Two-time and current champion Trevor Murdoch
Two-time and current champion Trevor Murdoch

The NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship is a world heavyweight championship owned and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). It is the promotion's premier title.

NWA currently recognizes 100 individual World Heavyweight Championship reigns.[1][2] The inaugural champion was Orville Brown. The longest reigning champion is Lou Thesz, who held the title from November 27, 1949 to March 15, 1956, for a total of 2,300 days (6 years, 3 months, and 16 days); Thesz also holds the record for longest combined reigns at 3,749 days. Shane Douglas and Ray González share the shortest reign as champion with both holding the championship for less than 1 day. Ric Flair holds the record for most reigns with 10. The youngest champion is Chris Candido who won the title at the age of 22, while the oldest champion is Tim Storm, who won it at the age of 51.

Trevor Murdoch is the current champion in his second reign. He defeated Nick Aldis, Thom Latimer and Sam Shaw in a fatal four-way match for the vacant title at Alwayz Ready on June 11, 2022, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Title history

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Days recog. Number of days held recognized by the promotion
N/A Unknown information
Championship change is unrecognized by the promotion
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Days recog.
National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)
1 Orville Brown July 14, 1948 House show Des Moines, IA 1 501 501 In July 1948, the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) was founded and Brown was recognized as the first official NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion. His reign length is calculated from the date he defeated Sonny Myers to first claim the world championship. [a][3]
2 Lou Thesz November 27, 1949 N/A N/A 1 1,941 2,300 Awarded when Orville Brown suffered career-ending injuries in an automobile accident on November 1, 1949. Thesz had earlier won the National Wrestling Association's World Heavyweight Championship on July 20, 1948 from Wild Bill Longson. Thesz became the undisputed champion of all of wrestling by winning the Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium World Heavyweight Championship, the remaining major world championship at the time other than the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship, defeating Baron Michele Leone on May 21, 1952. The first design of the championship belt would become known as the "Lou Thesz Belt" because of Thesz's long reign. [b]
Leo Nomellini March 22, 1955 House show San Francisco, CA 1 115 Nomellini defeated Lou Thesz by countout in the second fall and disqualification in the third fall. California Athletic Commission recognized the title change by disqualification, but both wrestlers continued to claim the title.
Lou Thesz July 15, 1955 House show St. Louis, MO 2 244 Thesz defeated Leo Nomellini in a rematch.
3 Whipper Billy Watson March 15, 1956 House show Toronto, ON 1 239 239 Watson won the match and the championship by count out. [c]
4 Lou Thesz November 9, 1956 House show St. Louis, MO 2(3) 217 370 Thesz won the match and the championship by count out. [d]
Édouard Carpentier June 14, 1957 House show Chicago, IL 1 40 Carpentier was awarded the title when Lou Thesz could not continue the match due to a back injury. In some territories, Thesz continued to be recognized as NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion, while in others Carpentier was billed as the champion. [e]
Lou Thesz July 24, 1957 House show Montreal, Quebec 4 113 Thesz won a rematch against Édouard Carpentier by disqualification. The NWA initially continued to recognize Carpentier as the champion, but voided any recognition of Carpentier as champion when he withdrew the claim for the title when Montreal promoter Eddie Quinn quit the NWA in August 1958. Some territories such as Boston (AAC), Nebraska and Los Angeles (NAWA/WWA) continued to recognize Carpentier as NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion. The AAC recognized Killer Kowalski as world champion when he defeated Carpentier in Boston. Nebraska later recognized Verne Gagne as world champion when he defeated Carpentier in Omaha. The NAWA/WWA recognized Freddie Blassie as world champion when he defeated Carpentier in 1961. [f]
5 Dick Hutton November 14, 1957 House show Toronto, ON 1 421 421 [g]
6 Pat O'Connor January 9, 1959 House show St. Louis, MO 1 903 903 The "Crown Belt" version of the championship debuted in 1959. [h]
7 Buddy Rogers June 30, 1961 House show Chicago, IL 1 145 573
Killer Kowalski November 22, 1961 House show Montreal, Quebec 1 425 Kowalski defeated Buddy Rogers on November 21 after Rogers broke his ankle in the first fall. He was only recognized as champion in some states such as Texas until January 21, 1963 when he lost a rematch to Rogers in New York City.
