Mid-South Louisiana Heavyweight Championship

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Mid-South Louisiana Heavyweight Championship
Details
Promotion Mid-South Wrestling Association
NWA Deep South Louisiana
Elite Championship Wrestling
Date established October 16, 1964 (Re-established in 2011)
Date retired 1983 & 2000
Other name(s)
  • NWA Louisiana Heavyweight Championship (Gulf Coast)
  • NWA Louisiana Heavyweight Championship (Tri-State)
  • NWA Deep South Louisiana Heavyweight Championship
  • ECW Louisiana Heavyweight Championship
  • ECW World Heavyweight Championship

The Mid-South Louisiana Heavyweight Championship was a secondary professional wrestling championship that was used and defended from 1964 though 1983. Initially, the championship originated in the NWA affiliated Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling. During this time, it was referred to as the NWA Gulf Coast Louisiana Heavyweight Championship until 1972. Beginning in '72, the title was used in the NWA affiliated NWA Tri-State then was called the NWA Tri-State Louisiana Heavyweight Championship from 1972 until 1979. In 1979, however, wrestler and promoter "Cowboy" Bill Watts purchased the Tri-State territory and renamed it Mid-South Wrestling Association. Although Watts kept close ties with the NWA for purpose of having access to wrestling talent, he withdrew Mid-South from the NWA and, as a result, renamed all of the promotion's championships accordingly.

Title History[edit]

Silver areas in the history indicate periods of unknown lineage.

