31, 1979 Nagoya, Japan TBA.
Harley Race 4 November 7, 1979 Amagasaki, Japan TBA.
Giant Baba 3 September 4, 1980 Saga, Japan TBA.
Harley Race 5 September 9, 1980 Ohtsu, Japan TBA.
Tommy Rich 1 April 27, 1981 Augusta, GA TBA.
Dusty Rhodes 2 June 21, 1981 Atlanta, GA TBA.
Harley Race 6 September 17, 1981 Kansas City, MO TBA.
Carlos Colón 1 January 6, 1983 San Juan, PR TBA.
David Von Erich 1 January 24, 1983 Miami, FL TBA.
Dusty Rhodes 3 November 24, 1983 Tampa, FL TBA.
Harley Race 7 March 21, 1984 Wellington, New Zealand TBA.
Kerry Von Erich 1 May 6, 1984 Irving, TX TBA.
Ted DiBiase 1 May 11, 1985 Austin, TX DiBiase wins tournament final over Dusty Rhodes to crown a new champion after the title was vacated when Kerry Von Erich suffers an injury and is unable to defend the title within a 90 day period.
Jerry Lawler 1 August 23, 1985 Memphis, TN TBA.
Ricky Steamboat 1 November 28, 1985 Greensboro, NC TBA.
Jerry Lawler 2 December 14, 1985 Charlotte, NC TBA.
Ricky Steamboat 2 February 22, 1986 New York, NY TBA.
Ted DiBiase 2 November 26, 1987 Charlotte, NC TBA.
Sting 1 November 26, 1987 Charlotte, NC TBA.
Randy Savage 1 August 28, 1988 Dallas, TX TBA.
Sting 2 September 11, 1988 Atlanta, GA TBA.
Michael Hayes 1 October 10, 1988 Austin, TX TBA.
Sting 3 December 26, 1988 Norfolk, VA TBA.
July 1, 1989 Sting is forced to vacate the title through injury.
Michael Hayes 2 August 6, 1989 Irving, TX TBA.
February of 1990, Hayes refuses to defend the title in Calgary citing that he isn't contractually obligated to compete in Canada, and is stripped of the title by the NWA. Hayes though, keeps physical possession of the title and the NWA creates a new representation of the Championship, often dubbed "Big Gold".
Bret Hart 1 March 24, 1990 Calgary, AB Hart wins tournament final over Davey Boy Smith.
Davey Boy Smith 1 December 28, 1992 London, England TBA.
Bret Hart 2 April , 1993 Memphis, TN Champion Davey Boy Smith had signed to work exclusively for Vince McMahon's new TWE Promotion. McMahon claimed that Davey Boy's contract wouldn't allow him to compete at the upcoming NWA Title Match in Calgary, therefor the NWA scheduled a special title match between Hart and Smith in Memphis.
Curt Hennig 1 January 29, 1994 Minneapolis, MN TBA.
Bret Hart 3 December 27, 1994 Montreal, QC TBA.
Owen Hart 1 March 10, 1995 Calgary, AB TBA.
Bret Hart 4 May 6, 1995 Vancouver, BC TBA.
Jerry Lawler 3 August 18, 1996 Memphis, TN TBA.
Sting 4 October 26, 1996 Nashville, TN TBA.
The Great Muta 1 February 9, 1997 Tokyo, Japan TBA.
Sting 5 February 14, 1997 Hiroshima, Japan TBA.
Shawn Michaels 1 April 19, 1998 Memphis, TN TBA.
Jeff Jarrett 1 July 12, 1998 Nashville, TN TBA.
Sting 6 December 27, 1998 Charlotte, NC TBA.
Mark Callous 1 February 14, 1999 Atlanta, GA TBA.
Dustin Rhodes 1 June 27, 1999 Irving, TX TBA.
Dusty Rhodes 4 December 19, 1999 St. Louis, MO TBA.
Dustin Rhodes 2 December 19, 1999 St. Louis, MO TBA.
Paul Wight 1 May 7, 2000 Irving, TX TBA.
Steve Austin 1 December 17, 2000 Kansas City, MO TBA.
October 2001, Champion Steve Austin is involved in a head on collision in Texas and is forced to vacate the title.
Kurt Angle 1 December 9, 2001 San Antonio, TX Angle wins the title in a one night tournament at Starrcade, defeating Jeff Jarrett in the tournament final.
February 17, 2002, Sabu defeats Kurt Angle for the NWA World Heavyweight Title in Detroit at the Original Sheik Memorial Show. Angle however orders that the match must be restarted due to NWA rules stating that the NWA World Title couldn't be defended in a Hardcore Match. The match is restarted as a traditional affair, and Angle forces Sabu to tap out to the Ankle Lock. The Detroit crowd reaches riotous anger.
Paul Wight 2 October 21, 2003 St. Louis, MO TBA.
Kurt Angle 2 December 16, 2003 Pittsburgh, PA TBA.
Chris Benoit 1 February 15, 2004 Calgary, AB TBA.
