NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship
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NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship
NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship
NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship belt 2017.png
The latest NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship belt.
Details
PromotionNWA
Date establishedMay 15, 1945
Date retiredSeptember 30, 2017

The NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship is a currently inactive professional wrestling world championship in the National Wrestling Alliance competed for by wrestlers in the Junior Heavyweight division. The title has been in existence from 1945 to the present.[1] The title was unified with the National Wrestling Association's World Junior Heavyweight Championship in 1949.

Title history

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Ken Fenelon May 15, 1945 N/A N/A 1 N/A Fenelon was awarded the title by Pinkie George, founder of the NWA.
2 Marshall Esteppe May 30, 1945 N/A Toronto, IA 1 216 [2]
3 Larry Tillman January 10, 1946 N/A Des Moines, IA 1 69
4 Ken Fenelon March 11, 1946 N/A Des Moines, IA 2 301
5 Marshall Esteppe January 6, 1947 N/A Des Moines, IA 2 77
6 Ray Steele March 24, 1947 N/A Des Moines, IA 1 35
7 Marshall Esteppe April 28, 1947 N/A Des Moines, IA 3 77
8 Billy Goelz March 16, 1948 N/A Des Moines, IA 1 159
9 Al Williams August 22, 1948 N/A Waterloo, IA 1 14
10 Billy Goelz September 5, 1948 N/A Waterloo, IA 2 114 Recognition withdrawn in 49 when NWA selects Leroy McGuirk as champion.
11 Leroy McGuirk December 28, 1948 N/A Des Moines, IA 1 41 Defeating John Swenski on June 19, 1939 in Hollywood, CA; recognized by National Wrestling Alliance during the convention later defeats Billy Goelz and Unified National Wrestling Association's World Junior Heavyweight Championship into National Wrestling Alliance title.
-- Vacated February 7, 1950 -- -- -- --
12 Verne Gagne November 13, 1950 N/A Tulsa, OK 1 371
13 Danny McShain November 19, 1951 N/A Memphis, TN 1 637 Unifies the Los Angeles version of the world title, defeating Rito Romero on May 25, 1952 in Los Angeles, CA; Whitey Whittler defeats McShain by DQ on October 17, 1952 in Oklahoma City, OK and claims the title; Red Berry defeats McShain by DQ on November 11, 1952 in Dallas, TX and claims the title; McShain defeats Whittler on November 14, 1952 in Oklahoma City, OK and Berry on November 27, 1952 in Galveston, Texas, to regain the respective claims.
14 Baron Michele Leone August 17, 1953 N/A Los Angeles, CA 1 602
15 Ed Francis April 11, 1955 N/A Tulsa, OK 1 365
16 Mike Clancy April 10, 1956 N/A Oklahoma City, OK 1 350
17 Fred Blassie March 26, 1957 N/A Nashville, TN 1 <1
-- Vacated March 26, 1957 -- -- -- -- Immediately held up due to a controversial finish.
18 Mike Clancy April 9, 1957 N/A Nashville, TN 2 217 Defeated Fred Blassie.
-- Vacated November 12, 1957 -- -- -- -- Held up; Clancy defeated Jackie Fargo by DQ at November 15 in Nashville, TN.
19 Mike Clancy November 19, 1957 N/A Nashville, TN 3 101
20 Angelo Savoldi February 28, 1958 N/A Oklahoma City, OK 1 97
21 Dory Funk June 5, 1958 N/A Amarillo, TX 1 36
22 Angelo Savoldi July 11, 1958 N/A 224 2
23 Ivan the Terrible February 20, 1959 N/A Oklahoma City, OK 1 14
24 Angelo Savoldi March 6, 1959 N/A 84 3
25 Mike DiBiase May 29, 1959 N/A 84 1
26 Angelo Savoldi August 21, 1959 N/A 336 4
27 Danny Hodge July 22, 1960 N/A 1,450 1
28 Hiro Matsuda July 11, 1964 N/A 125 1
29 Angelo Savoldi November 13, 1964 N/A 161 5
30 Danny Hodge April 23, 1965 N/A 214 2
31 Lorenzo Parente November 23, 1965 N/A 42 1
32 Danny Hodge January 4, 1966 N/A 10 3
33 Lorenzo Parente January 14, 1966 N/A 29 2
34 Joe McCarthy February 12, 1966 N/A 80 1
35 Danny Hodge May 3, 1966 N/A 1,361 4
36 Sputnik Monroe July 13, 1970 N/A 28 1
37 Danny Hodge August 10, 1970 N/A 283 5
38 Roger Kirby May 20, 1971 N/A 113 1
39 Ramón Torres September 10, 1971 N/A 84 1
40 Dr. X December 3, 1971 N/A 108 1
41 Danny Hodge March 20, 1972 N/A 639 6
42 Ken Mantell December 19, 1973 N/A 272 1
+ Wrestling Pro September 17, 1974 -- 49 1+
+ Ken Mantell November 5, 1974 -- 221 1(2)
