AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship

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AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship
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Promotion NWA Mid-America (19741977)
Continental Wrestling Association (19771987)
United States Wrestling Association (19901997)
Memphis Championship Wrestling (20002001)
Memphis Wrestling (20042010)
Date establishedJuly 27, 1974
Date retired2010 [1]
Other name(s)
  • NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Mid-America version)
  • NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Memphis version)
  • Mid-Southern Heavyweight Championship
  • AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship
  • USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship
  • USWA Heavyweight Championship
  • MCW Southern Heavyweight Championship
  • MC Southern Heavyweight Championship

The AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship was a major professional wrestling title in the Continental Wrestling Association during the 1970s and 1980s. The title is part of a long lineage that was started when the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Championship, in use since 1939, was renamed the NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Memphis version) in 1974. The title's name changed again in 1978, when it was renamed the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship due to a partnership with the American Wrestling Association. It was also called the Mid-Southern Heavyweight Championship in Pro Wrestling Illustrated and its sister publications, in order for this title to not be confused with Championship Wrestling from Florida's version of the title.

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The title was revived in the United States Wrestling Association from 1989 until 1997 when the USWA closed. It was known as the USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship and later simply the USWA Heavyweight Championship during that time; however, unlike the previous Southern title in Memphis, this one played a secondary role to the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship. It was revived in Memphis Championship Wrestling as the MCW Southern Heavyweight Championship in 2000 and 2001. It was later revived and renamed in 2004 for use in Memphis Wrestling as the Memphis Wrestling Southern Heavyweight Championship, where the last recorded champion was Brian Christopher, winning the championship on November 4, 2010 but with no recorded championship matches since then. [1] Memphis Wrestling held their last regular in 2009. [3]

On October 5, 2019, USA Championship Wrestling is bringing back the Southern Heavyweight Championship with a tournament happening at USA Championship Wrestling's Southern Justice taking place at Oman Arena. [4]

