Louisville (Kent.) Gardens - Steve
Keirn defeated Norvel
Austin via countout in 7:10 when Austin simply went back to
the dressing room following a ringside brawl. Austin was one of
the founders of the original Midnight Express along with Dennis
Condrey and Randy
Rose, while Keirn formed the legendary Fabulous Ones with Stan Lane… Bill Dundee
and Dutch Mantell (Wayne Keown) beat the other two members of the Midnight Express (Dennis
Condrey & Randy
Rose) in 15:40 when Mantell pinned Condrey following his
finishing move, the Double Ditch Clutch… Roy
Rogers (later known as Johnny
Rich) teamed with Ricky
and Robert Gibson (Ruben Kane)
to beat Bobby Eaton,
the Dream Machine (Troy Graham), and Sweet Brown
Sugar Koko Ware (James
Ware) in 13:11. After the Machine put a foreign object in
his mask and headbutted Rogers, Ware got the pinfall. However,
the referee then found the object and reversed the decision… Stan
Lane turned back the assault of the Cuban
Assassin in 2:33, foiling yet another attempt at collecting
the $5,000 bounty that Jimmy
Hart had placed on Lane's head… Roy
Rogers pinned Tojo
Yamamoto with a sunset flip in 34 seconds… Gypsy
Joe wrestled Ric
McCord to a 15-minute draw.
- Memorial Hall (Kansas City, Kansas): In a Lumberjack
match (wrestlers surrounding the ring to make sure no one
runs), Dick the Bruiser
(Dick Afflis) defeated the Masked
Superfly (Ray Canty)…
Wildfire Tommy Rich and
Bulldog Bob Brown
went to a draw with Gentleman
Jerry Valiant and Nature
Boy Roger Kirby… Mark Romero (who later became Mark
Youngblood) beat Jerry
Brown (one of the original Hollywood
Blondes) by disqualification… Rufus
R. Jones went to a draw with Gene
Dewey Robertson pinned Hercules
Ricky Romero downed Bill
- Richmond (Va) Coliseum
- Rowdy Roddy Piper
beat Ricky Steamboat
in a lumberjack match to retain the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight
title. Piper had captured that belt from Steamboat the previous
November… In a $5,000 cobra clutch challenge, Blackjack
Mulligan Jr. (Barry
Windham) beat Sgt.
Slaughter by disqualification.
When it appeared that Windham would break the Sarge's
famous hold, Pvt. Jim Nelson interfered for the DQ…
In the Richmond leg of the NWA
World tag team tournament:
ROUND: Ray Stevens and Bad,
Bad Leroy Brown beat Austin
Idol (Dennis McCord)
and Big John Studd (John Minton).
Sgt. Slaughter and Pvt.
Jim Nelson downed Kelly
Kiniski and Ron Ritchie.
Jack and Jerry Brisco bested Ole
and Gene Anderson
(Gene was subbing for Stan
teams received a first round bye. Sgt.
Slaughter and Pvt. Jim Nelson beat Ray
Stevens and Leroy
and Pvt. Jim Nelson
defeated Jack and Jerry
Brisco to win the Richmond tournament.
Jerry Brisco did however manage to get a measure of revenge for his
family and team, as he defeated Pvt.
Jim Nelson in singles competition.
- Blackjack Mulligan
and Sweet Ebony Diamond (Rocky
Johnson) team to defeat Bobby
Duncum and the Iron Sheik at the Recreation Center in Shelby, N.C.
- In a battle of former NFL stars, Jim
Duggan of the Atlanta Falcons beats Charlie
Cook of the Pittsburgh Steelers during a taping of Georgia Championship Wrestling on TBS. Duggan wins after he spears
Cook while wearing his football helmet. Also during this show,
TBS airs a pre-recorded match from the Tampa Sportatorium, in
which NWA World champion Harley
Race turns back the tough challenge of Frank
- Bobby "The
Brain" Heenan is victorious over Hulk
Hogan, as he teams with Ken
Patera and Bobby
Duncum to defeat the Hulkster and his partners, Baron
Von Raschke and Buck
Zumhoff at an AWA card in Minneapolis. Heenan, with his
awesome bump-taking skills and great presence behind the
microphone, is credited by many as one of the prime reasons
Hogan became a superstar in the 80s, as he provided the perfect
foil for "Hulkamania."
- 13,000 fans look on at the Omni as Ole
Anderson and Stan
Hansen win the Atlanta leg of the NWA World tag-team
tournament, downing Jack and Gerald Brisco in
the finals. Others teams in the Atlanta competition include Terry
and Dory Funk, Buddy Rose and
Rip Oliver, Ron Bass and Kevin Sullivan,
Ron Fuller and Leroy Brown, the Masked
Eadie) and Super
Destroyer (Scott Irwin), Jumbo Tsuruta
and Genichiro Tenryu,
and Rick Harris
(later Black Bart) and Tommy Rogers
and Brad Armstrong.
Anderson and Hansen, who also won the Greensboro leg of
the tourney, eventually prevail with the most competition wins
and are awarded the belts.
- The unpredictable Dick
Slater upends Jake
"The Snake" Roberts in Houston, Texas, to take
the Mid-South TV strap.