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The WCW World Television Championship was a professional wrestling world television championship owned by the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW) promotion. The title was introduced on February 27, 1974 when WCW was named 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).

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. All title changes occurred at NWA- or WCW-promoted events. The inaugural champion was Danny Miller, who defeated Ole Anderson on February 27, 1974, in the finals of a tournament. Booker T holds the record for most reigns, with six. Rick Steamboat's second reign ended due to vacancy for unknown reasons. The day on which the reign ended is also unknown, although it is known that the reign began on June 10, 1978, and came to a close sometime in 1980. As such, if the reign ended on January 1, 1980, or any later time during 1980, then Steamboat's second reign is the longest in the title's history, at over 570 days. Five different reigns are tied for the record for shortest reign in the title's history, at one day. Hacksaw Jim Duggan was the last champion in his only reign. At the time, then-champion Scott Hall did not want to be champion, and after unsuccessfully trying to give the title to Kevin Nash, he abandoned the title by throwing the championship belt into a trashcan on the November 29, 1999, episode of one of WCW's television programs, Nitro. Duggan later found the championship belt in a dumpster on the February 16, 2000, episode of another of WCW's television programs, WCW Saturday Night and named himself champion. The championship was later retired on the April 10, 2000, episode of Nitro, after a storyline reboot by WCW authority figures Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo. Overall, there were 107 reigns shared among 55 wrestlers, with 11 vacancies.

Title history

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the titles were won


Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
N/A


The information is not available or is unknown

Names

Name Duration
NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Championship 1974–1977
NWA Television Championship 1977–1985
NWA World Television Championship 1985–1991
WCW World Television Championship 1991–2000
# Wrestler(s) Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1


Arn Anderson


3


01991-01-07January 7, 1991


132 Perry, Georgia WCW Worldwide


Anderson's reign began as NWA TV Champion but 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.
2


Bobby Eaton


1


01991-05-19May 19, 1991


15 St. Petersburg, Florida SuperBrawl I


3


Steve Austin


1


01991-06-03June 3, 1991


329 Birmingham, Alabama WCW Worldwide


This episode aired on tape delay on June 29, 1991.
4


Barry Windham


1


01992-04-27April 27, 1992


26 Atlanta, Georgia WCW Saturday Night


This episode aired on tape delay on May 9, 1992.
5


Steve Austin


2


01992-05-23May 23, 1992


102 Chattanooga, Tennessee


This episode aired on tape delay on June 13, 1992.
6


Ricky Steamboat


3


01992-09-02September 2, 1992


27 Atlanta, Georgia Clash of the Champions XX


7


Scott Steiner


1


01992-09-29September 29, 1992


63 Columbus, Georgia WCW Worldwide


This episode aired on tape delay on October 17, 1992.
Vacated November 1992 N/A N/A Steiner was stripped of the title after he and his brother Rick Steiner leave for the World Wrestling Federation.
8


Paul Orndorff


1


01993-03-02March 2, 1993


169 Macon, Georgia WCW Power Hour


Orndorff defeated Erik Watts in a tournament final to become the new champion. This episode aired on tape delay on March 27, 1993.
9


