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National Wrestling Alliance [Mid-America] ( 1974 - 1978/07 )
American Wrestling Association ( 1978/07 - 1987/12 )
Southern Heavyweight Title

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Herb Welch 1942/07/14 Louisville, KY
Defeats Dick Lever; still champion as of 43/03/30.
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Don McIntyre 1950/10/11<
Defends Georgia version in Tennessee until 53.
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Fred Blassie 1954/03/11<
Defends Georgia version in Tennessee; still recognized in Tennessee as of 56/05/01.
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Larry Clark 1957/01/28<
Still champion as of 57/02/18.
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Fred Blassie [2] 1958/03/06<
Continues to be recognized in Tennessee and Alabama through 59 after defeating Don McIntyre to regain the Georgia version on 58/06/13 in Atlanta, GA.
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Eddie Graham 1963/09/23<
Defends Florida version in Tennessee.



Jerry Lawler 1974/07
Defeats Tommy Gilbert for Southern Junior Heavyweight Title on 74/07/27 in Chattanooga, TN; renamed Southern Heavyweight Title in late 74/07.
Robert Fuller 1974/10/23 Nashville, TN
Jerry Lawler [2] 1974/10/30 Nashville, TN
Vacant in 74/12.
Ron Fuller 1974/12/29 Memphis, TN
Wins an 8-man tournament.
Ron Wright 1975/02/21 Knoxville, TN
Ron Fuller [2] 1975/02/28 Knoxville, TN
Mongolian Stomper (Archie Gouldie) 1975/06/09 Memphis, TN
Robert Fuller [2] 1975/06/21<
Mongolian Stomper [2] 1975/06/23<
Jerry Lawler [3] 1975/07/14 Memphis, TN
Mongolian Stomper [3] 1975/07/28<
Sometime after 75/07/21; held up after a match against Bob Armstrong on 75/09/09 in Memphis, TN; rematch on 75/09/15 ends as a draw.
Bob Armstrong 1975/09/29<
Sometime after 75/09/24; may be help up again after a match against Mongolian Stomper sometime before 75/10/07.
Bob Armstrong [2] 1975/10/09 Chattanooga, TN
Defeats Stomper in rematch; may be a repeat of a match on 75/10/07 in Louisville, KY; also wins Mid-America Title, defeating Harley Race on 75/10/13 in Memphis, TN.
Jerry Lawler [4] 1975/10 Huntsville, AL
Sometime after 75/10/22.
Bob Armstrong [3] 1975/11/07<
Vacant sometime between 75/11/25 and 75/11/30.
Jerry Lawler [5] 1975/12/15 Memphis, TN
Defeats Ron Fuller in a tournament final; held up after a match against Ricky Gibson in 76/01.
Jerry Lawler [6] 1976/01/19 Memphis, TN
Defeats Gibson in a rematch.
Tommy Rich 1976/02/22 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [7] 1976/03/20 Memphis, TN
Jack Brisco 1976/08/09 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [8] 1976/08/16 Memphis, TN
Tommy Rich [2] 1976/09/14 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [9] 1976/10<
Sometime between 76/09/20 and 76/10/03.
Rocky Johnson 1976/11/01 Memphis, TN
Title moves to Jerry Jarrett's group on 77/03/20; held up, probably after a DQ loss to Jerry Lawler on 77/04/03 in Memphis, TN.
Jerry Lawler [10] 1977/04/11 Memphis, TN
Defeats Johnson in rematch.
Bob Armstrong [4] 1977/04/28 Knoxville, TN
Jerry Lawler [11] 1977/05/01 Memphis, TN
Paul Orndorff 1977/05/29 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [12] 1977/07/18 Memphis, TN
Bill Dundee 1977/07/25 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [13] 1977/08/01 Memphis, TN
Bill Dundee [2] 1977/08/22 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [14] 1977/08/29 Memphis, TN
Bill Dundee [3] 1977/08/30 Louisville, KY
Jerry Lawler [15] 1977/09<
Vacates after a match against Bill Dundee on 77/09/13 when Lawler retires temporarily.
Jimmy Valiant 1977/09/19 Memphis, TN
Defeats Mr. Wrestling in a one-night 6-man tournament; repeated on 77/09/25 in Louisville, KY.
