The title was introduced on February 27, 1974 in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling (MACW), a territory of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). MACW, also known as Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), was purchased by Turner Broadcasting System in 1988, and subsequently renamed WCW. In March 2001, certain assets of WCW were sold by AOL Time Warner to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE). As such these assets, including the rights to the WCW World Television Championship, inactive since April 10, 2000, were now WWF property. Before it was known as the WCW World Television Championship (starting in 1991 and continuing until the title's deactivation), it was known as the NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Championship (1974 to 1977), the NWA Television Championship (1977 to 1985), and the NWA World Television Championship (1985 to 1991).
Being a professional wrestling championship, it was won via a scripted ending to a match or awarded to a wrestler because of a storyline. All title changes occurred at JCP or WCW-promoted events. The inaugural champion was Danny Miller, who defeated Ole Anderson on February 27, 1974, in the finals of a tournament. Booker T holds the record for most reigns, with six. Rick Steamboat's second reign ended due to vacancy for unknown reasons. The day on which the reign ended is also unknown, although it is known that the reign began on June 10, 1978, and came to a close sometime in 1980. As such, if the reign ended on January 1, 1980, or any later time during 1980, then Steamboat's second reign is the longest in the title's history, at over 570 days.[N 1] Five different reigns are tied for the record for shortest reign in the title's history, at one day.
Jim Duggan was the last champion in his only reign. At the time, then-champion Scott Hall did not want to be champion, and after unsuccessfully trying to give the title to Kevin Nash, he abandoned the title by throwing the championship belt into a trashcan on the November 29, 1999, episode of one of WCW's television programs, Nitro. Duggan later found the championship belt in a dumpster on the February 16, 2000, episode of another of WCW's television programs, WCW Saturday Night and named himself champion. The championship was later retired on the April 10, 2000, episode of Nitro, after a storyline reboot by WCW authority figures Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo. Overall, there were 107 reigns shared among 55 wrestlers, with 11 vacancies.
|NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Championship||1974–1977|
|NWA Television Championship||1977–1985|
|NWA World Television Championship||1985–1991|
|WCW World Television Championship||1991–2000|
|No.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|1||Danny Miller||February 27, 1974||Live event||Raleigh, North Carolina||1||72||Miller defeated Ole Anderson in a tournament final to become the first NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Champion.|
|2||Ivan Koloff||May 10, 1974||Live event||Richmond, Virginia||1||59|
|3||Paul Jones||July 8, 1974||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||1||108|
|4||Ivan Koloff||October 24, 1974||Live event||Anderson, South Carolina||2||63|
|5||Paul Jones||December 26, 1974||Live event||Greensboro, North Carolina||2||44|
|6||Ric Flair||February 8, 1975||Live event||Winston-Salem, North Carolina||1||181|||
|7||Paul Jones||August 8, 1975||Live event||Richmond, Virginia||3||117|
|—||Vacated||December 3, 1975||—||—||—||—||Jones gave up the title after he won the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship on November 27, 1975.|
|8||Angelo Mosca||April 14, 1976||Live event||Raleigh, North Carolina||1||77||Mosca defeated Tim Woods in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.|
|9||Paul Jones||June 30, 1976||Live event||Raleigh, North Carolina||4||42|
|10||Angelo Mosca||August 11, 1976||Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
||Raleigh, North Carolina||2||66||This title change aired on broadcast delay.|
|11||Mr. Wrestling||October 16, 1976||Live event||Greensboro, North Carolina||1||23|
|12||Greg Valentine||November 8, 1976||Live event||Fayetteville, North Carolina||1||22|
|13||Rufus R. Jones||November 30, 1976||Live event||Charleston, South Carolina||1||50|
|14||Greg Valentine||January 19, 1977||Live event||Raleigh, North Carolina||2||27|
|15||Rufus R. Jones||February 15, 1977||Live event||Raleigh, North Carolina||2||48|
|16||Ric Flair||April 4, 1977||Live event||Greenville, South Carolina||2||72|||
