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The NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship is a title that has existed since the 1930s and has had several different names. It was the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship from the 1930s until 1966. It was then billed as the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Championship from 1966 until 1986. During that same time period, the title was still called the NWA Texas Title on occasions because World Class Championship Wrestling was a member of the NWA.

In 1986, WCCW withdrew from the NWA and changed their name to "World Class Wrestling Association", while still promoting under the WCCW banner. The title became the WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship at this time. In 1991, the title became the USWA Texas Heavyweight Championship in the United States Wrestling Association when WCCW merged into the USWA.

It reverted to the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Championship in 1993 (after USWA and WCCW split) and became the GWF Texas Heavyweight Championship in the Global Wrestling Federation in 1994. It reverted to the WCCW Texas Title in 1997 and was briefly the CWA Texas Heavyweight Championship in 1997. It then reverted to its original name when awarded to NWA Southwest, where it is still used today.

Title history

Wrestlers: Reigns: Date: Place:
NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
Martino Angelo 1 1930s Texas
Leo Savage 1 1930s records unclear as to whom he defeated
Chief Little Beaver 1 1938 Houston, TX (Awarded when Savage ran out)
Everett Marshall 1 March 1938 Texas
Bobby Managoff 1 February 1942 records unclear as to whom he defeated
Juan Humberto 1 February 17, 1942 Dallas, TX
Lou Thesz 1 May 12, 1944 Houston, TX (Defeated Hans Schnabel)
Ernie Dusek 1 June 30, 1944 Houston, TX
Lou Thesz 2 August 18, 1944 Houston, TX
Olaf Olson 1 December 8, 1944 Texas
Vacated 1945 Title vacant
"Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers 1 1945 Houston, TX (Defeated Dizzy Davis in tournament final)
Bobby Managoff 2 1945 records unclear as to whom he defeated
Dave Levin 1 July 13, 1945 Houston, TX
Buddy Rogers 2 July 27, 1945 Houston, TX
Ted Cox 1 August 31, 1945 Houston, TX
Buddy Rogers 3 September 7, 1945 Houston, TX
Jim Casey 1 September 19, 1945 San Antonio, TX
Buddy Rogers 4 November 23, 1945 Houston, TX
Lou Thesz 3 May 3, 1946 Houston, TX
Buddy Rogers 5 May 10, 1946 Houston, TX
Kay Bell 1 July 1946 Texas
Dave Levin 2 July 26, 1946 Houston, TX
Ted Cox 2 August 16, 1946 Houston, TX
Gino Garibaldi 1 September 1946 Texas
Vacated 1946 or 1947 Title Vacant
Miguel Guzman 1 August 1, 1947 Houston, TX (Defeated Sonny Myers)
Sonny Myers 1 January 23, 1948 Houston, TX
Yukon Eric 1 January 30, 1948 Houston, TX
Miguel Guzman 2 February 6, 1948 Houston, TX
Danny McShain 1 May 7, 1948 Houston, TX
Miguel Guzman 3 June 11, 1948 Houston, TX
Dizzy Davis 1 July 30, 1948 Houston, TX
Antonio Rocca 1 August 6, 1948 Houston, TX
Danny McShain 2 November 12, 1948 Houston, TX
Antonio Rocca 2 November 30, 1948 Dallas, TX
Dizzy Davis 2 January 1, 1949 Waco, TX
Wild Red Berry 1 January 28, 1949 Houston, TX
Miguel Guzman 4 March 2, 1949 San Antonio, TX
Danny McShain 3 April 1, 1949 Houston, TX
Sonny Myers 2 April 22, 1949 Houston, TX
