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American Wrestling Association
Southern Heavyweight Championship
(July 1978 - December 7, 1978)
Won By: Won From:     Date: Event: Location: Length of         
Title Reign:         
Jerry Lawler -- Jul. 01, 1978        -- -- 37 days     
In an agreement between A.W.A. and N.W.A., the N.W.A. Southern Heavyweight Championship based out of Memphis, TN, is renamed the A.W.A. Southern Heavyweight Championship.
Jos LeDuc Jerry Lawler Aug. 07, 1978        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Jerry Lawler (2) Jos LeDuc Aug. 14, 1978        -- -- 14 days     
Jos LeDuc (2) Jerry Lawler Aug. 28, 1978        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Jerry Lawler (3) Jos LeDuc Sep. 04, 1978        -- Memphis, TN, USA 63 days     
Pvt. Don Fargo Jerry Lawler ???. ??, 1978        -- -- 14 days     
Recognized as champion at a show on November 6, unknown where or when he won the title.
Tommy Gilbert Don Fargo Nov. 20, 1978        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Don Fargo (2) Tommy Gilbert Nov. 27, 1978        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Jerry Lawler (4) Don Fargo Dec. 04, 1978        -- Memphis, TN, USA 21 days     
Austin Idol Jerry Lawler Dec. 25, 1978        -- Memphis, TN, USA 21 days     
Ron Fuller Austin Idol Jan. 15, 1979        -- Memphis, TN, USA 28 days     
Toru Tanaka Ron Fuller Feb. 12, 1979        -- Memphis, TN, USA 47 days     
Tanaka wins the title via forfeit, reason unknown.
Buzz Sawyer Toru Tanaka Mar. 31, 1979        -- Memphis, TN, USA 2 days     
** Title Held-Up ** Sawyer & Stomper Apr. 02, 1979        -- Memphis, TN, USA 21 days     
Title held-up after a match against The Mongolian Stomper.
Mongolian Stomper Buzz Sawyer Apr. 23, 1979        -- Memphis, TN, USA 42 days     
Stomper defeats Sawyer in a match for the held-up title.
Robert Fuller Mongolian Stomper Jun. 04, 1979        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Ron Bass Robert Fuller Jun. ??, 1979        -- Bluefield, WY, USA 7 days     
Randy Taylor Ron Bass Jun. ??, 1979        -- -- 14 days     
Ron Bass (2) Randy Taylor Jul. 02, 1979        -- Memphis, TN, USA 56 days     
Bill Dundee Ron Bass Aug. 27, 1979        -- Memphis, TN, USA 15 days     
** Title Held-Up ** Dundee & Bass Sep. 11, 1979        -- Memphis, TN, USA 6 days     
Title held-up after a match against Ron Bass.
Bill Dundee (2) Ron Bass Sep. 17, 1979        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Dundee defeated Bass in a match for the held-up title.
Jerry Lawler (5) Bill Dundee Sep. 24, 1979        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Bill Dundee (3) Jerry Lawler Oct. 01, 1979        -- Memphis, TN, USA 14 days     
Jerry Lawler (6) Bill Dundee Oct. 15, 1979        -- Memphis, TN, USA 80 days     
Jimmy Valiant Jerry Lawler Jan. 03, 1980        -- Jackson, TN, USA 95 days     
Paul Ellering Jimmy Valiant Apr. 07, 1980        -- Memphis, TN, USA 91 days     
Bill Dundee (4) Paul Ellering Jul. 07, 1980        -- Memphis, TN, USA 28 days     
** Title Vacated ** Bill Dundee Aug. 04, 1980        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Bill Irwin Tournament Aug. 11, 1980        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Irwin defeated Jimmy Valiant in the finals of a one-night, 8-man tournament for the vacant title.
** Title Held-Up ** Irwin & Valiant Aug. 18, 1980        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Title is held-up after a match against Jimmy Valiant.
Jimmy Valiant (2) Bill Irwin Aug. 25, 1980        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Valiant defeats Irwin in a match for the held-up title.
Tommy Rich Jimmy Valiant Sep. 01, 1980        -- Memphis, TN, USA 8 days     
Jimmy Valiant (3) Tommy Rich Sep. 09, 1980        -- Memphis, TN, USA 27 days     
Wildfire Tommy Rich (2) Jimmmy Valiant ???. ??, 1980        -- -- 26 days     
Recognized as champion at a show on October 6.
** Title Vacated ** Tommy Rich Nov. ??, 1980        -- -- 77 days     
Rich vacates the title in November of 1980, exact day unknown.
Jimmy Valiant (4) Tournament Jan. 17, 1981        -- Memphis, TN, USA 29 days     
Valiant defeated Hector Guerrero in the finals of a tournament for the vacant title.
