Florida Championship Wrestling was 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, 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 Jack Swagger 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 as of October 5, 2008 and can be seen every Sunday night at 6:00pm.

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. On March 20, 2012, it was reported that WWE will cease operation at Florida Championship Wrestling. However, that report is now false as Triple H, the kayfabe COO and legit EVP of Talent and Live Events of WWE and FCW's owner Steve Kerin, stated that Kerin and WWE are "revamping" the FCW, though the revamp has yet to be seen. In August 2012, WWE dropped the FCW name and began running all of its developmental events and operations under the NXT banner.

Current 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, FL


Male Wrestlers

Ring name Real name Notes
Abraham Washington Brian Jossie
Adam Mercer Evan Singleton
Aiden English Matt Rehwoldt
Alexander Rusev Miroslav Barnyashev
Antonio Cesaro Claudio Castganoli
Benicio Salazar Unknown
Big E. Langston Ettore Ewen
Bo Rotundo Taylor Rotunda
Brad Maddox Brent Wellington
Briley Pierce Ryan Nemeth
Byron Saxton Bryan Kelly
Collin Cassady William Morrissey
CJ Parker Joseph Robinson
Corey Graves Matt Polinsky Florida Tag Team Championship Brother of Buddy Stetcher
Damien Sandow Aaron Haddad
Dante Dash Unknown
Dean Ambrose Jon Moxley
DeSean Bishop Unknown
DT Porter Brian McGhee
Eli Cottonwood Kipp Christianson
Erick Rowan Joseph Ruud
Garret Dylan Jody Kristofferson
Husky Harris Windham Rotundo
Jake Carter Jesse White Florida Tag Team Championship Son of Vader
James Bronson Phil Friedman
Jason Jordan Unknown
Jiro Hiroshi Takizawa
Kassius Ohno Chris Hero
Kenneth Cameron Tom Latimer
Kevin Hackman Andrew Leavine Tough Enough winner
Leakee Leati Anoa'I
Leo Kruger Ray Leppan
Mike Dalton Mattias Clement
Nick Rogers Austin Rogers
Richie Steamboat Richard Blood,Jr. FCW 15 Championship
Rick Victor Eric Thompson
Sakamoto Kazma Manager of Lord Tensai
Seth Rollins Colby Lopez Florida Heavyweight Championship
Xavier Woods Austin Watson
Yoshi Tatsu Naofumi Yamamoto Also Completes in WWE

Female wrestlers

Ring name Real name
AJ Lee

Mendez, AprilApril Mendez


Raudonienė, ŽivilėŽivilė Raudonienė


Bonin, CelesteCeleste Bonin


Perez, KarleeKarlee Perez

Naomi Knight

McCray, TrinityTrinity McCray

Raquel Diaz

Guerrero, ShaulShaul Guerrero


Su Yung


Ring name Real name Role
Dusty Rhodes

Runnels, Jr., VirgilVirgil Runnels, Jr.

Creative Staff
Joey Mercury

Birch, AdamAdam Birch

Training Staff
Matt Martlaro

Matthew Martlaro

Creative Staff
Norman Smiley

Smiley, NormanNorman Smiley

Training Staff
Ricky Steamboat

Blood, Sr., RichardRichard Blood, Sr.

Training Staff
Steve Keirn

Keirn, StephenStephen Keirn

Tom Prichard

Prichard, ThomasThomas Prichard

Training Staff

FCW Alumni

Alberto Del Rio Alex Riley Alicia Fox
Brie Bella Curt Hawkins Darren Young
David Hart Smith David Otunga Dolph Ziggler
Drew McIntyre Evan Bourne Ezekiel Jackson
Heath Slater Husky Harris Jack Swagger
Jey Uso Jimmy Uso Justin Gabriel
Kaitlyn Kofi Kingston Michael McGillicutty
Michael Tarver Natalya Nikki Bella
Primo Rosa Mendes Sheamus
Skip Sheffield Tamina Ted DiBiase Jr.
Trent Barreta Tyler Reks Tyson Kidd
Vladimir Kozlov Wade Barrett Yoshi Tatsu

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