NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship

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Current champion(s) Wes Brisco
Date won March 7, 2014
Promotion

Championship Wrestling from Florida

NWA: Florida Underground Wrestling
Date established January 5, 1937

The NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship was a major title in Championship Wrestling from Florida, USA and is now the major title in NWA Florida Underground Wrestling. It started in 1937 and was abandoned in 1949. It was picked back up in 1966 by CWF and lasted until 1987 when the company was purchased by Jim Crockett Promotions. Pro Wrestling Florida picked it back up in 1988 and it continued its lineage through NWA Florida, until they ceased operations in 2006.[1] In 2009, Pro Wrestling Fusion revived the title until they left the NWA in 2011. For several months in 2012, a new Championship Wrestling from Florida affiliated with the NWA, briefly reviving the title until NWA Florida Underground Wrestling took over the championship.

Title history[edit]

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Dobie Osbourne 1 January 5, 1937 Florida
Red Devil 1 January 19, 1937 Jacksonville, Fla.
Vacated 1937 Title vacant
Alan Eustace 1 August 13, 1937 Jacksonville, Fla. Defeated Jack Evans
Rollend Kirchmeyer 1 February 26, 1944 Tampa, Fla.
"Strangler" Ed Lewis 1 February 26, 1944 Tampa, Fla.
Rollend Kirchmeyer 2 February 26, 1944 Title returned when Lewis refuses it due to Kirchmeyer being knocked out during match
The Cardiff Giant 1 August 26, 1946 Tampa, Fla.
Antonio Cortez 1 October 28, 1946 Tampa, Fla.
Rollend Kirchmeyer 3 March 1949 records unclear as to whom he defeated
Vacated 1949 or 1950 Title abandoned
Lester Welch 1 August 11, 1966 Tampa, Fla. Defeated Sputnik Monroe in tournament final
Louie Tillet 1 March 20, 1967 West Palm Beach, Fla.
Wahoo McDaniel 1 May 1, 1967 Orlando, Fla.
Boris Malenko 1 May 16, 1967 Tampa, Fla.
Johnny Valentine 1 August 26, 1967 Tampa, Fla.
Joe Scarpa 1 December 5, 1967 Tampa, Fla.
Johnny Valentine 2 December 27, 1967 Tampa, Fla.
Red Bastien 1 April 30, 1968 Tampa, Fla.
Johnny Valentine 3 June 27, 1968 Jacksonville, Fla.
Nick Kozak 1 September 23, 1968 Orlando, Fla.
The Gladiator (Ricky Hunter) 1 November 23, 1968 Tampa, Fla.
Hans Mortier 1 February 4, 1969 Tampa, Fla.
The Gladiator (Ricky Hunter) 2 1969 Jacksonville, Fla.
Hans Mortier 2 1969 Florida
Ciclon Negro 1 April 15, 1969 Tampa, Fla.
Dale Lewis 1 August 26, 1969 Tampa, Fla.
Mr. Saito 1 December 22, 1969 Tampa, Fla.
Jack Brisco 1 February 10, 1970 Tampa, Fla.
Missouri Mauler 1 May 19, 1970 Tampa, Fla.
Jack Brisco 2 1970 Florida
Tarzan Tyler 1 December 15, 1970 Tampa, Fla.
Jack Brisco 3 January 19, 1971 Tampa, Fla.
Paul Jones 1 May 16, 1972 Tampa, Fla.
Jack Brisco 4 November 28, 1972 Tampa, Fla.
Buddy Colt 1 February 20, 1973 Tampa, Fla.
Paul Jones 2 June 12, 1973 Tampa, Fla.
Tim Woods 1 July 31, 1973 Florida
Paul Jones 3 1973 Florida
Buddy Colt 2 1973 Florida
Paul Jones 4 November 1973 Florida
Buddy Colt 3 1973 Florida
Eddie Graham 1 1973 Florida
Buddy Colt 4 December 17, 1973 Florida
Ron Fuller 1 March 20, 1974 Miami, Fla.
Bill Watts 1 July 2, 1974 Tampa, Fla.
Jerry Brisco 1 1974 Florida
Pak Song 1 1974 Florida
Dusty Rhodes 1 October 1974 Florida
Bill Watts 2 November 1974 Florida
Bob Roop 1 May 1975 Florida
Dusty Rhodes 2 October 6, 1975 Florida
Vacated October 28, 1975 Vacated after match with King Curtis Iaukea
Bob Roop 2 November 1975 records unclear how he got the title
Vacated 1975 Title vacant
King Curtis Iaukea 1 December 1975 Florida (Won tournament)
Rocky Johnson 1 December 23, 1975 Tampa, Fla.
Bruiser Brody 1 December 31, 1975 Tampa, Fla.
Thunderbolt Patterson 1 March 1976 Florida
Pak Song 2 March 25, 1976 Florida
Jack Brisco 5 April 17, 1976 St. Petersburg, Fla.
