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Jack Brisco biography available now
 

Brisco - The Life & Times of National Collegiate and World Heavyweight Champion Jack Brisco Jack Brisco is on the short list in the discussion of the greatest NWA World heavyweight champions ever. He was one of the few men to hold both the World professional championship and the NCAA championship. He lost only one match in his career for Oklahoma State and won the NCAA championship in 1965. This is the book about Jack's battles both on and off the mat. Author Bill Murdock has spent countless hours with Jack, helping Jack write his amazing story about his travels through amateur and professional wrestling. All the big names in wrestling history parade through the book as Jack tells some of the greatest stories never heard. "One of the very best books on pro wrestling I've ever read," said Mike Chapman, executive director of the International Wrestling Institute and Museum, Iowa. Softbound, 286 pages, lots of photos.

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WrestlingClassics.com comes to iN DEMAND PPV!

This Month:

Ringside Retribution 

In the early 70s the hottest promotion in the World was located in Tampa, Florida. 

Florida Wrestling Ringside Retribution features some of the greatest stars in history in the legendary battles from the Homer W Hesterly Armory. 

As a special treat, enjoy original commentary from the great Gordon Solie and special commentary from Jack Brisco

Some of the stars you'll see in action include Dory Funk Jr., Jerry Brisco, Cowboy Bill Watts, Jack Brisco, Lou Thesz, Johnny Valentine, Dusty Rhodes, Buddy Colt, Eddie Graham, Paul Jones, Bobby Shane, Bearcat Wright, Bob Roop, Danny Hodge, Harley Race, Don Muraco, Hiro Matsuda, Bob Orton Jr., The Zodiac (Bob Orton Sr.), and many more.

You'll see three NWA World heavyweight championship matches, a World junior heavyweight championship match, a non-sanctioned "Lights Out" match, Florida title matches, Southern title matches, and much more.

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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!

The WrestlingClassics.com Online Store features many of the matches and stars discussed.


This Week In Wrestling is sponsored by Lost Colony Entertainment.


May 2 - May 8

22-Man Battle Royal

Paul Jones vs 
Mr. Wrestling II

Florida Tag Team Title
Kevin Sullivan & 
Mike Graham vs 
Mighty Yankees

Miami 
March 14, 1973

Loser to Unmask
Mr. Wrestling II vs Zodiac

Lou Thesz vs Bobby Shane

Atlanta
March 16, 1973

Taped Fist Match
Randy Savage vs 
Dutch Mantell

Bobbt Eaton & Lanny Poffo vs Davidson Brothers

Chattanooga
March 18, 1978

3/14/78 - Dino Bravo and Dom DeNucci take the WWF tag straps in Philadelphia besting Mr. Fuji and Professor Toru Tanaka.

You can see Dino Bravo and Gino Brito team a couple of years earlier when they challenge the Mongols for the IWA tag-team championship in Before They Were Stars.

3/14/87 - Ivan Koloff and Dick Murdoch garner the NWA U.S. tag straps as recognized by Jim Crockett Promotions, beating Ronnie Garvin and Barry Windham at TBS studios in Atlanta. Both Garvin and Windham would later go on to win the NWA World heavyweight championship, whereas Koloff was a former WWF kingpin. Murdoch held the WWF tag title with Adrian Adonis and the NWA tag belts with Dusty Rhodes, and has to be high on anyone's list of the greatest wrestlers to never win a singles World title.

WrestlingClassics.com is proud to be the home of the Ivan Koloff Web site.

3/14/87 - Ronnie Garvin destroys manager Jim Cornette in a steel cage match in Charlotte, N.C., ending a feud that began when Cornette threw fire into Garvin's face several months earlier. Garvin would later headline for Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling promotion.

Ronnie Garvin has great match against Macho Man Randy Savage in ICW Tape 3 in the ICW Collection.

3/15/56 - Whipper Billy Watson beats Lou Thesz via count out in Toronto, Ontario to win the NWA World heavyweight championship. This was prior to screw job rules that allow titles to change hands only on a pinfall or submission.

WrestlingClassics.com is proud to be home of the official Lou Thesz Web site.

3/15/67 - Verne Gagne teams with the "Mormon Giant" Don Leo Jonathan (master of the giant "Mormon swing") to defeat Pretty Boy Larry Hennig and Handsome Harley Race for the AWA World tag titles in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Verne Gagne battles the double tough Hans Schmidt on the special Stars of Cauliflower Alley 2000.

3/15/82 - Outlaw Ron Bass takes the NWA National heavyweight title, beating former NWA World heavyweight champion Tommy Rich in Augusta, Ga. Bass' major claim to fame for younger fans was getting his head shaved by Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake on NBC's Saturday Night's Main Event.

You can see the classic Tommy Rich feud against Buzz Sawyer in the WrestlingClassics.com Video Store. They bring their rivalry from Atlanta to make Texas in a pair of wild brawls in Texas Tape 25 and Texas Tape 29 in the Texas Collection. 