Bob Wagner 1 May 1949 Houston, TX
Rito Romero 1 June 1949 San Antonio, TX
Sonny Myers 3 July 8, 1949 Dallas, TX
Sandy O'Donne 1 July 1949 Dallas, TX
Held Up July 1949 Won title by DQ so title held up
Sonny Myers 4 August 1949 Texas
Miguel Guzman 5 August 19, 1949 Houston, TX
Wild Red Berry 2 November 1949 Texas
Leo Newman 1 November 1949 Texas
Verne Gagne 1 December 16, 1949 Houston, TX
Danny McShain 4 January 13, 1950 Houston, TX
Vacated May 1950 Title vacant
Sonny Myers 5 June 30, 1950 Houston, TX (Defeated Rito Romero)
Miguel Guzman 6 August 7, 1950 Texas
Verne Gagne 2 September 8, 1950 Houston, TX
Rito Romero 2 October 27, 1950 Houston, TX
Danny Savish 1 February 1951 Texas
Miguel Guzman 7 June 8, 1951 Houston, TX
Wayne Martin 1 June 12, 1951 Dallas, TX
Miguel Guzman 8 June 18, 1951 Ft. Worth, TX (Awarded due to interference by Sonny Myers)
Vacated 1951 Title Vacant
Duke Keomuka 1 August 17, 1951 Houston, TX (Defeated Ray Gunkel)
Ray Gunkel 1 September 4, 1951 Dallas, TX
Vacated 1951 Title vacant
Mighty Atlas 1 November 16, 1951 Houston, TX (Defeated Miguel Guzman)
Ray Gunkel 2 May 23, 1952 Houston, TX
Duke Keomuka 2 September 26, 1952 Houston, TX
Cyclone Ayala 1 November 14, 1952 Houston, TX
Duke Keomuka 3 December 1952 Texas
Vacated January 1953 Title vacant
Ray Gunkel 3 February 18, 1953 Austin, TX (Defeated Mr. Moto)
Bull Curry 1 May 7, 1954 Houston, TX
Enrique Guzman 1 May 21, 1954 Houston, TX
Ed Francis 1 June 11, 1954 Houston, TX
Johnny Valentine 1 August 1954 Texas
The Sheik 1 October 1954 Texas
Polo Torres 1 November 19, 1954 Houston, TX
Mr. Moto 1 July 1955 Texas
Pepper Gomez 1 August 5, 1955 Houston, TX
Duke Keomuka 4 December 1955 Texas
Pepper Gomez 2 January 1956 Texas
Buddy Rogers 6 June 1, 1956 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 3 August 3, 1956 Houston, TX
Gene Kiniski 1 August 18, 1956 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 4 September 7, 1956 Houston, TX
El Medico 1 October 19, 1956 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 5 February 8, 1957 Houston, TX
El Medico 2 February 1957 Texas
Pepper Gomez 6 February 22, 1957 Houston, TX
Don Leo Jonathan 1 April 19, 1957 Houston, TX
Ivan the Terrible 1 August 30, 1957 Houston, TX
El Medico 3 September 13, 1957 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 7 November 1, 1957 Houston, TX
Crusher Duggan (AKA Boris Malenko) 1 November 8, 1957 Houston, TX
Bill Melby 1 November 15, 1957 Houston, TX
Johnny Valentine 2 January 21, 1958 Dallas, TX
El Medico 4 March 28, 1958 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 8 April 25, 1958 Houston, TX
El Medico 5 May 9, 1958 Houston, TX
Dick Steinborn 1 July 25, 1958 Houston, TX
Tosh Togo 1 October 3, 1958 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 9 November 7, 1958 Houston, TX
Danny McShain 5 December 1958 Texas
Pepper Gomez 10 December 1958 Texas
Joe Christie 1 January 20, 1959 Dallas, TX
Luis Hernandez 1 May 1959 Houston, TX
Corsica Joe 1 June 4, 1959 San Antonio, TX
Nick Kozak 1 October 1959 records unclear as to whom he defeated
Pete Managoff 1 January 8, 1960 Houston, TX
Torbellino Blanco 1 April 8, 1960 Houston, TX (records unclear as to whom he defeated)
Danny McShain 6 April 26, 1960 Dallas, TX
Torbellino Blanco 2 May 10, 1960 Dallas, TX
Duke Keomuka 5 June 22, 1960 San Antonio, Texas