Bruno Sammartino August 2, 1962 House show Toronto, ON 1 <1 On August 2, 1962, Bruno Sammartino defeated Buddy Rogers in Toronto, but refused to accept the title because Rogers had wrestled with an injury. The NWA considers Rogers' reign to last until Thesz. [4]
Bobo Brazil August 18, 1962 House show Newark, NJ 1 73 Brazil refused the title because of a groin injury that Buddy Rogers had claimed to have. However, on September 6, 1962, Brazil was declared champion because a doctor had determined that Rogers had not suffered an injury. This title change was not recognized by the NWA.
Buddy Rogers October 30, 1962
(defeat of Brazil)
House show Toledo, OH 2 86 Rogers was widely, though not universally, considered champion again after his wins over Bobo Brazil and Kowalski. Killer Kowalski disputed that Rogers had won the title, arguing that the match had not been for the title. As the NWA had recognized none of Rogers's losses, no second title reign was counted for Rogers.
Buddy Rogers January 21, 1963
(defeat of Kowalski)
House show New York City, NY 2 3
8 Lou Thesz January 24, 1963 House show Toronto, ON 3(5) 1,079 1,079 [i]
Buddy Rogers January 24, 1963 77 Promoters in the northeast United States refused to recognize Buddy Rogers' one-fall loss to Thesz, thus breaking away from the NWA to form the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF). Rogers continued to defend the championship in WWWF until he was declared the first WWWF World Heavyweight Champion on April 11.
9 Gene Kiniski January 7, 1966 House show St. Louis, MO 1 1,131 1,131 [j]
10 Dory Funk Jr. February 11, 1969 House show Tampa, FL 1 1,563 1,563 [5]
11 Harley Race May 24, 1973 House show Kansas City, KS 1 57 57 The "Ten Pounds of Gold" version of the championship belt debuted on July 20, 1973, having been first presented to Harley Race by then-NWA President Sam Muchnick. [6]
12 Jack Brisco July 20, 1973 House show Houston, TX 1 500 500 [7]
13 Giant Baba December 2, 1974 House show Kagoshima, Japan 1 7 7 This was a two-out-of-three-falls match. [8]
14 Jack Brisco December 9, 1974 House show Toyohashi, Japan 2 366 366
15 Terry Funk December 10, 1975 House show Miami Beach, FL 1 424 424
16 Harley Race February 6, 1977 House show Toronto, ON 2 926 926
17 Dusty Rhodes August 21, 1979 House show Tampa, FL 1 5 5
18 Harley Race August 26, 1979 House show Orlando, FL 3 66 66
19 Giant Baba October 31, 1979 House show Nagoya, Japan 2 7 7
20 Harley Race November 7, 1979 House show Amagasaki, Japan 4 302 302
21 Giant Baba September 4, 1980 House show Saga, Japan 3 5 5
22 Harley Race September 9, 1980 House show Ōtsu, Japan 5 230 230
23 Tommy Rich April 27, 1981 House show Augusta, GA 1 4 4
24 Harley Race May 1, 1981 House show Gainesville, GA 6 51 51
25 Dusty Rhodes June 21, 1981 House show Atlanta, GA 2 88 88
26 Ric Flair September 17, 1981 House show Kansas City, KS 1 145 631 Former champion Lou Thesz was the special referee.
The Midnight Rider February 9, 1982 House show Miami, FL 3 <1 On February 9, 1982 in Miami, The Midnight Rider (Dusty Rhodes under a mask due to being under suspension in Florida) defeated Flair for the title, but he returned it when NWA President Bob Geigel asked Rider to unmask or return the championship belt as NWA rules then forbade masked wrestlers from holding it. [9]
Ric Flair February 9, 1982 House show Miami, FL 2 150 The championship returned to Flair. This is considered a continuation of Flair's previous reign.
Jack Veneno September 7, 1982 House show Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1 <1 Jack Veneno defeated Ric Flair in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. As Veneno refused to defend the title outside his native country, the title was returned to Flair on the same day. [k]
Ric Flair September 7, 1982 House show Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 3 121 The title returned to Flair later on due to the nature of the championship match. This is considered a continuation of Flair's previous reign [k]
Carlos Colón January 6, 1983 House show San Juan, Puerto Rico 1 4 This title change is not recognized by the NWA. Colon's WWC World Heavyweight Championship was also on the line. [l]
Ric Flair January 10, 1983 House show Miami, FL 4 29 This was a fictional match. This title change is not recognized by the NWA.
