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Jack Brisco Shoot Interview in Stock Now! Jack Brisco was a major player in the ring in the 70s and a major player behind the scenes in the 80s. In this professionally produced video Jack talks about his remarkable life in professional wrestling. In this no-holds-barred interview he talks about:
  • The conspiracy to try and double cross him out of the NWA World heavyweight championship.

  • The story of why he and his brother Jerry sold their shares of Georgia Championship Wrestling to Vince McMahon resulting in the famous Black Saturday for WTBS wrestling fans.

  • The death threats he received afterward.

  • The story of the time he and Billy Robinson nearly crippled each other in a shoot in an Australia hotel.

  • Why he dropped the NWA World title to Giant Baba during a Japanese tour.

  • How he discovered Hulk Hogan and how instrumental he was in other stars' careers.

  • His sudden departure from the wrestling business.

Click here to see the hottest Shoot Interview of the Year! 

The new edition of Pro Wrestling Title Histories is on sale now! 
Much of the information in This Week In Wrestling is researched from Wrestling Title Histories. The 2000 edition is available now. It is the most complete record of over 2,000 professional wrestling titles and titleholders ever published. If you want a complete guide of who the title holders were in your favorite territories, you must own this ultimate reference book. Contains information on titles from the WWF, WCW, ECW, NWA, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, all the old territories -- Florida, Mid-Atlantic, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto, Dallas, Portland, Kansas City, St. Louis, Atlanta, Calgary, Memphis, Knoxville, Montreal, Puerto Rico, Mid-South, San Antonio and more -- as well as hundreds of independent promotions from across the U.S. (including now-defunct favorites like Smoky Mountain, the UWF, and the USWA). The new edition includes major title changes (WWF, WCW, ECW) right up to the end of 1999. 
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Celebrate the milestones of professional wrestling!

Every week we remember the great stars, great matches and great moments that have defined professional wrestling.

Richard Sullivan provides special insight for this week's highlights. Special thanks to David Williamson for his contributions to the exhibits.

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Week of January 27

Mask vs. Hair!
Buddy Colt vs. Mr. Wrestling II
Atlanta
June 11, 1976

NWA World title
Ric Flair vs. Jack Brisco
Orlando
Jan. 31, 1981

See Brisco and Flair in other matches in NWA World Heavyweight Championship 1

Coal Miners Glove Match
Mr. Wrestling II vs. Tim Woods
Loser Leaves Atlanta
Jerry Lawler vs. Roberto Soto
Atlanta, Ga,
Feb. 1, 1974

NWA World title vs. Missouri title
Dory Funk Jr. vs. Johnny Valentine
St. Louis
Feb. 2, 1973

Jan. 27, 1967 - Paul Jones and Pepper Martin beat Tough Tony Borne and Moondog Lonnie Mayne to take the Pacific Northwest tag belts in Portland, Ore. Martin, who was one of the masked Bolos at various points in his career, retired in 1978. Mayne died that same year. Borne is best known to modern fans as the father of Maniac Matt Borne.  Jones, whose Website is hosted by WrestlingClassics.com, finished his much-celebrated career as a partner and later opponent for a young Ken Shamrock, working for matchmaker Frank Dusek.

1/27/73The Sheik bests archrival Bobo Brazil in Detroit, Michigan to regain the “NWA” U.S. heavyweight championship for the fourth time of his career.

1/27/81Rowdy Roddy Piper uses a foreign object to knock out Nature Boy Ric Flair (unbeknownst to ref Stu Schwartz) in Raleigh’s Dorton Arena. In doing so, he captures the JCP version of the “NWA” U.S. title for the first of two times. He had previously held the San Francisco version of the “NWA” U.S. title and would go on to hold the WCW U.S. title nearly two decades later. As a result of his win over Flair, Piper is forced to vacate the NWA TV title, which he had held since beating Paul Jones in the finals of a tournament on Nov. 1, 1980 in Richmond, Va.

1/27/87The Midnight Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) best Playboy Buddy Rose & Pretty Boy Doug Somers in St. Paul, Minnesota to win the AWA World tag team championship.

1/27/96Raven pins The Sandman in Philadelphia, Penn. to capture the ECW World heavyweight championship.

1/28/37Mildred Burke captures the Women’s World title, winning a tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn.

1/28/61 - Bobo Brazil pins Dick the Bruiser to win the Detroit version of the "NWA" United States title. Brazil, one of the true pioneers in wrestling history, died at the age of 74.

1/28/92 - Stan "The Lariat" Hansen captures the All Japan Triple Crown for the third time in his career, downing Jumbo Tsuruta in Chiba, Japan.

1/28/95Jerry “The King” Lawler downs The Dirty White Boy (Tony Anthony) in Knoxville, Tenn. to capture the Smoky Mountain heavyweight belt.

1/29/68 – The old Madison Square Garden shuts its door’s for wrestling, making way for a brand new facility with the same name. In the main event, “The Living Legend” Bruno Sammartino downs Professor Toru Tanaka.