Title history

Key
No.Overall reign number
ReignReign number for the specific champion
DaysNumber of days held
No.ChampionChampionship changeReign statisticsNotesRef.
DateEventLocationReignDays
NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship
 1  Jerry Lawler  July 27, 1974 Mid-Am Show Chattanooga, Tennessee 1 88Defeated Jackie Fargo for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Championship. The title was then renamed the NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Mid-America version) in August 1974. [5] [6]
 2  Robert Fuller  October 23, 1974 Mid-Am Show Nashville, Tennessee 1 7 [5] [6]
 3  Jerry Lawler  October 30, 1974 Mid-Am Show Nashville, Tennessee 2 61 [5] [6]
Vacated  December 1974Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [5] [6]
 4  Ron Fuller  December 29, 1974 Mid-Am Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 162Won an eight-man tournament. [5] [6]
 5  The Mongolian Stomper  June 9, 1975 Mid-Am Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 35 [5] [6]
 6  Jerry Lawler  July 14, 1975 Mid-Am Show Memphis, Tennessee 3  [Note 2] [5] [6]
 7  The Mongolian Stomper  July 28, 1975(NLT) Mid-Am Show [Note 3]  2  [Note 4] [5] [6]
Vacated  August 9, 1975 Mid-Am Show Memphis, TennesseeChampionship vacated after a match against Bob Armstrong. [5] [6]
 8  Bob Armstrong  September 29, 1975(NLT) Mid-Am Show [Note 3]  1  [Note 5] Defeated The Mongolian Stomper in a rematch. The title change may have been repeated on October 7, 1975 in Louisville, Kentucky. [5] [6]
 9  Jerry Lawler  October 20, 1975(NLT) Mid-Am Show Huntsville, Alabama 4  [Note 6] [5] [6]
 10  Bob Armstrong  November 24, 1975(NLT) Mid-Am Show [Note 3]  2  [Note 7] [5] [6]
 Vacated November 1975 N/A  Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [5] [6]
 11  Jerry Lawler  December 15, 1975 Mid-Am Show Memphis, Tennessee 5  [Note 8] Defeated Ron Fuller in a tournament final. [5] [6]
Vacated  January 1976Championship vacated after a match against Ricky Gibson [5] [6]
 12  Jerry Lawler  January 19, 1976 Mid-Am Show Memphis, Tennessee 6 34Defeated Ricky Gibson in a rematch. [5] [6] [7]
 13  Tommy Rich  February 22, 1976 Mid-Am Show Memphis, Tennessee 1  [Note 9] [5] [6] [8]
 14  Jerry Lawler  April 5, 1976(NLT) Mid-Am Show [Note 3]  7  [Note 10] [5] [6]
 15  Jack Brisco  August 9, 1976 Mid-Am Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 10 [5] [6]
 16  Jerry Lawler  August 19, 1976 Mid-Am Show Memphis, Tennessee 8 26 [5] [6]
 17  Tommy Rich  September 14, 1976 Mid-Am Show Memphis, Tennessee 2  [Note 11] [5] [6]
 18  Jerry Lawler  October 4, 1976(NLT) Mid-Am Show [Note 3]  9  [Note 12] [5] [6]
 19  Jackie Fargo  October 4, 1976 Mid-Am Show Memphis, Tennessee 1  [Note 13] [5] [6]
 20  Jerry Lawler  October 1976 Mid-Am Show [Note 3]  10  [Note 14] [5] [6]
 21  Rocky Johnson  November 1, 1976 Mid-Am Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 161The championship moved from NWA Mid-America to the Continental Wrestling Association on March 20, 1977 [5] [6]
NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship / Mid-Southern Heavyweight Championship
 22  Jerry Lawler  April 11, 1977 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 11 17 [5] [6]
 23  Bob Armstrong  April 28, 1977 CWA Show Knoxville, Tennessee 3 3 [5] [6]
 24  Jerry Lawler  May 1, 1977 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 12 28 [5] [6]
 25  Paul Orndorff  May 29, 1977 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 50 [5] [6]
 26  Jerry Lawler  July 18, 1977 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 13 7 [5] [6]
 27  Bill Dundee  July 25, 1977 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 7 [5] [6]
 28  Jerry Lawler  August 1, 1977 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 14 21 [5] [6]
 29  Bill Dundee  August 22, 1977 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 7 [5] [6]
 30  Jerry Lawler  August 29, 1977 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 15 15 [5] [6]
Vacated  September 13, 1977Lawler retired after a match against Bill Dundee, but later returned to the ring [5] [6]
 31  Jimmy Valiant  September 25, 1977 CWA Show Louisville, Kentucky 1 15Defeated Mr. Wrestling in the finals of a six-man one-night tournament. [5] [6]
 32  Jerry Lawler  October 10, 1977 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 16 49 [5] [6]
 33  Jimmy Valiant  November 28, 1977 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 7 [5] [6]