Jerry Lawler [16] 1977/10/10 Memphis, TN
Jimmy Valiant [2] 1977/11/28 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [17] 1977/12/05 Memphis, TN
Billed as an AWA title after 78/07; Lou Thesz is recognized as NWA Southern Heavyweight champion by Nick Gulas in Nashville and Chattanooga but the title is retired in 78/08 when Thesz wrestles for Jerry Jarrett.
Jos LeDuc 1978/08/07 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [18] 1978/08/14 Memphis, TN
Jos LeDuc [2] 1978/08/28 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [19] 1978/09/25<
Sometime after 78/09/04.
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Don Fargo 1978/11/06<
Tommy Gilbert 1978/11/20 Memphis, TN
Don Fargo [2] 1978/11/27 Memphis, TN
Tommy Gilbert [2] 1978/12/02Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [20] 1978/12/04 Memphis, TN
Austin Idol 1978/12/25 Memphis, TN
Ron Fuller [3] 1979/01/15 Memphis, TN
Toru Tanaka 1979/02
Sometime between 79/02/13 and 79/02/17.
Robert Fuller [3] 1979/03/19 Memphis, TN
Wins by default.
Toru Tanaka [2] 1979/03/26 Memphis, TN
Buzz Sawyer 1979/03/31 Memphis, TN
Held up after a match against the Mongolian Stomper on 79/04/02.
Mongolian Stomper [4] 1979/04/16<
Robert Fuller [4] 1979/06/04 Memphis, TN
Ron Bass 1979/06 Bluefield, WV *
Sometime after 79/06/11.
Randy Taylor * 1979/06
Ron Bass * 1979/07/02 Memphis, TN
May be for vacant title or contendership.
Bill Dundee [4] 1979/08/27 Memphis, TN
Held up after a match against Ron Bass on 79/09/11 in Memphis, TN.
Bill Dundee [5] 1979/09/17 Memphis, TN
Defeats Bass in rematch.
Jerry Lawler [21] 1979/09/24 Memphis, TN
Bill Dundee [6] 1979/10/01 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [22] 1979/10/15 Memphis, TN
Jackie Fargo [2] 1979/11/22 Jackson, TN
Jimmy Valiant [3] 1980/01/03 Jackson, TN
Paul Ellering 1980/04/07 Memphis, TN
Bill Dundee [7] 1980/07/07 Memphis, TN
Vacant on 80/08/04 when Dundee wins CWA World Heavyweight title.
Bill Irwin 1980/08/11 Memphis, TN
Defeats Jimmy Valiant in a one-night 8-man tournament final; held up after a match against Jimmy Valiant on 80/08/18 in Memphis, TN.
Jimmy Valiant [4] 1980/08/25 Memphis, TN
Defeats Irwin in rematch.
Tommy Rich [4] 1980/09/01 Memphis, TN
Jimmy Valiant [5] 1980/09/09 Memphis, TN
Tommy Rich [5] 1980/10/06<
Sometime after 80/09/22; vacant in 80/11.
Jimmy Valiant [6] 1981/01/17 Memphis, TN
Defeats Hector Guerrero in tournament final.
Jerry Lawler [23] 1981/02/15 Memphis, TN
Jimmy Hart 1981/06/22 Memphis, TN
Chick Donovan # 1981/07/11 Memphis, TN
Pins Hart when Hart lays down and lets himself be pinned without official referee; declared vacant on 81/07/18.
Dream Machine (Troy Graham) 1981/08/16 Jackson, TN
Defeats Steve Keirn in tournament final.
Jerry Lawler [24] 1981/08/24 Memphis, TN
Dream Machine [2] 1981/09/07 Memphis, TN
Jimmy Valiant [7] 1981/09/14 Memphis, TN
Dream Machine [3] 1981/10<
Sometime between 81/09/26 and 81/10/12.
Dutch Mantell 1981/10/26 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [25] 1981/01/18 Memphis, TN
Dutch Mantell [2] 1982/02/14 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [26] 1982/03/01 Memphis, TN
Dutch Mantell [3] 1982/03/22 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [27] 1982/03/29 Memphis, TN
Kendo Nagasaki 1982/05
Jerry Lawler [28] 1982/05/24 Memphis, TN
Kimala 1982/06/07 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [29] 1982/08/09 Memphis, TN
Nick Bockwinkel 1982/10/11 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [30] 1982/11/08 Memphis, TN
Sabu the Wildman (Coco Samoa) 1982/11/15 Memphis, TN
Jimmy Hart & Sabu defeat Lawler in a handicap match; originally Hart wins the title but later Sabu is recognized as the champion.
