|Founded||June 26, 2007|
|Defunct||August 14, 2012|
|Founder(s)||Steve Keirn, WWE|
Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) was a professional wrestling promotion based on the former National Wrestling Alliance member promotion, Championship Wrestling from Florida, which operated from 1961 until 1987. From October 2007 to August 2012, the promotion served as the official developmental territory for WWE. In August 2012, WWE re-branded Florida Championship Wrestling into NXT for their developmental territory, with storylines and championships being discontinued.
The promotion was started by Steve Keirn in 2007 and became WWE's second developmental territory when they ended their relationship with the Georgia-based Deep South Wrestling in April 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 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 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 and championship.
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. The program's ending consisted of various clips from the ending of CWF's programs, featuring Gordon Solie's classic sign-off line "So long from the Sunshine State", accompanied by Solie winking one of his eyes and waving two fingers upward.
On March 20, 2012, it was reported that WWE would cease operation at Florida Championship Wrestling; however, this statement was later refuted after Steve Keirn denied the claim. WWE Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events, Triple H, stated WWE will be ramping up their development system, not shutting it down.
In August 2012, WWE dropped the FCW name, deactivated the titles, and began running all of its developmental events and operations under the "NXT Wrestling" banner. WWE had been using the NXT name for a television program featuring rookies from FCW competing to become WWE main roster wrestlers, though the reality television aspects of the show had been dropped earlier in 2012; WWE NXT now serves as the primary television program for the NXT Wrestling promotion.
|Queen of FCW||A crown was held by the title holder, rather than a championship belt that is primarily used in professional wrestling.|
|Florida Heavyweight Championship||Contested for in their heavyweight division|
|Florida Tag Team Championship||Contested for in the tag team division|
|Divas Championship||Contested for in the women's division|
|Jack Brisco 15 Championship||Contested in 15-minute Iron Man matches|
|Southern Heavyweight Championship||Retired after being unified with the Florida Heavyweight Championship|
The following is a list of notable FCW alumni that have gone on to accomplished a name for themselves on the main roster of WWE.
|Ring name||Real name|
|AJ Lee||April Brooks|
|Alberto Del Rio||José Rodríguez|
|Alex Riley||Kevin Kiley Jr.|
|Alicia Fox||Victoria Crawford|
|Brad Maddox||Tyler Kluttz|
|Brie Bella||Brianna Danielson|
|Brodus Clay||George Murdoch|
|Big E||Ettore Ewen|
|Curt Hawkins||Brian Myers|
|Curtis Axel||Joseph Hennig|
|Damien Sandow||Aron Haddad|
|Daniel Bryan||Bryan Danielson|
|Darren Young||Frederick Rosser III|
|David Otunga||David Otunga Sr.|
|Dean Ambrose||Jonathan Good|
|Dolph Ziggler||Nicholas Nemeth|
|Drew McIntyre||Andrew Galloway|
|Evan Bourne||Matthew Korklan|
|Ezekiel Jackson||Rycklon Stephens|
|Heath Slater||Heath Miller|
|Jack Swagger||Donald Hager Jr.|
|Jason Jordan||Nathan Everhart|
|Jey Uso||Joshua Fatu|
|Jimmy Uso||Jonathan Fatu|
|Jinder Mahal||Yuvraj Dhesi|
|Justin Gabriel||Paul Lloyd Jr.|
|Kofi Kingston||Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah|
|Michael Tarver||Tyrone Evans|
|Nikki Bella||Stephanie Garcia-Colace|
|Primo Colón||Edwin Colón|
|Ricardo Rodriguez||Jesús Rodríguez|
|Richie Steamboat||Richard Blood Jr.|
|Roman Reigns||Leati Anoa?i|
|Rosa Mendes||Milena Roucka|
|Serena Deeb||Serena Deeb|
|Seth Rollins||Colby Lopez|
|Sin Cara||Jorge Arias|
|Summer Rae||Danielle Moinet|
|Tamina Snuka||Sarona Snuka-Polamalu|
|Ted DiBiase Jr.||Theodore DiBiase Jr.|
|Titus O'Neil||Thaddeus Bullard Sr.|
|Tyler Reks||Gabriel Tuft|
|Tyler Breeze||Mattias Clement|
|Tyson Kidd||Theodore Wilson|
|Wade Barrett||Stuart Bennett|
|Yoshi Tatsu||Naofumi Yamamoto|
From the birth of the promotion in the 1960s, until 1987, "Florida Championship Wrestling" was regarded as one of the premier wrestling territories in the country...Florida Championship Wrestling is now an official developmental territory of World Wrestling Entertainment. FCW and the WWE are proud to bring back Florida Championship Wrestling.