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Last updated on 2017/03/30

1974 - 1977
Southern Heavyweight Title
[Tennessee & Alabama & Kentucky]

National Wrestling Alliance ( 1949 - 1978 )

Tony Bernardi 1924/06/10<  
Billed as champion in Kingston, TN; said to have held the title for years; still champion as of 24/07/04.
[...]    
Jack Ross 1932/10/03<  
Recognized in Kingston, TN.
Jim Achlin 1933/02/22 Columbia, SC
Reported on a Kingston, TN paper on 33/02/24 as having defeated Ross "Wednesday night"; still champion as of 33/04/05.
[...]    
Eddie Malone 1933 *  
Listed on a Louisville, KY newspaper as a title claimant "in six Southern States for the past five years" on 38/07/20; also billed as Southern Light Heavyweight champion in Ohio.
[...]    
Dick Lever 1941/11/02<  
Herb Welch 1942/07/14 Louisville, KY
Still champion as of 43/03/30; may vacate the title after winning the World Junior Heavyweight Title in 43/03.
[...]  
Don McIntyre 1950/01/19<
Defends Georgia version in Tennessee; Lon Chaney is billed as champion in Anniston, AL as of 53/06/29.
Black Phantom (Art Nelson) 1950/09/19 Nashville, TN
Still champion as of 50/12/27.
[...]
Don McIntyre [2] 1951
Art Nelson [2] 1951/08/10 Atlanta, GA
Don McIntyre [3] 1951/09/10 Augusta, GA
Ray Villmer 1953/10/16 Atlanta, GA
Don McIntyre [4] 1954/01/11 Augusta, GA
Fred Blassie 1954/02/08 Birmingham, AL
Still recognized in Tennessee as of 56/05/20; in Huntsville, AL, Tarzan White is billed as champion as of 54/03/23.
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Larry Clark 1957/01/28<
Still champion as of 57/02/18.
[...]
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.
[...]
Mike Clancy * 1959/09/09 Nashville, TN
Defeats Jackie Fargo in tournament final (possibly a prize tournament rather than a regular championship).
[...]
Eddie Graham 1963/09/20<
Defends Florida version in Tennessee; still recognized as of 63/12/29.
[...]
Eddie Graham [2] 1967/12/31<

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
Vacant when the title moves to Jerry Jarrett's group on 77/03/20.
Lou Thesz 1978/07  
Midwest Title renamed Southern Title; title retired in 78/08 when Thesz wrestles for Jerry Jarrett.

* See AWA Southern Heavyweight Title.