Bob Orton, Jr. 1 June 1976 Florida
Dusty Rhodes 3 1976 Florida
"Superstar" Billy Graham 1 November 1976 Florida
Vacated March 1977 Title vacant
Buddy Wolfe 1 March 1977 Defeated Steve Keirn in tournament final
Dusty Rhodes 4 June 1977 Florida
Ernie Ladd 1 July 1977 Florida
Vacated 1977 Title vacant
Dusty Rhodes 5 1977 Florida
Lars Anderson 1 1977 Florida
Dusty Rhodes 6 November 26, 1977 St. Petersburg, Fla.
Killer Karl Kox 1 February 7, 1978 Tampa, Fla.
Rocky Johnson 2 March 8, 1978 Miami, Fla.
Bob Roop 3 March 13, 1978 West Palm Beach, Fla.
Jack Brisco 6 March 26, 1978 Orlando, Fla.
The Spoiler 1 May 23, 1978 Tampa, Fla.
Dusty Rhodes 7 June 19, 1978 West Palm Beach, Fla.
The Spoiler 2 September 23, 1978 Lakeland, Fla.
Steve Keirn 1 October 10, 1978 Tampa, Fla.
Vacated 1978 Title vacant
Dusty Rhodes 8 November 25, 1978 St. Petersburg, Fla. defeated Bob Roop in tournament final
Mr. Uganda (Ciclon Negro) 1 December 12, 1978 Tampa, Fla.
Jos LeDuc 1 December 19, 1978 Tampa, Fla.
Dick Slater 1 January 1979 Florida
Jimmy Garvin 1 January 9, 1979 Tampa, Fla.
King Curtis Iaukea 2 May 1979 Florida
Dusty Rhodes 9 July 4, 1979 Miami, Fla.
Vacated August 21, 1979 Rhodes won NWA World Title
Terry Funk 1 September 1979 Tampa, Fla. defeated Steve Keirn in tournament final
Manny Fernandez 1 October 21, 1979 Orlando, Fla.
Don Muraco 1 March 26, 1980 Miami, Fla.
Bugsy McGraw 1 August 7, 1980 Melbourne, Fla.
Bobby Jaggers 1 October 11, 1980 Jacksonville, Fla.
Dusty Rhodes 10 October 26, 1980 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Dory Funk, Jr. 1 November 4, 1980 Tampa, Fla.
Barry Windham 1 January 12, 1981 West Palm Beach, Fla.
Dory Funk, Jr. 2 April 8, 1981 Tampa, Fla. won by forfeit-Windham injured in auto accident
Charlie Cook 1 July 1981 Florida
Dory Funk, Jr. 3 August 1981 Florida
Charlie Cook 2 October 1981 Florida
The Spoiler 3 November 3, 1981 Tampa, Fla.
Mr. Wrestling II 1 December 1981 Jacksonville, Fla.
James J. Dillon 1 March 1982 Orlando, Fla.
Mr. Wrestling II 2 April 1982 St. Petersburg, Fla.
Jimmy Garvin 2 May 1982 West Palm Beach, Fla.
Brian Blair 1 July 11, 1982 Orlando, Fla.
Vacated August 23, 1982 Vacated after match with Bruiser Brody
Kevin Sullivan 1 October 6, 1982 Tampa, Fla. Defeated Barry Windham in tournament final
Mike Graham 1 January 15, 1983 Miami, Fla.
Vacated 1983 Graham injured
Scott McGhee 1 March 23, 1983 Defeated Johnny Heffernan
Adrian Street 1 April 1983 Florida
Scott McGhee 2 April 1983 Florida
Jos LeDuc 2 August 1983 Lakeland, Fla.
Barry Windham 2 September 17, 1983 Sarasota, Fla.
Jos LeDuc 3 September 18, 1983 Orlando, Fla.
Barry Windham 3 September 19, 1983 West Palm Beach, Fla.
Vacated November 1983 Windham went to tour Japan
Mike Rotunda 1 December 16, 1983 St. Petersburg, Fla. Defeated Greg Valentine in tournament final
Kendo Nagasaki 1 January 22, 1984 Orlando, Fla.
Billy Jack Haynes 1 March 29, 1984 Orlando, Fla.
Superstar Billy Graham 2 June 10, 1984 Orlando, Fla.
Scott McGhee 3 July 29, 1984 Orlando, Fla.
Jesse Barr 1 October 14, 1984 Orlando, Fla.
Held Up January 1985 Title held up after match against Brian Blair
Brian Blair 2 January 6, 1985 Orlando, Fla. wins rematch
Jesse Barr 2 February 12, 1985 Tampa, Fla.
Hector Guerrero 1 April 28, 1985 Orlando, Fla.
Hercules Hernandez 1 June 30, 1985 Orlando, Fla.
Vacated July 1985 Vacant after Hernandez fired for dressing room fight with Wahoo McDaniel
Jack Hart 1 July 23, 1985 Tampa, Fla. defeated Mike Graham in tournament final
Kendall Windham 1 September 2, 1985 Tampa, Fla.
Cuban Assassin 1 February 22, 1986 Tampa, Fla.
Kendall Windham 2 March 5, 1986 Tampa, Fla.
Vacated May 1986 Title vacated after match with Bob Roop
Kendall Windham 3 May 18, 1986 Orlando, Fla. wins tournament
The White Ninja 1 May 21, 1986 Tampa, Fla.
Kendall Windham 4 June 1986 Title returned
Ron Bass 1 July 15, 1986 Tampa, Fla.