43 Hiro Matsuda June 14, 1975 N/A St. Petersburg, FL 2 262
44 Danny Hodge March 2, 1976 N/A Shreveport, LA 7 13
-- Vacated March 15, 1976 -- -- -- --
45 Pat Barrett September 28, 1976 N/A 65 1
46 Ron Starr December 2, 1976 N/A New Orleans, LA 1 4
47 Nelson Royal December 6, 1976 N/A New Orleans, LA 1 566
48 Chavo Guerrero Sr. February 24, 1978 N/A N/A 1 42
49 Nelson Royal April 7, 1978 N/A N/A 2 79
50 Al Madril June 25, 1978 N/A Houston, TX 1 398
51 Nelson Royal July 28, 1979 N/A N/A 3 134
-- Vacated December 9, 1979 -- -- -- -- When Royal Retires.
+ Steve Keirn December 10, 1979 -- Los Angeles, CA 1+ 0 Defeated Chavo Guerrero, Sr. to seemingly win the vacant title, but NWA did not recognize the win as being for the title, though it was recognized by Florida, Los Angeles, and New Japan Pro-Wrestling; this version was later renamed the NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship.
-- Vacated December 10, 1979 -- -- -- --
52 Ron Starr February 11, 1980 N/A Tulsa, OK 2 N/A
53 Les Thornton March 1, 1980 N/A N/A 1 N/A
54 Jerry Stubbs January 26, 1981 N/A Mobile, AL 1 5
55 Les Thornton January 31, 1981 N/A Dothan, AL 2 127
56 Terry Taylor June 7, 1981 N/A Roanoke, VA 1 13
57 Les Thornton June 20, 1981 N/A Roanoke, VA 3 88
58 Gerald Brisco September 16, 1981 N/A Miami, FL 1 30
59 Les Thornton October 16, 1981 N/A Knoxville, TN 4 22
60 Joe Lightfoot November 7, 1981 N/A Bayamon, Puerto Rico 1 7
61 Les Thornton November 14, 1981 N/A San Juan, Puerto Rico 5 192
62 Tiger Mask May 25, 1982 N/A Shizuoka, Japan 1 313 In 1982, some North American promoters declared the title vacant due to Tiger Mask wrestling for the World Wrestling Federation; 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. [3]
-- Vacated April 3, 1983 -- -- -- -- Vacated when Tiger Mask was injured two days prior.
63 Tiger Mask June 2, 1983 N/A 71 2
-- Vacated August 12, 1983 -- -- -- -- Vacated after Tiger Mask retired.
64 The Cobra November 3, 1983 N/A 633 1 Defeated Davey Boy Smith in a decision match. Around this time, Les Thornton is recognized by promoters in the US as champion.
+ Les Thornton November 14, 1983 -- N/A 6+ Wins a fictitious tournament to be recognized by Georgia Championship Wrestling.
-- Vacated June 2, 1984 -- -- -- -- Thornton joins WWF after its takeover of Georgia Championship Wrestling.
+ Hector Guerrero July 13, 1984 -- Los Angeles, CA 1+ 81 Wins a fictitious tournament to be recognized by Jim Crockett Promotions.
+ Mike Davis October 2, 1984 -- Albuquerque,NM 1+ 112
+ Denny Brown November 22, 1984 -- Greensboro, NC 1+ 248 Wins the title at Starrcade.
65 Hiro Saito July 28, 1985 N/A 0 1 Wins the title from The Cobra.
66 The Cobra July 28, 1985 N/A Osaka, Japan 2 4
-- Vacated August 1, 1985 -- -- -- --
67 Denny Brown August 1, 1985 N/A N/A 1(2) Won disputed version of title at Starrcade 1984 by defeating Mike Davis; recognized as champion by NWA vice president Shohei Baba, promoter of All Japan Pro Wrestling, after rival promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling withdraws from the NWA.
68 Gary Royal August 15, 1985 N/A 31 1
69 Denny Brown September 15, 1985 N/A 321 2(3)
70 Steve Regal August 2, 1986 N/A 30 1
71 Denny Brown September 1, 1986 N/A 187 3(4)
72 Lazor Tron March 7, 1987 N/A Atlanta, GA 1(2) N/A Lazor formerly known as Hector Guerrero. [4]
-- Vacated October 8, 1987 -- -- -- -- Vacated when Tron left Jim Crockett Promotions.
73 Nelson Royal October 16, 1987 N/A Columbia, SC 4 280 Defeats Denny Brown for the vacant title; takes the title to USA Championship Wrestling in Knoxville in May 1988. Masanobu Fuchi, All Japan Pro Wrestling's reigning World Junior Heavyweight Champion, was then disputably recognized as the new champion; however, Royal continued defending the title across the country until 1989, when it was abandoned.
74 Scott Armstrong July 22, 1988 N/A 1 1
75 Nelson Royal July 23, 1988 N/A 8 5
76 Scott Armstrong July 30, 1988 N/A 20 2
77 Nelson Royal August 2, 1988 N/A N/A 6 USA Championship Wrestling closes in October 1988; Royal promotes Atlantic Coast Wrestling in the Carolinas and bills himself as world champion.
78 Les Anderson November 18, 1988 N/A N/A 1
79 Rock The Hunter June 15, 1989 N/A N/A 1
