Deep South Heavyweight Championship

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Deep South Heavyweight Championship
Details
Date established February 12, 1986
Date retired October 11, 2007
Promotion Deep South Wrestling

The Deep South Heavyweight Championship was the primary championship in Deep South Wrestling, a former developmental territory of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). When the title was first introduced, it was awarded to Mike Mizanin, who won a tournament to become the initial champion.[1] The title was vacated on April 18, 2007 when WWE ceased using DSW as a developmental territory.[1][2] On July 12, 2007, a tournament was held to crown a new champion, which was won by Austin Creed.[1]

Creation[edit]

The title was first awarded to the winner of an 8-Man Single Elimination Tournament, held over a 2 week period with the first round matches being held November 23, 2005, and the semi-final and final matches on December 1.

First Round Semifinals Final
                 
Mike Mizanin
Eric Perez
Mike Mizanin
Kid Kash
Mac Daddy Johnson
"Silverback" Ryan Reeves
Mike Mizanin
Mike Knox
Mike Knox
Mike Taylor
Mike Knox
Tony Santorelli
Tony Santorelli
Palmer Cannon

After WWE[edit]

The title was "held-up" after the agreement between WWE and DSW ended in March 2007, and another tournament was held in on July 12 to crown the new champion.

First Round Semifinals Final
                 
Austin Creed
Simon Sermon
Austin Creed
Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
Salvatore Rinauro
Austin Creed
Murder One
Murder One
J-Rod
Murder One
Rick Michaels
Rick Michaels
Pretty Boy Floyd

↑Alexander the Great defeated Salvatore Rinauro by Coin Toss

Title history[edit]

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Deep South Heavyweight Championship
Tommy Rich 1 February 12, 1986 Marietta, Georgia Wins tournament to become the first champion
Flame 1 July 4, 1986 Albany, Georgia
Mr. Wrestling II 1 September 25, 1986 Carrollton, Georgia
Flame 2 November 9, 1986 Athens, Georgia
Ranger Ross 1 January 25, 1987 Athens, Georgia
Botswana Beast 1 March 1, 1987 Rome, Georgia
Tommy Rich 2 May 27, 1987 Marietta, Georgia
Randy Rose 1 July 1, 1987 Columbia County, Georgia
Assassin #1 (formerly Flame) 1(3) June 6, 1988 Atlanta, Georgia The final champion
Title vacated when the promotion closed in October 1988
Mike Mizanin 1 December 1, 2005 McDonough, Georgia Defeated Mike Knox in a tournament final when the promotion reopens as a talent developmental league of WWE[1]
Derek Neikirk 1 December 22, 2005 McDonough, Georgia [1]
Roughhouse O'Reilly 1 June 22, 2006 McDonough, Georgia [1]
Bradley Jay 1 September 7, 2006 McDonough, Georgia [1]
Vito 1 January 25, 2007 McDonough, Georgia Defeated Bradley Jay and Roughhouse O'Reilly in a three-way round robin match[1]
Bradley Jay 2 February 22, 2007 McDonough, Georgia [1]
Roughhouse O'Reilly 2 March 1, 2007 McDonough, Georgia [1]
Bradley Jay 3 March 8, 2007 McDonough, Georgia Title held-up after a match with Roughhouse O'Reilly when the agreement between WWE and DSW ends[1]
Austin Creed 1 July 12, 2007 Locust Grove, Georgia Defeated Murder One in tournament final; final champion when DSW closes down[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Deep South Wrestling Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  2. ^ "WWE ends its relationship with Deep South Wrestling". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 

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