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NWA - NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE

NWA WORLD JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE HISTORY

1940--November 5 , 1997

From Wrestling Title Histories
by Royal Duncan & Gary Will
with additional information from Hisaharu Tanabe, Brian Westcott and Rich Palladino

1.Leroy McGuirk
1940-Hollywood, CA
Recognized by the NWA, who were originally to recognize Billy Goelz as their first junior heavyweight champion.

TITLE VACANT
02/07/50
McGuirk blinded in an auto accident.

2.Verne Gagne
11/13/50-Tulsa, OK
Defeats Sonny Myers in tournament final.

3.Danny McShain
11/19/51-Memphis, TN

4.Red Berry
11/52-Dallas, TX

5.Danny McShain [2]
11/27/52-Galveston, TX

6.Baron Michele Leone
08/53-Hollywood, CA*
*Or Tennessee or Amarillo, TX.

7.Ed Francis
04/11/55-Tulsa, OK

8.Baron Michele Leone
08/53

9.Ed Francis
1956-Tulsa, OK

10.Mike DiBiase
1956-Oklahoma City, OK

11.Mike Clancy
1957-Little Rock, AR

12.Angelo Savoldi
02/58-Oklahoma City, OK

13.Dory Funk
06/05/58-Amarillo, TX

14.Angelo Savoldi [2]
07/11/58-Oklahoma City, OK

15.Ivan the Terrible
02/20/59-Oklahoma City, OK

16.Angelo Savoldi [3]
03/06/59-Oklahoma City, OK

17.Danny Hodge
07/22/60-Oklahoma City, OK

18.Hiro Matsuda
11/13/64 Tampa, FL

19.Danny Hodge [2]
01/65-Tulsa, OK

20.Lorenzo Parente-Little Rock, AR

21.Danny Hodge [3]

22.Lorenzo Parente [2]
01/14/66-Tulsa, OK
Hodge collapses during the match, and the title is forfeited to Parente.

23.Joe McCarthy
02/12/66

24.Danny Hodge [4]
05/66-Little Rock, AR

25.Sputnik Monroe
07/13/70 Shreveport, LA

26.Danny Hodge [5]
1970

27.Roger "Rip" Kirby
05/20/71 New Orleans, LA

28.Ramon Torres
09/10/71 Monroe, LA

29.Dr. X (Jim Osborne)
12/03/71-Oklahoma City, OK

30.Danny Hodge [6]
03/20/72 Shreveport, LA

31.Ken Mantell
12/19/73 Jackson, MS

32.Hiro Matsuda [2]
06/14/75 St. Petersburg, FL

33.Danny Hodge [7]
03/02/76 Shreveport, LA

TITLE VACANT
03/15/76
Hodge retires after suffering a broken neck in an auto accident.

34.Pat Barrett
09/28/76 New Orleans, LA
Defeats Nelson Royal in tournament final.

35.Ron Starr
12/02/76 New Orleans, LA

36.Nelson Royal
12/06/76-Tulsa, OK

37.Al Madril
06/25/78 Houston, TX

38.Nelson Royal [2]
07/28/79
Awarded when Madril too ill for rematch.

TITLE VACANT
12/79
Royal retires to take care of personal matters.

39.Ron Starr [2]
02/11/80-Tulsa, OK
Defeats Les Thornton in tournament final
special referee: Pat O'Connor
managed by Scandor Akbar.

40.Les Thornton
03/80
Wins by forfeit.

41.Terry Taylor
06/07/81-Roanoake, VA

42.Les Thornton [2]
06/20/81-Roanoake, VA

43.Jerry Brisco
09/13/81-Orlando, FL

44.Les Thornton [3]
10/16/81-Knoxville, TN

45.Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama)
05/25/82-Shizuoka, JAPAN

TITLE VACANT
1982
Declared vacant in North America when Tiger Mask defends WWF World Junior Heavyweight Title.
Sayama continues to defend the title in Japan.

46.Les Thornton [4]
11/83
Awarded
allegedly wins a tournament in Manila, PHILLIPINES.

TITLE VACANT
06/84
Thornton joins WWF after their takeover of Georgia Championship Wrestling.

47.Hector Guerrero
07/13/84
Awarded
allegedly wins a tournament in Los Angeles, CA
may never have wrestled as champion.

48.Mike Davis
10/02/84
Awarded
allegedly beats Guerrero in Albuquerque, NM.

49.Denny Brown
11/22/84-Greensboro, NC


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50.Gary Royal
08/15/85-St. Louis, MO

51.Denny Brown [2]
09/15/85-Atlanta, GA
Royal defends the belt
09/20/85 in St. Louis, MO.

52.Steve Regal
08/02/86-Atlanta, GA

53.Denny Brown [3]
09/01/86-Greenville, SC

54.LazorTron (Hector Guerrero) [2]
03/07/87-Atlanta, GA

TITLE VACANT
1987
Guerrero leaves the promotion.

55.Nelson Royal [3]
11/16/87*-Columbia, SC
Date is approximate

ABANDONED
1988

56.Masayoshi Motegi
08/30/95-Tokyo, JAPAN
Defeats El Hijo del Santo in tournament final.

57.The Great Sasuke
08/02/96-Tokyo, JAPAN-Tokyo Sumo Hall

58.Ultimo Dragon (Yoshihiro Asai)
10/11/96-Osaka, JAPAN

59.Jushin "Thunder" Liger
01/04/97-Tokyo, JAPAN-Tokyo Egg Dome

60.El Samurai (Osamu Matsuda)
07/06/97-Sapporo, JAPAN

61.Shinjiro Otani
08/10/97-Nagoya, JAPAN-Nagoya Dome

TITLE VACANT
11/05/97
J-CROWN separated when the WWF decides to withdraw the WWF Light Heavyweight Title in order to award it in the United States

62.Logan Caine
03/05/99-Parkersburg, WV
Wins 4-man tournament final

TITLE VACANT
10/28/99-Pittsburgh, PA
NWA Board of Directors strips Logan Caine of the belt due to no-show; actually, Logan Caine is jumping from PWX to ECW.

