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FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship

The FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling heavyweight championship owned and promoted by Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW, now known as NXT Wrestling), a former developmental territory of WWE. It is contested for in their heavyweight division. The championship was created and debuted on February 15, 2008 at a FCW house show.[1][2]

FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship
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Mason Ryan as the Florida Heavyweight Champion in 2010
Details
PromotionFlorida Championship Wrestling
Date establishedFebruary 15, 2008[1][2]
Date retiredAugust 14, 2012

The first champion was Jake Hager who won a 23-man battle royal by defeating Ted DiBiase Jr. to become the first champion.[3] On March 22, 2008, Hager defeated FCW Southern Heavyweight Champion Heath Miller to unify the two championships and retire the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship. Bo Rotundo/Dallas holds the record for the most reigns with three reigns. Leo Kruger, Rick Victor and Bo Rotundo all hold the record for shortest reign, because all three have individually won and lost the title on the same day. Jake Hager holds the record for the longest reign (as an individual) with 216 days. In August 2012, the championship was retired when FCW was re-branded to NXT and replaced with the NXT Championship. The final champion was Richie Steamboat, who defeated Rick Victor to win the title.

Title historyEdit

ReignsEdit

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
 1  Jake Hager  February 15, 2008  Live event Tampa, FL  1  216 Hager defeated Ted DiBiase Jr. after both were the two remaining superstars in a 23-man battle royal. On March 22, 2008, Hager defeated FCW Southern Heavyweight Champion Heath Miller to unify the two championships and retire the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship. [3]
 2  Sheamus O'Shaunessy  September 18, 2008  Live event Tampa, FL  1  84 [3]
 3  Eric Escobar  December 11, 2008  FCW Tampa, FL  1  77 [3]
 4  Joe Hennig  February 26, 2009  FCW Tampa, FL  1  21 [3]
Vacated March 19, 2009 Hennig was forced to turn in his championship due to injury. [3]
 5  Drew McIntyre  March 19, 2009  FCW Tampa, FL  1  84 Defeated Eric Escobar to win the vacant championship. [3]
 6  Tyler Reks  June 11, 2009  FCW Tampa, FL  1  63 [3]
 7  Heath Miller  August 13, 2009  FCW Tampa, FL  1  42 [3]
 8  Justin Angel  September 24, 2009  FCW Tampa, FL  1  175 This was a two out of three falls match. [3]
 9  Alex Riley  March 18, 2010  FCW Tampa, FL  1  126 This was a three–way match, also involving Wade Barrett. [3]
 10  Mason Ryan  July 22, 2010  FCW Tampa, FL  1  196 This was a three–way match, also involving Johnny Curtis. [3][4]
 11  Bo Rotundo  February 3, 2011  March of Champions Tampa, FL  1  <1 Norman Smiley was the special guest referee. [3]
 12  Lucky Cannon  February 3, 2011  March of Champions Tampa, FL  1  105 Brett DiBiase was the special guest referee. [3][5]
 13  Bo Rotundo  May 19, 2011  FCW Tampa, FL  2  105 Brett DiBiase was the special guest referee. [3][5]
Vacated September 1, 2011 FCW Tampa, FL The championship was vacated after Bo Rotundo was sidelined with an injury. [3][6]
 14  Leo Kruger  September 1, 2011  FCW Tampa, FL  1  154 This was a fatal–four-way match, also involving Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose and Husky Harris. [3][6]
 15  Mike Dalton  February 2, 2012  FCW Tampa, FL  1  21 [7]
 16  Leo Kruger  February 23, 2012  FCW Tampa, FL  2   <1
 17  Seth Rollins  February 23, 2012  FCW Tampa, FL  1   114
 18  Rick Victor  May 31, 2012  Live event Crystal River, FL  1   <1 [8][9][10][11]
 19  Bo Dallas  May 31, 2012  Live event Crystal River, FL  3   43 [8]
 20  Rick Victor  July 13, 2012  Live event Punta Gorda, FL  2   7 [9][12]
 21  Richie Steamboat  July 20, 2012  Live event St. Augustine, FL  1   25 [13]
Deactivated  August 14, 2012 Tampa, FL Title retired when FCW became NXT Wrestling.

Combined reignsEdit

Rank Champion No. of reigns Combined days
1 Jake Hager 1 216
2 Mason Ryan 1 196
3 Justin Angel 1 175
4 Leo Kruger 2 154
5 Bo Dallas/Bo Rotundo 3 149
6 Alex Riley 1 126
7 Seth Rollins 1 114
8 Lucky Cannon 1 105
9 Sheamus O'Shaunessy 1 84
Drew McIntyre 1 84
11 Eric Escobar 1 77
12 Tyler Reks 1 63
13 Heath Miller 1 42
14 Richie Steamboat 1 25
15 Joe Hennig 1 21
Mike Dalton 1 21
17 Rick Victor 2 8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "FCW Florida Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 2009-06-22.
  2. ^ a b "FCW Results (2008)". Online World of Wrestling.com. Retrieved 2009-06-22.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Champions roll call". Florida Championship Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  4. ^ Lansdell, Chris (2010-07-23). "FCW Taping Results (SPOILERS)". 411Mania. Retrieved 2010-07-25.
  5. ^ a b "Superstar of the Week: Lucky Cannon". Florida Championship Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  6. ^ a b "Spoilers for Florida Championship Wrestling for September 25, October 2 and 9: two new champions crowned and another Rollins/Ambrose match". PWInsider. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
  7. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2012-02-02). "Two title changes at tonight's FCW tapings". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2012-02-04.
  8. ^ a b "Chaos in Crystal River tonight: Florida Title changes hands twice! Bo Dallas new Champion!!!!". Florida Championship Wrestling. 16 June 2012. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Fact, 3 years ago I was security in Punta Gorda for @CMPunk. Tonight I left the same building as 2 time FCW heavyweight champion!". Rick Victor. 13 July 2012. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  10. ^ "FCW Heavyweight Title Changes Hands Twice, Recent WWE Attendance and More". June 20, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  11. ^ "Last night I had the world in my hands but it slipped through my fingers. A normal man would fall but this one will never stop rising". Rick Victor. 17 June 2012. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Big ups to new FCW tag champs @CjuicePARKER & @JasonJordanJJ. And even though he's a scumbag...new heavyweight champ @RickVictor69". Seth Rollins. 13 July 2012. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Richie Steamboat Becomes New FCW Heavyweight Champion". wrestlingnewssource.com. 21 July 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2018.