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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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This is the first video that gives fans a behind-the-scenes, backstage look at what happens at a major professional wrestling event. Behind the Scenes at the Bash is an intimate and unvarnished look at the life of a professional wrestler. "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin takes you on an all-access tour backstage at the Great American Bash. Featuring original footage shot by Garvin himself, you will see a lot of the biggest stars of the 80s at their most candid. You see the camaraderie that the people that lived this life experienced. The fact that this group of wrestlers spent so much time together travelling an unbelievably grueling schedule did bond them. The DVD captures the intimacy of backstage life. It shows the highs, the jokes, the friendship, etc. while at the same time giving you an idea of how difficult this insane amount of travel was. Available on DVD only.

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Celebrate the milestones of professional wrestling!

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Week of May 8

Special Edition!

Here is some extra coverage of some major events:

Paul Boesch and President Bush

Steel Cage Match
Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs Nicoli Volkoff

Sam Houston Coliseum
May 11, 1984

One of the reasons that Paul Boesch was one of the greatest promoters ever was the fact that he was firmly entrenched as part of the Houston community.

How big of a part was Boesch in Houston? 

Among the community leaders that Boesch had a relationship with was wrestling fan George H Bush. This piece in the Houston program shows Boesch posing with Bush, when he was vice president. George H would later go on to become President as did his son, George W.

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Texas Tag Team Title

Kevin Von Erich & 
David Von Erich vs 
Killer Brooks & Leroy Brown

May 9, 1978

NWA World Heavywt Title
Dory Funk Jr. vs
Professor Boris Malenko

Indian Strap Match
Jack Brisco vs 
The Good Doctor

May 13, 1969

Battle of the Canadian Brawlers
Mad Dog Vachon vs Jos Leduc

May 13, 1975

Texas Heavyweight Title
Blackjack Mulligan vs 
Jose Lothario

Fritz Von Erich vs 
Brute Bernard

Ft. Worth
May 14, 1973

5/8/77 - Gene and Ole Anderson (Alan "Rock" Rogowski) regain the World tag title as recognized by Jim Crockett Promotions (NWA member), beating Ric Flair and Greg Valentine (John Wisniski Jr.) inside a steel cage at the old Charlotte Coliseum. A wild brawl then ensues involving special guest referee Wahoo McDaniel and the returning Paul Jones (Paul Frederick).

5/8/88 - In a match ordered by matchmaker Frank Dusek, Kerry Von Erich pins Iceman King Parsons at the annual Texas Stadium Parade of Champions to capture the World heavyweight crown as recognized by the World Class Wrestling Association.

Kerry Von Erich has one of the first matches of his career, teaming with David Von Erich, in Texas Tape 4.

5/8/84 - Don Kernodle and Ivan Koloff (James Parris) beat Wahoo McDaniel and Mark Youngblood in Raleigh, NC at Dorton Arena to capture the World tag title as recognized by Jim Crockett Promotions (NWA member). Both Koloff and Kernodle just recently came out of retirement to work independent shows in the Carolinas. McDaniel, forced into retirement due to health problems, remains one of the most popular stars on the autograph circuit.

5/8/88 - In a match ordered by matchmaker Frank Dusek, Kerry Von Erich pins Iceman King Parsons at the annual Texas Stadium Parade of Champions to capture the World heavyweight crown as recognized by the World Class Wrestling Association.

Kerry Von Erich has one of the first matches of his career, teaming with David Von Erich, in Texas Tape 4.

5/8/88 - Tatsumi Fujinami wins the heavyweight IWGP, beating Vader (Leon White) in Tokyo. The International Wrestling Grand Prix had been vacated by Antonio Inoki.

5/9/50 - Ben and Mike Sharpe beat Hard Boiled Haggerty and Ray Eckert to win the World tag title as recognized by the NWA office in San Francisco.  H.B. Haggerty later went on to have a successful film career in Hollywood.

5/9/81 - Devil Masami beats Rim Yokota in Ohmiya, Japan for the All Japan women's championship.

5/9/88 - Jerry "The King" Lawler beats Curt Hennig in Memphis to win the AWA World heavyweight championship.

You can see Lawler challenge Nick Bockwinkel for the AWA title in a classic match that is part of Memphis Main Events in the WrestlingClassics.com Video Store.

5/10/69 - King Curtis Iaukea beats "The Blond Bomber" Ray Stevens to win the San Francisco version of the NWA U.S. title.  Iaukea was the inspiration for the WCW "Prince Iaukea" gimmick used by wrestler Mike Haynor.

You can see King Curtis in Golden Age Tape 1. Ray Stevens teams with Superfly Jimmy Snuka to defend the NWA World tag title against Paul Jones and the Masked Superstar in Mid-Atlantic Tape 1. All Mid-Atlantic tapes are currently on sale with free shipping and handling.

5/10/63 - Freddie Blassie (Fred Blassman) beats The Original Intelligent Sensational Destroyer (Dick Beyer) in Los Angeles to win the WWA World title. 

You can see Dick Beyer in action Stars of Cauliflower Alley Club 2000.

5/10/63 - Herb Freeman beats (Maurice) Mad Dog Vachon in Portland, OR to win the Pacific Northwest crown.

