Defeats Thesz by countout in the second round and disqualification in the third round; California Athletic Commission recognizes the title change by disqualification, but both Thesz and Nomellini continue to claim the title.
Carpentier withdraws his claim to the title when Montreal
promoter Eddie Quinn leaves NWA; NWA voids all recognition of
Carpentier as champion on 57/08/25; Carpentier continues to be recognized
as world champion in Omaha and by World
Wrestling Association in Los Angeles to legitimate the lineages
of their world titles.
Killer Kowalski defeats Rogers on 62/11/21
in Montreal, QC after Rogers' ankle is broken in first fall; Kowalski
is recognized as champion in some places including Texas; Rogers
defeats Kowalski on 63/01/21 in New York, NY, but Kowalski claims
the match is not for the title.
Promoters in northeast refuse to recognize Rogers's
one-fall loss to Thesz and start World Wide Wrestling Federation
with Rogers as the first WWWF
World Heavyweight champion; Thesz defeats Rogers in a two-out-of-three-falls
rematch on 63/02/07 in Toronto, ON; defeats Kowalski on 63/02/01
in Houston, TX; unifies AWA (Alliance) World Title, defeating Karl Krauser on 64/09/07 in Columbus, OH and WWA World Title, defeating Dory Funk Jr. on 65/01/04 in Albuquerque, NM.
Wrestles to a double count-out against WWF Heavyweight
champion Bob Backlund on 82/07/04 in Atlanta, GA; around 82 in DOMINICAN
REPUBLIC, Flair allows himself to be pinned by Jack Veneno to avoid
the riot from the audience, but the title is returned to Flair; Veneno continues to claim the title in Domincan Republic as of 92/03;
Victor Jovica pins Flair around 83 in TRINIDAD but the decision is reversed because of Jovica's feet being on the rope; Midnight Rider (Dusty Rhodes under mask) defeats Flair on 83/02/09
in Miami, FL but returns the belt when asked to indentify himself
by NWA president Bob Geigel.
Stripped on 91/09/08 when Flair signs with WWF,
where he claims the "Real World Heavyweight Title"; NWA World
Heavyweight Title is vacant for the first time since the foundation of the NWA in 1948;
Flair wins WWF
World Heavyweight Title on 92/01/19 in Albany, NY; some reports
say Lex Luger, who has won the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Title
by defeating Barry Windham on 91/07/14 in Baltimore, MD, is briefly
given recognition as NWA World champion by the NWA board, controlled
by WCW Vice President Jim Herd; Luger is not recognized by NWA as
a former champion.
Defeats Abyss and Sting in a 3-way match; stripped by NWA on 07/05/13 after NWA and TNA discontinues the working agreement; Kurt Angle defeats Cage and Sting in what is billed as a "world heavyweight title match" by TNA later on the same day in Orlando, FL but is stripped of the title on the following day due to a controversial ending of the match.
Loses to Bryan Danielson in the semi-final of 16-man tournament which takes place starting from 07/06/02 in various locations in the U.S., but due to Danielson's eye injury, Pearce replaces him and defeats Brent Albright in the final.
Also defeats Ryoji Sai for "AWA" World Title in a double title match on 11/07/03 in Tokyo; stripped on 11/07/11 for refusing the scheduled title defense against Adam Pearce on 11/07/31 in Columbus, OH.