Deep South Heavyweight Championship

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Deep South Heavyweight Championship
Details
PromotionDeep South Wrestling
Date establishedFebruary 12, 1986
Date retiredOctober 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]

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Tommy Rich February 12, 1986 N/A Marietta, Georgia 1 142 Wins tournament to become the first champion
2 Flame July 4, 1986 N/A Albany, Georgia 1 83
3 Mr. Wrestling II September 25, 1986 N/A Carrollton, Georgia 1 45
4 Flame November 9, 1986 N/A Athens, Georgia 2 77
5 Ranger Ross January 25, 1987 N/A Athens, Georgia 1 35
6 Botswana Beast March 1, 1987 N/A Rome, Georgia 1 87
7 Tommy Rich May 27, 1987 N/A Marietta, Georgia 2 35
8 Randy Rose July 1, 1987 N/A Columbia County, Georgia 1 341
9 Assassin #1 June 6, 1988 N/A Atlanta, Georgia 3 134 Formerly known as Flame
Vacated October 18, 1988 Promotion closed
10 Mike Mizanin December 1, 2005 DSW McDonough, Georgia 1 21 Defeated Mike Knox in a tournament final when the promotion reopens as a talent developmental league of WWE [3][4]
11 Derek Neikirk December 22, 2005 DSW McDonough, Georgia 1 182 [5]
12 Roughhouse O'Reilly June 22, 2006 DSW McDonough, Georgia 1 77 [6]
13 Bradley Jay September 7, 2006 DSW TV #21 McDonough, Georgia 1 140 [7]
14 Vito January 25, 2007 DSW TV #40 McDonough, Georgia 1 28 Defeated Bradley Jay and Roughhouse O'Reilly in a three-way round robin match. [8]
15 Bradley Jay February 22, 2007 DSW TV #43 McDonough, Georgia 2 7 [9]
16 Roughhouse O'Reilly March 1, 2007 DSW TV #44 McDonough, Georgia 2 7 [10]
17 Bradley Jay March 8, 2007 DSW TV #44 McDonough, Georgia 3 7 [11]
Vacated March 15, 2007 Title held-up after a match with Roughhouse O'Reilly when the agreement between WWE and DSW ends.
18 Austin Creed July 12, 2007 DSW Locust Grove, Georgia 1 91 Defeated Murder One in tournament final; final champion when DSW closes down in October 11, 2007. [12][13]
October 11, 2007 DSW closes down in October 11, 2007.

Combined reigns[edit]

Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 Randy Rose 1 341
2 Flame/Assassin #1 3 294
3 Derek Neikirk 1 182
4 Tommy Rich 2 177
5 Bradley Jay 3 154
6 Austin Creed 1 91
7 Botswana Beast 1 87
8 Roughhouse O'Reilly 2 84
9 Mr. Wrestling II 1 45
10 Ranger Ross 1 35
11 Vito 1 28
12 Mike Mizanin 1 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Deep South Wrestling Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Titles. Retrieved 2008-01-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "WWE ends its relationship with Deep South Wrestling". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (November 30, 2005). "DSW Heavyweight Title Tournament (2005)". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  4. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (November 30, 2005). "Mike Mizanin defeated Mike Knox in a Tournament Final Match for the vacant Championship". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  5. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (December 22, 2005). "Derrick Neikirk defeated Mike Mizanin". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  6. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (June 22, 2006). "Roughhouse O'Reilly defeated Derrick Neikirk". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  7. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (September 7, 2006). "Bradley Jay defeated Roughhouse O'Reilly". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  8. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (January 25, 2007). "Vito defeated previous champion Bradley Jay and Roughhouse O'Reilly in a three-way round robin match". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  9. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (February 22, 2007). "Bradley Jay defeated Vito to become two-time champion". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  10. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (March 1, 2007). "Roughhouse O'Reilly defeated Bradley Jay to become two-time champion". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  11. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (March 8, 2007). "Bradley Jay defeated Roughhouse O'Reilly to become three-time champion". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  12. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (July 12, 2007). "DSW Heavyweight Title Tournament (2007)". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  13. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (July 12, 2007). "Austin Creed defeated Murder-1 in a Tournament Final Match for the vacant Championship". Cagematch - The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved March 30, 2021.

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