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The NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling title that has existed since the 1930s. Though its exact date of creation isn't known, it is among the oldest championships used in professional wrestling today. The title has used a variety of different names over the years, which consists of initial changes to represent the various companies that have controlled the title at different times. Originally, it was simply known as the Texas Heavyweight Championship until its name was changed after the formation of the National Wrestling Alliance in 1948. For most of the title's existence, at least until the early 1990s, it was defended almost exclusively within the Dallasmarker, Ft.marker Worthmarker, Houstonmarker and San Antoniomarker areas of Texasmarker. From the 30s to the mid 1960s, these cities and the surrounding towns were within the territory operated by Ed McLemore, which was known simply as Southwest Sports, Inc. at the time. After McLemore's death, the territory came under the control of Fritz Von Erich and was renamed simply Big Time Wrestling. However, the promotion would be renamed World Class Championship Wrestling in the early 1980s, which is the name the territory is best remembered under today. The championship remained an NWA affiliated title until February 1986.

In 1986, WCCW withdrew from the NWA and changed their name to "World Class Wrestling Association", while still promoting under the WCCW banner. The title became the WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship at this time. In 1991, the title became the USWA Texas Heavyweight Championship in the United States Wrestling Association when WCCW merged into the USWA.

It renamed the WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship in 1993 (after USWA and WCWA split) and became the GWF Texas Heavyweight Championship in the Global Wrestling Federation in 1994. It reverted back to the WCCW Texas Title in 1997 and was briefly the CWA Texas Heavyweight Championship in 1997. It then reverted back to its original name when awarded to NWA Southwest, where it is still used today.

Title history

Wrestlers: Reigns: Date: Place: Notes:
Texas Heavyweight Championship
Martino Angelo 1 1930s Texasmarker
Leo Savage 1 1930s
Chief Little Beaver 1 1938 Houston, TXmarker
Everett Marshall 1 March 1938 Texasmarker
Bobby Managoff 1 February 1942
Juan Humberto 1 February 17, 1942 Dallas, TXmarker
Lou Thesz 1 May 12, 1944 Houston, TX
Ernie Dusek 1 June 30, 1944 Houston, TX
Lou Thesz 2 August 18, 1944 Houston, TX
Olaf Olson 1 December 8, 1944 Texas
Vacated 1945 Title vacant
Buddy Rogers 1 1945 Houston, TX
Bobby Managoff 2 1945
Dave Levin 1 July 13, 1945 Houston, TX
Buddy Rogers 2 July 27, 1945 Houston, TX
Ted Cox 1 August 31, 1945 Houston, TX
Buddy Rogers 3 September 7, 1945 Houston, TX
Jim Casey 1 September 19, 1945 San Antonio, TXmarker
Buddy Rogers 4 November 23, 1945 Houston, TX
Lou Thesz 3 May 3, 1946 Houston, TX
Buddy Rogers 5 May 10, 1946 Houston, TX
Kay Bell 1 July 1946 Texas
Dave Levin 2 July 26, 1946 Houston, TX
Ted Cox 2 August 16, 1946 Houston, TX
Gino Garibaldi 1 September 1946 Texas
Vacated 1946 or 1947
