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Pre-1990s information last updated on 2018/02/22

NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title

NWA [Mid-America office] ( 1957/04 - 1980/10 )
CWA ( 1981 - 1987/12 )
NWA Nashville/Main Event ( 2001/03 - 2012/06 )

Buddy Rogers 1957/04/22<
Billed as "Central American" champion on arrival; recognized as Mid-America Title from 57/05; still champion as of 57/06/13.
Mighty Atlas 1958/01
Billed as champion on arrival.
Tor Yamato 1958/04/24 Chattanooga, TN
Held up in Florence, AL on 59/10/23 after a match against Larry Chene ends with a double pinfall in the 3rd fall.
Larry Chene # 1959/10/30 Florence, AL
Wins by default when officials would not allow Yamato to wrestle due to a severe cut over his eye; the commission eventually rules Yamato is still the champion.
Tor Yamato # 1959/11
Vacant when Yamato passes away on 60/12/09.

Tony Charles 1972/06/14<
Still champion as of 72/07/14.
Don Kent 1974/10/17<
Rufus R. Jones is billed as champion on 74/12/13 in Birmingham, AL; Kent retains against Jones on 74/12/18 in Nashville, TN; in Chattanooga, TN, Jackie Fargo defeats Kent for the title on 75/01/04.
Luke Graham 1975/02/05 Nashville, TN
Harley Race 1975  
Magnificent Zulu 1975/09/01<  
Harley Race [2]1975/09/09Memphis, TN
Bob Armstrong1975/10/13Memphis, TN
Jackie Fargo1975/12<
Still champion as of 76/01/07.
Tommy Gilbert 1976/06<
Roger Kirby 1976/06/16 Nashville, TN
Bob Armstrong [2]1976/08/14Chattanooga, TN
Repeated on 76/08/18 in Nashville, TN.
Big Bad John 1976/09/08 Nashville, TN
Bob Armstrong [3]1976/09/25Chattanooga, TN
In Chattanooga, TN, Roger Kirby defeats Armstrong on 76/10/03.
Jerry Lawler 1976/10/06Nashville, TN
Southern champion, wins a double title match.
Tommy Rich 1976/11
Sometime between 76/11/04 and 76/11/19.
Russian Stomper 1977/01/01Nashville, TN
Repeated in Chattanooga, TN on 77/01/09.
Ken Lucas1977/02/13Chattanooga, TN
The Executioner1977/04/15Huntsville, AL
Jackie Fargo [2] 1977/05/25Nashville, TN
Repeated on 77/05/28 in Chattanooga, TN (or Executioner may have regained sometime in between); vacant in 77/10 when Fargo is injured.
Lanny Poffo1977/10/09Chattanooga, TN
Defeats Dennis Hall in one-night 14-man tournament final.
Don Kent [4]1977/12/10Chattanooga, TN
Randy Savage1978/01/03Birmingham, AL
Dutch Mantell 1978/03/25 Chattanooga, TN
Ron Garfield (Don Fargo)1978/05/21Chattanooga, TN
Dutch Mantell [2]1978/05/28Chattanooga, TN
Whipper Watson Jr.1978/07/12Nashville, TN
Dutch Mantell [3]1978/07/22Chattanooga, TN
Repeated on 78/07/24 in Birmingham, AL.
Blue Yankee 1978/08/12 Chattanooga, TN
Dutch Mantell [4]1978/08/26Chattanooga, TN
Tournament ordered in 78/09 after a controversial match against Blue Yankee.
Mexican Angel1978/09/20Nashville, TN
Wins 13-man tournament.
Dutch Mantell [5] 1978/11/09?Nashville, TN
Randy Savage [2] 1978/11/12<
Bobby Eaton 1979/02  
Sometime between 79/02/09 and 79/02/17.
Terry Gordy 1979/03/21 Nashville, TN
Bobby Eaton [2] 1979/03/28 Nashville, TN
Chris Colt 1979/04/25Nashville, TN
Ron Garfield [2] 1979/05/23 Nashville, TN
Gorgeous George Jr. 1979/06<
Dennis Condrey1979/06/02Chattanooga, TN
Dutch Mantell [6]1979/10/14Chattanooga, TN
Bobby Eaton [3]1979/10/24Nashville, TN
Chris Colt [2]1979/11/25Nashville, TN
Bobby Eaton [4] 1979/12/01 Chattanooga, TN
In Chattanooga, TN, Gorgeous George Jr. defeats Eaton on 80/02/17.
Tojo Yamamoto 1980/02/20Nashville, TN
Steve Travis 1980/04<  
Roger Mason (Roger Smith)1980/04/05Chattanooga, TN
Rocky Johnson 1980/05/12Chattanooga, TN
Great Togo (Mr. Pogo) 1980/06/22<  
Robert Gibson1980/06/25Nashville, TN
Bobby Eaton [5] 1980/07/23Nashville, TN
