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Champion history

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes: Defences:
Ken Fenelon 1 ca. 1945 N/A Fenelon was awarded the title by Pinkie George, founder of the NWA. TBA
Marshall Esteppe 1 May 30, 1945 Toronto, IA N/A. TBA
Larry Tillman 1 January 1, 1946 Unknown N/A. TBA
Ken Fenelon 2 March 11, 1946 Des Moines, IA N/A. TBA
Marshall Esteppe 2 January 6, 1947 Des Moines, IA N/A. TBA
Ray Steele 1 March 24, 1947 Des Moines, IA N/A. TBA
Marshall Esteppe 3 April 28, 1947 Des Moines, IA N/A. TBA
Billy Goelz 1 ca. March 16, 1948 Unknown N/A. TBA
Leroy McGuirk 1 December 28, 1949 Des Moines, IA Unifies National Boxing/Wrestling Association's World Junior Heavyweight Championship into National Wrestling Alliance title. TBA
Vacated on February 7, 1950 when McGuirk is blinded in a car accident.
Verne Gagne 1 November 13, 1950 Tulsa, OK N/A. TBA
Danny McShain 1 November 19, 1951 Memphis, TN N/A. TBA
Baron Michele Leone 1 August 1953 Los Angeles, CA N/A. TBA
Ed Francis 1 April 11,1955 Tulsa, OK N/A. TBA
Michael DiBiase 1 April 10,1956 Oklahoma City, OK N/A. TBA
Mike Clancy 1 March 26, 1957 Little Rock, AR N/A. TBA
Fred Blassie 1 March 26, 1957 Nashville, TN N/A. TBA
Title is immediately held up due to a controversial finish.
Mike Clancy 2 April 9, 1957 Nashville, TN N/A. TBA
Angelo Savoldi 1 February 1958 Oklahoma City, OK N/A. TBA
Dory Funk 1 June 5, 1958 Amarillo, TX N/A. TBA
Angelo Savoldi 2 July 11, 1958 Oklahoma City, OK N/A. TBA
Ivan the Terrible 1 February 20, 1959 Oklahoma City, OK N/A. TBA
Angelo Savoldi 3 March 6, 1959 Oklahoma City, OK N/A. TBA
Danny Hodge 1 July 22, 1960 Oklahoma City, OK N/A. TBA
Hiro Matsuda 1 July 11, 1964 Tampa, FL N/A. TBA
Danny Hodge 2 April 23, 1965 Tulsa, OK N/A. TBA
Lorenzo Parente 1 November 23, 1965 Little Rock, AR N/A. TBA
Danny Hodge 3 January 4, 1966 Little Rock, AR N/A. TBA
Lorenzo Parente 2 January 14, 1966 Tulsa, OK N/A. TBA
Joe McCarthy 1 February 12, 1966 Unknown N/A. TBA
Danny Hodge 4 May 3, 1966 Little Rock, AR N/A. TBA
Umanosuke Ueda 1 January 23, 1970 Tulsa, OK N/A. TBA
Danny Hodge 5 January 30, 1970 Tulsa, OK N/A. TBA
Sputnik Monroe 1 July 13, 1970 Shreveport, LA N/A. TBA
Danny Hodge 6 August 10, 1970 Shreveport, LA N/A. TBA
Roger Kirby 1 May 20, 1971 New Orleans, LA N/A. TBA
Ramon Torres 1 September 10, 1971 Monroe, LA N/A. TBA
Dr. X 1 December 3, 1971 Oklahoma City, OK N/A. TBA
Danny Hodge 7 March 20, 1972 Shreveport, LA N/A. TBA
Ken Mantell 1 December 19, 1973 Jackson, MS On September 17, 1974, Mantell lost a title match to Wrestling Pro via a disputed decision; this title change is only recognized in the Gulf Coast territory. Mantell defeated Pro on November 5, 1974 to become the undisputed champion. TBA
Hiro Matsuda 2 June 14, 1975 St. Petersburg, FL N/A. TBA
Danny Hodge 8 March 2, 1976 Shreveport, LA N/A. TBA
Vacated on March 15, 1976 when Hodge retires after suffering a broken neck in a car accident.
Pat Barret 1 September 28, 1976 New Orleans, LA N/A. TBA
Ron Starr 1 December 2, 1976 New Orleans, LA N/A. TBA
Nelson Royal 1 December 6, 1976 New Orleans, LA Royal lost a title match to Chavo Guerrero in April 1978 and regained it later that year; whether these changes are official is disputed. TBA
Al Madril 1 June 25, 1978 Houston, TX N/A. TBA
Nelson Royal 2 July 28, 1979 Unknown N/A. TBA
Vacated in December, 1979 when Royal retires.