Miguel Guzmán 1 August 1, 1947 Houston, TX
Sonny Myers 1 January 23, 1948 Houston, TX
Yukon Eric 1 January 30, 1948 Houston, TX
Miguel Guzmán 2 February 6, 1948 Houston, TX
Danny McShain 1 May 7, 1948 Houston, TX
Miguel Guzmán 3 June 11, 1948 Houston, TX
NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
Dizzy Davis 1 July 30, 1948 Houston, TX
Antonio Rocca 1 August 6, 1948 Houston, TX
Danny McShain 2 November 12, 1948 Houston, TX
Antonio Rocca 2 November 30, 1948 Dallas, TX
Dizzy Davis 2 January 1, 1949 Waco, TXmarker
Wild Red Berry 1 January 28, 1949 Houston, TX
Miguel Guzmán 4 March 2, 1949 San Antonio, TX
Danny McShain 3 April 1, 1949 Houston, TX
Sonny Myers 2 April 22, 1949 Houston, TX
Bob Wagner 1 May 1949 Houston, TX
Rito Romero 1 June 1949 San Antonio, TX
Sonny Myers 3 July 8, 1949 Dallas, TX
Sandy O'Donne 1 July 1949 Dallas, TX
Held Up July 1949
Sonny Myers 4 August 1949 Texas
Miguel Guzmán 5 August 19, 1949 Houston, TX
Wild Red Berry 2 November 1949 Texas
Leo Newman 1 November 1949 Texas
Verne Gagne 1 December 16, 1949 Houston, TX
Danny McShain 4 January 13, 1950 Houston, TX
Vacant May 1950
Sonny Myers 5 June 30, 1950 Houston, TX
Miguel Guzmán 6 August 7, 1950 Texas
Verne Gagne 2 September 8, 1950 Houston, TX
Rito Romero 2 October 27, 1950 Houston, TX
Danny Savish 1 February 1951 Texasmarker
Miguel Guzmán 7 June 8, 1951 Houston, TX
Wayne Martin 1 June 12, 1951 Dallas, TX
Miguel Guzmán 8 June 18, 1951 Ft.marker Worth, TXmarker
Vacant 1951
Duke Keomuka 1 August 17, 1951 Houston, TX
Ray Gunkel 1 September 4, 1951 Dallas, TX
Vacant 1951
Mighty Atlas 1 November 16, 1951 Houston, TX
Ray Gunkel 2 May 23, 1952 Houston, TX
Duke Keomuka 2 September 26, 1952 Houston, TX
Cyclone Ayala 1 November 14, 1952 Houston, TX
Duke Keomuka 3 December 1952 Texas
Vacant January 1953
Ray Gunkel 3 February 18, 1953 Austin, TXmarker
Bull Curry 1 May 7, 1954 Houston, TX
Enrique Guzmán 1 May 21, 1954 Houston, TX
Ed Francis 1 June 11, 1954 Houston, TX
Johnny Valentine 1 August 1954 Texas
The Sheik 1 October 1954 Texas
Polo Torres 1 November 19, 1954 Houston, TX
Mr. Moto 1 July 1955 Texas
Pepper Gomez 1 August 5, 1955 Houston, TX
Duke Keomuka 4 December 1955 Texas
Pepper Gomez 2 January 1956 Texas
Buddy Rogers 6 June 1, 1956 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 3 August 3, 1956 Houston, TX
Gene Kiniski 1 August 18, 1956 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 4 September 7, 1956 Houston, TX
El Medico 1 October 19, 1956 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 5 February 8, 1957 Houston, TX
El Medico 2 February 1957 Texas
Pepper Gomez 6 February 22, 1957 Houston, TX
Don Leo Jonathan 1 April 19, 1957 Houston, TX
Ivan the Terrible 1 August 30, 1957 Houston, TX
El Medico 3 September 13, 1957 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 7 November 1, 1957 Houston, TX
Crusher Duggan 1 November 8, 1957 Houston, TX
Bill Melby 1 November 15, 1957 Houston, TX
Johnny Valentine 2 January 21, 1958 Dallas, TX
El Medico 4 March 28, 1958 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 8 April 25, 1958 Houston, TX
El Medico 5 May 9, 1958 Houston, TX
Dick Steinborn 1 July 25, 1958 Houston, TX