 34  Jerry Lawler  December 5, 1977 Memphis, Tennessee CWA Show  17 245Championship became an AWA championship in July 1978 when the CWA began working with the American Wrestling Association. [5] [6]
 35  Jos LeDuc  August 7, 1978 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 7 [5] [6]
 36  Jerry Lawler  August 14, 1978 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 18 14 [5] [6]
 37  Jos LeDuc  August 28, 1978 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 7 [5] [6]
 38  Jerry Lawler  September 4, 1978 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 19  [Note 15] [5] [6]
 39  Don Fargo  November 6, 1978(NLT) CWA Show [Note 3]  1  [Note 16] [5] [6]
 40  Tommy Gilbert  November 20, 1978 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 7 [5] [6]
 41  Don Fargo  November 27, 1978 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 7 [5] [6]
 42  Jerry Lawler  December 4, 1978 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 20 21 [5] [6]
 43  Austin Idol  December 25, 1978 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 21 [5] [6]
 44  Ron Fuller  January 15, 1979 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 28 [5] [6] [9]
 45  Toru Tanaka  February 12, 1979 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 47Won the title by forfeit. Robert Fuller won the title on March 19, 1979, but the title was returned to Tanaka. [5] [6]
 46  Buzz Sawyer  March 31, 1979 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 2 [5] [6]
Vacated  April 2, 1979Championship vacated after a match against the Mongolian Stomper [5] [6]
 47  The Mongolian Stomper  April 23, 1979 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 3 42Defeated Buzz Sawyer in a rematch. [5] [6]
 48  Robert Fuller  June 4, 1979 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2  [Note 17] [5] [6]
 49  Ron Bass  June 1979 CWA Show Bluefield, West Virginia  1  [Note 18] [5] [6]
 50 Randy Taylor June 1979 CWA Show [Note 3]  1  [Note 19] [5] [6]
 51  Ron Bass  July 2, 1979 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 56 [5] [6]
 52  Bill Dundee  August 27, 1979 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 3 15 [5] [6]
Vacated  September 11, 1979 CWA Show Memphis, TennesseeChampionship vacated after a match against Ron Bass. [5] [6]
 53  Bill Dundee  September 17, 1979 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 4 7Defeated Bass in a rematch. [5] [6]
 54  Jerry Lawler  September 24, 1979 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 21 7 [5] [6]
 55  Bill Dundee  October 1, 1979 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 5 14 [5] [6]
 56  Jerry Lawler  October 15, 1979 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 22 80 [5] [6]
 57  Jimmy Valiant  January 3, 1980 CWA Show Jackson, Tennessee 3 95 [5] [6]
 58  Paul Ellering  April 7, 1980 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 91 [5] [6]
 59  Bill Dundee  July 7, 1980 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 6 28 [5] [6] [10]
Vacated  August 4, 1980Title was vacated when Dundee won the CWA World Heavyweight Championship [5] [6]
 60  Bill Irwin  August 11, 1980 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 7Defeated Jimmy Valiant the finals of an eight-man one-night tournament. [5] [6] [11]
Vacated  August 18, 1980 CWA Show Memphis, TennesseeChampionship vacated after a match against Jimmy Valliant [5] [6]
 61  Jimmy Valiant  August 25, 1980 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 4 7Defeated Bill Irwin in a rematch. [5] [6]
 62  Tommy Rich  September 1, 1980 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 3 8 [5] [6]
 63  Jimmy Valiant  September 9, 1980 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 5  [Note 20] [5] [6]
 64  Tommy Rich  October 6, 1980(NLT) CWA Show [Note 3]  4  [Note 21] [5] [6]
Vacated  November 1980Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [5] [6]
 65  Jimmy Valiant  January 17, 1981 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 6 29Defeated Hector Guerrero in a tournament final. [5] [6]
 66  Jerry Lawler  February 15, 1981 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 23 127 [5] [6]
 67  Jimmy Hart  June 22, 1981 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 5 [5] [6]
 68  Chick Donovan  June 27, 1981 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1  [Note 22] Hart laid down and let Donovan win the title. [5] [6]
Vacated  July 1981Donovan was stripped of the championship because of the way in which he won it. [5] [6]