Torbellino Blanco 3 July 1960 Texas
Don Leo Jonathan 2 July 1960 Texas
Danny McShain 7 1960 Texas
Ciclon Negro 1 October 1960 Texas
Dan Manoukian 1 January 20, 1961 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 11 February 10, 1961 Houston, TX
Waldo Von Erich 1 June 23, 1961 Houston, TX
Dory Dixon 1 July 14, 1961 Houston, TX
Sputnik Monroe 1 October 27, 1961 Houston, TX
Pepé Gonzales 1 November 17, 1961 Houston, TX
Jack Dalton 1 December 1, 1961 Houston, TX
Dory Dixon 2 January 5, 1962 Houston, TX
The Mummy 1 May 18, 1962 Houston, TX
Sailor Art Thomas 1 June 15, 1962 Houston, TX
El Medico II 1 October 26, 1962 Houston, TX
Rip Hawk 1 January 11, 1963 Houston, TX
Sweet Daddy Siki 1 February 8, 1963 Houston, TX
Sailor Art Thomas 2 April 26, 1963 Houston, TX
Bill Watts 1 May 3, 1963 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 12 June 21, 1963 Houston, TX
Mark Lewin 1 June 29, 1963 Houston, TX
Billy White Wolf 1 September 24, 1963 Dallas, TX
Joe Blanchard 1 December 3, 1963 Dallas, TX
Tokyo Tom (AKA Antonio Inoki) 1 June 24, 1964 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 13 July 1964 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 1 January 5, 1965 Texas
Ernie Ladd 1 1965 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 2 April 30, 1965 Houston, TX
WCCW Texas Heavyweight Championship or
NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
Joe Blanchard 2 November 21, 1966 Ft. Worth, TX
Fritz Von Erich 3 January 16, 1967 Ft. Worth, TX
Vacated March 27, 1967 Fritz won NWA American Title
Buddy Austin 1 May 1967 Dallas, TX (Defeated Paul DeMarco in tournament final)
Buddy Moreno 1 August 9, 1967 San Antonio, TX
Vacated 1967 Moreno injured
Billy Red Lyons 1 November 8, 1967 San Antonio, TX (Won tournament)
The Spoiler 1 March 29, 1968 Houston, TX
Grizzly Smith 1 June 1968 Texas
The Spoiler 2 August 20, 1968 Dallas, TX
Dan Miller 1 December 10, 1968 Houston, TX
Johnny Valentine 3 February 28, 1969 Houston, TX
Jose Lothario 1 June 7, 1969 San Antonio, TX
Johnny Valentine 4 August 20, 1969 Texas
Wahoo McDaniel 1 October 1969 Texas
Johnny Valentine 5 October 29, 1969 Austin, TX
Wahoo McDaniel 2 January 26, 1970 Ft. Worth, TX
Johnny Valentine 6 April 1970 Texas
George Scott 1 October 13, 1970 Dallas, TX
Johnny Valentine 7 November 1970 Texas
Pepper Gomez 14 February 18, 1971 Corpus Christi, TX
Johnny Valentine 8 March 1971 Texas
Jose Lothario 2 November 17, 1971 San Antonio, TX
Red Bastien 1 March 9, 1972 San Antonio, TX
Stan Stasiak 1 June 24, 1972 Irving, TX
Jose Lothario 3 October 25, 1972 San Antonio, TX
Blackjack Mulligan 1 May 4, 1973 Houston, TX
Jose Lothario 4 May 18, 1973 Texas
Great Mephisto 1 January 15, 1974 Dallas, TX
Red Bastien 2 May 28, 1974 Dallas, TX
Gran Markus 1 September 1974 Texas
Al Madril 1 March 1975 Texas
John Tolos 1 May 14, 1975 San Antonio, TX
Al Madril 2 July 15, 1975 Dallas, TX
Held Up 1975 Title held up after match against John Tolos
John Tolos 2 September 16, 1975 Dalls, TX (Won rematch)
Al Madril 3 October 1975 Texas
Buddy Wolfe 1 November 3, 1975 Texas
John Tolos 3 November 1975 Texas
Peter Maivia 1 November 1975 Texas
Rocky Johnson 1 August 1976 Texas
Seigfreid Steinke 1 August 20, 1976 Houston, TX
Rocky Johnson 2 1976 Texas
Seigfreid Steinke 2 1976 Texas
Moondog Mayne 1 March 1977 Texas
Scott Casey 1 May 1977 Texas
