1972 - King Curtis Iaukea
& Baron Mikel Scicluna down Karl Gotch & Rene
Goulet in Philadelphia to win the WWE 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.
see Rene Goulet in action in February and March on iN
DEMAND Pay Per View as WrestlingClassics.com presents Babes,
Brawls, and Bullies. Goulet wrestles under the name of Sgt.
Jacques Goulet as he teams with the Sheik to take on
Dick the Bruiser and Sailor Art Thomas. It is
believed to be the only meeting on video between legendary wild
men Sheik and Bruiser. Click here for complete details about WrestlingClassics.com
Pay Per View events.
1973 - "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.
to see all the great Central
1980 - Ted
DiBiase bests Mike George in Shreveport, Louisa. to
capture the North American heavyweight championship as
recognized by Bill Watts' Mid-South Sports.
to see all the Mid-South
1977 - 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.
to see all the great Central
1986 - 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
see the Midnight Express in action and Ricky Morton
prepare to challenge Nature Boy Ric Flair for the NWA World
heavyweight championship in Mid-Atlantic
Tape 4. The tape is part of the big sale on all tapes in Mid-Atlantic
Collection that includes savings and free domestic
1987 - 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.
1990 - "The
U.S. Male" Curtis Thompson takes the Pacific Northwest
heavyweight belt with a win over Scotty the Body (Scott
Levy) in Portland, Ore.
Levy would go on to become known as Scotty Flamingo
and Johnny Polo before finding his niche as Raven,
while Thompson's career would stall following a stint in WCW
with the embarrassing gimmick of "Chip the Firebreaker."
Thompson is featured
throughout the South
1969 - Antonio
Inoki & Shohei "Giant" Baba defeat Wilbur
Snyder & Danny Hodge (the perennial NWA World
junior heavyweight champion) in Hiroshima to win the
"NWA" International tag straps as recognized by the
Japan Wrestling Association. Inoki and Baba would later become
promotional rivals, founding New Japan Pro Wrestling and All
Japan Pro Wrestling respectively.
Baba scores the
greatest victory of his career when he upsets Jack Brisco
for the NWA World heavyweight championship in Jack
Brisco in Japan.
One of the
rare matches on video featuring Danny Hodge is on Florida
Tape 3 when he defends the NWA World junior heavyweight
championship against Jerry Brisco.
1979 - Bob
Armstrong (Bob James) & Ken Lucas down Jerry
"Crusher" Blackwell & The Invader (Bob
Orton Jr.) in Knoxville, Tenn. In doing so they win the
Southeastern tag team belts. Armstrong is the father of former
WWE superstar "Road Dog" Jesse James (Brian
James) and underrated WCW talent Brad, Scott,
and Steve Armstrong. Blackwell died in 1995.
the North American heavyweight championship against Buddy
Colt in Legend
of Buddy Colt.
Lucas teams with Ricky
Morton to battle Tully Blanchard and Gino
Hernandez throughout the Texas
1971 - El Mongol
becomes the Georgia State champion for the seventh time,
pinning two-time champ Nick Bockwinkel in the finals of
a tournament in Atlanta. Bockwinkel would go on to become the
AWA World heavyweight champion and is generally regarded as one
of the most respected wrestlers in the history of the business.
the AWA World heavyweight championship in a great match against
Jerry “The King” Lawler in Memphis
1978 - Wahoo
McDaniel beats Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
(John Wisniski Jr.) in Greensboro, N.C. to regain the
Mid-Atlantic heavyweight title as recognized by Jim Crockett
Promotions. This came after an eight-month feud that began on
June 22, 1977, when Valentine broke McDaniel's leg in a
legendary televised match on Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling.
