A report on NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship

The current NWA World Heavyweight Championship belt (1973–1986,1994–present)
WWE World Championship Lineage
Longest reigning and three-time champion Lou Thesz (wearing an early version of the belt) pictured with manager Ed Lewis in the 1950s
8-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race pictured with the "Crown" belt during his first reign in 1973
Sting and Ric Flair pose with a replica of the Big Gold Belt, which represented the championship during their reigns in WCW
Dusty Rhodes is a 3-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion
Dan Severn is a 2-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion
Jeff Jarrett, a former 6-time champion, founded TNA in 2002. The following 6 years, he would have the control of the title.
Blue Demon Jr. is the first Mexican and the first masked lucha libre wrestler to hold the championship
Adam Pearce is a 5-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion
Nick Aldis is a 2-time NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion
Gene Kiniski with the belt's third design: "Crown Belt" (1959–1973)
The belt's fifth design: "Big Gold Belt" (1986–1993)
Current champion Matt Cardona
Two-time and current champion Trevor Murdoch

World heavyweight championship owned and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion National Wrestling Alliance .

- NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship
The current NWA World Heavyweight Championship belt (1973–1986,1994–present)

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National Wrestling Alliance

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American professional wrestling promotion and former professional wrestling governing body operated by its parent company Lightning One, Inc.

American professional wrestling promotion and former professional wrestling governing body operated by its parent company Lightning One, Inc.

The extinct NWA territory system in North America
Lou Thesz
Verne Gagne
Gordon Solie
Ric Flair
Ted Turner
Aldis as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion in April 2018

The NWA would continue as a loose coalition of independent promotions, with NWA: Total Nonstop Action (NWA:TNA) given exclusivity over its World Heavyweight and Tag Team championships from June 2002 to May 2007.

Flair in November 2019

Ric Flair

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American retired professional wrestler.

American retired professional wrestler.

Flair in November 2019
One of Flair's signature robes
Flair in 1996.
A bloody Flair at WrestleMania X8 in 2002.
Flair and Shawn Michaels deliver knife-edged chops to Kenny Dykstra of the Spirit Squad in 2006
Flair at WrestleMania XXIV
The main event of Hulkamania tour in 2009, Flair vs. Hulk Hogan
Flair in TNA in 2010
Flair wrestling Douglas Williams in the main event of TNA's Maximum Wooo! tour of Europe
Flair accompanying his daughter, Charlotte Flair to the ring at WrestleMania 32
Flair performing his signature figure-four leglock on Hulk Hogan during the Hulkamania tour
Flair yelling "Wooooo!"
Flair at a Comic Con event in 2016
Flair was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008 for his singles career
Flair was also inducted in 2012 as a member of The Four Horsemen

Flair is officially recognized by WWE as a 16-time world champion (8-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, 6-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and two-time WWF Champion), although the number of his world championship reigns varies by source, ranging from 16 to 25.

Douglas posing at an independent wrestling show in April 2016

Shane Douglas

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American professional wrestler and promoter, better known by his ring name Shane Douglas.

American professional wrestler and promoter, better known by his ring name Shane Douglas.

Douglas posing at an independent wrestling show in April 2016
Dean Douglas in October 1995
Douglas (kneeling) wrestling against Raven
Douglas prior to his match at Slammiversary
Douglas wrestling Christopher Daniels at Slammiversary for a new contract with TNA

Martin held a dozen championships between ECW, WCW, and the WWF and is a five-time world champion: a four-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion and a one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion.

The Undertaker in a casket match against CM Punk

Professional wrestling match types

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Many types of wrestling matches, sometimes called "concept" or "gimmick matches" in the jargon of the business, are performed in professional wrestling.

Many types of wrestling matches, sometimes called "concept" or "gimmick matches" in the jargon of the business, are performed in professional wrestling.

The Undertaker in a casket match against CM Punk
A stretcher at ringside prior to a stretcher match
A steel cage match at a 2013 Impact Wrestling event
The original Elimination Chamber structure
Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens on the outside of the Hell in a Cell structure, as seen in 2017.
The Punjabi Prison at No Mercy in 2007
AAA's Domo de la Muerte
Joey Kings (in white top, right) dropkicks Warhed into the barbed wire ropes
In keeping with the theme, the wrestlers outside the ring may wear flannel shirts during lumberjack matches; an example of this is the 1–2–3 Kid in 1995
2010 Royal Rumble match
Johnny Devine (left) uses a kendo stick on Buck Gunderson during a match
Chris Jericho (left) and Shawn Michaels on a table at a 2008 house show in Puerto Rico

TNA had a main event at the TNA No Surrender 2005 pay-per-view for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship between Raven and Abyss, which Raven won.

Impact Wrestling

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Impact Wrestling (stylized as ''IMPACT!

Impact Wrestling (stylized as ''IMPACT!

Jeff Jarrett, one of the founders of Impact Wrestling (then TNA), Hall of Famer and six-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion
A.J. Styles was considered "the cornerstone of the company" during the late 2000s, as well as being TNA's first Grand Slam champion
The Impact Zone at Soundstage 21, and a six-sided ring
Under Hogan and Bischoff's tenure, TNA re-branded its flagship program to Impact Wrestling and reintroduced the four-sided ring
Dixie Carter (TNA President from 2002 to 2017) under Hogan and Bischoff's tenure, Carter would become an on-screen character.
Billy Corgan served as a president until late 2016.
Since January 2018, Scott D'Amore has been in charge of Impact Wrestling as an Executive Vice President alongside Don Callis. From May 2021, D'Amore has held this role alone, after Callis left the promotion.
Impact 20th anniversary logo, introduced in 2022.
High-flying, high risk moves are a centerpiece of the X Division.
For much of its history, Impact Wrestling used a hexagonal ring.

