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The title was introduced on February 27, 1974 in Georgia Championship Wrestling, a subsidiary of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) governing body and also a part of Jim Crockett Promotions. The promotion was renamed WCW in the early 1980s. In March 2001, WCW was sold by AOL Time Warner to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) promotion, now World Wrestling Entertainment. As such all assets, including the rights to the WCW World Television Championship, which had been deactivated on April 10, 2000, were now WWF property. Before it was known as the WCW World Television Championship (starting in 1991 and continuing until the title's deactivation), it was known as the "NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Championship" (from the 1974 to 1977), the "NWA Television Championship" (from 1977 to 1985), and the "NWA World Television Championship" (from 1985 to 1991).

Names

Name Duration
NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Championship 1974–1977
NWA Television Championship 1977–1985
NWA World Television Championship 1985–1991
# Wrestler(s) Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Danny Miller 1 February 27, 1974 72 Raleigh, North Carolina Live event Miller defeated Ole Anderson in a tournament final to become the first NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Champion.
2 Ivan Koloff 1 May 10, 1974 59 Richmond, Virginia Live event N/A
3 Paul Jones 1 July 8, 1974 108 Charlotte, North Carolina Live event N/A
4 Ivan Koloff 2 October 24, 1974 63 Anderson, South Carolina Live event N/A
5Paul Jones2December 26, 197444Greensboro, North CarolinaLive eventN/A
6Ric Flair1February 8, 1975181Winston-Salem, North CarolinaLive eventN/A
7Paul Jones3August 8, 1975117Richmond, VirginiaLive eventN/A
- VacatedDecember 3, 1975N/AN/A Jones gave up the TV Title after he won the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship on November 27, 1975.
8Angelo Mosca1April 14, 197677Raleigh, North CarolinaLive eventMosca defeated Tim Woods in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
9Paul Jones4June 30, 1976108Raleigh, North CarolinaLive event
10Mr. Wrestling1October 16, 197623Greensboro, North CarolinaLive eventN/A
11Greg Valentine1November 8, 197622Fayetteville, North CarolinaLive eventN/A
12Rufus R. Jones1November 30, 197650Charleston, South CarolinaLive eventN/A
13Greg Valentine2January 19, 197727Raleigh, North CarolinaLive eventN/A
14Rufus R. Jones2February 15, 197748Raleigh, North CarolinaLive eventN/A
15Ric Flair2April 4, 197772Greenville, South CarolinaLive eventN/A
16Ricky Steamboat1June 15, 1977119Raleigh, North CarolinaLive eventN/A
17Baron Von Raschke1October 12, 1977144Raleigh, North CarolinaLive eventDuring Raschke's reign, he was said to have participated in and won a tournament of all the television champions in the country. This was a fictitious tournament said to have been held in San Francisco. The title was then known as the "NWA Television Title".
18


Johnny Weaver


1


01978-03-05March 5, 1978


&000000000000002100000021 Charlotte, North Carolina Live event


19


Baron Von Raschke


2


01978-03-26March 26, 1978


73 Greensboro, North Carolina Live event


20


Paul Jones


5


01978-06-07June 7, 1978


3 Raleigh, North Carolina Live event


21


Rick Steamboat


2


01978-06-10June 10, 1978


661 Asheville, North Carolina Live event


Vacated 1980 N/A N/A
22


Masked Superstar


1


01980-04-01April 1, 1980


213 Raleigh, North Carolina Live event


Masked Superstar won a tournament to win the vacant championship.
Vacated October 1980 N/A N/A
23


Roddy Piper


1


01980-11-01November 1, 1980


87 Richmond, Virginia Live event


Vacated January 27, 1981 N/A N/A The championship was vacated after Piper won the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship.
24