Victor Jovica February 8, 1983 House show Couva, Trinidad 1 3 This title change is not recognized by the NWA. Victor Jovica defeated Ric Flair on February 8, 1983 in Couva, Trinidad, but the decision was reversed three days later because Jovica's feet were on the rope during the pin. [m][n]
Ric Flair February 11, 1983 House show Couva, Trinidad 5 119 The championship returned to Flair three days later. This is considered a continuation of Flair's previous reign.
27 Harley Race June 10, 1983 House show St. Louis, MO 7 167 167
28 Ric Flair November 24, 1983 Starrcade Greensboro, NC 2(6) 117 117 This was a steel cage match. Former champion Gene Kiniski was the special referee.
29 Harley Race March 20, 1984 House show Wellington, New Zealand 8 3 3 This title change was recognized by World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and also by the NWA until at least 2011. [10][11][12][13][2]
30 Ric Flair March 23, 1984 House show Kallang, Singapore 3(7) 44 44 This title change was recognized by World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and also by the NWA until at least 2011. [10][11][12][13][2]
31 Kerry Von Erich May 6, 1984 1st Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions Irving, TX 1 18 18
Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP)
32 Ric Flair May 24, 1984 House show Yokosuka, Japan 4(8) 793 793 By early 1985, Jim Crockett Promotions controlled many National Wrestling Alliance territories and attempted going national, thus limiting championship matches to performers under contract with JCP. The "Big Gold Belt" version of the championship belt debuted on February 14, 1986. [6]
33 Dusty Rhodes July 26, 1986 The Great American Bash Greensboro, NC 3(4) 14 14
34 Ric Flair August 9, 1986 House show St. Louis, MO 5(9) 412 412
35 Ron Garvin September 25, 1987 NWA World Wide Wrestling Detroit, MI 1 62 62
World Championship Wrestling (WCW)
36 Ric Flair November 26, 1987 Starrcade Chicago, IL 6(10) 452 452 On November 21, 1988 the National Wrestling Alliance's flagship promotion Jim Crockett Promotions was purchased by Ted Turner and renamed World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
37 Ricky Steamboat February 20, 1989 Chi-Town Rumble Chicago, IL 1 76 76
38 Ric Flair May 7, 1989 WrestleWar Nashville, TN 7(11) 426 426
39 Sting July 7, 1990 The Great American Bash Baltimore, MD 1 188 188
40 Ric Flair January 11, 1991 House show East Rutherford, NJ 8(12) 69 69 After this title win, Flair was also recognized as the first WCW World Heavyweight Champion.[citation needed]
41 Tatsumi Fujinami March 21, 1991 Starrcade in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 59 59 Briefly defended along with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. [14]
42 Ric Flair May 19, 1991 SuperBrawl I St. Petersburg, FL 9(13) 112 112 This title change was originally ignored in the United States, presenting Flair's reign as one continuous reign. This title change was briefly recognized by WCW.
Vacated September 8, 1991 Ric Flair was stripped of the NWA title upon signing with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
43 Masahiro Chono August 12, 1992 G1 Climax 1992 – Day 5 Tokyo, Japan 1 145 145 Chono defeated Rick Rude in the final of the G1 Climax tournament.
44 The Great Muta January 4, 1993 Fantastic Story in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 48 48 Muta's IWGP Heavyweight Championship was also on the line.