 69  Steve Keirn  July 20, 1981 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 27Defeated Bugsy McGraw in a tournament final. [5] [6]
 70  The Dream Machine  August 16, 1981 CWA Show Jackson, Tennessee 1 8 [5] [6]
 71  Jerry Lawler  August 24, 1981 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 24 14 [5] [6]
 72  The Dream Machine  September 7, 1981 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 7 [5] [6]
 73  Jimmy Valiant  September 14, 1981 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 7  [Note 23] [5] [6]
 74  The Dream Machine  October 1981 CWA Show Lexington, Kentucky 3  [Note 24] [5] [6]
 75  Dutch Mantel  October 26, 1981 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 84 [5] [6]
 76  Jerry Lawler  January 18, 1982 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 25 27 [5] [6] [12]
 77  Dutch Mantel  February 14, 1982 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 15 [5] [6] [13]
 78  Jerry Lawler  March 1, 1982 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 26 21 [5] [6]
 79  Dutch Mantel  March 22, 1982 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 3 7 [5] [6] [14]
 80  Jerry Lawler  March 29, 1982 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 27  [Note 25] [5] [6]
 81  Kendo Nagasaki  May 1982 CWA Show [Note 3]  1  [Note 26] [5] [6]
 82  Jerry Lawler  May 24, 1982 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 28 14 [5] [6]
 83 Kamala  June 7, 1982 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 63 [5] [6]
 84  Jerry Lawler  August 9, 1982 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 29 63 [5] [6]
 85  Nick Bockwinkel  October 11, 1982 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 28 [5] [6]
 86  Jerry Lawler  November 8, 1982 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 30 7 [5] [6]
 87  Sabu the Wildman  November 15, 1982 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 14Partnered with Jimmy Hart to defeat Jerry Lawler in a handicap match. Hart got the pin, but Sabu the Wildman was recognized as champion. [5] [6]
 88  Terry Taylor  November 29, 1982 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 62 [5] [6]
 89  Jacques Rougeau  January 30, 1983 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 15 [5] [6]
 90  Terry Taylor  February 14, 1983 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 35 [5] [6]
 91  Bill Dundee  March 21, 1983 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 7 49 [5] [6]
 92  Dutch Mantel  May 9, 1983 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 4 7 [5] [6]
 93  Bill Dundee  May 16, 1983 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 8 14 [5] [6]
 94  Dutch Mantel  May 30, 1983 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 5 0 [5] [6]
 95  Jerry Lawler  May 30, 1983 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 31 0 [5] [6]
 96  Bill Dundee  May 30, 1983 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 9 7 [5] [6]
 97  Jerry Lawler  June 6, 1983 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 32 14 [5] [6]
 98  Man Mountain Link  June 20, 1983 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 0 [5] [6]
 99  Jerry Lawler  June 20, 1983 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 33  [Note 27] [5] [6]
 100  Man Mountain Link  July 1983 CWA Show [Note 3]  2  [Note 28] [5] [6]
 101  Jerry Lawler  July 4, 1983 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 34  [Note 29] [5] [6]
Vacated  September 1983Lawler was stripped of the championship for failing to defend within 30 days. [5] [6]
 102  Jerry Lawler  September 10, 1983 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 35  [Note 30] Defeated Bill Dundee in a tournament final. [5] [6]
 103  Jesse Ventura  September 1983 CWA Show [Note 3]  1  [Note 31] [5] [6]
 104  Jerry Lawler  October 3, 1983 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 36 7 [5] [6]
 105  Jesse Ventura  October 10, 1983 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2  [Note 32] [5] [6]
 106  Jerry Lawler  November 1983 CWA Show Chicago, Illinois 37  [Note 33] [5] [6]
 107 Lord Humongous  April 30, 1984 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 21Mike Stark was portraying Lord Humongous at this point in time [5] [6]
 108  Jerry Lawler  May 21, 1984 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 38 21 [5] [6]
 109  Rick Rude  June 11, 1984 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 35 [5] [6]
 110  Tommy Rich  July 16, 1984 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 5 14 [5] [6]
