NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida version)

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NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship
Details
PromotionChampionship Wrestling from Florida
Date establishedMarch 17, 1962
Date retiredFebruary 1987

The Florida version of the NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship was the major singles professional wrestling championship in the National Wrestling Alliance's Florida territory, Championship Wrestling Florida. It existed from 1962 until 1987, when the title was abandoned. It was revived by NWA Florida in 1996.[1] At various times, different NWA affiliated promotions used their own regional version of the title including promotions based in Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas.

Title history[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
No. The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific wrestler listed.
Event The event in which the championship changed hands
N/A The specific information is not known
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign

===Championship Wrestling from Florida

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref(s).
1 Eddie Graham 1 March 17, 1962 68 Tampa, Florida live event Won tournament to become the first champion  
Vacated May 24, 1962 N/A N/A Eddie Graham was injured and unable to defend the championship  
2 Boris Malenko 1 July 25, 1962 127 N/A N/A Awarded after Malenko injured Graham to cause the title to become vacant  
3 Eddie Graham 2 November 29, 1962 82 Jacksonville, Florida live event    
4 Hiro Matsuda 1 February 19, 1963 163 Tampa, Florida live event   [2]
5 Eddie Graham 3 August 1, 1963 149 Jacksonville, Florida live event    
6 Bob Orton 1 December 28, 1963 66 Jacksonville, Florida live event    
7 Bob Ellis 1 March 3, 1964 93 Tampa, Florida live event   [3]
8 Bob Orton 2 June 4, 1964 208 Jacksonville, Florida live event    
9 Tarzan Tyler 1 December 29, 1964 [Note 1] Tampa, Florida live event    
Vacated April 1965 N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons  
10 Bob Orton 3 June 17, 1965 252 Jacksonville, Florida live event Won a tournament  
11 Tarzan Tyler 2 February 24, 1966 12 Jacksonville, Florida live event    
12 The Missouri Mauler 1 March 8, 1966 [Note 2] Tampa, Florida live event    
13 Johnny Weaver 1 1967 [Note 2] Florida live event    
14 The Missouri Mauler 2 1967 [Note 2] Florida live event    
15 Johnny Weaver 2 July 1968 [Note 3] Charlotte, North Carolina live event    
16 Red Bastien 1 July 1968 [Note 4] Florida live event    
17 The Missouri Mauler 3 January 1969 [Note 5] Florida live event    
18 Jack Brisco 1 February 11, 1969 [Note 6] Tampa, Florida live event    
19 The Missouri Mauler 4 1969 [Note 7] Florida live event    
20 Jack Brisco 2 July 8, 1969 [Note 8] Tampa, Florida live event    
Vacated November 1969 N/A N/A Vacated after Jack Brisco left the territory to work in Japan  
21 Danny Miller 1 January 3, 1970 10 Tampa, Florida live event    
22 The Missouri Mauler 5 January 13, 1970 49 Tampa, Florida live event    
23 Bob Orton 4 March 3, 1970 39 Tampa, Florida live event   [3]
24 Dale Lewis 1 April 11, 1970 66 Jacksonville, Florida live event    
25 Hiro Matsuda 2 June 16, 1970 58 Tampa, Florida live event    
26 Great Mephisto 1 August 13, 1970 50 Tampa, Florida live event    
27 Hiro Matsuda 3 October 2, 1970 34 Tallahassee, Florida live event    
28 Great Mephisto 2 November 5, 1970 96 Jacksonville, Florida live event    
29 Rene Goulet 1 February 9, 1971 42} Tampa, Florida live event    
30 The Grappler 1 March 23, 1971 22 Tampa, Florida live event    
31 Terry Funk 1 April 14, 1971 7 Miami, Florida live event    
32 Dick Murdoch 1 April 21, 1971 48 Tampa, Florida live event    
33 Jack Brisco 3 June 8, 1971 108 Tampa, Florida live event    
Vacated September 24, 1971 N/A N/A Vacated after a match against Dick Murdoch ended in controversial fashion.  
34 Bobby Duncum 1 October 7, 1971 7 Tampa, Florida live event Won tournament  
35 George Gaiser 1 October 14, 1971 40 Tampa, Florida live event    
