FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship

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FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship
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Mason Ryan as the Florida Heavyweight Champion in 2010
Details
Date established February 15, 2008[1][2]
Date retired August 14, 2012
Promotion Florida Championship Wrestling

The FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling heavyweight championship owned and promoted by Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), a former developmental territory of WWE. It is contested for in their heavyweight division. The championship was created and debuted on February 15, 2008 at a FCW house show.[1][2]

The first champion was Jake Hager who won a 23-man battle royal by defeating Ted DiBiase, Jr. to become the first champion.[3] On March 22, 2008, Hager defeated FCW Southern Heavyweight Champion Heath Miller to unify the two championships and retire the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship. Bo Rotundo/Dallas holds the record for the most reigns with three reigns. Leo Kruger, Rick Victor and Bo Rotundo all hold the record for shortest reign, because all three have individually won and lost the title on the same day. Jake Hager holds the record for the longest reign (as an individual) with 216 days. In August 2012, the championship was retired when FCW was re-branded to NXT Wrestling. The final champion was Richie Steamboat, who defeated Rick Victor to win the title.

Title history[edit]

Reigns[edit]

Reign The reign number for the specific champion listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title changed hands
No. Champion[4][5] Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes
1 Jake Hager 1 February 15, 2008 216 Tampa, Florida Live event Hager defeated Ted DiBiase, Jr. after both were the two remaining superstars in a 23-man battle royal. On March 22, 2008, Hager defeated FCW Southern Heavyweight Champion Heath Miller to unify the two championships and retire the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship.[3]
2 Sheamus O'Shaunessy 1 September 18, 2008 84 Tampa, Florida Live event [3]
3 Eric Escobar 1 December 11, 2008 77 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings [3]
4 Joe Hennig 1 February 26, 2009 21 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings [3]
5 Drew McIntyre 1 March 19, 2009 84 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings Drew McIntyre defeated Eric Escobar in a singles match after Hennig was forced to turn in his title due to injury.[3]
6 Tyler Reks 1 June 11, 2009 63 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings [3]
7 Heath Miller 1 August 13, 2009 42 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings [3]
8 Justin Angel 1 September 24, 2009 175 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings This was a two out of three falls match.[3]
9 Alex Riley 1 March 18, 2010 126 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings This was a three–way match, also involving Wade Barrett.[3]
10 Mason Ryan 1 July 22, 2010 196 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings This was a three–way match, also involving Johnny Curtis.[3][6]
11 Bo Rotundo 1 February 3, 2011 0 Tampa, Florida March of Champions TV Taping Norman Smiley was the special guest referee.[3]
12 Lucky Cannon 1 February 3, 2011 105 Tampa, Florida March of Champions TV Taping Brett DiBiase was the special guest referee.[3][7]
13 Bo Rotundo 2 May 19, 2011 105 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings [3][7]
Vacated September 1, 2011 0 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings Title vacated after Rotundo was sidelined with an injury.[3][8]
14 Leo Kruger 1 September 1, 2011 154 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings This was a fatal–four way match, also involving Dean Ambrose, Husky Harris and Damien Sandow.[3][8]
15 Mike Dalton 1 February 2, 2012 21 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings [9]
16 Leo Kruger 2 February 23, 2012 0 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings This match aired March 11, 2012
17 Seth Rollins 1 February 23, 2012 114 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings This match aired March 25, 2012
18 Rick Victor 1 June 16, 2012 0 Crystal River, Florida Live event [10][11][12][13]
19 Bo Rotundo/Bo Dallas 3 June 16, 2012 27 Crystal River, Florida Live event [10]
20 Rick Victor 2 July 13, 2012 7 Punta Gorda, Florida Live event [11][14]
21 Richie Steamboat 1 July 20, 2012 25 St. Augustine, Florida Live event [15]
Deactivated August 14, 2012 Tampa, Florida Title retired when FCW became NXT Wrestling.

Combined reigns[edit]

Rank Champion No. of reigns Combined days
1 Jake Hager 1 216
2 Mason Ryan 1 196
3 Justin Angel 1 175
4 Leo Kruger 2 154
5 Bo Rotundo/Bo Dallas 3 132
6 Alex Riley 1 126
7 Seth Rollins 1 114
8 Lucky Cannon 1 105
9 Sheamus O'Shaunessy 1 84
Drew McIntyre 1 84
11 Eric Escobar 1 77
12 Tyler Reks 1 63
13 Heath Miller 1 42
14 Richie Steamboat 1 25
15 Joe Hennig 1 21
Mike Dalton 1 21
17 Rick Victor 2 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "FCW Florida Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  2. ^ a b "FCW Results (2008)". Online World of Wrestling.com. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Champions roll call". Florida Championship Wrestling. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  4. ^ Fenwick, Adam. "FCW Florida Heavyweight Title history". Solie.org. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  5. ^ "FCW Florida Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling Titles.com. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  6. ^ Lansdell, Chris (2010-07-23). "FCW Taping Results (SPOILERS)". 411Mania. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  7. ^ a b "Superstar of the Week: Lucky Cannon". Florida Championship Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  8. ^ a b "Spoilers for Florida Championship Wrestling for September 25, October 2 and 9: two new champions crowned and another Rollins/Ambrose match". PWInsider. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  9. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2012-02-02). "Two title changes at tonight's FCW tapings". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  10. ^ a b "Chaos in Crystal River tonight: Florida Title changes hands twice! Bo Dallas new Champion!!!!". Florida Championship Wrestling. 16 June 2012. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Fact, 3 years ago I was security in Punta Gorda for @CMPunk. Tonight I left the same building as 2 time FCW heavyweight champion!". Rick Victor. 13 July 2012. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "FCW Heavyweight Title Changes Hands Twice, Recent WWE Attendance and More". June 20, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Last night I had the world in my hands but it slipped through my fingers. A normal man would fall but this one will never stop rising". Rick Victor. 17 June 2012. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Big ups to new FCW tag champs @CjuicePARKER & @JasonJordanJJ. And even though he's a scumbag...new heavyweight champ @RickVictor69.". Seth Rollins. 13 July 2012. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  15. ^ http://www.wrestlingnewssource.com/news/25697/Richie-Steamboat-Becomes-New-FCW-Heavyweight-Champion/