Ron Starr 2 February 11, 1980 Tulsa, OK N/A. TBA
Les Thornton 1 March 1980 Unknown N/A. TBA
Jerry Stubbs 1 January 26, 1981 Mobile, AL N/A. TBA
Les Thornton 2 January 31, 1981 Dothan, AL N/A. TBA
Terry Taylor 1 June 7, 1981 Roanoke, VA N/A. TBA
Les Thornton 3 June 20, 1981 Roanoke, VA N/A. TBA
Gerald Brisco 1 September 16, 1981 Miami, FL N/A. TBA
Les Thornton 4 October 16, 1981 Knoxville, TN During a tour of Puerto Rico's World Wrestling Council, Thornton lost to and then defeated Joe Lightfoot on November 7 and 14; whether these matches were for the NWA or WWC junior heavyweight title is disputed. TBA
Tiger Mask 1 May 25, 1982 Shizuoka, Japan In 1982, some North American promoters declared the title vacant due to Tiger Mask wrestling for the WWF; however, during an annual meeting between the NWA and New Japan Pro Wrestling, it's announced that Tiger Mask is still recognized as the official champion. TBA
Vacated on April 3, 1983 when Tiger Mask is injured two days prior.
Tiger Mask 2 June 2, 1983 Miami, FL N/A. TBA
Vacated on August 12, 1983 when Tiger Mask retires.
The Cobra 1 November 3, 1983 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Davey Boy Smith in a decision match. Around this time, Les Thornton is recognized by promoters in the US as champion; this unofficial lineage eventually comes to Denny Brown, who wins the title on November 22, 1984. TBA
Hiro Saito 1 July 28, 1985 Osaka, Japan N/A. TBA
The Cobra 2 July 28, 1985 Osaka, Japan N/A. TBA
Vacated on August 1, 1985.
Denny Brown 1 August 1985 N/A Recognized as champion by NWA vice president Shohei Baba due to his disputed status as champion in America. TBA
Gary Royal 1 August 15, 1985 St. Louis, MO N/A. TBA
Denny Brown 2 September 15, 1985 Atlanta, GA N/A. TBA
Steve Regal 1 August 2, 1986 Atlanta, GA N/A. TBA
Denny Brown 3 September 1, 1986 Greenville, SC N/A. TBA
Lazer Tron 1 March 7, 1987 Atlanta, GA N/A. TBA
Vacated in 1987 when Tron leaves World Championship Wrestling.
Nelson Royal 3 October 16, 1987 N/A Royal was awarded the title. Leaves WCW in 1988, at which point Masanobu Fuchi, the reigning AJPW Junior Champion, is disputably recognized as the new champion; however, Royal continues defending the title across the country until 1989, when it is abandoned.. TBA
Abandoned in 1989.
Masayoshi Motegi 1 August 30, 1995 Tokyo, Japan Defeated El Hijo del Santo in a tournament final when the NWA revives the title. TBA
The Great Sasuke 1 August 2, 1996 Tokyo, Japan Wins an 8-man tournament to decide the first J-Crown holder, a combination of eight junior heavyweight titles. These titles are still technically considered separate, as opposed to one unified championship, and continue to be defended. TBA
Ultimo Dragon 1 October 11, 1996 Osaka, Japan N/A. TBA
Jushin Liger 1 January 4, 1997 Tokyo, Japan N/A. TBA
El Samurai 1 July 6, 1997 Sapporo, Japan N/A. TBA
Shinjiro Otani 1 August 10, 1997 Nagoya, Japan N/A. TBA
Vacated on November 5, 1997 when the J-Crown is dematerialized.
Logan Caine 1 March 5, 1999 Parkersburg, WV N/A. TBA
Stripped on October 28, 1999 due to no-showing a title defense against Vince Kaplack.
