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NWA Southern Heavyweight Title

* NWA title after 1950.

Al Christensen 1916/09/27<
Has held the title for "a number of years", according to the Miami Herald on 17/02/05; still champion as of 17/02/27.

Jack Ross 1932/01/17<  
Also recognized in other southeastern states including Georgia, West Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
Tiger Moore 1933/03/13<
Jack Ross [2] 1936/01/21<
Recognized in Georgia and Florida.
Clyde Hackney 1936/05/19<
Mickey McGuire 1936/07/07 Miami, FL
Chief Barfoot 1936/07/10 Miami, FL
Count Pietro Rossi 1936/09/29 Miami, FL
Still champion as of 36/10/06; on 36/11/10, Miami promoter announces a series of matches to determine an undisputed Southern Champion.
Pete Managoff 1940/02/05 Lake Worth, FL
Defeats Gordon McKensie in tournament final; still champion as of 40/03/12.
Cy Williams 1940/04/12<
Claims Southern and Florida titles; Henry Piers starts claiming both titles when Williams is injured during a match in Tampa, FL on 40/06/10; Don Evans defeats Piers on 40/06/17 in Tampa, FL to claim both titles.
Tommy Nilan 1940/06/18 St. Petersburg, FL
Defeats Williams and claims both Southern and Florida titles; defeats Don Evans on 40/07/23 in St. Petersburg, FL.
Maurice Shapiro 1941<
Hank Kulkowich 1941/03 W. Palm Beach, FL
Cowboy Luttrall 1942/01<
Dobie Osburn 1942/01/07 St. Petersburg, FL
Patrick Kelly 1942/01 Tampa, FL
Sometime after 42/01/28.
Dobie Osburn [2] 1942/02/11 St. Petersburg, FL
Charles Podubny 1942/03/10<
Sometime after 42/02/24.
Dick Harbin 1943/03/24<
Still champion as of 43/04/05.
Hank Kulkowich [2] 1944/03/24<
Again billed as champion in W. Palm Beach, FL; still champion as of 44/07/16.
Rollend Kirchmeyer 1946/10/11<
Antonio Cortez # 1947/02
Defeats The Cardiff Giant on 46/10/28 in Tampa, FL to win Florida Heavyweight Title; billed as Southern Title after 47/02/24.
Danny Dusek1949/09/26Tampa, FL
Defeats Pedro Godoy in 7-man tournament final.
Johnny Valentine1950/07/17Tampa, FL
Danny Dusek [2]1950/08/07Tampa, FL
The Green Hornet1950/09/18Tampa, FL
Pat O'Hara1950/10/09Tampa, FL
Bobby Lane1951/07/09Tampa, FL
Pat O'Hara [2]1951/07/16Tampa, FL
Gene Stanlee1951/09/24Tampa, FL
Pat O'Hara [3] 1951/10/03<
Bobby Lane [2] 1951/10/06? Daytona Beach, FL?
Ray Stern 1951/12/29? Daytona Beach, FL?
Wins by DQ when Lane attackes the referee.
Pat O'Hara [4] 1952/04/06<
Wally Dusek 1952/08/03<
Don McIntyer1953/06/22<
Has won Georgia version in 53/03; also recognized in Florida.
Ray Villmer1953/10/16Atlanta, GA
Don McIntyre [2]1954/01/11Augusta, GA
Fred Blassie 1954/02/08 Birmingham, AL *
In Georgia, Blassie is billed as having defeated Mr. Moto on this date in Birmingham.
Ray Villmer [2] 1954
Fred Blassie [2] 1954/06/13<
Still champion as of 54/10/04.
Ray Villmer [3] 1956/07/02<
Billed as champion in Ft. Myers, FL; still champion as of 56/07/29.
Ray Stevens 1956/11/03<
John Smith 1957/01<
Fred Atkins 1957/02/02 Daytona Beach, FL
Ray Villmer [4] 1957/03/06<
Nick Roberts * 1957/04<
Ray Villmer [5] 1958/04/13<
Ray Gunkel, who has previously held Georgia version, is billed as champion in W. Palm Beach, FL in 59/01.
Red Raider (Pedro Godoy) 1959/12/21Tampa, FL
Mike DiBiase1960/01/19Tampa, FL
Don Curtis1960/03/22Tampa, FL
Buddy Austin1961/01/10Tampa, FL
Eddie Graham1961/03/07Tampa, FL
Zebra Kid (Len Montana) 1961/06/02 Miami Beach, FL
Vacant in 62/03<
Eddie Graham [2]1962/03/17Tampa, FL
Wins tournament; vacant on 62/05/24 when Graham injured by Boris Malenko in Jacksonville, FL.