80 Les Anderson December 25, 1989 N/A 1 2
-- Deactivated December 26, 1989 -- -- -- --
81 Masayoshi Motegi August 30, 1995 N/A Tokyo, Japan 1 338 Defeated El Hijo del Santo in a tournament final when the NWA revives the title. The card was promoted by Motegi's Wrestle Yume (Dream) Factory.
82 The Great Sasuke August 2, 1996 N/A Tokyo, Japan 1 70 Wins an 8-man tournament to decide the first J-Crown holder, a combination of eight titles categorized junior heavyweight or lower. These titles were still technically considered separate, as opposed to one unified championship, and continued to be defended as such.
83 Último Dragón October 11, 1996 N/A Osaka, Japan 1 85
84 Jushin Thunder Liger January 4, 1997 N/A Tokyo, Japan 1 183 Defeated Dragón at Wrestling World.
85 El Samurai July 6, 1997 N/A Sapporo, Japan 1 35
86 Shinjiro Otani August 10, 1997 N/A Nagoya, Japan 1 87
-- Vacated November 5, 1997 -- -- -- -- Vacated when the J-Crown was decommissioned and all titles are returned to their home promotions.
87 Logan Caine March 5, 1999 N/A Parkersburg, WV 1 237 Defeated Viper in a tournament final.
-- Vacated October 28, 1999 -- -- -- -- Stripped due to no-showing a title defense against Vince Kaplack.
88 Vince Kaplack October 28, 1999 N/A Pittsburgh, PA 1 78 Defeated Chris Hero as a replacement for Logan Caine.
89 Tony Kozina January 14, 2000 N/A North Versailles, PA 1 190
90 Rockford 2000 July 22, 2000 N/A Surrey, BC, Canada 1 35
91 Tony Kozina August 30, 2000 N/A N/A 2 39 Awarded when NWA officials review the tape of a title match between Rockford and Kozina on August 26.
92 Vince Kaplack October 14, 2000 N/A Nashville, TN 2 175 Won the title at the NWA 52nd Anniversary Show.
93 Rocky Reynolds April 7, 2001 N/A Pennsboro, WV 1 27
94 Mike Thunder May 4, 2001 N/A North Richland Hills, TX 1 109
95 Lex Lovett August 21, 2001 N/A Tampa, FL 1 53
96 Jason Rumble October 13, 2001 N/A Saint Petersburg, FL 1 112 Defeated Lovett, Jimmy Rave, Brandon K & BJ Turner in a five-way match at the NWA 53rd Anniversary Show.
97 Rocky Reynolds February 2, 2002 N/A Titusville, PA 2 14
98 Jason Rumble February 16, 2002 N/A Malden, MA 2 49
99 Rocky Reynolds April 6, 2002 N/A Parkersburg, WV 3 56
100 Jimmy Rave June 29, 2002 N/A Cornelia, GA 1 42 Defeated Reynolds and Jeremy Lopez in a three-way match.
101 Star August 10, 2002 N/A Columbia, TN 1 7
102 Jimmy Rave August 17, 2002 N/A Columbia, TN 2 154
103 Brother Love January 18, 2003 N/A Greenville, MS 1 140
104 Rocky Reynolds June 7, 2003 N/A Parkersburg, WV 4 56
105 Chris Draven August 2, 2003 N/A Parkersburg, WV 1 161
106 Jerrelle Clark January 10, 2004 N/A St. Petersburg, FL 1 281
107 Jason Rumble October 17, 2004 N/A Winnipeg, MB, Canada 3 312 Defeated Clark and Vance Desmond in a three-way match at the NWA 56th Anniversary Show.
108 Black Tiger IV August 25, 2005 N/A Columbia, TN 1 178
109 Tiger Mask IV February 19, 2006 N/A Tokyo, Japan 1 446 [5]
110 Mike Quackenbush May 11, 2007 N/A Portage, IN 1 1275
111 Craig Classic November 6, 2010 N/A Fort Pierce, FL 1 247
-- Vacated September 20, 2011 -- -- -- -- Classic relinquished the title 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.
112 Kevin Douglas October 7, 2011 N/A Charlotte, NC 1 373 Defeated Chase Owens in a tournament final.
-- Vacated October 14, 2012 -- -- -- -- 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.
113 Chase Owens October 13, 2012 N/A Kingsport, TN 1 Defeated Matt Conard and Zac Vincent in a tournament final.
114 Jason Kincaid August 10, 2013 N/A Kingsport, TN 1 69
115 Chase Owens October 18, 2013 N/A Houston, TX 2 78
116 Ricky Morton January 4, 2014 N/A Kingsport, TN 1 62
117 Chase Owens March 7, 2014 N/A Church Hill, TN 3 246
118 Jushin Thunder Liger November 8, 2014 N/A Osaka, JPN 2 156
119 Steve Anthony April 13, 2015 N/A N/A 1 163
120 Tiger Mask IV September 23, 2015 N/A N/A 2 178
121 Steve Anthony March 19, 2016 N/A Nagoya, Japan 2 112
122 John Saxon July 9, 2016 N/A Pensacola, FL 1 275
123 Arrick Andrews April 8, 2017 N/A Dyersburg, TN 1 41
124 Mr. USA May 19, 2017 N/A Franklin, KY 1 85
125 Barrett Brown August 12, 2017 N/A Dyersburg, TN 1 49
-- Vacated September 30, 2017 -- -- -- --

