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Danno O'Mahoney 1935/06/27 Boston, MA
Becomes unified world champion; Texas commission orders a rematch after a match against Daniel Boone Savage on 36/02/07 in Houston, TX; stripped by Texas commission in 36/02 for no-showing a title defense against Juan Humberto in Galveston, TX.
Daniel Boone Savage 1936/05/10
Named champion by Texas commission.
Chief Joe Little Beaver 1937/04/30 Houston, TX
Not the midget wrestler; defeats Karl Davis when Savage leaves the area.
Everett Marshall 1937/05/14 Houston, TX
Also awarded National Wrestling Association title on 38/09/14
Lou Thesz 1939/03/09 St. Louis, MO
Bronko Nagurski 1939/06/23 Houston, TX
Ray Steele 1940/03/07 St. Louis, MO
Bronko Nagurski [2] 1941/03/11 Minneapolis, MN
Sandor Szabo 1941/06/05 St. Louis, MO
Bill Longson 1942/02/19 St. Louis, MO
Yvon Robert 1942/10/07 Montreal, QC, CAN
Bobby Managoff 1942/11/27 Houston, TX
Bill Longson [2] 1943/02/19 St. Louis, MO
Whipper Billy Watson 1947/02/21 St. Louis, MO
Lou Thesz [2] 1947/04/25 St. Louis, MO
Bill Longson [3] 1947/11/21 Houston, TX
Lou Thesz [3] 1948/07/20 Indianapolis, IN
Unifies following titles to become the unified world champion : Roy Dunn is recognized as champion Dallas, TX in 54.
Whipper Billy Watson 1956/03/15 Toronto, ON, CAN
Wins by count out.
Lou Thesz [4] 1956/11/09 St. Louis, MO
Edouard Carpentier # 1957/06/14 Chicago, IL
Wins when Thesz cannot continue due to a back injury; recognized as World champion in Omaha and by World Wrestling Association in Los Angeles to legitimate the lineages of their world titles; Thesz defeats Carpentier in rematch by disqualification on 57/07/24 in Montreal, QC; however, NWA continues to recognize Carpentier as the champion.
Lou Thesz # 1957
Carpentier withdraws his claim to the title when Montreal promoter Eddie Quinn leaves NWA; NWA voids all recognition of Carpentier as champion.
Dick Hutton 1957/11/14 Toronto, ON, CAN
Pat O'Connor 1959/01/09 St. Louis, MO
Buddy Rogers 1961/06/30 Chicago, IL
Killer Kowalski 1962/11/21 Montreal, QC, CAN
Defeats Rogers after his ankle is broken in first fall; not recognized by NWA; Kowalski is recognized as champion in Texas.
Lou Thesz [5] 1963/02
Has defeated Rogers for the title on 63/01/24 in Toronto, ON; defeats Kowalski in Houston, TX on 63/02/01
Gene Kiniski 1966/01/07 St. Louis, MO
Dory Funk Jr. 1969/02/11 Tampa, FL
Harley Race 1973/05/24 Kansas City, MO
Jack Brisco 1973/07/20 Houston, TX
Giant Baba 1974/12/02 Kagoshima, JPN
Jack Brisco [2] 1974/12/09 Toyohashi, JPN
Terry Funk 1975/12/10 Miami, FL
Harley Race [2] 1977/02/06 Toronto, ON, CAN
Dusty Rhodes 1979/08/21 Tampa, FL
Harley Race [3] 1979/08/26 Orlando, FL
Giant Baba [2] 1979/10/31 Nagoya, JPN
Harley Race [4] 1979/11/07 Amagasaki, JPN
Giant Baba [3] 1980/09/04 Saga, JPN
Harley Race [5] 1980/09/09 Ohtsu, JPN
Tommy Rich 1981/04/27 Augusta, GA
Harley Race [6] 1981/05/01 Gainsville, GA
Dusty Rhodes [2] 1981/06/21 Atlanta, GA
Ric Flair 1981/09/17 Kansas City, MO
Midnight Rider(Dusty Rhodes) defeats Flair on 83/02/09 in Miami, FL but returns the belt when asked to indentify himself by NWA president Bob Geigel.
Harley Race [7] 1983/06/10 St. Louis, MO
Ric Flair [2] 1983/11/24 Greensboro, NC
Kerry Von Erich 1984/05/06 Irving, TX
Ric Flair [3] 1984/05/24 Yokosuka, JPN
Recognition withdrawn in Texas in 86/02 after World Class separates from NWA; Rick Rude, who has won NWA American Heavyweight title from King Parsons on 85/11/04 in Ft. Worth, TX, is recognized as World heavyweight champion in Texas by World Class Wrestling Association on 86/02/20.

* See WCWA World Heavyweight title.