36 Bobby Shane 1 November 23, 1971 84 Tampa, Florida live event    
Vacated February 15, 1972 N/A N/A Vacated after a match against Tim Woods ended in controversial fashion  
37 Tim Woods 1 February 29, 1972 116 Tampa, Florida live event won the rematch  
38 The Zodiac 5 June 24, 1972 [Note 9] Jacksonville, Florida live event    
39 Dale Lewis 2 [Note 10] July 1972 Florida live event    
40 The Zodiac 6 August 1, 1972 11 Tampa, Florida live event    
41 Tim Woods 2 August 12, 1972 24 Tampa, Florida live event    
42 Buddy Colt 1 September 5, 1972 14 Tampa, Florida live event    
43 Tim Woods 3 September 19, 1972 42 Tampa, Florida live event    
44 Buddy Colt 2 October 31, 1972 21 Tampa, Florida live event    
45 Tim Woods 4 November 21, 1972 27 Tampa, Florida live event    
46 Buddy Colt 3 December 18, 1972 22 Orlando, Florida live event    
47 Mark Lewin 1 January 9, 1973 28 Tampa, Florida live event    
48 Buddy Colt 4 February 6, 1973 22 Tampa, Florida live event    
49 Mr. Kleen 1 February 28, 1973 12 Miami, Florida live event   [4]
50 Paul Jones 1 March 12, 1973 29 Orlando, Florida live event    
51 Ron Fuller 1 April 10, 1973 77 Tampa, Florida live event    
52 Johnny Valentine 1 June 26, 1973 49 Tampa, Florida live event    
53 Bill Dromo 1 August 14, 1973 22 Tampa, Florida live event    
54 Dusty Rhodes 1 September 5, 1973 27 Miami Beach, Florida live event   [5]
55 Thunderbolt Patterson 1 October 2, 1973 7 Tampa, Florida live event   [5]
56 Dusty Rhodes 2 October 9, 1973 7 Tampa, Florida live event   [5]
Vacated October 16, 1973 N/A N/A Championship vacated after a match against Paul Jones ended inconclusively [6][5]
57 Dusty Rhodes 3 October 23, 1973 105 Tampa, Florida live event Defeated Paul Jones in rematch [5][6]
58 Jos LeDuc 1 February 5, 1974 35 Florida live event    
59 Dusty Rhodes 4 March 12, 1974 128 Tampa, Florida live event   [5]
Vacated July 18, 1974 N/A N/A Vacated after Pak Song defeated Rhodes  
60 Dusty Rhodes 5 July 20, 1974 5 St. Petersburg, Florida live event Defeated Pak Song in rematch [5][6]
61 Pak Song 1 July 25, 1974 19 Jacksonville, Florida live event    
62 Jerry Brisco 1 August 13, 1974 [Note 11] Tampa, Florida live event    
63 Bill Watts 1 1974 [Note 12] Florida live event    
64 Jos LeDuc 2 November 11, 1974 22 West Palm Beach, Florida live event    
65 The Stomper 1 December 3, 1974 77 Tampa, Florida live event    
66 Bob Armstrong 1 February 18, 1975 14 Tampa, Florida live event    
67 The Stomper 2 March 4, 1975 13 Tampa, Florida live event    
68 Pepper Gomez 1 March 17, 1975 89 St. Petersburg, Florida live event    
69 Killer Karl Krupp 1 June 14, 1975 [Note 13] St. Petersburg, Florida live event    
70 Mike George 1 1975 [Note 14] Florida live event    
71 Killer Karl Krupp 2 1975 [Note 15] Florida live event    
72 Harley Race 1 August 25, 1975 31 West Palm Beach, Florida live event    
73 Dusty Rhodes 6 September 25, 1975 [Note 16] West Palm Beach, Florida live event   [5]
74 Harley Race 2 September 1975 [Note 17] Florida live event   [5]
75 Jerry Brisco 2 November 1975 [Note 18] Florida live event    
76 Masked Destroyer 1 November 16, 1975 (NET) [Note 19] Florida live event    
77 Billy Robinson 1 December 29, 1975 106 Florida live event    
78 The Assassin 1 April 13, 1976 21 Tampa, Florida live event    
79 Dusty Rhodes 7 May 4, 1976 35 West Palm Beach, Florida live event   [5]
80 The Assassin 2 June 8, 1976 144 Tampa, Florida live event   [5]
81 Steve Keirn 1 October 30, 1976 [Note 2] St. Petersburg, Florida live event    
82 Ox Baker 1 1976 or 1977 [Note 2] Florida live event    
83 Superstar Billy Graham 1 1977 [Note 20] Florida live event    
84 Steve Keirn 2 1977 [Note 21] Florida live event    
85 Ivan Koloff 1 May 24, 1977 126 Tampa, Florida live event    
86 Pedro Morales 1 September 27, 1977 [Note 22] Tampa, Florida live event    
87 Dick Slater 1 March 1978 [Note 23] Florida live event    
88 Dusty Rhodes 8 June 18, 1978 [Note 24] Sarasota, Florida live event   [5]
89 Dick Slater 2 1978 [Note 25] Florida live event   [5]
90 Jerry Brisco 3 1978 [Note 26] Florida live event    
91 The Spoiler 1 August 2, 1978 21 Miami Beach, Florida live event    
