Erick Stevens 3.10.07


The Florida Territory

A legendary hotbed for wrestling

From the early 1970s

To the mid-1980s

Championship Wrestling from Florida

Laid the foundation

To how mainstream wrestling became

A who’s who

Came in to the Sunshine State

And came out

More polished

Just better

Then when they arrived

All developed

All nurtured

By the Godfather of Florida Wrestling

Eddie Graham

March 10, 2007

A night which celebrated Florida wrestling

A night which was hosted by

Full Impact Pro

A fledgling Florida independent

The First Annual

Eddie Graham Memorial Battle of the Belts

The winner would become the first ever

Florida Heritage Champion

Awarded the prestigious title by Mike Graham

The son of the tournament’s namesake

Champions were in the tournament already

FIP World Champion Roderick Strong

FIP Tag Team Champions Jay & Mark Briscoe

ICW/ICWA Texarkana Television Champion Larry Sweeney

ROH World Tag Team Champion SHINGO

½ of the first ever FIP Tag Team Champions Jimmy Rave

The Champion of Insanity Delirious

But on this night

One man

Destined for greatness

The cusp of the next level

A mohawked warrior

With the strength of 3 men

And the passion of an army

Stepped up to the plate

And ran the gamut

The one and only

Erick Stevens

Round 1

Stevens faced SHINGO

A week earlier

The Japanese Strong Style brute

Won the ROH World Tag Team Titles

From the Briscoes

First defense spoilers

And shook up the world of honor

With momentum on his side

Dragon Gate’s monster

Brought the heavy artillery

But the Florida Powerhouse

Persevered

Like a freight train

Smashed with a Choo Choo

And dominated with a Doctor Bomb

After giving SHINGO a 3-second tn

Stevens advanced

One step closer…

Round 2

Stevens faced Delirious

Earlier in the night

Dave Prazak DEMANDED a battle royal

To determine the champion

Mike Graham told the DP Associates CEO

To eat crow

The masked lizard man

From the swamplands of rural Florida

Did everything he could

Used underhanded tactics

Used Mr. Prazak

Used Mr. Milo Beasley

A man who was physically disabled in a wheelchair

Became “healed”

Delivered a high risk dive off the apron

And then became disabled again

“Selectively” injured, as it seemed

It all seemed out of reach

But the Florida Powerhouse

Persevered

Like a freight train

Smashed with a Choo Choo

And dominated with a Doctor Bomb

After giving Delirious a 3-second tn

Stevens advanced

One step closer…

The Final Round

Stevens faced Roderick Strong

His trainer

His mentor

His friend

An all-out war

Transpired in Crystal River

Strikes

Suplexes

Backbreakers

Submissions

Both men dominated one another

It seemed over

Death by Roderick

Fireman Carry Double Knee Gutbuster

Jumping Yakuza Kick

Gibson Driver

One…

Two…

THRE...NO!

The mohawked warrior kicked out

The FIP World Champion went in for the kill

But the Florida Powerhouse

Persevered YET AGAIN

Like a freight train

Smashed with a Choo Choo

Overhead release german suplex

Devastating lariat

And dominated with a Doctor Bomb

After giving Strong a 3-second tn

Stevens WON

Made history

The first ever Florida Heritage Champion

There can be only one first

And Stevens was it

Mike Graham came out to the ring

Awarded him the title belt

And the celebration was on

Standing room only

Standing ovation delivered

Belt over the shoulder

This was the career-defining night

It helped propel him to

Ring of Honor

Made him

A man of Resilience

A powerhouse in the land of technical wrestling

A Full Impact Pro World Champion

But on this night

3.10.07

Erick Stevens

The man who honored history

The man who honored Florida

The man who won the Battle of the Belts

The man who became

The first ever Florida Heritage Champion

Jon Harder

jon@hardwayhq.com

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