Just to clear this up, this isn’t an overview situating the Greatness of the genuine Wrestlers when everything is said and done, yet ONLY about how remarkable they were as NWA World Champions during their title rules.
Here are the 10 NWA Champions with the best principles (not situated by length):
10. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
Ricky Steamboat won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship once, when he vanquished Ric Flair at the NWA Chi-Town Rumble 1989 PPV.
He shielded the title adequately against Terry Funk and Ric Flair, before losing it back to Flair at NWA WrestleWar 1989.
9. “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes
Dusty Rhodes is a 3 time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, resulting to winning the title in 1979, 1981 and 1986.
He vanquished “Alluring” Harley Race at his underlying two title wins and “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair at his last one.
Discover joy in the great beyond Dusty Rhodes
October 12, 1945 – June 11, 2015
8. Quality Kiniski
Quality Kiniski won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on one ocassion, when he vanquished the exceptional Lou Thesz in 1966.
He would lose the belt to Dory Funk Jr. following 3 years in 1969.
Discover joy in the great beyond Gene Kiniski
November 23, 1928 – April 14, 2010
7. Pat O’Connor
Pat O’Connor won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship once in 1959 by vanquishing by then hero Dick Hutton.
O’Connor held the belt for 2 and a half years, before losing it to mind boggling “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers.
Discover satisfaction in the great beyond Pat O’Connor
August 22, 1924 – August 16, 1990
6. Terry Funk
Terry Funk won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on one ocassion, when he squashed Jack Brisco in late 1975.
Funk held the title for fairly longer than a year earlier losing it to Harley Race in mid 1977.
Terry is one of 2 Wrestlers on this overview, who in spite of everything wrestled in 2015, and we can not block one more match in 2016…
5. Dory Funk Jr.
Terry’s Brother Dory Funk Jr. won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship once, when he beat Gene Kiniski in 1969, 6 years before his kin won the title.
Likewise, much equivalent to his kin years sometime later, Dory lost the belt to the mind boggling Harley Race.
Like Terry, Dory Funk Jr (age 74) is also up ’til now wrestling in 2015, just he is generally fighting in 6 man Tag matches for AJPW, where he doesn’t have to do a great deal of genuine ring work.
4. Jack Brisco
Jack Brisco won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on 2 occasions, once in 1973 and following a year in 1974.
He recently vanquished Harley Race for the belt, by then lost it to AJPW Promoter Giant Baba in Japan, before winning it again from Baba only 7 days sometime later.
A year after his ensuing title win, he lost the belt for good when he was squashed by a young Terry Funk.
3. “Appealing” Harley Race
Harley Race is a past numerous occasions NWA World Heavyweight Champion, resulting to winning the Championship in 1973, 1977, 1979 (2x), 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1984.
He vanquished some exceptional Wrestlers for the title, like Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk, Dusty Rhodes, Giant Baba (2x), Tommy Rich, and Ric Flair (2x).
Only 1 individual held the NWA World Title more oftentimes than Harley Race …
2. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
… and that individual is Ric Flair, who won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship a record of different occasions.
Some place in the scope of 1981 and 1993, Flair squashed foes like Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race, Kerry Von Erich, Ron Garvin, Ricky Steamboat, Sting, Tatsumi Fujinami, and Barry Windham.
Spirit had his last match in 2011, wrestling his archnemesis Sting in TNA.
1. Lou Thesz
Apparently outstanding amongst other Professional Wrestlers, Lou Thesz is a 5 time NWA World Heavyweight Champion.
Thesz held the title
from 1949 to 1955,
from 1955 to 1956,
from 1956 to 1957,
again in 1957,
additionally, one last time
from 1963 to 1966.
Discover bliss in the great beyond Lou Thesz
April 24, 1916 – April 28, 2002
Others who didn’t make the List:
• “The Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers
• “The King of the Mountain” Jeff Jarrett
• “The Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich
• “Wild fire” Tommy Rich
• Giant Baba
• “The Beast” Dan Severn
• “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” Ken Shamrock
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