5/10/83 - "The Belfast Bruiser" David "Fit" Finlay beats Marty Jones in Croydon, England to win the World mid-heavyweight title.

5/11/78 - Shohei "Giant" Baba and Tommy "Jumbo" Tsuruta beat Kim Duk and Kintaro Ohki in Osaka to win the International tag-team championship as recognized by All Japan Pro Wrestling.

5/11/80 - Two Verne Gagne trainees collide as the Iron Sheik (Khosrow Vaziri) beats Jumpin' Jim Brunzell in Charlotte to win the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight title.

Verne Gagne battles veteran villain Hans Schmidt in Stars of Cauliflower Alley Club 2000.

5/12/67 - Ripper Collins beats Tough Tony Borne (Anthony Osborne) to capture the Pacific Northwest title.

5/12/80 - Rocky "Soulman" Johnson (Drew Glasteau) and Handsome Jimmy Valiant (Jim Valen) beat "Loverboy" Dennis Condrey and "Doctor D" David Shults in Memphis to win the AWA Southern tag title.

Dennis Condrey would later form one of the greatest teams ever with Beautiful Bobby Eaton managed by Jim Cornette as they appear in Mid-Atlantic Tape 4. Jimmy Valiant forms an oddball team with Dory Funk Jr. against the Assassins in Mid-Atlantic Tape 2.

5/12/80 - The Sheepherders (Robert "Butch" Miller & Brian "Luke Williams" Wickens) beat Rowdy Roddy Piper and Rick Martel (Richard Vignault) for the Pacific Northwest tag straps. Today the 'Herders, also known as the Bushwhackers, can be found at WrestlingClassics.com.

5/12/81 - Steve Keirn and Mike Graham beat the Assassins in Tampa to capture the North American tag belts as recognized by Championship Wrestling from Florida.

5/12/84 - The Masked Outlaw (Dory Funk Jr.) beats Angelo "Little Nasty" Mosca Jr. in Spartanburg, SC, with outside interference from Playboy Gary Hart, to capture the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight championship.  Dory Funk Sr. was the original Masked Outlaw.

You can see Angelo Mosca Jr. win the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight title in Legend of Ivan Koloff.

5/12/84 - Rip Oliver (Larry Oliver Sr.) beats Playboy Buddy Rose in Portland to win the Pacific Northwest belt.

5/12/92 - El Espano Jr. beats El Hijo del Santo in Mexico City to win the UWA welterweight championship.

5/13/63 - Karl and Skull Stroheim beat Gino and Tony Calza (better known as Gino Brito & Tony Parisi) in Memphis to win the Southern tag title as recognized by NWA promoters in western Tennessee.

Gino Brito would later form a team with up and coming rookie Dino Bravo as they battle the Mongols in Before They Were Stars.

5/13/75 - Dominic DeNucci and Victor Rivera beat Jimmy and Johnny Valiant (Jim Valen & Tom Sullivan), managed by Captain Lou Albano, in Philadelphia to win the WWF World tag title. The Valiants are regarded as one of the best drawing tag-teams in WWF history.

5/13/84 - Rick Martel beats Jumbo Tsuruta in St. Paul to win the AWA World heavyweight championship.

5/13/85 - The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) beat Norvel Austin and Billy Joe Travis in Memphis to capture the AWA Southern tag straps as recognized by Jarrett Promotions.

You can see the Fabulous Ones battle Norvel Austin and Koko Ware (the Pretty Young Things) in Memphis Main Events.

5/13/88 - Four Horsemen member Barry Windham beats Nikita Koloff (Scott Simpson) in the finals of a tournament in Houston to capture the U.S. heavyweight title as recognized by Jim Crockett Promotions.

The Four Horsemen wreak havoc in Mid-Atlantic Tape 4.

5/14/63 - "Big Thunder" Gene Kiniski and Cyclone Negro beat Toyonobori and Michiaki Yoshimura in Yokohama to win the All Asia tag straps as recognized by the Japan Wrestling Association (NWA member).

You can see Gene Kiniski make his final defense of the title he won from Lou Thesz in NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

5/14/73 - Great Kusatsu and Rusher Kimura beat Mad Dog Vachon and Ivan Koloff (James Parris) in Funabashi, Japan to win the World tag title as recognized by International Wrestling Enterprises.

WrestlingClassics.com is proud to host the Web site for Russian Bear Ivan Koloff.

5/14/79 - Mr. Fuji (Harry Fujiwara) and Professor Toru Tanaka beat Superstar Bill Dundee (William Crookshanks) and Robert Fuller (Robert Lee Welch) in Memphis for the Southern tag title.

You can see more great Southern tag team championship matches in Memphis Main Events.

5/14/79 - Blackjack Lanza (Jack Lanza) beats Bullet Bob Armstrong (Robert James) in Augusta to win the Georgia TV title. Lanza works today as a road agent for the WWF.  Armstrong's youngest son, (Brian) Jesse "Road Dog" James is a featured performer for NWA-TNA.

You can see Bob Armstrong have classic matches for the North American heavyweight championship in the Legend of Buddy Colt.

5/14/97 - Yasha Kurenai, Mikiko Futagami, and Carol Midori beat Eagle Sawai, Michikio Nagashima, and Shark Tsuchiya in Tokyo to win the LLPW six-woman tag-team championship.  

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