10 greatest World Championship upsets

Tommy “Wildfire” Rich def. Harley Race for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship

Tommy Rich

April 27, 1981
The golden-haired and wildly popular “Wildfire” Tommy Rich won dozens of NWA regional titles during this time. Rich achieved his height of popularity in the Georgia territory battling the likes of Ivan Koloff and The Fabulous Freebirds. On April 27, 1981, in Augusta, Ga., Rich cemented his legacy by defeating NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Harley Race. Rich would have the shortest NWA World Heavyweight Title reign in history, losing the championship back to Race four days later in Marietta, Ga. Those four days, however, cemented Rich as a main eventer in the wrestling hotbed of Georgia.