Tosh Togo 1 October 3, 1958 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 9 November 7, 1958 Houston, TX
Danny McShain 5 December 1958 Texas
Pepper Gomez 10 December 1958 Texas
Joe Christie 1 January 20, 1959 Dallas, TX
Luis Hernandez 1 May 1959 Houston, TX
Corsica Joe 1 June 4, 1959 San Antonio, TX
Nick Kozak 1 October 1959
Pete Managoff 1 January 8, 1960 Houston, TX
Torbellino Blanco 1 April 8, 1960 Houston, TX
Danny McShain 6 April 26, 1960 Dallas, TX
Torbellino Blanco 2 May 10, 1960 Dallas, TX
Duke Keomuka 5 June 22, 1960 San Antonio, Texas
Torbellino Blanco 3 July 1960 Texas
Don Leo Jonathan 2 July 1960 Texas
Danny McShain 7 1960 Texas
Ciclon Negro 1 October 1960 Texas
Dan Manoukian 1 January 20, 1961 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 11 February 10, 1961 Houston, TX
Waldo Von Erich 1 June 23, 1961 Houston, TX
Dory Dixon 1 July 14, 1961 Houston, TX
Sputnik Monroe 1 October 27, 1961 Houston, TX
Pepé Gonzales 1 November 17, 1961 Houston, TX
Jack Dalton 1 December 1, 1961 Houston, TX
Dory Dixon 2 January 5, 1962 Houston, TX
The Mummy 1 May 18, 1962 Houston, TX
Sailor Art Thomas 1 June 15, 1962 Houston, TX
El Medico II 1 October 26, 1962 Houston, TX
Rip Hawk 1 January 11, 1963 Houston, TX
Sweet Daddy Siki 1 February 8, 1963 Houston, TX
Sailor Art Thomas 2 April 26, 1963 Houston, TX
Bill Watts 1 May 3, 1963 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 12 June 21, 1963 Houston, TX
Mark Lewin 1 June 29, 1963 Houston, TX
Billy White Wolf 1 September 24, 1963 Dallas, TX
Joe Blanchard 1 December 3, 1963 Dallas, TX
Tokyo Tom 1 June 24, 1964 Houston, TX
Pepper Gomez 13 July 1964 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 1 January 5, 1965 Texas
Ernie Ladd 1 1965 Texas
Fritz Von Erich 2 April 30, 1965 Houston, TX
Joe Blanchard 2 November 21, 1966 Ft. Worth, TX
Fritz Von Erich 3 January 16, 1967 Ft. Worth, TX
Vacant March 27, 1967 Fritz won NWA American Title
Buddy Austin 1 May 1967 Dallas, TX (Defeated Paul DeMarco in tournament final)
Buddy Moreno 1 August 9, 1967 San Antonio, TX
Vacant 1967
Billy Red Lyons 1 November 8, 1967 San Antonio, TX
The Spoiler 1 March 29, 1968 Houston, TX
Grizzly Smith 1 June 1968 Texas
The Spoiler 2 August 20, 1968 Dallas, TX
Dan Miller 1 December 10, 1968 Houston, TX
Johnny Valentine 3 February 28, 1969 Houston, TX
Jose Lothario 1 June 7, 1969 San Antonio, TX
Johnny Valentine 4 August 20, 1969 Texas
Wahoo McDaniel 1 October 1969 Texas
Johnny Valentine 5 October 29, 1969 Austin, TX
Wahoo McDaniel 2 January 26, 1970 Ft. Worth, TX
Johnny Valentine 6 April 1970 Texas
George Scott 1 October 13, 1970 Dallas, TX
Johnny Valentine 7 November 1970 Texas
Pepper Gomez 14 February 18, 1971 Corpus Christi, TXmarker
Johnny Valentine 8 March 1971 Texas
Jose Lothario 2 November 17, 1971 San Antonio, TX
Red Bastien 1 March 9, 1972 San Antonio, TX
Stan Stasiak 1 June 24, 1972 Irving, TX
Jose Lothario 3 October 25, 1972 San Antonio, TX
Blackjack Mulligan 1 May 4, 1973 Houston, TX
Jose Lothario 4 May 18, 1973 Texas
Great Mephisto 1 January 15, 1974 Dallas, TX
Red Bastien 2 May 28, 1974 Dallas, TX
Gran Markus 1 September 1974 Texas
Al Madril 1 March 1975 Texas
John Tolos 1 May 14, 1975 San Antonio, TX