Bass defends the Southern heavyweight championship against Mike Rotunda in Florida Tape 2.

3/15/85 - Macho Man Randy Savage pins Jerry Oske in Memphis, Tenn. to win the AWA Southern heavyweight championship. Savage has been recognized as World heavyweight champion by three organizations, WCW, the WWF, and ICW (International Championship Wrestling, which was the group run by the Poffo family). Oske was better known to WWF and World Class Championship Wrestling fans as Jerry Allen.

You can Randy Savage during his reign as the ICW Champion in the ICW Collection.

3/16/76 - Blackjack Mulligan pins archrival Paul Jones to take the NWA United States title as recognized by Jim Crockett Promotions. Mulligan would eventually hold the U.S. title on four occasions, setting a record for the JCP version of the title that would eventually be broken by his former tag-team partner Ric Flair.

You can see a Mulligan-Jones battle in the Paul Jones Mid-Atlantic Collection Tape 1 of the Mid-Atlantic Collection.

You can also see Blackjack Mulligan take on “dat debil” Kevin Sullivan in Florida Tape 1.

3/16/85 - Jim Crockett Promotions hosts its fifth closed-circuit spectacular, called BattleStar '85, in Greensboro, N.C. In a double main event, NWA World champion Ric Flair hands Wahoo McDaniel a rare defeat in an Indian strap match while Dusty Rhodes captures the NWA TV title from Tully Blanchard.

You can see how hard Wahoo McDaniel swung that strap in several matches in the Texas Collection. In some of those matches, he swung it at Tully Blanchard.

3/16/86 - Black Bart uses his "Texas Trash Compactor" leg drop off the middle rope to squash Sam Houston for the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight title in Mooresville, N.C. Houston is the brother of the legendary Jake "The Snake" Roberts and former WWF Women's champ Rockin' Robin. Bart made one last run in WCW as "Big Train Bart," playing off of his resemblance to rock star Mike Watt, who recorded a song called "Big Train" on his Wrestling album (a collection of collaborations with other artists he called "tag-team rock and roll").

3/16/94 - Hiroshi Hase pins Rick Rude at the Tokyo Dome to capture the WCW International World title. In doing so, he takes home the "big gold belt" which has represented no less than five separate titles in its 15-year history. Those titles are: the NWA World title (1986-91; 1992-93), the unofficial "Real World title" in the WWF (1991), the WCW International World title (1993-94), WCW World title (1991; 1994-2001) and WWE World Heavyweight Title (2002-present).

Rick Rude makes appearances in ICW Tapes 2, 3 and 4 of the ICW Collection.

3/16/97 - Dean Malenko wins the WCW United States heavyweight crown in Charleston, S.C., downing Eddy Guerrero in a continuation of their classic feud, which started two years earlier in ECW. Interesting to note that this title change took place in South Carolina, where Malenko's father, Professor Boris "The Great" Malenko, caused many riots in his career. Guerrero's dad, Salvador "Gory" Guerrero, was no stranger to rowdy crowds either and is often credited with the invention of the camel clutch.

3/16/98 - Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeats Owen Hart to recapture the WWF Intercontinental title in Phoenix, Ariz.

3/17/83 - In a battle of two second-generation greats, Frank Dusek beats Barry Windham to win the NWA Southern heavyweight title as recognized by Championship Wrestling from Florida.

3/17/93 - Vader wins the WCW World title for the third time, downing Sting in Dublin, Ireland. Vader just won the prestigious All Japan Triple Crown.

3/18/84 - Ivan Koloff beats Angelo Mosca Jr. in Charlotte, N.C. to regain the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight championship.

The match where Mosca defeated Koloff is available on Mid-Atlantic Tape 2 in the Mid-Atlantic collection of the WrestlingClassics.com Video Store.

3/18/85 - Ivan and Nikita Koloff best Dusty Rhodes and Manny Fernandez in Fayetteville, N.C. to take the NWA World tag-team title as recognized by Jim Crockett Promotions. Rhodes is a former spokesman for BC headache powder, while Nikita Koloff once appeared on ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos.

Uncle Ivan is featured prominently in the Mid-Atlantic collection and the IWA collection.

Manny Fernandez has several great brawls throughout the Texas collection.

3/19/79 - "The Tennessee Stud" Robert Fuller downs Professor Toru Tanaka to win the NWA Southern title as recognized by the Memphis promotion. Tanaka is a former co-holder of the WWF tag title, while Fuller is perhaps best known these days as a manager, under the names Colonel Robert Parker and Tennessee Lee," in both WCW and the WWF. Fuller is the son of Buddy Fuller, brother of Ron Fuller, grandson of Roy Lee Welch, and cousin to half of Tennessee.

You can see Fuller challenging for Jerry "The King" Lawler for the Southern title and other great championship matches from the Memphis area in the Tennessee collection.

