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NWA United States Heavyweight Title
[Detroit]

National Wrestling Alliance [Chicago] ( 1953/09 - 1959/04 )
American Wrestling Alliance [Detroit/Cincinnati] ( 1959/04 - 1964 )
National Wrestling Alliance [Detroit] ( 1964 - 1980/10 )

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Verne Gagne 53/09/03 Chicago, IL
Awarded.
Wilbur Snyder 56/04/07 Chicago, IL
Hans Schmidt 56/10/19 Chicago, IL
Wilbur Snyder [2] 57/02/19 Chicago, IL
Dick the Bruiser 57/12/14 Chicago, IL
Verne Gagne [2] 58/04/12 Chicago, IL
Wilbur Snyder [3] 58/11/15 Chicago, IL
Angelo Poffo 58/12/27 Cincinnati, OH
Wilbur Snyder [4] 59/05/02 Detroit, MI
Dick the Bruiser [2] 59/05/23 Detroit, MI
Detroit promoter Jim Barnett and Chicago promoter Fred Kohler split in 60/01; on 60/01/08, Bruiser makes his final appearance in Chicago before 64 but continues to be recognized as champion in Detroit by American Wrestling Alliance; NWA in Chicago recognizes Buddy Rogers after 60.
Wilbur Snyder [5] 60/02/05 Detroit, MI
Dick the Bruiser [3] 60/02/21 Detroit, MI
Bob Ellis 60/06/02 Windsor, ON
Dick the Bruiser [4] 60/06/11 Detroit, MI
Bobo Brazil 61/01/28 Detroit, MI
Dick the Bruiser [5] 61/02/27 Detroit, MI
Verne Gagne [2] 61/07/21 Hazel Park, MI
Dick the Bruiser [6] 61/09/23 Detroit, MI
Fritz Von Erich 61/12/01 Detroit, MI
Wilbur Snyder [6] 62/03/10<  
Dick the Bruiser [7] 62/06/02? Detroit, MI
Lord Athol Layton 62/08/04 Detroit, MI
Fritz Von Erich [2] 63/06/08 Detroit, MI
Lord Athol Layton [2] 63/07/20 Detroit, MI
Fritz Von Erich [3] 63/10/19 Detroit, MI
Johnny Valentine 64/06/13 Detroit, MI
Recognized by NWA after 64.
The Sheik 65/02/06 Detroit, MI
Held up after a match against Bill Miller on 66/09/10 in Detroit, MI.
The Sheik [2] 66/09/24 Detroit, MI
Wins rematch.
Bobo Brazil [2] 67/08<
Sometime after 67/03/31.
The Sheik [3] 67/09/22<
Held up after a match against Bulldog Brower on 71/02/11 in Cleveland, OH.
The Sheik [4] 71/02/18 Cleveland, OH
Defeats Bulldog Brower in rematch.
Bobo Brazil [3] 71/05/29 Detroit, MI
The Sheik [5] 71/07
Sometime after 71/07/13.
Bobo Brazil [4] 71/07/29 Detroit, MI
Held up after a match against Pampero Firpo on 72/05/11 in Toledo, OH.
Bobo Brazil [5] 72/05/18 Toledo, OH
Wins rematch; held up after a mach against Pampero Firpo on 72/06/17 in Detroit, MI.
Bobo Brazil [6] 72/07/01 Detroit, MI
Wins rematch.
Pampero Firpo 72/08/12 Detroit, MI
Bobo Brazil [7] 72/08/19 Detroit, MI
Pampero Firpo [2] 72/09/30<  
Bobo Brazil [8] 72/10/12 Toledo, OH
Pampero Firpo [3] 72/10/28 Detroit, MI
Bobo Brazil [9] 72/12/23 Detroit, MI
The Sheik [6] 72/12/30 Detroit, MI
Bobo Brazil [10] 73/01/13 Detroit, MI
The Sheik [7] 73/01/27 Detroit, MI
Johnny Valentine [2] 73/07/07 Detroit, MI
The Sheik [8] 73/07/21 Detroit, MI
Held-up after a match against Pampero Firpo on 73/12/29 vs. in Detroit, MI.
The Sheik [9] 74/02/16 Detroit, MI
Wins rematch.
Tony Marino 74/03/02 Detroit, MI
The Sheik [10] 74/03/16 Detroit, MI
Bobo Brazil [11] 75/01/25 Detroit, MI
Awarded when Sheik misses title defences.
Abdullah the Butcher 75/02/08 Detroit, MI
Bobo Brazil [12] 75/04/19 Detroit, MI
The Sheik [11] 75/07/05 Detroit, MI
Mark Lewin 75/09/27 Detroit, MI
Don Kent 75/11/01 Detroit, MI
Mark Lewin [2] 75/12/26<  
Still champion as of 76/01/11.
[...]    
Declared vacant on 76/02/14.
Bobo Brazil [13] 76/04/21  
Awarded when tournament final against Brute Bernard is cancelled because of an injury to Bernard.
The Sheik [12] 76/05/15 Detroit, MI
Pampero Firpo [3] 76/07/17 Detroit, MI
Don Kent [2] 76/10/16 Detroit, MI
Gino Hernandez 77/01/08 Detroit, MI
The Sheik [13] 77/04/02 Detroit, MI
Ox Baker 77/09< Detroit, MI
[...]
The Sheik [14] 77/10/23<
[...]
Mark Lewin [3] 78/09<
Terry Funk 78/09/30 Detroit, MI
The Sheik [15] 78/10/22 Detroit, MI
Mighty Igor 80/04/18<
The Sheik [16] 80/05/03 Detroit, MI
Promotion closes in 80/10; Sheik is recognized as champion by ICW in 81 and continues to defend the title in various independent organizations.




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