 111  King Kong Bundy  July 30, 1984 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 105Special guest referee Eddie Gilbert [5] [6]
 112  Jerry Lawler  November 12, 1984 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 39 77 [5] [6]
Vacated  January 28, 1985 CWA Show Memphis, TennesseeChampionship vacated after a match against Eddie Gilbert [5] [6]
 113  Eddie Gilbert  February 1985 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1  [Note 34] Defeated Jerry Lawler in a rematch. [5] [6]
 114  Jerry Lawler  February 12, 1985 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 40 33 [5] [6] [15]
 115  Randy Savage  March 17, 1985 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 51 [5] [6]
 116 Jerry Oske May 7, 1985 CWA Show Louisville, Kentucky 1 6 [5] [6] [16]
 117  Randy Savage  May 13, 1985 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 21 [5] [6] [17]
 118  Jerry Lawler  June 3, 1985 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 41 21 [5] [6]
 119 Bota the Witch Doctor June 24, 1985 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 35 [5] [6]
 120  Jerry Lawler  July 29, 1985 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 42 18 [5] [6] [10]
 121  Taras Bulba  August 16, 1985 CWA Show Selmer, Tennessee 1 21 [5] [6]
 122  Jerry Lawler  September 6, 1985 CWA Show Martin, Tennessee 43 43 [5] [6]
 123  Bill Dundee  October 19, 1985 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 10 63 [5] [6]
 124  Jerry Lawler  December 21, 1985 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 44 9 [5] [6]
 125  Bill Dundee  December 30, 1985 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 11 99 [5] [6]
 126  Jerry Lawler  April 8, 1986 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 45 24 [5] [6]
 127  Bill Dundee  May 2, 1986 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 12 31 [5] [6]
 128  Buddy Landel  June 2, 1986 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 0 [5] [6]
Vacated  June 2, 1986 CWA Show Memphis, TennesseeChampionship vacated immediately after the match [5] [6]
 129  Buddy Landel  June 16, 1986 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2  [Note 35] Defeated The Flame in a tournament final. [5] [6]
Vacated  June 1986Vacated when Buddy Landel left the CWA [5] [6]
 130  Bam Bam Bigelow  July 28, 1986 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 42Won a battle royal. [5] [6]
 131  Jerry Lawler  September 8, 1986 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 46 125 [5] [6]
Vacated  January 11, 1987Vacated when Lawler suffered an injury [5] [6]
 132  Austin Idol  February 2, 1987 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 77Defeated Soul Train Jones in a tournament final. [5] [6]
 133  Jerry Lawler  April 20, 1987 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 47 7 [5] [6]
 134  Austin Idol  April 27, 1987 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 3 42 [5] [6]
 135  Jerry Lawler  June 8, 1987 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 48 28 [5] [6]
 136 Brickhouse Brown  July 6, 1987 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 7 [5] [6]
 137  Jerry Lawler  July 13, 1987 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 49 21 [5] [6]
Vacated  August 3, 1987 CWA Show Memphis, TennesseeVacated after a match against Don Bass [5] [6]
 138  Don Bass  August 3, 1987 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1  [Note 36] Partnered with Brickhouse Brown, Bass pinned Lawler, who was partnered with Rocky Johnson, in a tag team match where the title was on the line. [5] [6]
 139  Jerry Lawler  August 1987 CWA Show [Note 3]  50  [Note 37] [5] [6]
 140  Don Bass  August 24, 1987 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 7 [5] [6]
 141  Jerry Lawler  August 31, 1987 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 51  [Note 38] [5] [6]
Vacated  September 1987Lawler vacated the championship to concentrate on the AWA World Tag Team Championship. [5] [6]
 142  Bobby Jaggers  October 19, 1987 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 33Defeated Billy Travis in a tournament final. [5] [6]
 143  Jerry Lawler  November 21, 1987 CWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 52 16 [5] [6]
Vacated  December 7, 1987The title was unified with the AWA International Heavyweight Championship and the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship to create the CWA Heavyweight Championship [5] [6]

