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Last updated on 2018/02/20


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Danny Hodge

National Wrestling Association ( 1936 - 1950s )
National Wrestling Alliance ( 1949 - 1988 )

John Pesek 1926/02/01 Wichita, KS, USA
Defeats Ad Santel (Santel's World Light Heavyweight Title not at stake); also defeats a title claimant Jack Sherry on 29/01/09 in Columbus, OH.

Jack Sherry 1927/07/18<  
Defends title in Evansville, IN on this day; loses to John Pesek on 29/01/09 in Columbus, OH (see above).

Ralph Hammonds 1935/02/15<  
Claims the National Wrestling Association Title in Texas; still champion as of 35/04/15; continues to claim the title in Texas even after the tournament takes place in Hollywood, CA (see below); still/again billed as world champion in Texas as of 36/05/29 and 37/03/14.

Alvin Britt (Albion Britt) 1936/04/20 Hollywood, CA, USA
Defeats Ted Christy in tournament final to be recognized by the National Wrestling Association.
Dude Chick 1936/12/21 Hollywood, CA, USA
Britt again loses the title to Leroy McGuirk on 37/01/04 in Tulsa, OK.
Bob Kenaston 1938/09/05 Hollywood, CA, USA
Dan Savich 1938/12/15 Toledo, OH, USA
Kenaston is billed as Sgt. George Kenaston in this match.
Paul Bozzell 1938/12/22 Toledo, OH, USA
Bob Kenaston [2] 1939/01/05 Toledo, OH, USA
Billed as Sgt. George Kenaston in Toledo; Bobby Chick defeats Kenaston via DQ on 39/02/16 in Toledo, OH, but NWA president Col. Harry J. Landry states that title cannot change hands on a DQ and orders an immediate rematch, won by Kenaston on 39/02/23 in Toledo, OH.
John Swenski 1939/04/03 Tulsa, OK, USA
Has originally been awarded the title after defeating Kenaston via DQ in the third fall on 39/03/27 in Tulsa, OK but the decision is later reversed (source: Tim Hornbaker).
Leroy McGuirk 1939/06/19 Hollywood, CA, USA
Unified with National Wrestling Alliance Title when McGuirk defeats Billy Goelz on 49/12/28 in Des Moines, IA; vacant on 50/02/07 when McGuirk blinded in an auto accident.
Verne Gagne 1950/11/13 Tulsa, OK, USA
Defeats Sonny Myers in the final of 14-man tournament.
Danny McShain 1951/11/19 Memphis, TN, USA
Unifies the Los Angeles version of the world title, defeating Rito Romero on 52/05/25 in Los Angeles, CA; Red Berry defeats McShain by DQ on 52/11/11 in Dallas, TX and claims the title; Whitey Whittler defeats McShain by DQ on 52/10/17 in Oklahoma City, OK and claims the title; McShain defeats Whittler on 52/11/14 in Oklahoma City, OK and Berry on 52/11/27 in Galveston, TX to regain the respective claims.
Baron Michele Leone 1953/08/17 Memphis, TN, USA
Ed Francis 1955/04/11 Tulsa, OK, USA
Mike Clancy 1956/04/10 Tulsa, OK, USA
Fred Blassie # 1957/03/26 Nashville, TN, USA
Title immediately held up.
Mike Clancy [2] 1957/04/09 Nashville, TN, USA
Defeats Blassie in rematch; again held up after a match against Fred Blassie on 57/11/12 in Nashville, TN.
Mike Clancy [3] 1957/11/19 Nashville, TN, USA
Defeats Blassie in rematch.
Angelo Savoldi 1958/02/28 Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Dory Funk Sr. 1958/06/05 Amarillo, TX, USA
Angelo Savoldi [2] 1958/07/11 Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Ivan the Terrible 1959/02/20 Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Angelo Savoldi [3] 1959/03/06 Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Mike DiBiase 1959/05/29 Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Angelo Savoldi [4] 1959/08/21 Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Danny Hodge 1960/07/22 Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Hiro Matsuda 1964/07/11 Tampa, FL, USA
Angelo Savoldi [5] 1964/11/13 Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Danny Hodge [2] 1965/04/23 Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Lorenzo Parente 1965/11/23 Little Rock, AR, USA
Danny Hodge [3] 1966/01/04 Little Rock, AR, USA
Lorenzo Parente [2] 1966/01/14 Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Parente wins by forfeit when Hodge collapses during the match.
Joe McCarthy 1966/02/11Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Danny Hodge [4] 1966/05/03 Little Rock, AR, USA
Assassin #1 (Tom Renesto) 1966/11/05 Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Danny Hodge [5] 1966/12/19 Tulsa, OK, USA
Repeated on 66/12/20 in Little Rock, AR, 66/12/21 in Springfield, MO, and 66/12/22 in Wichita Falls, TX.
Sputnik Monroe 1970/07/13 Shreveport, LA, USA
Danny Hodge [6] 1970/08/10 Tulsa, OK, USA
