Defeats Dick Shikat to win National Boxing Association World Heavyweight Wrestling Title; defeats Jim Browing on 34/06/25 in New York, NY to unify New York State Athletic Commission World title.
Danno O'Mahoney 35/06/27 Boston, MA
Wins AWA (Boston) World Title, defeating Ed Don George on 35/07/30 in Boston, MA, to become undisputed world champion.
Dick Shikat 36/03/02 New York, NY
Ali Baba 36/04/25 Detroit, MI
Dave Levin 36/06/12 Newark, NJ
Defeats Baba by DQ and claims the title.
Dean Detton 36/09/28 Philadelphia, PA
Has also defeated Ed Stranler Lewis in a title tournament final earlier in the year in Philadelphia, PA.
Bronko Nagurski 37/06/16 Minneapolis, MN
Recognized by The Ring as the true world champion.
Jim Londos  38/11/18 Philadelphia, PA
Bobby Managoff 43/02/22 Texas
Disupute win over National Wrestling Association champion Bill Longson.
Sandor Szabo 44
Len Hall 46/12/10 Minneapolis, MN
Sandor Szabo  46/12/17 Minneapolis, MN
Cliff Gustafson 47/04/22 Minneapolis, MN
Sandor Szabo  47/06/17 Minneapolis, MN
Bronko Nagurski 48/03/23 Minneapolis, MN
Sandor Szabo  48/06/01 Minneapolis, MN
Cliff Gustafson 48/06/22 Minneapolis, MN
Vacant on 49/05/21 when Gustafson retires.
Orville Brown 49
Awarded as the first National Wrestling Alliance world champion on 48/07/14; Minneapolis promotion joins NWA in 49.
Lou Thesz 49/11/27
Unifies following titles to become the Undisputed World Heavyweight champion : · National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight title, having defeated Bill Longson on 48/07/20 in Indianapolis, IN · National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight title, awarded on 49/11/27 when champion Orville Brown is injured in an automobile accident on 49/11/01 before a unification match scheduled on 49/11/25 in St. Louis, MO · American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight title (Boston), defeating Gorgeous George on 50/07/27 in Chicago, IL · Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium version of the world title, defeating Baron Michele Leone on 52/05/21 in Los Angeles, CA.
Whipper Billy Watson 56/03/15 Toronto, ON
Wins by count out.
Lou Thesz  56/11/09 St. Louis, MO
Loses to Edouard Carpentier on 57/06/14 in Chicago, IL but continues to be recognized as champion by the NWA.
Dick Hutton 57/11/14 Toronto, ON
Pat O'Connor 59/01/09 St. Louis, MO
Recognized as the first AWA World Heavyweight champion in 60/05, but given 90 days to defend the title against Verne Gagne or be stripped.
Verne Gagne 60/08/16
Awarded after O'Connor fails to defend the title against Gagne.
Gene Kiniski 61/07/11 Minneapolis, MN
Verne Gagne  61/08/08 Minneapolis, MN
Mister M (Bill Miller) 62/01/09 Minneapolis, MN
Verne Gagne  62/08/21 Minneapolis, MN
Crusher Lisowski 63/07/09 Minneapolis, MN
Has won Omaha world title from Verne Gagne on 63/02/15 in Omaha, NE.
Verne Gagne  63/07/20 Minneapolis, MN
Wins both Omaha and AWA titles.
Fritz Von Erich 63/07/27 Omaha, NE
Wins both Omaha and AWA titles.
Verne Gagne  63/08/08 Amarillo, TX
Wins AWA world title; defeats Von Erich on 63/09/07 in Omaha, NE to unify Omaha World title.
Crusher Lisowski  63/11/16 St. Paul, MN
Verne Gagne  63/12/14 Minneapolis, MN
Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon 64/05/02 Omaha, NE
Verne Gagne  64/05/16 Omaha, NE
Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon  64/10/20 Minneapolis, MN
Mighty Igor Vodic 65/05/15 Omaha, NE
Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon  65/05/22 Omaha, NE
Crusher Lisowski  65/08/21 St. Paul, MN
Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon  65/11/12 Denver, CO
Dick the Bruiser 66/11/12 Omaha, NE
Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon  66/11/19 Omaha, NE
Verne Gagne  67/02/26 St. Paul, MN
Dr. X (Dick Beyer) 68/08/17 Bloomington, MN
Verne Gagne  68/08/31 Minneapolis, MN
Nick Bockwinkel 75/11/08 St. Paul, MN
Wrestle to a double cout-out against WWF Heavyweight champion Bob Backlund on 79/03/25 in Toronto, ON.
Verne Gagne  80/07/18 Chicago, IL
Nick Bockwinkel  81/05/19
Awarded when Gagne retires.
Otto Wanz 82/08/29 St. Paul, MN
Nick Bockwinkel  82/10/09 Chicago, IL
Jumbo Tsuruta 84/02/22 Tokyo, JAPAN
Rick Martel 84/05/13 St. Paul, MN
Wrestles to a double count-out against NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair on 85/10/02 in Tokyo, JAPAN.
Stan Hansen 85/12/29 East Rutherford, NJ
Nick Bockwinkel 
86/06/28 Denver, CO Awarded when Hansen leaves the promotion after not appearing the match on 86/06/28 in Denver, CO, but Hansen takes the belt and defends it on All Japan cards in 86/07.
Curt Hennig 87/05/02 San Francisco, CA
Jerry Lawler 88/05/09 Memphis, TN
Unifies WCWA World title defeating Kerry Von Erich on 88/12/13 in Chicago, IL to become Unified World Heavyweight Champion, but stripped of AWA title on 89/01/20 after CWA splits with AWA.
Larry Zbyszko 89/02/07 St. Paul, MN
Wins title in battle royal, eliminating Tom Zenk.
Mr. Saito (Masa Saito) 90/02/10 Tokyo, JAPAN
Larry Zbyszko  90/04/08 St. Paul, MN
Stripped on 90/12/12 when Zbyszko leaves inactive AWA for WCW; AWA closes in 1991.