Sweet Ebony Diamond


1


01981-04-29April 29, 1981


31 Raleigh, North Carolina Live event


Sweet Ebony Diamond won a tournament to win the vacant championship.
25


Greg Valentine


3


01981-04-29April 29, 1981


31 N/A


Live event


26


Sweet Ebony Diamond


2


01981-05-30May 30, 1981


99 Charlotte, North Carolina Live event


27


Greg Valentine


4


01981-01-011981


99 N/A


Live event


28


Ron Bass


1


01981-09-06September 6, 1981


58 Asheville, North Carolina Live event


29


Ivan Koloff


3


01981-11-03November 3, 1981


60 Charlotte, North Carolina Live event


30


Jimmy Valiant


1


01982-01-02January 2, 1982


155 Hampton, Virginia Live event


31


Ivan Koloff


4


01982-01-011982


155 N/A


Live event


32


Jimmy Valiant


2


01982-06-06June 6, 1982


133 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Live event


33


Ivan Koloff


5


01982-01-011982


133 N/A


Live event


34


Jimmy Valiant


3


01982-10-17October 17, 1982


41 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Live event


35


Jos LeDuc


1


01982-01-011982


41 N/A


Live event


Vacated 1982 N/A N/A Leduc was stripped of the championship due to cheating.
36


Bad Leroy Brown


1


01982-11-27November 27, 1982


28 Greensboro, North Carolina Live event


Brown won a 20 man battle royal to win the vacant championship.
37


Mike Rotundo


1


01982-12-25December 25, 1982


59 Charlotte, North Carolina Live event


38


Dick Slater


1


01983-02-22February 22, 1983


33 Columbia, South Carolina Live event


39


Roddy Piper


2


01983-03-27March 27, 1983


7 Asheville, North Carolina Live event


40


Dick Slater


2


01983-04-03April 3, 1983


27 Greensboro, North Carolina Live event


41


Jos LeDuc


2


01983-04-30April 30, 1983


23 Richmond, Virginia Live event


42


The Great Kabuki


1


01983-05-23May 23, 1983


185 Greenville, South Carolina Live event


43


Charlie Brown


4


01983-11-24November 24, 1983


68 Greensboro, North Carolina Starrcade 1983


Vacated January 1984 N/A N/A Valiant dropped the "Charlie Brown" alias and vacated the title.
44


Mark Youngblood


1


01984-03-07March 7, 1984


21 Spartanburg, South Carolina Live event


Youngblood won a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
45


Tully Blanchard


1


01984-03-28March 28, 1984


353 N/A


Live event


46


Dusty Rhodes


1


01985-03-16March 16, 1985


43 Greensboro, North Carolina Live event


During Rhodes' reign, the title was renamed the "NWA World Television Championship".
47


Tully Blanchard


2


01985-04-28April 28, 1985


69 Charlotte, North Carolina Live event


48


Dusty Rhodes


2


01985-07-06July 6, 1985


105 Charlotte, North Carolina The Great American Bash 1985


Vacated October 19, 1985 N/A N/A Rhodes was stripped of the title due to an injury.
49


Arn Anderson


1


01986-01-04January 4, 1986


248 Greensboro, North Carolina Live event


Anderson defeated Wahoo McDaniel in a tournament final to claim the vacant championship.
50


Dusty Rhodes


3


01986-09-09September 9, 1986


79 Columbia, South Carolina Live event


51


Tully Blanchard


3


01986-11-27November 27, 1986


263 Greensboro, North Carolina Starrcade 1986


52


Nikita Koloff


1


01987-08-17August 17, 1987


162 Fayetteville, North Carolina Live event


On November 27, 1987 at Starrcade, Koloff defeated Terry Taylor to unify the UWF Television Championship and the NWA World Television Championship.
53


Mike Rotunda


2


01988-01-26January 26, 1988


335 Raleigh, North Carolina Live event


54


Rick Steiner


1


01988-12-26December 26, 1988


56 Norfolk, Virginia Starrcade 1988


55


Mike Rotunda


3


01989-02-20February 20, 1989


39 Chicago, Illinois Chi-Town Rumble


56


Sting


1


01989-03-31March 31, 1989


156 Atlanta, Georgia Live event


57


The Great Muta


1


01989-09-03September 3, 1989


121 Atlanta, Georgia Live event


Muta defeated Sting to win the title.
58


Arn Anderson


2


01990-01-02January 2, 1990


336 Gainesville, Georgia NWA Power Hour


This episode aired on tape delay on January 12, 1990.
59


The Z-Man


1


01990-12-04December 4, 1990


41 Gainesville, Georgia World Championship Wrestling


This episode aired on tape delay on December 29, 1990.
60


Arn Anderson


3


01991-01-07January 7, 1991


132 Perry, Georgia WCW Worldwide


During Anderson's reign, the title was renamed the "WCW World Television Championship" following WCW's withdrawal from the NWA. This episode aired on tape delay on January 27, 1991.

List of combined reigns

¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.
Rank Wrestler # of reigns Combined days
1


Arn Anderson


4


870


2


Ricky Steamboat


4


748¤


3


Tully Blanchard


3


685


7


Paul Jones


5


380


8


Ric Flair


2


253


10


Dusty Rhodes


3


227


11


Baron Von Raschke


2


217


12


Rick Steiner


3


211


14


The Great Kabuki


1


185


17


Lex Luger


2


168


20


The Great Muta


1


121


19


Sting


1


156


22


Scott Steiner


2


108¤


23


Rufus R. Jones


2


98


24


Roddy Piper


2


94


26


Angelo Mosca


1


77


27


Danny Miller


1


72


30


Dick Slater


2


60


31


Ron Bass


1


58


34


Greg Valentine


4


49¤


38


The Z-Man


1


41


40


Charlie Brown/Jimmy Valiant


4


38¤


44


Bad Leroy Brown


1


28


47


Jos LeDuc


2


23¤


47


Mr. Wrestling


1


23


49


Johnny Weaver


1


21


49


Mark Youngblood


1


21


54


Sweet Ebony Diamond


2




54


Masked Superstar


1



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