Prior to the 1990s, the NWA Board only recognized the world titles in three weight division:
heavyweight, junior heavyweight, and light heavyweight. The Junior Heavyweight Title was controlled by Leroy McGuirk of
the Tri-State area while Light Heavyweight Title was controlled by
the Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre. All other titles were regional or promotional. The member organizations were allowed to recognize their own "NWA" titles as long as they did not conflict with any of the three board-controlled world titles.