|17||Ricky Steamboat||June 15, 1977||Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
||Raleigh, North Carolina||1||119||This title change aired on broadcast delay.|
|18||Baron Von Raschke||October 12, 1977||Live event||Raleigh, North Carolina||1||144||During Von Raschke's reign, the championship was renamed the "NWA Television Championship" after he was billed as having won a tournament for all the regional NWA Television Champions.|
|19||Johnny Weaver||March 5, 1978||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||1||21|||
|20||Baron Von Raschke||March 26, 1978||Live event||Greensboro, North Carolina||2||73|
|21||Paul Jones||June 7, 1978||Live event||Raleigh, North Carolina||5||368|
|22||Ricky Steamboat||June 10, 1979||Live event||Asheville, North Carolina||2||136|||
|—||Vacated||October 24, 1979||Live event||Raleigh, North Carolina||—||—||After winning the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship with Jay Youngblood.|
|23||Masked Superstar||April 1, 1980||Live event||Raleigh, North Carolina||1||[N 1]||Masked Superstar won a tournament to win the vacant championship.|
|—||Vacated||October 1980||—||—||—||—||Upon starting to team with Paul Jones.|
|24||Roddy Piper||November 1, 1980||Live event||Richmond, Virginia||1||87||Defeats Paul Jones in tournament final.|
|—||Vacated||January 27, 1981||Live event||Raleigh, North Carolina||—||—||The championship was vacated after Piper won the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship.|
|25||Sweet Ebony Diamond||April 29, 1981||Live event||Raleigh, North Carolina||1||7||Sweet Ebony Diamond won a tournament to win the vacant championship.|
|26||Greg Valentine||May 6, 1981||Live event||N/A||3||24|
|27||Sweet Ebony Diamond||May 30, 1981||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||2||15|||
|28||Greg Valentine||June 14, 1981||Live event||N/A||4||84|
|29||Ron Bass||September 6, 1981||Live event||Asheville, North Carolina||1||58|
|30||Ivan Koloff||November 3, 1981||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||3||60|
|31||Jimmy Valiant||January 2, 1982||Live event||Hampton, Virginia||1||260|
|32||Jos LeDuc||September 19, 1982||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||1||37|
|—||Vacated||October 26, 1982||—||—||—||—||Leduc was stripped of the championship due to cheating.|
|33||Bad Leroy Brown||November 27, 1982||Live event||Greensboro, North Carolina||1||28||Brown won a 20-man battle royal to win the vacant championship.|
|34||Mike Rotundo||December 25, 1982||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||1||59|
|35||Dick Slater||February 22, 1983||Live event||Columbia, South Carolina||1||33|||
|36||Roddy Piper||March 27, 1983||Live event||Asheville, North Carolina||2||7|
|37||Dick Slater||April 3, 1983||Live event||Greensboro, North Carolina||2||27|||
|38||Jos LeDuc||April 30, 1983||Live event||Richmond, Virginia||2||23|
|39||The Great Kabuki||May 23, 1983||Live event||Greenville, South Carolina||1||185|
|40||Charlie Brown||November 24, 1983||Starrcade||Greensboro, North Carolina||2||[N 2]|
|—||Vacated||January 1984||—||—||—||—||Jimmy Valiant dropped the "Charlie Brown" alias and vacated the title.|
|41||Mark Youngblood||March 7, 1984||Live event||Spartanburg, South Carolina||1||21||Youngblood won a tournament final to win the vacant championship.|
|42||Tully Blanchard||March 28, 1984||Live event||Spartanburg, South Carolina||1||353|
|43||Dusty Rhodes||March 16, 1985||Live event||Greensboro, North Carolina||1||43||During Rhodes' reign, the title was renamed the "NWA World Television Championship".|
|44||Tully Blanchard||April 28, 1985||Live event||Charlotte, North Carolina||2||69|
|45||Dusty Rhodes||July 6, 1985||The Great American Bash||Charlotte, North Carolina||2||105|
|—||Vacated||October 19, 1985||—||—||—||—||Rhodes was stripped of the title due to an injury.|
|46||Arn Anderson||January 4, 1986||Live event||Greensboro, North Carolina||1||248||Anderson defeated Wahoo McDaniel in a tournament final to claim the vacant championship.|
|47||Dusty Rhodes||September 9, 1986||Live event||Columbia, South Carolina||3||79|
|48||Tully Blanchard||November 27, 1986||Starrcade||Greensboro, North Carolina||3||263|
|49||Nikita Koloff||August 17, 1987||Live event||Fayetteville, North Carolina||1||162||On November 27, 1987 at Starrcade, Koloff defeated Terry Taylor to unify the UWF Television Championship and the NWA World Television Championship.|
|50||Mike Rotunda||January 26, 1988||Live event||Raleigh, North Carolina||2||335||Rontuna held NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship at time he won World Television Title. Florida Title was given his Varsity partner Rick Steiner to defend.|
