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junior-heavyweight

NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship

The NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship is a secondary title in the National Wrestling Alliance that was for the lighter wrestlers. It started in 1945 and still exists today. The title was unified with the National Boxing/Wrestling Association's World Junior Heavyweight Championship in 1949. To qualify to win this championship, wrestlers must weigh 220 lbs or under.

Title history

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Ken Fenelon 1 ca. 1945 N/A Fenelon was awarded the title by Pinkie George, founder of the NWA.
Marshall Estep 1 May 30, 1945 Toronto, IA
Larry Tillman 1 January 1, 1946 Unknown
Ken Fenelon 2 March 11, 1946 Des Moines, IA
Marshall Estep 2 January 6, 1947 Des Moines, IA
Ray Steele 1 March 24, 1947 Des Moines, IA
Marshall Estep 3 April 28, 1947 Des Moines, IA
Billy Goelz 1 ca. March 16, 1948 Unknown
Leroy McGuirk 1 December 28, 1949 Des Moines, IA
Vacated on February 7, 1950 when McGuirk is blinded in a car accident.
Verne Gagne 1 November 13, 1950 Tulsa, OK
Danny McShain 1 November 19, 1951 Memphis, TN
Baron Michele Leone 1 August 1953 Los Angeles, CA
Ed Francis 1 1956 Tulsa, OK
Mike DiBiase 1 1956 Oklahoma City, OK
Mike Clancy 1 1957 Little Rock, AR
Fred Blassie 1 March 26, 1957 Nashville, TN
Immediately held up due to a controversial finish.
Mike Clancy 2 April 9, 1957 Nashville, TN
Angelo Savoldi 1 February 1958 Oklahoma City, OK
Dory Funk 1 June 5, 1958 Amarillo, TX
Angelo Savoldi 2 July 11, 1958 Oklahoma City, OK
Ivan the Terrible 1 February 20, 1959 Oklahoma City, OK
Angelo Savoldi 3 March 6, 1959 Oklahoma City, OK
Danny Hodge 1 July 22, 1960 Oklahoma City, OK
Hiro Matsuda 1 July 11, 1964 Tampa, FL
Danny Hodge 2 April 23, 1965 Tulsa, OK
Lorenzo Parente 1 November 23, 1965 Little Rock, AR
Danny Hodge 3 ca. January 1966 Little Rock, AR
Lorenzo Parente 2 January 14, 1966 Tulsa, OK
Joe McCarthy 1 February 12, 1966 Unknown
Danny Hodge 4 May 1966 Little Rock, AR
Umanosuke Ueda 1 January 23, 1970 Tulsa, OK
Danny Hodge 5 January 30, 1970 Unknown
Sputnik Monroe 1 July 13, 1970 Shreveport, LA
Danny Hodge 6 1970 Unknown
Roger Kirby 1 May 20, 1971 New Orleans, LA
Ramon Torres 1 September 10, 1971 Monroe, LA
Dr. X 1 December 3, 1971 Oklahoma City, OK
Danny Hodge 7 March 20, 1972 Shreveport, LA
Ken Mantell 1 December 19, 1973 Jackson, MS
Hiro Matsuda 2 June 14, 1975 St. Petersburg, FL
Danny Hodge 8 March 2, 1976 Shreveport, LA
Vacated on March 15, 1976 when Hodge retires after suffering a broken neck in a car accident.
Pat Barret 1 September 28, 1976 New Orleans, LA
Ron Starr 1 December 2, 1976 New Orleans, LA
Nelson Royal 1 December 6, 1976 New Orleans, LA
Al Madril 1 June 25, 1978 Houston, TX
Nelson Royal 2 July 28, 1979 Unknown
Vacated in December, 1979 when Royal retires.
Ron Starr 2 February 11, 1980 Tulsa, OK
Les Thornton 1 March 1980 Unknown
Jerry Stubbs 1 January 26, 1981 Mobile, AL
Les Thornton 2 January 31, 1981 Dothan, AL
Terry Taylor 1 June 7, 1981 Roanoke, VA
Les Thornton 3 June 20, 1981 Roanoke, VA
Gerald Brisco 1 September 16, 1981 Miami, FL
Les Thornton 4 October 16, 1981 Knoxville, TN
Tiger Mask 1 May 25, 1982 Shizuoka, Japan
Vacated on April 3, 1983 when Tiger Mask is injured two days prior.
Tiger Mask 2 June 2, 1983 Tokyo, Japan
Vacated on August 12, 1983 when Tiger Mask retires.
The Cobra 1 November 3, 1983 Tokyo, Japan
Hiro Saito 1 July 28, 1985 Osaka, Japan
The Cobra 2 July 28, 1985 Osaka, Japan
Vacated on August 1, 1985.
Denny Brown 1 August 1985 N/A
Gary Royal 1 August 15, 1985 St. Louis, MO
Denny Brown 2 September 15, 1985 Atlanta, GA
Steve Regal 1 August 2, 1986 Atlanta, GA
Denny Brown 3 September 1, 1986 Greenville, SC
Lazer Tron 1 March 7, 1987 Atlanta, GA
Vacated in 1987 when Tron leaves World Championship Wrestling.
Nelson Royal 3 October 16, 1987 N/A
Abandoned in 1989.
Masayoshi Motegi 1 August 30, 1995 Tokyo, Japan
The Great Sasuke 1 August 2, 1996 Tokyo, Japan
Último Dragón 1 October 11, 1996 Osaka, Japan
Jushin Liger 1 January 4, 1997 Tokyo, Japan
El Samurai 1 July 6, 1997 Sapporo, Japan
Shinjiro Otani 1 August 10, 1997 Nagoya, Japan
Vacated on November 5, 1997 when the J-Crown is dematerialized.
Logan Caine 1 March 5, 1999 Parkersburg, WV
Stripped on October 28, 1999 due to no-showing a title defense against Vince Kaplack.
Vince Kaplack 1 October 28, 1999 Pittsburgh, PA
Tony Kozina 1 January 14, 2000 North Versailles, PA
Rockford 2000 1 July 22, 2000 Surrey, BC
Tony Kozina 2 August 30, 2000 N/A
Vince Kaplack 2 October 14, 2000 Nashville, TN
Rocky Reynolds 1 April 7, 2001 Pennsboro, WV
Mike Thunder 1 May 4, 2001 North Richland Hills, TX
Lex Lovett 1 August 21, 2001 Tampa, FL
Jason Rumble 1 October 13, 2001 Saint Petersburg, FL
Rocky Reynolds 2 February 2, 2002 Titusville, PA
Jason Rumble 2 February 16, 2002 Malden, MA
Rocky Reynolds 3 April 6, 2002 Parkersburg, WV
Jimmy Rave 1 June 29, 2002 Cornelia, GA
Star 1 August 10, 2002 Columbia, TN
Jimmy Rave 2 August 17, 2002 Columbia, TN
Brother Love 1 January 18, 2003 Greenville, MS
Rocky Reynolds 4 June 7, 2003 Parkersburg, WV
Chris Draven 1 August 2, 2003 Parkersburg, WV
Jerrelle Clark 1 January 10, 2004 Saint Petersburg, FL
Jason Rumble 3 October 17, 2004 Winnipeg, MB
Black Tiger 1 August 25, 2005 Columbia, TN
Tiger Mask IV 1 February 19, 2006 Tokyo, Japan
Mike Quackenbush 1 May 11, 2007 Portage, IN

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