Still champion as of 80/09/06; in Chattanooga, TN, Tojo Yamamoto defeats Great Mephisto for the title on 80/09/27; Eaton is still champion as of 80/10/14; title inactive in 80/10 after Jerry Jarrett takes over the Mid-American titles from Nick Gulas; title is revived by Jarrett about a year later.
Ron Bass 1981/07
Steve Keirn1981/07/06Memphis, TN
Bugsy McGraw1981/08/24Memphis, TN
Steve Keirn [2]1981/09/07Memphis, TN
Dutch Mantell [7] 1981/09/26Memphis, TN
Title inactive after Mantell wins AWA Southern Title, defeating the Dream Machine on 81/10/26 in Memphis, TN; reactivated in 82/04.
Dream Machine1982/04/19Memphis, TN
Dutch Mantell [8]1982/05/17Memphis, TN
Bobby Eaton [6] 1982/05/24Memphis, TN
King Cobra1982/05/31Memphis, TN
Dutch Mantell [9]1982/07/05Memphis, TN
Bobby Eaton [7] 1982/07/12Memphis, TN
Bill Dundee 1982/07/24Memphis, TN
Dutch Mantell [10]1982/09/06Memphis, TN
Jesse Barr1982/11/15Memphis, TN
Dutch Mantell [11]1982/11/22Memphis, TN
Apocalypse1982/11/29Memphis, TN
Jacques Rougeau1982/12/05Memphis, TN
Sabu the Wildman (Coco Samoa)1982/12/27Memphis, TN
Jacques Rougeau [2]1983/01/02Memphis, TN
Bobby Eaton [8] 1983/01/10Memphis, TN
Vacant in 83/01.
Bobby Eaton [9] 1983/02/14Memphis, TN
Defeats Sweet Brown Sugar in tournament final; repeated in Nashville, TN on 83/02/19 and in Lousville, KY on 83/02/22.
Sweet Brown Sugar (Koko Ware)1983/02/25Tupelo, MS
Bobby Eaton [10] 1983/02/28Memphis, TN
Loser-leaves-town match; Sugar reappears as Stagger Lee.
Stagger Lee (Koko Ware) [2]1983/03/07Memphis, TN
Frankie Laine1983/07/04Memphis, TN
Dutch Mantell [12]1983/07/18Memphis, TN
Buddy Landel1983/08/15Memphis, TN
Stagger Lee/Koko Ware [3]1983/08/22Memphis, TN
Removes mask before the match.
Buddy Landel [2]1983/09/10Memphis, TN
Terry Taylor1983/12/01Lexington, KY
Randy Savage [3]1983/12/26Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [2]1984/04/09Lexington, KY
Title may have been vacated since Lawler also holds the AWA Southern Title.
Korstia Korchenko1984/11/19Memphis, TN
Defeats Jacques Rougeau Jr.
Mike Sharpe 1984/12/13<
Jimmy Valiant1985/02/21Memphis, TN
Vacant in 85.
Rick Link 1985/07  
Jerry Lawler [3]1985/07/15Memphis, TN
Vacant on 85/07/29 when Lawler wins AWA Southern Title.
Koko Ware [4]1985/08/12Memphis, TN
Defeats Bota the Witch Doctor in 14-man tournament final.
Harley Race1985/10/07Memphis, TN
Tom Branch1985/11Kansas City, MO *
Koko Ware [5]1985/11/16Memphis, TN
Buddy Landel [3]1986/01/21Louisville, KY
Dirty Rhodes (Roger Smith)1986/02/02Memphis, TN
Buddy Landel [4]1986/02/18Memphis, TN
Dutch Mantell [13]1986/04/07Memphis, TN
Rip Rogers1986/05/19Memphis, TN
Dutch Mantell [14]1986/06/16Memphis, TN
Vacant in 86/07 whem Mantell leaves the area.
Tracy Smothers1986/08/11Memphis, TN
Defeats Basher in tournament final.
The Ninja (Tony Burton) 1986/09/20 Memphis, TN
Tracy Smothers [2] 1986/09/26 Memphis, TN
Boy Tony (Tony Falk)1986/10/07Memphis, TN
Tracy Smothers [3]1986/10/20Memphis, TN
Big Bubba (Fred Ottman)1986/10/27Memphis, TN
Bubba already holds International title and vacates Mid-American title in 86/11.
Great Kabuki 1986/11/23Jackson, TN
Defeats Paul Diamond in tournament final; vacant in 86/12 when Kabuki leaves the area.
Moondog Spot 1987/05  
Billed as champions on arrival.
Jeff Jarrett1987/05/11Memphis, TN
Moondog Spot [2] 1987/05/30Memphis, TN
Jeff Jarrett [2]1987/06/01Memphis, TN
Moondog Spot [3]1987/06/08Memphis, TN
Jeff Jarrett [3]1987/06/22Memphis, TN
Carl Fergie1987/09/07Memphis, TN
Jeff Jarrett [4]1987/09/14Memphis, TN
Jimmy Jack Funk (Jesse Barr)1987/11/02Memphis, TN
Jeff Jarrett [5]1987/11/09Memphis, TN
Unified with CWA Heavyweight title on 87/12/07 in Memphis, TN.

