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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!

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Feb. 8 - Feb. 14

 

NWA World
Heavyweight Championship
Lou Thesz vs Duke Keomuka

Semi-Final
Argentina Rocca vs 
Abdullah Ali Bey


Fort Worth 
Feb. 8, 1952

Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title
Johnny Valentine vs 
Sonny King

Mid-Atlantic TV Title
Ivan Koloff vs Paul Jones


Winston-Salem
Feb. 8, 1975

Texas Death Match
Zodiac vs Bill Dromo

Six Man Tag Team
Tarzan Tyler
Bobby Shane
Tom Jones
vs
Cowboy Bill Watts
Norvel Austin
Jerry Oates

Gene Kiniski vs 
Mr. Wrestling 

Atlanta
Feb. 9, 1973

NWA World 
Heavyweight Title
Dory Funk Jr. vs 
Bob Orton

Eight Championship Matches

Southern Heavyweight Title
Missouri Mauler vs 
Sailor Art Thomas

Florida Heavyweight Title
Masa Saito vs Jack Brisco

Tampa
Feb. 10, 1970

 

Tag Team Match
Fritz Von Erich & Al Madril
vs
El Gran Marcus & 
Blackjack Lanza

Plus:
Roddy Piper, 
Mad Dog Vachon,
 Red Bastien


Fort Worth
Feb. 10, 1975

$5000 Challenge
Fritz Von Erich vs 
Blackjack Lanza

Dallas
Feb. 11, 1975

Double Main Event
Missouri Mauler vs 
Billy Red Lyons

Brute vs Bobby Duncum

Tag Team Match
Ivan Putski & Tom Jones 
  vs 
Joe Blanchard & John Foley

Fort Worth
Feb. 12, 197


Main Event
Ciclon Negro vs 
Dick Murdoch

Tag Team Match
Black Gordman & Goliath
vs
Scott Casey & Nick Kozak

Lubbock TX 
Feb. 12, 1975

Battle of the Titans
Andre the Giant vs 
Ernie Ladd

Paul Orndorff vs Brute

No Disqualifications
Pork Chop Cash vs Dr. X

Tag Team Match
Brian Blair & Bob Marcus
 vs
Pat Kelly & Mike Kelly

Tulsa OK
Feb. 12, 1978

Six Big Matches
Freddie Blassie
Superstar Billy Graham
Exotic Adrian Streer
Chief Wahoo McDaniel
S.D. Jones

Los Angeles 

Double Main Event
Ivan Putski vs 
Missouri Mauler

Rick Hunter vs The Brute

Dallas 
Feb. 13, 1973

Texas Death Match
Dick the Bruiser vs 
Mike Kelly

WWA Heavyweight Title
Bobo Brazil vs Harley Race

Indianapolis 
Feb. 13, 1982

NWA World 
Heavyweight Title
Ric Flair vs Barry Windham

Tag Team Match
Andre the Giant & 
Cowboy Ron Bass
 vs
Angelo Mosca & 
Bad Leroy Brown 


Ft. Myers 
Feb. 13, 1983

Main Event
Fritz Von Erich vs 
Brute Bernard

Karl Krupp & Eric the Red
vs David Von Erich & 
Jay Youngblood


Dallas 
Feb. 14, 197

Feb. 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.

Abdullah the Butcher and Bruiser Brody wage war in Texas Tape 26.

Bobo Brazil is featured throughout the Detroit Collection.

Feb. 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.

Gentleman Chris Adams challenges for the WWA title in the Central States Collection.

Kerry Von Erich teams with Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin in Mid-South Tape 1.

Feb. 8, 1992 - Jushin "Thunder" Liger beats Norio Honaga in Tokyo to win the International Wrestling Grand Prix (The IWGP) in the junior heavyweight division.

Feb. 9, 1962 - Ray Gordon pins Killer Buddy Austin in St. Joseph, Mo. to take the Central States title.

We have a section devoted exclusively to great Central States action.

Feb. 9, 1964 - Verne Gagne and Moose Evans defeat Dick the Bruiser and Crusher in Minneapolis to capture the AWA World tag title.

Dick the Bruiser and the Crusher are featured in the WrestlingClassics.com Pay Per View, Beauties, Babes, & Brawn on iN DEMAND.

Feb. 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.

Rene 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.

Feb. 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.

Feb. 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 Wrestling Club.

You can see Terry Funk’s greatest victories in the Legend of Terry Funk.

Feb. 10, 1990 - Masa Saito wins the AWA World heavyweight championship in Tokyo, upending the self- proclaimed "Living Legend" Larry Zbyszko.

Feb. 11, 1969 - Dory Funk Jr. beats Big Thunder Gene Kiniski in Tampa, Fla. to win the NWA World heavyweight championship.

You can see this historic title change in NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Feb. 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.

WrestlingClassics.com is proud to be the home of the official Jack Brisco Web site and Jack Brisco Video Collection.

Feb. 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, Calif.

Feb. 11, 1977 - Abdullah the Butcher wins the Georgia TV belt, beating Tony Atlas in Atlanta.

Abdullah 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.

Feb. 11, 1984 - Tito Santana pins The Magnificent Don Muraco in Boston to capture the WWF Intercontinental title.

A young Don Muraco challenges Jack Brisco for the NWA World heavyweight championship in Florida Tape 3.

Feb. 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.

See Ric Flair and Blackjack Mulligan battle Paul Jones and Baron Von Raschke for the NWA World tag team championship in Mid-Atlantic Tape 3.

Macho Man Randy Savage is featured throughout the Tennessee Collection.

Feb. 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.

Feb. 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.

You can see Lorenzo Parante take on “the Golden Moose” Cholak in Golden Age Tape 9.

Feb. 12, 1978 - Ted DiBiase beats Dick Slater in St. Louis to win the Missouri State belt.

Ted DiBiase challenges for the North American title and the Mid South tag team title in Mid South Tape 1. Dick Slater is featured throughout the Texas Collection.

Feb. 12, 1985 - Jesse Barr downs Brian Blair in Orlando, Fla. to win the Southern heavyweight title.

WrestlingClassics.com is proud to host Brian Blair’s official Web site.

Feb. 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 Ellering  (subbing for Road Warrior Animal) in Philadelphia, PA to win the "NWA" World six-man title as recognized by Jim Crockett Promotions.

WrestlingClassics.com is proud to host Ivan Koloff’s official Web site.

Feb. 12, 1990 - Brian Pillman and Tom Zenk win the U.S. tag straps as recognized by WCW, defeating the Fabulous Freebirds (Michael "P.S." Hayes & Jimmy "Jam" Garvin) in Gainesville, Ga.

Feb. 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.

You can see Pat O’Connor and Gene Kiniski in action in NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Feb. 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.

Feb. 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.

You can see Bobby Shane defending the Florida tag titles with another partner, Bearcat Wright, against Bob Roop and Jack Brisco in Florida Tape 3.

Feb. 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.

Feb. 13, 1997 - Rocky "The Rock" Maivia (Duane Johnson) downs "HHH" Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Jean-Paul Lesveque) in Lowell, MA to regain the WWF Intercontinental crown.

Feb. 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 Giant.  Valentine, the son of the legendary Johnny Valentine (John Wisniski Sr.) received some of his earliest training in Stu Hart's famed "Dungeon."

Greg Valentine is featured throughout the Mid-Atlantic Collection.

Feb. 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.

Richard 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 Colony Entertainment. 

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