It started as the NWA Georgia Television Championship. It was later renamed the National TV Championship. From 1983 to 1985, it was renamed the NWA World Television Championship, but when Jim Crockett Promotions purchased the promotion from the World Wrestling Federation, the Georgia version of the NWA World Television Championship was reduced back to the NWA National Television Championship. In early April 1985, the championship was abandoned. On March 16, 1985, Dusty Rhodes defeated Tully Blanchard to become the first NWA World Television Champion.