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NWA Florida Junior Heavyweight Championship

The NWA Florida Junior Heavyweight Championship was the top title for lighter wrestlers in the National Wrestling Alliance's Florida territory, Championship Wrestling from Florida. The title itself began in 1942, seven years before CWF was founded. The title was abandoned in 1984, before being revived by NWA Florida in 1997.[1][2]

NWA Florida Junior Heavyweight Championship
Details
PromotionChampionship Wrestling from Florida (1981-1984)

NWA Florida Major League Wrestling (1997-2002)
NWA Florida (2002-2003)
NWA Championship Wrestling from Florida[Note 1] (2003-2005)
NWA Mid-West / Pro Wrestling Fusion (2009-2011)

NWA Championship Wrestling from Florida[Note 1] (2011-2012)
Date establishedMarch 5, 1942
Date retiredSeptember 2012
Other name(s)
Florida Junior Heavyweight Championship[Note 2]

Title historyEdit

Key
Symbol Meaning
No. The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific wrestler listed.
Event The event in which the championship changed hands
N/A The specific information is not known
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
(nlt) Indicates that a title change took place "no later than" the date listed.[Note 3]
  Indicates that there was a period where the lineage is undocumented due to the lack of written documentation
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref(s).
1 Babe Kasaboski 1 March 5, 1942 [Note 4] Jacksonville, Florida live event Defeated Morris Shapiro by disqualification to become the first champion.  
                 
2 Bill Ludwig 1 September 4, 1944 [Note 4] Tampa, Florida live event Defeated Billy Williams to win the championship  
                 
3 Jerry Brisco 1 May 1981 (nlt) [Note 4] N/A live event Defeated Hiro Matsuda in a tournament final to win the championship  
Vacated N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated for undocumented reasons  
4 Hector Guerrero 1 December 7, 1983 [Note 4] Miami Beach, Florida live event Defeated Dennis Brown in a tournament final [3]
                 
5 Mike Marcello 1 November 7, 1997 371 Gainesville, Florida live event Defeated Jet Jaguar and Pepe Prado in a three-way match to win the championship for NWA Florida Major League Wrestling  
Vacated November 13, 1998 N/A N/A Championship vacated after Marcello no-showed a championship match  
6 Buck Quartermaine 1 November 13, 1998 631 Gainesville, Florida live event Defeated White Chocolate to win the vacant championship.  
7 Pepe Prado 1 August 5, 2000 101 Tampa, Florida live event    
8 Lex Lovett 1 November 14, 2000 246 Tampa, Florida live event    
9 Jet Jaguar 1 July 18, 2001 192 Tampa, Florida live event    
10 Prince Justice[Note 5] 1 January 26, 2002 188 St. Petersburg, Florida live event    
11 Naphtali 1 August 2, 2002 152 St. Petersburg, Florida live event    
Vacated January 1, 2003 N/A N/A Championship vacated when Naphtali was awarded the NWA Florida X Division Championship  
12 Mr. Wrestling IV 1 January 25, 2003 112 Ocoee, Florida live event Defeated Donnie York to win the vacant championship  
Vacated May 17, 2003 N/A N/A Championship vacated after Mr. Wrestling IV failed to defend the championship  
13 Talon 1 May 30, 2003 113 Ocoee, Florida live event Defeated Joe Woods  
14 C.B. Kool 1 September 20, 2003 20 Ocoee, Florida live event Defeated Talon and Rouge in a three-way match  
15 Kevin Rhodes 1 October 10, 2003 36 Parkersburg, West Virginia NWA 55th Anniversary Show    
16 Rouge 1 November 15, 2003 0 Ocoee, Florida live event    
17 C.B. Kool 2 November 15, 2003 28 Ocoee, Florida live event    
18 Kevin Rhodes 2 December 13, 2003 84 Ocoee, Florida live event Worked the match as Midnight Rider III, but unmasked afterward.  
19 C.B. Kool 3 March 6, 2004 175 Ocoee, Florida live event    
20 Remix 1 August 28, 2004 154 Orlando, Florida live event    
21 Tommy Marr 1 January 29, 2005 252 N/A live event    
Vacated and inactive October 8, 2005 N/A N/A Marr vacated the title after winning the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship  
22 Chris Jones 1 October 2009 [Note 6] N/A live event Jones defeated Prince Iaukea on March 7, 2009 to become the Pro Wrestling Fusion Heavyweight Champion, then recognized as the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship in October 2009  
23 Classic 1 October 23, 2009 722 Tampa Bay, Florida live event    
24 Bobby Fonta 1 October 15, 2011 270 Florida live event    
25 Justin Cage 1 July 11, 2012 52 Orlando, Florida live event    
Abandoned September 2012 N/A N/A Championship Wrestling from Florida left the NWA and gave up the championship.  

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Not affiliated with the original CWF
  2. ^ The championship predates the creation of the National Wrestling Alliance
  3. ^ Documentation of the specific date of a title change is not found but documentation of the champion holding the title on that date/in that period.
  4. ^ a b c d The length of the championship reign is too uncertain to calculate.
  5. ^ This was not the character played by Abyss who is too heavy to be a Junior Heavyweight.
  6. ^ The exact date the championship change took place is uncertain, which mean it lasted between 1 and 23 days.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Duncan, Royal & Will, Gary (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  2. ^ Tanabe, Hisaharu (2003). "Florida Junior Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved June 4, 2007.
  3. ^ Rose, Barry. "Event: Miami and Miami Beach on December 7th, 1983". CWF Archives. Retrieved June 4, 2007.