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Alabama Heavyweight Title — Mobile, Alabama
First champion: Ken Lucas

A one-night tournament to determine the champion was held on May 14, 1969 in Mobile, Alabama.  Bob Boyer wrestled to a draw with Billy Boy Hines, so both men were eliminated.  Ken Lucas beat Dick Steinborn in the other match to win the tournament and title.

Brass Knuckles Title — Florida version
First champion: Eddie Graham

Eddie Graham appeared in Tampa, Florida on April 12, 1960 billed as the Brass Knucks champion.  His first title defense was against Iron Mike (DiBiase).  Graham and Mike both laid claim to the title after referee Marco Polo was knocked unconscious during the final fall. Both men were treated for lacerations and Graham may require treatment for damage done to his left ear. The S.W.A. has held up the purse and title pending the outcome of a rematch.

Florida State Heavyweight Title — Florida
First champion: (first version) Dobie Osborne, (modern version) Lester Welch

The first record we could find for this title was from a newspaper account on January 5, 1937, which listed Dobie Osborne as the champion.  Two weeks later, on January 19, 1937, The Red Devil (aka Elmer Guthrie) beat Osborne in Jacksonville, Florida to win the belt.

The title disappeared after 1946.  The modern version of the Florida State Heavyweight Title was introduced in Jacksonville on August 11, 1966 when Lester Welch beat Sputnik Monroe in the finals of a one-night tournament.

Florida State Women's Title — Tampa, Florida
First champion: Mae Young

A match between Mae Young and Cora Combs was held in Tampa, Florida on October 15, 1951 to determine the first holder of the Florida State Women's Title.

Florida Tag Team Title — Florida
First champion: The Medics (aka Billy Garrett and Jim Starr) and manager Dr. Ken Ramey

The Medics won a 7-Team Tournament to become the first Florida Tag Team champions.  They beat Jose Lothario and Wahoo McDaniel in the final match.  The other teams involved were Hans Mortier and The Great Beauregard, Mac McFarland and Rene Goulet, Nick Kozak and Jack Brisco, Duke Keomuka and Shinya Kojika, Eduardo Perez and Tank Morgan.

Georgia State Heavyweight Title — Georgia
First champion: Sputnik Monroe

Sputnik Monroe beat Dick the Bruiser at the Atlanta International Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia on August 9, 1964 to win recognition as the first Georgia State champion.

Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title — Mobile, Alabama
First champion: Eduardo Perez

A tournament began on March 27, 1957 in Mobile, Alabama with the eventual winner to receive a trophy and a new Cadillac.   Eduardo Perez beat Lee Fields in the final match on May 22, 1957 in Ladd Memorial Stadium in Mobile, Alabama before 12,000 fans.   Other entrants in the tournament included Freddie Blassie, Tom Drake, Baby Blimp (George Harris), Bob Boyer, Stan Kowalski, Rube Wright, Chief Little Eagle, Mario Galento, Herb Welch, Angelo Martinelli, Charlie Laye, and Lester Welch.

Mid-America Tag Team Title — Mobile, Alabama version
First champions — Dennis Hall and Roger Kirby

Dennis Hall and Roger Kirby appeared in Mobile, Alabama on April 5, 1967 and were billed as the Gulf Coast Tag Team champions.   Their first title defense was against the Dalton Brothers.

Southern Heavyweight Title — Atlanta, Georgia version
First champion: Tom Mahoney

Tom Mahoney beat Al Massey on July 15, 1949 in Atlanta, Georgia for the Southern Heavyweight Title in an elimination match.  Cowboy movie actor Sunset Carson awarded Mahoney the newly created Southern heavyweight championship belt.

Note: See "Southern Heavyweight Title – Florida version" for additional information.

Southern Heavyweight Title — Florida version
First champion: Danny Dusek (Sid Nabors)

Danny Dusek beat Pedro Godoy in the final match of a four week tournament held in Tampa, Florida.  Other participants in the tournament included Paddy Mack, Wild Bill Collins, Bobby Roberts, Al Galento, and Johnny Valentine.

On June 29, 1953, the Georgia and Florida versions of the title were merged.  Don McIntyre, who held the Georgia version, beat Bobby Lane, who held the Florida version, in Tampa, Florida.  The match wasn't billed as a merging of the belts, but the title recognized in Florida for several years after that was the version that was also recognized in Georgia.  McIntyre won and lost the title several times between 1953 and 1959.

On October 16, 1953, Ray Villmer took the belt from McIntyre.  Over the next few weeks, Villmer defended the title in Atlanta against Tarzan Hewitt, McIntyre, Gorgeous George, and Mike Paidousis.  Villmer vanished from the territory after the November 20th match with Paidousis and the Southern Title didn't resurface in Atlanta again until April 9, 1954, when Fred Blassie seems to have won it from Don McIntyre.  That indicates one of two things ... either Villmer dropped the title to McIntyre between November and April, or he left the territory for personal reasons and McIntyre reclaimed the belt.