Terry Taylor 1982/11/29 Memphis, TN
Jacques Rougeau 1983/01/30 Memphis, TN
Terry Taylor [2] 1983/02/14 Memphis, TN
Bill Dundee [8] 1983/03/21 Memphis, TN
Dutch Mantell [4] 1983/05/09 Memphis, TN
Bill Dundee [9] 1983/05/16 Memphis, TN
Dutch Mantell [5] 1983/05/23 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [31] 1983/05
Bill Dundee [10] 1983/05/30 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [32] 1983/06/06 Memphis, TN
Man Mountain Link 1983/06/13 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [33] 1983/06/20 Memphis, TN
Vacant in 83/09< after Lawler fails to defend title within 30 days.
Jerry Lawler [34] 1983/09/05 Memphis, TN
Defeats Bill Dundee in tournament final.
Jesse Ventura 1983/09/12 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [35] 1983/10/03 Memphis, TN
Jesse Ventura [2] 1983/10/10 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [36] 1983/11 Chicago, IL *
Humongous (Mike Stark) 1984/04/23 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [37] 1984/05/21 Memphis, TN
Rick Rude 1984/06/11 Memphis, TN
Tommy Rich [5] 1984/07/16 Memphis, TN
King Kong Bundy 1984/07/30 Memphis, TN
Special referee: Eddie Gilbert.
Jerry Lawler [38] 1984/11/12 Memphis, TN
Held up after a match against Eddie Gilbert on 85/01/28 in Memphis, TN.
Eddie Gilbert 1985/02<
Defeats Lawler in rematch.
Jerry Lawler [39] 1985/02/11 Memphis, TN
Randy Savage 1985/03/17 Memphis, TN
Jerry Oske 1985/05/07 Louisville, KY
Randy Savage [2] 1985/05/13 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [40] 1985/06/03 Memphis, TN
Bota the Witch Doctor 1985/06/24 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [41] 1985/07/29 Memphis, TN
Tarras Bulba 1985/08/16 Selmer, TN
Jerry Lawler [42] 1985/09/06 Martin, TN
Bill Dundee [11] 1985/10/19 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [43] 1985/12/21 Memphis, TN
Bill Dundee [12] 1985/12/30 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [44] 1986/04/07 Memphis, TN
Bill Dundee [13] 1986/05/02 Jackson, TN
Buddy Landel * 1986/06/02 Memphis, TN
Held up after winning the title; vacant in 86/06.
Buddy Landel [2] 1986/06/16 Memphis, TN
Defeats The Flame (Roger Smith) in tournament final; vacant in 86/07 when Landel leaves the area.
Crusher Yurkov (Bam Bam Bigelow) 1986/07/28 Memphis, TN
Wins a battle royal.
Jerry Lawler [45] 1986/09/08 Memphis, TN
Vacant on 87/01/11 when Lawler injured.
Austin Idol [2] 1987/02/03 Memphis, TN
Defeats Soul Train Jones in tournament final.
Jerry Lawler [46] 1987/04/20 Memphis, TN
Austin Idol [3] 1987/04/27 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [47] 1987/06/08 Memphis, TN
Brickhouse Brown 1987/07/06 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [48] 1987/07/13 Memphis, TN
Title held-up after match with Don Bass on 87/08/03 in Memphis, TN.
Don Bass 1987/08/03 Memphis, TN
Wins title in a special tag team match, teaming with Brickhouse Brown to defeat Lawler & Rocky Johnson.
Jerry Lawler [49] 1987/08
Don Bass [2] 1987/08/24 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [50] 1987/08/31 Memphis, TN
Vacates in 87/10 to concentrate on AWA World Tag Team title.
Bobby Jaggers 1987/10/19 Memphis, TN
Defeats Billy Travis in a tournament final.
Jerry Lawler [51] 1987/11/21 Memphis, TN
Unified with CWA Heavyweight title on 87/12/07 in Memphis, TN; Southern Heavyweight title is revived by USWA in 89/10.




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