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NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title
[Mid-America]

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* Reigns prior to 1952/04 may be for the Tenneseee
version of the World Junior Heavyweight Title.

Black Phantom 1949/09/26<
Still champion as of 50/02/06.
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Tex Riley 1950/04/17<
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Art Nelson 1950/08/16<
Billed as champion in Kingsport, TN.
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Black Phantom [2] 1950/10/02<
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Tex Riley [2] 1951/02/19<
Still champion as of 51/04/23.
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Henry Harrell 1952/04/19 Jackson, MS
Defeats Tex Riley in tournament final.
Herb Welch 1952/07/25 Knoxville, TN
Al Galento 1952/08/28 Chattanooga, TN
Tex Riley [3] 1952/10/29 Kingsport, TN
Red Roberts 1953/01/03 Cape Girardeau, MO
Ray Piret 1954/03/17 Nashville, TN
Sonny Myers 1955/02/21 Birmingham, AL
Frank Jares 1955/07/25 Birmingham, AL
The Bat (Bob O'Shocker) 1956/05/22 Nashville, TN
Frank Jares [2] 1956/05/29 Nashville, TN
Jesse James 1956/07/24 Nashville, TN
Frank Jares [3] 1956/08/07 Nashville, TN
Herb Welch [2] 1956/08/27 Birmingham, AL
Great Malenko (Frank Fozo) 1956/09/19 Mobile, AL
Herb Welch [3] 1956/10/16 Mobile, AL
Tor Yamato 1957/02/25 Birmingham, AL
Held up in Florence, AL after a match against Lee Fields ends as no contenst on 57/04/05.
Tor Yamato # 1957/04/12 Florence, AL
Defeats Lee Fields in rematch.
Cyclone Anaya 1957/06/17 Birmingham, AL
Tor Yamato [2] 1957/06/22<
Cyclone Anaya [2] 1957/07/05<
Mario Galento 1957/08/21 Mobile, AL
Vacant in 57/09 for not defending title.
Cyclone Anaya [3] 1957/09
Awarded sometime before 57/09/20.
Tor Yamato [3] 1957/10/01 Nashville, TN
Ray Stevens 1957/11/11 Birmingham, AL
Tor Yamato [4] 1958/01/20 Birmingham, AL
Held up after a match against Fred Blassie on 58/03/18 in Nashville, TN; Herb Welch may defeat Yamato for the title in Memphis, TN on 58/03/17.
Tor Yamato [5] 1958/03/25 Nashville, TN
Defeats Blassie in rematch.
Fred Blassie 1958/04/08 Nashville, TN
Ray Stevens [2] 1958/05/12 Birmingham, AL
Defeats Blassie; Tor Yamato also defeats Blassie for the title on 58/05/13 in Nashville, TN, but Stevens is billed as champion as of 58/05/27; held up after a match against Yamato on 58/06/17 in Nashville, TN.
Ray Stevens [3] 1958/06/26<
Wins rematch, possibly in a boxing match on 58/06/24 in Nashville, TN.
Corsica Jean 1958/07/22 Nashville, TN
Ray Stevens [4] 1958/09/22Birmingham, AL
Vacant in 58/10 when Stevens leaves territory (sometime after 58/10/14).
Chris Zaharias 1958/10
Sometime between 58/10/15 and 58/10/23.
Yvon Robert 1958/10/27 Birmingham, AL
Tor Yamato [6] 1958/11/17? Birmingham, AL?
Or sometime after 58/11/07; on a 58/12/05 of a Florence, AL paper, Robert is reported to have lost the title to Gorgeous George "two weeks ago in Birmingham", but Yamato is billed as champion in Nashville, TN as of 58/11/18.
Yvon Robert 1958/12/23<
Jesse James [2] 1959/01/12 Birmingham, AL
Tor Yamato [7] 1959/01/15<