|51||Rick Steiner||December 26, 1988||Starrcade||Norfolk, Virginia||1||56|
|52||Mike Rotunda||February 20, 1989||Chi-Town Rumble||Chicago, Illinois||3||39|
|53||Sting||March 31, 1989||Live event||Atlanta, Georgia||1||114|||
|—||Vacated||July 23, 1989||The Great American Bash||Baltimore, Maryland||—||—||The championship was vacated after a controversial finish to a match between Sting and The Great Muta.|
|54||The Great Muta||September 3, 1989||Live event||Atlanta, Georgia||1||121||Muta defeated Sting to win the vacant title.|
|55||Arn Anderson||January 2, 1990||Power Hour||Gainesville, Georgia||2||336|
|56||The Z-Man||December 4, 1990||World Championship Wrestling||Atlanta, Georgia||1||34||This episode aired on tape delay on December 29, 1990.|
|57||Arn Anderson||January 7, 1991||World Wide Wrestling||Perry, Georgia||3||132||During Anderson's reign, the title was renamed the "WCW World Television Championship". This episode aired on tape delay on February 2, 1991.|
|58||Bobby Eaton||May 19, 1991||SuperBrawl I||St. Petersburg, Florida||1||15|
|59||Steve Austin||June 3, 1991||World Wide Wrestling||Birmingham, Alabama||1||329||This episode aired on tape delay on June 29, 1991.|
|60||Barry Windham||April 27, 1992||Saturday Night||Atlanta, Georgia||1||26||This episode aired on tape delay on May 9, 1992.|
|61||Steve Austin||May 23, 1992||Chattanooga, Tennessee||2||102||This episode aired on tape delay on June 13, 1992.|
|62||Ricky Steamboat||September 2, 1992||Clash of the Champions XX||Atlanta, Georgia||3||27|
|63||Scott Steiner||September 29, 1992||WorldWide||Columbus, Georgia||1||[N 3]||This episode aired on tape delay on October 10, 1992.|
|—||Vacated||November 1992||—||—||—||—||Steiner was stripped of the title after he and his brother Rick Steiner left for the World Wrestling Federation.|
|64||Paul Orndorff||March 2, 1993||Power Hour||Macon, Georgia||1||169||Orndorff defeated Erik Watts in a tournament final to become the new champion. This episode aired on tape delay on March 27, 1993.|
|65||Ricky Steamboat||August 18, 1993||Clash of the Champions XXIV||Daytona Beach, Florida||4||32|||
|66||Lord Steven Regal||September 19, 1993||Fall Brawl||Houston, Texas||1||225|||
|67||Larry Zbyszko||May 2, 1994||Saturday Night||Atlanta, Georgia||1||52||This episode aired on tape delay on May 28, 1994.|
|68||Lord Steven Regal||June 23, 1994||Clash of the Champions XXVII||North Charleston, South Carolina||2||87|||
|69||Johnny B. Badd||September 18, 1994||Fall Brawl||Roanoke, Virginia||1||112|||
|70||Arn Anderson||January 8, 1995||Main Event||Atlanta, Georgia||4||161|
|71||The Renegade||June 18, 1995||The Great American Bash||Dayton, Ohio||1||91|
|72||Diamond Dallas Page||September 17, 1995||Fall Brawl||Asheville, North Carolina||1||42|
|73||Johnny B. Badd||October 29, 1995||Halloween Havoc||Detroit, Michigan||2||111|
|74||Lex Luger||February 17, 1996||Live event||Baltimore, Maryland||1||1|||
|75||Johnny B. Badd||February 18, 1996||Live event||Norfolk, Virginia||3||17|||
|76||Lex Luger||March 6, 1996||Saturday Night||Macon, Georgia||2||167|
|77||Lord Steven Regal||August 20, 1996||Saturday Night||Dalton, Georgia||3||181||This episode aired on tape delay on August 31, 1996.|
|78||Prince Iaukea||February 17, 1997||Nitro||Tampa, Florida||1||49|||
|79||Ultimate Dragon||April 7, 1997||Nitro||Huntsville, Alabama||1||41|
|80||Lord Steven Regal||May 18, 1997||Slamboree||Charlotte, North Carolina||4||65|||
|81||Ultimate Dragon||July 22, 1997||Nitro||Jacksonville, Florida||2||30|||
|82||Alex Wright||August 21, 1997||Clash of the Champions XXXV||Nashville, Tennessee||1||32|
|83||Disco Inferno||September 22, 1997||Nitro||Salt Lake City, Utah||1||42|
|84||Perry Saturn||November 3, 1997||Nitro||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1||35|
|85||Disco Inferno||December 8, 1997||Nitro||Buffalo, New York||2||21|
|86||Booker T||December 29, 1997||Nitro||Baltimore, Maryland||1||49|||
|87||Rick Martel||February 16, 1998||Nitro||Tampa, Florida||1||6|
|88||Booker T||February 22, 1998||SuperBrawl VIII||San Francisco, California||2||67|
|89||Chris Benoit||April 30, 1998||Live event||Augusta, Georgia||1||1|
|90||Booker T||May 1, 1998||Live event||Greenville, South Carolina||3||1|||
|91||Chris Benoit||May 2, 1998||Live event||North Charleston, South Carolina||2||1|||
|92||Booker T||May 3, 1998||Live event||Savannah, Georgia||4||1|||
|93||Fit Finlay||May 4, 1998||Nitro||Indianapolis, Indiana||1||41|||
|94||Booker T||June 14, 1998||The Great American Bash||Baltimore, Maryland||5||30|||
|95||Stevie Ray||July 14, 1998||Live event||Baltimore, Maryland||1||27||Stevie Ray was awarded the championship by Booker T.|