Jimmy Snuka 1 May 1977 Texas
Ox Baker 1 1977 records unclear as to whom he defeated
Al Madril 4 January 1978 Texas
Dale Valentine (AKA Buddy Roberts) 1 March 24, 1978 Houston, TX
Bruiser Brody 1 May 28, 1978 Houston, TX
David Von Erich 1 September 10, 1978 Dallas, TX
Gino Hernandez 1 October 1978 Ft. Worth, TX
David Von Erich 2 1978 Dallas, TX
Gino Hernandez 2 December 1978 Dallas, TX
David Von Erich 3 February 1979 Dallas, TX
Mark Lewin 2 December 10, 1979 Ft. Worth, TX
Gino Hernandez 3 1980 Texas
Mark Lewin 3 May 25, 1980 Dallas, TX
Gino Hernandez 4 1980 Texas
David Von Erich 4 August 1980 Dallas, TX
Killer Tim Brooks 1 May 1981 Awarded
Al Madril 5 1981 Ft. Worth, TX
Bill Irwin 1 August 1982 Lawton, OK
David Von Erich 5 September 19, 1982 Dallas, TX
Jimmy Garvin 1 March 1983 Dallas, TX
David Von Erich 6 April 4, 1983 Ft. Worth, TX
Held Up April 1983 Title held up after match against Jimmy Garvin
David Von Erich 7 July 4, 1983 Dallas, TX (Won rematch)
Held Up July 11, 1983 Title held up after match against Jimmy Garvin
David Von Erich 8 1983 Won rematch
Vacated February 11, 1984 David dies in Japan
Gino Hernandez 5 June 23, 1984 San Antonio, TX (Defeated Ric Flair in tournament final)
Brian Adias 1 July 29, 1985 Ft. Worth, TX
Gino Hernandez 6 September 2, 1985 Ft. Worth, TX
Brian Adias 2 September 27, 1985 Ft. Worth, TX
The Grappler 1 December 9, 1985 Ft. Worth, TX
WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
Brian Adias 3 March 10, 1986 Ft. Worth, TX
Buzz Sawyer 1 July 4, 1986 Ft. Worth, TX
Vacated January 1987 Sawyer left promotion
Bob Bradley 1 January 12, 1987 Ft. Worth, TX (Defeated Dingo Warrior in tournament final)
Dingo Warrior (AKA Ultimate Warrior) 1 February 2, 1987 Ft. Worth, TX
Al Perez 1 June 21, 1987 Puerto Rico
Vacated August 21, 1987 Perez wins WCWA Title
Ted Arcidi 1 August 31, 1987 Ft. Worth, TX (Won battle royal)
Matt Borne 1 November 10, 1987 Midland, TX
Terry Taylor 1 February 26, 1988 Dallas, TX
Kevin Von Erich 1 July 4, 1988 Awarded when Taylor leaves promotion
Iceman Parsons 1 August 5, 1988 Dallas, TX
Brickhouse Brown 1 February 3, 1989 Dallas, TX
Gary Young 1 March 4, 1989 San Antonio, TX (Won by forfeit)
Eric Embry 1 April 7, 1989 Dallas, TX
Super Zodiac 2 May 19, 1989 Dallas, TX
Eric Embry 2 May 26, 1989 Dallas, TX
P.Y Chu-Hi 1 July 1989 Wichita Falls, TX
Eric Embry 3 August 18, 1989 Dallas, TX
The Punisher (AKA The Undertaker) 1 October 5, 1989 Dallas, TX (Won by forfeit)
Kerry Von Erich 1 October 20, 1989 Dallas, TX
Jerry Lawler 1 December 12, 1989 Dallas, TX
Kerry Von Erich 2 January 5, 1990 Dallas, TX
Matt Borne 2 May 25, 1990 Dallas, TX
Kerry Von Erich 3 June 1, 1990 Dallas, TX
Angel of Death 1 July 13, 1990 Dallas, TX (Won by forfeit)
Kevin Von Erich 2 November 23, 1990 Dallas, TX
Vacated January 1991 WCWA closed
USWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
Bill Dundee 1 January 25, 1991 Dallas, TX (Defeated Gary Young in tournament final)
Eric Embry 4 February 15, 1991 Dallas, TX
Held Up March 29, 1991 Title held up after match against Bill Dundee
Bill Dundee 2 April 5, 1991 Dallas, TX (won rematch)
Eric Embry 5 April 12, 1991 Dallas, TX
Jerry Lawler 2 April 26, 1991 Dallas, TX
Eric Embry 6 April 1991 Title returned
Held Up May 24, 1991 Title held up after match against Bill Dundee
Bill Dundee 3 May 31, 1991 Dallas, TX (Defeated Tom Prichard)