Jesse James [3] 1959/02/06<
Jackie Fargo 1959/09/30 Mobile, AL
Mike Clancy 1959/12/28 Birmingham, AL
Bill Monroe 1960/12/22 Chattanooga, TN
Len Rossi 1960/12/27 Nashville, TN
Don Greene 1961/07/15 Chattanooga, TN
Len Rossi [2] 1962/01/08 Memphis, TN
Don Greene [2] 1962/02<
Sometime after 62/01/15.
Taro Sakuro 1962/02/08 Chattanooga, TN
Joe Lanza 1962/06/07 Chattanooga, TN
Still champion as of 62/08/11.
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Jackie Fargo [2] 1962/08/21<
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Hans Steiner 1962/09<
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Frankie Cain 1963/05 Memphis, TN
Defeats Len Rossi; still champion as of 63/08/14.
Johnny Long 1963/09/10<
Sam Steamboat 1964/01/22 Kingsport, TN
Still champion as of 64/04/26.
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Rocky Smith 1964/09/15< Kingsport, TN
Wins a tournament; still champion as of 64/12/27.
Alex Perez 1965/01<
Rocky Smith [2] 1965/01/03<
Alex Perez [2] 1965/02/08 Memphis, TN
Rocky Smith [3] 1965/02/13<
Alex Perez [3] 1965/02/24<
Rocky Smith [4] 1965/03/22 Memphis, TN
Held up after a match against Hiro Matsuda on 65/12/16 in Chattanooga, TN.
Rocky Smith [5] 1965/12/23 Chattanooga, TN
Defeats Matsuda in rematch.
Alex Perez [4] 1966/01/18 Nashville, TN
Al Costello 1966/04/06 Nashville, TN
Karl Von Brauner 1966/04/28 Chattanooga, TN
Jackie Fargo [3] 1966/07/27 Nashville, TN
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Len Rossi [3] 1967/04/20<
Great Yamaha (Kantaro Hoshino) 1967/08/19 Chattanooga, TN
Len Rossi [4] 1967/08/31 Chattanooga, TN
Tojo Yamamoto 1968/09/19 Chattanooga, TN
Still champion as of 68/12/18.
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Len Rossi [5] 1969/05/20<
In Gulf Coast, Siki Samara is billed as the champion in 69/08, loses to Jimmy Jones on 69/08/13 in Mobile, AL, and regains on 69/08/20 in Mobile.
Sputnik Monroe 1971/07/01 Chattanooga, TN
Len Rossi [6] 1971/08/05Chattanooga, TN
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Don Greene [3] 1971/09/20<
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Len Rossi [7] 1971/10/18<
Vacant in 73 when Rossi brakes ankle.
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Steve Kovacs 1973/04/27<
Jerry Lawler 1973/05/04 Chattanooga, TN
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Tommy Gilbert 1973 Birmingham, AL
Lou Thesz 1973
Tommy Gilbert [2] 1973
Ron Garvin 1973/12/12<
Tommy Gilbert [3] 1974/01/28< Birmingham, AL
Lou Thesz [2] 1974/03/18 Memphis, TN
Tommy Gilbert [4] 1974/03
Lou Thesz [3] 1974/03/27 Nashville, TN
Tommy Gilbert [5] 1974/04/01 Memphis, TN
Lou Thesz [4] 1974/04
Tommy Gilbert [6] 1974/04/10 Nashville, TN
Jerry Lawler [2] 1974/04/15 Memphis, TN
Ricky Gibson 1974/06/03 Memphis, TN
Jerry Lawler [3] 1974/06/10 Memphis, TN
Jackie Fargo [4] 1974/06/24 Memphis, TN
Lawler continues to be recognized in other cities.
Jerry Lawler [4] 1974/07/08 Memphis, TN
Jackie Fargo [5] 1974/07/20 Chattanooga, TN
Jerry Lawler [5] 1974/07/27 Chattanooga, TN
Renamed Southern Heavyweight Title in late 74/07.



Roy Lee Welch 1976/07<




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