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NWA - NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE

NWA UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE HISTORY

1975--January 01, 1991
February, 1997--Present

From Wrestling Title Histories
by Royal Duncan & Gary Will
with additional information from Matt Benaka, Richard Sullivan and Joe Dean

1.Harley Race
?/75-Tallahassee, Florida
Defeats Johnny Weaver in tournament final

2.Johnny Valentine {John Wisniski Sr.}
07/03/75-Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Johnny Valentine's career was ended in a plane crash, causing the NWA United States Title to become vacant on 10/04/75.

3.Terry Funk
11/09/75-Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Terry Funk defeated Paul Jones in the final of a sixteen man tournament to crown a new champion.

4.Paul Jones
11/75

5.Blackjack Mulligan {Robert Windham}
03/13/76

6.Paul Jones (2)
10/16/76

7.Blackjack Mulligan (2)
01/77

8. Bobo Brazil {Houston Harris}
?/77-Norfolk, Virginia, USA (The Scope)

9.Ric Flair {Richard Morgan Fliehr}
09/77

10.Rick Steamboat {Richard Blood}
?/77

11.Blackjack Mulligan (3)
02/78

12.Tim Woods/Mr.Wrestling
03/78-Greensboro, NC, USA (Coliseum)

13.Ric Flair (2)
05/78

14.Rick Steamboat (2)
12/18/78-Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

15.Ric Flair (3)
04/01/79
Ric Flair vacated the title on 8/12/79 after winning the NWA World Tag Team Title.

16.Jimmy Snuka
09/01/79-Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
managed by Buddy Rogers {Herman Rohde} & Gene Anderson
Jimmy Snuka defeated Rick Steamboat in a tournament final to crown a new champion.

17.Ric Flair (4)
04/19/80-Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
18.Greg Valentine {John Wisniski Jr.}
07/26/80-Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

19.Ric Flair (5)
11/24/80-Greenville, North Carolina, United States

20.Roddy Piper {Rod George Tombes}
01/27/81-Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

21.Wahoo McDaniel {Edward McDaniel}
08/08/81-Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Wahoo McDaniel was injured by Abdullah The Butcher {Larry Shreeve} forcing him to vacate the title on 09/81.

22.Sergeant Slaughter {Robert Remus}
10/04/81-Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Sergeant Slaughter defeated Steamboat in a tournament final to crown a new champion.

23.Wahoo McDaniel (2)
05/21/82-Richmond, Virginia, United States

24.Sergeant Slaughter (2)
06/07/82-Greenville, North Carolina, United States

25.Wahoo McDaniel (3)
08/22/82-Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

26.Greg Valentine (2)
11/04/82-Norfolk, Virginia, United States
managed by Sir Oliver Humperdink (briefly)

27.Roddy Piper (2)
04/16/83-Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

28.Greg Valentine (3)
05/01/83-Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

29.Dick Slater {Van Ritchard Slater}
12/14/83-Shelby, North Carolina, United States

30.Rick Steamboat (3)
04/21/84-Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

31.Wahoo McDaniel (4)
06/24/84-Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
McDaniel was forced to vacate the title in July 1984 after interference from Tully Blanchard gave him the victory over Steamboat for the title.

32.Wahoo McDaniel (5)
10/07/84-Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
McDaniel defeated Manny Fernandez in a tournament final to crown a new champion.

33.Magnum T.A. {Terry Allen}
03/23/85-Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

34.Tully Blanchard
07/21/85-Charlotte, North Carolina, United Statess
Member of The Four Horsemen
managed by Baby Doll {Nicole Roberts}

35.Magnum T.A. (2)
11/28/85-Greensboro, North Carolina, United States (Starrcade)
Magnum T.A. defeated Tully Blanchard in an I Quit Steel Cage Match to win the title.
Magnum was stripped of the title for attacking NWA President Bob Geigel on 05/29/86.

36.Nikita Koloff {Scott Simpson}
08/17/86-Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Nikita Koloff defeated Magnum T.A. in a best-of-seven tournament to crown a new champion.

37.Lex Luger {Lawrence Pfohl}
07/11/87-Greensboro, North Carolina, United States (Great American Bash)
Member of The Four Horsemen (2)
managed by J.J. Dillion
Lex Luger defeated Koloff in a steel cage match.

38.Dusty Rhodes {Virgil Runnels Jr.}
11/26/87-Chicago, Illinois, United States (Starrcade)
00:16:23
Dusty Rhodes defeated Luger in a steel cage match which stipulated that if he didn't win the title he would retire from wrestling
Rhodes was suspended and stripped of the title for attacking the owner of the NWA, Jim Crockett on 04/15/88.

39.Barry Windham
05/13/88-Houston, Texas, United States
managed by J.J. Dillion (2) & Hiro Matsuda
Member of The Four Horsemen (3)
Member of The Yamazaki Corporation
Barry Windham defeated Koloff in a tournament final to crown a new champion.

40.Lex Luger (2)
02/20/89-Chicago, Illinois, United States (Chi-Town Rumble)
00:10:43

41.Michael Hayes {Michael Seitz}
05/07/89-Nashville, Tennessee, United States (Music City Showdown)
00:16:06
Member of the Yamazaki Corporation (2)
managed by Hiro Matsuda (2)

42.Lex Luger (3)
05/22/89-Bluefield, West Virginia, United States

43.Stan Hansen {John Stanley Hansen}
10/27/90-Chicago, Illinois, United States (Halloween Havoc)
00:09:30

44.Lex Luger (4)
12/16/90-St. Louis, Missouri, United States
00:10:13
Luger defeated Stan Hansen in a bullrope match.
WCW became a separate entity from the NWA on 01/01/91.
Lex Luger was then the champion and thus carried over to the WCW as the first WCW United States Champion.


NWA U.S. Heavyweight Title revived in February, 1997

45.Tully Blanchard (2)
02/08/97-Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Blanchard defeated Lady Killer in the final of a four-man tournament to crown a new US Champion of the revived NWA.

Title Inactive
Bill Behrens announced that the Wildside US Title and the NWA United States Title would be merged into the NWA National Heavyweight Title with Terry Knight as the current champion.


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