8, 1975 - Abdullah
the Butcher (Larry
Shreeve) defeats Bobo
Brazil (Houston Harris) to win the U.S. title as recognized by the NWA
booking office based in Detroit.
the Butcher and Bruiser
Brody wage war in Texas
Brazil is featured throughout the Detroit
8, 1985 - Gentleman
Chris Adams upends Kerry
Von Erich (Kerry Adkisson) to win the American heavyweight title as recognized
by the NWA group in Dallas.
challenges for the WWA title in the Central
Von Erich teams with
Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin in Mid-South
8, 1992 - Jushin
"Thunder" Liger beats Norio
Honaga in Tokyo to win the International Wrestling Grand
Prix (The IWGP) in the junior heavyweight division.
9, 1962 - Ray
Gordon pins Killer
Buddy Austin in St. Joseph, Mo. to take the Central States
We have a
section devoted exclusively to great Central
9, 1964 - Verne
Gagne and Moose
Evans defeat Dick the Bruiser and Crusher
in Minneapolis to capture the AWA World tag title.
the Bruiser and the Crusher
are featured in the WrestlingClassics.com Pay Per View, Beauties,
Babes, & Brawn on iN DEMAND.
9, 1971 - Rene
Goulet pins the Great
Mephisto (Frankie Caine) in Tampa to take the Southern title as recognized by Eddie
Graham's Championship Wrestling from Florida.
Goulet teams with
the Sheik against Dick the Bruiser and Sailor
Art Thomas in the WrestlingClassics.com Pay Per View, Beauties,
Babes, & Brawn on iN DEMAND.
9, 1998 - Rick
& Scott Steiner (Robert
& Scott Rechsteiner)
down the Outsiders (Kevin Nash & Scott Hall)
to win the WCW World tag title in El Paso, Texas.
10, 1973 - Terry Funk defeats Johnny
Valentine (John Wisniski Jr.) to win the Missouri State heavyweight
championship as recognized by Sam Muchnick's St. Louis
see Terry Funk’s greatest victories in the Legend
of Terry Funk.
10, 1990 - Masa Saito wins the AWA
World heavyweight championship in Tokyo, upending the self-
proclaimed "Living Legend" Larry
11, 1969 - Dory Funk Jr. beats Big
Thunder Gene Kiniski in Tampa, Fla. to win the NWA World heavyweight
see this historic title change in NWA
World Heavyweight Championship.
11, 1969 - Jack Brisco downs the Missouri
Mauler (Larry Hamilton) in Tampa, Fla. to take the Southern heavyweight
championship as recognized by the NWA promotion in Tampa.
11, 1972 - Seiji Sakaguchi defeats King
Kroffat (the real Dan
Kroffat, as opposed to Phil
LaFon, who later wrestled as "Dan Kroffat") to
take the United National heavyweight belt in Los Angeles,
11, 1977 - Abdullah the Butcher wins
the Georgia TV belt, beating Tony
Atlas in Atlanta.
the Butcher teams
with the Sheik to take on Dory Funk Jr. and Terry
Funk in the finals of the first World League Tag Team
Tournament in the Legend
of the Funk Brothers.
11, 1984 - Tito Santana pins The Magnificent
Don Muraco in Boston to capture the WWF Intercontinental
A young Don
Muraco challenges Jack Brisco for the NWA World
heavyweight championship in Florida
11, 1996 - Ric Flair (Richard
Fliehr) bests Macho
Man Randy Savage (Randy
Poffo) to recapture the WCW World heavyweight championship
in a steel cage match in St. Petersburg, Fla. In doing so,
Flair enlists the aid of Savage's former wife/manager Miss Elizabeth (Liz Hulette,
now Zbowski) and
becomes the first man in wrestling history to beat the same
opponent for both the WWF and WCW title.