Boris Malenko 1962/07/25  
Eddie Graham [3] 1962/11/22Jacksonville, FL
Hiro Matsuda1963/02/19Tampa, FL
Eddie Graham [4]1963/08/01Jacksonville, FL
Bob Orton1963/12/28Jacksonville, FL
Bob Ellis1964/03/03Tampa, FL
Bob Orton [2]1964/06/04Jacksonville, FL
Tony Marino 1964/08/29 Jacksonville, FL
Bob Orton [3] 1964/09/03 Jacksonville, FL
Tarzan Tyler1964/12/29Tampa, FL
Stripped in 65/04.
Bob Orton [4]1965/06/17Jacksonville, FL
Defeats the Scorpion in tournament final.
Tarzan Tyler [2]1966/02/24Jacksonville, FL
Missouri Mauler 1966/03/08 Tampa, FL
Start defending title in Mid-Atlantic around 66/06 and loses to Klondike Bill on 66/09/26 in Charlotte, NC.
Lester Welch 1966/10<  
Florida champion, billed as Southern champion in Orlando, FL; loses Florida Title to Louie Tillet on 67/03/20 in W. Palm Beach, FL but is still billed as Southern champion in Orlando, FL as of 67/03/24.
Missouri Mauler [2] 1968/02/13<  
Red Bastien 1968/08/14<  
Billed as champion in Ft. Myers, FL.
Missouri Mauler [3] 1969/02<  
Jack Brisco 1969/02/11 Tampa, FL
Missouri Mauler [4] 1969/04  
Has also defeated Johnny Weaver on 69/03/06 for the recognition in Mid-Atlantic.
Jack Brisco [2]1969/07/08Tampa, FL
Vacates in 69/11 when Brisco leaves the area to wrestle in Japan.
Danny Miller1970/01/03Tampa, FL
Missouri Mauler [5]1970/01/13Tampa, FL
Bob Orton [5]1970/03/03Tampa, FL
Dale Lewis1970/04/11Jacksonville, FL
Hiro Matsuda [3]1970/06/16Tampa, FL
Great Mephisto1970/08/13Tampa, FL
Hiro Matsuda [4]1970/10/02Tallahassee, FL
Great Mephisto [2]1970/11/05Jacksonville, FL
Rene Goulet 1970/12/07 Orlando, FL
Hiro Matsuda [5] 1971/01/26 Tampa, FL
Rene Goulet [2]1971/02/09Tampa, FL
The Grappler (Johnny Walker) 1971/03/23Tampa, FL
Terry Funk1971/04/14Miami, FL
Dick Murdoch1971/04/21Miami, FL
Jack Brisco [3]1971/06/08Tampa, FL
Held up after controversial match against Dick Murdoch on 71/09/24 in Tallahassee, FL
Bobby Duncum1971/10/07Tampa, FL
Wins tournament.
George Gaiser1971/10/14Tampa, FL
Bobby Shane1971/11/23Tampa, FL
Title held up after a match against Tim Woods on 72/02/15 in Tampa, FL.
Tim Woods1972/02/28Tampa, FL
Defeats Shane in rematch.
The Zodiac (Bob Orton) 1972/06/24Jacksonville, FL
Hiro Matsuda [6]1972/07/03Orlando, FL
The Zodiac [2]1972/07/10Orlando, FL
Tim Woods [2]1972/08/12St. Petersburg, FL
Buddy Colt1972/09/05Tampa, FL
Tim Woods [3]1972/09/19Tampa, FL
Buddy Colt [2]1972/10/31Tampa, FL
Tim Woods [4]1972/11/21Tampa, FL
Buddy Colt [3] 1972/12/01? Tallahassee, FL?
Tim Woods [5] 1972/12/12 Tampa, FL
Colt continues to be recognized in Georgia and loses to Bob Armstrong on 72/12/15 in Atlanta, GA.
Buddy Colt [3]1972/12/18Orlando, FL
Also defeats Bob Armstrong on 72/12/29 in Atlanta, GA for the recognition in Georgia
Mark Lewin1973/01/09Tampa, FL
Buddy Colt [4]1973/02/06Tampa, FL
Mr. Kleen1973/02/28 Miami Beach, FL
Paul Jones1973/03/12Orlando, FL
Ron Fuller1973/04/10Tampa, FL
Johnny Valentine1973/06/26Tampa, FL
Bill Dromo 1973/08/14Tampa, FL
Dusty Rhodes1973/09/05Miami, FL
Thunderbolt Patterson 1973/10/02 Tampa, FL
Dusty Rhodes [2] 1973/10/09 Tampa, FL
Held up after a match against Paul Jones on 73/10/16 in Tampa, FL due to a reverse decision.
Dusty Rhodes [3] 1973/10/23 Tampa, FL
Defeats Jones in rematch.
Jos LeDuc 1974/02/05 Tampa, FL
Dusty Rhodes [4] 1974/03/12Tampa, FL
Held up after Pak Song defeats Rhodes on 74/07/18 in Jacksonville, FL.
Dusty Rhodes [5] 1974/07/20 St. Petersburg, FL
Defeats Song in rematch.