3/20/72 - Danny Hodge upends Doctor X (Jim Osborne) in Shreveport, La. to win the NWA World junior heavyweight championship. The NWA junior title is one of only three titles officially recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance during this period, along with the World heavyweight and World light heavyweight titles.

3/20/83 - Villano III pins Gran Hamada to capture the WWF light heavyweight championship in Mexico City. Villano III is rumored to be joining his brothers IV and V in WCW, while Hamada, pushing fifty, is still one of the best lighter weight workers in the world. 

3/20/94 - Bret Hart downs Yokozuna at WrestleMania XI to regain the WWF championship. Earlier that night, Bret wrestled a classic match against his own brother Owen, but the highlight of the evening was a ladder match for the Intercontinental title, in which Shawn Michaels beat fellow Clique member Scott Hall.  That match is regarded by many as one of the two or three greatest matches in WWF history.

You can see Shawn Michaels early in his career in Texas Tape 25 and 26 of the Texas collection.

3/20/96 - Shinjiro Ohtani becomes the first-ever WCW World cruiserweight champion, beating Chris Benoit in Nagoya, Japan to wrap up a tournament that lasted several months. It should be pointed out that Benoit is one of only four wrestlers in history to hold titles recognized by WCW/JCP, the WWE, and ECW, winning the WCW television title, the ECW tag title, and the WWE light heavyweight crown (which was defended primarily in Mexico and Japan) and WWE tag team championship. The other three wrestlers to hold titles in all three groups were Mick Foley, Terry Funk, and Shane Douglas.

You can see Terry Funk defending the NWA World title against Harley Race in Toronto on Detroit Tape 2 of the Detroit collection. You can see even more Funk action in several tapes of the Legend of Terry Funk.

 

3/21/58 - Bill Savage becomes the Pacific Northwest heavyweight kingpin, as recognized by Don Owen's NWA promotion in Portland, beating Nick Kozak.

3/21/81 - The late, great Jay Youngblood (Steve Romero) beats Playboy Buddy Rose (Paul Pershmann) for the Pacific Northwest title. This coming just a few short weeks after Youngblood left Jim Crockett Promotions on a stretcher following an angle in Raleigh, N.C. in which Ray "The Crippler" Stevens and Superfly Jimmy Snuka (James Reiher) broke Youngblood's leg.  The injury occurred during a match in which Youngblood and his partner Ricky Steamboat (Richard Blood) attempted to regain their NWA World tag title from the Gene Anderson-managed combo.

You can see Stevens and Snuka defend the NWA World tag title inside a steel cage against Paul Jones and the Masked Superstar in Paul Jones' special collection of house show matches in the Mid-Atlantic Collection of the WrestlingClassics.com Video Store. 

3/21/84 - Harley Race captured the NWA World title for the eighth time of his career, pinning Ric Flair (Richard Fliehr) in Wellington, New Zealand for promoter Steve Rickard. Rickard remains a member of the NWA board today and was one of the key players in the 1993 lawsuit in which the NWA successfully sued WCW over falsely advertising their title and the NWA title as one and the same (a practice which continues to this day). Today, Race is the booker for the World Legion Wrestling promotion.

You can see the classic match where Race captures the NWA title from Terry Funk in Detroit Tape 2 of the Detroit Collection.

3/21/87 - Ricky Santana (Aldo Ortiz) bests Rip Oliver (Larry Oliver Sr.) in Portland to garner the Pacific Northwest championship. Santana has also appeared under such names as Aldo Marino, the Hood, the Iceman, and has teamed with "The Man of 1,000 Names" David Cannel as Los Especialistas (he was "I") and after losing their masks, the Barrio Brothers. Oliver is best known as a member of the heel group called The Klan, along with Playboy Buddy Rose and the Dynamite Kid (Tommy Billington).

3/21/90 - Lizmark (Juan Banos Sr.) downed Fabuloso Blondie to capture the World light heavyweight championship in Acapulco. Lizmark was forced into retirement due to a heart condition. His son, Lizmark Jr. wrestled Chris Jericho in Jericho's first-ever dog collar match on WCW Monday Nitro.

3/21/91 - Tatsumi Fujinami pinned Ric Flair at the Egg Dome in Tokyo to officially win the NWA World heavyweight championship (note that the official NWA Web site recognizes this as a title switch).  However, due to a dispute over the rules, Flair returned to the U.S. with his other title, the WCW championship, still in hand. Fujinami, contrary to what has been reported elsewhere, did receive full recognition by the board of governors of the National Wrestling Alliance, and his victory was recognized by the NWA and member promoter New Japan Pro Wrestling. The only active NWA member not to "recognize" the switch was World Championship Wrestling, Inc. Flair later regained the NWA World title at the first SuperBrawl on May 19th.

3/21/91 - On the undercard to the Fujinami-Flair title change, Rick and Scott Steiner (Rob & Scott Rechsteiner) beat Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki to take the tag-team IWGP (International Wrestling Grand Prix). 

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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