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Reigns

# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes
1


Harley Race 1 01975-01-01January 1, 1975


183 Tallahassee, FL N/A Race was awarded the title with the explanation that he defeated Johnny Weaver in a tournament final.
2


Johnny Valentine 1 01975-07-03July 3, 1975


93 Greensboro, NC Live event
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Vacated -


01975-10-04October 4, 1975


0 N/A N/A Vacated when Valentine suffers a career-ending injury in a plane crash.
3


Terry Funk 1 01975-11-09November 9, 1975


18 Greensboro, NC Live event Defeated Paul Jones in a tournament final.
4


Paul Jones 1 01975-11-27November 27, 1975


107 Greensboro, NC Live event
5


Blackjack Mulligan 1 01976-03-13March 13, 1976


217 Greensboro, NC Live event
6


Paul Jones 2 01976-10-16October 16, 1976


43 Greensboro, NC Live event
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Blackjack Mulligan 1(2)† 01976-11-28November 28, 1976


11 Charlotte, NC Live event Title change unrecognized by WWE.
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Paul Jones 2(3)† 01976-12-09December 9, 1976


6 Winston-Salem, NC Live event Title change unrecognized by WWE.
7


Blackjack Mulligan 2(3)† 01976-12-15December 15, 1976


204 Raleigh, NC Live event
8


Bobo Brazil 1 01977-07-07July 7, 1977


22 Norfolk, VA Live event
9


Ric Flair 1 01977-07-29July 29, 1977


84 Richmond, VA Live event
10


Ricky Steamboat 1 01977-10-21October 21, 1977


72 Charleston, SC Live event
11


Blackjack Mulligan 3(4)† 01978-01-01January 1, 1978


77 Greensboro, NC Live event
12


Mr. Wrestling 1 01978-03-19March 19, 1978


21 Greensboro, NC Live event
13


Ric Flair 2 01978-04-09April 9, 1978


265 Charlotte, NC Live event
14


Ricky Steamboat 2 01978-12-30December 30, 1978


92 Greensboro, NC Live event
15


Ric Flair 3 01979-04-01April 1, 1979


133 Greensboro, NC Live event
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Vacated -


01979-08-12August 12, 1979


0 N/A N/A Vacated when Flair wins the NWA World Tag Team Championship four days prior.
16


Jimmy Snuka 1 01979-09-01September 1, 1979


231 Charlotte, NC Live event Defeated Ricky Steamboat in a tournament final.
17


Ric Flair 4 01980-04-19April 19, 1980


98 Greensboro, NC Live event
18


Jimmy Snuka 1 01979-09-01September 1, 1979


231 Charlotte, NC House show Defeated Ricky Steamboat in a tournament final.
19


Ric Flair 4 01980-04-19April 19, 1980


98 Greensboro, NC House show
20


Greg Valentine 1 01980-07-26July 26, 1980


121 Charlotte, NC House show
21


Ric Flair 5 01980-11-24November 24, 1980


64 Greenville, SC House show
22


Roddy Piper 1 01981-01-27January 27, 1981


193 Raleigh, NC Live event The title becomes the undisputed NWA US Championship in January 1981 after the NWA San Francisco office, the last other promotion to recognize its own US Champion, closes.
23


Wahoo McDaniel 1 01981-08-08August 8, 1981


24 Greensboro, NC Live event
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Vacated -


01981-09-01September 1981


0 N/A N/A Vacated when McDaniel is injured by Abdullah the Butcher.
24


Sgt. Slaughter 1 01981-10-04October 4, 1981


229 Charlotte, NC Live event Defeated Ricky Steamboat in a tournament final.
25


Wahoo McDaniel 2 01982-05-21May 21, 1982


17 Richmond, VA Live event
26


Sgt. Slaughter 2 01982-06-07June 7, 1982


76 Greenville, SC Live event Slaughter was awarded the title due to McDaniel being injured by Don Muraco and Roddy Piper.
27


Wahoo McDaniel 3 01982-08-22August 22, 1982


74 Charlotte, NC Live event
28


Greg Valentine 1(2)† 01982-11-04November 4, 1982


163 Norfolk, VA Live event
29


Roddy Piper 2 01983-04-16April 16, 1983


14 Greensboro, NC Live event
30


Greg Valentine 2(3)† 01983-04-30April 30, 1983


228 Greensboro, NC Live event Valentine won via referee stoppage when Piper suffered a large cut over his left ear.
31


Dick Slater 1 01983-12-14December 14, 1983


129 Shelby, NC Live event
32


Ricky Steamboat 3 01984-04-21April 21, 1984


64 Greensboro, NC Live event
33


Wahoo McDaniel 4 01984-06-24June 24, 1984


7 Greensboro, NC Live event
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Vacated -


01984-07-01July 1984


0 N/A N/A Vacated due to Tully Blanchard interfering in McDaniel's title win.
34


Wahoo McDaniel 5 01984-10-07October 7, 1984


167 Charlotte, NC Live event Defeated Manny Fernandez in a tournament final.
35


Magnum T.A. 1 01985-03-23March 23, 1985


120 Charlotte, NC Live event
36


Tully Blanchard 1 01985-07-21July 21, 1985


130 Charlotte, NC Live event
37


Magnum T.A. 2 01985-11-28November 28, 1985


182 Greensboro, NC Starrcade 1985 This was an "I Quit" steel cage match.
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Vacated -


01986-05-29May 29, 1986


0 N/A N/A Vacated when Magnum attacked NWA president Bob Geigel.
38


Nikita Koloff 1 01986-08-17August 17, 1986


328 Charlotte, NC Live event Defeated Magnum T.A. in a best of seven series, though WWE officially says it was a tournament final. Koloff defeats Wahoo McDaniel on September 28, 1986 to unify the NWA National Heavyweight Championship into the US title.
39


Lex Luger 1 01987-07-11July 11, 1987


138 Greensboro, NC Live event
40


Dusty Rhodes 1 01987-11-26November 26, 1987


141 Chicago, IL Starrcade (1987) This was a steel cage match.
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Vacated -


01988-04-15April 15, 1988


0 N/A N/A Vacated when Rhodes attacked promoter Jim Crockett.
41


Barry Windham 1 01988-05-13May 13, 1988


283 Houston, TX Live event Defeated Nikita Koloff in a tournament final.
42


Lex Luger 2 01989-02-20February 20, 1989


76 Chicago, IL Chi-Town Rumble
43


Michael Hayes 1 01989-05-07May 7, 1989


15 Nashville, TN WrestleWar 1989
44


Lex Luger 3 01989-05-22May 22, 1989


523 Bluefield, WV Live event Luger becomes the longest-reigning champion in the title's history, holding it for over 17 months.
45


Stan Hansen 1 01990-10-27October 27, 1990


50 Chicago, IL Halloween Havoc (1990)
46


Lex Luger 4 01990-12-16December 16, 1990


210 St. Louis, MO Starrcade 1990 This was a Texas Bullrope match.
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Vacated -


01991-07-14July 14, 1991


0 Baltimore, MD The Great American Bash 1991 Vacated when Luger wins the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

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