Combined reigns

Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Danny Hodge 7 4,134
2 Mike Quackenbush 1 1,275
3 Angelo Savoldi 5 902
4 Nelson Royal 6 846
5 Mike Clancy 3 768
6 Denny Brown 3(4) 756
7 Danny McShain 1 637
The Cobra 2 637
8 Chase Owens 3 626
9 Tiger Mask IV 2 624
10 Baron Michele Leone 1 602
11 Hiro Matsuda 2 548
12 Ken Mantell 1(2) 493
13 Jason Rumble 3 473
14 Les Thornton 6 429
15 Al Madril 1 398
16 Tiger Mask 2 384
17 Kevin Douglas 1 373
18 Verne Gagne 1 371
19 Marshall Esteppe 3 370
20 Ed Francis 1 364
21 Jushin Thunder Liger 2 339
22 Masayoshi Motegi 1 338
23 Ken Fenelon 2 301
24 Jerrelle Clark 1 281
25 Steve Anthony 2 275
John Saxon 1 275
27 Vince Kaplack 2 253
28 Craig Classic 1 247
29 Logan Caine 1 237
30 Tony Kozina 2 229
31 Jimmy Rave 2 196
32 Barrett Brown 1 182
33 Rocky Reynolds 4 181
34 Black Tiger IV 1 178
35 Chris Draven 1 161
36 Billy Goelz 2 159
37 Brother Love 1 140
38 Roger Kirby 1 113
-- Mike Davis 1+ 112
39 Mike Thunder 1 109
40 Dr. X 1 108
41 Shinjiro Otani 1 87
42 Último Dragón 1 85
Mr. USA 1 85
43 Mike DiBiase 1 84
Ramón Torres 1 84
44 Hector Guerrero/Lazor Tron 1(2) 81
45 Joe McCarthy 1 80
46 Chavo Guerrero Sr. 2 79
47 Lorenzo Parente 2 71
48 The Great Sasuke 1 70
49 Pat Barrett 1 69
Larry Tillman 1 69
Jason Kincaid 1 69
50 Ricky Morton 1 62
51 Lex Lovett 1 53
-- Wrestling Pro 1+ 49
52 Arrick Andrews 1 41
Leroy McGuirk 1 41
53 Dory Funk 1 36
54 Ray Steele 1 35
El Samurai 1 35
55 Gary Royal 1 31
56 Steve Regal 1 30
57 Sputnik Monroe 1 28
58 Al Williams 1 14
Ivan The Terrible 1 14
59 Joe Lightfoot 1 7
Star 1 7
60 Jerry Stubbs 1 5
61 Ron Starr 2 4
62 Scott Armstrong 2 1
Les Anderson 2 1
63 Hiro Saito 1 <1
Fred Blassie 1 <1
64 Rock The Hunter 1 N/A

See also

References

  1. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  2. ^ Hoops, Brian (May 30, 2015). "ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (MAY 30): INOKI BEATS ANDRE TO WIN MSG LEAGUE, GAREA & CALHOUN WIN WWWF TAG TITLES, GAGNE VS. FUNK JR., UFC BOOKER WINS TITLE". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ Hoops, Brian (May 25, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (May 25): Rockers last match in AWA, Tiger Mask wins NWA Jr. Heavyweight gold, Russian amateur wrestler beats Vader". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Hoops, Brian (March 7, 2020). "Daily Pro Wrestling history (03/07): Bruno Sammartino vs. Giant Baba". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ Hoops, Brian (February 19, 2017). "Daily Pro Wrestling History (02/19): Kurt Angle vs. Undertaker at No Way Out 2006". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved 2017.

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