In 2004, the promotion became known as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), but it continued to use the NWA World Heavyweight and Tag Team championships as part of its agreement with the NWA.

Jarrett in June 2015

Jeff Jarrett

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American professional wrestler, professional wrestling promoter, podcaster, actor, and businessman.

American professional wrestler, professional wrestling promoter, podcaster, actor, and businessman.

Jarrett in June 2015
Jarrett wrestling Doink the Clown in the WWF in 1994
Jarrett posing in 1999.
Jarrett hitting Abyss with a thumbtack-filled guitar during the Lethal Lockdown match at the April 15, 2007, Lockdown pay-per-view.
Jarrett making his return at Bound for Glory IV
Jarrett at a house show in Dublin during TNA's "Maximum Impact!" tour of UK and Ireland.
Jarrett and Kurt Angle at Slammiversary IX.
Jarrett being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in April 2018
Jeff Jarrett (right) and Karen Jarrett in 2015
Jarrett is a six-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion.

A third-generation wrestler and promoter, Jarrett has had over 80 championship reigns throughout his career, among them the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (six times), WCW World Heavyweight Championship (four times), WWA World Heavyweight Championship (twice), USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship (three times), and AAA Mega Championship (twice).

Lou Thesz

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American professional wrestler.

American professional wrestler.

Lou Thesz tied up with The French Angel in 1940
Lou Thesz in 1953, managed by Ed "The Strangler" Lewis.
Thesz, c. 1950s
A Jacksonville, Florida poster advertises Thesz
Thesz as NWA World Heavyweight Champion

He was a three-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion and held the title for a combined total of 10 years, three months and nine days (3,749 days) – longer than anyone else in history.

Styles in 2018

AJ Styles

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American professional wrestler that is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand.

American professional wrestler that is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand.

Styles in 2018
Styles coming to the ring for a Xcitement Wrestling Federation event
Styles with Matt Sydal at an ROH event in 2006
Styles in 2005
Styles teamed and feuded with Christopher Daniels throughout 2005
Styles making his entrance at Lockdown
Styles at a TNA show in 2008
hopefuls: (from left to right) Desmond Wolfe, Robert Roode, Styles, and James Storm
Styles facing Bully Ray at Slammiversary IX
Styles won numerous independent championships, including being a one-time Ballpark Brawl Natural Heavyweight Champion
Styles at a Smash Wrestling independent show in January 2014
Styles (center, being hoisted) celebrates with Bullet Club after winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in February 2015
Styles as the IWGP Heavyweight Champion in May 2014
Styles setting up for a Styles Clash on Chris Jericho at a house show in April 2016
Styles as WWE Champion in December 2016
Styles as WWE Champion at WrestleMania 34
Styles has won numerous titles wrestling in international promotions, such as Revolution Pro Wrestling's RPW British Heavyweight Championship (left hand) and being a two-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion while with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (right hand)
In TNA, he won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship twice and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship three times.
Winning the TNA Legends/Television Championship (of which he is a two-time title holder) made him the first TNA Grand Slam Champion
Styles is a two-time WWE Champion

He gained prominence after signing with TNA, having been described as "the cornerstone of the company since [its] inception"; he won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship twice, the NWA World Heavyweight Championship three times, and was the inaugural titleholder of the X Division Championship, which he won six times.

WWE

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American professional wrestling promotion.

American professional wrestling promotion.

Vince McMahon, the owner, chairman and CEO of the WWE since 1982
Current WWE minority owners/front office executives/wrestlers Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon
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Raw and SmackDown have been WWE's two main brands since the brand extension concept was first initiated in 2002

In 1963, McMahon and Mondt had a dispute with the NWA over "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers being booked to hold the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Jim Londos had the longest reign with the original World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship

Professional wrestling championship

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Recognition promoted by professional wrestling organizations.

Recognition promoted by professional wrestling organizations.

Jim Londos had the longest reign with the original World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship
The Fabulous Moolah was the most prominent holder of the NWA World Women's Championship for 28 years
Diamond Dallas Page as WCW World Heavyweight Champion. The title is represented by the Big Gold Belt, which represented six different championships.
Bruno Sammartino, the longest reigning WWWF World Heavyweight Champion, was able to keep his championship while inactive for part of 1976
Kazuchika Okada held the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (the former world championship of New Japan Pro-Wrestling) five times and holds the record for longest reign
Rey Mysterio is an eight-time Cruiserweight Champion between WCW and WWE. He is seen here with WWE's World Heavyweight Championship, which was called the "World Championship" during his reign because he is not a heavyweight.
Gail Kim, a seven-time TNA Knockouts Champion (right hand), held the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship simultaneously
Jay Lethal, a record setting two-time and longest reigning ROH World Television Champion
The Young Bucks as both the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team and ROH World Tag Team Champions
Zack Ryder with his WWE Internet Championship, which the promotion never officially recognized

Since pro-wrestling is scripted, there is no promotion or group of people that recognize one official world title of the industry (the closest was the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship during the territory days during the mid to late 20th century).