Jerry Lawler (7) Jimmy Valiant Feb. 15, 1981        -- Memphis, TN, USA 127 days     
Jimmy Hart Jerry Lawler Jun. 22, 1981        -- Memphis, TN, USA 5 days     
Chick Donovan Jimmy Hart Jun. 27, 1981        -- Memphis, TN, USA 16 days     
** Title Vacated ** Chick Donovan Jul. ??, 1981        -- -- 7 days     
The title is vacated after it is decided that Chick Donovan's win over Jimmy Hart, in which he simplied layed down and allowed a pinned, was invalid.
Steve Keirn Tournament Jul. 20, 1981        -- Memphis, TN, USA 27 days     
Keirn defeated Bugsy McGraw in the finals of a tournament for the vacant title.
The Dream Machine Steve Keirn Aug. 16, 1981        -- Jackson, TN, USA 8 days     
Jerry Lawler (8) The Dream Machine Aug. 24, 1981        -- Memphis, TN, USA 14 days     
The Dream Machine (2) Jerry Lawler Sep. 07, 1981        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Jimmy Valiant (5) The Dream Machine Sep. 14, 1981        -- Memphis, TN, USA 17 days     
The Dream Machine (3) Jimmy Valiant Oct. ??, 1981        -- -- 25 days     
Dutch Mantell The Dream Machine Oct. 26, 1981        -- Memphis, TN, USA 84 days     
Jerry Lawler (9) Dutch Mantell Jan. 18, 1982        -- Memphis, TN, USA 27 days     
Dutch Mantell (2) Jerry Lawler Feb. 14, 1982        -- Memphis, TN, USA 15 days     
Jerry Lawler (10) Dutch Mantell Mar. 01, 1982        -- Memphis, TN, USA 21 days     
Dutch Mantell (3) Jerry Lawler Mar. 22, 1982        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Jerry Lawler (11) Dutch Mantell Mar. 29, 1982        -- Memphis, TN, USA 33 days     
Kendo Nagasaki Jerry Lawler May ??, 1982        -- -- 23 days     
Jerry Lawler (12) Kendo Nagasaki May 24, 1982        -- Memphis, TN, USA 14 days     
Kimala Jerry Lawler Jun. 07, 1982        -- Memphis, TN, USA 63 days     
Jerry Lawler (13) Kimala Aug. 09, 1982        -- Memphis, TN, USA 63 days     
Nick Bockwinkel Jerry Lawler Oct. 11, 1982        -- Memphis, TN, USA 28 days     
Jerry Lawler (14) Nick Bockwinkel Nov. 08, 1982        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Sabu The Wildman Jerry Lawler Nov. 15, 1982        -- Memphis, TN, USA 14 days     
Terry Taylor Sabu The Wildman Nov. 29, 1982        -- Memphis, TN, USA 62 days     
Jacques Rougeau Terry Taylor Jan. 30, 1983        -- Memphis, TN, USA 15 days     
Terry Taylor (2) Jacques Rougeau Feb. 14, 1983        -- Memphis, TN, USA 35 days     
Bill Dundee (5) Terry Taylor Mar. 21, 1983        -- Memphis, TN, USA 49 days     
Dutch Mantell (4) Bill Dundee May 09, 1983        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Bill Dundee (6) Dutch Mantell May 16, 1983        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Dutch Mantell (5) Bill Dundee May 23, 1983        -- Memphis, TN, USA 4 days     
Jerry Lawler (15) Dutch Mantell May ??, 1983        -- -- 3 days     
Bill Dundee (7) Jerry Lawler May 30, 1983        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Jerry Lawler (16) Bill Dundee Jun. 06, 1983        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Man Mountain Link Jerry Lawler Jun. 13, 1983        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Jerry Lawler (17) Man Mountain Link Jun. 20, 1983        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Man Mountain Link (2) Jerry Lawler Jun. 27, 1983        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Jerry Lawler (18) Man Mountain Link Jul. 04, 1983        -- Memphis, TN, USA 59 days     
** Title Vacated ** Jerry Lawler Sep. 01, 1983        -- -- 9 days     
Lawler vacates the title in early September after failing to defend the title within 30 days.
Jerry Lawler (19) Tournament Sep. 10, 1983        -- Memphis, TN, USA 16 days     
Lawler defeats Bill Dundee in the finals of a tournament for the vacant title.
Jesse Ventura Jerry Lawler Sep. ??, 1983        -- -- 7 days     
Jerry Lawler (20) Jesse Ventura Oct. 03, 1983        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Jesse Ventura (2) Jerry Lawler Oct. 10, 1983        -- Memphis, TN, USA 28 days     
Jerry Lawler (21) Jesse Ventura Nov. ??, 1983        -- Chicago, IL, USA 175 days     
Lord Humongous Jerry Lawler Apr. 30, 1984        -- Memphis, TN, USA 21 days     
Jerry Lawler (22) Lord Humongous May 21, 1984        -- Memphis, TN, USA 21 days     
Rick Rude Jerry Lawler Jun. 11, 1984        -- Memphis, TN, USA 35 days     
Tommy Rich (3) Rick Rude Jul. 16, 1984        -- Memphis, TN, USA 14 days     
King Kong Bundy Tommy Rich Jul. 30, 1984        -- Memphis, TN, USA 105 days     
Jerry Lawler (23) King Kong Bundy Nov. 12, 1984        -- Memphis, TN, USA 77 days     
** Title Held-Up ** Jerry Lawler Jan. 28, 1985        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Title is held-up after a match against Eddie Gilbert.
