NWA has always had its absolute symbol man, Lou Thez in the 50s - 60s, Ric Flair in the 80s. But in the 70s there was no dominant champion, but there were occasional champions like Dory Funk jr, Jack Brisco, Harley Race, Terry Funk. Why was not there a big dominant champion? Why none of these was a draw like Bruno Sammartino in WWF and then the NWA has made many attempts, until he found Ric Flair?
-------------------- Ultimate warrior fan
That's not true at all. Dory was champion for 4 years. Harley didn't have one long reign as the philosophy changed but he was certainly the dominant figure for a long time. What you have to understand is that the NWA booking philosophy was not the WWWF booking philosophy. The champion was not the draw. The title was. The draw was the fans showing up to see their local draw win the title.
One of the biggest differences between Vince's champ and the NWA's champ is simple. Vince was the guy who decided what he was going to do with his champ.
The NWA had a bunch of promoters who wanted to push their own agenda, which at times wasn't the same agenda as others. A Jack Brisco might have been best for Eddie Graham in Florida, while he might not have been what was best for Fritz in Dallas.