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AWA SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE HISTORY

? 1974--December 7, 1987
(Exact dates are pretty sketchy prior to November 1977 and somewhat after that)

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.

2.Jackie Fargo
75

3.Jerry Lawler [2]
75

4.Mongolian Stomper (Archie Gouldie)
10/75

5.Bob Armstrong
10/75

6.Jerry Lawler [3]
10/75

7.Bob Armstrong [2]
11/75

8.Jerry Lawler [4]
11/75

9.Bobby Eaton

10.Tommy Rich

11.Jerry Lawler
70s

12.Jerry Lawler [5]
76

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

14.Jerry Lawler [6]
76

15.Tommy Rich
76

16.Gorgeous George Jr.
76

17.Rocky Johnson
76

18.Jerry Lawler [7]
76

19.Bob Armstrong [3]
06/77

20.Jerry Lawler [8]
77

22.Paul Orndorff
06/07/77
Vacated in 1977.

23.Jimmy Valiant
77
Wins tournament.

24.Mr. Wrestling
77

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

26.Jimmy Valiant [2]
11/28-77-Memphis, TN
Lou Thesz was recognized as NWA Southern Heavyweight champion by Nick Gulas in Nashville
Title was abandoned in August, 1978 when Thesz jumps to Jerry Jarrett's Memphis promotion.

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

28.Jos LeDuc
08/07/78-Memphis, TN

29.Don Fargo
11/78

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

31.Don Fargo [2]
12/78


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

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

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

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

36.Robert Fuller
03/79-Memphis, TN

37.Toru Tanaka
19/03/79
Belt returned.

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

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

40.Randy Taylor
06/79

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

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

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

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

46.Paul Ellering
04/80

47.Bill Dundee [2]
07/80
Vacated on 80/08/04 when Bill Dundee won CWA World Heavyweight title.

48.Bill Irwin
08/11/80

49.Jimmy Valiant [4]
08/80

50.Tommy Rich [2]
80

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

52.Tommy Rich [3]
10/80

53.Jimmy Valiant [6]
81

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

55.Jimmy Hart
81

56.Chick Donovan
81
Given the belt by Hart; vacant in 81.

57.Jerry Lawler [14]
81

58.Sabu the Wildman (Coco Samoa)
81

59.Jerry Lawler [15]
81

60.Dream Machine (Troy Graham)
81


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61.Jimmy Valiant [7]
81
Vacant in 81.

62.Dream Machine [2]
07/20/81-Jackson, TN
Defeated Steve Keirn in a tournament final.

63.Dutch Mantell
81

64.Jerry Lawler [16]
81

65.Dutch Mantell

02/14/82

66.Jerry Lawler

03/01/82

67.Dutch Mantell

03/22/82

68.Jerry Lawler [17]

69.Kendo Nagasaki
82

70.Jerry Lawler [18]
82

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

80.Dutch Mantell [2]
04/83

81.Bill Dundee [4]
04/83

82.Jerry Lawler [21]
83

83.Dutch Mantell

84.Jerry Lawler [22]
83

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

86.Jerry Lawler [23]
07/04/83-Memphis, TN
Vacated in 09/83 because Lawler failed to defend the title within 30 days.

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

88.Jesse Ventura
09/83

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

96.King Kong Bundy
07/30/84-Memphis, TN
Special referee: Eddie Gilbert.

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

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

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

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

101.Jerry Oske
05/07/85 Louisville, KY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

113. Buddy Landell

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

114.Buddy Landell
06/16/86-Memphis, TN
Defeated The Flame (Roger Smith) in tournament final
Vacated in June 1986 when Landell left for another promotion.

115.Bam Bam Bigelow
07/28/86-Memphis, TN
Wins title in battle royal.

116.Jerry Lawler [35]
09/08/86-Memphis, TN
Vacated on 01/11/87 when Lawler injured.

117.Austin Idol [2]
02/03/87-Memphis, TN
Defeated Soul Train Jones in tournament final.

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

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

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

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

122.Jerry Lawler [38]
07/13/87-Memphis, TN
Title was held-up after a match with Don Bass on 08/03/87 in Memphis, TN.

123.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.

124.Jerry Lawler [39]
08/31/87-Memphis, TN
Vacates in 87/10 to concentrate on AWA World Tag Team title.

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

126.Jerry Lawler [40]
11/21/87-Memphis, TN
Unified with CWA Heavyweight title on 12/07/87 in Memphis, TN

Southern Heavyweight title is revived by USWA in October 1989.


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