45 Barry Windham February 21, 1993 SuperBrawl III Asheville, NC 1 147 147 [15]
46 Ric Flair July 18, 1993 Beach Blast Biloxi, MS 10(14) 59 59 [16][17]
Vacated September 15, 1993 WCW withdrew from the NWA on September 1, 1993 but the NWA continued to recognize Ric Flair as NWA Champion and tried to reach a deal with WCW for the title to be dropped to a wrestler of NWA's choosing before the end of the year. By September 15, communications broke down and the NWA attempted to obtain a temporary restraining order against WCW to stop them from advertising the scheduled Rick Rude vs. Ric Flair match at Fall Brawl as a world title match and have the belt returned to them. Though WCW managed to keep the belt, they dropped any mentions of the NWA name from that point forward and the title was vacated by the NWA while WCW continued to recognize Flair as their WCW International World Heavyweight Champion. [18][19]
National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)
47 Shane Douglas August 27, 1994 NWA World Title Tournament Philadelphia, PA 1 <1 <1 The "Ten Pounds of Gold" version of the championship belt returned on August 27, 1994. Shane Douglas defeated 2 Cold Scorpio in tournament final. [20]
Vacated August 27, 1994 NWA World Title Tournament Philadelphia, PA Shane Douglas threw the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship belt down immediately after winning it and declared that he did not want to be the organization's champion; Douglas then declared the NWA-ECW Heavyweight Championship, of which he was already in possession, to be a world championship. Eastern Championship Wrestling then withdraws from the NWA and becomes Extreme Championship Wrestling. [20]
48 Chris Candido November 19, 1994 NWA World Heavyweight Title Tournament Cherry Hill, NJ 1 97 97 Candido defeated Tracy Smothers in tournament final. [o]
49 Dan Severn February 24, 1995 House show Erlanger, KY 1 1,479 1,479 Severn had a customized NWA championship belt during this reign. [21][22]
50 Naoya Ogawa March 14, 1999 House show Yokohama, Japan 1 195 195
51 Gary Steele September 25, 1999 NWA 51st Anniversary Show Charlotte, NC 1 7 7 Gary Steele pinned Ogawa in a three-way match, also involving Brian Anthony.
52 Naoya Ogawa October 2, 1999 House show Thomaston, CT 2 274 274
Vacated July 2, 2000 Naoya Ogawa vacated the championship.
53 Mike Rapada September 19, 2000 House show Tampa, FL 1 56 56 Rapada defeated Jerry Flynn in tournament final.
54 Sabu November 14, 2000 House show Tampa, FL 1 38 38
55 Mike Rapada December 22, 2000 House show Nashville, TN 2 123 123
56 Steve Corino April 24, 2001 House show Tampa, FL 1 172 172
Vacated October 13, 2001 NWA 53rd Anniversary Show St. Petersburg, FL The championship was held up when Steve Corino lost a title match against Shinya Hashimoto when he became unable to compete due to head injury sustained in the match.
57 Shinya Hashimoto December 15, 2001 Clash of the Champions McKeesport, PA 1 84 84 This was three matches round robin style; Gary Steele vs. Steve Corino, Gary Steele vs. Shinya Hashimoto, and Steve Corino vs. Shinya Hashimoto. Hashimoto won. [23]
58 Dan Severn March 9, 2002 Vast Energy Tokyo, Japan 2 80 80 Match ended in controversy, as the referee gave a fast count. [23]
Vacated May 28, 2002 Dan Severn was stripped of the title after "refusing to make a defense" of the championship on the inaugural NWA: Total Nonstop Action (NWA:TNA) PPV.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA)
59 Ken Shamrock June 19, 2002 NWA-TNA Weekly pay-per-view event #1 Huntsville, AL 1 49 49 In June 2002, Jeff and Jerry Jarrett formed NWA: Total Nonstop Action (NWA:TNA) and worked out a licensing deal with NWA to control and feature the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship and the NWA World Tag Team Championship as their championships. Ken Shamrock defeated Malice to win the title.
60 Ron Killings August 7, 2002 NWA-TNA Weekly pay-per-view event #8 Nashville, TN 1 105 105
61 Jeff Jarrett November 20, 2002 NWA-TNA Weekly pay-per-view event #22 Nashville, TN 1 203 203 Jeff Jarrett unified the title with the WWA World Heavyweight Championship [24][25]
62 A.J. Styles June 11, 2003 NWA-TNA Weekly pay-per-view event #49 Nashville, TN 1 133 133 This was a three-way match, also involving Raven.
