Bobo Brazil was recognized as the first man to hold the WWWF United States Heavyweight Championship. Brazil had previously defeated NWA Champion Buddy Rogers for the NWA World Title on August 18, 1962, but refused the title when Rogers claimed to have suffered a groin injury. A doctor, however, determined that no injury had occurred and Brazil was recognized as the NWA champion several time across the eastern seaboard.
It is believed that Brazil was named the inaugural WWWF United States Heavyweight champion based on his win over Rogers. Brazil would ultimately hold the belt a total of five times.