World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) was a regional professional wrestling promotion headquartered in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. Originally owned by promoter Ed McLemore, by 1966 it was run by Southwest Sports, Inc., whose president, Jack Adkisson, was better known as wrestler Fritz Von Erich. Beginning as a territory of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), it went independent in 1986 in a bid to become a major national promotion, but was unsuccessful in its attempts and eventually went out of business in 1990. Rights to the pre-1988 WCCW tape library currently belong to WWE (the post-1988 rights are owned by International World Class Championship Wrestling).
World Class Championship Wrestling was a member of the NWA and was originally known as Big Time Wrestling until 1982, when Adkisson decided that the name of his federation needed to be changed. Mickey Grant, who headed the production of its telecasts, suggested the name World Class, and from there, the rest was history. WCCW operated its enterprise in Dallas, Texas and held wrestling events at the Reunion Arena, and mostly at the famed Sportatorium, located just south of Downtown Dallas, which was also a well-known boxing and wrestling arena as well as the one-time home to the famous Big D Jamboree.
On February 4, 1986, local authorities and friends of Gino Hernandez- now one the company's major stars- discovered him dead in his apartment. In addition, the NWA President at the time, Jim Crockett, Jr., had also decided that he would no longer book the NWA World Champion at the time, Ric Flair, to wrestle in the state of Texas. World Class, still reeling over the death of Gino Hernandez, withdrew its membership from the NWA on February 18, 1986, and became known as the World Class Wrestling Association, yet they retained the World Class Championship Wrestling name for its broadcasts.
Championships of WCCW
- NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Championship
- WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship
- NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship - taken over by the USWA
- WCWA Texas Tag Team Championship / NWA Texas Tag Team Championship (1945-1981)
- WCWA World Heavyweight Championship / NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (1966-1968) / NWA American Heavyweight Championship (1968-1986)
- WCWA World Light Heavyweight Championship
- WCWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship / WCCW World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (1982-1986)
- WCWA World Tag Team Championship / NWA American Tag Team Championship (1967-1986)
- WCCW Middle Eastern Championship
- WCCW Television Championship / NWA Television Championship (Texas Version 1979-1982)
- CWA Southwestern Heavyweight Championship