Tom Prichard 1 June 7, 1991 Dallas, TX
Lord Humongous 1 August 12, 1991 Memphis, TN
Tom Prichard 2 August 19, 1991 Memphis, TN
Brian Christopher 1 February 10, 1992 Memphis, TN
Vacated 1992 Title incative
WCCW Texas Heavyweight Championship
Chris Adams 1 January 16, 1993 Mexia, TX (Defeated Iceman Parsons)
Vacated 1993 WCCW closed
GWF Texas Heavyweight Championship
Scott Putski 1 July 16, 1994 Arlington, TX (Won battle royal)
Vacated September 21, 1994 GWF closed
WCCW Texas Heavyweight Championship
Chris Adams 2 January 1997 Awarded when WCCW restarts
Vacated 1997 WCCW closed again
CWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
Warrior 2000 1 November 14, 1997 Dallas, TX (Defeated Brian Adias)
Vacated December 1997 CWA closed
NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
Rod Price 1 May 1, 1998 Dallas, TX (Defeated Perry Jackson in tournament final)
Stripped June 28, 1998 Stripped for refusing to pay a fine
Brian Adias 4 July 3, 1998 N. Richland Hills, TX (Defeated Kritical Mass in tournament final)
Vacated July 30, 1998 Adias injured
Perry Jackson 1 July 31, 1998 N. Richland Hills, TX (Defeated Kit Carson)
Rodney Begnaud (AKA Rodney Mack) 1 November 27, 1998 N. Richland Hills, TX
Vacated February 3, 1999 Begnaud leaves promotion
Khris Germany 1 February 5, 1999 N. Richland Hills, TX (Defeated Jimmy James)
Brian Adias 5 February 19, 1999 N. Richland Hills, TX
Steven Dunn 1 March 26, 1999 N. Richland Hills, TX
Stripped June 10, 1999 Stripped due to no-showing a title defense
Kevin Northcutt 1 June 10, 1999 Dallas, TX (Defeated Rodney Begnaud)
Rodney Begnaud 2 July 29, 1999 Dallas, TX
Vacated September 1999 Title vacant
Kevin Northcutt 2 September 25, 1999 N. Richland Hills, TX (Defeated Jimmy James)
Cedric of Hollywood 1 February 18, 2000 N. Richland Hills, TX
Kevin Northcutt 3 April 8, 2000 Galveston, TX
Vacated April 14, 2000 Northcutt won NWA National Heavyweight Championship
Mike Fox 1 April 28, 2000 N. Richland Hills, TX (Defeated Rodney Begnaud in tournament final)
Rodney Begnaud 3 May 26, 2000 N. Richland Hills, TX
Vacated September 29, 2000 Title vacant
Al Jackson 1 September 29, 2000 N. Richland Hills, TX (Won 4-way match)
Hotstuff Hernandez 1 December 1, 2000 N. Richland Hills, TX
Gary Tool 1 February 2, 2001 N. Richland Hills, TX
Hotstuff Hernandez 2 March 16, 2001 N. Richland Hills, TX
Kevin Northcutt 4 May 23, 2001 San Antonio, TX
Hotstuff Hernandez 3 August 17, 2001 Refugio, TX
Vacated October 13, 2001 Hernandez won NWA National Title
Kevin Northcutt 5 October 26, 2001 N. Richland Hills, TX (Defeated Mike Anthony)
Mike Anthony 1 December 14, 2001 N. Richland Hills, TX
Stripped March 5, 2002 Title stripped
J.P. Black 1 March 22, 2002 N. Richland Hills, TX (Defeated Chaz Taylor)
Steve DeMarco 1 June 21, 2002 N. Richland Hills, TX
J.P. Black 2 August 1, 2002 Ft. Worth, TX
Steve DeMarco 2 October 26, 2002 Corpus Christi, TX
J.P. Black 3 May 31, 2003 Pasadena, TX
Al Jackson 2 September 20, 2003 Greenville, TX
Stripped February 1, 2004 Stripped for no-shows
J.P. Black 4 February 1, 2004 Awarded
Al Jackson 3 2004 Texas
Tejas 1 April 24, 2004 Perry, OK
Kevin Northcutt 6 April 16, 2005 Ponca City, OK
Mark Orton 1 July 15, 2006 Beaumont, TX
Chaz Taylor 1 August 12, 2006 Houston, TX

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