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NWA - NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE

NWA SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE HISTORY


(Mid-America Version)

?/1974--December 7, 1987

From Wrestling Title Histories
by Royal Duncan & Gary Will

1.Jerry Lawler
?/74
Defeated Tommy Gilbert for Southern Junior Heavyweight Title
Renamed Southern Heavyweight Title in 1974.

1.Jackie Fargo
?/75

2.Jerry Lawler [2]
75
[records unclear or non-existent]

3.Mongolian Stomper (Archie Gouldie)
10/75

4.Bob Armstrong
10/75

5.Jerry Lawler [3]
10/75

6.Bob Armstrong [2]
11/75

7.Jerry Lawler [4]
11/75
[records unclear or non-existent]

8.Bobby Eaton [order uncertain]
[records unclear or non-existent]

9.Tommy Rich [order uncertain]

10.Jerry Lawler [order uncertain]
[records unclear or non-existent]

11.Jerry Lawler [5]
?/76

12.Jack Brisco
08/10/76-Memphis, TN

13.Jerry Lawler [6]
?/76

14.Tommy Rich
?/76

15.Gorgeous George Jr.
?/76

16.Rocky Johnson
?/76

17.Jerry Lawler [7]
?/76

18.Bob Armstrong [3]
06/77

19.Jerry Lawler [8]
?/77

20.Paul Orndorff
06/07/77
[records unclear or non-existent]
Vacant in 77.

21.Jimmy Valiant
?/77
Wins tournament.
[records unclear or non-existent]

22.Mr. Wrestling
?/77

23.Jerry Lawler [9]
11/21/77-Memphis, TN

24.Jimmy Valiant [2]
11/28/77-Memphis, TN
Lou Thesz was recognized as NWA Southern Heavyweight Champion by Nick Gulas in Nashville, but the title was abandoned in August 1977 when Thesz wrestled for Jerry Jarrett's Memphis promotion.

25.Jerry Lawler [10]
12/05/77-Memphis, TN

26.Jos LeDuc
08/07/78-Memphis, TN
[records unclear or non-existent]

27.Don Fargo
11/78

28.Tommy Gilbert [3]
11/20/78-Memphis, TN

29.Don Fargo [2]
12/78

30.Jerry Lawler [11]
12/04/78-Memphis, TN

31.Austin Idol
12/25/78-Memphis, TN


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32.Ron Fuller
01/15/79-Memphis, TN

33.Toru Tanaka
02/12/79-Memphis, TN

34.Robert Fuller
03/19/79-Memphis, TN

35.Toru Tanaka
03/79
Belt returned.

36.Mongolian Stomper [2]
04/23/79-Memphis, TN

37.Robert Fuller
06/04/79-Memphis, TN

38.Randy Taylor
06/79

39.Ron Bass
07/02/79-Memphis, TN

40.Bill Dundee
08/27/79-Memphis, TN

41.Jerry Lawler [12]
10/15/79-Memphis, TN

42.Jimmy Valiant [3]
01/03/80-Jackson, TNJackson, TN

43.Paul Ellering
04/80

44.Bill Dundee [2]
07/80
Vacated on August 4, 1980 when Dundee won the CWA World Heavyweight title.

45.Bill Irwin
08/11/80

46.Jimmy Valiant [4]
08/80

47.Tommy Rich [2]
80

48.Jimmy Valiant [5]
09/09/80-Memphis, TN

49.Tommy Rich [3]
10/80

50.Jimmy Valiant [6]
?/81

51.Jerry Lawler [13]
03/10/81-Memphis, TN

52.Jimmy Hart
?/81

53.Chick Donovan
?/81
Given the belt by Hart

Title Vacant in 1981

54.Jerry Lawler [14]
?/81

55.Sabu the Wildman (Coco Samoa)
?/81
[records unclear or non-existent]

56.Jerry Lawler [15]
?/81

57.Dream Machine (Troy Graham)
81

58.Jimmy Valiant [7]
?/81
[records unclear or non-existent]
Title Vacant in 1981.

59.Dream Machine [2]
07/20/81-Jackson, TN
Defeats Steve Keirn in tournament final.