Al Madril 2 July 15, 1975 Dallas, TX
Held Up 1975
John Tolos 2 September 16, 1975 Dalls, TX
Al Madril 3 October 1975 Texas
Buddy Wolfe 1 November 3, 1975 Texas
John Tolos 3 November 1975 Texas
Peter Maivia 1 November 1975 Texas
Rocky Johnson 1 August 1976 Texas
Seigfreid Steinke 1 August 20, 1976 Houston, TX
Rocky Johnson 2 1976 Texas
Seigfreid Steinke 2 1976 Texas
Moondog Mayne 1 March 1977 Texas
Scott Casey 1 May 1977 Texas
Jimmy Snuka 1 May 1977 Texas
Ox Baker 1 1977
Al Madril 4 January 1978 Texas
Dale Valentine 1 March 24, 1978 Houston, TX
Bruiser Brody 1 May 28, 1978 Houston, TX
David Von Erich 1 September 10, 1978 Dallas, TX
Gino Hernandez 1 October 1978 Ft. Worth, TX
David Von Erich 2 1978 Dallas, TX
Gino Hernandez 2 December 1978 Dallas, TX
David Von Erich 3 February 1979 Dallas, TX
Mark Lewin 2 December 10, 1979 Ft. Worth, TX
Gino Hernandez 3 1980 Texas
Mark Lewin 3 May 25, 1980 Dallas, TX
Gino Hernandez 4 1980 Texas
David Von Erich 4 August 1980 Dallas, TX
Killer Tim Brooks 1 May 1981
Al Madril 5 1981 Ft. Worth, TX
Bill Irwin 1 August 1982 Lawton, OKmarker
David Von Erich 5 September 19, 1982 Dallas, TX
Jimmy Garvin 1 March 1983 Dallas, TX
David Von Erich 6 April 4, 1983 Ft. Worth, TX
Held Up April 1983
David Von Erich 7 July 4, 1983 Dallas, TX
Held Up July 11, 1983
David Von Erich 8 1983
Vacant February 11, 1984
Gino Hernandez 5 June 23, 1984 San Antonio, TX
Brian Adias 1 July 29, 1985 Ft. Worth, TX
Gino Hernandez 6 September 2, 1985 Ft. Worth, TX
Brian Adias 2 September 27, 1985 Ft. Worth, TX
The Grappler 1 December 9, 1985 Ft. Worth, TX
WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
Brian Adias 3 March 10, 1986 Ft. Worth, TX
Buzz Sawyer 1 July 4, 1986 Ft. Worth, TX
Vacant January 1987
Bob Bradley 1 January 12, 1987 Ft. Worth, TX
Dingo Warrior 1 February 2, 1987 Ft. Worth, TX
Al Perez 1 June 21, 1987 Puerto Rico
Vacant August 21, 1987
Ted Arcidi 1 August 31, 1987 Ft. Worth, TX
Matt Borne 1 November 10, 1987 Midland, TXmarker
Terry Taylor 1 February 26, 1988 Dallas, TX
Kevin Von Erich 1 July 4, 1988
Iceman Parsons 1 August 5, 1988 Dallas, TX
Brickhouse Brown 1 February 3, 1989 Dallas, TX
Gary Young 1 March 4, 1989 San Antonio, TX
Eric Embry 1 April 7, 1989 Dallas, TX
Super Zodiac 2 May 19, 1989 Dallas, TX
Eric Embry 2 May 2, 1989 Dallas, TX
P.Y. Chu-Hi 1 July 3, 1989 Wichita Falls, TXmarker
Eric Embry 3 August 18, 1989 Dallas, TX
The Punisher 1 October 5, 1989 Dallas, TX
Kerry Von Erich 1 October 20, 1989 Dallas, TX
Jerry Lawler 1 December 12, 1989 Dallas, TX
Kerry Von Erich 2 January 5, 1990 Dallas, TX
Matt Borne 2 May 25, 1990 Dallas, TX
Kerry Von Erich 3 June 1, 1990 Dallas, TX
Angel of Death 1 July 13, 1990 Dallas, TX
Kevin Von Erich 2 November 23, 1990 Dallas, TX
Vacant January 1991
USWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
Bill Dundee 1 January 25, 1991 Dallas, TX
Eric Embry 4 February 15, 1991 Dallas, TX
Held Up March 29, 1991
Bill Dundee 2 April 5, 1991 Dallas, TX
Eric Embry 5 April 12, 1991 Dallas, TX
Jerry Lawler 2 April 26, 1991 Dallas, TX
Eric Embry 6 April 1991
Held Up May 24, 1991
Bill Dundee 3 May 31, 1991 Dallas, TX
Tom Prichard 1 June 7, 1991 Dallas, TX
Lord Humongous 1 August 12, 1991 Memphis, TNmarker
