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The FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling heavyweight championship owned and promoted by Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW, now known as NXT Wrestling), the 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.

The first champion was Jake Hager who won a 23-man battle royal by defeating Ted DiBiase, Jr. to become the first champion. 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 became NXT Wrestling and replaced with the NXT Championship. The final champion was Richie Steamboat, who defeated Rick Victor to win the title.

Title history

Key
Symbol Meaning
# The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title changed hands
+ Indicates that the number of days held by this individual changes daily
# Wrestlers Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Jake Hager 1 02008-02-15February 15, 2008


216 Tampa, Florida Live event 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.
2 Sheamus O'Shaunessy 1 02008-09-18September 18, 2008


84 Tampa, Florida Live event
3 Eric Escobar 1 02008-12-11December 11, 2008


77 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings
4 Michael McGillicutty 1 02009-02-26February 26, 2009


21 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings
5 Drew McIntyre 1 02009-03-19March 19, 2009


84 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings Drew McIntyre defeated Eric Escobar in a singles match after Hennig was forced to turn in his title due to injury.
6 Tyler Reks 1 02009-06-11June 11, 2009


63 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings
7 Heath Miller 1 02009-08-13August 13, 2009


42 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings
8 Justin Angel 1 02009-09-24September 24, 2009


175 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings This was a two out of three falls match.
9 Alex Riley 1 02010-03-18March 18, 2010


126 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings This was a three–way match, also involving Wade Barrett.
10 Mason Ryan 1 02010-07-22July 22, 2010


196 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings This was a three–way match, also involving Johnny Curtis.
11 Bo Rotundo 1 02011-02-03February 3, 2011


0 Tampa, Florida March of Champions TV Taping Norman Smiley was the special guest referee.
12 Lucky Cannon 1 02011-02-03February 3, 2011


105 Tampa, Florida March of Champions TV Taping Brett DiBiase was the special guest referee.
13 Bo Rotundo 2 02011-05-19May 19, 2011


105 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings
Vacated 02011-09-01September 1, 2011


0 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings Title vacated after Rotundo was sidelined with an injury.
14 Leo Kruger 1 02011-09-01September 1, 2011


154 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings This was a fatal–four way match, also involving Dean Ambrose, Husky Harris and Damien Sandow.
15 Mike Dalton 1 02012-02-02February 2, 2012


21 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings
16 Leo Kruger 2 02012-02-23February 23, 2012


0 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings
17 Seth Rollins 1 02012-02-23February 23, 2012


114 Tampa, Florida FCW TV Tapings
18 Rick Victor 1 02012-06-16June 16, 2012


0 Crystal River, Florida Live event
19 Bo Dallas
(formerly Bo Rotundo)
3 02012-06-16June 16, 2012


27 Crystal River, Florida Live event
20 Rick Victor 2 02012-07-13July 13, 2012


7 Punta Gorda, Florida Live event
21 Richie Steamboat 1 02012-07-20July 20, 2012


25 St. Augustine, Florida Live event
Deactivated 02012-08-14August 14, 2012


Tampa, Florida Title retired when FCW became NXT Wrestling.


List of combined reigns

Statistics correct as of December 8, 2016

Indicates the current champion
<1 Indicates the reign was less than 1 day
Rank Wrestler # 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 Rotundo/Dallas 3 132
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 7

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