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The NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling championship contested for in Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), a territory-promotion governed by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). The title was only contestable by male individual wrestlers. Since 1974, JCP was also known as "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling" (MACW), which is why all of its championships included "Mid-Atlantic" in their names. Being a professional wrestling championship, it was not won legitimately; it was instead won via a scripted ending to a match or awarded to a wrestler because of a storyline. In 1970, the championship was introduced as the NWA Eastern States Heavyweight Championship during a taping of Championship Wrestling on October 13, 1970. It was announced that the Missouri Mauler had defeated the defending champion Pat O'Connor in New York City to win the title; this title change was fictitious and a storyline to introduce the championship to the promotion; nevertheless, O'Connor's reign is denoted as the first official reign. Because it was fictitious, further information regarding O'Connor's reign is unavailable.
NWA Mid-Atlantic Champion (old2)

NWA Mid-Atlantic Championship (70's)

NWA Mid-Atlantic Champion (2)

NWA Mid-Atlantic Championship (80's)

Title history

NWA Eastern States Heavyweight Championship

Key
Symbol Meaning
# The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific tag team listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title changed hands
N/A The specific information is not known or applicable.


Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
# Wrestler Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1


O'Connor, PatPat O'Connor


1


01970-01-011970


[Note 1]


N/A


Live event It was announced in local advertisements that O'Connor was the reigning Eastern States Heavyweight Champion until October 13, 1970, when he lost the championship to the Missouri Mauler; this reign was a storyline to introduce the championship to JCP, and as a result, further information regarding how O'Connor won the title is unavailable.[1]
2


Missouri Mauler 1


01970-10-13October 13, 1970


275 N/A


Championship Wrestling[Note 2] The Missouri Mauler announced on local television from WGHP television studios that he had defeated O'Connor for the title in New York City; the title change was a continuation of the storyline to introduce the championship to JCP, and as a result, further information regarding the title change is unavailable. This title change aired on broadcast delay.[1]
3


Danny Miller


1


01971-07-15July 15, 1971


67 Greensboro, North Carolina Live event
4


Missouri Mauler 2


01971-09-20September 20, 1971


72 Charlotte, North Carolina Live event
5


Brisco, JackJack Brisco


1


01971-11-31November 31, 1971


75 High Point, North Carolina Championship Wrestling
[Note 2]
This title change aired on broadcast delay.
6


Hawk, RipRip Hawk


1


01972-02-14February 14, 1972


56 Charlotte, North Carolina Live event
7


Brisco, JackJack Brisco


2


01972-04-10April 10, 1972


[Note 3]


Charlotte, North Carolina Live event
8


Hawk, RipRip Hawk


2


[Note 4]


San Juan, Puerto Rico Live event The exact date on which Rip Hawk won his second reign is unknown, however, it is confirmed by sources that he won the title from Jack Brisco between April 25 and May 25, 1972 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
9


Brisco, JerryJerry Brisco


1


01972-06-13June 13, 1972


76 Columbia, South Carolina Live event
10 Hawk, RipRip Hawk


3


01972-08-28August 28, 1972


7 Greenville, South Carolina Live event
11 Brisco, JerryJerry Brisco


2


01972-09-04September 4, 1972


115 Greenville, South Carolina Live event
12 Hawk, RipRip Hawk


4


01972-12-28December 28, 1972


65 Greensboro, North Carolina Live event
13 Brisco, JerryJerry Brisco


3


01973-03-03March 3, 1973


67 Salem, North Carolina Live vent
14 Anderson, OleOle Anderson


1


01973-05-09May 9, 1973


55 Raleigh, North Carolina All Star Wrestling
[Note 5]
This title change aired on broadcast delay.
15 Brisco, JerryJerry Brisco


4


01973-07-03July 3, 1973


[Note 6]


Columbia, South Carolina Live event On September 6, 1973, the NWA retired the NWA Eastern States Heavyweight Championship and introduced the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship to JCP as its replacement. As a result, Brisco was the final wrestler to hold the championship under the NWA Eastern States Heavyweight Championship name.

NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship

Key
Symbol Meaning
# (#) The overall championship reign is listed without parentheses, while the reign number under the specific name of the championship is enclosed in parentheses.
Reign The reign number for the specific tag team listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title changed hands
N/A The specific information is not known or applicable.


Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
# Wrestler Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
15 (1) Brisco, JerryJerry Brisco


4


01973-07-03July 3, 1973


[Note 6]


Columbia, South Carolina Live event As a result of Brisco being recognized as the final NWA Eastern States Heavyweight Champion, the NWA recognized him as the first NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion. However, this reign is not considered to be a new reign overall in the title's history because Jerry Brisco originally never lost the title.
16 (2) Valentine, JohnnyJohnny Valentine


1


01974-01-01January 1974


[Note 7]


N/A


N/A


From the information known, Johnny Valentine was awarded the championship by Jim Crockett, Jr. after Brisco traveled to Japan to wrestle and was unable to defend the title in the United States; a formal vacancy was not established, however.


Vacant N/A


01974-10-28October 28, 1974


7 N/A


N/A


17 (3) Valentine, JohnnyJohnny Valentine


2


01974-11-04November 4, 1974


135 Live event
18 (4) Jones, PaulPaul Jones


1


01975-03-09March 9, 1975


10 Charlotte, North Carolina Live event Jones' title win became a controversy as a result of Valentine having his leg on the ring rope when the referee counted the pinfall, which the referee failed to see. If this were seen, the pin count would have been stopped. [2]
19 (5) Valentine, JohnnyJohnny Valentine


3


01975-03-19March 19, 1975


102 Raleigh, North Carolina All Star Wrestling Valentine demanded a review of his match with Jones by NWA President Sam Muchnick, who ruled in favor of Valentine. As a result, Muchnick stripped Jones of the championship and awarded it to Valentine; a formal vacancy was not established, however. This title change aired on tape delay.[2]
20 (6) McDaniel, WahooWahoo McDaniel


1


01975-06-29June 29, 1975


N/A Asheville, North Carolina Live event
21 (7) Flair, RicRic Flair


1


01975-07-01July 1975


N/A Live event
22 (8) McDaniel, WahooWahoo McDaniel


2


01975-07-26July 26, 1975


56 Asheville, North Carolina Live event
23 (9) Flair, RicRic Flair


2


01975-09-20September 20, 1975


226 Hampton, Virginia Live event
24 (10) McDaniel, WahooWahoo McDaniel


3


01976-05-03May 3, 1976


21 Charlotte, North Carolina Live event
25 (11) Flair, RicRic Flair


3


01976-05-24May 24, 1976


110 Charlotte, North Carolina Live event
26 (12) McDaniel, WahooWahoo McDaniel


4


01976-09-11September 11, 1976


35 Greenville, South Carolina Live event
27 (13) Flair, RicRic Flair


4


01976-10-16October 16, 1976


72 Greensboro, North Carolina Live event
28 (14) McDaniel, WahooWahoo McDaniel


5


01976-12-27December 27, 1976


166 Richmond, Virginia Live event
29 (15) Valentine, GregGreg Valentine


1


01977-06-11June 11, 1977


59 Greensboro, North Carolina Live event
30 (16) McDaniel, WahooWahoo McDaniel


6


01977-08-09August 9, 1977


29 Raleigh, North Carolina Live event
31 (17) Valentine, GregGreg Valentine


2


01977-09-07September 7, 1977


207 Raleigh, North Carolina Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
[Note 5]
This title change aired on broadcast delay. As part of the storyline, Valentine "broke" Wahoo's leg, but this was not a legitimate injury.
32 (18) McDaniel, WahooWahoo McDaniel


7


01978-04-02April 2, 1978


7 Greensboro, North Carolina Live event
33 (19) Patera, KenKen Patera


1


01978-04-09April 9, 1978


161 Charlotte, North Carolina Live event
33 (20) Atlas, TonyTony Atlas


1


01978-09-17September 17, 1978


28 Roanoke, Virginia Live event
34 (21) Patera, KenKen Patera


2


01978-10-15October 15, 1978


334 Roanoke, Virginia Live event
35 (22) Brunzell, JimJim Brunzell


1


01979-09-14September 14, 1979


69 Richmond, Virginia Live event
36 (23) Stevens, RayRay Stevens


1


01979-11-22November 22, 1979


33 Greensboro, North Carolina Live event
37 (24) Brunzell, JimJim Brunzell


2


01979-12-25December 25, 1979


168 Charlotte, North Carolina Live event
38 (25) The Iron Sheik 1


01980-05-11May 11, 1980


174 Charlotte, North Carolina Live event
39 (26) Steamboat, RickyRicky Steamboat


1


01980-11-01November 1, 1980


166 Richmond, Virginia Live event
40 (27) Koloff, IvanIvan Koloff


1


01981-04-16April 16, 1981


177 Norfolk, Virginia Live event
41 (28) Steamboat, RickyRicky Steamboat


2


01981-10-10October 10, 1981


22 Greensboro, North Carolina Live event
42 (29) Piper, RoddyRoddy Piper


1


01981-11-01November 1, 1981


180 Greensboro, North Carolina Live event
43 (30) Brisco, JackJack Brisco


3
(1)
01982-05-10May 10, 1982


58 Greenville, North Carolina Live event
43 (31) Piper, RoddyRoddy Piper


2


01982-07-07July 7, 1982


27 Charlotte, North Carolina World Wide Wrestling
[Note 8]
This title change aired on broadcast delay.
44 (32) Brisco, JackJack Brisco