United States Wrestling Association

Key
No.Overall reign number
ReignReign number for the specific champion
DaysNumber of days held
No.ChampionChampionship changeReign statisticsNotesRef.
DateEventLocationReignDays
USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship
 1  Dick Slater  September 1, 1990 USWA Show [Note 3]  1 35Slater won the title in a tournament. [18] [19]
 2  Jeff Jarrett  October 6, 1990 USWA Show Nashville, Tennessee 1 23 [18] [19]
 3  Eddie Gilbert  October 29, 1990 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1  [Note 39] [18] [19]
Vacated  December 1990Vacated when Eddie Gilbert left the USWA [18] [19]
 4  Jeff Jarrett  January 14, 1991 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 42Defeated Brian Lee in a tournament final. [18] [19] [20]
Vacated  February 25, 1991 USWA Show Memphis, TennesseeChampionship was vacated after a match against Steve Austin [18] [19]
 5  Jeff Jarrett  March 1991 USWA Show [Note 3]  3  [Note 40] Defeated Steve Austin in a rematch. [18] [19]
 6  Tom Prichard  March 15, 1991 USWA Show Dallas, Texas 1 14 [18] [19]
Vacated  March 29, 1991 USWA Show Dallas, TexasChampionship vacated after a match against Jeff Jarrett [18] [19]
 7  Jeff Jarrett  April 5, 1991 USWA Show Dallas, Texas 4 3Defeated Tom Prichard in a rematch. [18] [19]
Vacated  April 8, 1991The title was vacated due to finish of the Jarrett-Prichard rematch [18] [19]
 8  Jeff Jarrett  April 12, 1991 USWA Show Dallas, Texas 5 21Defeated Tom Prichard in a second rematch. [18] [19]
 9  Eric Embry  May 3, 1991 USWA Show Dallas, Texas 1 10 [18] [19] [21]
 10  Bill Dundee  May 13, 1991 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 7 [18] [19] [17]
 11  Eric Embry  May 20, 1991 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 168 [18] [19]
 12  Tom Prichard  November 4, 1991 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 5 [18] [19]
 13  Eric Embry  November 9, 1991 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 3 23 [18] [19]
 14  Tom Prichard  December 2, 1991 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 3 7 [18] [19]
 15  Eric Embry  December 9, 1991 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 4 61 [18] [19]
 16  Tom Prichard  February 8, 1992 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 4 31 [18] [19]
 17 Dr. Death March 10, 1992 USWA Show Louisville, Kentucky 1 6Not Dr. Death Steve Williams but a masked Kenny Kendall. [18] [19]
 18  Jimmy Valiant  March 16, 1992 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 7 [18] [19]
 19  Brian Christopher  March 23, 1992 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 28 [18] [19]
Vacated  April 20, 1992Championship vacated after a match against Tom Pritchard [18] [19]
 20  Brian Christopher  April 27, 1992 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 7Defeated Tom Prichard in a rematch. [18] [19]
Vacated  May 4, 1992The championship remained vacant up due to the finish of the rematch [18] [19]
 21  Brian Christopher  May 4, 1992 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 3 49Defeated Tom Prichard in a second rematch. [18] [19]
Vacated  June 22, 1992Championship vacated after a match against Tom Pritchard [18] [19]
 22  Tom Prichard  June 29, 1992 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 5 21Defeated Brian Christopher in a rematch. [18] [19] [22]
 23  Brian Christopher  July 20, 1992 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 4 7 [18] [19] [23]
 24  Tom Prichard  July 27, 1992 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 6 7 [18] [19]
 25  Brian Christopher  August 3, 1992 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 5 7 [18] [19]
 26  Reno Riggins  August 10, 1992 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 35 [18] [19]
Vacated  September 14, 1992 USWA Show Memphis, TennesseeChampionship vacated after a match against Brian Christopher [18] [19]
 27  Brian Christopher  September 21, 1992 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 6 91Defeated Reno Riggins in a rematch. [18] [19]
 28  Jeff Jarrett  December 21, 1992 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 6 21 [18] [19]
 29  Brian Christopher  January 11, 1993 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 7 49 [18] [19]
 30  Jeff Jarrett  March 1, 1993 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 7 61 [18] [19]
 31  Brian Christopher  May 1, 1993 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 8 58 [18] [19]
 32  Jeff Jarrett  June 28, 1993 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 8 20 [18] [19]
 33  Vampire Warrior  July 18, 1993 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 36 [18] [19]
 34  Jeff Jarrett  August 23, 1993 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 9 21Renamed the USWA Heavyweight Championship in September 1993 [18] [19]
USWA Heavyweight Championship
 35  Tommy Rich  September 13, 1993 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 21 [19] [24]
Vacated  September 25, 1993 USWA Show Memphis, TennesseeThe referee raised Rich's hand in victory after the match when Jeff Jarrett had actually won [19] [24]
 36  Jeff Jarrett  October 4, 1993 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 10 49Defeated Tommy Rich in a rematch. [19] [24]
 37  Buddy Landel  November 22, 1993 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 13 [19] [24]