However, on October 29, 1959, Villmer appeared in Tampa, Florida and was again billed as the Southern Heavyweight champion.  Actually, the title was still controlled by the Georgia promotion, having been won and lost several times between the trio of Ray Gunkel, Dick Gunkel (aka Dick Steinborn) and Fred Blassie.  However, during this same time, Villmer made title defenses in Tampa against Eddie Graham and Al Galento.  On December 29, 1959 in Tampa, Florida, Villmer dropped the belt to The Red Raider, aka Pedro Godoy.  From this point on, the Florida territory recognized their own version of the Southern Heavyweight Title.

Southern Tag Team Title — Tennessee version
First champions — Mike Chacoma and Rowdy Red Roberts

A tournament to determine the champions began on November 4, 1947.  Mike Chacoma and Rowdy Red Roberts beat Herb Welch and Roy Welch in the final match on June 28, 1948 in Nashville, Tennessee.  A trophy was awarded to the winners.  The title was not recognized or defended in the Memphis end of the territory.

No mention was made of the Southern Tag Team Title from January, 1955 until November 20, 1956 when George Becker and Jack Witzig brought the Charlotte, North Carolina version of the title to Nashville.  In Nashville title defenses, Becker and Witzig beat Al Galento and Canadian Nature Boy (November 20), lost by disqualification to Tor Yamato and Rowdy Red Roberts (November 27), then beat Yamato and Roberts by disqualification in a return match on the following week.

The title defense on December 4th was the last mention of the Southern Tag Team Title until July 11, 1961, when the title surfaced in Memphis.  Corsica Joe and Corsica Jean were brought in as champions to defend the belts against Don and Bobby Fields.  At that point, the title was recognized in most of the territory promoted by Roy Welch and Nick Gulas.

Southern Tag Team Title — Mobile, Alabama version
First champions — Lee Fields and Herb Welch

A tournament to determine the champions began on December 14, 1954.  Lee Fields and Herb Welch beat Red Roberts and Mario Galento in the final match on January 4, 1955 in Mobile, Alabama.  A trophy was awarded to the winners.  However, the Alabama Boxing and Wrestling Commission later ordered the belts held up until a rematch could be held.  Fields and Welch battled to a "no contest" decision with Roberts and Galento on the following week, so another rematch was ordered.  Herb Welch protested the decision and refused to wrestle the team again, so the trophy was awarded to Roberts and Galento by default on February 15, 1955.

The original trophy was destroyed by Red Roberts and Mario Galento on May 24, 1955 in Mobile after losing the title to Jack and George Curtis.

Southern Women's Title — Tampa, Florida
First champion: Cora Combs

Cora Combs appeared in Tampa, Florida on September 28, 1954 billed as the champion.  Her first defense of this title was against Belle Starr.  The title disappeared after that and didn't resurface until September, 1957.

On September 18, 1957, Judy Glover made a title defense in Tampa, Florida, only to lose the belt to Millie Stafford.  The last known title defense was in Tampa on May 10, 1960 when champion Ella Waldek successfully defended the title against Bonnie Watson.

Tennessee State Title — Memphis, Tennessee
First champion: Sputnik Monroe

The title was created to headline a major show on August 3, 1959 in Memphis, Tennessee.  Sputnik Monroe won the title on that card when he beat Billy Wicks before 10,157 fans at Russwood Ball Park, capping a feud that began five month earlier.  Two weeks later, once again in Russwood Ball Park, Monroe successfully defended the title in a return match against Wicks.  Former World Heavyweight Boxing champion Rocky Marciano officiated the match before a record crowd of 13,749, a record for Memphis that still stands.

The title was never defended in Memphis after that, and only resurfaced one time, when a tournament was held on November 21, 1960 to determine a new champion.

U.S. Tag Team Title — Mobile, Alabama version
First champions — Lester Welch and Bobby Fields

The U.S. Tag Team Title first made an appearance in Mobile, Alabama on November 14, 1962 with just one title defense by Lester Welch and Bobby Fields against Billy and Bad Boy Hines.  The title didn't resurface again until July 20, 1966 when Jack and Jim Dalton defended the belts against Chief Little Eagle and Eduardo Perez.

World Tag Team Title — Tennessee
First champions — Corsica Joe and Corsica Jean

The title first appeared in Nashville, Tennessee on February 5, 1957 when Corsica Joe and Corsica Jean defended the title against Herb Welch and Billy Parks.  The title was defended and recognized in all parts of the Tennessee territory, extending as far down as the Mobile, Alabama circuit.

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