NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Championship

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The NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling title for lighter wrestlers, board-controlled by the National Wrestling Alliance since December 1999.

It originally was used by various promotions across the Southeastern United States, most prevalently in Tennessee. In August 1974, it was renamed the NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Memphis version).

The title was revived by the NWA in December 1999, and is used in the NWA Mid-South promotion, based in Humboldt, Tennessee.[1][2]

Title history[edit]

Silver areas in the history indicate periods of unknown lineage. An (n) indicates that a title changes occurred no later than the listed date.

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Joe Gunther 1 1939-05-25 (n) Recognized in Georgia.
Tommy Ward 1 1950-03-20 (n) Recognized in Florida.
Karl Kowalski 1 1950-09-18 (n) Recognized in Georgia.
Henry Harrell 1 1952-04-19 Jackson, Mississippi Defeated Tex Riley in a tournament final.
Herb Welch 1 July 1952 Knoxville, Tennessee
Al Galento 1 1952-08-21 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Tex Riley 1 October 1952 Kingsport, Tennessee
Jesse James 1
Red Roberts 1 January 1953 (n) Recognized in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
Ray Piret 1 1954-03-17 Nashville, Tennessee
Sonny Myers 1 1955-02-21 Birmingham, Alabama
Frank Jares 1 1955-07-25 Birmingham, Alabama
The Masked Bat 1 1956-05-22 Nashville, Tennessee
Frank Jares 2 1956-05-29 Nashville, Tennessee
Jesse James 2 1956-07-24 Nashville, Tennessee
Frank Jares 3 1956-08-07 Nashville, Tennessee
Herb Welch 2 1956-08-27 Birmingham, Alabama
The Great Malenko (Frank Fozo) 1 1956-09-19 Mobile, Alabama
Herb Welch 3 1956-10-16 Mobile, Alabama
Tor Yamata 1 1957-02-25 Birmingham, Alabama
Cyclone Anaya 1 1957-06-17 Birmingham, Alabama
Mario Galento 1 1957-08-21 Mobile, Alabama
Title vacated in September 1957 due to Galento not defending.
Cyclone Anaya 2 September 1957
Tor Yamata 2 1957-10-01 Nashville, Tennessee
Ray Stevens 1 1957-11-11 Birmingham, Alabama
Tor Yamata 3 January 1958 (n)
Herb Welch 3 1958-03-17 Memphis, Tennessee
Fred Blassie 1 May 1958 (n)
Ray Stevens 2 June 1958 (n)
Corsica Jean 1 1958-07-22 Nashville, Tennessee
Ray Stevens 3 October 1958 (n)
Title vacated in October 1958 when Stevens left the territory.
Yvon Robert 1 1958 Birmingham, Alabama
Jesse James 3 1959-01-12 Birmingham, Alabama
Jackie Fargo 1 1959-09-30 Mobile, Alabama
Mike Clancy 1 1959-12-28 Birmingham, Alabama
Bill Monroe 1 1960-12-22 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Len Rossi 1 1960-12-27 Nashville, Tennessee
Don Greene 1 1961-07-22 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Len Rossi 2 1962-01-08 Memphis, Tennessee
Taro Sakuro 1 1962-02-18 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Joe Lanza 1 1962-06-07 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Jackie Fargo 2 August 1962 (n)
Hans Steiner 1 September 1962 (n)
Len Rossi 1 May 1963 (n)
Frankie Cain 1 May 1963 Memphis, Tennessee
Alex Perez 1 January 1964 (n)
Rocky Smith 1 November 1964 (n)
Alex Perez 2 1965-02-08 Memphis, Tennessee
Rocky Smith 2 November 1965 (n)
Title held up after a match against Hiro Matsuda on 1965-12-16 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Rocky Smith 3 1965-12-23 Chattanooga, Tennessee Defeated Matsuda in a rematch.
Alex Perez 3 1966-01-18 Nashville, Tennessee
Al Costello 1 1966-04-08 Nashville, Tennessee
Karl von Brauner 1 1966-04-28 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Jackie Fargo 3 1966-07-27 Nashville, Tennessee
Len Rossi 4 April 1967 (n)
