- Dino Bravo and Dom DeNucci take the WWF tag straps in Philadelphia besting Mr.
Fuji and Professor Toru Tanaka.
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.
- 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.
is proud to be the home of the Ivan
Koloff Web site.
- 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.
- 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.
is proud to be home of the official Lou
Thesz Web site.
- 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,
Gagne battles the
double tough Hans Schmidt on the special Stars
of Cauliflower Alley 2000.
- 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.
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
defends the Southern heavyweight championship against Mike
Rotunda in Florida
- 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
- 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
also see Blackjack Mulligan take on “dat debil”
Kevin Sullivan in Florida
- 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.
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
- 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").
- 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
appearances in ICW Tapes 2, 3 and 4 of the ICW
- 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
- Hunter Hearst Helmsley
defeats Owen Hart to
recapture the WWF Intercontinental title in Phoenix, Ariz.
- 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.
- Vader wins the WCW
World title for the third time, downing Sting
in Dublin, Ireland. Vader just won the prestigious All Japan
- Ivan Koloff beats Angelo Mosca Jr. in Charlotte, N.C. to regain the Mid-Atlantic
where Mosca defeated Koloff is available on Mid-Atlantic Tape 2
in the Mid-Atlantic
collection of the WrestlingClassics.com Video Store.
- 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.
several great brawls throughout the Texas
- "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.
see Fuller challenging for Jerry
"The King" Lawler for the Southern title and
other great championship matches from the Memphis area in the Tennessee
- 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
- 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.
- 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
match is regarded by many as one of the two or three greatest
matches in WWF history.
see Shawn Michaels early in his career in Texas Tape 25
and 26 of the Texas
- 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
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.
- Bill Savage
becomes the Pacific Northwest heavyweight kingpin, as
recognized by Don Owen's NWA promotion in Portland, beating Nick
- The late, great Jay
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
Blood) attempted to regain their NWA World tag title from
the Gene Anderson-managed combo.
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.
- 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.
see the classic match where Race captures the NWA title from Terry Funk in Detroit Tape 2 of the Detroit
- 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).
- 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
- 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.