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The National Wrestling Association version of the World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling championship sanctioned by the National Wrestling Association (NWA), an offshoot of the National Boxing Association (NBA). The title existed from 1929 through 1949, when it was unified with the National Wrestling Alliance's World Heavyweight Championship.

Title history

Wrestler: Times: Date: Place: Notes:
Gus Sonnenberg 1 January 4, 1929 Boston, MA Defeated Ed "Strangler" Lewis to become the first champion.
Stripped 1929 Title stripped for failing to meet "real" contenders.
Dick Shikat 1 August 23, 1929 Philadelphia, PA Defeated Jim Londos to win the vacant title.
Jim Londos 1 June 6, 1930 Philadelphia, PA
Danno O'Mahony 1 June 27, 1935 Boston, MA
Dick Shikat 2 March 2, 1936 New York City, NY
Ali Baba 1 April 25, 1936 Detroit, MI
Everett Marshall 1 June 26, 1936 Columbus, OH
Vacated September 1936 Title vacated when the NBA and NWA recommend at their annual meeting
that a tournament be held.
John Pesek 1 September 13, 1937 Title awarded when Pesek is the only contender to post a $1000 bond.
Vacated Pesek's recognition as champion withdrawn.
Lou Thesz # December 29, 1937 St. Louis, MO Whether or not this reign was recognized by the NBA/NWA is unknown.
Steve Casey 1 February 11, 1938 Boston, MA
Vacated September 1938 Casey's recognition as champion withdrawn due to his being out of the country.
Everett Marshall 2 September 14, 1938 Title awarded at the NBA/NWA annual meeting.
Lou Thesz 1 February 23, 1939 St. Louis, MO
Bronko Nagurski 1 June 23, 1939 Houston, TX
Ray Steele 1 March 7, 1940 St. Louis, MO
Bronko Nagurski 2 March 11, 1941 Houston, TX
Sandor Szabo 1 June 5, 1941 St. Louis, MO
Bill Longson 1 February 19, 1942 St. Louis, MO
Yvon Robert 1 October 7, 1942 Montreal, Quebec
Bobby Managoff 1 November 27, 1942 Houston, TX
Bill Longson 2 February 19, 1943 St. Louis, MO
Whipper Billy Watson 1 February 21, 1947 St. Louis, MO
Lou Thesz 2 April 25, 1947 St. Louis, MO
Bill Longson 3 November 21, 1947 Houston, TX
Lou Thesz 3 July 10, 1948 Indianapolis, IN
Title retired November 27, 1949 Title unified with NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

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