Deep South Heavyweight Championship

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

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 Pérez
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]

No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Notes
1 Tommy Rich 1 February 12, 1986 142 Marietta, Georgia Wins tournament to become the first champion.
2 Flame 1 July 4, 1986 83 Albany, Georgia
3 Mr. Wrestling II 1 September 25, 1986 45 Carrollton, Georgia
4 Flame 2 November 9, 1986 77 Athens, Georgia
5 Ranger Ross 1 January 25, 1987 35 Athens, Georgia
6 Botswana Beast 1 March 1, 1987 87 Rome, Georgia
7 Tommy Rich 2 May 27, 1987 35 Marietta, Georgia
8 Randy Rose 1 July 1, 1987 341 Columbia County, Georgia
9 Assassin #1 3 June 6, 1988 117? Atlanta, Georgia Formerly known as Flame.
Vacated October 1988 Promotion closed
10 Mike Mizanin 1 December 1, 2005 21 McDonough, Georgia Defeated Mike Knox in a tournament final when the promotion reopens as a talent developmental league of WWE.[1]
11 Derek Neikirk 1 December 22, 2005 182 McDonough, Georgia [1]
12 Roughhouse O'Reilly 1 June 22, 2006 77 McDonough, Georgia [1]
13 Bradley Jay 1 September 7, 2006 140 McDonough, Georgia [1]
14 Vito 1 January 25, 2007 28 McDonough, Georgia Defeated Bradley Jay and Roughhouse O'Reilly in a three-way round robin match.[1]
15 Bradley Jay 2 February 22, 2007 7 McDonough, Georgia [1]
16 Roughhouse O'Reilly 2 March 1, 2007 7 McDonough, Georgia [1]
17 Bradley Jay 3 March 8, 2007 52 McDonough, Georgia Title held-up after a match with Roughhouse O'Reilly when the agreement between WWE and DSW ends.[1]
18 Austin Creed 1 July 12, 2007 91 Locust Grove, Georgia Defeated Murder One in tournament final; final champion when DSW closes down in October 11, 2007.[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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