Or 70/09/14 in Shreveport, LA; Monroe is continues to be billed as champion in Wichita Falls, TX but the title is held up after a match between Monroe and Hodge on 70/08/13; Hodge wins the rematch for the local recognition on 70/08/20.
Roger Kirby 1971/05/20 New Orleans, LA, USA
Ramon Torres 1971/09/10 Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Dr. X (Jim Osborne) 1971/12/03 Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Danny Hodge [7] 1972/03/20 Shreveport, LA, USA
Ken Mantell 1973/12/19 Jackson, MS, USA
Wrestling Pro # 1974/09/17 Mobile, AL, USA
Awarded with a disputed decision; recognized only in the Gulf Coast territory.
Ken Mantell # 1974/11/05 Mobile, AL, USA
Defeats Wrestling Pro in rematch to become the undisputed champion.
Hiro Matsuda [2] 1975/06/14 St. Petersburg, FL, USA
Danny Hodge [8] 1976/03/02 Shreveport, LA, USA
Vacant on 76/03/15 when Hodge retires after suffering a broken neck in an auto accident.
Pat Barret 1976/09/28 Shreveport, LA, USA
Defeats Nelson Royal in 6-man tournament final.
Ron Starr 1976/12/02 New Orleans, LA, USA
Nelson Royal 1976/12/06 Tulsa, OK, USA
Chavo Guerrero is billed as having defeated Royal for the title in Albuquerque, NM and defends the title in Lubbock, TX on 78/04/07.
Al Madril 1978/06/25 Houston, TX, USA
Nelson Royal [2] 1978/07  
Awarded when Madril is too ill for rematch (or 79/07/28, though Royal defends for the rest of 78); vacant in 79/10 when Royal retires; Steve Keirn defeats Chavo Guerrero on 79/12/10 in Los Angeles, CA to be recognized as champion by New Japan, Los Angeles, and Florida, but the version is later renamed International Junior Heavyweight title in 82.
Ron Starr [2] 1980/02/11 Tulsa, OK, USA
Defeats Les Thornton in tournament final.
Les Thornton 1980/03  
Wins by default (sometime between 80/03/09 and 80/03/19); possibly on 80/03/14 in Oklahoma City, OK where Starr and Thornton are scheduled to wrestle.
Jerry Stubbs 1981/01/20 Mobile, AL, USA
Les Thornton [2] 1981/01/30 Dothan, AL, USA
Terry Taylor 1981/06/07 Roanoke, VA, USA
Les Thornton [3] 1981/06/20 Roanoke, VA, USA
Jerry Brisco 1981/09/13 Orlando, FL, USA
Les Thornton [4] 1981/10/16 Knoxville, TN, USA
Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama) 1982/05/25 Shizuoka, JPN
Some of North American promoters declared the title vacant in 82 after Tiger Mask wrestles for WWF; according to New Japan, NWA Board announces that Tiger Mask is still recognized as champion at the annual meeting in 82/08; Tiger Mask vacates the title on 83/04/03 after being injured by Dynamite Kid in a tag match on 83/04/01; Dynamite Kid and Kuniaki Kobayashi meet for the vacant title on 83/04/03 in Tokyo but have no winner decided; Tiger Mask and Dynamite Kid meet for the vacant title on 83/04/21 in Tokyo but have no winner decided.
Tiger Mask [2] 1983/06/02 Tokyo, JPN
Defeats Kuniaki Kobayashi; vacates on 83/08/12 upon retirement.
The Cobra (George Takano) 1983/11/03 Tokyo, JPN
Defeats Davey Boy Smith; Les Thornton starts claiming NWA World Title in Georgia in the same month.
Hiro Saito 1985/07/28 Osaka, JPN
The Cobra [2] 1985/07/28 Osaka, JPN
Returns later on the same card to challenge Saito and wins title; vacates on 85/08/01; also holds WWF Junior Heavyweight Title; Shiro Koshinaka defeats The Cobra on 86/02/06 in Tokyo to be the first IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion.
Denny Brown 1985/08  
Has won the disputed branch, defeating Mike Davis on 84/11/22 in Greensboro, NC; recognized as the undisputed champion by NWA first vice president Shohei Baba after The Cobra vacates the title on 85/08/01.
Gary Royal 1985/08/15 St. Louis, MO, USA
Denny Brown [2] 1985/09/15 Atlanta, GA, USA
Steve Regal 1986/08/02 Atlanta, GA, USA
Denny Brown [3] 1986/09/01 Greenville, SC, USA
Lazor-Tron (Hector Guerrero) 1987/03/07 Atlanta, GA, USA
Vacant in 87/10 when Tron leaves JCP.
Nelson Royal [3] 1987/11/17 Columbia, SC, USA
Defeats Denny Brown; leaves WCW and takes the title to USA Championship Wrestling in Knoxville in 88/05.
Scott Armstrong 1988/07/22 Knoxville, TN, USA
Nelson Royal [4] 1988/07/23 Hazard, KY, USA
Scott Armstrong [2] 1988/07/30? Chattanooga, TN, USA?
Nelson Royal [5] 1988/08/19 Knoxville, TN, USA
USA promotion closes in 88/10; Royal promotes Atlantic Championship Wrestling in the Carolinas and bills himself as world champion until 89.
Les Anderson # 1989  
Defeats Royal on ACW card.
Rock the Hunter # 1989  
Les Anderson [2] # 1989/12/26  
ACW closes in 89.

* NWA revives world junior heavyweight title in 1995.


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