Flair and Blackjack Mulligan battle Paul Jones
and Baron Von Raschke for the NWA World tag team
championship in Mid-Atlantic
Man Randy Savage is
featured throughout the Tennessee
11, 1984 - Rip Oliver and the Assassin
(David Cannel) become five-time Pacific Northwest tag team champs,
beating Curt Hennig
and Scott "Irish
Pat" McGhee (Geoff
Portz Jr.) in Portland.
12, 1966 - Joe McCarthy (not the
senator) defeats Lorenzo
Parante in Tulsa, Okla. to win the NWA World junior
heavyweight crown. McCarthy goes on to lose the belt to Danny
Hodge three months later.
see Lorenzo Parante take on “the Golden Moose”
Cholak in Golden
Age Tape 9.
12, 1978 - Ted DiBiase beats Dick
Slater in St. Louis to win the Missouri State belt.
12, 1985 - Jesse Barr downs Brian
Blair in Orlando, Fla. to win the Southern heavyweight
is proud to host Brian
Blair’s official Web site.
12, 1988 - Ivan Koloff (James
Parris) and the Powers
of Pain (Warlord & Barbarian)
topple Dusty Rhodes
(Virgil Runnels) and
Road Warrior Hawk (Mike Hegstrand) & Paul
for Road Warrior Animal)
in Philadelphia, PA to win the "NWA" World six-man
title as recognized by Jim Crockett Promotions.
is proud to host Ivan
Koloff’s official Web site.
12, 1990 - Brian Pillman and Tom
Zenk win the U.S. tag straps as recognized by WCW,
defeating the Fabulous
"P.S." Hayes & Jimmy
"Jam" Garvin) in Gainesville, Ga.
13, 1958 - Whipper Billy Watson and Pat
O'Connor take the Canadian tag belts as recognized by Frank
Tunney's NWA group in Toronto, besting Gene
Kiniski and Fritz
Von Erich (Jack
Adkisson). All four wrestlers would win major versions of
the World heavyweight championship. Watson, O'Connorm and
Kiniski would be NWA World heavyweight champions and Von Erich
would hold the AWA version.
see Pat O’Connor and Gene Kiniski in action in NWA
World Heavyweight Championship.
13, 1959 - Dory Dixon defeats Al
Kashey to capture the NWA World light heavyweight
championship in Mexico City. Dixon was a huge star in the '50s
and '60s in Mexico.
13, 1973 - "Gorgeous George Jr."
and Bobby Shane
become the Florida tag team champs, beating Tim
"Mr. Wrestling" Woods and Big
Bad John in Tampa.
see Bobby Shane defending the Florida tag titles with another
partner, Bearcat Wright, against Bob Roop and Jack Brisco in Florida
13, 1976 - Maniac John Tolos and Chavo
Guerrero (Sr.) top Black
Gordman and El Gran Goliath to take the Americas tag title as recognized by the
NWA promotion in Los Angeles.
13, 1997 - Rocky "The Rock"
Johnson) downs "HHH" Hunter
Hearst Helmsley (Jean-Paul Lesveque) in Lowell, MA to
regain the WWF Intercontinental crown.
14, 1975 - Greg Valentine (John
Wisniski Jr.) hammered Edouard
Carpentier to take the NWA Americas title as recognized by Mike
LaBell's Los Angeles promotion. Carpentier, a former World
title claimant who was years ahead of his time as a high flyer,
is often times incorrectly credited with discovering Andre the
the son of the legendary Johnny
Wisniski Sr.) received some of his earliest training in Stu
Hart's famed "Dungeon."
featured throughout the Mid-Atlantic
14, 1986 - Lex Luger (Larry
Pfohl) downed Jesse
Barr in Tampa to win the NWA Southern title as recognized
by Eddie Graham's
Championship Wrestling from Florida. Both Luger and Barr are
noted for being involved in famous "shoot" incidents
in which the action got a little too real. Luger was in a
famous cage match with the late, great Bruiser
Brody (Frank Goodish). Barr was in an out-of-the-ring brawl with Meng
(Uliluli Fifata), which nearly blinded Barr.
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