63 Jeff Jarrett October 22, 2003 NWA-TNA Weekly pay-per-view event #68 Nashville, TN 2 182 182
64 A.J. Styles April 21, 2004 NWA-TNA Weekly pay-per-view event #94 Nashville, TN 2 28 28 This was a steel cage match.
65 Ron Killings May 19, 2004 NWA-TNA Weekly pay-per-view event #98 Nashville, TN 2 14 14 This was a four-way match, also involving Chris Harris and Raven
66 Jeff Jarrett June 2, 2004 NWA-TNA Weekly pay-per-view event #100 Nashville, TN 3 305 305 This was a King of the Mountain match, also involving A.J. Styles, Chris Harris and Raven. Ron Killings defeated Jarrett on the June 23 NWA-TNA Weekly PPV for the title, but due to issues surrounding the title change, the title was held up, before Vince Russo gave Jarrett the title back.[26]
67 Ray González April 3, 2005 Juicio Final 2005 San Juan, Puerto Rico 1 <1 <1 González was stripped of the title later in the evening due to the fall having been counted by the wrong referee. This reign was initially ignored by the NWA and TNA, with Jarrett continuing to be recognized as champion. González was retroactively recognized by the NWA beginning February 16, 2015. [27]
Jeff Jarrett April 3, 2005 Juicio Final 2005 San Juan, Puerto Rico 4 42 The title returned to Jarrett later on due to the nature of the championship match. This was originally considered a continuation of Jarrett's previous reign but is no longer recognized.
68 A.J. Styles May 15, 2005 Hard Justice Orlando, FL 3 35 35 Styles defeated Jeff Jarrett for the championship. Tito Ortiz was the special guest referee. [28]
69 Raven June 19, 2005 Slammiversary Orlando, FL 1 88 88 This was a King of the Mountain match, also involving Abyss, Monty Brown, and Sean Waltman. [29]
70 Jeff Jarrett September 15, 2005 International Incident Windsor, ON 4(5) 38 38 [30]
71 Rhino October 23, 2005 Bound for Glory Orlando, FL 1 2 2 Rhino won the right to face Jeff Jarrett in a Gauntlet for the Gold match after designated challenger Kevin Nash fell ill and withdrew. [31]
72 Jeff Jarrett October 25, 2005 Impact! Orlando, FL 5(6) 110 110 Aired November 3, 2005 on tape delay.
73 Christian Cage February 12, 2006 Against All Odds Orlando, FL 1 126 126 [32]
74 Jeff Jarrett June 18, 2006 Slammiversary Orlando, FL 6(7) 126 126 This was a King of the Mountain match, also involving Abyss, Ron Killings, and Sting. [33]
75 Sting October 22, 2006 Bound for Glory Plymouth, MI 2 28 28 Kurt Angle was the special outside enforcer. This was a Title vs. Career match where Sting put his career on the line. [34]
76 Abyss November 19, 2006 Genesis Orlando, FL 1 56 56 Abyss defeated Sting by disqualification after Sting pushed the official. [35]
77 Christian Cage January 14, 2007 Final Resolution Orlando, FL 2 119 119 This was a three-way elimination match, also involving Sting. [36]
Vacated May 13, 2007 Christian Cage was stripped of the championship when the NWA ended its business agreement with TNA.
National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)
78 Adam Pearce September 1, 2007 House show Bayamón, Puerto Rico 1 336 336 Pearce defeated Brent Albright in the finals of the Reclaiming the Glory tournament. Pearce competed as a substitute for Bryan Danielson, who defeated Pearce in the semifinals but withdrew from the tournament due to a detached retina. Danielson was the special referee. [37]
79 Brent Albright August 2, 2008 Death Before Dishonor VI New York City, NY 1 49 49 [38]
80 Adam Pearce September 20, 2008 Glory By Honor VII Philadelphia, PA 2 35 35 [39][40]
81 Blue Demon Jr. October 25, 2008 House show Mexico City, Mexico 1 505 505 [41]
82 Adam Pearce March 14, 2010 House show Charlotte, NC 3 357 357 This was a three-way elimination match, also featuring Phill Shatter. [42]
83 Colt Cabana March 6, 2011 NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood West Hollywood, CA 1 48 48 [43]
84 The Sheik April 23, 2011 Subtle Hustle Jacksonville, FL 1 79 79 [44]
Vacated July 11, 2011 The Sheik was stripped of the championship for refusing to defend against Adam Pearce on July 31, 2011. [45]
85 Adam Pearce July 31, 2011 NWA at the Ohio State Fair Columbus, OH 4 252 252 Pearce defeated Chance Prophet, Jimmy Rave and Shaun Tempers in a four-way match to win the vacant championship. [46]
86 Colt Cabana April 8, 2012 NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood Glendale, CA 2 104 104 [47]
National Wrestling Alliance/International Wrestling Corp.
