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. From 2008 to 2012, the promotion served as the official developmental territory for WWE. It was then in 2012 that the WWE officially bought out FCW and renamed it WWE NXT.
The promotion 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 Pérez) 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.
Their weekly television program debuted on Bright House Sports Network on October 5, 2008.
On July 7, 2008, WWE confirmed that FCW was based on the original National Wrestling Alliance-affiliated Championship Wrestling from Florida promotion, which operated from 1961 until 1987. On March 20, 2012, it was reported that WWE would cease operation at Florida Championship Wrestling. However, that report was later claimed as false as Triple H, the kayfabe COO and legit EVP of Talent and Live Events of WWE and FCW's owner Steve Keirn, stated that Keirn and WWE were "revamping" FCW, though the revamp had yet to be seen. In August 2012, WWE dropped the FCW name and began running all of its developmental events and operations under the WWE NXT banner.
|Championship||Champion(s)||Date Won||Previous Champion(s)||Location|
|FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion||Leo Kruger||September 1, 2011||Bo Rotundo||Tampa, Florida|
|FCW Florida Tag Team Champion||Brad Maddox & Briley Pierce||November 3, 2011||CJ Parker & Donnie Marlow||Tampa, Florida|
|Queen of FCW||Raquel Diaz||February 3, 2011||Aksana||Tampa, Florida|
|FCW Divas Championship||Raquel Diaz||December 15, 2011||Audrey Marie||Tampa, Florida|
|Florida 15||Damien Sandow||September 22, 2011||Seth Rollins||Tampa, Florida|
The Florida Southern Heavyweight Championship was the top professional wrestling title of Florida Championship Wrestling, a developmental territory of World Wrestling Entertainment. It was later retired after being unified with the new top title in FCW, the Florida Heavyweight Championship.
||June 26, 2007
||112||Tampa, Florida||Live event||Won a 21-man battle royal to become the first champion.|
||October 16, 2007
||46||New Port Richey, Florida||Live event||Declared winner when Smith could not make referee's ten count.|
||December 1, 2007
||17||New Port Richey, Florida||Live event||This was a ladder match.|
||Ted DiBiase, Jr.||1
||December 18, 2007
||32||New Port Richey, Florida||Live event|
||January 19, 2008
||63||New Port Richey, Florida||Live event||Awarded title when partner Ted DiBiase, Jr. was unable to defend it due to injury.|
||March 22, 2008
||0||New Port Richey, Florida||Live event||Unified with the Florida Heavyweight Championship.|
|Ring name||Real name||Role|
|Dusty Rhodes||Dusty Rhodes||Creative Staff|
|Joey Mercury||Adam Birch||Training Staff|
|Matt Martlaro||Matthew Martlaro||Creative Staff|
|Norman Smiley||Norman Smiley||Training Staff|
|Ricky Steamboat||Richard Blood, Jr.||Training Staff|
|Steve Keirn||Steve Keirn||President|
|Tom Prichard||Tom Prichard||Training Staff|