In January of 2005, I received a
replica belt of the US Title. The belt was created by
an individual named
who works with Reggie Parks (the man who originally
created the title for Jim Crockett Promotions) to
create the most authentic wrestling belt replicas in the
business. Dave is very knowledgeable on wrestling
titles, and takes great pride in his work.
While going to different conventions, I have been able
to have six of the original seven wrestlers who wore
this title to autograph the back of this particular
belt. I am still missing Michael
no idea how I will be able to get Michael Hayes to sign
the title, as I am not aware of him appearing at any
conventions in the past or future. Anyone with ideas
please let me know!
On March 23, 1985, Magnum TA won the title from Wahoo
McDaniel in Charlotte, North Carolina. The version
Magnum won was the previous version, which was all
silver in color. The NWA unveiled the new version of
the title in early 1986. Magnum went on to defend the
belt versus numerous wrestlers, including Tully
Blanchard, Ole Anderson, Abdullah the Butcher, Baron von
Raschke, Arn Anderson, Black Bart, the Barbarian, Ivan
Koloff, Kamala, and Nikita Koloff.
On August 17, 1986, Nikita Koloff defeated Magnum TA
in the final match of a best of seven series to win the
title. Nikita defended the belt against Magnum TA, Ron
Garvin, Wahoo McDaniel, Brad Armstrong, Tully Blanchard,
On July 11, 1987, Lex Luger defeated Nikita Koloff in
a Cage Match in Greensboro, North Carolina to win the
title. Luger would eventually win this title on three
more occasions, and was the last holder of this belt
before it was replaced with a new version.
On November 26, 1987 at Starrcade, Dusty Rhodes
defeated Lex Luger in a Cage Match to win the title.
Dusty was later stripped of the title after a scuffle
with Tully Blanchard, who had attacked Magnum TA.
On May 13, 1988, Barry Windham defeated Nikita Koloff
in the finals of a tournament to declare a new US
Champion. Windham held the title until February 20,
1989, when he lost to Lex Luger.
On May 7, 1989, Michael Hayes defeated Lex Luger on
the Music City Showdown Pay Per View and won the title.
Hayes run was brief, as he lost the title back to Luger
only two weeks later at Bluefield, West Virginia.
On October 27, 1990, Stan Hansen defeated Lex Luger
at Halloween Havoc to win the title. Hansen lost the
title back to Luger at Starrcade 1990 in a bullrope