The Great Yamaha (Kantaro Hoshino) 1 1967-08-19 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Len Rossi 5 1967-08-31 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Tojo Yamamoto 1 1968-03-19 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Siki Samara 1 1969-08-13 Mobile, Alabama Samara was awarded the title.
Jimmy Jones 1 1969-08-13 Mobile, Alabama
Siki Samara 2 1969-08-20 Mobile, Alabama
Siki Samara 2 1969-08-20 Mobile, Alabama
Len Rossi 6 March 1970 (n)
Sputnik Monroe 1 1971-07-01 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Len Rossi 7 August 1971
Title vacated in 1973 when Rossi suffers a broken ankle.
Tommy Gilbert 1 1973 Birmingham, Alabama
Lou Thesz 1 1973
Tommy Gilbert 2 1973
Ron Garvin 1 December 1973 (n)
Tommy Gilbert 3 January 1974 Birmingham, Alabama
Lou Thesz 2 1974-03-18 Memphis, Tennessee
Tommy Gilbert 4 1974-04-10 Nashville, Tennessee
Jerry Lawler 1 1974-04-15 Memphis, Tennessee
Ricky Gibson 1 1974-06-03 Memphis, Tennessee
Jerry Lawler 2 1974-06-10 Memphis, Tennessee
Jackie Fargo 4 1974-06-24 Memphis, Tennessee
Jerry Lawler 3 1974-07-08 Memphis, Tennessee
Jackie Fargo 5 1974-07-20 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Jerry Lawler 4 1974-07-27 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Title renamed the NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship in August 1974.
Title revived by the NWA in December 1999.
Joey Venture 1 1999-11-19 Dyersburg, Tennessee Defeated Mr. Showtime for the NWA Mid-South Junior Heavyweight Championship, which was renamed the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Championship on 1999-12-04.
Mr. Showtime 1 2000-01-07 Dyersburg, Tennessee
The Studd 1 2000-02-18 Dyersburg, Tennessee
Pokerface 1 2000-03-18 Newbern, Tennessee
Joey Venture 2 2000-03-31 Dyersburg, Tennessee
Mark Southern 1 2000-05-05 Dyersburg, Tennessee
Title stripped from Southern between May and July 2000 for lack of defenses.
Kilo 1 2000-07-21 Dyersburg, Tennessee Defeated Pokerface.
Pokerface 2 2000-08-18 Dyersburg, Tennessee
American Dragon 1 2000-09-01 Dyersburg, Tennessee
Pokerface 3 2000-09-17 Gibson, Tennessee
The Fabulous Rocker 1 2000-11-25 Dyersburg, Tennessee
Danny B. Good 1 2000-12-21 Dyersburg, Tennessee
Mr. Showtime 2 2001-02-24 Dyersburg, Tennessee
Dustin Starr 1 2001-03-10 Dyersburg, Tennessee
Mr. Showtime 3 2001-03-24 Dyersburg, Tennessee
Dustin Starr 2 2001-04-07 Dyersburg, Tennessee
Greg Anthony 1 2001-04-14 Dyersburg, Tennessee
Chris Fury 1 2001-09-16 Newbern, Tennessee
Void 1 2002-03-10 Newbern, Tennessee
Chris Sanders 1 2002-08-31 Magee, Mississippi
Void 2 2003-05-30 Humboldt, Tennessee
Title stripped from Void in July 2003 for his alleged defense of the title in another town on the same night as an NWA event.
Seth Cyrus 1 2003-07-11 Humboldt, Tennessee Defeated Void in a tournament final.
A.J. Bradley 1 2003-10-31 Humboldt, Tennessee
Seth Cyrus 2 2004-04-30 Humboldt, Tennessee Defeated Joey Luciano.
Joey Luciano 1 2004-06-11 Humboldt, Tennessee
Dustin Masters 1 2004-10-01 Humboldt, Tennessee
Void 3
Blaze 1 2005-04-08 Humboldt, Tennessee
Anthony Wayne 1 2005-07-17 Humboldt, Tennessee
Greg Anthony 2 2005-08-26 Humboldt, Tennessee
Title vacated between August 2005 and January 2006.
Blackbird Ice 1 2006-01-20 Humboldt, Tennessee
Title vacated between January and April 2006.
Seth Knight 1 2006-04-15 Ripley, Tennessee
Greg Anthony 3 2006-05-27 Humboldt, Tennessee
Seth Knight 2 2007-03-17 Lawrence, Kansas Took place at an NWA Central States Wrestling event.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duncan, Royal and Will, Gary (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  2. ^ Tanabe, Hisaharu. "N.W.A. Southern Junior Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 

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