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Sunday, March 24, 2019

THE HISTORY OF THE SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP

The Southern Championship had a rich history in the Memphis Territory.  This history will be covered in detail on Randy Hales Podcast, Memphis Memories, first of the Deep Dive Series dropping March 28 at podavenue.com/hales 

The first champion was crowned in 1939 and until 1974 was called the Southern  Junior Heavy Weight title.  The Championship was changed in 1974 to the Southern Heavyweight  Title..

For a history of the Southern Junior Heavyweight Championship CLICK HERE   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NWA_Southern_Junior_Heavyweight_Championship

For a History of the Southern Heavyweight Championship, Click Here   http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tn/cwa/awa-s-h.html

For a list of Mid South Coliseum Cards starting in 1971 CLICK HERE  http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/memphis/




Lou Thesz







Ron Wright

Bob Armstrong


Jackie Fargo
Brother Frank Jares

Johnny Long

Robert Fuller

Below Picture of Paul Orndorff with Southern Title








Many THANKS TO DAVID MILLICAN, BEAU JAMES, JUSTIN CASE, SEAN REEDY AND MANY MORE FOR THEIR HELP ON THIS PROJECT.

Every true Wrestling Fans wants their own Championship belt.  Without a doubt the ultimate belt expert and the best belt designer and maker in the world is Dave Millican.  To check out Dave's great work  CLICK HERE  http://www.davemillicanbelts.com/dmbelts.htm 

2 comments:

  1. Hi may I know the source of the Lou Thesz pic in this lists? thank you

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  2. Just getting to this episode of the podcast and wanted to throw in a few Joe Gunther facts. Joe Gunther was born and raised in Nashville and was one of the top light heavyweight wrestlers in the 1930s-1940s. He had no children, so no relation to Joey Gunther, the amateur. Joe Gunther was a protege of old time middleweight wrestler Chris Jordan, the man who established the first major territory in the South. Gunther took over Jordan's promotion after Jordan's untimely death in 1940.

    While Jordan, based in Birmingham, ran shows all over Alabama, and into Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, north Florida and Louisiana, when Gunther took over, he contracted the territory a bit, ceding North Alabama and Tennessee to Roy Welch and Nick Gulas. Gunther moved to New Orleans and ran the Southern part of Alabama from there for another 10+ years before finally selling. While in New Orleans, Gunther got the horse racing bug, and owned a few horses. After his marriage broke up, he ended up moving to Iowa to raise horses for the last 20 years or so of his life. In Alabama in the 1930s, Gunther, Freddie Knichel and Charlie Kuehn were sort of the Lawler, Dundee, Valiant of the territory, always drawing good houses when they worked with or against each other.

    Not widely known, but Nick Gulas also got his start in the mid-1930s under Chris Jordan, before Gulas moved to Nashville.

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