Ricky Steamboat


4


01993-08-18August 18, 1993


32 Daytona Beach, Florida Clash of the Champions XXIV


10


Lord Steven Regal


1


01993-09-19September 19, 1993


225 Houston, Texas Fall Brawl (1993)


11


Larry Zbyszko


1


01994-05-02May 2, 1994


52 Atlanta, Georgia WCW Saturday Night


This episode aired on tape delay on May 28, 1994.
12


Lord Steven Regal


2


01994-06-23June 23, 1994


87 Charleston, South Carolina Clash of the Champions XXVII


13


Johnny B. Badd


1


01994-09-18September 18, 1994


112 Roanoke, Virginia Fall Brawl (1994)


14


Arn Anderson


4


01995-01-08January 8, 1995


161 Atlanta, Georgia WCW Main Event


15


The Renegade


1


01995-06-18June 18, 1995


91 Dayton, Ohio The Great American Bash (1995)


16


Diamond Dallas Page


1


01995-09-17September 17, 1995


42 Asheville, North Carolina Fall Brawl (1995)


17


Johnny B. Badd


2


01995-10-29October 29, 1995


111 Detroit, Michigan Halloween Havoc 1995


18


Lex Luger


1


01996-02-17February 17, 1996


1 Baltimore, Maryland Live event


19


Johnny B. Badd


3


01996-02-18February 18, 1996


17 Norfolk, Virginia Live event


20


Lex Luger


2


01996-03-06March 6, 1996


167 Macon, Georgia Live event


21


Lord Steven Regal


3


01996-08-20August 20, 1996


181 Dalton, Georgia Nitro


This episode aired on tape delay on August 31, 1996.
22


Prince Iaukea


1


01997-02-17February 17, 1997


49 Tampa, Florida Nitro


23


Último Dragón


1


01997-04-07April 7, 1997


41 Huntsville, Alabama Nitro


24


Lord Steven Regal


4


01997-05-18May 18, 1997


65 Charlotte, North Carolina Slamboree 1997


25


Último Dragón


2


01997-07-22July 22, 1997


30 Jacksonville, Florida Nitro


26


Alex Wright


1


01997-08-21August 21, 1997


32 Nashville, Tennessee Clash of the Champions XXXV


27


Disco Inferno


1


01997-09-22September 22, 1997


42 Salt Lake City, Utah Nitro


28


Perry Saturn


1


01997-11-03November 3, 1997


35 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Nitro


29


Disco Inferno


2


01997-12-08December 8, 1997


21 Buffalo, New York Nitro


30


Booker T


1


01997-12-29December 29, 1997


49 Baltimore, Maryland Nitro


31


Rick Martel


1


01998-02-16February 16, 1998


6 Tampa, Florida Nitro


32


Booker T


2


01998-02-22February 22, 1998


67 San Francisco, California SuperBrawl VIII


33


Chris Benoit


1


01998-04-30April 30, 1998


1 Augusta, Georgia WCW Thunder


34


Booker T


3


01998-05-01May 1, 1998


1 Greenville, South Carolina Live event


35


Chris Benoit


2


01998-05-02May 2, 1998


1 Charleston, South Carolina Live event


36


Booker T


4


01998-05-03May 3, 1998


1 Savannah, Georgia Live event


37


Fit Finlay


1


01998-05-04May 4, 1998


41 Indianapolis, Indiana Nitro


38


Booker T


5


01998-06-14June 14, 1998


30 Baltimore, Maryland The Great American Bash (1998)


39


Stevie Ray


1


01998-07-14July 14, 1998


27 Baltimore, Maryland Live event


Ray was awarded the championship by a "power of attorney", which he claimed came from his injured brother.
40


Chris Jericho


1


01998-08-10August 10, 1998


112 Rapid City, South Dakota Nitro


41


Konnan


1


01998-11-30November 30, 1998


29 Chattanooga, Tennessee Nitro


42


Scott Steiner


2


01998-12-29December 29, 1998


75 Baltimore, Maryland WCW Thunder


This episode aired on tape delay on December 31, 1998.
43


Booker T


6


01999-03-14March 14, 1999


56 Louisville, Kentucky Uncensored (1999)


44


Rick Steiner


2


01999-05-09May 9, 1999


127 St. Louis, Missouri Slamboree (1999)


45


Chris Benoit


3


01999-09-13September 13, 1999


41 Chapel Hill, North Carolina Nitro


46Rick Steiner3October 24, 199928Las Vegas, NevadaHalloween Havoc 1999N/A
47Scott Hall1November 21, 19998Toronto, Ontario, CanadaMayhem 1999Hall won the title by forfeit when Steiner, who was to be his opponent at Mayhem, was deemed too injured to compete.
VacatedNovember 29, 1999Denver, ColoradoNitroHall abandoned the title by throwing the belt into a trashcan.
48Jim Duggan1February 16, 200054Bethlehem, PennsylvaniaWCW Saturday NightDuggan found the championship belt in a dumpster and claimed the title.
RetiredApril 10, 2000Denver, ColoradoNitroThe title was retired after Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff rebooted WCW.


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List of combined reigns

¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.
Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 Arn Anderson 4 870
2 Ricky Steamboat 4 748¤
3 Tully Blanchard 3 685
4 Lord Steven Regal 4 557
5 Mike Rotunda 3 433
6 Steve Austin 2 431
7 Paul Jones 5 380
8 Ric Flair 2 253
9 Johnny B. Badd 3 240
10 Dusty Rhodes 3 227
11 Baron Von Raschke 2 217
12 Rick Steiner 3 211
13 Booker T 6 204
17 The Great Kabuki 1 185
15 Ivan Koloff 5 182¤
16 Paul Orndorff 1 169
17 Lex Luger 2 168
18 Nikita Koloff 1 162
19 Sting 1 156
20 The Great Muta 1 121
21 Chris Jericho 1 112
22 Scott Steiner 2 108¤
23 Rufus R. Jones 2 98
24 Roddy Piper 2 94
25 {The Renegade 1 91
26


Angelo Mosca


1 77


27


Danny Miller


1 72


27


Último Dragón


2 72


29


Disco Inferno


2 63


30


Dick Slater


2 60


31


Ron Bass


1 58


32


Hacksaw Jim Duggan 1 54


33


Larry Zbyszko 1 52


34


Greg Valentine 4 49¤


34


Prince Iaukea 1 49


36


Chris Benoit


3 43


37


Diamond Dallas Page 1 42


38


Fit Finlay 1 41


38


The Z-Man 1 41


40


Charlie Brown/Jimmy Valiant 4 38¤
41


Perry Saturn 1 35


42


Alex Wright 1 32


43


Konnan 1 29


44


Bad Leroy Brown 1 28


45 Stevie Ray 1 27
46 Barry Windham 1 26
47 Jos LeDuc 2 23¤
48 Mr. Wrestling 1 23
49 Johnny Weaver 1 21
50 Mark Youngblood 1 21
51 Bobby Eaton 1 15
52 Scott Hall 1 8
53 Rick Martel 1 6
54 Sweet Ebony Diamond 2
55 Masked Superstar 1

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