McDaniel and Greg Valentine are both featured throughout the in
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1988 - Pro wrestling
returns to network TV as Andre the Giant pins Hulk
Hogan in Indianapolis, Ind. to win the WWE title as
recognized by Titan Sports in the main event of NBC's Main Event. Immediately following the match, Andre and his manager, Bobby
"the Brain" Heenan, sell the belt to "The
Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. Figurehead WWE
president Jack Tunney later declares the title vacant, citing
that Andre had vacated the title when he declared he was
retiring as WWE champion. The match was also famous for the use
of an "evil twin referee." Referee Dave Hebner
had been tied up in the back, allowing his brother, the
unscrupulous Earl Hebner, to toll the count, giving
Andre the win.
see Andre and Heenan on opposite sides of the ring when Heenan
manages Baron Von Raschke against Andre the Giant
They Were Stars.
see both Andre the Giant and Bobby “The Brain”
Heenan in action February and March on iN DEMAND Pay Per
View as WrestlingClassics.com presents Babes,
Brawls, and Bullies. Andre teams with Dick the Bruiser
to take on the monster team of Ox Baker and Killer
Karl Krupp. In an unusual match, Heenan teams with the Blackjacks
(Mulligan & Lanza) to meet Bruiser
& Crusher and their partner, midget star Little
Bruiser. Click here for complete details about WrestlingClassics.com
Pay Per View events.
1965 - The Sheik
(Ed Farhat) tops Johnny "The Hammer"
Valentine (John Wisniski Sr.) in Detroit to win the
"NWA" United States crown as recognized by Farhat's
World Wide Sports. Valentine's career would end 10 years later
following a plane crash, while The Sheik just keep going and
going like the Energizer bunny. The Sheik is the uncle of
former NWA World champion and ECW World champion Sabu
Sheik is featured
throughout the Detroit
1973 - Buddy Colt
downs Mark Lewin in Tampa to capture the "NWA"
Southern heavyweight championship as recognized by Championship
Wrestling from Florida.
see this great match in Legend
of Buddy Colt.
1976 - The
Spoiler (Don Jardine) mows down "The
American Dream" Dusty Rhodes (Virgil Runnels)
in Atlanta to take the Georgia state title as recognized by
Georgia Championship Wrestling. Today, Jardine runs a
non-wrestling business in Nova Scotia, while Rhodes still
wrestles for his own promotion, Turnbuckle Championship
American Dream Dusty Rhodes
is seconded by Baby Doll as he has a brutal
confrontation with the Four Horsemen in Mid-Atlantic
1984 - "Outlaw"
Ron Bass & Black Bart beat Mike Rotunda
& Mike Davis in West Palm Beach to win the
"NWA" U.S. tag belts as recognized by Championship
Wrestling from Florida.
Bass defends the
Southern heavyweight championship against Mike Rontunda
7, 1969 - El
Mongol captures the Georgia title for he fifth time,
beating the renowned Dale Lewis in Atlanta. The special referee for this bout is the
legendary Hans Schmidt.
7, 1984 - The Dynamite
Kid (Tom Billington)
captures the WWE junior heavyweight title, downing the Cobra
in Tokyo. This is part of a three-man tournament involving
Dynamite, Cobra, and Davey
Boy Smith following the retirement of previous champion Tiger
Mask (Satoru Sayama).
Today, Sayama is involved in shootfighting in Japan, while
Billington is now confined to a wheelchair, paralyzed from the
waist down as a result of the insane punishment he took over
7, 1986 - Leo
Burke and Ron Ritchie are victorious over Armand Rougeau and Dan
Kroffat (Phil LaFon)
to win the International tag team belts in Montreal.
7, 1987 - Terry
(Paul) Taylor and Gentleman
Chris Adams beat Sting
(Steve Borden) and Rick
Rechsteiner) in the finals of a tournament in Ft. Worth,
Texas to garner the UWF tag belts as recognized by Bill
Watts' Mid-South Sports.
Terry Taylor defends the Southern heavyweight championship against Cocoa Samoa (wrestling under the name Sabu) in Memphis Main Events.
O'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. Richard
Sullivan is also the creator of Lost