|96||Chris Jericho||August 10, 1998||Nitro||Rapid City, South Dakota||1||112|||
|97||Konnan||November 30, 1998||Nitro||Chattanooga, Tennessee||1||29|||
|98||Scott Steiner||December 28, 1998||Nitro||Baltimore, Maryland||2||76|
|99||Booker T||March 14, 1999||Uncensored||Louisville, Kentucky||6||56|||
|100||Rick Steiner||May 9, 1999||Slamboree||St. Louis, Missouri||2||127|
|101||Chris Benoit||September 13, 1999||Nitro||Chapel Hill, North Carolina||3||41|
|102||Rick Steiner||October 24, 1999||Halloween Havoc||Las Vegas, Nevada||3||28|
|103||Scott Hall||November 21, 1999||Mayhem||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||1||8|||
|—||Vacated||November 29, 1999||Nitro||Denver, Colorado||—||—||Hall abandoned the title by throwing the belt into a trashcan.|
|104||Jim Duggan||February 19, 2000||Saturday Night||Bethlehem, Pennsylvania||1||54||Duggan found the championship belt in a dumpster and claimed the title.|
|—||Deactivated||April 10, 2000||Nitro||Denver, Colorado||—||—||The title was retired after Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff rebooted WCW.|
List of combined reigns
|¤||The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.|
- The exact day in October 1980 Masked Superstar vacated the title during his only reign is unknown, which means that his reign lasted between 183 and 213 days.
- The exact date on which Charlie Brown (Jimmy Valiant) lost the title during his fourth reign in January 1984 is unknown, which means that his reign lasted between 38 and 68 days.
- The exact date on which Scott Steiner was stripped of the title during his first reign is unknown, which means that his reign lasted between 33 and 62 days.
- Each reign is ranked highest to lowest; reigns with the same number are tied for that rank.
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Two weeks later, he won the Television title from Rick Steiner, when Steiner was unable to defend the title due to injury. In a baffling decision, Hall claimed he had no interest in the TV title, and when he unsuccessfully tried to give it to Kevin Nash, he threw it in the trash instead.
- "Nitro: The Ultimate Fight". Wayback Machine. WCW.com. Archived from the original on February 29, 2000. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
The WCW TV Title has resurfaced after Jim Duggan found the belt in the trash on a recent episode of WCW Saturday Night.
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- Hoops, Brian (February 22, 2017). "Daily pro wrestling history (02/22): Sting defeats Hogan to win vacant WCW title". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
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Although Sting would come up short in his quest to win the NWA World Tag Team titles with Rhodes, he would defeat Mike Rotunda for the NWA Television Championship in March 1989.
- Milner, John; Kamchen, Richard (2004-10-13). ""Stone Cold" Steve Austin". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-11-18.
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At Fall Brawl '93, however, he was pushed up the card, defeating Ricky Steamboat for the WCW Television Championship....Regal recovered and regained the title at the Clash of the Champions XXVII in June. Regal would hold that championship until September 18, 1994, when Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero) defeated him......By the summer of 1996, Regal had set his sights on regaining the WCW Television title, defeating Lex Luger for the belt on August 20, 1996. Prince Iaukea would upset Regal for the title in February 1997, leading to a short program between the two. Regal would regain the title, but not from Iaukea but from Ultimo Dragon at Slamboree '97 in May.....Regal's fourth and final reign as WCW Television Champion would end with Ultimo Dragon regaining the title on July 22, 1997.
- Hoops, Brian (February 17, 2017). "On this day in pro wrestling history (02/17): Sid Vicious wins the WWF title". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
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Jericho would feud with Dean Malenko, Booker T (over the WCW Television title, a belt Jericho won from Booker's brother, Stevie Ray) and Bill Goldberg. Or rather, Jericho tried to feud with Goldberg, cutting several promos but the match never actually took place.
- Milner, John; Molinaro, John (2005-10-21). "Konnan". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
Konnan would join forces with the NWO and eventually defeat Jericho< for the WCW Television Championship on November 30, 1998.