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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 )

Verne Gagne 1953/09/03 Chicago, IL
Awarded.
Wilbur Snyder 1956/04/07 Chicago, IL
Hans Schmidt 1956/10/19 Chicago, IL
Wilbur Snyder [2] 1957/02/19 Chicago, IL
Dick the Bruiser 1957/12/13 Chicago, IL
Verne Gagne [2] 1958/04/12 Chicago, IL
Wilbur Snyder [3] 1958/11/15 Chicago, IL
Angelo Poffo 1958/12/27 Cincinnati, OH
Wilbur Snyder [4] 1959/05/02 Detroit, MI
Dick the Bruiser [2] 1959/05/23 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 from 60.
Wilbur Snyder [5] 1960/02/06 Detroit, MI
Dick the Bruiser [3] 1960/02/20 Detroit, MI
Bob Ellis 1960/06/02 Windsor, ON, CAN
Dick the Bruiser [4] 1960/06/11 Detroit, MI
Bobo Brazil 1961/01/28 Detroit, MI
Dick the Bruiser [5] 1961/02/27 Detroit, MI
Verne Gagne [2] 1961/07/21 Hazel Park, MI
Dick the Bruiser [6] 1961/09/23 Detroit, MI
Fritz Von Erich 1961/12/01 Detroit, MI
Wilbur Snyder [6] 1962/03
Sometime after 62/03/25.
Dick the Bruiser [7] 1962/07<  
Not on 62/06/02 in Detroit, MI when Bruiser defeats Czaya Nador.
Lord Athol Layton 1962/08/04 Detroit, MI
Fritz Von Erich [2] 1963/06/08 Detroit, MI
Lord Athol Layton [2] 1963/07/20 Detroit, MI
Fritz Von Erich [3] 1963/10/19 Detroit, MI
Johnny Valentine 1964/06/13 Detroit, MI
Recognized by NWA after 64.
The Sheik 1965/02/06 Detroit, MI
Held up after a match against Bill Miller on 66/09/10 in Detroit, MI.
The Sheik [2] 1966/09/24 Detroit, MI
Wins rematch; held up after a match against Bulldog Brower on 71/02/11 in Cleveland, OH.
The Sheik [3] 1971/02/18 Cleveland, OH
Defeats Bulldog Brower in rematch.
Bobo Brazil [2] 1971/05/29 Detroit, MI
Held up after a match against Bill Curry on 71/07/17 in Detroit, MI.
Bobo Brazil [3] 1971/08/07 Detroit, MI
Defeats Bill Curry in rematch; held up after a match against Pampero Firpo on 72/05/11 in Toledo, OH.
Bobo Brazil [4] 1972/05/18 Toledo, OH
Wins rematch; held up after a mach against Pampero Firpo on 72/06/17 in Detroit, MI.
Bobo Brazil [5] 1972/07/01 Detroit, MI
Wins rematch.
Pampero Firpo 1972/08/12 Detroit, MI
Bobo Brazil [6] 1972/08/19 Detroit, MI
Pampero Firpo [2] 1972/10/28 Detroit, MI
Bobo Brazil [7] 1972/12/23 Detroit, MI
The Sheik [4] 1972/12/30 Detroit, MI
Bobo Brazil [8] 1973/01/13 Detroit, MI
The Sheik [5] 1973/01/27 Detroit, MI
Johnny Valentine [2] 1973/07/07 Detroit, MI
The Sheik [6] 1973/07/21 Detroit, MI
Held-up after a match against Pampero Firpo on 73/12/29 vs. in Detroit, MI.
The Sheik [7] 1974/02/16 Detroit, MI
Wins rematch.
Tony Marino 1974/03/02 Detroit, MI
The Sheik [8] 1974/03/16 Detroit, MI
Bobo Brazil [9] 1975/01/25 Detroit, MI
Awarded when Sheik misses title defences.
Abdullah the Butcher 1975/02/08 Detroit, MI
Bobo Brazil [10] 1975/04/19 Detroit, MI
The Sheik [9] 1975/07/05 Detroit, MI
Mark Lewin 1975/09/27 Detroit, MI
Don Kent 1975/11/01 Detroit, MI
Mark Lewin [2] 1975/11/25<
Declared vacant on 76/02/14.
Bobo Brazil [11] 1976/04/21
Awarded when tournament final against Brute Bernard is cancelled because of an injury to Bernard.
The Sheik [10] 1976/05/15 Detroit, MI
Pampero Firpo [3] 1976/07/17 Detroit, MI
Don Kent [2] 1976/10/16 Detroit, MI
Gino Hernandez 1977/01/08 Detroit, MI
The Sheik [11] 1977/04/02 Detroit, MI
Ox Baker 1977/09< Detroit, MI
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The Sheik [12] 1977/10/08<
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Mark Lewin [3] 1978/09<
Terry Funk 1978/10<  
The Sheik [13] 1978/10/22 Detroit, MI
Mighty Igor 1980/04/12 Detroit, MI
The Sheik [14] 1980/05/03 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.