Tom Prichard 2 August 19, 1991 Memphis, TN
Brian Christopher 1 February 10, 1992 Memphis, TN
Vacant 1992
WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
Chris Adams 1 January 16, 1993 Mexia, TXmarker
Vacant 1993
GWF Heavyweight Championship
Scott Putski 1 July 16, 1994 Arlington, TXmarker
Vacant September 21, 1994
WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
Chris Adams 2 January 1997
Vacant 1997
CWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
Warrior 2000 1 November 14, 1997 Dallas, TX
Vacant December 1997
NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
Rod Price 1 May 1, 1998 Dallas, TX
Stripped June 28, 1998
Brian Adias 4 July 3, 1998 North Richland Hills, TXmarker
Vacant July 30, 1998
Perry Jackson 1 July 31, 1998 North Richland Hills, TX
Rodney Begnaud 1 November 27, 1998 North Richland Hills, TX
Vacant February 3, 1999
Khris Germany 1 February 5, 1999 North Richland Hills, TX
Brian Adias 5 February 19, 1999 North Richland Hills, TX
Steven Dunn 1 March 26, 1999 North Richland Hills, TX
Stripped June 10], 1999
Kevin Northcutt 1 June 10, 1999 Dallas, TX
Rodney Begnaud 2 July 29, 1999 Dallas, TX
Vacant September 1999
Kevin Northcutt 2 September 25, 1999 North Richland Hills, TX
Cedric of Hollywood 1 February 18, 2000 North Richland Hills, TX
Kevin Northcutt 3 April 8, 2000 Galveston, TXmarker
Vacant April 14, 2000
Mike Fox 1 April 28, 2000 North Richland Hills, TX
Rodney Begnaud 3 May 26, 2000 North Richland Hills, TX
Vacant September 29, 2000
Al Jackson 1 September 29, 2000 North Richland Hills, TX
Hotstuff Hernandez 1 December 1, 2000 North Richland Hills, TX
Gary Tool 1 February 2, 2001 North Richland Hills, TX
Hotstuff Hernandez 2 March 16, 2001 North Richland Hills, TX
Kevin Northcutt 4 May 23, 2001 San Antonio, TX
Hotstuff Hernandez 3 August 17, 2001 Refugio, TXmarker
Vacant October 13, 2001
Kevin Northcutt 5 October 26, 2001 North Richland Hills, TX
Mike Anthony 1 December 14, 2001 North Richland Hills, TX
Stripped March 5, 2002
J.P. Black 1 March 22, 2002 North Richland Hills, TX
Steve DeMarco 1 June 21, 2002 North Richland Hills, TX
J.P. Black 2 August 1, 2002 Ft. Worth, TX
Steve DeMarco 2 October 26, 2002 Corpus Christi, TX
J.P. Black 3 May 31, 2003 Pasadena, TXmarker
Al Jackson 2 September 20, 2003 Greenville, TXmarker
Stripped February 1, 2004
J.P. Black 4 February 1, 2004
Al Jackson 3 2004 Texas
Tejas 1 April 24, 2004 Perry, OKmarker
Kevin Northcutt 6 April 16, 2005 Ponca City, OKmarker
Mark Orton 1 July 15, 2006 Beaumont, TXmarker
Chaz Taylor 1 August 12, 2006 Houston, TX
Seth Korbin 1 July 14, 2007 Cypress, TXmarker
Chaz Taylor 2 August 10, 2007 Houston, TX
Kevin Northcutt 7 October 14, 2007 Corpus Christi, TX
Chaz Taylor 3 August 24, 2008 San Antonio, TX
Mike DiBiase 1 September 6, 2008 Amarillo, TXmarker
Stripped October 4, 2008
Kevin Northcutt 8 October 4, 2008 Robstown, TXmarker
Michael Faith 1 January 9, 2009 Cypress, TX
Spoiler 2000 1 March 21, 2009 Livingston, TXmarker
Kevin Northcutt 9 May 2, 2009 Tyler, TXmarker


See also



References

  1. NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship history at wrestling-titles.com



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