87 Adam Pearce July 21, 2012 Metro Pro Wrestling Kansas City, KS 5 98 98 This was a two-out-of-three falls match. It was match four of a seven-match series between Cabana and Pearce. On August 30, 2012, a court settlement transferred NWA ownership to International Wrestling Corp. NWA no longer had memberships but instead began licensing the NWA brand to wrestling promotions. [48]
Vacated October 27, 2012 NWA Warzone Wrestling 14 Berwick, Victoria, Australia Adam Pearce left the NWA and resigned as champion after the organization refused to allow him to defend the title in the concluding match of the best-of-seven series against Cabana. The match did take place with Cabana winning, but both wrestlers refused the title in the aftermath. [49]
88 Kahagas November 2, 2012 Wrath of Champions Clayton, NJ 1 134 134 Kahagas won an elimination match for the vacant title by last eliminating Damien Wayne. Match also featured Chance Prophet, Jason Kincaid, Lance Erikson, Anthony Nese, Papadon, Biggie Biggs, and Lance Anoa'i. Kahagas was the reigning NWA National Heavyweight Champion at the time of his victory. [50]
89 Rob Conway March 16, 2013 A Monster's Ball San Antonio, TX 1 294 294 Conway replaced an injured Jax Dane and defeated Kahagas for the championship. [51]
90 Satoshi Kojima January 4, 2014 Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan 1 149 149 [52]
91 Rob Conway June 2, 2014 Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion Show Las Vegas, NV 2 257 257 [53]
92 Hiroyoshi Tenzan February 14, 2015 The New Beginning in Sendai Sendai, Japan 1 196 196 [54]
93 Jax Dane August 29, 2015 World War Gold San Antonio, TX 1 419 419 On October 1, 2017, Billy Corgan's company Lightning One, Inc. purchased the National Wrestling Alliance and gradually transformed it into a singular wrestling promotion. [55][56]
National Wrestling Alliance/Lightning One Inc.
94 Tim Storm October 21, 2016 House show Sherman, TX 1 414 414
95 Nick Aldis December 9, 2017 CZW's Cage of Death 19 Sewell, NJ 1 266 266 This was an event promoted by Combat Zone Wrestling [57]
96 Cody September 1, 2018 All In Hoffman Estates, IL 1 50 50 This was an independent event promoted by Cody and The Young Bucks [58]
97 Nick Aldis October 21, 2018 NWA 70th Anniversary Show Nashville, TN 2 1,043 1,043 This was a two-out-of-three falls match. [59]
98 Trevor Murdoch August 29, 2021 NWA 73rd Anniversary Show St. Louis, MO 1 167 167 This was a title vs. career match. [60]
99 Matt Cardona February 12, 2022 PowerrrTrip Oak Grove, KY 1 119 119 Aired on tape delay on the March 8, 2022 episode of NWA Powerrr. [61]
Vacated June 11, 2022 Alwayz Ready Knoxville, TN Cardona vacated the title due to an injury.
100 Trevor Murdoch June 11, 2022 Alwayz Ready Knoxville, TN 2 16+ 16+ Defeated Nick Aldis, Thom Latimer, and Sam Shaw in a fatal four-way match for the vacant title. [62]

Combined reigns

As of June 27, 2022.

Three-time champion Lou Thesz, whose first reign is the longest reign at 2,300 days, and he has the longest combined reign at 3,749 days.
Three-time champion Lou Thesz, whose first reign is the longest reign at 2,300 days, and he has the longest combined reign at 3,749 days.
Record ten-time champion Ric Flair
Record ten-time champion Ric Flair
Indicates the current champion
<1 The reign is shorter than one day.