Kory Williams2001/03/17Nashville, TN
Defeats Doug Gilbert; vacant in 01/06 when Williams leaves the promotion.
Rex Sexton2002/12/25Columbia, TN
Eliminates Mikey Woods in a battle royal.
Mike Woods2003/03/22Columbia, TN
Kory Williams, who has never been defeated for the title, returns in 03/05 claiming to still be champion.
Kory Williams [2]2003/06/20Nashville, TN
Defeats Woods to unify the disputed title.
Mike Woods [2]2003/09/13Columbia, TN
Lonestar2003/11/08Columbia, TN
Tommy Capone2004/04/03Columbia, TN
Mike Woods [3]2004/05/03Columbia, TN
Buzz Dupp2004/07/17Columbia, TN
Wins by forfeit.
Mike Woods [4] 2004  
L.A. Player2005/01/08Columbia, TN
Mike Woods [5] 2005  
Kevin Rhodes2005/10/07Springfield, TN
J.T. Quest2006/04/01Columbia, TN
Defeats Jason Cain.
Larry Cooter2006/04/29Columbia, TN
J.T. Quest [2]2006/05/20Columbia, TN
Steve O2006/07/22Columbia, TN
J.T. Quest [3]2006/11/04Columbia, TN
Lee Condry2005/12/23Columbia, TN
Wins a 4-Corner Survival Match.
Johnny Swinger2007/04/13Columbia, TN
Lee Condry [2]2007/04/14Columbia, TN
Vacates on 07/05/26 in Columbia, TN after losing by DQ to Robbie Ruffin and throwing the belt at Ruffin's feet.
Steve O [2]2007/11/22Pulaski, TN
Wins a last man standing match; may be held up on 08/02/19 after a match against Shawn Schultz.
Shawn Schultz 2008/03/04 Nashville, TN
Defeats Steve O and another opponent in a 3-way match.
Adam Armor2008/06/03Nashville, TN
Marc Anthony2008/06/03Nashville, TN
Stripped in 08/07.
Ali Stevens 2008/07/22 Nashville, TN
Defeats John Noble.
Jeff Daniels 2008/09/15Nashville, TN
Scott Hayes 2008/11/27 Nashville, TN
Jeff Daniels [2] 2009
Sometime between 09/01/17 and 09/06/03.
Steve O [3] 2009/06
Sometime between 09/06/05 and 09/06/26.
Shawn Schultz [2] 2009/09/03 Nashville, TN
Will Owens 2009/11/05 Nashville, TN
Chad Hyatt 2010/02/25 Nashville, TN
Orion Bishop 2010/03/11 Nashville, TN
Will Owens [2] 2011/01
Nick Iggy 2011/12/22 Nashville, TN
Vacant after a match against Kevin Kardashian on 12/05/27 in Lebanon, TN ends with a double pinfall; title retired few days later.

* See also NWA Mid-American Heavyweight Title (Indiana).