Kurt Angle 3 February 22, 2004 Calgary, AB TBA.
Sting 7 December 19, 2004 Los Angeles, CA TBA.
Kurt Angle 4 March 13, 2005 Irving, TX TBA.
Brock Lesnar 1 April 15, 2007 San Antonio, TX TBA.
Steve Austin 2 December 28, 2008 Washington, DC Austin pins Lesnar in a three way match that also features Randy Orton.
Randy Orton 1 February 15, 2009 Charlotte, NC TBA.
Chris Jericho 1 July 7, 2009 Atlanta, GA TBA.

List of reign lengthsEdit

As of January 1, 2010
Wrestler Days Held Date Won Date Lost
Lou Thesz2300November 27, 1949March 15, 1956
Dory Funk, Jr.1563February 11, 1969May 24, 1973
Gene Kiniski1131January 7, 1966February 11, 1969
Lou Thesz (3)1079January 24, 1963January 7, 1966
Bret Hart1010March 24, 1990December 28, 1992
Harley Race (2)926February 6, 1977August 21, 1979
Pat O'Connor903January 9, 1959June 30, 1961
Kurt Angle (4)763March 13, 2005April 15, 2007
Orville Brown692January 5, 1948November 27, 1949
Buddy Rogers663June 30, 1961January 24, 1963
Ricky Steamboat (2)642February 22, 1986November 26, 1987
Brock Lesnar623April 15, 2007December 28, 2008
Jack Brisco500July 20, 1973December 2, 1974
Harley Race (6)476September 17, 1981January 6, 1983
Bret Hart (4)470May 6, 1995August 18, 1996
Sting (5)429February 14, 1997April 19, 1998
Terry Funk424December 10, 1975February 6, 1977
Dick Hutton421November 14, 1957January 9, 1959
Lou Thesz (2)370November 9, 1956November 14, 1957
Jack Brisco (2)367December 8, 1974December 10, 1975
Curt Hennig332January 29, 1994December 27, 1994
David Von Erich304January 24, 1983November 24, 1983
Harley Race (4)302November 7, 1979September 4, 1980
Kurt Angle (3)301February 22, 2004December 19, 2004
Sting276November 26, 1987August 28, 1988
Billy Watson239March 15, 1956November 9, 1956
Harley Race (5)230September 9, 1980April 27, 1981
Paul Wight224May 7, 2000December 17, 2000
Chris Jericho178July 7, 2009Current champion
Dustin Rhodes175June 27, 1999December 19, 1999
Jeff Jarrett168July 12, 1998December 27, 1998
Sting (3)157December 26, 1988July 1, 1989
Randy Orton142February 15, 2009July 7, 2009
Dustin Rhodes (2)140December 19, 1999May 7, 2000
Mark Callous133February 14, 1999June 27, 1999
Dusty Rhodes (3)118November 24, 1983March 21, 1984
Sting (4)106October 26, 1996February 9, 1997
Ted DiBiase, Sr.104May 11, 1985August 23, 1985
Jerry Lawler97August 23, 1985November 28, 1985
Dusty Rhodes (2)88June 21, 1981September 17, 1981
Shawn Michaels84April 19, 1998July 12, 1998
Sting (7)84December 19, 2004March 13, 2005
Michael Hayes77October 10, 1988December 26, 1988
Bret Hart (3)73December 27, 1994March 10, 1995
Jerry Lawler (2)70December 14, 1985February 22, 1986
Kurt Angle70December 9, 2001February 17, 2002
Jerry Lawler (3)69August 18, 1996October 26, 1996
Harley Race (3)66August 26, 1979October 31, 1979
Kurt Angle (2)61December 16, 2003February 15, 2004
Harley Race57May 24, 1973July 20, 1973
Owen Hart57March 10, 1995May 6, 1995
Paul Wight (2)56October 21, 2003December 16, 2003
Tommy Rich55April 27, 1981June 21, 1981
Steve Austin (2)49December 28, 2008February 15, 2009
Sting (6)49December 27, 1998February 14, 1999
Harley Race (7)36March 21, 1984May 6, 1984
Sting (2)29September 11, 1988October 10, 1988
Carlos Colón18January 6, 1983January 24, 1983
Ricky Steamboat16November 28, 1985December 14, 1985
Randy Savage14August 28, 1988September 11, 1988
Giant Baba (2)7October 31, 1979November 7, 1979
Chris Benoit7February 15, 2004February 22, 2004
Giant Baba6December 2, 1974December 8, 1974
Dusty Rhodes5August 21, 1979August 26, 1979
Giant Baba (3)5September 4, 1980September 9, 1980
The Great Muta5February 9, 1997February 14, 1997
Ted DiBiase, Sr. (2)0November 26, 1987
Dusty Rhodes (4)0December 19, 1999
Kerry Von Erich??May 6, 1984Unknown
Michael Hayes (2)??August 6, 1989February 1990
Davey Boy Smith??December 28, 1992April, 1993
Bret Hart (2)??April, 1993January 29, 1994
Steve Austin??December 17, 2000October 2001
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