Vince Kaplack 1 October 28, 1999 Pittsburgh, PA Defeated Chris Hero as a replacement for Logan Caine. TBA
Tony Kozina 1 January 14, 2000 North Versailles, PA N/A. TBA
Rockford 2000 1 July 22, 2000 Surrey, BC N/A. TBA
Tony Kozina 2 August 30, 2000 N/A Awarded when NWA officials review the tape of a title match between Rockford and Kozina on August 26. TBA
Vince Kaplack 2 October 14, 2000 Nashville, TN Won the title at the NWA 52nd Anniversary Show. TBA
Rocky Reynolds 1 April 7, 2001 Pennsboro, WV N/A. TBA
Mike Thunder 1 May 4, 2001 North Richland Hills, TX N/A. TBA
Lex Lovett 1 August 21, 2001 Tampa, FL N/A. TBA
Jason Rumble 1 October 13, 2001 Saint Petersburg, FL Defeated Lovett, Jimmy Rave, Brandon K & BJ Turner in a five-way match at the NWA 53rd Anniversary Show. TBA
Rocky Reynolds 2 February 2, 2002 Titusville, PA N/A. TBA
Jason Rumble 2 February 16, 2002 Malden, MA N/A. TBA
Rocky Reynolds 3 April 6, 2002 Parkersburg, WV N/A. TBA
Jimmy Rave 1 June 29, 2002 Cornelia, GA Defeated Reynolds and Jeremy Lopez in a three-way match. TBA
Star 1 August 10, 2002 Columbia, TN N/A. TBA
Jimmy Rave 2 August 17, 2002 Columbia, TN N/A. TBA
Brother Love 1 January 18, 2003 Greenville, MS N/A. TBA
Rocky Reynolds 4 June 7, 2003 Parkersburg, WV N/A. TBA
Chris Draven 1 August 2, 2003 Parkersburg, WV N/A. TBA
Jerrelle Clark 1 January 10, 2004 Saint Petersburg, FL N/A. TBA
Jason Rumble 3 October 17, 2004 Winnipeg, MB Defeated Clark and Vance Desmond in a three-way match at the NWA 56th Anniversary Show. TBA
Black Tiger IV 1 August 25, 2005 Columbia, TN Wins IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on October 8. TBA
Tiger Mask IV 1 February 19, 2006 Tokyo, Japan Also wins IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. TBA
Mike Quackenbush 1 May 11, 2007 Portage, IN N/A. TBA
Craig Classic 1 November 6, 2010 Fort Pierce, FL N/A. TBA
Classic relinquished the title on July 11, 2011, in protest of The Sheik being stripped of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Classic brought his own version of the title to Pro Wrestling Zero1 as the New Wrestling Alliance championship.
Kevin Douglas 1 October 7, 2011 Charlotte, NC Defeated Chase Owens in a tournament final. TBA
Douglas was stripped of the title for no-showing a scheduled title defense on October 13, 2012 against Chase Owens. A one-night tournament was held in Kingsport, TN in lieu of the Douglas-Owens match.
Chase Owens 1 October 13 2012 Kingsport, TN Defeated Matt Conard and Zac Vincent in a tournament final. TBA
Jason Kincaid 1 August 10, 2013 Kingsport, TN N/A. TBA
Chase Owens 2 October 18, 2013 | Houston, TX N/A. TBA
Ricky Morton 1 January 4, 2014 Kingsport, TN N/A. TBA
Chase Owens 3 March 7, 2014 Church Hill, TN N/A. TBA
Jushin "Thunder" Liger 2 November 8, 2014 Osaka, Japan N/A. TBA
Steve Anthony 1 April 13, 2015 Las Vegas, NV N/A. TBA

List of reign lengths

As of December 3, 2016.
Wrestler Days Held Date Won Date Lost
Danny Hodge 1,450 July 22, 1960 July 11, 1964
Danny Hodge (4) 1,361 May 3, 1966 January 23, 1970
Mike Quackenbush 1,275 May 11, 2007 November 6, 2010
Billy Goelz 652 March 16, 1948 December 28, 1949
Danny Hodge (7) 639 March 20, 1972 December 19, 1973
The Cobra 633 November 3, 1983 July 28, 1985
Nelson Royal 566 December 6, 1976 June 25, 1978
Ken Mantell 542 December 19, 1973 June 14, 1975
Angelo Savoldi 504 March 6, 1959 July 22, 1960
Tiger Mask IV 446 February 19, 2006 May 11, 2007
Al Madril 398 June 25, 1978 July 28, 1979
Kevin Douglas 373 October 7, 2011 October 13, 2012
Verne Gagne 371 November 13, 1950 November 19, 1951
Ed Francis 364 April 11, 1955 April 10, 1956
Mike Clancy 350 April 10, 1956 March 26, 1957
Masayoshi Motegi 338 August 30, 1995 August 2, 1996
Angelo Savoldi 336 August 21, 1959 July 22, 1960
Denny Brown (2) 321 September 15, 1985 August 2, 1986
Tiger Mask 313 May 25, 1982 April 3, 1983
