|NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship|
The original championship belt
|Promotion|| NWA Mid-America (1957–1981)|
Continental Wrestling Association (1982–1987)
|Date established||May 1957|
The NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling title defended in the US states of Tennessee and Alabama. The title began in 1957 and lasted first until 1980 when it was first abandoned when Jerry Jarrett took over the Mid-American titles from Nick Gulas. Jarrett revived it in 1981, making it a part of the Memphis-based Continental Wrestling Association, and it then lasted until 1987 when it was unified with the newly created CWA (now renamed Championship Wrestling Association) Heavyweight Championship.
|No.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|1||Buddy Rogers||May 1957(NLT)||1||House show|
|Championship history is unrecorded from May 1957 to April 1958.|
|2||Mighty Atlas||April 1958(NLT)||House show||1|
|3||Tor Yamata||April 24, 1958||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||1|
|Championship history is unrecorded from April 24, 1958 to July 1971.|
|4||Len Rossi||July 1971(NLT)||House show||1|
|Championship history is unrecorded from July 1971 to June 1972.|
|5||Tony Charles||June 1972(NLT)||House show||1|
|Championship history is unrecorded from June 1972 to October 1974.|
|6||Don Kent||October 1974(NLT)||House show||1|
|7||Jackie Fargo||January 4, 1975||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||1|
|8||Don Kent||January 1975||House show||2|
|9||Luke Graham||February 5, 1975||House show||Nashville, Tennessee||1|
|10||Don Kent||April 1975||House show||Louisville, Kentucky||3|
|11||Luke Graham||May 7, 1975||House show||Nashville, Tennessee||2|
|Championship history is unrecorded from May 7, 1975 to 1975.|
|12||Harley Race||1975||House show||1|
|13||Magnificent Zulu||September 1975(NLT)||House show||1|
|14||Harley Race||September 9, 1975||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||2|
|Championship history is unrecorded from September 9, 1975 to December 1975.|
|15||Jackie Fargo||December 1975(NLT)||House show||2|
|Championship history is unrecorded from December 1975 to March 1976.|
|16||Dick Steinborn||March 1976(NLT)||House show||1|
|Championship history is unrecorded from March 1976 to June 1976.|
|17||Bill Dundee||June 1976(NLT)||House show||Seymour, Indiana||1|
|18||Bob Armstrong||August 14, 1976||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||1|
|19||Big Bad John||September 1976||House show||1|
|20||Bob Armstrong||September 25, 1976||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||2|
|21||Bill Dundee||October 1976||House show||2|
|22||Tommy Rich||November 1976(NLT)||House show||1|
|23||Russian Stomper||January 1977||House show||Madison, Indiana||1|
|24||Ken Lucas||February 13, 1977||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||1||61|
|25||The Executioner||April 15, 1977||House show||Huntsville, Alabama||1||43|
|26||Jackie Fargo||May 28, 1977||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||3|
|—||Vacated||1977||—||—||—||—||Jackie Fargo was injured|
|27||Lanny Poffo||October 9, 1977||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||1||62||Defeated Dennis Hall in a tournament final to win the vacant title.|
|28||Don Kent||December 10, 1977||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||4||24|
|29||Randy Savage||January 3, 1978||House show||Birmingham, Alabama||1||82|
|30||Dutch Mantel||March 26, 1978||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||1||56|
|31||Don Garfield||May 21, 1978||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||1||7||Vacated after a match against Dutch Mantel|
|32||Dutch Mantel||May 28, 1978||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||2||45|
|33||Whipper Watson Jr.||July 12, 1978||House show||Nashville, Tennessee||1||10|
|34||Dutch Mantel||July 22, 1978||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||3||21|
|35||Blue Yankee||August 12, 1978||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||1|
|—||Vacated||September 1978||—||—||—||—||Vacated after a match against Dutch Mantel|
|36||Mexican Angel||September 20, 1978||House show||Nashville, Tennessee||1||52||Won a 13-man tournament to win the vacant title.|
|37||Dutch Mantel||November 11, 1978||House show||Nashville, Tennessee||4||0|
|38||Randy Savage||November 11, 1978||House show||Nashville, Tennessee||2|
|39||Bobby Eaton||February 1979(NLT)||House show||1|
|40||Chris Colt||April 29, 1979||House show||Nashville, Tennessee||1||24|
