Florida_Championship_Wrestling

Florida Championship Wrestling

Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) is a professional wrestling promotion based on the former independent, Championship Wrestling from Florida promotion, which operated from 1961 until 1987. Currently, the promotion serves as the official developmental territory for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

History

The promotion, in its current form, was started by Steve Keirn in 2007 to be WWE's second developmental territory when they ended their relationship with the Georgia-based Deep South Wrestling in early 2007. It became their sole developmental territory in early 2008 when they ceased affiliation with Ohio Valley Wrestling.

FCW's debut show was on June 26 2007 at Tampa, Florida's Dallas Bull. A 21 man Battle Royal was held during the show, to crown the first ever FCW Southern Heavyweight Champion. The next year the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship was introduced, with Jake Hager becoming the first champion at a February 15 show after surviving a Battle Royal and defeating Ted DiBiase, Jr.. The FCW Florida Tag Team Championship was also introduced in February, with the Puerto Rican Nightmares (Eddie Colón and Eric Perez) beating Steven Lewington and Heath Miller to win it in the finals of a one night tournament. The singles titles were later unified, keeping the "Florida Heavyweight" name.

FCW currently runs shows every Tuesday at Bourbon Street nightclub, as well as spot shows on other nights at other venues in and around the Central Florida area. They are also in the planning stages of creating a weekly television program.

On July 7 2008, WWE confirmed that FCW was based on the original independent, Championship Wrestling from Florida promotion, which operated from 1961 until 1987.

Champions

Championships Current champion(s) Date won Date aired
Florida Heavyweight Championship Sheamus O'Shaunessy September 18 2008 N/A
Florida Tag Team Championship Sebastian Slater and Joe Hennig September 11, 2008 N/A
Florida Women's Championship TBD

Defunct championships

Championships Last champion(s) Date Disbanded Notice
FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship Jake Hager 2008 Unified with FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship.

Former Personnel

  • Afa, Jr.(Afa Anoa'i, Jr.) - Moved up to RAW brand.
  • Jack Swagger (Jake Hager) - Moved up to ECW brand.
  • Brie Bella (Brianna Garcia) - Moved up to SMACKDOWN brand.
  • Ricky Ortiz (Richard Young) - Moved up to ECW brand.
  • Big Rob (Rob Terry) - Left the WWE quietly.
  • Gavin Spears (Ronnie Arniell) - Moved up to ECW brand.
  • Scotty Goldman (Scott Colton) - Moved up to SMACKDOWN brand.
  • Evan Bourne (Matthew Korklan) - Moved up to ECW brand.
  • Charles Evans - Released from developmental contract
  • Jamie Tucker - Released from contract (Was referee)
  • Maryse (Maryse Ouellet) - Moved up to SMACKDOWN brand.
  • Primo Colon (Eddie Colón) - Moved up to SMACKDOWN brand.
  • Natalya (Natalie Neidhart) - Moved up to SMACKDOWN brand.
  • R-Truth (Ron Killings) - Moved up to SMACKDOWN brand.
  • Nic Nemeth - Moved up to RAW brand.
  • Chet Douglas (Neil Bzibziak) - Released from developmental contract
  • Ryan Braddock (Brad Bradley) - Moved up to SMACKDOWN brand.
  • Silas Young - Released from developmental contract
  • Apollo (Germán Figueroa) - Released from developmental contract
  • Val Venis (Sean Morley) - Went back to RAW brand.
  • Chris Gray - Released from developmental contract
  • Tommy Taylor (Steve Taylor) - Released from developmental contract
  • Shawn Osborne (Shawn McGrath) - Released from developmental contract
  • G-Rilla (George Murdoch) - Released from developmental dontract
  • Robert Anthony - Released from developmental contract
  • Kevin Keenan - Moved up to ECW brand.
  • Ted DiBiase Jr. - Moved up to RAW brand.
  • Derrick Linkin (Derrick Neikirk) - Released from developmental contract
  • Aaron Davis - Moved up to SMACKDOWN brand.
  • Matt Cappotelli - Contract expired and left WWE.
  • Balls Mahoney (Jonathan Rechner) - Went back to ECW brand, but got released from contract on April 28, 2008.
  • Dave Taylor - Went back to SMACKDOWN brand, but got released from his contract on April 28, 2008
  • Timmy Baltimore - Contract expired and left WWE. (Went back to OVW)
  • Rycklon (Rycklon Stephens) - Moved up to SMACKDOWN brand.
  • Brad Allen (Mariusz Puczko) - Released from developmental contract
  • Daniel Rodimer - Released from developmental contract to pursue a separate career.
  • D-Lo Brown (Accie Conner) - Went back to RAW brand.
  • Brian Cage - Never debuted and left the WWE.
  • James Curtis (Kurt Sellers) - Was moved up to ECW brand, but got released from his contract on August 8, 2008.
  • Reid Flair (Reid Fliehr) - Never debuted and left the WWE.
  • Kofi Kingston (Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah) - Moved up to RAW brand.
  • Chris Harris - Was moved up to ECW brand, but got released from his contract on August 7, 2008.
  • Amy Hennig - Never debuted and left the WWE.
  • Johnny Jeter - Left the WWE quietly.
  • Stevie Richards (Michael Manna) - Went back to ECW brand, but got released from his contract on August 15, 2008.
  • Mondo (Michael Brendli) - Released from developmental contract following DUI arrest.
  • Chris Rombola - Never debuted and left the WWE.
  • Nick Patrick - Released after several months of inactivity.

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