Jason Rumble (3) 312 October 17, 2004 August 25, 2005
Chase Owens 302 October 13, 2012 August 10, 2013
Ken Fenelon (2) 301 March 11, 1946 January 6, 1947
Hiro Matsuda 286 July 11, 1964 April 23, 1965
Danny Hodge (6) 283 August 10, 1970 May 20, 1971
Jerrelle Clark 281 January 10, 2004 October 17, 2004
Hiro Matsuda (2) 262 June 14, 1975 March 2, 1976
Craig Classic 247 November 6, 2010 July 11, 2011
Chase Owens (3) 246 March 7, 2014 November 8, 2014
Logan Caine 237 March 5, 1999 October 28, 1999
Angelo Savoldi (2) 224 July 11, 1958 February 20, 1959
Les Thornton (4) 221 October 16, 1981 May 25, 1982
Marshall Esteppe (2) 216 May 30, 1945 January 1, 1946
Danny Hodge (2) 214 April 23, 1965 November 23, 1965
Tony Kozina 190 January 14, 2000 July 22, 2000
Denny Brown (3) 187 September 1, 1986 March 7, 1987
Jushin Liger 183 January 4, 1997 July 6, 1997
Black Tiger IV 178 August 28, 2005 February 19, 2006
Vince Kaplack 175 October 14, 2000 April 7, 2001
Danny Hodge (5) 164 January 30, 1970 July 13, 1970
Angelo Savoldi (5) 161 November 13, 1964 April 23, 1965
Chris Draven 161 August 2, 2003 January 10, 2004
Jimmy Rave (2) 154 August 17, 2002 January 18, 2003
Brother Love 140 January 18, 2003 June 7, 2003
Steve Anthony 600+ April 13, 2015 Current Champion
Les Thornton (2) 127 January 31, 1981 June 7, 1981
Nelson Royal 126 July 28, 1979 December 1, 1979
Jushin "Thunder" Liger (2) 156 November 8, 2014 April 13, 2015
Roger Kirby 113 May 20, 1971 September 10, 1971
Jason Rumble 112 October 13, 2001 February 2, 2002
Mike Thunder 109 May 4, 2001 August 21, 2001
Dr. X 108 December 3, 1971 March 20, 1972
Les Thornton (3) 88 June 20, 1981 September 16, 1981
Shinjiro Otani 87 August 10, 1997 November 5, 1997
Último Dragón 85 October 11, 1996 January 4, 1997
Angelo Savoldi (3) 84 March 6, 1959 May 29, 1959
Ramon Torres 84 September 10, 1971 December 3, 1971
Rocky Reynolds 84 April 6, 2002 June 29, 2002
Joe McCarthy 80 February 12, 1966 May 3, 1966
Chase Owens (2) 78 October 18, 2013 January 4, 2014
Vince Kaplack 78 October 28, 1999 January 14, 2000
Marshall Esteppe (3) 77 January 6, 1947 March 24, 1947
Tiger Mask (2) 71 June 2, 1983 August 12, 1983
The Great Sasuke 70 August 2, 1996 October 11, 1996
Jason Kincaid 69 August 10, 2013 October 18, 2013
Larry Tillman 69 January 1, 1946 March 11, 1946
Pat Barret 65 September 28, 1976 December 2, 1976
Ricky Morton 62 January 4, 2014 March 7, 2014
Rocky Reynolds (4) 56 June 7, 2003 August 2, 2003
Rocky Reynolds (3) 56 April 6, 2002 June 29, 2002
Lex Lovett 53 August 21, 2001 October 13, 2001
Jason Rumble (2) 49 February 16, 2002 April 6, 2002
Jimmy Rave 42 June 29, 2002 August 10, 2002
Leroy McGuirk 41 December 28, 1949 February 7, 1950
Tony Kozina 39 August 30, 2000 October 14, 2000
Dory Funk 36 June 5, 1958 July 11, 1958
Rockford 2000 35 July 22, 2000 August 30, 2000
Ray Steele 35 March 24, 1947 April 28, 1947
El Samurai 35 July 6, 1997 August 10, 1997
Gary Royal 31 August 15, 1985 September 15, 1985
Gerald Brisco 30 September 16, 1981 October 16, 1981
Steve Regal 30 August 2, 1986 September 1, 1986
Lorenzo Parente (2) 29 January 14, 1966 February 12, 1966
Sputnik Monroe 28 July 13, 1970 August 10, 1970
Rocky Reynolds 27 April 7, 2001 May 4, 2001
Ivan the Terrible 14 February 20, 1959 March 6, 1959
Rocky Reynolds (2) 14 February 2, 2002 February 16, 2002
Danny Hodge (8) 13 March 2, 1976 March 15, 1976
Terry Taylor 13 June 7, 1981 June 20, 1981
Danny Hodge (3) 10 January 4, 1966 January 14, 1966
Umanosuke Ueda 7 January 23, 1970 January 30, 1970
Star 7 August 10, 2002 August 17, 2002
Jerry Stubbs 5 January 26, 1981 January 31, 1981
Ron Starr 4 December 2, 1976 December 6, 1976
The Cobra (2) 4 July 28, 1985 August 1, 1985
Fred Blassie 0 March 26, 1957 March 26, 1957
Hiro Saito 0 July 28, 1985 July 28, 1985

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