92 Wahoo McDaniel 1 August 23, 1978 81 Miami Beach, Florida live event    
93 Dick Slater 3 November 12, 1978 48 Orlando, Florida live event    
94 Terry Funk 2 December 30, 1978 21 St. Petersburg, Florida live event    
95 Thor the Viking 1 January 20, 1979 70 St. Petersburg, Florida live event    
96 Jimmy Garvin 1 March 31, 1979 58 St. Petersburg, Florida live event    
97 King Curtis Iaukea 1 May 28, 1979 [Note 27] West Palm Beach, Florida live event    
98 Ernie Ladd 1 October 1979 [Note 28] Lafayette, Louisiana live event    
99 Sweet Brown Sugar 1 October 26, 1979 29 St. Petersburg, Florida live event    
100 Leroy Brown 1 November 24, 1979 84 St. Petersburg, Florida live event    
101 Dusty Rhodes 9 February 16, 1980 [Note 29] Jacksonville, Florida live event   [5]
Vacated July 1980 N/A N/A Vacated so that Rhodes could focus on a match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship  
102 Dick Slater 4 August 3, 1980 177 Tampa, Florida live event    
103 Mike Graham 1 January 27, 1981 7 Tampa, Florida live event    
104 Dick Slater 5 February 3, 1981 1 Tampa, Florida live event    
105 Sweet Brown Sugar 2 February 4, 1981 76 Ft. Myers, Florida live event    
106 Rene Goulet 2 April 21, 1981 [Note 30] Tampa, Florida live event    
107 Bobby Jaggers 1 June 1981 [Note 31] Tampa, Florida live event    
108 Jack Brisco 4 November 22, 1981 34 Orlando, Florida live event    
109 David Von Erich 1 December 26, 1981 202 St. Petersburg, Florida live event    
110 Derek Draper 1 July 16, 1982 9 Lakeland, Florida live event    
111 Sweet Brown Sugar 3 July 25, 1982 17 Orlando, Florida live event    
112 Jimmy Garvin 2 August 11, 1982 81 Florida live event    
113 Dusty Rhodes 10 October 31, 1982 22 Orlando, Florida live event   [5]
114 Kevin Sullivan 1 November 22, 1982 [Note 32] West Palm Beach, Florida live event Defeated Barry Windham to win the championship [5][6]
Vacated 1982 N/A N/A Championship vacant after Sullivan tries to give it to Jake Roberts in gratitude for his interference.  
115 Barry Windham 1 December 18, 1982 89 Sarasota, Florida live event Defeated Greg Valentine in tournament final  
116 Frank Dusek 1 March 17, 1983 44 Tampa, Florida live event    
117 Ron Bass 1 April 30, 1983 147 Ft. Myers, Florida live event    
118 Mike Rotunda 1 September 24, 1983 60 St. Petersburg, Florida live event    
119 Ron Bass 2 November 23, 1983 180 Miami, Florida live event    
120 Mike Rotunda 2 May 21, 1984 9 West Palm Beach, Florida live event    
121 Angelo Mosca 1 May 30, 1984 74 Tampa, Florida live event    
122 Jim Neidhart 1 August 12, 1984 13 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma live event    
123 Pez Whatley 1 August 25, 1984 25 Sarasota, Florida live event    
124 Kevin Sullivan 2 September 19, 1984 3 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida live event    
125 Pez Whatley 2 September 22, 1984 116 Miami, Florida live event    
126 Rick Rude 1 January 16, 1985 84 Tampa, Florida live event    
127 Brian Blair 1 April 10, 1985 46 Tampa, Florida live event    
128 Hercules Hernandez 1 May 26, 1985 [Note 33] Orlando, Florida live event    
Vacated July 1985 N/A N/A Hernandez was fired for a dressing room fight with Wahoo McDaniel  
129 Rick Rude 2 July 21, 1985 73 Orlando, Florida live event defeated Mike Graham in tournament final  
130 Wahoo McDaniel 2 October 2, 1985 48 Tampa, Florida live event    
131 Lex Luger 1 November 19, 1985 57 Tampa, Florida live event    
132 Jesse Barr 1 January 15, 1986 30 Tampa, Florida live event    
132 Lex Luger 2 February 14, 1986 158 Orlando, Florida live event    
134 Masked Superstar 1 July 22, 1986 7 Tampa, Florida live event    
135 Lex Luger 3 July 29, 1986 171 Tampa, Florida live event    
136 Kevin Sullivan 3 January 16, 1987 15 Daytona, Florida live event    
137 Bad News Allen 1 January 31, 1987 25 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida live event    
138 Kevin Sullivan 4 February 25, 1987 [Note 34] Ft. Lauderdale, Florida live event   [7]
Retired March 1987 N/A N/A Championship abandoned after promotion was purchased by Jim Crockett Promotions  