63.Vince "Big Time" Kaplack
10/28/99-Pittsburgh, PA
Defeats Chris Hero to win vacant title.

64."Tornado" Tony Kozina
01/14/00-N. Versailles, PA

65.Rockford 2000
07/22/2000-Surrey, BC, Canada

Title held up after match between Rockford 2000 and Tony Kozina,
08/26/2000-New Westminster, BC, Canada

66.Tony Kozina [2]
08/30/00
After reviewing the tapes of the 8/26 match, the NWA board awards the title to Kozina.

67."Boston Bad Boy" Jason Rumble
10/13/2001-St. Petersburg, FL (Florida Wrestleplex)
Defeated Lex Lovett, Jimmy Rave, Brandon K & BJ Turner in a Five Way Dance.
NWA 53rd Anniversary Show
7:10

68.Vince Kaplack [2]
10/14/2000-Nashville, TN

69.Rocky Reynolds
04/07/2001)-Pennsboro, West Virginia
Reynolds nailed a senton bomb on Kaplack for the pin
Some fans claimed Reynolds used a pair of brass knuckles to earn the victory. Although Kaplack immediately filed a grievance with the NWA Championship Commitee, according to NWA Vice President Jim Miller of NWA East in Pittsburgh, the decision is final and Reynolds is the new champion.

70.Mike Thunder
05/04/2001-N. Richland Hills, TX

71.Lex Lovett
08/21/2001-Tampa, FL

72."Boston Bad Boy" Jason Rumble
10/13/2001-St. Petersburg, FL (Florida Wrestleplex)
NWA 53rd Anniversary Show
07:10
Defeated Lex Lovett (Champion), Brandon K and "Tornado" Tony Kozina in a 5 way match

73.Rocky Reynolds [2]
02/02/2002-Titusville, PA (NWA Tri-State show)

74.Jason Rumble [2]
02/16/2002-Malden, MA (Broken Hearts & Broken Bones show)

75.Rocky Reynolds [3]
04/06/2002-Parkersburg, WV

76.Jimmy Rave
06/29/2002-
NWA Wildside Freedom Fight 2002 card
Defeated Rocky Reynolds and Jeremy Lopez in a three-way dance to win the NWA World Junior Title
07:20

77.Star
08/10/2002-Columbia, TN.

78.Jimmy Rave [2]
08/17/2002-Columbia, TN

79."Boston Bad Boy" Jason Rumble
10/13/2001-St. Petersburg, FL (Florida Wrestleplex)
Defeated Lex Lovett, Jimmy Rave, Brandon K & BJ Turner in a Five Way Dance.
NWA 53rd Anniversary Show
7:10

80.Rocky Reynolds [2]
02/02/2002-Titusville, PA

81.Jason Rumble [2]
02/16/2002-Malden, PA (NCW Arena)

82.Rocky Reynolds [3]
04/06/2002-Parkersburg, WV

83.Jimmy Rave
06/29/2002-Cornelia, GA
Defeats Reynolds and Jeremy Lopez in a 3-way match.
7:20

84.Star
08/10/2002-Columbia, TN

85.Jimmy Rave [2]
08/17/2002-Columbia, TN (NCW Arena)

86.Brother Love
01/18/2003-Magee, MS (NWA Battle Zone card)

87.Rocky Reynolds [4]
06/08/2003-Parkersburg, WV

88."Tradition" Chris Draven
08/02/2003-Parkersburg, WV (City Park Pavilion)
Defeated "Luscious" Rocky Reynolds on August 2,
12:00

89.Jerrelle Clark
01/10/2004-St. Petersburg, FL
Jerrelle Clark forfeited the NWA Florida X Title, won on 12/13/2003 in St. Petersburg, FL upon commencing his NWA Junior Heavyweight title reign

90.Jason Rumble [3]
10/17/2004-Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
Defeated Jerrelle Clark & "Violent" Vance Desmond in a Triple Threat
Elimination match.
NWA 56th Anniversary Show

91.Black Tiger
08/25/2005-Columbia, TN

92.Tiger Mask IV
02/19/2006-Tokyo (Ryogoku Kokugikan)
14:57

93.Mike Quackenbush
05/11/2007-Portage, IN

94.Craig Classic
11/06/2010-Ft. Pierce, FL

Title Vacant

95.Kevin Douglas
10/06/2011-Charlotte, NC
Defeated Chase Owens in an 8-man tournament final for the vacant title.

Title Vacant
10/13/2012
Title stripped when Douglas could not appear on the scheduled title defense due to injury.

96.Chase Owens
10/13/2012-Kingsport, TN
Defeated Matt Conard and Zac Vincent in 3-way final of 6-man tournament; also defeated Kevin Douglas on 11/24/2012 in Rogersville, TN.

97.Jason Kincaid
08/10/2013-Kingsport, TN (Kingsport Civic Auditorium)
NWA Fire on the Mountain

98.Chase Owens [2]
10/18/2013-Humble, TX

99.Ricky Morton
01/04/2014-Kingsport, TN (Kingsport Civic Auditorium)
NWA Smoky Mountain House Party 2014

100.Chase Owens [3]
03/07/2014-Church Hill, TN (Volunteer High School)

101.Jushin Thunder Liger [2]
11/08/2014-Osaka


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