|41||Ron Garfield||May 23, 1979||House show||Nashville, Tennessee||1||10|
|42||Dennis Condrey||June 2, 1979||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||1||140||Defeated Gorgeous George Jr.|
|43||Dutch Mantel||October 20, 1979||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||5||4|
|44||Bobby Eaton||October 24, 1979||House show||Nashville, Tennessee||2||32|
|45||Chris Colt||November 25, 1979||House show||Nashville, Tennessee||2|
|46||Bobby Eaton||December 1979||House show||Miami, Florida||3|
|47||Gorgeous George Jr.||February 17, 1980||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||1|
|48||Bobby Eaton||February 1980||House show||Madison, Indiana||4|
|49||Tojo Yamamoto||February 1980||House show||Versailles, Indiana||1|
|50||Steve Travis||April 1980(NLT)||House show||Lexington, Kentucky||1|
|51||Roger Mason||April 5, 1980||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||1||35|
|52||Rocky Johnson||May 10, 1980||House show||Chattanooga, Tennessee||1|
|53||The Great Togo||May 1980||House show||Louisville, Kentucky||1|
|54||Robert Gibson||June 25, 1980||House show||Nashville, Tennessee||1||28|
|55||Bobby Eaton||July 23, 1980||House show||Nashville, Tennessee||5|
|—||Vacated||October 1980||—||—||—||—||NWA Mid-America ceases to operate, Jerry Jarrett gains control of the championship|
|Revived the title in Continental Wrestling Association|
|56||Ron Bass||July 1981||House show||Seymour, Indiana||1||Awarded the championship.|
|57||Steve Keirn||July 6, 1981||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||49|
|58||Bugsy McGraw||August 24, 1981||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||14|
|59||Steve Keirn||September 7, 1981||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||2||14|
|60||Dutch Mantel||September 21, 1981||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||6||35|
|—||Vacated||October 26, 1981||—||—||—||—||Vacated and inactive after Mantel won the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship|
|61||The Dream Machine||April 19, 1982||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||28|
|62||Dutch Mantel||May 17, 1982||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||7||7|
|63||Bobby Eaton||May 24, 1982||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||6||7|
|64||King Cobra||May 31, 1982||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||35|
|65||Dutch Mantel||July 5, 1982||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||8||7|
|66||Bobby Eaton||July 12, 1982||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||7|
|67||Bill Dundee||July 24, 1982||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||3||Dundee won the title on Memphis TV|
|68||Dutch Mantel||September 6, 1982||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||9||70|
|69||Jesse Barr||November 15, 1982||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||7|
|70||Dutch Mantel||November 22, 1982||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||10||7|
|71||Apocalypse||November 29, 1982||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||6|
|72||Jacques Rougeau||December 5, 1982||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||22|
|73||Sabu the Wildman||December 27, 1982||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||6|
|74||Jacques Rougeau||January 2, 1983||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||2||8|
|75||Bobby Eaton||January 10, 1983||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||8|
|—||Vacated||January 1983||—||—||—||—||Vacated for undocumented reasons|
|76||Bobby Eaton||February 14, 1983||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||9||7||Defeated Sweet Brown Sugar in a tournament final to win the vacant title.|
|77||Sweet Brown Sugar||February 21, 1983||House show||Tupelo, Mississippi||1||7|
|78||Bobby Eaton||February 28, 1983||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||10||7||This was a loser leaves town match. Sweet Brown Sugar would reappear as the masked Stagger Lee.|
|79||Stagger Lee||March 7, 1983||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||2||119|
|80||Frankie Laine||July 4, 1983||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||14|
|81||Dutch Mantel||July 18, 1983||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||11||28|
|82||Buddy Landel||August 15, 1983||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||7|
|83||Stagger Lee / Koko Ware||August 22, 1983||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||3||19||Ware removed his mask before the match with Landel.|