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The date the championship was vacted is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 93 and 122 days.
  2. ^ a b c d e The length of the championship reign is too uncertain to calculate.
  3. ^ The date the championship was won and lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 31 days.
  4. ^ The date the championship was won and lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 154 and 214 days.
  5. ^ The date the championship was won is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 11 and 41 days.
  6. ^ The date the championship was won is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 146 days.
  7. ^ The date the championship was won is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 146 days.
  8. ^ The date the championship was vacated is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 116 and 145 days.
  9. ^ The date the championship was lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 7 and 37 days.
  10. ^ The date the championship was won is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 31 days.
  11. ^ The date the championship was lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 89 days.
  12. ^ The date the championship was won is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 89 days.
  13. ^ The date the championship was lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 72 days.
  14. ^ The date the championship was won and lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 72 days.
  15. ^ The date the championship was won and lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 72 days.
  16. ^ The date the championship was lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 6 days.
  17. ^ The date the championship was won and lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 32 and 52 days.
  18. ^ The date the championship was won and lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 16 and 58 days.
  19. ^ The date the championship was won is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 43 days.
  20. ^ The date the championship was won and lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 143 days.
  21. ^ The date the championship was won and lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 143 days.
  22. ^ The date the championship was lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 155 and 185 days.
  23. ^ The date the championship was lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 79 and 109 days.
  24. ^ The date the championship was lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 45 days.
  25. ^ The date the championship was won and lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 45 days.
  26. ^ The date the championship was won and lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 45 days.
  27. ^ The date the championship was lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 126 and 151 days.
  28. ^ The date the championship was lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 26 days.
  29. ^ The date the championship was vacated is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 136 and 166 days.
  30. ^ The date the championship was lost is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 41 and 70 days.
  31. ^ The date the championship was won is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 145 and 174 days.
  32. ^ The date the championship was vacated is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 1 and 26 days.
  33. ^ The date the championship was vacated is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 36 and 56 days.
  34. ^ The date the championship was abandoned is uncertain, which means that the reign lasted between 4 and 34 days.

References[edit]

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