4
(2)
01982-08-03August 3, 1982


29 Raleigh, North Carolina Live event
45 (33) Jones, PaulPaul Jones


2


01982-09-01September 1, 1982


47 Charlotte, North Carolina World Wide Wrestling
[Note 8]
This title change aired on broadcast delay.
46 (34) Brisco, JackJack Brisco


5
(3)
01982-10-18October 18, 1982


15 Greenville, South Carolina Live event
47 (35) Jones, PaulPaul Jones


3


01982-11-02November 2, 1982


28 Raleigh, North Carolina Live event
48 (36) Brisco, JackJack Brisco


6


01982-11-30November 30, 1982


61 Columbia, South Carolina Live event
49 (37) Funk, Jr., DoryDory Funk, Jr.


1


01983-01-30January 30, 1983


187 Charlotte, North Carolina Live event
50 (38) Jones, RufusRufus Jones


1


01983-08-05August 5, 1983


120 Richmond, Virginia Live event
51 (39) Slater, DickDick Slater


1


01983-12-03December 3, 1983


[Note 9]


Hampton, Virginia Live event
52 (40) Koloff, IvanIvan Koloff


2


[Note 10]


N/A


[Note 11] After Dick Slater won the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship on December 14, 1983, he elected to award Ivan Koloff the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship; however, the exact date and location of this title change is unknown, although it has been confirmed to have aired on broadcast delay.
53 (41) Angelo Mosca, Jr.


1


01984-01-25January 25, 1984


53 Shelby, North Carolina Live event
54 (42) Koloff, IvanIvan Koloff


3


01984-03-18March 18, 1984


35 Charlotte, North Carolina Live event
55 (43) Angelo Mosca, Jr.


2


01984-04-22April 22, 1984


20 Charlotte, North Carolina [Note 11] This title change aired on broadcast delay.
56 (44) The Masked Outlaw


2


01984-05-12May 12, 1984


46 Spencer, North Carolina [Note 11] The Masked Outlaw was an alternate ring name of Dory Funk, Jr. (who was suspended for shoving NWA representative Sandy Scott), who had won the title under his real name previously. This title change aired on broadcast delay.
57 (45) Angelo Mosca, Jr.


3


01984-06-27June 27, 1984


63 Norfolk, Virginia [Note 11] This title change aired on broadcast delay.
58 (46) Bass, RonRon Bass


1


01984-08-29August 29, 1984


199 Spartanburg, South Carolina [Note 11] This title change aired on broadcast delay.
59 (47) Tyler, BuzzBuzz Tyler


1


01985-03-16March 16, 1985


[Note 12]


Greensboro, North Carolina [Note 11] This title change aired on broadcast delay.


Vacant N/A


01985-07-01July 1985


N/A


N/A


Buzz Tyler was stripped of the championship after he left JCP; title was declared vacant as a result.
60 (48) Khrushchev, KrusherKrusher Khrushchev


1


01985-11-28November 28, 1985


44 Greensboro, North Carolina Starrcade (1985) Krusher Khrushchev defeated Sam Houston in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
61 (49) Houston, SamSam Houston


1


01986-01-11January 11, 1986


66 Atlanta, Georgia World Championship Wrestling
[Note 13]
This title change aired on broadcast delay.
Khrushchev legitimately injured his knee during this match; he would miss six months of action.
62 (50) Black Bart 1


01986-03-18March 18, 1986


168 Mooresville, North Carolina Live event
63 (51) Garvin, RonRon Garvin


1


01986-09-02September 2, 1986


115 Spartanburg, South Carolina Live event After winning JCP's version of the NWA United States Tag Team Championship with Barry Windham, Garvin vacated the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship and handed it to Jim Crockett, Jr. on the December 26, 1986 taping of World Championship Wrestling. The title was deactivated afterwards for unknown reasons by Crockett, Jr., and JCP was then sold to Ted Turner in 1988.[3] As a result, Ron Garvin was the final wrestler to hold the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title.

See also

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References

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