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Lou Thesz 3 3,749
2 Ric Flair 10 3,116
3 Harley Race 8 1,801
4 Dory Funk Jr. 1 1,563
5 Dan Severn 2 1,559
6 Nick Aldis 2 1,309
7 Gene Kiniski 1 1,131
8 Adam Pearce 5 1,078
9 Jeff Jarrett 6 1,006
10 Pat O'Connor 1 903
11 Jack Brisco 2 866
12 Buddy Rogers 1 573
13 Rob Conway 2 551
14 Blue Demon Jr. 1 505
15 Orville Brown 1 501
16 Naoya Ogawa 2 469
17 Terry Funk 1 424
18 Dick Hutton 1 421
19 Jax Dane 1 419
20 Tim Storm 1 414
21 Christian Cage 2 245
22 Billy Watson 1 239
23 Sting 2 216
24 A.J. Styles 3 196
Hiroyoshi Tenzan 1 196
26 Trevor Murdoch 2 183+
27 Mike Rapada 2 179
28 Steve Corino 1 172
29 Colt Cabana 2 152
30 Satoshi Kojima 1 149
31 Barry Windham 1 147
32 Masahiro Chono 1 145
33 Kahagas 1 134
34 Ron Killings 2 119
Matt Cardona 1 119
36 Dusty Rhodes 3 107
37 Chris Candido 1 97
38 Raven 88
39 Shinya Hashimoto 84
40 The Sheik 79
41 Ricky Steamboat 76
42 Ron Garvin 62
43 Tatsumi Fujinami 59
44 Abyss 56
45 Cody 50
46 Brent Albright 49
Ken Shamrock 49
48 The Great Muta 48
49 Sabu 38
50 Giant Baba 3 19
51 Kerry Von Erich 1 18
52 Gary Steele 7
53 Tommy Rich 4
54 Rhino 2
55 Ray González <1
Shane Douglas <1

Footnotes

  • Duncan, Royal; Will, Gary (2000). "United States: 19th century & widely defended titles – NWA, WWF, AWA, IWA, ECW, NWA: NWA World Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories: Professional Wrestling Champions Around the World from the 19th Century to the Present. Waterloo, ON: Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  1. ^ Duncan & Will (2000) p. 15 "Orville Brown 1948/07 Recognized as the first champion when the National Wrestilng Alliance is founded in 48/07 in Waterloo, IA by Pinkie George with five other promoters."
  2. ^ Duncan & Will (2000) p. 15 "Unifies following titles to become the Undisputed World Heavyweight champion:
    • National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight title, having defeated Bill Longson on 48/07/20 in Indianapolis, IN
    • National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight title, awarded on 49/11/27 when champion Orville Brown is injured in an automobile accident on 49/11/01 before a unification match scheduled on 49/11/25 in St. Louis, MO
    • Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium version of the world title, defeating Baron Michele Leone on 52/05/21 in Los Angeles, CA."
  3. ^ Duncan & Will (2000) p. 15 "Whipper Billy Watson 56/03/15 Toronto, ON"
  4. ^ Duncan & Will (2000) p. 15 "Lou Thesz [2] 56/11/09 St. Louis, MO"
  5. ^ Duncan & Will (2000) p. 15 "Edouard Carpentier # 57/06/14 Chicago, IL"
  6. ^ Duncan & Will (2000) p. 15 "Lou Thesz # 57
    Carpentier withdraws his claim to the title when Montreal promoter Eddie Quinn leaves NWA; NWA voids all recognition of Carpentier as champion"
  7. ^ 'Dick Hutton 57/11/14 Toronto, ON"
  8. ^ Duncan & Will (2000) p. 15 "Pat O'Connor 59/01/09 St. Louis, MO"
  9. ^ Duncan & Will (2000) p. 15 "Lou Thesz [3] 63/01/24 Toronto, ON
    Promoters in northeast refuse to recognize Rogers's one-fall loss to Thesz and start World Wide Wrestling Federation with Rogers as the first WWWF World Heavyweight champion"
  10. ^ Duncan & Will (2000) p. 15 "Gene Kiniski 66/01/07 St. Louis, MO"
  11. ^ a b Duncan & Will (2000) p. 17 "Flair allows himself to be pinned by Jack Veneno to avoid the riot from the audience, but the title is returned to Flair"
  12. ^ Duncan & Will (2000) p. 17 "Carlos Colon # 1983/01/06 San Juan, PR"
  13. ^ Duncan & Will (2000) p. 17 "Ric Flair # 1983/01/10<"
  14. ^ Duncan & Will (2000) p. 17 "Victor Jovica pins Flair around 83 in TRINIDAD but the decision is reversed because of Jovica's feet being on the rope"
  15. ^ Duncan & Will (2000) p. 19 "Chris Candido 1994/11/19 Cherry Hill, NJ Defeats Tracy Smothers in tournament final."

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