|84||Buddy Landel||September 10, 1983||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||2||82|
|85||Terry Taylor||December 1, 1983||House show||Lexington, Kentucky||1||25|
|86||Randy Savage||December 26, 1983||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||3||105|
|87||Jerry Lawler||April 9, 1984||House show||Lexington, Kentucky||1||224||The title may have been vacated since Lawler also held the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship when he won the Mid-America title.|
|88||Korstia Korchenko||November 19, 1984||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||Defeated Jacques Rougeau to win the championship|
|89||Mike Sharpe||December 17, 1984(NLT)||House show||1|
|90||Jimmy Valiant||February 11, 1985||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1|
|91||Man Mountain Link||July 1985||House show||1||Awarded the championship.|
|92||Jerry Lawler||July 15, 1985||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||2||14|
|—||Vacated||July 29, 1985||—||—||—||—||Vacated when Lawler won the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship|
|93||Koko Ware||August 12, 1985||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||4||Defeated Bota the Witch Doctor in a tournament final to win the vacant title.|
|94||Bota the Witch Doctor||August 1985||House show||Richmond, Indiana||1|
|95||Koko Ware||September 1985||House show||North Vernon, Indiana||5|
|96||Harley Race||October 7, 1985||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||3|
|97||Tom Branch||November 1985||House show||Kansas City, Missouri||1|
|98||Koko Ware||November 16, 1985||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||6||66|
|99||Buddy Landel||January 21, 1986||House show||Louisville, Kentucky||3||12|
|100||Dirty Rhodes (Roger Smith)||February 2, 1986||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||2||16|
|101||Buddy Landel||February 18, 1986||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||4||48|
|102||Dutch Mantel||April 7, 1986||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||12||42|
|103||Rip Rogers||May 19, 1986||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||28|
|104||Dutch Mantel||June 16, 1986||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||13|
|—||Vacated||July 1986||—||—||—||—||Mantel left the CWA|
|105||Tracy Smothers||August 11, 1986||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||57|
|106||Boy Tony (Tony Falk)||October 7, 1986||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||13|
|107||Tracy Smothers||October 20, 1986||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||2||7|
|108||Big Bubba||October 27, 1986||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||Also held CWA/AWA International Heavyweight Championship.|
|—||Vacated||November 1988||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated for undocumented reasons|
|109||The Great Kabuki||November 1986||House show||Jackson, Tennessee||1||Defeated Paul Diamond in a tournament final.|
|—||Vacated||1986||—||—||—||—||The Great Kabuki left the CWA|
|110||Moondog Spot||May 1987||1||Billed as champion on arrival.|
|111||Jeff Jarrett||May 11, 1987||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||14|
|112||Moondog Spot||May 25, 1987||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||2||7||Won the title by disqualification.|
|113||Jeff Jarrett||June 1, 1987||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||2||7|
|114||Moondog Spot||June 8, 1987||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||3||14|
|115||Jeff Jarrett||June 22, 1987||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||3||77|
|116||Carl Fergie||September 7, 1987||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||1||7|
|117||Jeff Jarrett||September 14, 1987||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||4||49|
|118||Jimmy Jack Funk||November 2, 1987||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||2||7||Previous held the championship under the name Jesse Barr|
|119||Jeff Jarrett||November 9, 1987||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||5||28|
|120||Jerry Lawler||December 7, 1987||House show||Memphis, Tennessee||3||343|
|—||Deactivated||November 14, 1988||—||—||—||—||Championship merged with the AWA International Heavyweight Championship and the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship to form the CWA Heavyweight Championship.|
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