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.

Final champions

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

Defunct championships

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.

# Wrestler Reigns Date Days held Location Event Notes

Harry Smith 1

02007-06-26June 26, 2007

112 Tampa, Florida Live event Won a 21-man battle royal to become the first champion.

Afa, Jr. 1

02007-10-16October 16, 2007

46 New Port Richey, Florida Live event Declared winner when Smith could not make referee's ten count.

TJ Wilson 1

02007-12-01December 1, 2007

17 New Port Richey, Florida Live event This was a ladder match.

Ted DiBiase, Jr. 1

02007-12-18December 18, 2007

32 New Port Richey, Florida Live event

Heath Miller 1

02008-01-19January 19, 2008

63 New Port Richey, Florida Live event Awarded title when partner Ted DiBiase, Jr. was unable to defend it due to injury.

Jake Hager 1

02008-03-22March 22, 2008

0 New Port Richey, Florida Live event Unified with the Florida Heavyweight Championship.

Former Staff

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

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