60.Dutch Mantell
?/81

61.Jerry Lawler [16]
?/81

62.Dutch Mantell

02/14/82

63.Jerry Lawler

03/01/82

64.Dutch Mantell

03/22/82

65.Jerry Lawler [17]

66.Kendo Nagasaki
82

67.Jerry Lawler [18]
82

68.Kimala
06/07/82-Memphis, TN

69.Jerry Lawler [19]
08/09/82-Memphis, TN

70.Nick Bockwinkel
10/11/82-Memphis, TN

71.Jerry Lawler [20]
11/08/82-Memphis, TN

72.Jerry Roberts (Jacques Rougeau Jr.)
11/82

73.Terry Taylor
11/29/82-Memphis, TN

74.Jerry Roberts [2]
01/30/83-Memphis, TN

75.Terry Taylor [2]
02/14/83-Memphis, TN

76.Bill Dundee [3]
03/21/83-Memphis, TN


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77.Dutch Mantell [2]
04/83

78.Bill Dundee [4]
04/83

79.Jerry Lawler [21]
?/83

80.Dutch Mantell

81.Jerry Lawler [22]
83

82.Man Mountain Link
06/20/83-Memphis, TN

83.Jerry Lawler [23]
07/04/83-Memphis, TN
Vacated in September 1983 after Lawler failed to defend the title within 30 days.

84.Jerry Lawler [24]
09/10/83-Memphis, TN
Defeated Bill Dundee in tournament final.

85.Jesse Ventura
09/83

86.Jerry Lawler [25]
10/03/83-Memphis, TN

87.Jesse Ventura [2]
10/10/83-Memphis, TN

88.Jerry Lawler [26]
11/83-Chicago, IL

89.Humongous (Mike Stark)
04/30/84-Memphis, TN

90.Jerry Lawler [27]
05/02/84-Memphis, TN

91.Rick Rude
06/11/84-Memphis, TN

92.Tommy Rich [4]
07/22/84-Louisville, KY

93.King Kong Bundy
07/30/84-Memphis, TN
Eddie Gilbert was the special referee

94.Jerry Lawler [28]
11/12/84-Memphis, TN

95.Eddie Gilbert
01/27/85-Memphis, TN

96.Jerry Lawler [29]
02/12/85-Memphis, TN

97.Randy Savage
03/17/85-Memphis, TN

98.Jerry Oske
05/07/85-Louisville, KY

99.Randy Savage [2]
05/13/85-Memphis, TN

100..Jerry Lawler [30]
06/03/85-Memphis, TN

101.Bota the Witch Doctor
06/24/85-Memphis, TN

102.Jerry Lawler [31]
07/29/85-Memphis, TN

103.Tarras Bulba
07/29/85-Selmer, TN

104.Jerry Lawler [32]
09/06/85-Martin, TN

105.Bill Dundee [6]
10/19/85-Memphis, TN

106.Jerry Lawler [33]
12/21/85-Memphis, TN

107.Bill Dundee [7]
12/30/85-Memphis, TN

108.Jerry Lawler [34]
04/08/86-Memphis, TN

109.Bill Dundee [8]
05/02/86-Jackson, TN

110.Buddy Landell

06/02/86-Memphis, TN
Vacant in 86/06.

111.Buddy Landell
06/16/86-Memphis, TN
Defeated The Flame (Roger Smith) in tournament final
vacated in June 1986 when Landell left the promotion

112.Bam Bam Bigelow
07/28/86-Memphis, TN
Won title in battle royal.

113.Jerry Lawler [35]
09/08/86-Memphis, TN
Vacated on October 1, 1987 when Lawler injured.

114.Austin Idol [2]
02/03/87-Memphis, TN
Defeated S.T. Jones in tournament final.

114.Jerry Lawler [36]
04/20/87-Memphis, TN

115.Austin Idol [3]
04/27/87-Memphis, TN

116.Jerry Lawler [37]
06/08/87-Memphis, TN

117.Brickhouse Brown
07/06/87-Memphis, TN

118.Jerry Lawler [38]
07/13/87-Memphis, TN
Title held-up after match with Don Bass on March 8, 1987 in Memphis, TN.

119.Don Bass
08/03/87-Memphis, TN
Wins title in a special tag team match with Lawler and Rocky Johnson against Bass and Brickhouse Brown.

120.Jerry Lawler [39]
08/31/87-Memphis, TN
Vacated in October 1987 to concentrate on AWA World Tag Team title.

121.Bobby Jaggers
10/19/87-Memphis, TN

122.Jerry Lawler [40]
11/21/87-Memphis, TN
Unified with CWA Heavyweight title on December 7, 1987 in Memphis, TN

Title revived as USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in October 1989.


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