Barry Windham 4 September 1, 1986 Daytona, Fla.
Ron Bass 2 September 16, 1986 Tampa, Fla.
Barry Windham 5 September 24, 1986 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Held Up 1986 Title held up after match with Ron Bass where Bass used chloroform
Barry Windham 6 October 8, 1986 Tampa, Fla. wins rematch
Kareem Muhammad 1 November 25, 1986 Lakeland, Fla.
Ron Simmons 1 December 2, 1986 Tampa, Fla.
Bad News Allen 1 January 20, 1987 Tampa, Fla.
Oliver Humperdink 1 February 24, 1987 Tampa, Fla.
Ed Gantner 1 February 1987 Humperdink gave him the title
Mike Rotunda 2 March 15, 1987 Daytona, Fla.
Held Up May 31, 1987 Title held up after match with Dory Funk, Jr.
Mike Rotunda 3 June 7, 1987 Daytona, Fla. wins rematch
Rick Steiner 1 December 1987 Given by Rotunda in Jim Crockett Promotions
Stripped December 1988 Title stripped to use in FCW
Title renamed FCW Heavyweight Title/PWF Florida Heavyweight Title
Mike Graham 2 December 25, 1988 Tampa, Fla. defeated The Terminator
Al Perez 1 March 11, 1989 Tampa, Fla.
Dustin Rhodes 1 May 23, 1989 Tampa, Fla.
Kendall Windham 5 June 27, 1989 Tampa, Fla.
Steve Keirn 2 July 9, 1989 Tampa, Fla.
Dan Spivey 1 November 1989 Orlando, Fla.
Renamed back to NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship
Lou Perez 1 July 1992 Winter Haven, Fla.
Steve Keirn 3 March 1993 Tampa, Fla.
Lou Perez 2 May 1993 Winter Haven, Fla.
Steve Keirn 4 December 1993 Tampa, Fla.
Lou Perez 3 August 6, 1994 Tampa, Fla.
Stripped November 6, 1995 Perez injured
Hercules Hernandez 2 November 7, 1995 Gainesville, Fla. Defeated Steve Collins in tournament final
Steve Keirn 5 November 8, 1996 Gainesville, Fla.
Dory Funk, Jr. 4 November 7, 1997 Gainesville, Fla.
Vacated August 15, 2000 Vacated title for NWA Florida tournament
Adam Windsor 1 August 15, 2000 Tampa, Fla. defeated Chris Nelson in tournament final
Vacated November 15, 2000 Title vacant
Buck Quartermain 1 January 23, 2001 Tampa, Fla.
Cyborg 1 October 13, 2001 St. Petersburg, Fla. Won the title at the NWA 53rd Anniversary Show
Stripped March 11, 2002 Stripped for no title defenses
Steve Corino 1 May 25, 2002 St. Petersburg, Fla. defeated Danny Doring in tournament final
Danny Doring 1 May 25, 2002 St. Petersburg, Fla.
Christopher Daniels 1 June 28, 2002 St. Petersburg, Fla.
Danny Doring 2 June 29, 2002 Davie, Fla.
Billy Fives 1 January 25, 2003 Pinellas Park, Fla.
Agent Steele 1 January 25, 2003 Pinellas Park, Fla.
Billy Fives 2 February 15, 2003 Davie, Fla.
Scoot Andrews 1 July 19, 2003 St. Petersburg, Fla.
Steve Madison 1 November 22, 2003 St. Petersburg, Fla.
Todd Shane 1 March 20, 2004 St. Petersburg, Fla.
Steve Madison 2 September 4, 2004 Clearwater, Fla.
Bruce Steele 1 November 20, 2004 Brandon, Fla.
NWA Florida closed in May 2006
NWA Pro Wrestling Fusion converted its PWF Championship to the NWA Florida title
The Sheik 1 May 3, 2008 Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Steve Madison 3 February 7, 2009 Ft. Pierce, Fla.
The Sheik 2 August 1, 2009 Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Tommy Taylor 1 May 15, 2010 Florida
Pro Wrestling Fusion left the NWA in 2011
Championship Wrestling From Florida revived the title
Venom 1 April 2012 Unknown
Deathrow Jethro 1 May 12, 2012 Winter Garden, FL
NWA Florida Underground Wrestling converted its FUW Championship to the NWA Florida Championship
Michael Tarver 1 February 2, 2013 West Palm Beach, Fla. Won at NWA Florida Underground at BullyBash defeating Deimos for the vacant title
The Grease 1 August 31, 2013 Tampa, Fla. Defeated Michael Tarver by DQ at NWA FUW Throwndown 6
Matt Morgan 1 October 26, 2013 Port Richey, Fla. Replaced Davey Boy Smith, Jr.
Michael Tarver 2 February 21, 2014 Tampa, Fla.
Wes Brisco 1 March 7, 2014 Port Richey, Fla.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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