 38  Brian Christopher  December 5, 1993 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 9 64 [19] [24]
 39  Doug Gilbert  February 7, 1994 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 7 [19] [24] [25]
 40  Brian Christopher  February 14, 1994 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 10 7 [19] [24] [13]
 41  Doug Gilbert  February 21, 1994 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 7 [19] [24]
 42  Brian Christopher  February 28, 1994 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 11 14 [19] [24] [26]
 43  Eddie Gilbert  March 14, 1994 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 5 [19] [24]
 44  Brian Christopher  March 19, 1994 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 12 44Won the title by countout. [19] [24]
 45  Doug Gilbert  May 2, 1994 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 3 7 [19] [24]
 46  Brian Christopher  May 9, 1994 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 13 28 [19] [24]
 47  The Dream Machine  June 6, 1994 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 35 [19] [24]
 48  Brian Christopher  July 11, 1994 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 14 21 [19] [24]
 49  Doug Gilbert  August 1, 1994 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 4 54 [19] [24]
Vacated  September 24, 1994Gilbert was stripped of the title for not defending within 45 days [19] [24]
 50  Tommy Rich  October 3, 1994 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 63Defeated Buddy Landel in a tournament final. [19] [24]
 51  Brian Christopher  December 5, 1994 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 15 14 [19] [24]
 52  Tommy Rich  December 19, 1994 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 3 12 [19] [24]
 53  Brian Christopher  December 31, 1994 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 16 93 [19] [24]
 54  Brian Lee  April 3, 1995 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 7 [19] [24] [27]
Vacated  April 10, 1995 USWA Show Memphis, TennesseeVacated after a match against Brian Christopher [19] [24]
 55  Brian Lee  April 17, 1995 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 26Defeated Brian Lee in a rematch. [19] [24] [28]
 56  Doug Gilbert  May 13, 1995 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 5 16 [19] [24] [17]
 57  Brian Christopher  May 29, 1995 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 17 28 [19] [24]
 58  Billy Jack Haynes  June 26, 1995 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 39 [19] [24]
 59  Brad Armstrong  August 4, 1995 USWA Show Knoxville, Tennessee 1 3 [19] [24]
 60  Billy Jack Haynes  August 7, 1995 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 35 [19] [24]
 61  Brian Christopher  September 11, 1995 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 18 26 [19] [24]
 62  Jesse James Armstrong  October 7, 1995 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 16 [19] [24]
 63  Brian Christopher  October 23, 1995 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 19 21 [19] [24]
Vacated  November 13, 1995 USWA Show Memphis, TennesseeChampionship vacated after a match against Tex Slazinger [19] [24]
 64  Tex Slazenger  November 22, 1995 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 5Defeated Brian Christopher in a rematch. [19] [24]
 65  Brian Christopher  November 27, 1995 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 20 5 [19] [24]
 66  Tex Slazenger  December 2, 1995 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 39The title was returned to Slazenger by acting USWA Commissioner Bob Armstrong due to a controversial finish in the November 27 match. [19] [24]
 67  Jerry Lawler  January 10, 1996 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 3 [19] [24]
 68  Tommy Rich  January 13, 1996 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 4 32 [19] [24] [29]
 69  Brian Christopher  February 14, 1996 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 21 31 [19] [24] [13]
 70  Mabel  March 16, 1996 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 65 [19] [24]
 71  Jerry Lawler  May 20, 1996 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 12 [19] [24]
 72  Brian Christopher  June 1, 1996 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 22 149 [19] [24] [30]
 73 Ric Hogan October 28, 1996 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 21 [19] [24]
 74  Brian Christopher  November 18, 1996 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 23 26 [19] [24]
 75 Wolfie D  December 14, 1996 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 19 [19] [24]
 76  Brian Christopher  January 2, 1997 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 24 38 [19] [24]
 77  Elijah  February 9, 1997 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 48 [19] [24]
 78  Brian Christopher  March 29, 1997 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 25 77 [19] [24]
 79  Billy Travis  June 14, 1997 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 28 [19] [24]
 80  Spellbinder  July 12, 1997 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 1 [19] [24] [31]
 81  Doomsday  July 13, 1997 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 55 [19] [24]
 82  Steven Dunn  September 6, 1997 USWA Show Memphis, Tennessee 1  [Note 41] [19] [24]
 November 1997The USWA closed [19] [24]