1/29/81 - Killer Karl Kox and Junkyard Dog down "The Big Cat" Ernie Ladd and Bad, Bad Leroy Brown in Biloxi, Miss. to take the Mid-South tag-team belts. Kox, who is now retired, can be seen in Oliver Stone's JFK playing a cop who guards Jack Ruby. Ladd, a former NFL great, is very active in the community and has been inducted into both the WWF and WCW Halls of Fame. Brown died in 1988 and JYD, who was truly one of the biggest draws in wrestling during the 80s, died following a tragic automobile accident.

1/29/96 - Konnan gets both "rowdy, rowdy" and “bowdy, bowdy” in Canton, Ohio, upsetting the One Man Gang for the WCW U.S. title. Konnan accomplishes a rare feat, holding major titles in both Mexico and the United States.

1/30/65 - Harley Race and Larry Hennig topple Bruiser and Crusher to win the AWA World tag-team title in St. Paul, Minn. Race would go on to become an eight-time NWA World champ. Hennig is best known today as Curt Hennig’s dad. Bruiser, whose last major appearance was as a special ref at Starrcade '90, died in 1991.

1/30/93 - Dr. Death Steve Williams and Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy best Mitsuharu Misawa and Toshiaki Kawada to capture the World tag-team championship as recognized by All Japan Pro Wrestling. Gordy and Williams had also taken both the NWA and WCW World tag titles less than six months earlier, establishing themselves as the top tag-team in the world at that time.

1/31/58 - Karloff Lagarde topples Huracan Ramirez in Mexico City to take the "NWA" middleweight title as recognized by the EMLL promotion.

 

January 31, 1964 - The Missouri Mauler (Larry Hamilton) beats the Mongolian Stomper (Archie Gouldie) in St. Louis for the "NWA" U.S. heavyweight championship as recognized by Sam Muchnick's St. Louis Wrestling Club.  Hamilton, the brother of The Assassin (Jody Hamilton) and uncle of WCW/WWF referee Nick Patrick, later worked in law enforcement and passed away a couple of years ago. Gouldie runs a non-wrestling business in Knoxville, Tenn. and keeps himself in amazing shape, even stepping back into the ring from time-to-time.

 

1/31/94 - The Moondogs (Spot & Rex) capture the USWA tag team title in Memphis, knocking off the Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson).

 

1/31/87 - Former Olympic judo champion "Bad News" Allen Coage upends Kevin Sullivan for the "NWA" Southern belt as recognized by Eddie Graham's Championship Wrestling from Florida. Brown is perhaps best known as the WWF's "Bad News Brown," while Sullivan was one of the creative forces behind the scenes at WCW.

 

2/1/73 - "Texas" Bob Geigle & Rufus R. "Freight Train" Jones (Carey Lloyd) take the Central States tag straps in Kansas City, downing "Handsome" Harley Race & "Nature Boy" Roger Kirby. Geigle would go on to become a promoter and several-term president of the NWA, while Race would hold the NWA World title on eight occasions. Kirby is a former NWA World junior heavyweight champion. Jones died in 1993.

 

2/1/80 - Ted DiBiase bests Mike George in Shreveport, Louisa. to capture the North American heavyweight championship as recognized by Bill Watts' Mid-South Sports.

 

2/1/72 - King Curtis Iaukea & Baron Mikel Scicluna down Karl Gotch & Rene Goulet in Philadelphia to win the (W)WWF tag team title as recognized by the Capital Wrestling Corporation. Iaukea was last seen as Kevin Sullivan's "Father" in those bizarre "Dungeon of Doom" skits in WCW a few years back. Goulet is a road agent for the WWF.  Gotch is regarded as one of the greatest "shooters" of all time and helped train Dean Malenko.  

 

2/2/77 - Ted Oates garners the Central States heavyweight belt as recognized by Bob Geigle's Heartland of America Promotions, beating Sgt. Slaughter (Bob Remus) in St. Joseph, MO.  Slaughter is regarded by many as one of the true innovators of the '70s and '80s.  He would go on to capture the WWF title from the Ultimate Warrior in 1991.

 

2/2/86 - The Midnight Express ("Beautiful" Bobby Eaton & "Loverboy" Dennis Condrey) down The Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) in Atlanta, GA, to win the "NWA" World tag team title as recognized by Jim Crockett Promotions. This is part of the historic "SuperStars on the SuperStation" show co-produced by JCP and Turner Broadcasting that would evolve into the popular "Clash of the Champions" series. Also on this card, Ric Flair defends the NWA World title against Ron Garvin and Tully Blanchard challenges Dusty Rhodes for the "NWA" National title.

 

2/2/87 - The Dingo Warrior (Jim Hellwig) avenges a previous tournament loss by beating Bob Bradley in Ft. Worth at a taping of Championship Sports to capture the Texas State title as recognized by Fritz Von Erich's Southwest Sports. Hellwig would go on to gain fame as the Ultimate Warrior.

 Richard Sullivan has been following professional wrestling for nearly 27 years and saw many of today's 'legends' like Ric Flair and Randy Savage compete in small high school gyms and recreation centers when they were just starting out. His first foray into serious wrestling journalism pre-dated publications like The Wrestling Observer Newsletter and he has done play-by-play wrestling announcing on the radio. After a brief stint as an independent promoter, Sullivan has settled into a role as a well-paid wrestling historian, who openly laughs in the face of anyone who hasn't heard of Spaceman Frank Hickey.

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