Pak Song 1974/07/25Jacksonville, FL
Jerry Brisco 1974/08/13Tampa, FL
Pak Song [2] 1974/08/29Jacksonville, FL
Jos LeDuc [2] 1974/11/11? W. Palm Beach, FL?
The Stomper (Archie Gouldie) 1974/12/03Tampa, FL
Bob Armstrong [2] 1975/02/18? Tampa, FL?
The Stomper [2] 1975/03/04? Tampa, FL?
Pepper Gomez 1975/05/17St. Petersburg, FL
Killer Karl Krupp 1975/06/14St. Petersburg, FL
Cyclon Negro 1975/08< GA *
Harley Race 1975/08/25 W. Palm Beach, FL
Dusty Rhodes [3] 1975/09/15 W. Palm Beach, FL
Harley Race [2] 1975/09/23<
Jerry Brisco [2] 1975/11
Masked Destroyer (Killer Kowalski) 1975/11/20<
Billy Robinson 1975/12/16Tampa, FL
Assassin 1976/04/13Tampa, FL
Dusty Rhodes [4] 1976/05/04 Tampa, FL
Assassin [2] 1976/06/08 Tampa, FL
Steve Keirn 1976/10/30 St. Petersburg, FL
Ivan Koloff 1977/05/24Tampa, FL
Pedro Morales 1977/09/27Tampa, FL
Dick Slater 1978/03/07<
Sometime after 78/02/22.
Jack Brisco [4] 1978/04/27 Jacksonville, FL
Dick Slater [2] 1978/05/01<
Dusty Rhodes [5]1978/06/18 Sarasota, FL?
Dick Slater *1978
Jerry Brisco *1978
The Spoiler 1978/08/21<
Wahoo McDaniel 1978/08/23Miami Beach, FL
Dick Slater [3]1978/11/12Orlando, FL
Terry Funk [2]1978/12/30St. Petersburg, FL
Thor the Viking (Scott Irwin) 1979/01/20St. Petersburg, FL
Jim Garvin1979/03/31St. Petersburg, FL
King Curtis1979/05/28W. Palm Beach, FL
Ernie Ladd1979/10 Lafayette, LA *
Sweet Brown Sugar (Skip Young) 1979/10/26St. Petersburg, FL
Bad Leroy Brown1979/11/24St. Petersburg, FL
Dusty Rhodes [6]1980/02/16Jacksonville, FL
Vacates in 80/07 in preparation for the world title shot.
Dick Slater [4] 1980/08/03 Tampa, FL
Mike Graham 1981/01/27 Tampa, FL
Dick Slater [5] 1981/02/03 Tampa, FL
Sweet Brown Sugar [2]1981/02/04Ft. Myers, FL
Jaques Goulet (Rene Goulet) [3] 1981/04/21Tampa, FL
Bobby Jaggers 1981/06
Sometime after 81/06/10.
Jack Brisco [4] 1981/11/22Orlando, FL
David Von Erich1981/12/26St. Petersburg, FL
Derek Draper1982/07/16Lakeland, FL
Sweet Brown Sugar [3]1982/07/25Orlando, FL
Jim Garvin [2] 1982/08/11  
Dusty Rhodes [7] 1982/10/31 Orlando, FL
Kevin Sullivan1982/11/22W. Palm Beach, FL
Defeats Barry Windham; vacant in 82 when Sullivan tries to give title to Jake Roberts in gratitude of his interference.
Barry Windham1982/12/18Sarasota, FL
Defeats Greg Valentine in tournament final.
Frank Dusek1983/03/17Tampa, FL
Ron Bass1983/04/30Ft. Myers, FL
Mike Rotundo1983/09/24St. Petersburg, FL
Ron Bass [2]1983/11/23Miami, FL
Mike Rotundo [2]1984/05/21W. Palm Beach, FL
Angelo Mosca1984/05/30Tampa, FL
Jim Neidhart1984/08/12Oklahoma City, OK *
Pez Whatley1984/08/25Sarasota, FL
Kevin Sullivan [2]1984/09/19Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Pez Whatley [2]1984/09/22Miami, FL
Rick Rude1985/01/16Tampa, FL
Brian Blair1985/04/10Tampa, FL
Hercules Hernandez1985/05/26Orlando, FL
Vacant in 85/07 when Hernandez is fired after dressing room fight with Wahoo McDaniel.
Rick Rude [2]1985/07/21Orlando, FL
Defeats Mike Graham in tournament final.
Wahoo McDaniel [2]1985/10/02Tampa, FL
Lex Luger1985/11/19Tampa, FL
Jesse Barr1986/01/15Tampa, FL
Lex Luger [2]1986/02/14Orlando, FL
Masked Superstar1986/07/22Tampa, FL
Lex Luger [3]1986/07/29Tampa, FL
Kevin Sullivan [3]1987/01/16Daytona, FL
Bad News Allen1987/01/31Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Kevin Sullivan [4]1987/02/18Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Title retired in 87/03 after Jim Crockett Jr. takes the territory over in 87/02.