AWA
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE world title(s) in Minneapolis ( until 49 )
NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE ( 48/07/14 - 60/08/16 )
AMERICAN WRESTLING ASSOCIATION ( 60/05 - 91 )





Jim Londos 30/06/06 Phidelphia, PA
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 [2] 38/11/18 Philadelphia, PA

Bobby Managoff 43/02/22 Texas
Disupute win over National Wrestling Association champion Bill Longson.

Yvon Robert

Sandor Szabo 44

Len Hall 46/12/10 Minneapolis, MN

Sandor Szabo [2] 46/12/17 Minneapolis, MN

Cliff Gustafson 47/04/22 Minneapolis, MN

Sandor Szabo [3] 47/06/17 Minneapolis, MN

Bronko Nagurski 48/03/23 Minneapolis, MN

Sandor Szabo [4] 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 [2] 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 [2] 61/08/08 Minneapolis, MN

Mister M (Bill Miller) 62/01/09 Minneapolis, MN

Verne Gagne [3] 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 [4] 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 [5] 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 [2] 63/11/16 St. Paul, MN

Verne Gagne [6] 63/12/14 Minneapolis, MN

Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon 64/05/02 Omaha, NE

Verne Gagne [7] 64/05/16 Omaha, NE

Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon [2] 64/10/20 Minneapolis, MN

Mighty Igor Vodic 65/05/15 Omaha, NE

Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon [3] 65/05/22 Omaha, NE

Crusher Lisowski [3] 65/08/21 St. Paul, MN

Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon [4] 65/11/12 Denver, CO

Dick the Bruiser 66/11/12 Omaha, NE

Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon [5] 66/11/19 Omaha, NE

Verne Gagne [8] 67/02/26 St. Paul, MN

Dr. X (Dick Beyer) 68/08/17 Bloomington, MN

Verne Gagne [9] 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 [10] 80/07/18 Chicago, IL

Nick Bockwinkel [2] 81/05/19
Awarded when Gagne retires.

Otto Wanz 82/08/29 St. Paul, MN

Nick Bockwinkel [3] 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 [4]
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 [2] 90/04/08 St. Paul, MN
Stripped on 90/12/12 when Zbyszko leaves inactive AWA for WCW; AWA closes in 1991.








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