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
NWA Gulf Coast Louisiana Championship
Al Lovelock 1 January 31, 1946 Monroe, LA Defeats Jack Kennedy to become the first champion.
Vacant June 1946 When Lovelock cannot defend.
Paul Murdock 1 July 2, 1946 Monroe, LA Defeats Jerry Vallina; still champion as of August 26, 1946.
Bob Corby 1 June 18, 1955 Lake Charles, LA Wins a 12-man tournament.
Chief Apache 1 August 21, 1955 Baton Rouge, LA
Jack Curtis 1 November 1955 Baton Rouge, LA Sometime before November 4, 1955.
Prince Emir 1 April 22, 1957 Monroe, LA
Frank Hurley 1 May 1957
Jack Curtis 2 August 12, 1957 Monroe, LA
Phil Brummett 1 November 11, 1957 Monroe, LA
Charley Laye 1 November 18, 1957 Monroe, LA
Held up December 9, 1957 Monroe, LA By the District Athletic Commissioner after a match against Farmer Jones for using "very unfair tactics" but reinstated as the champion later in the month.
Bill Barney 1 December 23, 1957 Monroe, LA
Bernard Hodgemyer 1 March 3, 1958 Monroe, LA
Vacant March 31, 1958 After Hodgemyer no-shows the scheduled defense and leaves the area.
Jerry Christy 1 June 16, 1958 Monroe, LA Defeats Charley Laye in tournament final.
Vacant September 1958 When Christy leaves the area.
Bill Barney 2 September 22, 1958 Monroe, LA Defeats Al Massey.
Firpo Zybysko 1 June 1, 1959 Monroe, LA Also defeats Chuck Benson on June 18, 1959 in New Orleans, LA, possibly for the vacant local recognition.
Chris Belkas 1 July 15, 1959 New Orleans, LA
Vacant October 1959
Mickey Sharpe 1 November 5, 1959 New Orleans, LA Defeats Firpo Zybysko in tournament final.
Firpo Zybysko 2 January 1960 Sometime between January 10, 1960 and January 18, 1960.
Adrien Baillargeon 1 February 1960 Lafayette, LA Sometime before February 14, 1960.
Inactive 1960 After September 1960 when Baillargeon is billed as Southern champion.
Bobby Fields 1 October 16, 1964 Lafayette, LA Defeats Terry Garvin in tournament final.
Sputnik Monroe 1 July 13, 1965 Baton Rouge, LA
Bobby Fields 2 September 21, 1965 Baton Rouge, LA
Danny McShain 1 October 22, 1965 Lafayette, LA
Bobby Fields 3 December 3, 1965 Lafayette, LA
Jack Dalton 1 February 17, 1966 Lafayette, LA
Bobby Fields 4 May 17, 1966 Baton Rouge, LA
Don Carson 1 July 12, 1966 Baton Rouge, LA [1]
Bobby Fields 5 July 19, 1966 Baton Rouge, LA
Don Carson 2 August 2, 1966 Baton Rouge, LA
Ken Lucas 1 October 5, 1966 Alexandria, LA
Jack Dalton 2 November 1, 1966 Baton Rouge, LA
Danny Little Bear 1 February 3, 1967 Lafayette, LA
Ken Lucas 2 March 31, 1967 Lafayette, LA
Stripped July 25, 1967 Stripped for no defense.
Pepe Perez 1 July 25, 1967 ? Awarded.
Jack Dalton 3 October 10, 1967 Baton Rouge, LA
Bobby Fields 6 November 28, 1967 Baton Rouge, LA
Don Carson 3 December 12, 1967 Baton Rouge, LA
Bob Kelly 1 December 29, 1967 Lafayette, LA
Eddie Sullivan 1 January 23, 1968 Baton Rouge, LA
Frank Dalton 1 January 30, 1968 Baton Rouge, LA
Bobby Fields 7 February 6, 1968 Baton Rouge, LA
Vacant March 1, 1968 Gulf Coast stops promoting in Louisiana.
Big Bad John 1 November 18, 1968 Baton Rouge, LA
Pepe Perez 2 December 3, 1968 Baton Rouge, LA
Jerry Miller 1 February 1, 1969 Baton Rouge, LA
Mighty Yankee 1 June 10, 1969 Baton Rouge, LA
Frank Dalton 2 June 18, 1969 Baton Rouge, LA
Jerry Miller 2 July 1969 Baton Rouge, LA
Frank Dalton 3 July 22, 1969 Baton Rouge, LA In Monroe, LA Tom Jones defeats Jack Donovan via DQ on November 11, 1969 (champion unknown).
Jack Brisco 1 1969
Duke Myers 1 April 21, 1970 Baton Rouge, LA
Jerry Miller 3 May 19, 1970 Baton Rouge, LA
Frank Dalton 4 July 11, 1970 Baton Rouge, LA
Chuck Karbo 1 August 18, 1970 Baton Rouge, LA
Frank Dalton 5 September 15, 1970 Baton Rouge, LA
Chuck Karbo 2 November 25, 1970 Baton Rouge, LA
Randy Curtis 1 May 4, 1971 Baton Rouge, LA Last champion in the Gulf Coast lineage.
Renamed NWA Tri-State Louisiana Championship
Don Duffy 1 1972
Assassin #1 1 April 27, 1978 Baton Rouge, LA Wins tournament.
José Lothario 1 September 20, 1978 Monroe, LA
Assassin #1 2 October 14, 1978 Shreveport, LA
Jerry Stubbs 1 December 25, 1978 New Orleans, LA
Mike George 1 April 21, 1979 New Orleans, LA
Renamed Mid-South Louisiana Championship
Ernie Ladd 1 January 18, 1980 Shreveport, LA
Junkyard Dog 1 March 14, 1980 Shreveport, LA
Terry Gordy 1 April 22, 1980 Shreveport, LA
Junkyard Dog 2 May 2, 1980 Louisiana
Vacated May 22, 1980 JYD injured by The Fabulous Freebirds.
Ken Mantell 1 July 25, 1980 Shreveport, LA Defeats Wahoo McDaniel in tournament final.
Johnny Mantell 1 1980 Defends the title for his brother Ken.
Jake Roberts 1 1980 Louisiana
Ernie Ladd 2 January 16, 1981 Shreveport, LA
Jimmy Garvin 1 March 1981 Shreveport, LA
Super Destroyer 1 May 1, 1981 Louisiana
Bob Roop 1 July 22, 1981 Shreveport, LA
Great Kabuki 1 October 1981 Shreveport, LA
Junkyard Dog 3 December 7, 1981 New Orleans, LA
Vacant June 22, 1982 JYD wins North American Title.
Killer Khan 1 July 6, 1982 Baton Rouge, LA
Mike Sharpe 1 September 18, 1982 Shreveport, LA [2]
Jim Duggan 1 November 1982 Shreveport, LA
Title Retired 1983 Title abandoned.
NWA Deep South Heavyweight Championship
Guido Buttafuco 1 June 16, 2000 Denham Springs, LA Defeats Doink the Clown.
Vacant July 2000 When NWA Deep South promotion closes after one card.
Elite Championship Wrestling Louisiana Heavyweight Championship
Stan Sweetan 1 November 20, 2011 Houma, LA Wins 20-man battle royal.
Vacant July 15, 2012 Due to injury.
John Saxon 1 July 15, 2012 Houma, LA Defeats Scott Phoenix in tournament final.
Vacant March 24, 2013 Title renamed Elite Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Championship.
Elite Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Championship
Steve Anthony 1 April 21, 2013 Houma, LA Defeats Scott Phoenix to become the first Elite Championship Wrestling Heavyweight champion.
Purple Haze 1 July 13, 2013 Dulac, LA
Steve Anthony 2 July 14, 2013 Houma, LA
Scott Phoenix 1 December 1, 2013 Houma, LA
Vacant February 16, 2014 Due to injury.
Andy Dalton 1 February 16, 2014 Houma, LA Wins a scramble match against Steve Anthony, Tim Storm, Americos, and Purple Haze.
John Saxon 1 March 22, 2014 Morgan City, LA
Stripped May 18, 2014 Due to unbecoming actions by Saxon.
Stan Sweetan 1 June 8, 2014 Houma, LA Defeats Saxon and Andy Dalton in 3-way match.
John Saxon 2 July 20, 2014 Houma, LA Defeats Sweetan and Andy Dalton in 3-way match.
Vordell Walker 1 October 5, 2014 Houma, LA
Steve Anthony 3 October 11, 2015 Houma, LA
Carson 1 February 21, 2016 Houma, LA

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoops, Brian (July 12, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (July 12): Gagne, Bruiser & Crusher, Ladd wins Americas title, 1992 Bash with Sting vs. Vader". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ Hoops, Brian (August 18, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (August 18): Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk, Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena at WWE SummerSlam 2014". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 

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