World Middleweight Championship (National Wrestling Association)

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World Middleweight Championship
Promotion National Wrestling Association

The National Wrestling Association (NWA) World Middleweight Championship was a professional wrestling title sanctioned by the National Wrestling Association, an offshoot of the National Boxing Association (NBA). The title existed from 1928 through 1940, and is said to have connecting lineage to what would become the National Wrestling Alliance's World Middleweight Championship.

The title had a weight range of 155 to 160 lbs (70 to 73 kg).

Title history

NLTno later than.

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Gus Kallio 1 August 7, 1928 Chicago, Illinois Defeated Charlie Fischer in a 2½-hour-long match to become the first champion.
Hugh Nichols 1 March 8, 1929
Title vacated 1930 Nichols moved up to the light heavyweight division.
Gus Kallio 2 1930 Recognized by the NBA after defeating Ralph Parquat in Cincinnati, Ohio and Ray Carpenter in Columbus, Ohio.
George Sauer 1 NLT 1931
Gus Kallio 3 NLT July 1932
Gus Kallio 4 NLT March 1935
Joe Gunther 1 April 16, 1935 Nashville, Tennessee [1]
Gus Kallio 5 NLT July 1937 Kallio won the title no earlier than April 18, 1937. Kallio was also recognized as the first holder of what would become the NWA World Middleweight Championship in Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL).
Octavio Gaona 1 March 29, 1939 Mexico City, Mexico Also won EMLL title.
Tarzán López 1 February 4, 1940 Mexico City, Mexico Also won EMLL title.
Title retired 1940 or 1941 The title was retired in favor of the World title promoted by EMLL.

See also


  1. ^ "Joe Gunther Defeats Kallio Last Night In Match At Nasvhille". Kentucky New Era. April 17, 1935. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
General reference
  • Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "United States: 19th Century & widely defended titles - NWA, WWF, AWA, IWA, ECW, NWA: World Middleweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 14. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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