Memphis Championship Wrestling

Key
No.Overall reign number
ReignReign number for the specific champion
DaysNumber of days held
No.ChampionChampionship changeReign statisticsNotesRef.
DateEventLocationReignDays
MCW Southern Heavyweight Championship
 1  Jerry Lawler  March 25, 2000 MCW Show Tunica, Mississippi 1  [Note 42] Defeated Bull Pain in a tournament final. [32]
Vacated  2000Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [32]
 2  K-Krush  April 12, 2000 MCW Show Robinsonville, Mississippi 1 42Won a battle royal, last eliminating Jerry Lawler. [32]
 3  Masked Man #1  May 24, 2000 MCW Show Tunica, Mississippi 2 28 [32]
 4  Lord Steven Regal  June 21, 2000 MCW Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 59 [32]
 5  Joey Abs  August 19, 2000 MCW Show Memphis, Tennessee 1 0 [32]
 6  K-Krush  August 19, 2000 MCW Show Memphis, Tennessee 2 76 [32]
 7  Steve Bradley  November 3, 2000 MCW Show Manila, Arkansas 1 225 [32]
 8  Joey Abs  June 16, 2001 MCW Show Jackson, Tennessee 2 21 [32]
 9  Steve Bradley  July 7, 2001 MCW Show Manila, Arkansas 2 0 [32]
 10  Seven  July 7, 2001 MCW Show Manila, Arkansas 1 133 [32]
 12 Kryptonite November 17, 2001 MCW Show Dyersburg, Tennessee 1  [Note 43] [32]
 December 2001  MCW Closed [32]

Memphis Wrestling

Key
No.Overall reign number
ReignReign number for the specific champion
DaysNumber of days held
No.ChampionChampionship changeReign statisticsNotesRef.
DateEventLocationReignDays
Memphis Wrestling Southern Heavyweight Championship
 1  Mabel  March 6, 2004 MW Show Memphis, Tennessee 1  [Note 44] Defeated Bill Dundee in a tournament final to win the title [33]
 2  Mordecai  March 2005 MW Show Memphis, Tennessee 1  [Note 45] [33]
 3  Jerry Lawler  July 2005 MW Show Memphis, Tennessee 1  [Note 46] [33]
 4  Shock  March 2007 MW Show Memphis, Tennessee 1  [Note 47] [33]
 5  Jerry Lawler  April 2008 MW Show Memphis, Tennessee 2  [Note 48] Defeated Shock in a tournament final to unify the Memphis Wrestling Southern Television Championship. [33]
 2008N/AN/AChampionship vacated for undocumented reasons [33]
 6  Brian Christopher  November 4, 2010 Live show Memphis, Tennessee 1  38 Defeated Derrick King in a tournament final to win the vacant title. [2] [33]
Deactivated  December, 12 2010No known championship defenses after Christopher becomes champion. [1] [33]

Footnotes

  1. Lawler held the NWA/AWA version 52 times, the USWA version 2 times, the MCW version 2 times and the MW version 2 times.
  2. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 14 days.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 The location of the match was not captured as part of the documentation.
  4. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 12 and 25 days.
  5. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 72 days.
  6. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 55 days.
  7. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 71 days.
  8. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 17 and 35 days.
  9. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 43 days.
  10. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 126 and 168 days.
  11. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 20 days.
  12. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 19 days.
  13. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 27 days.
  14. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 27 days.
  15. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 63 days.
  16. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 14 and 77 days.
  17. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 25 days.
  18. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 25 days.
  19. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 2 and 26 days.
  20. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 27 days.
  21. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between −1,435 and −1,380 days.
  22. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 4 and 22 days.
  23. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 17 and 41 days.
  24. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 25 days.
  25. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 33 and 55 days.
  26. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and −1,073 days.
  27. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 11 and 13 days.
  28. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 4 days.
  29. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 59 and 67 days.
  30. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 20 days.
  31. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 19 days.
  32. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 22 and 51 days.
  33. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 152 and 181 days.
  34. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 11 days.
  35. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 14 days.
  36. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 20 days.
  37. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 20 days.
  38. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 30 days.
  39. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 33 and 63 days.
  40. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 15} days.
  41. The exact date the championship was abandoned is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 56 and 85 days.
  42. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 18 days.
  43. The exact date the championship was abandoned is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 14 and 44 days.
  44. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 360 and 390 days.
  45. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 92 and 152 days.
  46. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 578 and 638 days.
  47. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 367 and 426 days.
  48. The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which means the reign lasted between 1 and 245 days.

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