Eddie Gilbert Jerry Lawler Feb. 04, 1985        -- Memphis, TN, USA 8 days     
Gilbert defeated Lawler in a match for the vacant title.
Jerry Lawler (24) Eddie Gilbert Feb. 12, 1985        -- Memphis, TN, USA 33 days     
Randy Savage Jerry Lawler Mar. 17, 1985        -- Memphis, TN, USA 51 days     
Jerry Oske Randy Savage May 07, 1985        -- Louisville, KY, USA 6 days     
Randy Savage (2) Jerry Oske May 13, 1985        -- Memphis, TN, USA 21 days     
Jerry Lawler (25) Randy Savage Jun. 03, 1985        -- Memphis, TN, USA 21 days     
Bota The Witch Doctor Jerry Lawler Jun. 24, 1985        -- Memphis, TN, USA 35 days     
Jerry Lawler (26) Bota The Witch Doctor Jul. 29, 1985        -- Memphis, TN, USA 18 days     
Tarras Bulba Jerry Lawler Aug. 16, 1985        -- Selmer, TN, USA 21 days     
Jerry Lawler (27) Tarras Bulba Sep. 06, 1985        -- Martin, TN, USA 43 days     
Bill Dundee (8) Jerry Lawler Oct. 19, 1985        -- Memphis, TN, USA 63 days     
Jerry Lawler (28) Bill Dundee Dec. 21, 1985        -- Memphis, TN, USA 9 days     
Bill Dundee (9) Jerry Lawler Dec. 30, 1985        -- Memphis, TN, USA 99 days     
Jerry Lawler (29) Bill Dundee Apr. 08, 1986        -- Memphis, TN, USA 24 days     
Bill Dundee (10) Jerry Lawler May 02, 1986        -- Jackson, TN, USA 31 days     
** Title Vacated ** Dundee & Landell Jun. 02, 1986        -- Memphis, TN, USA 14 days     
The title was held-up and later vacated after the match due to a controversial finish.
Buddy Landell Tournament Jun. 16, 1986        -- Memphis, TN, USA 15 days     
Landell defeated The Flame in the finals of a tournament for the vacant title.
** Title Vacated ** Buddy Landell ???. ??, 1986        -- -- 27 days     
Title is vacated after Landell leaves the territory. Exact date unknown.
Crusher Yurkof Battle Royal Jul. 28, 1986        -- Memphis, TN, USA 42 days     
Yurkov wins a battle royal for the vacant title.
Jerry Lawler (30) Crusher Yurkof Sep. 08, 1986        -- Memphis, TN, USA 125 days     
** Title Vacated ** Jerry Lawler Jan. 11, 1987        -- -- 22 days     
Lawler vacates the title due to injury.
Austin Idol (2) ** Title Vacated ** Feb. 02, 1987        -- Memphis, TN, USA 77 days     
Idol defeated Soul Train Jones in the finals of a tournament for the vacant title.
Jerry Lawler (31) Austin Idol Apr. 20, 1987        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Austin Idol (3) Jerry Lawler Apr. 27, 1987        -- Memphis, TN, USA 42 days     
Jerry Lawler (32) Austin Idol Jun. 08, 1987        -- Memphis, TN, USA 28 days     
Brickhouse Brown Jerry Lawler Jul. 06, 1987        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Jerry Lawler (33) Brickhouse Brown Jul. 13, 1987        -- Memphis, TN, USA 21 days     
** Title Held-Up ** Lawler & Bass Aug. 03, 1987        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Title is held-up after a match against Don Bass.
Don Bass Tag Team Match Aug. 10, 1987        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Bass wins the title in a tag team match where the person who scored the pinfall would win the title.
Jerry Lawler (34) Don Bass Aug. 17, 1987        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Don Bass (2) Jerry Lawler Aug. 24, 1987        -- Memphis, TN, USA 7 days     
Jerry Lawler (35) Don Bass Aug. 31, 1987        -- Memphis, TN, USA 42 days     
** Title Vacated ** Jerry Lawler Oct. 12, 1987        -- -- 7 days     
Lawler vacates the title to focus on his pursuit of the A.W.A. World Tag Team Championship.
Bobby Jaggers Tournament Oct. 19, 1987        -- Memphis, TN, USA 33 days     
Jaggers defeated Billy Travis in the finals of a tournament for the vacant title.
Jerry Lawler (36) Bobby Jaggers Nov. 21, 1987        -- Memphis, TN, USA 16 days     
Lawler wins the C.W.A. Heavyweight Championship, unifying the titles. The Southern Heavyweight title is retired.